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. 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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

LPM - Lentils & Sausage Picnic

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lentils & Sausage Picnic
PANACHE Tournament

Family and friends welcome - Open to all **

Tournament Fee $7.00

Tournament Registration ends @ 10:30
Lunch served @ 11:30
Games begin after lunch @ 12:30 or ASAP

Prizes will be awarded by winning scores as well as by raffle.

- Menu -
Lentils, Sausage, Salad, Brie & Bread
(Bring your own plate and utensils)

Picnic Cost $11.00 per person

! Reservation Required for Picnic !
Reserve by Thursday, April 7
Alain Efron 479-5820 or lutecemeister@gmail.com

For up-to-date-tournament information
www.cochonnetmarin.com or petanque-marin.blogspot.com
Christine’s cell (415) 302-5069

Lamorinda Pétanque

Monday, March 28, 2011

SOMA Interactive Pétanque

On Friday, April 8th, from 6-9 PM, will be an art opening called

Artists Reception April 8, 6-9pmp
Closing Happy Hour April 27th 5-7pm
Show dates April 6-27th
SOMArts Gallery
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

In this exhibition, I will install an indoor petanque court (30'x10') in the gallery space which will be playable for the month of April. During the opening, I have invited three seasoned players from La Boule d'Or who have won national and international championships, Joss and Jean Krauer and Jacques Biscay, to take on all comers with previous experience. If you have played before, you are welcome to try your skills against them in triplettes during the opening. If you have never played, you are welcome to come by during the rest of the month and learn the game. There will be informal lessons and games scheduled and unscheduled throughout the month.

Let it rain in April, there will be a place to play

Paul Kos

Monday, March 14, 2011

California Commemorative Cup

The California Commemorative Cup took place yesterday, the first time it was open to competitors throughout the entire state of California. Twenty-four teams showed up for the games and it seemed that a fun, although a cold and wet day was had by all. The weather was an issue from the start as a thirty percent chance of showers were forecast for the afternoon. With all of the latest computer and radar storm tracking, the prognosticators were not off by very much at all. After lunch the small drizzle turned into larger drops and by late afternoon during the final match, it was raining enough to turn the terrain into areas of large puddles. Even with all of the inclement weather trying to impede the competition, the die-hards trudged on until the last point was played.
After the "dust had settled" the winners emerging were:

FIRST PLACE: Alain Gusella & Phimprapha Nielsen
SECOND PLACE: Jean Claude Bunand & Verena Rytter

CONSOLANTE FIRST PLACE - Hans Kurz & Lisa Vaughan
CONSOLANTE SECOND PLACE - Larry & Christine Cragg

LPM would like to thank all of those who journeyed from afar to make the event as enjoyable as it turned out to be.

Click here to view the slideshow.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

California Commemorative Cup - UPDATE

The California Commemorative Cup Tournament, will proceed as scheduled. A 30% chance of P.M. showers is forecasted, so if you are bothered by a few droplets, be prepared with a rain jacket and/or umbrella.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lamorinda Pétanque


Monday, March 7, 2011

Saratoga, Monte Sereno join forces to build $17,000 pétanque court

Although very few could identify petanque, players of this 100-year-old game would argue that it's more popular than you'd think, which is why this French game of accuracy is expected to have a new court in Saratoga's Azule Park in the coming weeks.

But even for a city with about 30,000 people, a dozen petanque players isn't very many. And even for a community with seemingly infinite funding, $17,000 seems like a lot of money to spend on a court that only 10 to 12 people will use. Continue Reading >>

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Albuquerque, NM Pétanque

LPM would like to congratulate the founding members of La Mesa Pétanque Club in Albuquerque, NM on their recent affiliation with the FPUSA.
If anyone may be in Albuquerque and wish to play with them, or desire information about La Mesa Pétanque, they can be reached at: lmpc_nm@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

La Boule d'Or, San Francisco

Sunday March 6, 2011
Tournament 3/3 select Mixed, 4 games,

Registration from 10am till 10:30
Starting time 10:45. Entry fee $7 per player

Coffee and cookies in the morning!
INFO call 650-755-2391
650-483-0732 Jean
or 209-351-9157 Alain

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