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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 20th September 2017




23rd    Norman Guest Memorial Pairs – Afternoon competition at The Cottage, Norwich Registration 1pm for a 1.30 start. Just turn up on the day

23rd    Stockton Fox Pairs

24th    Southampton City Doubles

24th    Doncaster Pairs

24th    Gin Trap Charity Pairs - Burwell Ex Service Mens Club 21 The causeway Burwell CB25 0DU All proceeds to the Eastgate Defrbrillator Appeal in memory of David Kemp  Entry £10.00 per pair. Prizes for 1st2nd place Dolly Cash Competition at Lunchtime Bar Open and Food available. This is an Anglia Petanque Association event but is open to all comers NO LICENCE REQUIRED Registration 9.30 to 9.45 for 10.00 start Limited to 24 pairs therefore pre entry is advisable register with Peter Astle at Raffle prizes would be appreciated.
at Burwell Ex-Service Social club  Registration 9.30 to 9.45 for 10.00 start



1st       Junior Doubles Luton Petanque Club St Thomas’s Road Luton LU2 7UX Entries close 5pm 27th September 10am start Free entry to all juniors 10.00 am start time 4 rounds plus play offs. Advanced entry only. Entry open to all EPA juniors or non licensed juniors can enter one NYS event as a come and try session.

1st       Fixed Coche Pairs - The Cottage, Norwich

1st       Joe Doble Doubles – Gardens of Hanbury, Essex

1st       Open Pairs - Stockton

1st       Handcross Autumn Open Doubles Handcross Recreation Ground, High Street, Handcross, RH17 6BJ

Cost of entry: £12.00 per team (juniors half price) WINE PRIZES FOR WINNERS AT ALL LEVELS

Please send your entry by Wednesday 27th September latest

NB: maximum entry of 24 teams

Registration by 9.30am

(Any team not registered by 9.45 am may be excluded)


Please bring your own lunch and seat

PLEASE SEND ENTRY FORM, WITH CHEQUE/P.O. payable to Les Bonnes Boules de Handcross, to:-

Nigel Sibbring, Appledram, North Common Chailey, BN8 4ET: em:

NB: All entries received by email WILL be acknowledged to confirm that your entry has been received.

1st       Railway Triples, Kent

7th to 8th Champion of Champions Oxshott

8th      Brandesburton Triples

8th      Radio Norfolk Triples - The Cottage, Norwich

15th    Suffolk v Norfolk - BSSSC, Bury St.Edmunds

15th    Bryan Kimberley Melee - Coventry

15th    Bridlington Pairs


15th   Lincoln Branleys  Petanque Club Stimpson Autumn Trophy Doubles Competition Sunday 15th October 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 - wins and points difference to decide winner and placings.  No play-off unless the top two teams have identical wins and points scores.

Entry fee:   £5.00 per person (£10.00 per adult team)

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

The 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


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


Parking: As building work at Woodcocks is still on-going, check first if access is available for cars to park near the piste. If not, we would ask that you use the large free car park in Burton Waters, only a 4-5 minute walk away, unless there are special circumstances.  You can drop passengers and equipment off first. This will ensure there is sufficient parking available for their lunch trade.

Breakfast + tea/coffee will be available from 8:30am in the pub. 

Management are happy for you to bring your own picnic food for lunch but please remember that during pub opening hours only drinks bought at the bar are to be consumed on the premises.

The club has a no-smoking the terrain.


22nd   Tri Way - Chiltern

22nd   Hartley Doubles

22nd    Rayne Swan Petanque Club Invite you to their

Weekend of Petanque Saturday & Sunday 21st/22nd October

At The Swan PH The Street, Rayne, Braintree, Essex CM77 6RQ

We have our Dutch friends from PUK visiting and Saturday will be a Melee with a chance to be partnered with one of them.

Sunday will be a doubles competition where you can play against them.

Sat £5 per person Sun £10 a team

No entries on the day

Sat 09.30 for 10am start (Why not stay on for an evening buffet and entertainment £5 pp, please book when entering) Sun 8.45 for 9.15 start (Earlier due to the flight home) Contact: Clare Courtney Email:-

Post: 31 Mandeville Rd,  Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1XT


 Final Date for Entries Weds 11thOctober

Raffle       Food to be purchased from the pub please. Ample Parking


29th    Cranleigh Charity Doubles



5th      GRFC Doubles - Gravesend Rugby Club

5th Rainworth Open Triples Competition. Cash prizes. £10 per team of 3. One substitute allowed per team at £2 extra. First 28 teams only. No entries on the day. Closing date 1st November.

9-00 registration for 9-30 start.


Send entries to Morris Goodman, 65 North Avenue, Rainworth, Mansfield, NG21 0JB

For further details email Tel 01623 491935, mobile 07519169274

Cheques payable to Rainworth Petanque Club.

The club can be found at the end of Old Pit Lane, a private road along side the childrens playground, off Kirklington Road, Rainworth, NG21 0JY.

12th    Icicle Doubles - Lordswood

12th    Cobbetts Poppy Appeal Open Doubles, Burridge

19thBroads Indoor Classic Barnby. Indoor boule 64 pairs




10th    Hamper Doubles - Star Meadow

17th    Fareham Christmas Mêlée

27th    Arundel Winter Open Doubles




Please check with organisers as competitions are subject to change and maybe limited on numbers or licence holders only

Welcome to 2017 September'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 in 2017 Shoot the jack!

Scoring points in petanque can be tricky. The opposition have defended the head very well and pointing in to score can be tricky. The target area or scoring area can be minimal with a good opposition defence placed in front of the jack. Many teams will get frustrated working with a small scoring area and may well knock on opposition boule to either close down the scoring area and the score or horror of horrors actually push them into a holding position so they score!  We have all done it! Our first boule is still holding even when the opposition have thrown all 6 boule at the jack. With our last boule we push in an opposition boule to either reduce our score or to give them a point. It maybe worth looking at other tactics that may stop this happening. What if you were to move the jack to an undefended area of the piste or sometimes even better move the jack into a dead area and claim the points with the boule in hand rule. I say sometimes better because it must be remembered you can only score a maximum of 4 points if you kill the jack with your first shot and it could be you could score 5 or 6 with a jack movement.

It is simple mathematics. Your 1st boule has held all the opposition boule. You shoot and kill the jack with your first shot and you score 4 with the boule left in your hand. You would be amazed how many players forget that shooting the jack can reduce your potential points tally. Even if you move the jack out into space it is highly unlikely your first point will count in the final score of the end as it sits there guarded by all the other opposition boule in a game no longer relevant to the score in the end.

So let us look at a typical end. Your first point is approximately 3 inches or 75mm from the jack. It settles to the side and the opposition thinking they can see the jack so it is an easy point play all 6 boule against it. They create a circle around the jack but none of the boule are holding. The defence is so good you opt for the jack shot. Plan is to move it from its current position to a dead area or an area unprotected by the oppositions boule. If the jack goes dead you score 4. Keep up we have explained that already! So you shoot the jack hoping to score 4 points. Remember you are already holding one point so this shot is to increase you tally in this end by 3 points. All clear so far? You miss the jack and so you shoot again. This shot will score you 3 points if the jack goes dead. That is because you will be left holding 3 boule. Good. Remember you are already holding one point so this shot is to increase your tally in this end by 2 points.

Has the maths kicked in yet?


You are playing a risky shot to score a couple of points. Risky? No one mentioned it was risky. Well your only boule in the head is 75mm away from the target jack. Surrounded by opposition boule. It does not take a genius to work out this is a risky shot. Hit your boule by mistake and the opposition are going to get a big score in the end.  NO! because you have lots of boule left. Yes I saw that reply coming and the answer is. The very reason you were shooting the jack is because pointing to the jack was difficult. Be prepared to drop a big score if you hit your boule out of the head.  A boule is approximately 74 mm diameter. The jack is 30mm diameter and your closest boue could be 72mm diameter. You only have to be 20mm off line from the jack to hit your boule. By coincidence 20mm off line misses the jack but hits your boule at an angle out of the head.

Petanque can be about taking chances to win a game but controlling the game will enable you to play your best boule. Taking the one will enable you to throw the jack and also put a point on your side of the score board. In a close game it is always about making the break on the scoreboard. A 3 or 4 point end maybe enough to win the game by putting your team ahead. It can be all about the early break, the middle of the game break rather than storming home with a 4 of 5 point end. Lots of teams play more defensive as the scores go past the 7 or 8 peg and taking a large scoring end at 4-4 could be the key to the win in a tight game.

Certainly, something to think about!

Hope this helps.

Phil Boarder



 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




Page of the Month.

September 2017 Events, Coaching Tips, Special Offers and Latest news


Information correct at time of release

Art No. Match Noir   £79.45 includes Jack, and boule sleeve as well as P+P

Obut Match Noir.  Great New semi soft boule from Obut, soft enough to shoot with but hard enough to withstand years of play with a hard coating on the surface to resist wear.  A natural step up from the standard match boule, finished in black which will come off as you play. An all round semi soft carbon steel boule for shooters and pointers alike giving a minimum recoil.    Manufactured from a special steel, annealed to a low degree of hardness then temper treated to give a tough wear resistant surface.  3 year warranty (except the marks, which are caused by the clash due to the low degree of hardness).  Degree of hardness: 120 kg/mm, Agreement-signet of the FlPJP and weight are engraved.

Dia 70.5 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76    

Weight 650 to 730grms

Patterns available 0, 1 and G 

as shown on right.

New Products 


Mens Polo Shirt.

Soft 100% cotton Polo shirt with ribbed collar button up neck and short sleeves. Branded Obut logo on chest and arm


Order codes


Black C5PHNO

Yellow C5PHJA

Green C5PHVE

White C5PHBL


Lots of other branded clothing on our Clothing pages


Brand New Boule for 2017