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2019 PETANQUE COMPETITIONS AND FIXTURES AND CLUB NEWS
24thLondon / Harrow International Triples 2019
24 August 2019 at 09:00 Old Lyonian Sports and Social Club
4 Harrow, United Kingdom
1stGolden Boule Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club Bury St Edmunds Suffolk
£12.00 per team 10.00 for 10.30 start Prizes for top 3
teams Limited to 20 teams. The competition will be five games run on a
‘snake’ format. Winner will be best team after 5 rounds with wins then plus
points deciding places. Prizes for
top 3 teams. Limited to 20 teams
bar and food available from 12
fees - £12.00 per team
on the day but limited to 20 teams.
/ Give registration form and payment to: Phil Boarder, Up Street, Bardwell, Nr.
Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk. IP31 1AA
Tel: 01359 250829 e-mail:
email@example.com or on the Bury St
Edmunds and District Petanque League Facebook page
8thBob Bruce Memorial Pairs Great Ellingham Norfolk Registration 10.00 for a 10.30
start Pre enter or register on the day Adults £2.50 Juniors £1.00 Format 5 x 40
min timed games. Prizes Wine or Chocolate for 1st 2nd and
3rd. Raffle All proceeds from the raffle to East Anglian Childrens
Hospice. Further details or to enter contact firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Coventry Petanque Club Open triples
Sunday September 8th. 2019
The Burnt Post, Kenpas Highway CV3 6AW
A welcome tea or coffee on from 9-15.
Pub food will be available at the end of the
Please bring your own packed lunch.
Please pre-register by Friday September 6th.
Tony Thompson, 024 7646 9076 mob: 07976 398172 email@example.com
Entries will be limited to 12 teams
Registration by 9-30 with play starting by 10-00.
£12.00 per team.
Juniors free entry, however, there will be a prize
for the best Junior.
No Alcohol allowed in the vicinity of the terrain
unless purchased from the Burnt Post
14th 15th Inter Regional Championships Hayling Island Hants.
21stNorman Guest Pairs The Cottage Thunder Lane Norwich NR7 0JD Registration at 1pm
at £3.00 per player Four timed games Winner decided by most wins then largest
points difference. Trophies for 1st 2nd Place Raffle to
be held. Please bring a raffle prize to raise funds for MNDA Motor Neurone
Disease Association For further details firstname.lastname@example.org
22ndOver 50’s Champion of Champions Lincoln Bramleys
22ndGin Trap Pairs Burwell Anglia Regional Open event
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 NR7 0JD
27thAnglia East Midlands Chiltern Triway held in East Midlands
3rd The Firecracker Open Triples Nottingham City Pétanque Club on Sunday 3rd
November 2019 @ Valley Road, Sherwood, Nottingham. Registration 9.30 for a 10am
start. Entry £5 per player. £15.00 per team Format: 5 game snake plus play-off
if required. Cash prizes for top 3 places. Light refreshments available all
day. Enquiries/to register interest Tel: 07972 424052
Entries in advance (cash or cheque) to email@example.com (ref: Firecracker) or NCPC Competitions, c/o B Hodges 20
Horsendale Road, Nuthall Nottingham NG16 1AN
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 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
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.
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