You need steel balls to play Petanque!!

In fact you need 3 of them to play the quintessential game of French “boules” or bowls. We have played at Avalon for over 10 years. We play on Wednesday and Saturday mornings starting at 10:00 a.m. until we get thirsty or hungry at about 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

The name comes from “pieds tanqué”, which in the dialect of Languedoc in South West France means Feet Fixed. The players stand in a fixed circle to throw their ball.

The games is played in singles, doubles or triples. The idea is the same as in lawn bowls. Get as many balls as close to the jack as possible. Except in petanque the jack is a “cochonet” or “piglet”.

Having won the argument about who plays with who and who plays first, the jack is thrown between 6 & 10 metres. The first player throws and then the opponents throw until they take the point and so on until all balls are thrown.

The next argument is about who has the point and how many. After this is decided the next end starts and the game continues up to 13 points.

New players always welcome. We have spare boules if you need them and instruction is free – although it is the same as free advice – it’s worth what you pay for it!!!


For further information:-

Carol Layton (Secretary):
0409 579 929


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