On Monday I returned from London with the NY London Challenge Cup in hand. Once again La Boule New Yorkaise sucessfully won the club challenge against the Harrow Petanque Club of London, defending the cup and securing bragging rights. In a round-robin format of 3 of our triples teams vs 4 triples of theirs, the score was 8-4.
Emile Boujeke took over first place in the NY Petanque Rankings by beating JP Subrenat in the final of the 2012 NYPC Singles tournament, 13-10. Sixteen players came to play, including Joe Cortright from Portland, a good showing for such a cold and blustery day. The rain started soon after the first game and only got heavier, only some what letting up after the final was played.
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.