Petanque in Los Angeles

You may enjoy watching this short YouTube video (in French with some English) about the Petanque Club of Los Angeles. It is a fun film, and as you watch, you will probably have fun finding parallels with the Edmonds Petanque Club. Who is the Michelle Martin of LA? Where in the world do all of us petanque players come from? Is there truth to the notion of “petanque addiction”? And just what are those connections between French culture and petanque? The chance to argue about who has the point? The chance to win a prize bottle of wine after a tournament? Or the simple pleasure of spending a beautiful day with friends in the sun?

Take a look at the video and enjoy. Then, see you at the courts!

Queens of Petanque

Ladies, grab your boules and play with your female friends on Thursdays at 6 PM starting June 13 through Labor day.  No need to be a member or have your own boules as the club can provide them.  It’s a great way to be introduced to the game and gain new friends!


May 19  National Mens & Womens Singles  Portland Petanque Club, Portland, OR

May 20 National Mixed Triples  Portland Petanque Club, Portland, OR

June 23-24 Walla Walla Wine Country Open.  Format:  Select Doubles.  Contact (509) 525-5700

August 11  NW Regional Mixed Triples  Portland Petanque Club, Portland, OR

August 12  NW Regional Mens & Womens Triples  Portland Petanque Club, Portland, OR

August 25-26  Womens Triples World Championship Qualifier  Port Townsend Petanque Alliance, Port Townsend, WA

Annual Spring Petanque League

2018 Edmonds Petanque Club Champions


On Saturday, June 2, at the Edmonds Civic Playfield, Edmonds Petanque Club members celebrated this year’s league champions. After five intense weeks of league play, the winning team of Ed Cornachio and David Rockwell secured the Chris Guitton Cup, awarded to the top doubles team in yearly league play. David Rockwell has now secured highest honors in four of the past five years. Three times with his previous partner Scott Bernhard and this year with Ed Cornachio, David has demonstrated his outstanding skill at this challenging game. Ed Cornachio is hardly a newcomer to the sport, but this was Ed’s first trip to the winners’ podium. When congratulated on the outcome, Ed responded with a twinkle, “Thank you, but you should expect nothing less from an 88 year-old Italian-American!” Second place honors went to the all-French team of club members Brien Meilleur and Jacques Maussenet. Bronze medals were awarded to third place finishers Paul Dever and Forest Hertlein.


Saturday’s events also included a one-day tournament among the teams who had competed in the cup competition. In this event, Paul Dever and Forest Hertlein upset the league’s top finishers to emerge as champions of the one-day tournament. Second place honors went to Karen Crabb and Jim Klein, while Ed Cornachio and David Rockwell finished in third. Saturday’s day-long event culminated the club’s league play and recognized all participants as well as winning medalists. The day also allowed club members simply to enjoy each other’s company on a beautiful day at the petanque courts.



Ed C. and David R. EPC League winners 2018
Forest H and Paul D
League Tournament 1st place


Santa Susanna Spain

International Test for Edmonds Petanque

During the first week of October, members of the Edmonds Petanque Club tested their petanque skills against an array of teams competing in the Santa Susanna International Open Petanque Tournament held in Santa Susanna, Spain. In all, 15 Edmonds players, comprising five teams, faced off against expert competition from France, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Israel, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.

The level of play was expert, particularly among players from France and Israel, but the Edmonds players did their best, and all Edmonds teams won matches during the four-day competition. In the end, none of the Edmonds teams stood on the final podium to collect tournament honors, but all who took part felt they had learned a great deal and had made an impression on the other international players with their petanque skills and expressions of friendship.

Against the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea and the lush hills of Catalonia, the days spent in Spain will serve as a valuable experience for the Edmonds club members as they continue to hone their petanque skills on the shores of Puget Sound. One Frenchman remarked, “Petanque in the United States…this is curious!” In response an Edmonds team member agreed that the sport is not nearly as widely known in America as it is in Europe but then explained that petanque is growing in popularity across the United States, and that even the club in the City of Edmonds now counts 80 members on its roster. His new French friend was impressed!


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