Edmonds Petanque goes to France

Former World Champion and current French National Team coach Alain Bideau addresses Edmonds Petanque club members in Nice, France

September in the French Riviera is the perfect time to visit and play Petanque, as 14 members of the Edmonds Petanque Club found out in the pleasant sunshine on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Daniel Olivieri, President de l ‘Entente des Sociétés Nicoises de Petanque et Jeu Provencal, was the host for the week. He welcomed the Americans and provided the opportunity for both American and French to play the game of petanque.

From a young age, French kids learn to play petanque. Different venues provided enjoyable games and helped to create warm friendships with local players.

The Edmonds Petanque Club members played games in Nice at Clos Bouliste René Pietruschi and at the AB Carras Club. American teams played French teams, and often the French and Americans players participated together.

In Monaco, at the Club Bouliste Monegasque, the courts on the rooftop of a building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea were spectacular. In addition to the warm welcome and different places to play, Daniel Olivieri and the clubs provided food and fellowship for the devotees of petanque from both countries.

The welcoming spirit of the French hosts provided a unique and exceptional experience for the Edmonds group. A special workshop with Alain Bideau, former world champion and now coach of the French team, was organized.

It was a great honor to have instruction from a master player. The skills and techniques learned will be shared and practiced in Edmonds.

At a tournament in Nice, La Nicoise, Nuit de la Petanque by the border of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice City officials presented to Michelle Martin, President of the Edmonds Petanque Club, the City Medaillon. Also, Bideau presented the medaillon of the Federation Francaise de Petanque et Jeu Provencal. Gifts were exchanged and a tasty dinner was served. It was a special Franco-American evening brought by the game of petanque.

The Nice players were invited to play petanque and a tournament in the new petanque grove at Civic Field in Edmonds. The reciprocal visit invitation was well received, and planning will begin after the new park is completed.

This article authored by Mike Martin

Record number of participants celebrate Bastille Day 2019

Edmonds Petanque Celebrates Bastille Day


The Edmonds Petanque Club and guests celebrated French Independence Day on July 14 by taking part in the 7th Annual Bastille Day Petanque Tournament at the Edmonds Civic Playfield. A record 56 players filled the courts to test each other’s skills in the game of petanque and make new friends in this open-format tournament that is designed to welcome newcomers to the game.


After players had completed four games with randomly assigned partners over the course of the day, tournament directors tallied all scores and calculated this year’s winners. Tom Nunn of Edmonds took top honors by winning all four games and finishing with the highest cumulative score among all players. Edmonds Petanque Club President Michelle Martin showed her skills by finishing in second place; and Port Townsend ace Silas Holm came in third.


The Edmonds Petanque Club wishes to extend an appreciative “Thank You!” to all the sponsors of this year’s tournament. Their support adds encouragement and excitement to everyone’s play and allows the club to continue this worthwhile event in support of the Edmonds community. This year’s sponsors included Arista Wine Cellar, Arnie’s Restaurant, Cafe Louvre, Edmonds Theatre, Engel’s Pub, The French American Chamber of Commerce, Housewares Edmonds, Lagunitas Brewery, Pancake Haus, Panera, Petanque America, Red Twig Cafe, Rick Steves Travel, and The Walnut Street Café. At the end of the day, as one visitor proclaimed, “This was one heck of a party!” Without question the day’s success is due to the hard work of over 20 volunteers who pitched in to erect canopies and tables, prepare the courts, and organize the day. Thank you volunteers!


Jacques Maussenet and Brien Meilleur claimed top honors at the 2019 Edmonds Petanque League Tournament, which took place this spring at the Edmonds Civic Playfield. Meilleur and Maussenet amassed an extraordinary record during the five-week tournament, losing only two of the 22 matches they played. The winners demonstrated the superb skills required to prevail and could never relax, as competition this year was fierce. Edmonds’ Paul and Mari Dever finished a close second in the standings, falling only one point short of the winning duo. The team of Bob Mazelow and Jack McHenry, with Hugh Guthrie substituting when a knee injury forced Mazelow to withdraw, came in third. This is the sixth year the Edmonds Petanque Club has contested the Chris Guitton Trophy in league play, and the names of Maussenet and Meilleur will now be engraved beneath those of previous winners.

In celebration of the extended league play, 12 teams took part in a one-day tournament at the playfield on Saturday, June 22. Saturday’s one-day contest produced outstanding action and a chance to enjoy the friendships gained during the league season. In Saturday’s tourney, Greg Conyers and John Hunt, a member of the Seattle Petanque Club, finished in first place. Philippe Geraud and Jack McHenry came in second; and Mari and Paul Dever were third.

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