Petanque, fun and food in Bangkok
A few members of Aoyama Petanque went on a short trip to Bangkok to participate in a tournament hosted by our good friend and petanque coach Dumrong-san (right). Although we were beaten by the strong Thai petanque teams, the trip was a great success thanks to our host and also thanks to our member Bas-kun (left), who did a great job as a guide!
The tournament was held at a great facility especially made for petanque with a roof and with a terrain set up to favor an aggressive shooting style. And in this department the Thai teams just out-classed the Japanese teams.
Below a few shots from our petanque, fun and food trip in Bangkok. Thank you so much Dumrong-san! And see you again!
As long as I can remember, our first petanque gathering of the year has always been a perfect sunny winter day. This year, too, and it brought out a large number of petanque enthusiasts to our home ground at Aoyama Park for the First Boule Throw of the Year and celebrate with lots of good food and fine drinks. A Happy New Year to everybody!
The Aoyama Petanque New Year’s Tournament, with eleven double teams participating, was won by the team of Steve and Tod in an exiting final where they won over the second placed team of Kawabata-san and Hiro. Congrats!
Aoyama Petanque players all in the top-eight
Aoyama Petanque's Buehler, Nabeshima and Ayumi Goma participated in this year's last tournament, the famous singles competition held at the Yumenoshima ground, infamous for its mean gravel terrain condition. All of them made it to the final rounds with Buehler finishing in the 3rd place, Nabeshima in the 4th and Ayumi Goma in 5th (tie) place. However, it was Ayu who played the best match of the tournament in the first round of the finals, where she beat the favorite player Konari in a very exiting match. Great way to finish the year!
Aoyama Petanque, nice team effort! Kanpai!
Matthias and two friends reach 4th place
Aoyama Petanque's Matthias teamed up with two friends and reached the 4th place at the Tokyo Triplet Tournament. In the semi-final they gave a good run and almost kicked out the later winners. Another nice Aoyama/Bonnou achievement. Well done guys!
Aoyama Petanque team with Ayu and Naoki in 1st Place
Forty-eight teams, ehm.. couples, competed in this year's Kawamoto Married Couple Cup for the honor of best petanque wife and husband combination. Aoyama Petanque's Ayu and Naoki Goma put on a great show of skills and love in winning this tournament, which by the way only allows legally married couples to compete. Congrats to the Goma couple!
Aoyama Petanque team with Matthias, Ogawa-san and Shimotori-san in 1st Place
Back in Japan after a two years break, Matthias joined the Aoyama Petanque team of Ogawa-san and Shimotori-san in the "faithful dog Hachikou" Cup, and the three Aoyama players finished in the top spot with a great comeback victory in the final. Congrats to you gents!
Aoyama Petanque player Ogawa and Shimotori-san make the podium
Aoyama Petanque teams keep adding 3rd places to our yearly activities. This time players Ogawa and Shimotori battled 32 teams at the Akasaka Junior High School ground for the Raluy Cup. Congratulations!
3rd Place for N. Goma, A. Buehler and Nabeshima
The Aoyama Petanque team again finished in a 3rd place, this time at the Tani Cup Petanque Tournament in Narita. Lately it seems we have a subscription for reaching or ending up in that place on the podium. But good job, Naoki-san, Nabe-chan and Adrian!
The team members changed a little, with Ayu's husband Naoki taking her place on the Aoyama team, as she made an appearance with the ladies team representing Tokyo at this year's Japan Championship. Unfortunately the two teams faced each other in the second match of the final rounds, which the ladies lost to Aoyama Petanque, but not without giving us a good fight and catching great attention showing off their new Tokyo Petanque Federation uniforms. By the way, the design is another nice creation by our teammate Ayu. Good luck to Hakoishi-san, Hosoda-san and Ayu for the championship later in the Autumn!
K. Katata, A. Goma, A. Buehler in 3rd place
Keiko Katata joined Aoyama Petanque's Ayu and Adrian in a triplet team for the 2018 Fresh Kashiwa Petanque Tournament. The girls performed very well in both the shooting and middle position, and so the team made a nice 3rd place. Another great Aoyama/Bonnou collaboration!
A. Goma and K. Katata in 3rd place
Aoyama Petanque's Ayu and Keiko Katata from the Kyoto Bonnou team joined forces at the 2018 Salut Open Petanque Tournament in Ashiya, Kansai and made the podium with a good 3rd place. Congrats to you girls!
A. Goma and A. Buehler in 3rd place
Aoyama Petanque's A + A team has won this tournament twice in the last few years and was hoping for a third win, but at the end of the day it was a good 3rd place, achieved on the hottest day this year so far. It seems this team is doing well in severe weather conditions. Congrats!
Aoyama Petanque players in 4th place
Long-time Aoyama Petanque player Ogawa teamed up with Shimotori-san in the Club Tournament at Akasaka Junior-High School ground. The doubles team finished in a good 4th place and thus a return for Ogawa in the result list here. Congrats!
Nabeshima and Claude with Yamaguchi-san in 1st Place
Aoyama Petanque player Nabeshima teamed up with Claude and Yamaguchi-san to win the prestigious 30th edition of the Sainokuni Saitama Open played on one of the best petanque terrains in Japan. In the second match of the final rounds the Nabeshima team had to play against the other Aoyama Petanque team of Ayu, Adrian and Masami and won the match by one point ahead before the time up signal.
In the final they faced the team of former national players Konari, Oe and Yoshimoto. Some nervousness on both sides made for a game with a low winning points proceeding. As the 50 min. time limit approached, the Nabeshima team's shooter Yamaguchi hit a few crucial boules, while his opponent Konari missed the decisive shots which let to a 7-5 decision sealed with a last and successful boule by Nabeshima. Congrats to Claude, Yamaguchi-san and Nabe-chan for this great win!
This year again, the Japan Petanque and Boules Federation honored our teammate Ayumi Goma with the Excellent Player Award in recognition of the outstanding result in leading the Japan Petanque Women National Team to the tie 5th place at last year's World Championship in China. Congratulations, Ayu!
Aoyama Petanque player Ayumi Goma on top
Ayumi Goma strongly performed at the 2018 Japan Women Petanque National Team Selection. After qualifying in the first selection last month, she came in on top of the second selection with the best winning score in a two days long single competition. She also got appointed captain again to represent Japan at this year's Asian Petanque Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Congrats, Ayu!
Aoyama Petanque players win the Zama Open
Ayumi Goma and Adrian Buehler teamed up at the Zama Open Doubles Tournament, one of the most popular tournaments in the Kanto Region, beating a strong field of 88 teams. Three complete wins in the morning qualification group (including two fanny wins) still was not enough to proceed directly to the final rounds, as by the bad luck of draw, they even had to go through an extra round.
In the final rounds it was not only fighting the opponents but also the bad weather conditions with a rain storm, which made play extremely difficult. Especially for the shooting on a soaked terrain, where only the most precise direct hit actually managed to move the target boule. The shooter Ayu did a great job in these demanding conditions! Congrats to the Aoyama Petanque team!
Aoyama Petanque player Ayumi Goma in 4th place
Our teammate Ayumi Goma, together with player Otsuka from Chiba-ken, finished in 4th place at the 2018 Japan Open Petanque tournament held in the town of Kurashiki, Okuyama-ken. This large tournament included 212 teams from all over Japan and the playing schedule extended over two days of very competitive matches. Congrats!
This year, too, a perfect sunny winter day brought out a large number of petanque enthusiasts to our home ground at Aoyama Park for the First Boule Throw of the Year. A Happy New Year to everybody!
The Aoyama Petanque New Year’s Tournament, this year with six teams participating was won by the team of Nabeshima, Hiro and Ace. Congrats!
In second place the team of Chieko, Matthias and Rajan. By the way, we welcomed back Matthias to Aoyama for his year end holidays in Japan! The winner's price, sponsored by Matthias, a draft beer machine!
The Japan Women team finished in joint 5th place
Japan put on a great performance at the Women Petanque World Championship Kaihua China (8 – 12 November 2017), finishing among the best-8 in the world, the best result of a Japanese team ever in the World Championships.
Our Aoyama Petanque teammate Ayumi Goma competed in all matches either in the shooting or middle position. Two wins against three loses in the selection rounds was just enough to secure the last spot for the final rounds, but from there on the team went on a run to eliminate Switzerland and Germany and was then stopped by Cambodia in the quarter finals. Congrats! We are all very proud of you girls!
In the Shooting Competition Ayumi Goma produced a good 30 points in the first round and an entry into the second round which resulted with 21 points. The total was not enough for entry into the final rounds, but a good 13th place finish. By the way, her perfect 20 points in the atelier 1 was not matched by any other player!
And of course, on the next Saturday we celebrated Ayu's great performance with a little champagne toast at our Aoyama Petanque home ground.
Aoyama Petanque players competed in this year’s Pan Pacific Championship
By winning the 22nd Koto-ku Petanque Tournament 2017 the Aoyama Petanque team was also invited to officially represent Japan at this year’s Pan Pacific Petanque Championship held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Teams from ten nations in the Pan Pacific region participated in the 11th edition of this tournament. Three teams from Japan managed to reach the final rounds, including the Japan 2 team with Aoyama Petanque players A. Buehler, F. Kawabata and A. Goma. In the final rounds the Aoyama players lost against the young women team from Ho Chi Minh City and ended the tournament among the best 16.
The Asian teams, mostly consisting of young players, put on a strong show of excellent petanque skills on a tricky terrain made of a soft earth base with large gravel on top, asking for the most accurate shooting ability. Laos dominated the tournament by winning the triple and shooting competition.
Strong 3rd place finish at JPBF Kanto Block Petanque Championship
In his last petanque tournament in Japan, at least for now, Kevin finished in a strong 3rd place at the JPBF Kanto Block Petanque Championship 2017, teaming up with Masami-san and Claude. Our new club polo shirts work well! Congrats and merci for the good time! All the best and see you again, Kevin!
Ayumi Goma to lead national team
Our Aoyama Petanque teammate Ayu was selected to represent Japan at this year’s Women Petanque World Championship in Kaihua, China from the 8th to 12th November. This year the selection process saw a big change in that the younger generation finally managed to prove their skills and take over from the old gard. However, it is also good to see that one of the most successful Japanese women players, Machiko Inoue, is continuing her career as the head coach of the National Team.
On the photograph from left to right: Head Coach: Machiko Inoue, Player: Shoko Ishigami, Player: Haruka Ishigami, Player Captain: Ayumi Goma, Player: Akemi Kinoshita
Good Luck, Girls!!!
2nd Place for Ayumi Goma and Keiko Katata
Our Aoyama Petanque teammate Ayu together with Keiko-san from Kyoto finished in a good 2nd place at the Michinoku Kitakami Cup in Iwate-ken. With Keiko-san pointing and Ayu in the shooting position, the two women cruised through the 2-days long tournament all the way up to the final. Congrats to both, and have fun with the gorgeous price. Well done!
Kevin Meniel in 2nd Place
Aoyama’s new star player Kevin Meniel teamed up with Masami-san and Claude for the 29th edition of the Saitama Open Petanque Tournament and finished in the nice 2nd place. This tournament is played on a real tough petanque terrain, which of course suited Kevin’s extraordianry shooting skills very much. Congrats!
The Japan Petanque and Boules Federation honored our teammate Ayumi Goma with the Excellent Player Award in recognition of her outstanding results achieved at the Asian Beach Games and her contribution to the development of Petanque in Japan. Well done, Ayu!
Aoyama Petanque in 1st Place
From left: Adrian, Ayumi and Chris with the Koto-ku Mayor Cup.
For its 22nd edition the 2017 Koto-ku Petanque Tournament was held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the usual Kiba Park venue with a strong field of 46 teams battling for the title.
The Aoyama Petanque team was in control the whole day, never losing a game, although the rather short time limit for a game lead to a few very close decisions. For Chris this win is specially sweet as he was able to defend his title from last year!
Aoyama Petanque players in action: Pointeur: Chris Hurquin, Milieu: Ayumi Goma, Tireur: Adrian Buehler
7th place for Ayumi Goma and Yasuteru Oe
Aoyama Petanque player Ayumi Goma (left) teamed up with Yasuteru Oe from Kyoto (right) in the Doubles Competition at the 2017 Petanque Japan Open held in Fukuchiyama and finished in the respectable 7th place. Congrats to both players!
Kazuko Koike (left), also from Aoyama Petanque, joined with Keiko Katata from Kyoto (right), but unfortunately the team was not able to reach to final rounds.
A perfect sunny winter day brought out a large number of petanque enthusiasts to our home ground at Aoyama Park for the First Boule Throw of the Year. A Happy New Year to everybody!
The traditional spilling of Sake on our terrain to appease the Gods of Petanque (top left). A table full of goodies such as the super delicious home-baked carrot cake (top right). Plenty of booze also enjoyed by the Aoyama Girls (bottom left). The sun is out! Get your shades on! (bottom right)
The Aoyama Petanque New Year’s Tournament with eight teams participating was won by the team of Naoki, Chieko and Adrian. Congrats!
Nick, Arnaud and Laurent in 3rd place
The Aoyama Petanque team of Nick, Arnaud and Laurent (left to right) place in a nice 3rd place at the 21st Chiba Wakashio Petanque Tournament. This, by the way, was the first tournament appearance for Nick on the Japanese pétanque tour! Congrats to you guys!
Our Aoyama Petanque teammate Ayumi Goma put on a great performance at the Asian Beach Games 2016, Danang, Vietnam, in the Women’s Single Petanque with a joint 3rd place and winning a bronze medal. (official website)
The Asian Beach Games, held under the auspices of the Olympic Council of Asia, are strongly gaining popularity among the young Asian athletes for its diverse selection of sports otherwise not represented in the Olympic Games. Of course, Petanque is also one of these sports.
With many Asian countries ranking high in the Petanque discipline, the level of play at the Beach Games is very high. The terrain is sandy, but quite compact and heavy, making for a set up of strong pointing and shooting competitions.
Ayu was drawn into the tough 5 players group together with the local favorite from Vietnam. Her 3 win 1 loss record was the same as the Vietnamese player, but since Ayu beat her in the direct match, the first place in the group went to Ayu. The Thai player, another top favorite, surprisingly placed 2nd in the other group, which meant that Ayu had to face her in the semifinal, in which the Thai player put on a supreme show of petanque power. Although the 0-13 result might seem like a one-sided match, the end-by-end score shows that for over 10 ends Ayu managed stay in play. She just couldn’t get a point. Well, at 13 points, it’s over… But, joint 3rd place and a bronze medal!
A great performance from Ayumi Goma. Many congrats from all of us. Well done, Ayu!!!
Women Singles Petanque National Team member
Our teammate Ayumi Goma is competing in the Asian Beach Games 2016 (official website) from 24 Sep 2016 till 03 Oct 2016 in Danang, Vietnam
Everybody at our club is very excited to have a national team player among us. We wish Ayumi Goma all the best competing against the top players in Asia.
Go, go! Ayu
Many new players!
The players at Aoyama Park have recently increased by a good number. They are heading from all parts of the world, and they're all experienced Petanque players! Some are so good that they're winning local tournaments. Arnaud, Chris and Laurant from France. Matthias from Germany. Akira from Japan. And Bass from Thailand.
Bass has not played in a tournament here yet, but his playing skills are so good that he gets requests for signing the boules of our Aoyama Girls!
With so many skilled players on the terrain the games are exciting and on a high level as seen in our little club tournament last Saturday, which was won by the park veterans Hiro, Adrian and Brett.
Aoyama Petanque team in the Final!
The Aoyama Petanque team of Arnaud, Ogawa and Matthias made it into the final at the 2016 Narita Azisai Petanque Tournament. Where they had to settle for second place with a very close 10:11 decision. Still a great result! Congrats!!
The team with Ayu and Kazu did not reach the final rounds, but in the afternoon went on to win the Tanoshimi tournament.
Aoyama Petanque 2 in 1st Place!
From left: Arnaud, Matthias and Chris are presented the Koto-ku Mayor Cup by Mr. Kakizawa, member of the House of Representatives.
For its 20th anniversary the 2016 Koto-ku Petanque Tournament was held with a large and strong field of 44 teams battling for the title under a blue sky on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Kiba Park venue.
The team of Aoyama Petanque 2 sneaked into the final rounds after a second place in the selection group in the morning. But once in the final rounds, there was no stopping them. Accurate pointing and a steady hand for shooting the opponent's boules, Arnaud, Matthias and Chris cruised right into the final match.
Chris and Matthias in action.
Aoyama Petanque 2 in the back and the team NDB 4 in front.
In the final Arnaud, Matthias and Chris were in good control, never letting the opponents into the lead. With a time limit of 50 min. the match ended with Aoyama Petanque 2 winning 9-2! Congratulations! From all Aoyama Petanque members who enthusiastically cheered for their team during the whole final.
Results of the final rounds.
The other two Aoyama Petanque teams had mixed results. Aoyama Petanque 1 won the tanoshimi tournament and Aoyama Petanque 3 struggled the day long for a winning game.
Aoyama Petanque 1 (Ogawa, Ayu and Adrian)
Of course, the following Saturday a few champagne bottles popped up at Aoyama Park
Matthias celebrating the champion title
Under a blue sky and Spring-like temperature a large number of petanque enthusiasts showed up at our traditional First Petanque Boule Throw-out on January 3rd at Aoyama Petanque's home ground.
The perfect setting for our gorgeous picnic with great food and wine. And of course the petanque fun even with a small tournament! Many thanks to everybody. A Happy New Year!
As always the tournament setup (team partner, first match opponents) was decided by one boule thrown by all participants.
This year's final was won by the two Adrian E. and Adrian B. over the team Sachi and Todd. Congrats to all!
All-Aoyama Petanque Final!
The 2015 Yumenoshima Singles Tournament turned into a big show of Aoyama Petanque power with A. Goma and A. Buehler both cruising through the strong field to reach the final, which in the end was won by A. Buehler, defending his title from last year.