Lockdown Update

Some play is possible following guidance from National Governing bodies. 2 members who are in the same family group can now play; 2 individuals who are not in the same family group can play as long as they socially distance. No doubles or triples can be played.

The secretary has emailed members with guidelines for playing and members can play at any time as “Club sessions” will not run for sometime and there will be no competitions for some time.

The clubhouse is closed. Please bring your own drinks if you want to.

For more information contact club secretary.

Playing to the rules

It’s a funny old game pétanque. Most people have picked up a garbled version of the rules on holiday or from a friend “who knew the game” but when you start a club you’ll most likely have to start from scratch but which rules do you teach?

Do you need  the Official rules of the international governing body? There is a view that these are poorly written concentrating too much on the highest level of the game and the penalties for non compliance, umpires and juries that are just too demanding for most club members. Look at the FIPJP rules

Or should you use a simple set of Picture rules which are very simplistic but may cater for social players. Try the Picture Rules

Or a short set of the official rules but with the competition level rules removed? See Short 2020

Or the latest concept the Free rules which have been prepared by an aficionado trying to get away from the complicated and archaic Official rules and provide down to earth solutions. Revolutionary but intriguing Pétanque Libre

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!


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.



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.