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Fanny Club

A new charity has also arrived on the petanque scene. We have a dedicated sport we all enjoy, the quirky odd game has all but disappeared into serious leagues and national events however the Fanny prize always raises a titter to the uninformed and dread to most players. A new club has been formed proudly calling itself the The Fanny Club a la Petanque- The Petanque Players Charity and its aim is to raise funds for good causes.   They have a dedicated website up and running at

Use the PO Box address, as on application form.

Fanny welcomes you all. Just £12 for her club membership.

Have a look and if you qualify or want further information please feel free to contact them. It should be fun. The badge itself is just fantastic.


Updated 22nd May 2018




26th   Suffolk V Chiltern British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds


26th  28thPetanque England Titles Weekend Gravesend Kent


28th      Pen-Y-Coed Petanque East Anglian Air Ambulance Mixed Doubles British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds In aid of The East Anglian Air Ambulance

Registration: 9.30am        Start of play:   10.00am                                

The competition will be five games run on a ‘snake’ format, followed by top four teams going into a 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 4th play off.

Licensed bar and food available

Entry fees    -    £14.00 per team

Please bring a raffle prize. No entries on the day. No refunds.

Entries strictly in advance with payment by Wednesday 23th May. All proceeds will go to the Air Ambulance.

Send registration form and cheques to: Pen-y-Coed Petanque, Up Street, Bardwell, Nr. Bury St.Edmunds, Suffolk. IP31 1AA

Tel:  01359 250829             e-mail:  





3rd  Anglia  Adult Junior Competition British Sugar Sports and Social Club Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds



Start Friday 8th June 6pm until Saturday 9th June 2018.

You can book a half-hour slot on one of their 4 pistes at a cost of £5 per slot per piste.

24 hour petanque marathon, in aid of a worthwhile Suffolk charity.

There will also be a BBQ, a hog roast and live bands on both evenings. So please support Airavata, Sesa, John, Paul and all the members of the Tattingstone team, especially through the night.


9th         NPC Gold Cup Pairs The Cottage Norwich


9thLondon Petanque International Triples Crystal Palace Thicket Road London SE19 2GA Limited to 64 teams. Entry £30.00 per team Village Street Kitchen will be on site to supply a full range of food and drink to purchase from 8 am onwards.


Entries to Entries – London Petanque Championship  141 Vaughan Road, Harrow HA1 4EF


REGISTRATION TIME – 08:45AM – 09:15AM DRAW - 09:15AM – 09:30AM


THE PRIZE POT IS £5,475.00


And don't forget that not only will you have the chance to play with all these great players, there are also many prizes to be won. To remind you, the prize pot will be divided as follows: 


• Gold Winner £2400, Gold Runner-up £1200, Gold Losing Semi-finalists £300 each  • Silver Winner £600, Silver Runner-up £300 • Bronze Winner £180, Bronze Runner-up £90 • Plate Winner £60, Plate Runner-up £45


So everyone is sure to have some terrific games - and stands a chance of winning a big cash prize


No licences are required No teams of 4 players The Event is limited to 64 teams With 64 teams, the Event will have 7 rounds in which the winner of the Event will have won all their rounds. With 64 teams, there will be 16 leagues of 4 teams.  (i) 2 wins (and no losses) = qualification after the second round to Gold Event  (ii) 2 losses (and no wins) = qualification after second round to Plate Event  (iii) Barrage Winner (two wins and one loss)  = qualification after third round to Silver Event  (iv) Barrage Loser (one win and two losses)  = qualification after third round to Bronze Event.


If there is a league of 3 teams only then each will play each other and Points Difference will count towards teams qualification.


The Gold, Silver, Bronze and Plate are direct knockouts so that each of the four events will progress from round 4 (last 16 teams) to round 5 (last 8 teams) to round 6 (last 4 teams) and to round 7 (finals)


With 64 teams the prize pot will be divided as follows:  (i) Gold Winner £2,400.00   Gold Runner Up £1,200.00  Gold Losing Semi-finalist £300.00 each  (ii) Silver Winner £600.00       Silver Runner up £300.00    (iii) Bronze Winner £180.00  Bronze Runner Up £90.00    (iv) Plate Winner £60.00  Plate Runner up £45.00 


10th     Anglia Qualifier 3 Burwell Ex Service Mens club Burwell

10th    Kent Open Triples - Gravesend


16th      WSF Nine Boule Triples St Faiths Norwich Registration 12.30 pm for a 1pm start
All players welcome.
Entry fees £3 per adult & £1 per Junior, Cadet or Minor


17th       Martin Birkhead Doubles Trophy - Woodcocks, Lincoln Branleys Petanque Club DOUBLES COMPETITION SUNDAY 17thJUNE 2018

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

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

Accommodation is now available on-site at Woodcocks Lodge, breakfast included (to book online go to A full breakfast is also available in the pub for non-residents but we would appreciate notice if you plan to have breakfast, so that numbers can be provided.  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.

17th    Southampton City Triples


24th    Anglia Regional Doubles - Bob Carter Centre Norwich

24th    Oxshott Doubles Oxshott “Inspired” Trophy Open Cash Doubles Oxshott Village Sports Club, Steels Lane, Oxshott, KT22 0RF

£15 a pair - juniors £4 (Limited to 32 pairs)

All entry fees to be given out in cash prizes

Enter with

entries will be acknowledged but please post entrance

 fee cheque made payable to Oxshott Pétanque Club to;

Oxshott Village Sports Club

Steels Lane

Oxshott, KT22 0RF

Entries must be received by 17th June together with the entry fee.

No entries on the day.

Registration from 9.30 am, play to commence at 10.00 am


Bacon rolls available on arrival (£2.50) no need to book


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 21st June with

when entering the competition.

Licensed bar will be open from 11.30am

Oxshott Village Sports Club is close to the M25. Steels Lane is off the A244.




1st       Suffolk V Norfolk British Sugar Sports and Social Club

1stThe Nottingham Open Doubles Competition

Sunday 1st July 2018 Entry fee £10.00 per team

Reg: 9.30 Play: 10.00am

Pools in morning to qualify for Gold, Silver & Bronze in afternoon.

Generous Cash Prizes! Entries by 25th June to

1st       Mayor of Gravesham Triples - Gravesend

1st       Harris Charity Pairs Burwell Ex Service Mens club Burwell 12.00 am registration


4th       Andre Conan Melee The Cottage Norwich

8th      Anglia v Eastern – Burwell Ex Service Mens club Burwell

14th     Mercia v Suffolk Coastal Alliance

15th    Anglia Triples - Freethorpe

15th    Adur Bastille Day Doubles


21stMOULES & BOULES Aldeburgh
The annual Moules & Boules Pairs will be held at the Jimmy Robinson Pistes at Aldeburgh Seafront.
Entry will be limited to 32 pairs.
Qualifying matches and subsequent knock-out stages will be played to the Leagues ''7 end system'' as we only have 4 pistes in operation.
Entry Fee will be £12 per pair and will be first come, first served.
If the event is over-subscribed, then a ''Reserve List'' will be compiled

21st  to 22nd    British Open 2018 is the first of a brand new Pétanque tournament taking place in the North of England.

Hosted at Heckmondwike Pétanque Club on their new, purpose built, international

standard terrains.

Play will commence on the afternoon of Saturday 21st July and will consist of

qualifiers for Sunday’s main draw. Saturday evening will feature social play, as well

as a precision shooting event for those wishing to enter. In addition, there will be

food in the way of wood fired pizza and hot sandwiches, fun & the coming together of

players from across the UK and beyond.

Sunday 22nd July will be when the competition gets serious as we will see the

commencement of the main draws. Teams will be engaged in fierce contest as they

strive to become the first La British Open Champions.

Prize money for the event starts at a pot of £1500, based on 50 teams entering. Any

increases of the prize fund will be announced as more sponsors are confirmed. The

guaranteed first prize will be announced closer to the event.

The La British Open main event is a triples tournament and therefore accepting

teams consisting of 3 or 4 players. The entrance fee is £10 per player (£30 team of

3, £40 team of 4).

You can either email your team details to or message via the

facebook page


22nd    Bob Carter Prime Pairs Bob Carter Centre Norwich

22nd   Arundel Open Doubles



22nd  Seventh Annual St Peter South Elmham Boules Championship 22nd July 2018 To be Held at Ilketshall St Andrew Village Hall

Registration 9.30am – Please Note – No Entries on the Day

Leagues followed by knockout

Entry Fee £24.00 per team (4 people) Entries Close 15th July 2018

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

Food and drink will be available during the day.


Proceeds in aid of St Peter's Church


29th    Anglia Singles - The Cottage

29th    Worthing Open Doubles





4th         Kath Watts Pairs The Cottage Norwich


5th      Anglia Regional Over 50’s Pairs Great Ellingham

5th      Adur Open Doubles


12th 13th Home Nations Championship Jersey


19th    Coates Village Doubles One of the largest competitions in the county takes place on the 19th August. Coates Village pairs is an open competition and is held on the pistes, driveways and paths of this pretty village near Whittlesey. Long established as the event of the summer this competition is chance to relax and enjoy Petanque, food, drink and music. Get your entry in early as this event regularly attracts 100+ teams from all over the country. Bring a picnic or enjoy the barbeque at the Vine Public House at the centre of proceedings. Entries to Tom Turner.  


19th    Oxshott Open Triples

19th    Circle in the Sand Walcott Beach depending on tides

26th    Fareham Open Triples

27th    International Doubles – Meadow





2nd        Golden Boule Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club

Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

£10.00 per team 10.00 for 10.30 start Prizes for top 3 teams  Limited to 20 teams.

Bar and Food from 12 noon


9th      Paolos Fixed Coche - Arlesey

9th      Open Triples – Gravesend

9th      Circle in the Sand Pairs 10.15am for 11am start at Bacton/Walcott beach

9th       Ann Gardiner Arthur Rank Hospice Charity Open Doubles Reg 12.00 am       Burwell Ex Servicemen’s club Burwell


15th to

16th      Inter Regional Championships Hayling Island

22nd      Norman Guest Memorial Pairs

22nd      Over 50’s Doubles Petanque England

23rd      Anglia Region Gin Trap Pairs - British Sugar

23rd      Southampton City Doubles

30th      Fixed Coche Pairs - Bob Carter

30th       Newmarket and District Petanque League end of Season Triples and Presentation day Burwell Ex Servicemen’s club Burwell




6th        Petanque England National Youth Squad Doubles

6th 7th  Petanque England Champion of Champions

7th       Radio Norfolk Triples The Cottage Norwich

7th      Handcross Autumn Doubles

14th    Stimpson Doubles Trophy - Woodcocks, Lincoln

14th     Norfolk v Suffolk Bob Carter Centre Norwich.

21st     Anglia Chiltern East Midlands Tri Way - Burwell

21st     Hartley Doubles





4th      Open Doubles - Gravesend

4th      Adur Autumn Doubles

11th    Cobbetts Open Doubles

11th    Icicle Doubles - Lordswood

25th    Petanglais - The Plough, Langford




9th      Christmas Hamper Doubles - Meadow

27th    Arundel Winter Doubles

29th    Snowboules - Luton



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

Welcome to 2018 May's coaching tip from Pen-Y-Coed Petanque. Our series is aimed to help you enjoy the game of Petanque and win more games.


Petanque Shots

The knock up shot.

Attacking a head is usually the first option but many teams use the knock up shot to support the shooter who has just missed.

This is a killer shot if played correctly. How many times have we pointed successfully past the oppositions front boule to see them promote their front boule with the played boule come to rest near the jack? They have played two and are holding two. Shooting may be an option for your team but you are hoping for a spot carreau to force them to play. Any successful point you play can be shot out to put you under further pressure. Many who try the knock up shot have a limited success rate. Most see their boule miss and end up four feet out the back of the head.

So how to play the knock up shot yourself? Your first point is a good one in front of the jack. The opposition has played a point that is on. Because you have a great first boule your team opt to shoot but miss. You now choose the knock up shot. The secret is to always play your boule to the length of the jack. If you have to play harder i.e. if you first boule is over two foot short or you are playing on deep piste's then you may need to think again. The reason you must play to jack length is a safety measure. If you miss your boule you will at least be near the jack. The best way to play a knock up shot is actually not to play one at all. Concentrate on the jack. Imagine you are just pointing to the jack as normal but take into account where your boule is. I know this sounds a little simple however if you focus on the jack length this will stop you over throwing your boule. It will also rule out a high lob as your boule will be in the way of the landing spot. If you are lobbing the last thing you will look at is the boule you are trying to knock up and you could land right on top of it. This clash will leave you with no boule on the piste at all!

To practice the knock up shot place a jack at six metres from your circle. Place one boule eighteen inches short of the jack and place another boule ten inches to one side but level with the jack. Practice knocking up the front boule so it is closer than the side boule. Remember if you have set up the head correctly you will only have to move your boule nine inches to be on. If played with correct weight your played boule will also come into the head closer than the oppositions side boule. Do not forget to change the length of the jack during practice.

When not to play a knock up shot.

With your last boule if the opposition still have boule left. That front boule will be in their way. Let them knock it up for you. Hopefully.

If the piste is deep and you will have to hit your front boule too hard for it to be a controlled movement.

Your front boule is over a metre away. This is totally dependent on boule left to play and the lie of the oppositions boule. In a wide spread end this could be an option to give you extra points.

Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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