After their inspiring achievement of winning the 2012 biannual United States Women's National Pétanque Championship tournament in Blue Hill, Maine, the Valley of the Moon Pétanque Club’s Barbara Hall, Narin Garrett and Erin McTaggart raised their competitive focus for 2013 to the world championship level.
As national champions, Hall, Garrett and McTaggart, along with VOMPC coach PJ Mallette and an alternate player, Cynthia Stroud from the Maine Boules Club, represented the United States at the recent Women's World Pétanque Championships in Montauban, a city in southern France near the Bordeaux wine region.
With 43 teams from 41 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America (USA and Canada) vying for the world crown, five qualifying rounds were held and on the first day of competition, the Valley women and their Maine teammate posted a 2-0 record for the USA, defeating Latvia 13-4, and beating Estonia 13-6.
Following the first round of action was the “Tir de Precision” – a shooting contest for one player on each country's team – and McTaggart represented the U.S. team in the competition, which involved taking 20 attempted shots at various distances and degrees of difficulty.
McTaggart turned in a standout effort and advanced to the second round to become the first American woman shooter to accomplish the feat, before being edged out of advancing into the third round.