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

Pétanque

The Sidcup Petanque Club started with only one team in 2015. They played in the Kent Petanque League (KPL) Summer League, which is normally from April to September, and added another team a year later. In 2018 we became an official section within the Sidcup Recreation Club.

In 2019 our first team, the Sidcup Reckers, won promotion to Division One of the KPL. Our second team, the Sidcup Rollers, came a respective 4th in Division Five, just 4 seasons after starting at the bottom in Division Seven.

We also have some of the hardy squad members that compete in the KPL Winter League under the name Sidcup Sleighers during the winter months, October through to March.

All the League games are played on a Wednesday evenings. We start at 8pm and normally finish around 10pm so there’s time for another drink.  Hot and cold buffet is available at all the venues, which are all based in Kent.  These are all either clubs or local country pubs. In 2021 we are praying that the restrictions will be lifted so that the summer or winter leagues can commence after being suspended in 2020.

In the meantime we hope to continue with both our current teams. If you are wanting to join and play in league or simply be a social player and have some fun, all newcomers are welcome. The rules are very simple to follow, and are very similar to lawn bowls. The games can be competitively or just for fun.

When allowed to, we will return to our normal Sunday lunchtime fun practice sessions (weather permitting).  For keen players, in the summer,  we also have  evening sessions on Tuesdays.

We also have spare boules behind the bar. So if you fancy trying Petanque, aka French Boules, feel free to play or just pop along to one of the weekly practice sessions and say hello (or Bonjour).

Feel free to give me a call for more details or you can find all the relevant details via the KPA website – click here

Paul (Harris)
Chairperson – Pétanque Section
07825 934694

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.