Shooting contest report

By Mr.Bordsenius at 2001-04-27

This is from the World Championship - very delayed, but finally here thanks to Frank Pipal of the FPUSA.
[story is updated with diagram for shooting]

At the World Championship in Portugal there was a new event on the schedule. In an effort to put more pizazz into the proceedings, the FIPJP has added a shooting contest to the menu. In Boule Lyonnaise (Bocce Volo), shooting contests are part of the standard tournament format. Perhaps there’s a little boules envy among some in the petanque world.

You may want to hold a “world championship-style shooting contest” at your club. The diagram on the back of this Boulesheet tells you most of what you’ll need to know. The target and throwing circles used were made of rigid plastic, but it wouldn’t be hard to improvise something lower-tech. There was a requirement that target boules be light and obstacle boules dark, and that they all be the same size and weight (74mm, 700gr and smooth) but that hardly seems a crucial requirement.

Note that the throwing circles are 50cm and the target circle is 1 meter. This means that with the target boule placed at the center of the circle, the shooting distances are 6.5, 7.5, 8.5 & 9.5 meters, except for the lone jack which is placed 20cm from the front edge of the target circle.
Here’s the format they used: One player from each country was allowed to
participate, thirty-five did so. Twenty were qualified to go on to a second round, from which eight qualified to go to the finals. A reminder here that Ti Meas of La Boule New Yorkaise did a great job representing the USA in this contest. In the first round Ti placed tenth with a score of 33 and just missed making the final cut, placing ninth with a score of 29.
During the qualification rounds of the regular play (outside) the designated shooters were called to the staging area when the team was on a break between matches. Teammates were allowed to set and reset the targets. There are five rounds, each with a different target setup. Each
round is made up of four throws, each from a different distance. After the round begins, the shooter has thirty-seconds to move to the next circle and make the next shot. There’s a referee who watches the target end and assesses points. Another referee is assigned to watch the position of the shooter’s feet and call foot-faults. The scoring is from one to five points per throw as described in the accompanying diagram.

With five points available for the best possible outcome on each throw -
a perfect score would be 100 points.So far, so good. If it was just a matter of the highest score made during the contest, then a different man would be wearing the rainbow colored world champion’s shirt today. But after the final eight were selected, the quarters, semis and the final were head to head confrontations. These rounds took place indoors after dinner on Saturday night. Two sets of the target and throwing circles were set up side by side, and two shooters faced off round by round through the five setups. These encounters were seeded with the higher ranked opponent starting the shooting.

This adversarial element seems to have definitely flavored the outcome.
For starters - Philippe Quintais, the ultimate winner, somehow tailored his performance as necessary. In his meeting with eighth-seeded Eid Promma of Thailand, he squeaked by with a 30. Only five players broke the 40 mark: Italy, Mauritius and Madagascar only once each, Weibel of Belgium three out of five times and Quintais four out of five times.
Ironically all three of Claudy Weibel’s over-forties were higher than
any of Quintais’, including his winning 46. When matched against Patrik Ramaminirina of Madagascar, Weibel turned in the best score of the entire event - a 53! So it hinged not on what score you made, but when you made it. In the semi-final, Quintais sent down Naden Murthen of Mauritius with a 45. Murthen came back to take third place against Madagascar with a score of 45!

So on to the final - Philippe Quintais versus Claudy Weibel - a pair who
must have met on the courts of France and Europe dozens, perhaps hundreds of times. Quintais ties his own highest score of the event, a 46. Weibel makes his lowest of the event, 31, handing the championship to Quintais on a plate, you might say. Is there a moral to this story?
Draw your own conclusions.Claudy got his revenge the next day when he and his teammates got to put on rainbow jerseys of their own, which at this petanque tournament is what it’s all about.

The diagram is available as a stand-alone picture

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