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Basket Landes


Flags of Basket Landes - Image by Ivan Sache, 17 May 2021

Basket Landes (website) is a feminine basketball club headquartered in Mont-de-Marsan.
The club was first established as Union Sportive Eyres (USE), based in the small village of Eyres-Moncube; a hundred out of the c. 350 inhabitants of the village were involved in the club management. USE then merged with the clubs of another two small villages, Fargues and Coudure, to form Eyres-Fargue-Coudure Basket (EFCB).
A regional reference, the club was transformed into Basket Landes and moved to Saint-Sever. In 2008, the club won the NF1 (second professional league) and advanced to the Basket Feminine League; relocated in 2015 in Mont-de-Marsan, Basket Landes won the Basket Feminine League on 15 May 2021, 72-64 to Basket Lattes-Montpellier.

Basket Landes has been coached since 2019 by Julie Barennes (b. 1986), who played for the club from 2009 to 2012 and 2013 to present. The winning team is captained by Céline Dumerc (b. 1982; 262 caps with the national team), six times national champion with Tango Bourges and captain of the French team that won the EuroBasket Women 2009 and claimed the silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games). Other notable players are Valériane Ayayi-Vukosavljević (b. 1994; 103 caps with the national team), three times national champion with Basket Lattes-Montpellier, Villeneuve d'Ascq-Lille and Tango Bourges, respectively, and champion of of the Czech Republic); Abi Gaye (b. 1995; 6 caps with the national team), national champion with Villeneuve d'Ascq-Lille; and two Canadian international players, Miranda Ayim (b. 1988) and Katherine Plouffe (b. 1992, national champion with Tango Bourges).

The flags used by the supporters of Basket Landes (photo, photo, photo) are vertically divided blue-white-blue, the left stripe being darker; these are the club's colors.

Ivan Sache, 17 May 2021

Stade Montois

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Flags of Stade Montois, left, official flag, right, supporter's flag - Images by Ivan Sache, 13 February 2012

Stade Montois (website) is a rugby union club based in Mont-de-Marsan.
Founded in 1908, the Stade Montois experienced its Gilded Age in the two decades following the Second World War. The team was then famous for its "champagne rugby" and "French flair". After having lost three finals of the French championship (1949, 1953 and 1959), the Stade Montois eventually won the national championship in 1963, defeating in the final (9-6) the other main team in the Landes, US Dax.
Since the establishment of the professional championship in 1995, the club played only two seasons in the First League (2002-2003, Top 16; 2008-2009; Top 14).

The most famous players of Stade Montois were known as the "Four Musketeers". The most emblematic of the Musketeers, André "Boni" Boniface '(b. 1934) is one of the six French inductees in the International Rugby Hall of Fame (2005) and one of the seven French inductees in the IRB Hall of Fame (2011); he played 48 times for the French national team over 13 years (1954-1966, national record), including in 1954 with the team that defeated (3-0) the New Zealand All Blacks for the first time in history. His young brother Guy "The Mouse" Boniface (1937-1968) played 35 times with the national team, but the two brothers teamed only 18 times. Christian Darrouy (b. 1937) played 40 times with the national team, holding for year the record of the number of trials (23); on 25 July 1964, he scored the trial that allowed France to defeat the Springboks. The fourth Musketeer, Benoît "Le Grand Ferré" Daugat (b. 1942) played 63 times for the national team (national record for years), including in the team that won the Grand Slam in the Five Nations Championship 1968.

More recently, Thomas Castaignède (b. 1975) started his career in Stade Montois in 1993 but subsequently played for Stade Toulousain (1994-1997; national champion every year; winner of the European Cup, 1996), Castres Olympique (197-2000) and the Saracens "dream team" (2000-2007); he played 54 times with the national team, scoring 252 points and winning the Grand Slam in the Five Nations Championships back to back in 1997 and 1998. Castaignède was hired as a rugby union columnist by The Guardian in 2007-2008 (profile).

The official flag of Stade Montois, hoisted in several copies over the main stand of the Guy Boniface Stadium (photo), is vertically divided yellow-black, the club's colors since its foundation.
The supporters also use the club's flag charged with the countercolored letters "S" and "M".

Ivan Sache, 13 February 2012