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, 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.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Narin Garrett


GARRETT, Narin May 9, 1979 - September 4, 2015 Narin Garrett, 36, passed away unexpectedly on September 4, 2015 in Sonoma, CA. She was born on May 9, 1979 in San Francisco to Robert and Yupa Garrett. Growing up, Narin was an accomplished equestrian and played many sports including both soccer and volleyball. She moved with her family to Sonoma in 1991; and, later attended Johnson and Wales University where she pursued her passion in culinary arts. After University, Narin returned to help run the family restaurant, "Rin's Thai", on Sonoma square. Narin was a world-class Petanque player, well-loved by all in the town of Sonoma. It was here that she met the love of her life, Ryan Tatarian. Ten years later they started their beautiful family; and, are blessed with a precious boy, Zaven (5 1/2), and beautiful girl, Natalee May (2 1/2). Family and friends fondly remember Narin's love of dogs, photography, and her kind and generous nature. She enjoyed shopping at the Chinese markets on San Francisco's Clement Street; and, connecting with her family and culture through good food and cooking. Narin is survived by: her husband, Ryan Tatarian, son of Ed (and Tish) Tatarian and the late Valerie Sereni Cannon; and her two children, Zaven and Natalee. She is greatly missed by her parents, Robert and Yupa Garrett; her brother, sister-in-law, and niece: Casey, Ali Tatarian, and Frankie. Also survived by her brothers-in-law, Jason Anderholm and Duffy (and Heather) Conneely, and their children, Bailey, Bennett and Kellan.Many friends and family love her from all over the world. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of her life on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 West Napa Street in Sonoma. Private inurnment. The family requests in lieu of flowers that a donation be made in Narin's honor to Valley Of The Moon Petanque Club, P.O. Box 863, Sonoma, CA 95476.

Monday, August 10, 2015

LPM Passing - Jean de Baere

Dear LPM Members,
Sadly, we must inform you of the passing of Jean de Baere.  While he has not been active in our club in the recent years, he was for so many years, a dedicated volunteer serving on the Board and working for the sport and the club he loved.  He was a gentle, talented, charming man.  If you  wish to share condolences with the family, you will find the information in the notice below

Fourth Annual Lamorinda Cup Tournament

 Click on the link for more information: Fourth Annual Lamorinda Cup Tournament

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fort Bragg Pétanque - 4th Annual Skip Wallenberg Open

Please know that we will allow signups up until 9:30 AM, the day of the tournament (this coming Saturday), seeing as petanque players seem to be prone to procrastinating. It would be useful to us if you do know of any folks headed this way to play, if you alert us at this email address or my phone number (707) 964-3211 as we will be preparing our piste this Friday. This is a 100% cash return tournament...  potluck (there is plenty of deli food available in Fort Bragg if needed) or if you prefer, bring your own lunch.

Thank you for your time


Pete of The Noyo Yoyos.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LPM Passing - André Sanchou

It is with a heavy heart that LPM recognizes the passing of one of our beloved members. Andre Sanchou​ passed away a few days ago. We will miss his carefree, jovial character and his sweet, generous nature, yet his memory we carry within us will ensure that he never is truly gone.

2015 Bay Area & Beyond Interclub Tournament