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Updated 17th April 2019



19th Bordon Open Triples Bordon Petanque Club Open Triples Competition 2019

Good Friday 19th April


Please Note - Venue for this competition is Back at Bordon! Whitehill & Bordon Enterprise Park, off Budds Lane, Bordon GU35 0FJ Sat Nav use Bordon Roller Rink

Great opportunity to play on the new terrain plus and additional recently constructed technical terrain


Registration 9.30am Start 10.00am

£18 per team (Juniors £1)


League format in the morning, main, plate and consolage in the afternoon (dependant on entries)


 Application to: Lesley Crofts, 12 Shortheath Crest, Farnham, GU9 8SA by Wed 17th April  email:   

Hot and Cold food will be available from adjoining Roller Hockey Rink.


21st Lincoln Branleys Petanque Club Cash prize Doubles

EASTER SUNDAY, 21st APRIL Woodcocks, Burton Lane End, Saxilby Road,

Lincoln LN1 2BE

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

The competition format is 5 games run on a ‘snake’ system – wins and points difference to decide winner and placings. 

There will be a play-off ONLY IF the top two teams have identical wins and points difference OR one or both of the top two teams has had a bye in any round.


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

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


The event is limited to 32 teams – please book in advance - 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:        Tel: 01427 788638

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


Should you wish to stay overnight, there is a 38-bedroom lodge on site at Woodcocks, bookings through

Book early to get the best price. 

Tea and coffee can be bought at the bar and a full breakfast is also available.  Pub management are happy for you to bring your own picnic food for lunch (and this is probably preferable, as there is always a long wait), however all alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises MUST be bought at the bar.

Note: The club has a no-smoking policy on the terrain.

27th28th  Petanque England Club Cup Finals Pétanque Wallingford, Oxford OX10 9RB, Teams taking part are Meadow PC, Crowborough PC, British Sugar PC and Sports Bar PC.

28thEast Midland v Norfolk



4th to 6th Southern Counties Spectacular Weekend of Petanque 2nd  International Petanque Tournament Worthing Petanque Club BN13 3RT

4th May Doubles event £10.00 per player Event Sponsor: Empire Services

5th May Triples event £10.00 per player Event Sponsor: Elan-Dragonair Ltd

6th May Singles event £10.00 per player Event Sponsor:  Medem

For more information and to register your team visit Prize money totalling £5,000

4th Russell Harris Fun Pairs St Faiths Norwich

4th to 5thNaturist Petanque National Competition and International Qualifier Broadlands Norfolk

4th 5th Celtic Challenge between Wales, Scotland and Ireland is being held in Wales at the Pontyclun Petanque Club. Spectators are welcome. More details to follow.

5th 2019 Ongar Is Proud To Invite Your Club Members To Enter Our Petanque Triples Competition Following last year’s successful Town Festival – the people of Ongar invite you to join in their festivities again in 2019, and to enter yet another Grand Petanque event - the Ongar Triples Challenge! This year’s competition will be played under the normal FIPJP rules, with a few local amendments, and will be open to teams of 3 players. Teams may be of single gender or mixed, being all adults or may include ONE child of 12 years or over. It is hoped to accommodate up to 100 players, playing on 12 pistes, and giving each Triple a minimum of 3 games. The event will be sponsored, players will compete for the John Sear Challenge Trophy and there will be substantial prizes for the finalists. Play will commence at 10.00 a.m. and continue through the day, with comfort breaks and a lunch break, matches concluding by 4.30 p.m.

Full Rules and Regulations for this competition- will be sent to all teams on receipt of a completed entry form and their Entry Fee of £15 per team. Entries will be on a first come – first served basis, any surplus or late entry will be placed on a reserve list. Entries MUST be received before or at the latest by : CLOSING DATE : - 1st MARCH 2019

It is hoped as many families as possible will join in the numerous festivities arranged throughout the Town of Ongar on this day. Our first year saw over 3,000 people enjoying the Festival in wonderful sunshine. Our theme this year is a ‘Celebration of Sport’ and a wide varied programme is being arranged again with markets, entertainment, come and try sports sessions, refreshments, street cafés, music and dance groups, children’s fancy dress, soft play activities, craft sessions, grand raffl  e prizes and much more … make it even bigger and better in 2019. Festival Programmes and tickets for this year’s special evening event will be on sale before and during the day – so don’t miss out on all the fun, and reserve your place early.

The Petanque tournament will be held in the Car Park adjacent to the Library in the centre of Ongar, and the hub of all the excitement. Free Car Parking and a Festival Map will be available.

More details will be published in the local paper, the Festival Brochure, and on social media -  follow us @ongarfestival

Contact to register your interest, receive an entry form or for more information.

I look forward to your support and hoping it will be a great day to remember .

Carolyn Innocent – Ongar Town Festival Organiser and Ongar Petanque Club Captain.

12TH Home Nations Qualifier - Nottingham PC, May 12th 2019 (please note that you have to choose whether you are entering as a team of 3 or a team of 4, both are permitted);

19th Anglia Regional Qualifier Burwell Ex Serviceman’s Club Burwell

25th  Charity Pairs St Faiths Norwich

25 to 27th National Titles Weekend - Gravesend PC May 25 - 27th 2019. Men's and Women's Singles, Men's and Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

27th 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 22nd 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:  




2nd Anglia Regional Qualifier British Sugar Sports and Social Club, Hollow Road , Bury St Edmunds Suffolk


8thGold Cup Pairs The Cottage Thunder lane Norwich


8thLondon Petanque Club Presents The London Petanque  Championship

Saturday 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

See www.Londonpetanqueclub.Uk/Crystalpalace2019 For Details


9thGravesend International Cash Doubles Sponsored by Alpine Demolition. Sunday 9 June 2019 GRFC Donald Biggs Drive Gravesend DA12 2PP. £1000 cash prizes plus all entry monies. £20.00 per pair. For further details and entries email All games are for doubles and will be played under Petanque England rules. Limited to 96 teams, Venue 45 mins from Crystal Palace, 20 mins from St Pancras just 15 mins from Ebbsfleet International Station and 10 mins walk from Gravesend station


9th Anglia Region Adult Junior pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club


15th 9 Boule Triples St Faiths Norwich

16thThe Masters Qualifying Round. Venue : Heckmondwike
Date : Sunday 16th June Teams : Doubles
Cost : £10 per player
Format : League / Knock Out
Max Entries : 40 (we may expand if demanded)
Prizes : Cash plus Ranking Points

Please enter by posting your team in comments section, alternatively you can private message Scott Ashby or David Plumhoff or email us at


23rdAnglia Regional Pairs Great Ellingham Norfolk


30thNorfolk v Suffolk Bob Carter Centre Norwich


6th Barrell Triples Eels Foot PH East Bridge Suffolk


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 

14thBob 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 tournamentwith 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.


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


4thEels Foot Pairs Eels Foot PH East Bridge Suffolk


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


17thAldeburgh Carnival Pairs Suffolk


1stGolden Boule Pairs British Sugar Sports and Social Club Bury St Edmunds Suffolk


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


Working as a team. Squads of 4

The emphasis on this tip is how to operate 4 players in a triples team. It is clear this can be a difficult situation and this tip is designed to increase awareness of possible problems and of course, solutions to those difficult moments. Core items are switching players when and where, understanding individual’s effects on team performance and how the new player will slot into the team


This area will require, 1.A great knowledge of the game of pétanque. 2.The individual team members in the squad and 3. The bond and desires they have as a team.


Some players exude confidence and ability. They may not be the best players technically but their presence in the team can be inspirational. It can be as if the coach is among the team, controlling and giving encouragement and solutions to situations. Each player will have their specific role and a substitution could cause problems. Not only in the play but other areas such as measuring and agreeing points, throwing the jack etc. It could be embarrassing if the player now on the bench is the only member of the team that can measure! (See point 6)


A four player team is required in international play. Some teams do not like it. The role of every coach is to be able to explain the reasons why it is so important.

So let us look at the main reasons managing a 4 man team may not be as easy as most think. The starting team may not be the finishing team but what do we need to consider?


1.    All players in the squad want to play. As a coach and / or selector you have chosen your team and they are all keen to play on the World or European stage. Only three players can take part in the game at any one time. The player sat out should be alongside the coach during the game. The fourth player squad not only gives players a rest in high pressure international or national play but it also gives them chance to discuss and look at the game from afar. They may discuss tactics and ideas with the coach. They are the only player that this communication can be held within certain situations. If they come on this information should be passed over.

2.    We can all have a period of bad play. Some players can play themselves back into a game and some cannot. The coach will need to understand the profile of the players in the team. One bad boule does not mean an instant switch, however if the players head has gone it maybe time to get the 4th player to warm up.

3.    Illness or feeling unwell during a long game could be a factor. Playing overseas can mean the squad drinking and eating unfamiliar foods. This may cause illness and the 4 player squad is ideal to cover this situation and the sick player maybe ok after rehydration or rest and able to play in a later game.  

4.    The opposition team maybe taking advantage of a weakness in your team. They maybe pointing you to submission or they may be shooting 5 to 6 boule an end. By switching a player into the game who can point more successfully than the removed player who can shoot, it may swing the balance of the game. i.e. 2 pointers one shooter or one pointer two shooters. At this level, players should be able to do both but every player has strengths and weaknesses. The opposition may have an outstanding shooter but a weak middle shooter. It could be a team of strong pointers could unravel the game for the opposition.

5.    The option of an internal swap in the team from middle to shooter is still available. The coach may try this first before introducing the fourth player. Most squads of three would do this so do not rule it out as a simple fix before the 4th player is needed.

6.    An introduction of a new player should increase the current teams effectiveness and give an increased dimension for the opposition to discover. The 4th player coming into a long game could be the winning switch or the last ditch attempt to save the game. The role of the player taken off will need to be allocated to another team member, not necessarily the player who has come on. The player coming in may also be able to supply tactical information to the team. The coach may have noticed a weakness in the opposition that the team in the game have not noticed. See point 1.                                                       

7.    The dynamic of the team should be such that the introduced player is accepted into the team and not seen as an additional member. This will come from practicing as a squad of 4 players.

8.    In rare cases the competition format may not allow substitutions mid game. Arriving with a squad of 4 may cause issues. The coach could use a rotational 4 player team so everyone plays as a three player team with only substitutions being a matter of emergency, illness etc. The rolling three player team can be ideal preparation for a substitution system as it allows players to define and understand their roles.

9.    If the event is held on different types of piste, rare but a factor, some players may struggle on a surface, slope etc. The team selection may need changing before the game starts but if not the team may be left to cope with the piste but having a deep piste specialist for example on the bench will call for a substitution. Some pistes vary form side to side and a shot that worked in one area may not work on the other. The opposition have spotted this and have switched play to that area. Your player on the bench may solve the problem.

10.  A player has received a yellow card for behaviour problems from the Umpire. This, again is where the coach understanding of the team is required to keep the situation under control. If the “player” has lost it? The substitution will need to happen quickly to take the pressure off the team and the attention of the umpire from the game. It can happen and does happen in other sports and needs to be considered.

11.  The player taken out of the team will need careful attention and de briefing but this will be tricky as the coach will still be involved as the game is continuing. The player may not know why the change has occurred and the coach can explain when they have a moment or a assistant may be able to explain what is going on. The coach should have enough discussions with the team that they understand the roles they will be playing in the game. This will help with the situation but a full de brief will be required after every game.

12.  In timed games the swapping of a player can lose valuable time. It needs to be taken into consideration as the player coming on will require time to throw a boule to make the change relevant.

13.  De briefing after the game can be difficult with four player. It is important to hear their views and attitudes to the changes instructed from the side lines. In the cut and thrust of a game a coach can read the flow of the game but sometimes they can make a call that will not fix a problem and could be seen as losing the game. The game that may well have been a loss without the change. This last area is often defused when coaches and teams are a unit.


Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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