Registration for the Concours De Pétanque 2013 in our little French Village
The official rules
Our friend Michel with his young partner
Let the game begin
My son Max checking on the competition
Getting ready to throw
The importance of a tape measure
Team Kelly with friend Timo on left
Boules in hand, the villagers started gathering shortly after 2 PM in the main square next to the church. Everyone was encouraged to participate, whether expert or beginner, old or young. In all, thirty teams of two players registered for a chance to win a giant cured ham, bottles of wine and/or umbrellas and t-shirts.
Before even starting, many took advantage of the drinks served at the 'buvette'. At 50 cents, the glass of rosé was the best deal.
The official tournaments began at 3 PM. Since there were so many teams, the competition took place not only on the village pétanque course, but also behind the school.
In all, each team played four games. The winning team was the one with the most points and the most wins.
Of course, after each game, the winners paid the losers a drink, which resulted in quite a few hilarious moments as some ended up having one too many.
As always, it was amazing fun. Thank you to Michel and Patrick for organizing. I can hardly wait for next year's tournament.