Terry Plemons Tournament Pictures and Results

Oh, where to start?

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Terry Plemons Memorial, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, Fundraising Tournament for the French Legation!

Thanks to the organizers Ed Priest and Gary Ragan for setting up the terrain and for making the tournament run as smooth as silk. I know Pat Giles helped a lot with the terrain. Sorry if I am leaving anyone out. I saw Kathy Ragan doing a lot of work on the computer.

Thanks to all the people who contributed food and beverage for the potluck.

Thanks to all the people who had entertaining costumes.

Thanks to Alex Gouyet for helping us make a cool drone video.


Everyone switched partners for each game, so the winners were determined by how many points they got overall.



1st      Kathy Ragan & Michael Kaufman

2nd    Victor Alanso & Leigh Newsome

3rd     Menzina Churchman & Edward Vassiere


1st      Gibbi Puzon & Christopher Montes

2nd    Jim Schmidt & Jacques Richard

3rd    Alex Gouyet & Stephen Johns


The total of all the funds raised for the French Legation amounted to $950.


Here are the pictures that people sent in. Thank you all for your contributions!

Thank You Jim Schwobel

Jim Donates His Wine Collection

Recently, Jim Schwobel decided to donate his collection of wine and spirits to his friends.

We, at the Legation Boules Club, are doing our best to make sure everyone gets to have some of it!

Every weekend we plan to sample another bottle.

Here we are, at the Terry Plemons Memorial Tournament on Halloween day having a taste of one of the bottles of red wine.

Thanks again to Jim and special thanks to Alex Gouyet for making this cool drone video!

Museum Day at the French Legation

Scenes from Sunday at the Legation

Marion Bermondy is headed off for a month in France soon.

She wanted to show her family where we play pétanque so she made this little video of the Legation Boules Club in action on Museum Day at the French Legation. 

Now Marion's family will know the kind of people she associates with.

Chris Smith – Heart Surgery

One of our players, Chris Smith, will be undergoing heart surgery August 31st.

Chris, the BIG guy who always wears black (now blue, but whatever) is going in for an ablation surgery. It is supposed to be routine and easy, but he is still stressed out about it.

All his needs are currently being taken care of by family.

Just knowing you are thinking about him is more than enough.

Texas Women Advance to Concours!

Kelly Brownlee and Marion Bermondy

Texas Women in the Top Eight!

Two teams with Texas players have advanced to the final concours at the Portland national pétanque tournament of 2021!

Kelly Brownlee and Marion Bermondy, representing the women for the Nelson Ranch Pétanque Club of Cedar Park, have advanced to the final eight teams who will compete on Sunday!

Also advancing to the concours is the team of Jean-Marie Browning and Liza. (Sorry, no picture available.)

Good luck to the Texas women! They are up against some of the toughest competition in the country.

Saturday Rankings for Women

Texas Men

The team of Alain Braux and Edward Vassiere managed to win two of five games.

More details as we get them....

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Special Guest Arielle Irvin for Bastille Day Celebration

Several of you new players may not have had the privilege to get to know a really great guy named Patrick Irvin.

Unfortunately, Patrick passed away in late 2020, but he will be remembered by those of us who knew him as one of the nicest people you would ever want to play pétanque with.

During our Bastille Day Celebration at the French Legation, I am happy to announce that we will be joined by Patrick's lovely daughter, Arielle.

My whole life pétanque held a special place in my father’s heart. There was never a time he was without his pétanque balls. They went everywhere with him. He cherished his time playing and thoroughly enjoyed the game. He even got me playing when I was little! It was also something he and my brother shared a love of. I’m glad he found a community in Austin that loved it as much as he did.

Arielle Irvin ‧ Patrick's Daughter

I know Arielle is eager to meet Patrick's pétanque-playing buddies on Saturday. Maybe you can tell her one of you favorite stories about Patrick. I'm sure she would like that.

Bastille Day Celebration at the French Legation

Saturday, July 10 from 11AM to 3PM

Bastille Day 2021 at the French Legation


Saturday, July 10, 2021

11AM to 3PM

Celebrate la Fête nationale française 2021 at the French Legation State Historic Site

Bastille Day returns to the French Legation for the first time under the Texas Historical Commission.

Celebrate French culture on Saturday, July 10 from 11am to 3pm.

Bring your own food, lawn furniture and games to have a picnic and relax.

Members of the Legation Boules Club are invited to play pétanque on designated courts.

Staff members will be on hand to provide free guided tours of Austin’s oldest residence.

Sign up for a free pétanque lesson taught by members of the Legation Boules Club from 1PM to 2PM.

It's great that life is getting back to normal and that the French Legation is opening up after such a wonderful renovation. Two bathrooms!

The future of the Legation looks very promising, and this event is a great way to celebrate all the improvements!

Hope to see you there!

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Installing a Pétanque Terrain with Walt Elder

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Jim Schwobel sent in this cool panoramic picture of a bunch of us helping Walt Elder and Estefania "Stefi" install a pétanque terrain at their house about five years ago.

It was fun while it lasted!

You will need to view the picture on a large screen if you want the full effect.

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