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Updated 18th June 2019





23rd Anglia Regional Pairs Great Ellingham Norfolk

23rd Lincoln Branleys Petanque Club Martin Birkhead Trophy

Doubles Competition Sunday 23rdJune 2019

at Woodcocks, Burton Lane End, Saxilby Road, Lincoln LN1 2BE

Registration:  9.45 a.m.          Start of play:  10.00 a.m.                                    

The competition will be 5 games run on a ‘snake’ format. 

There will only be a play-off for 1st/2ndplace if the top two teams are on the same number of wins and points difference.

Entry fee:  £6.00 per person (£12.00 per adult team)

Any player under 18 on the day of competition: £2.00


This event is limited to 32 teams – any team turning up on the day without prior booking may be disappointed. Entries to:   Liz Mann

‘Bethany’, School Lane, Willingham, Gainsborough, DN21 5LA

01427 788638 or 07305 786117  Email:  

Cheques payable to Lincoln Branleys Pétanque Club or pay on the day.

 WOODCOCKS LODGE - Accommodation is available on-site at Woodcocks Lodge, breakfast included (to book online go to

FOOD ARRANGEMENTS - A full breakfast is available in the pub for non-residents without prior booking.

As the pub has a busy lunch trade, management are more than happy for you to bring your own picnic food but please remember that any ALCOHOL consumed on the premises MUST be bought at the bar.


PLEASE NOTE that the club has a no-smoking and no-drinking policy on the terrain and inside the fencing.



30thNorfolk v Suffolk Bob Carter Centre Norwich

30thEastern Regional pétanque tournament will be held this year at Springwood on Sunday 30th June.


3rdThe Carnoustie Petanque Club invite entries for an Open Triples Petanque Competition for The Carnoustie Gala Petanque Trophy, sponsored by The Carnoustie Gala Committee to be held at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd July 2019 in the grounds of the Aboukir Hotel, Ireland Street, Carnoustie.


Due to daylight and pistes available, only the first 12 teams to register can be accepted.  Entries received after the first 12 will be notified by telephone and fee returned.


Entries stating name of team, contact name and telephone number, together with entry fee of £10 per team, should be sent to Harry Ritchie, 18 Burnside Street, Carnoustie, DD7 7EU by Wednesday 26th June 2019 with cheques/money orders payable to R.A.Ripley

6th Barrell Triples Eels Foot PH East Bridge Suffolk

7th Eastern V Anglia Region Challenge Match Rayne Swan PH

7thSummer Doubles Competition Playing for the Liz Hordern Cup NEW VENUE Worthing PC Please note the ARUNDEL OPEN DOUBLES ON 7TH JULY WILL NOW BE HELD AT WORTHING PC.

West Worthing Tennis Club,Titnore Way BN13 3RT.

Book early to avoid disappointment

Registration from 9.15a.m.    play starts at 10.00a.m.



Hot food available from Football Club kiosk for breakfast and lunch

Bar from 12 noon

Entries  to: Kath Knight, 44, Ripley Road,

Worthing,  West Sussex BN11 5NG



PRE-ENTRY ONLY Closing Date Wednesday 3rd July

Parking in Mill Road is free

Directions to terrain available on SCPA website



7th The Nottingham City Open Pairs Petanque Competition at Nottingham Petanque Club Jason Spencer Sports Ground, Valley Road, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 3HU A Pairs competition for the unique Emblem Trophy

This year’s format will be:

Pools in the morningto qualify for Gold, Silver or Bronze in the afternoon

Generous cash prizes to Winners and Runners up (all categories)

Our objective is to make this event totally inclusive for all ability players

Competitive yes, but aimed at Regional& Club level.Max 32 teams. All entry fees returned as Cash Prizes! Entry form and fees to be received by Thursday 4th July Cash or cheques payable to NCPC

Entry fee £5per adult;players under 18 on the day £2.50 Registration 9:00 Start of play 9:30 Breakfast cobs 8.30onwards; refreshments available all day Postal entries to:Entries, 35 Rufford Road, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2NQTel:07972


13th  & 14th July Caerleon RFC PC Fete de la Petanque

You are warmly invited to join us for a weekend of petanque, fun & friendship.  We are hosting our 11th Bastille melee on 13th July, followed by our Open Triples competition on Sunday 14th July.   This year, our weekend should be better than ever as it coincides with Caerleon’s Big Weekend featuring free bands playing at various venues on Saturday and Sunday evenings: stay over an make a weekend of it!

Saturday 13th July – Bastille Melee:  This is the most popular event in our calendar!  Last year we had over 60 people taking part including players from Denmark, England, Sweden and Scotland: it’s a great chance to play with and against different people.  We will play at 4 games, with the legendary mad shooting competition during the break. French themed fancy dress is encouraged (and occasionally rewarded!).  Entry fee for the melee is £5 which includes a generous buffet lunch and a range of prizes (including the coveted “Most Average” prize).  Registration is 10.30am for an 11am start. Entry is £5 per player, to include buffet lunch.  French themed fancy dress is encouraged. 

Sunday 14th July – Caerleon Open Triples This is a friendly but competitive event.  The  1st prize is guaranteed at a minimum of £100, with the range and number of prizes increasing with entries.   Entry fee is £15 per team (£20 for teams of 4).   Registration is 9.30am for a 10am start.  Entry is £15 per team (£20 for a team of 4): minimum 1st prize will be £100 with the range and number of prizes increasing with entries.  You are welcome to bring your own food to this event, and we will advise if we have breakfast catering nearer the time.  The format will be confirmed after entry closes, but it is likely to be a poule & knock out system. Teams of 4 are allowed.



Fancy playing but don’t have a full team? Contact Tansy and she’ll fix you up.

 Any questions? Speak to Tansy or Barbara, IM Caerleon Petanque on Facebook, or email us at

Caerleon RFC PC, Broadway, Caerleon, NP18 1AY

The bar will be open from 11am each day.  Please support the club

by buying your drinks from the bar: in addition, free tea & coffee will be available all day.  These are unlicensed events so all players are welcome.  Both events are pre-paid entry only: cheques should be made payable to Caerleon RFC Boules Club. Return forms to: Caerleon PC c/o 14 Glan Rhyd, Cwmbran, NP44 6TY 

14th Bob Carter Prime pairs Bob Carter Centre Norwich


13 to 14th Heckmondwike Petanque club The North of England will play host to teams from all over the UK & beyond, as they face-off in the ultimate Petanque tournament with the chance to win big prize money. Starting Sat afternoon and continuing to Sunday for the main competition. £10.00 per player to enter. This years event will be limited to 64 teams. With an estimated prize fund in excess of £3000 this event is sure to attract some excellent quality teams. Team Entry for the 2019 La British Open is now available. This years event will be limited to 64 teams. With an estimated prize fund in excess of £3000 this event is sure to attract some excellent quality teams.
Use the contact form on the website


20thMoules and Boules Pairs Aldeburgh Suffolk


21stAnglia Regional Triples Bob Carter Centre Norwich

21stSt Peter South Elmham Boules Championship 2019

Sunday 21st July 2019 at Ilketshall St Andrew Village Hall

Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church


This is a fun event aimed at all ages and abilities. No previous experience necessary.

Entry Fee £24.00 per team. Closing date for entries 14th July 2019.

Teams of 4. In each match 3 will be nominated to play and the fourth team member will act as measurer. This can be rotated.

During the morning a round robin will be played in leagues. During the afternoon the top 2 in each league will play in a knock out competition. Those not in the top 2 will play in a plate knock out competition.

Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the day.

A place at the event will not be confirmed until a completed application form and the entry fee is received.

Metal boules to be used (6 per team.) Please bring your own metal boules. These price from less than £10 for recreational sets to expensive competition boules. Please mark them in such a way that you can identify them. If this causes difficulty please contact us.

Details of rules and timings will be sent out prior to the event.

We cannot refund entry fees to teams who have entered but do not eventually take part in the competition. There is a limit of 32 teams for this event.

Enquiries or 01986 782296

Entries to Pamela Bonnett, St Peters Cottage, St Peter South Elmham NR35 1NG.(Next door to church)

Cheques payable to St Peters PCC (Cash accepted but please do not post.)

No postal acknowledgement of entry will be sent and all information will be sent to the email address specified on the entry form.

27th BN Training day provisional date Dun Cow.


28thEast Midlands Region 40th Birthday Doubles. 28th July, Venue the Plough Inn, Burroughs Rd, Ratby. LE6 0XZ


28thAnglia Regional Singles British Sugar Sports and Social Club Bury St Edmunds Suffolk


28thBrecon Petanque Club Charity open triples cup competition for Cancer Research and Wales Air Ambulance


28THOxshott Open Triples (CASH & WINE PRIZES) Oxshott Petanque Club Oxshott Village Sports Club Steels Lane, Oxshott,  Surrey KT22 0RF Sunday 28th July 2019

£15 a team - juniors £4 (Limited to 32 teams)

Enter with Entries will be acknowledged, please pay on the day.


Entries must be received by 22nd July  No entries on the day.

Registration from 9.30 am, play to commence at 10.00 am

BREAKFAST Bacon rolls available on arrival (£2) no need to book

LUNCH Ham and Cheese Ploughmans (£5) Or Jacket Potatoes with Either Chilli and Garlic bread (£5), Or Baked Beans, Cheese & salad (£5), Or Tuna Mayonnaise & salad (£5)

Please order  lunch before  24th July with

The Club is close to junctions  9 and 10 on the M25. Steels Lane is off the A244 in Oxshott



4thEels Foot Pairs Eels Foot PH East Bridge Suffolk


4thRainworth Petanque Club over 60’s Pairs competition. Rainworth Petanque Club Rufford Collery Lane off Kirklington Road Sat Nav NG21 0JY9.00 to 9.30 registration for a 10.00 am start. 5 x 55 minutes timed games. Prizes down to third place. Limited to 28 teams. Entry £6.00 per team. No entries on the day. Tea/ Coffee and biscuits all day. Entries to Morris Goodman 65 North Avenue, Rainworth Mansfield Notts NG21 0JB email Umpires decision is final!

10th Kath Watts Memorial Pairs The Cottage Thunder Lane Norwich


11thAnglia Regional over 50’s The Cottage Thunder Lane Norwich

10th 11th Home Nations Cardiff

17thAldeburgh Carnival Pairs Suffolk


18th 19th Petanque tournament at the World Transplant Games Gateshead Singles on the 18th and Doubles on the 19th August

18th Coates Village Doubles The Vine PH Coates Nr Peterborough PE7 2BJ

It’s the big ONE Regularly attracting over 100 teams this doubles event brings together some of the best teams in the country together with league, club and fun players. Played on the driveways and paths of Coates village as well as pistes at the Vine PH this unique event is challenging as well as great fun. Hog roast, ice creams as well as food from the Pub or local shop make it a superb day to meet old and new friends in a village atmosphere. Bring a picnic and enjoy the village green. If you have never played here it is a must enter event. Entry is required in advance. £12.00 per team. Entry is required in advance. £12.00 per team.

Entries must be received with fee by 7th August to: Phil Hichens 3 Grebe Close, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1UU. For further information: Email Cheques made payable to Coates Petanque. Entry fee £12 per team.


1stGolden Boule Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk. £12.00 per team 10.00 for 10.30 start  Prizes for top 3 teams  Limited to 20 teams. Bar and Food from 12 noon

8thBob Bruce Pairs Great Ellingham Norfolk


21stNorman Guest Pairs The Cottage Thunder Lane Norwich

22ndGin Trap pairs Burwell


29thCircle in the Sand Walcott Beach Norfolk


6thSuffolk v Norfolk British Sugar Sports and Social Club Bury St Edmunds Suffolk


13thRadio Norfolk Triples The Cottage Thunder Lane Norwich


27thAnglia East Midlands Chiltern Triway held in East Midlands


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 has all the coaching tips featured on these pages from the past


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.
Contacts are: Chairman- Harry Ritchie, tel; 01241-852281    e-mail:
                Secretary John Davidson, tel: 01241-853666   e-mail:

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!

Welcome to May's 2019 coaching tip from Pen-Y-Coed Petanque. Our series is aimed to help you enjoy the game of Petanque and win more games.


Placing the Jack!

In January 2017 the rules regarding the throwing of the jack changed. The “three throws and you are out” rule changed to just one attempt to throw the jack to a legal position and if unsuccessful the opposition placed it. Thoughts at the time calculated it would speed up the game. We are all two years down the line from this major rule change so we will have a little look at how it has worked and what we can learn from the new rule.

My view is the placement aspect has speeded up the game. On fast tricky pistes it can be very difficult to get the jack into a legal position with just one throw. Placement can remove the two extra throws you would have had, also the potential three throws the opposition would have and maybe even your next three throws! Petanque can be played anywhere and many of us will have played in mainland Europe on a road with a crazy camber in the middle making jack throwing an art form. A vague attempt to throw the jack is followed with a placement by the opposition and vice versa when they won the end. In these cases the game can be played in a faster pace however it must be remembered this should be the only part of the game that has changed. Considered tactics and focus are not to be rushed within the time allowed. The portion of the game where the jack is thrown at the start of the end has been compressed and I think made the game more enjoyable.


Now welcome on to the serious bit. My opinion over timing is just an introduction and just my view. Petanque is a game of cut and thrust. A game of advantage and tactics. If we look at lawn bowls or snooker a white gloved hand places the jack or snooker ball into a legal position. Care is taken to centre the lawn bowls jack and spot a snooker ball. No advantage is gained by either team. The only advantage on a lawn bowls jack throw is the length the jack stops. It is then centred as long as it is in the legal length zone. As we have just explained, petanque is a game of advantage. Just walking over to the jack and moving it into a legal position is OK as it allows the game to speed along. Hang on just a moment!

The rule uses the word “Place”

The devil is in the detail. The word place means exactly that. It must be placed in a legal position, not too far away from the circle (over ten metres), not too close to the circle (under six metres). That is obvious, but, what about too close to the edge of the piste, too close to an obstacle.  Place means place, so get used to bending down and putting the jack down securely. Your team will not be happy when you drop the jack on the piste and it hits your toe and lands in a position deemed not legal. Yellow card from the Umpire and a very embarrassed team mate. It could be worse! The jack may hit your shoe and deflect to the very place you do not want it to be. It is best placed on the piste rather than dropped, kicked or tossed from where it stopped and moved to a new position.

The reason for all this accuracy is the placing of the jack gives you a massive chance to change the game or keep the game exactly as it is. If you are winning at just over 6 metres and the opposition win an end chances are they may want to go longer. Their attempt to go long with the jack goes wrong when it goes over 10 metres and you can place it at just over 6 metres. If you wish.

On a sloping piste placing the jack can change the game. I tend to try and get an angle across the piste but this can be tricky to get right when you are throwing the jack as the string may be deemed a dead boule line so encroach it at your peril. If you have chance to place the jack this changes the whole task. You can even measure the distance from the side if you are unsure.

Once the jack thrown has been deemed illegal then you will need to act and place the jack. Please do not faff about, just place the jack where you want it. Simple. Well no, not really, all the things we have discussed in the past will need to be taken into account, slope, type of surface, dips and hollows as well as other games going on alongside.

Do not get carried away when placing the jack, the distance measured is from the circle, not from where the jack was last. It can be disorienting when you are picking the jack up. If you are unsure, you or a member of your team can walk out the distance approx. so you have an idea of the length. In an pre agreed team decision one player walks from the circle as the other places it to the length they have just walked. Simple, easy and prompt.

Have you re marked the circle? WHAT? Yes, you can move the circle back from the direction of play if you cannot get the jack at just under ten metres. The same rule applies to the circle as previously but because the placing of the jack is still new to us all most teams forget they can move the circle. All this needs to be done swiftly. If you are able to, move the circle back and wish to, then pick up the circle and place it where you want it. Mark the circle and then step forward to erase the old mark. Position the jack where you want it and mark its position and then step back and wait your turn to throw. The whole period should be over in a few moments.

All your team should know their roles and where the jack is going to be placed. There is little point getting back to your team and them asking why you placed it there?   A team can lose a game by a simple error. The opposition throw the jack too close to the edge. A member of your team steps forward and moves the jack into a legal position in the centre of the piste where the opposition pointer is pointing like a hero is not going to go down well. On fast and rocky pistes jack throwing will lead to you placing the jack at least once a game. The placing the jack is important. Treat it as a chance to get back in a game or to finish a game off. Petanque is a game of advantage.


Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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