Michelle Martin presents the Chris Guitton Trophy to league champions Cris Dreher and John Hunt

The 2024 Edmonds Petanque League was decided on June 9 in the last game of the last match on the last day, after six weeks of competition, when partners Cris Dreher and John Hunt defeated their rivals Bill Laprade and Larry Thomas. Close behind, Philippe Geraud and Patrick Trompeter ended their campaign in third place. The annual League competition, an intramural round-robin series of games scheduled among thirteen doubles teams, all from Edmonds Petanque Club, was a nail-biter. For these six weeks, the essentially recreational Edmonds Petanque Club became all-business, and competition took priority. Without question, this year’s tournament was the most closely contested in the history of the club, as at least four teams were in the hunt for a medal until the last boule of the last game. Congratulations to Cris Dreher and John Hunt for their well-earned first place finish.

Then, on June 19, the League season concluded with a fun one-day tournament among the teams that had taken part in the previous 6-week schedule of play. In the one-day tournament, Jack McHenry and Brien Meilleur emerged in first place. Bill Laprade and his son Jed Laprade finished second. John Hunt and Cris Dreher finished third.

The petanque club now turns its attention to the next petanque event of the summer, the annual petanque festival on Bastille Day. If you are not playing in the tournament yourself, be sure to stop by the Edmonds Civic Playfield on Sunday, July 14. Enjoy the French accordion music and watch 78 participants do their best during this year’s Bastille Day tournament.

League Tournament medalists: Cris Dreher and John Hunt, Brien Meilleur and Jack McHenry, and Bill and Jed Laprade