NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE to the Bricklayers Sharnford. The group is nearly full so new members please ring Gareth before attending.
Most of us immediately think of France when Pétanque is mentioned, conjuring up images of Gauloise smoking and beret wearing Frenchmen engrossed in a strange game involving metal balls being played on a warm summers evening in the dusty central square of a southern French town. The game is often known as Boules in the UK.
We cannot guarantee sunshine but you will have a pleasant enjoyable afternoon with good company. come along to the Bricklayers Sharnford and give it a try. U3A member Gareth (our expert!) will guide you through the basics. The Terrain that we play on is in the rear beer garden & the pub is open all afternoon so you can enjoy some liquid refreshment while you play, or have lunch before.
We play all the year round on the 4th Friday monthly form 2 till 4pm at Bricklayers Sharnford
We supply both the Boule and sparkling company for you to play.
Due to safety reasons numbers are limited so you must contact the group leader first - Gareth Twitchett contact details in your programme
Basic Rules of Pétanque:
1. Teams can be:
- 3 versus 3 players called Triplette, each player has two boule
- 2 versus 2 players called Doublette, each player has three boule
- 1 versus 1 player called tête-à-tête each player has three boule
2. The first to play is decided by the toss of a coin. Any player in the team chooses a starting place and draws a circle on the ground in which to stand. The circle should be 35 to 50cm in diameter.
3. The player then throws the jack (cochonette) between 6 to 10M away.It must not be nearer then 1M from any obstacle.
4. This player then throws his first boule the object being to get as close to the jack as possible. Both feet must remain on the ground within the circle until his boule has touched the ground.
5. A player from the opposing team steps into the circle and throws a boule. The object being to place his boule closer to the jack or knock his opponents boule further away.The boule nearest to the jack leads.
6. The players in the team which is not leading (i.e. do not have the boule closest to the jack) to throw until they have a leading boule. Then the other team play till they do and so on..
7. When a team has no more boules the the other team continue and try to place one of their boule closer to the jack.
8. when the two teams have no more boules, the points are counted. the winning team gets as many points as it has boules closer to the jack than their opponents.
9. A player from the winning team then throws the jack from the point where it rested, and the game commences again.
The winners are the first team to score 13 points.