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Updated 5th November 2018
2018 PETANQUE COMPETITIONS AND FIXTURES AND CLUB NEWS
11th Cobbetts Open Doubles
11th Icicle Doubles - Lordswood Kent
25th Petanglais - The Plough,
9th Christmas Hamper Doubles -
Meadow PC Kent
27th Arundel Winter Doubles
29th Snowboules - Luton PC
1st competition for next year confirmed
Petanque Club Presents The London Petanque
8 June 2019 At Crystal Palace Thicket Road L London Se19 2ga Prize Money
Totalling £5,500 Registration Is Now Open
£30 Per Triples Team Entry Open To All
Www.Londonpetanqueclub.Uk/Crystalpalace2019 For Details
Please check with organisers as competitions are subject to change and maybe limited on numbers or licence holders only
PS Keep an eye on our page of the month as the fixtures will soon be coming in thick and fast for the tournaments next year. If you are organising competitions please let us know and we will put them on our site free of charge.
Also www.winningpetanque.com has all the coaching tips featured on these pages from the past
UK PETANQUE CLUB INFORMATION
This new section is designed to promote clubs and their activities as well as contacts.
The Carnoustie Petanque
Club, situated at The Aboukir Hotel, 38 Ireland Street, Carnoustie,
Angus, Scotland DD7 6AT (entrance off Arbroath Road).
Affiliated to the Scottish Petanque Association.
The Club playing times are: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Visitors welcome.
If you would like your club here please ask. During holidays petanque players love to pop into local clubs to have a game or two!
to 2018 November's coaching tip from Pen-Y-Coed Petanque. Our series is aimed to
help you enjoy the game of Petanque and win more games.
So, you have followed all the instructions and advice and
have a lovely new piste all ready for action. Well, the piste will take a bit
of time to settle in. No matter how much you compact the surface of the piste
it will still settle of its own accord. This takes time. The top finer layers
of gravel will settle into the larger sub structure. This can be due to rain,
walking on the piste as well as playing on it. We are trying to recreate a
dusty French courtyard with rock and gravel so it may take some time. With the
British weather this can be up to 2 years to get a nice compact even but not
level surface to play Petanque on. The absorption of the top fine layers into
the piste will give a nice hard surface but you may need to have a little extra
top layer so the piste can be fed. The addition should not make the piste too
deep but it will need to be carried out. The main thing to remember is the sub
structure may settle at different rates and the impact of boule into one area
may cause the lower larger stone to come up through the top layers. This can be
annoying as it looks like the piste is breaking up. The solution is to hammer
these stones back into the piste and firm down the surrounding area. One of the
reasons this happens is the players always take the circle to the back of the
piste to start an end. This means the boule tend to land in the same place when
thrown and these constant impacts upset the balance of the sub structure. A new
piste needs to be played on all over so be aware the circle may need to be
placed in different places when practicing to ensure even impact on the piste.
Practicing shooting on a new piste is ok but you will need to ensure the target
boule is not in the same place all the time as this can destroy a new piste. If
the sub structure comes up and is not replaced into the piste then you will
have a hole or dip form in the piste. This may be an ideal home advantage, but
this hole will grow like a pot hole over time. The ground will give natural
contours as the piste settles so you will still have home advantage.
Other things to watch out for are build up of finer gravel
along the edges and ends. After play the piste should be raked so this extra
gravel is placed back into the centre of the piste. This will protect the
substructure and ensure a flatter piste. Use a leaf rake for this for the first
two years. A normal rake will snag on the substructure and pull it out of the
ground as you rake.
After the piste has settled you could take some of this top
level away if you want a faster piste but for the first two years it is best
left. Players may complain the piste is too deep but this is a step that is
needed to ensure a superb piste in the future.
If the piste has not settled or you wish to harden the
playing area, sweep the fine topping off the piste and then give it an
industrial wacker plate treatment and then sweep the top layer back over the
piste. This allows the wacker plate to impact on the lower areas of the
substructure rather than bounce off the layer of fine gravel.
Once you are up and running the piste will need only
occasional work in the autumn.
A little leaf clearance and some maintenance carried out
during this time will prepare and free up time when the summer returns to
actually playing the game we love. Remember leaves piled up at the side of
pistes will rot the wood boundaries if you are not careful over the winter. A
quick rake up and maintenance at this time of year is a lot easier if players
are not trying to practice shooting! Do not
make the mistake of lighting a bonfire on your pitch, the ash will be difficult
to remove after the fire has gone and may ruin the drainage. It will leave soot
and ash on the piste which will make players hands dirty. Also any wood burnt
will throw out the most amazing amount of nails and screws to be left on the
piste for the summer.
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