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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Portland Melées

JJ & Michael went to Portland, OR and had a fabulous time at the Petanque Tournament!

The Northwest Regional Doubles took place on Sunday July 27th on a genuine Portland summer day: a bit cloudy, a few drops of rain, but with a very nice finish. After a delicious course of pastries provided by La Petite Provence, (sibling of "La Provence, the big") the competition began. 13 teams from Oregon and Washington, plus one from Salt Lake City Utah, played three rounds of a Swiss system in the morning to qualify teams to the concours and consolante. For lunch we had sandwiches provided by La Provence Bakery and Bistro. After lunch, Joe Martin and Pierre Brun went on a rampage, defeating Philippe and Pierre Agnesse 13-12, then Dick Viskov and John Hunt 13-0, and finally Bob and Joe Cortright in the final by 15-3. The Viskov/Hunt team took third place by defeating John Chantavisay and Duong Nguyen.
Albyn Jones and David Johnstone defeated Greg Conyers and Lee Harris in a closely contested match to take the honors in the consolante final.

We finished off the day with a wonderful banquet (Thanks to Didier Blanc Gonnet and Pascal Tisseur of La Provence!), awards, and then another round or two of friendly boules for those who didn't want to see the end of a great weekend of petanque! Many and profound thanks to the volunteers who helped make it happen.

Here are the results:

1st: Joe Martin and Pierre Brun

2nd: Joe Cortright and Bob Cortright

3rd: Dick Viskov and John Hunt

4th: John Chantivisay and Duong Nguyen

1st: Albyn Jones and David Johnstone2nd: Creg Conyers and Lee Harris

Longest Trip Prize: Michael Kronenberg and Jean-Jacque Grossi who came all the way from Utah to participate! Albyn awarded each a special bottle of vintage "Vin de Petanque" from his cellar.

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