1999.10.06 by Mr.Tupper@petanque.org
Canada's Triple team which advanced to 1/4 finals against Belgium; now stands down and will be replaced by the new '2000' team.
The Canadian Selection Championships were held in MontrÈal on August 14,15 and the winners were the new Canadian Triples team of Claude Laulhe and the Drouin brothers. This team with the experience of Claude Laulhe will respresent Canada in the world championships of 2000.
With the 1999 Canadian team of RÈmi Bouchard, Thomas Pouplot and Denis Bergeron advancing to the 1/4 final at the World Petanque Championships; it was shown that Canada is still amoung the best. After qualifing in the first elimination by beating Algeria 13 to 9. Although Canada had lost the France1 game at 13- 3 the bye allowed Canada to qualify with France1.
Canada, in advancing to the second round was grouped with the countries of Maurice, Germany and Thailand. In the first game against Maurice the win of 13-10 and the win against Germany of 13-6 advanced Canada to the 3rd Level. At the next level Canada was matched with the United States to qualify for the 1/4 finals.
The team of Bouchard, Pouplot and Bergeron with the coach of Bernard Aurouze first lost to the united States 13-3 but after beating Andorre 13-12 came back to play and elimate the Americian team at 13-10.
Reaching the 1/4 finals against Belgium was a long road and the honor remained even after a lost of 13-4.
CANADIAN SELECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN '2000'
Canadian Selections for the 2000 Championships were held in Montreal on August 14, 15 at the Parc Lafontaine. The participants were there to qualify for the Canadian Men`s and Canadian Women`s Teams.
The Canadian Selection Championships were won by Jean-Michel Drouin, Brother Sabesten Drouin as pointer and the 'old Fox' Claude Laulhe. The win of 15-9 against Mario Lemieux, Jean Langlais and Pierre Sylvestre .
The Canadian Womens Selection Championships, of which Canada did not have a team in 1999, was won by Maryse Bergeron, Joanne Picard,(pointer) and Mary Ringuette against the previous 1998 Womens Champions of Sonia Coulombe, Charlotte Bernard Carole Gelinas (shooter). The score of 15-8 was further exciting with the finishing game of 5 ball advantage to make 3 point.
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