WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

LPM to Offer Free Pétanque Lessons

La Pétanque Marinière, Marin's pétanque club since 1972, 
will offer free lessons.

Where?  The LPM terrain is located behind the Civic Center, between Jury Parking and the Dog Park.
When?  10AM-Noon / third Saturday of the month - April through October 

Balls and instruction will be provided.  All ages are welcome, children twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult.  

For more information contact Christine Cragg: 
415-302-5069 or by email at petanque.marin@gmail.com 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

VOMPC - Bastille Day Celebration

This is it—the VOMPC Grand Concours de Pétanque! It’s our very popular Bastille Day celebration, taking place on SUNDAY, JULY 17th. Ravenswood Winery is our generous sponsor, and we are very grateful! 
Register for the casual melée tournament by 10am. Cost is $10 per player. You do not need to make a reservation to play in the tournament.
The gourmet lunch will be catered by Chef Ed Metcalfe of Shiso Restaurant. YOU MUST MAKE A LUNCH RESERVATION, by calling the VOMPC Hotline at 707-343-9465. This year we can only accommodate 100 people for lunch, so make your reservation on the Hotline soon. Reservations end when we reach 100, or on July 13th at noon, whichever happens first. It will most likely sell out before 7/13. Cost is $20 per person. DO NOT reply to this email for reservations! If your lunch reservations change, please call us again on the hotline right away, so we can try to accommodate others.

North Coast Pétanque - Skip Wollenberg Open

Monday, June 27, 2016

LPM - Summer Pétanque League

Hi Everyone,
First night will include a BBQ potluck. Attached is a sign up sheet for the Wednesday night Petanque league that will start July 14th. Get two of your favorite people and start a team to play. Sign up sheet can be mailed, handed to me at the courts or emailed. See you soon. Bises Brigitte

Salut tout le monde,
Ci-joint une feuille d'inscription pour le mercredi soir Petanque championnat qui débutera 14e Juillet . Obtenez deux de vos personnes préférées et commencer une équipe à jouer. Inscrivez- feuille peut être envoyé par la poste , m'a remis les tribunaux ou par courriel . À bientôt. Bises Brigitte

LPM - Select Mixed Triples 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

LPM - 2016 Commemorative Cup

This tournament had been rescheduled  from March 13 to May 15, 2016 due to rain.  
Please go ahead and choose your partners - (1 man and 1 woman - Mixed Doubles).
Registration closes @ 10 am sharp and Games begin 10:30am sharp -- no exceptions!
For more information call Verena Rytter (415) 892-5034 or Liv Kraft (415) 805-8502

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sonoma Wine Country Games - 2016

Petanque will again be included in the Wine Country Games to be held on Saturday, June 11th, at the Valley of the Moon Petanque Club. This is a fundraiser for the Council on Aging/Meals on Wheels and is truly worth your entry. Please register at www.winecountrygames.com  You must be at least 50 years young to enter.

The event is Select Doubles. You register for the Wine Country Games, and then you can enter as many venues as you can handle! One participant entered 5 sporting events! Way to go, Jean-Claude Etallaz! Antoine Lofaro and I will be defending our 2015 title! 

First Prize, along with your Wine Country Games medal, is $50 Gift Certificate from The Girl and The Fig (for both participants!), a bottle of Ricard, and a bottle of wine! That's definitely worth more than your entry fee. Last year everyone walked away with something! This year the prizes again will go deep.

I hope to see you in Sonoma on June 11th. Any questions, please write to me at chezteri@earthlink.net and note Wine Country Games in the subject line.

Thank you for your support!

Teri Sirico
Wine Country Games Petanque Sports Commissioner

Thursday, April 14, 2016

RIP René Di Maio

René di Maio’s s memorial will take place:
Saturday April 30th, 11:00 am
St. Isabella's Church 
One Trinity Way, San Rafael, CA 94903

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sacramento Pétanque - Inter-Regional Mixed Doubles

Dear Regional Petanque Clubs, 

Attached is the flyer for our upcoming FPUSA Select Mixed Doubles tournament. 
The start time is half an hour earlier than our Select Triples we held on April 3rd, and the morning games will be timed. 
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions or concerns you may have. 

Thank you,
Brendan Cohen
Club Francais de Sacramento
P.O. Box 1767
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-1767

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pétanque in the Olympics

Please show your support to Marc Guerin and his team at Boules Sport 2024 who are working their tails off to get Petanque (along with 2 other boule sports) to become an Olympic sport. I mean, who would not love to get to see some petanque at the Olympics!!???
Visit this website( http://www.boules-sport.org/uk/ ) and register your vote of support. Let's show the world that the USA loves petanque too!

Thank you,
La Pétanque Marinière

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

La Boule D'Or - San Francisco Pétanque

 In 1959, a group of French expatriates founded La Boule D’Or Pétanque Club in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It is the nation’s second oldest pétanque club and has flourished for the better part of fifty-six years. Now, after so many of the original members are gone or aging, La Boule D’Or needs help if it will survive.
There are a few individuals trying their hardest to keep the club together yet with a shrinking membership and low attendance at the courts, it is indeed difficult.
For those of you who live in San Francisco and enjoy pétanque and the its’ camaraderie, please help La Boule D’Or survive by taking an interest in the club. For those of you who belong to other clubs in the Bay Area, please try to support them by attending their events. Wherever you live or play, tell your friends about the game! Invite them along! Show them how to play! Be pro-active in preserving pétanque in San Francisco! This will be the only way we can keep such a great pétanque venue from disappearing.
The next Boule D’or event, “Les Paniers de Noël, will take place, weather permitting, at the courts in Golden Gate Park on December 6th. ** Sign up before 10:30 ** Games begin at 11 AM
Carrousel Doubles / 4 games ** $8.00 to play in the tournament.
Golden Gate Park / 36th & Fulton ** Info: Alain 209-251-9157
Bring your own lunch and join us for a day of petanque in Golden Gate Park.

Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 Women’s Petanque World Championships

Ke Leng poses on the podium with her gold and the Cambodian flag at the 2015 Women’s Petanque World Championships.
Ke Leng poses on the podium with her gold and the Cambodian flag at the 2015 Women’s Petanque World Championships. Photo supplied

Ke Leng lands gold at petanque worlds

Ke Leng, the heroine of Cambodian petanque, scooped a gold medal at the 2015 Women’s Petanque World Championships in Bangkok at the weekend. 
Ke Leng, coming off the back of a gold medal at the previous world championship, quickly qualified for the quarter finals with a six point victory. 
She faced Canada’s Maryse Bergeron in the last eight of a competition that is in its 15th year and features over 100 entrants, winning 41-21, before progressing to an easy win over Audrey Bandiera of France, the birthplace of petanque, with a score of 28 to Bandiera’s 9. 
Ke Leng faced strong rival Mouna Beji of Tunisia in the final, which she won 33-24, securing her gold medal and her defence of the world championship in the process.
Ke Leng celebrated her second win at the world championships by waving the Cambodian flag. 
Ke Leng also competed in the team event, alongside her countrywomen Um Chanthrea, Uk Sreymom and Un Sreiya, but with less success. 
While the team topped the group stages, they lost in the quarter-final to defending world champions Thailand.
Alongside her gold medal, Leng can expect a 120 million riel ($30,000) award from the government. 
The celebrations which greeted Ke and the rest of Cambodia’s medal-winners at Phnom Penh airport were somewhat subdued, with only representatives from the National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and the Cambodian Boules and Petanque Federation there to welcome her. 
However, NOCC General Secretary Vath Chamroeun told the Post before he departed to welcome Ke Leng at the airport that “by winning a gold medal . . . Ke Leng brings a great honour to our country,” and that her win “also salvages our country’s image after we failed to win any gold medals at the SEA Games in Singapore.’’
He also added that: “According to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s recommendations, we will organise an official reception party event for her in the coming days.”

La Boule D'Or - San Francisco

"Les Paniers des Noel"

Sunday, Dec 6, 2015
Sign up before 10:30
Games begin 11 AM
Carrousel Doubles / 4 games
$8.00 to play in the tournament.
Golden Gate Park / 36th & Fulton
Info: Alain 209-251-9157

Bring your own lunch and join us for a day of petanque in Golden Gate Park.