Archive | June, 2009

June 27, 2009

28 Jun

Man, I didn’t take my own advice. Ten members of the club played from noon until 5:00 pm in 90 degree temperatures. I must have not drank enough water, my head was spinning at the end and I fell asleep as soon as I got home. It was still a great day for petanque. One game that I was involved in was particularly competitive with Ziggy and Wesley being pitted against each other. I was on Wesley’s team, which won 13-11 on a final shot by Ziggy which bumped our boule (which was touching theirs) closer to the cochonet.

Here are the updated CPC Super Championship totals. The rankings are sorted by total points as highlighted in pink:

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It seems that the key to doing well is simply to show up and play. To demonstrate this point, here is the rankings as determined by number of games played. The difference between the two is not great:

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I don’t know if we should try to make a ranking system that looks at your average instead? It seems like that doesn’t encourage participation as the more you play, the more likely your average is to decrease or remain unchanged. Any thoughts?

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June 14, 2009

14 Jun

Here are the updated CPC champsionship totals. Ziggy’s brother Wesley joined today. He’s pretty good, although not as consistently deadly as Ziggy. He did win every game he played though.

EDIT: It has been pointed out in the comments that Wesley only won two games, and lost one. I will update this for the next CPC Championship totals.

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Shoot Like the Pros

13 Jun

The best way to learn how to play petanque is to watch and copy the masters. Every time I play with someone more experienced than myself I find myself playing better than normal because I try to replicate their form and technique. While we don’t always have the luxury of playing with Marco Foyot or Phillipe Quintais, we can still learn a lot from watching free petanque videos scattered across the web

Here are two videos that were posted recently on http://www.petanqueamerica.com (also, check the site out if you need a new set of boules).

In the first one, I particularly like the short blond kid’s shooting form. I’m sure there were a lot of misses that they didn’t include in the mix, but watching them – how old can they be? – makes me realize how much work I have left to become even average by French standards.

This is an old video (1998) with some of the current masters when they were a bit younger playing in a tournament. It’s worth watching to notice how each one shoots a little differently. Which brings me to my final point: even though you need to learn from more experienced players, you need to find the shot that works naturally for you.

June 6, 2009

8 Jun

There was a 50% chance of rain on Saturday. Luckily the petanque gods were in our favor and the 50% chance of no rain prevailed. I only played two games as I had to leave for a camping trip around 2:00. How was the rest of the afternoon folks?

Here are the updated CPC Super Champion totals. Loic…I’m coming after you next week!

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