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 Vice-President 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 18, 2015

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 

Every third Saturday:
April 25, May 16, June 20, July 18, Aug 15, Sept 19, Oct 17

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 


Monday, May 11, 2015


VOMPC's next tournament is the Sonoma Cup on Sunday May 24th, Memorial Day weekend.
Select triples, any combo of gals and guys, or all guys, or all gals.  
Registration is by 9:30--NOT 10am.  Cost is $45 per team.

It will be a busy day in our town, so be early for good parking.
No lunch, so bring your own food and best game for a fun day.

Once again... 9:30 registration deadline--it's a long day.

Boule on

Marco

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sonoma Wine Country Games



Dear Pétanque Friends,

In one month Pétanque will be played for the very first time in the Wine Country Games. This program is sponsored by the Council on Aging which is the organization responsible for Meals on Wheels. This is the first time pétanque will be part of these games.

Some of the sponsors include Ricard and Wellington Vineyards! In addition to being awarded medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, there are some great prizes from our sponsors. After you register, you can enter any event for a nominal fee. Registration is $40 and the fee for pétanque is $5. There are some 20 sporting events from which to choose. The games are held over a ten day period, June 4th through the 14th. The only criteria is that you must be 50 years young or older! Saturday night there's a party with nibbles, wine and music for only $5 at Shoen Farms with all the athletes! With your registration you get a t-shirt, satchel and goodies. 

For more information on, and to register for the games, go to Sonoma Wine Country Games  

REGISTRATION CLOSES May 28th. 

Club Français de Sacramento - 6-Ball Challenge


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LPM - New Sponsor


La Pétanque Marinière is proud to announce that the Agricultural Institute of Marin is our newest sponser. We are excited about our newly forged partnership and look forward to great things happening in the future as a result. 
Please support the Marin County Farmer's Markets when you can. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

La Boule D'Or Pétanque - San Francisco

November 2nd
Select Doubles - Open (2 men, 2 women or 1 man + 1 woman)
Sign in by - 9:00 AM
Start play - 10:00
Fee - $10.00 per player
5 games + consolante
cash prize and perpetual trophy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

3rd Annual Lamorinda Cup Breaking News...

Hello All,

Lafayette is holding their Art and Wine Festival this weekend so that means that Mount Diablo Boulevard will be closed between Dewing Avenue and Oak Hill Road. If you usually use Mt Diablo Blvd to to get to Moraga Road to get to our courts, rather take the Pleasant Hill exit.  Here is a Google map.

In case you didn't know, Hwy 37, from Infineon Raceway to Vallejo is closed this weekend for roadworks, so if you are coming from Sonoma, use the route through American Canyon.

A reminder:
  • Coffee and Croissants in the Morning
  • Registration closes at 9.00AM
  • Play begins at 9.30AM
  • Please bring your own Lunch
  • Apéritifs will be served after the Tournament
The entry fee is $40.00 per team and you can pay at registration
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for the Concours winners.
  • Cash Prizes in the Concours and Consolante. 
  • Cash Prizes in the optional Pointing and Shooting Contests at lunchtime - $5.00 entry for each contest.

Tish Harris is collecting clothing for people affected by the huge fire around Bass Lake. This is not an appeal from Tish, but if you just happen to have any clothing that is just taking up space and you'd like to get rid of it, bring it along tomorrow.


Looking forward to seeing you all.

Regards,
Etienne.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Valley of the Moon Pétanque - Bastille Day Celebration

Valley of the Moon Pétanque Club's best-loved event is less than three weeks away- it's time to wave the Tricolor and sing the Marseillaise.  We welcome back Chef Christine Piccin who's prepared an uber-awesome menu and the pitch-perfect "Due Zighi Baci" accordionist and vocalist.

The menu this year feature's a slow-roasted garlic-mustard rubbed Leg of Lamb accompanied by roasted Red Bell Peppers & Fennel,  Summer Vegetable Tian, Fromage et Salade Verte and Apricot Tart w/caramel whipped cream (see attached flyer).  Reservations are required for lunch ($20 per person).  You may reserve online at www.vompc.org or leave word on the hotline at 707 343-9465.

For parties who wish to be guaranteed seating together, payment in advance is required.  Please use the attached form and return it to the address listed no later than July 10th.  This will insure that you sit together, but not necessarily an entire table (unless you are a party of 8 or more).  We have family style seating and you may have to share.  You are welcome to bring your own table and chairs.

We also ask that you bring your own plateware.  The washing station will be available.

The mixed triples tournament is $5 per person.  Registration ends at 10:00 am.  The courts are reserved for tournament players only.  If you wish to play casually, please contact the club prior to the tournament to make arrangements.

It should be another fabulous, festive celebration.  We hope to see you there:))

Shannon Bowman
President
Valley of the Moon Petanque Club

Friday, June 20, 2014

Lamorinda Pétanque - 2014 Qualifiers


The Lamorinda Petanque Club will be hosting both the

2014 FPUSA Men's and Women's National Triples Championships
on August 2 and 3, 2014 on their terrain at 480 St Marys Road in Lafayette, California. 

In addition to being National Championships, these are Qualification Tournaments:

The  Men's Triples Championship will determine the Official U.S. National Team for the 2015  F.I.P.J.P. Men’s World Confederations Cup Tournament which will be held in New Caledonia in late 2015.

The Women's Triples Championship will determine the Official U.S. National Team for the 2015 F.I.P.J.P. Women’s World Championship. The venue will be announced when details become available.

On Sunday, August 3 there will be a consolante tournament, the FPUSA Federation Cup Select Triples Tournament in which any licensed FPUSA member may participate. More details about this are contained under the menu heading above .

Our terrain will be open on Friday, so you can come on down and familiarise yourself with the pistes. Registration and start times for both Saturday and Sunday are contained in the Tournament forms.

You will get all the Forms, Rules and other information you need by visiting the 2014 FPUSA Men's and Women's National Triples Championships website. 

Please click this link to get there:

This link is also posted on the Landing Spot

If you have any questions, please call: 925 891 4756.

Friday, June 13, 2014