January 11, 2009

Fall tournament in Lakeway

More from Texas!

On Sunday, Oct. 5 the Lakeway Petanque Players autumn tournament was held.
Under a sunny sky with a cooling breeze (anything under 90 degrees is cool in south Texas) the contestants pictured survived bad language, intemperate scoring calls, unrestrained self administrations of Pastis and rose', and the casual territorial disrespect of dogs and squirrels to end up posing before the camera.

Left to right in the back row, representing the San Antonio group, are Patrick Lanchais and Michele Costa, taking the Bronze medal. Both are restaurateurs in San Antonio, Frederick's Restaurant. It was their first visit to Lakeway for play and they quickly adapted to the piste. Taking the Silver are Louis and Jean, also chefs, from Dallas. Jean was a member of the first place team in the Dallas tournament last spring. Accepting the Gold with the beamiest of smiles was our resident magician and merry maker Arsene Dupin on the right, front row, and Amine Najah on the left. This is Amine's second victory in Lakeway, an outstanding player. Arsene represents the Heart of Texas group and the Lakeway Petanque Players and Amine represents Lakeway.

The final best of 3 rounds was a battle between two evenly matched opponents. Trailing 5-10 the first place finishers put on a determined clawing attack to prevail in a suspenseful dramatic finish of 13-12! Both teams deserve accolades for the hardest fought duel of the day.

A colorful group I think you'll agree. Trophies and medals provided by Petanque America.

Thanks to Geo, President of LakewayPetanque for the report!

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