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, September 21, 2008

NW Regional Slideshow

La Pétanque Marinière hosted the northwest regional competition today. It was a fairly small, cozy competition with ten teams comprised of members from Sacramento, Lamorinda, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Sonoma and San Rafael. Click on the Obut icon to watch the slideshow.
23, September 2008
Hi All,
La Petanque Mariniere did a nice job of hosting the first NW Regional Mixed Triples on Sunday, September 21.
Ten teams registered. 3 qualifying games were played. 6 teams went to the concours, 4 to the consolante. Both brackets were seeded, with the top two qualifying teams getting a BYE in the quarterfinal round.
Gold:Raymond and Pim Nielsen (La Boule d'Or), and Alain Gusella (Club Francais de Sacramento)
Silver:Alain and Evelyn Marchand, and Jacques Gautier (all La Petanque Mariniere)
Bronze:Jacques Serafian and Claudie Chourré (La Petanque Mariniere), and Jacques Avedissian (La Boule Joyeuse)Of the silver and bronze medalists, all are senior citizens (and one is over 80 years old!).
So for those who say: "It's always the same people who win," not so. Those teams played well. It was great to see these folks take their prizes -- even if it was at my team's expense!
Ed Porto
FPUSA National Sport Director

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