“What makes Pétanque so appealing, is that you can be way ahead for a while, yet lose a second later”
After 3 seasons of playing Petanque at SRC we are now an official section, and the hardy squad members have just competed in the Kent Petanque Association Winter League.
The 2017 Summer League provided mixed fortunes for our two teams. The Reckers were relegated from Division One, and the Rollers won promotion from Division Seven. We are planning to enter two teams again in the 2018 Summer League which starts in April until September. We have lost a couple of players and will be looking to recruit some fresh talent in the near future.
Also, with the help of Brian and Sid, we erected new floodlights in September 2017 and will be having our normal Sunday lunchtime sessions and some evening sessions too, weather permitting.
Lastly, we have spare boules behind the bar, so if you fancy trying Petanque aka French Boules feel free, or just pop along to one of the weekly practice sessions.
You can find all the relevant details via the KPA website – click here
Chairperson – Pétanque Section
The Basic Rules
The main objective of the game is to throw small metal balls (boule) as close as possible to a wooden ball – known as cochonnet or jack – from the player’s fixed position in a circle. Petanque loosely translates to ‘feet together’ and refers to the player having both his legs together firmly on the ground while making a throw.
Played by two teams either consisting of up to three players (triples), two players (Doubles) or Singles, the game is played on either open space or marked terrain. For sporting events, it is played on marked terrain, traditionally marked using strings that are wound around nails that have been driven into the ground.
The game begins with both teams tossing a coin to decide who goes first. The team that wins the coin toss will then place the circle, before throwing the jack, and the first boule to start the game. A boule is considered the act of throwing a ball towards the jack. The first player has to ensure that the jack is thrown between six to 10 meters away from the circle.
Once the first boule is thrown, the opposing team will then throw a boule. After which, the team with the ball further away from the jack will be given a turn to throw another boule. This continues until the team that has the turn gains a point by having a ball closest to the jack, or until they run out of boules. Once a team has run out of boules, the opposing team will then continue throwing the boules until they have also run out.
Each game consists of several rounds (which is also known as ends). Each round ends when both teams have finished their boules. If the ball completely crosses the boundary line in a marked terrain, then it is considered a dead ball and will not be counted.
At the end of the round, the team with the ball closest to the jack scores a point for every ball that is closer than the opposing team’s balls. The winner of each round will begin the next, and rounds proceed until one of the team reaches 13 points in total, whereby they are considered the winner of the game.