Category Archives: Petanque

Do you talk boules?

6e43ca1fc2599febb1c4467fda58bb7d_i-speak-french-clip-art-k18999079-fotosearch_139-170The game originated in France so obviously so much of its vocabulary comes from there as well. Occasionally at our club we have “talk like a Frenchman” games where everyone tries to remember their O level French from 50 years ago and fail miserably.

If you click on the link below you can see a document which has an extensive list of pétanque terms but it misses out on some of the common phrases you hear while you’re on the piste in France.

When things go well it’s common to hear Bravo! This is probably Italian but has moved into French and English and is easy to remember. A quiet bien joué  (bee-ann-ju-ay) means well played and bien tiré (bee-ann-tir-ay) is good shot. A humorous modern addition when a boules takes its own meandering path to the jack is téléguidé – remote controlled.

When things go wrong the language changes. Some of these are untranslateable. Most English people know Merde and it’s easy to say. Don’t forget the very useful double merde (doo-bler-maired) and the rarely heard triple variety.

Other unhappy expletives are a mix of putain (prostitute),  bordelle (brothel) and merde. On its own putain means bloody hell but combined with the other two words can mean fer cryin’out loud or ferchrissakes according to how forcefully they are spat out. Another phrase often heard just after someone has missed a shot is J’ai pas le droit which probably means Oh no I’ve missed it but could be more sinister. Maybe our French speaking readers can help out here. Translating idioms from one language to another is fraught with danger.

Finally the French hardly ever refer to the cochonnet. It’s an urban myth. They talk about le but (boo) or le petit. Cochonnet only exists in in O level French text books circa 1970.

Allez! Salut maintenant!

https://huddersfieldpetanque.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/french-terms.pdf

Club Competitions

We’ve noticed from our travels playing the game that many clubs don’t run many competitions. It may be that they don’t want them or that they don’t know how to so we’ll look at how to take the first step.

Firstly competitions don’t have to be intense, day long events with huge prize funds full of top players. There’s a place for these but there’s also room for friendly competitions, short competitions, silly competitions and unusual competitions. Today is short ones.

Click here to read full article.

 

coronavirus

Following Government advice the committee has decided to immediately cancel all club meetings & competitions at the club until further notice. The AGM will be rearranged as soon as it is safe. Existing officers will remain in post. Subs will be due at the AGM whenever it is.

Winter Melee winner

Final round was Sunday 1st March and only 3 players won all 3 games so points difference came into play. Sue was 3rd, Richard was 2nd but one point ahead was Roy with 3 wins & +27.

So the overall winner is Richard. Here he is with the trophy

The final table is below. Thanks to Phil Jones for keeping the records over the winter.

Points Games Best 3
1 Richard 44 4 37 (13/12/12)
2 Robin 44.5 5 34 (12/11/11)
3 Phil 37.5 6 32.5 (13/12.5/7)
4 Nigel 40 5 32 (13/10/9)
5 Rita S 30.5 4 30.5 (11/10/9.5)
6 Roy 37 6 27 (13/7/7)
7 Denise 25.5 2 25.5 (13/12.5/-)
8 Sue C 25 5 25 (10/9/6)
9 Marie 22.5 3 22.5 (9/8/5.5)
10 Kevin 21 5 21 (12/5/4)
11 Maureen 20 5 19 (9.5/7/2.5)
12 Brendan 17.5 5 17.5 (9/8/0.5)
13 Diane P 16.5 3 16.5 (11/5/0.5)
14 Elaine 16 3 16 (8/8/-)
15 Jack 15.5 4 15.5 (10/3/2.5)
16 Bob 15 3 15 (11/3/1)
17= Pauline 13 4 13 (7/4/2)
17= Sandie W 13 3 13 (12/1/-)
19 Sandra B 12.5 4 12.5 (10/2.5/-)
20 Pete 11.5 3 11.5 (8/3.5/-)
21 Michael K 11 1 11 (11/-/-)
22 Barbara 9 1 9 (9/-/-)
23= Margaret 7 3 7 (6/1/-)
23= Yvonne 7 2 7 (6/1/-)
25 Paul 6.5 4 6.5 (4/2.5/-)
26 Rita P 6 2 6 (3.5/2.5/-)
27= Reg 5.5 4 5.5 (5.5/-/-)
27= Geertje 5.5 2 5.5 (5.5/-/-)
29 Christine A 5 5 5 (3/2/-)
30 Christine K 3 1 3 (3/-/-)
31 Mick 2.5 1 2.5 (2.5/-/-)

Summer melee competition starts April 5th and ends on September 6th.

February members melee

Winner was Phil followed by Sandie & Robin.

Table so far with one month to go before we have a winner. It’s tight at the top.

points games Best 3
Phil 32.5 5 32.5
Richard 32 3 32
Nigel 31 4 31
Rita S 30.5 3 30.5
Robin 33.5 4 28.5
Denise 25.5 2 25.5
Kevin 21 5 21
Roy 24 5 20
Brendan 17.5 5 17.5
Diane P 16.5 3 16.5
Elaine 16 3 16
Bob 15 3 15
Sue C 15 4 15
Marie 14.5 2 14.5
Jack 13 3 13
Pauline 13 4 13
Maureen 13 4 13
Sandra B 12.5 3 12.5
Sandie W 12 2 12
Pete 11.5 3 11.5
Michael K 11 1 11
Barbara 9 1 9
Margaret 7 3 7
Reg 5.5 4 5.5
Geertje 5.5 2 5.5
Christine A 5 5 5
Rita P 3.5 1 3.5
Christine K 3 1 3
Paul S 2.5 3 2.5
Mick 2.5 1 2.5
Yvonne 1 2 1

January Melee

Denise & Phil tied for first place in January melee with 3 wins and same points difference. Bob was 3rd. Scores so far with 2 events to go.

points games Best 3
1 Richard 32 3 32
2 Denise 25.5 2 25.5
3 Nigel 23 3 23
4 Robin 22.5 3 22.5
5 Rita S 21 2 21
6 Phil 19.5 4 19.5
7= Brendan 17 4 17
7= Roy 17 4 17
9= Diane P 16 2 16
9= Elaine 16 3 16
9= Kevin 16 4 16
12 Bob 15 3 15
13 Marie 14.5 2 14.5
14 Sandra B 12.5 3 12.5
15 Pete 11.5 3 11.5
16 Michael 11 1 11
17 Jack 10 2 10
18= Barbara 9 1 9
18= Pauline 9 3 9
18= Sue C 9 3 9
21 Margaret 7 2 7
22= Reg 5.5 3 5.5
22= Geertje 5.5 2 5.5
24= Rita P 3.5 1 3.5
24= Maureen 3.5 3 3.5
26= Christine K 3 1 3
26= Christine A 3 4 3
28= Mick 2.5 1 2.5
28= Paul S 2.5 3 2.5
30 Yvonne 1 2 1

Full records (E&OE)

Name Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Total Best 3
Richard :13 :12 :07 :32 :32
Kevin :12 :00 :04 :00 :16 :16
Michael K :11 :11 :11
Rita S :10 :11 :21 :21
Brendan :09 :08 :00 :00 :17 :17
Elaine :08 :00 :08 :16 :16
Phil :07 :00 :00 :12.5 :19.5 :19.5
Roy :06 :07 :00 :04 :17 :17
Robin :05 :12 :5.5 :22.5 :22.5
Christine A :03 :00 :00 :00 :03 :03
Bob :03 :01 :11 :15 :15
Christine K :03 :03 :03
Yvonne :01 :00 :01 :01
Pauline :00 :02 :07 :09 :09
Nigel :13 :00 :10 :23 :23
Sandra B :10 :00 :2.5 :12.5 :12.5
Barbara :09 :09 :09
Margaret :06 :01 :00 :07 :07
Diane P :05 :11 :16 :16
Pete :3.5 :08 :00 :11.5 :11.5
Rita P :3.5 :3.5 :3.5
Sue C :00 :00 :09 :09 :09
Jack :00 :10 :10 :10
Paul S :00 :00 :2.5 :2.5 :2.5
Maureen :00 :2.5 :01 :3.5 :3.5
Sandie W :00 :00 :00
Amanda :00 :00 :00 :00 :00
Reg :00 :5.5 :00 :5.5 :5.5
Colin :00 :00 :00
David :00 :00 :00 :00
Denise :13 :12.5 :25.5 :25.5
Marie :09 :5.5 :14.5 :14.5
Gurtje :5.5 :00 :5.5 :5.5
Mick :2.5 :2.5 :2.5
Elizabeth :00 :00 :00
Jan :00 :00 :00
Ian :00 :00 :00