“A simple fun game to play for people of all ages, genders and sizes”

Pétanque

We started with one team in 2015 playing in the Kent Petanque League (KPL) Summer League (April to September) and added another team a year later, then in 2018 we became an official section within the Sidcup Recreation Club.
In 2019 our first team, Sidcup Reckers. won promotion to Division One of the KPL, and our second team. Sidcup Rollers, came a respective 4th in Division Five just 4 seasons after starting in Division Seven.
We also had some of the hardy squad members compete in the KPL Winter League under the name Sidcup Sleighers during October and March.
In 2020 we hope to continue with both our current teams plus any newcomers. We will have our normal Sunday lunchtime fun practice sessions (weather permitting) with Tuesday evening sessions commencing in the summer months.
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 and say hello (or Bonjour)

You can find all the relevant details via the KPA website – click here

Paul (Harris)
Chairperson – Pétanque Section

Contact details

Chairperson: Paul Harris – T: 07825 934694 – email

Secretary: Martin Wittekind – T: 07712 834858 – email

Sidcup Reckers Captain: Jason Bradley – T: 07572 420847 – email

Sidcup Rollers Captain: John Waterworth – T: 07747 778011 – email

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.