Yngve Biltsted and Michel Carcenac held off against all comers in opening tournament of the season, beating Patrick Hayes and Francois Le Lan in the final. 38 players showed up to play on a hot Spring day. We made 18 doubles melee teams, with 2 teams being triples.
[UPDATE: The Saturday, March 31 melee tournament in Brooklyn hosted by NYPC is cancelled due to freakishly normal Spring temperature -- and the threat of heavy rain.] Our preliminary tournament schedule is up on our website. I've taken the trouble to combine our schedule with NYPC's into one big list. We've been working together to make sure we have the best petanque tournament scene in the country and our ranking system will apply to all local tournaments, with some changes and details to come.
The club held its annual meeting on Sunday, December 4. Well over 30 members attending, some for the first time.The agenda was light, as no major decisions were to be taken. The board reported this as one of the best years for the club. We had record revenue, excellent tournament participation, and the once again an increase of membership. Some new programs were established and will be expanded in the next years.
Mario Gagné and Gaby from Canada won the 2011 edition of the NY Open, beating the defending champions, Richard "Ti" Meas and Phil Hemery, 13-9. 36 teams took part in this 2 day select doubles tournament, including 7 teams from Canada, 3 from France, 1 Belgium, 2 from North Carolina, 2 from DC, and various players from Boston, Chicago, and Sonoma.