Madagascar took top team honors at the third International Petanque Master tournament in Pattaya.
City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai passed out prizes and cash awards to top finishers at the closing ceremonies of the March 6-9 tournament at the Petanque 9-Rai Club on Soi Kopai.
The tournament was split into three divisions for three-person teams, a targeting match and open competition. Teams from Belgium, France, Japan, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Senegal, Thailand, United States, and Vietnam participated.
Victorious Madagascar team members hold the winner’s trophy as they pose for a photo with tournament officials at the conclusion of the event.
In the three-person team group, the Madagascar 2 line-up won 20,000 baht for first place. The Thai team took the 10,000-baht second-place prize, while the Madagascar 3 team took third for 10,000 baht and France won fourth.
In the targeting match, Thais Thanakorn and Watchara won first and second, respectively.
An open competition saw France place first, the Momento team second and Madagascar 2 take third.
Petanque is a form of boules where the goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a “cochonnet” or jack. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces.