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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 16th July 2018




21st  Anglia Junior Team Coaching Dun Cow Bardwell 2pm to 4pm


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 Registration 10.15 for 10.30 start. Limited to 20 teams so pre entry advisable Entry £10.00 per pair. 5 games ( Not Timed) Random Draw round 1 then Snake Fantastic prizes for first 4 places in wine. Bar Open and Food available to purchase. Entries to James Shreeve

22nd   Arundel Open Doubles Summer Doubles Competition

Playing for the Liz Hordern Cup Impulse Leisure Centre, Lancing Manor, Old Shoreham Road, Lancing BN15 0PH.

At our club terrain within Arundel Football Club ground

Mill Road Arundel BN18 9PA SUNDAY 22 July 2018

Book early to avoid disappointment  Registration from 9.15a.m. play starts at 10.00a.m. £6 PER PLAYER (JUNIORS free)

RAFFLE 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

email:    PRE-ENTRY ONLY Closing Date Wednesday 18th July


Parking in Mill Road is free Directions to terrain available on SCPA website


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

28thMartin Baker Singles Tournament and as in previous years will include the infamous Potato Shoot out.

The Martin Baker's Singles Tournament will be held on the 28th of July 2018 at Harrow Petanque Club Old Lyonians Sports & Social, 74 Pinner View, Harrow so please save the date and come and join us for another great competition in memory of Martin Baker and help raise money for Macmillan’s.
Registration 9:00 am to 9.30 am with the hope to start soon after.
Registration Fee: £10 each
Juniors (up to 16yrs) £5
(half the entrance fee will go to Macmillans and the other half into prize fund)

Format: Singles! 3 boules as always.
Winner's prize to be around £150
Runner up to be around £50
(Dependant on numbers)

Format: Groups of 4 in the morning. Knock out in the afternoon with Main and Plate.
Limited to 64 players.
How to register: Please post Facebook message simply letting the organiser know you would like to play and if you would like to have lunch. To avoid disappointment we are taking pre-registration. First come first serve as always. However, all money will be collected on the day. Once the limit is reached, we will close the event.
Lunch Time Special Shooting Competition!: The same format used in Croydon will apply. Except this time, we will try to hit a "potato". People that knew Dad will understand I am sure. Cash prize for the winner of this competition.

Breakfast: On arrival we will have croissants, tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Lunch: TBC. Once we have an idea how many we are catering for.
Afternoon Tea: Homemade cakes, strawberries and cream along with tea and coffee.
All proceeds raised from Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Tea will be going to Macmillan’s.

The Bar will be open during the day for refreshments.

Thank you all for your continued support. Please pass the message on and we hope to see you all in large numbers for another great day.


29th    Anglia Singles - The Cottage Norwich

29th    Worthing Open Doubles





4th         Kath Watts Pairs The Cottage Norwich

4th        Anglia Junior Team Coaching Dun Cow Bardwell 2pm to 4pm

5th        Anglia Regional Over 50’s Pairs Great Ellingham

5th       Adur Open Doubles Impulse Leisure Centre, Lancing Manor, Old Shoreham Road, Lancing BN15 0PH.


11th 12th Home Nations Championship Jersey

12th    Anglia Triples - British Sugar Sports and Social Club

Hollow Road Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

18th Anglia Junior Team Coaching Dun Cow Bardwell 2pm to 4pm


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.  Ask us for details please


19th    Oxshott Open Triples

19th    Circle in the Sand Walcott Beach depending on tides

26th    Fareham Open Triples


27th Petanque with a twist  Gravesend rugby FC, Rectory Field, Donald Briggs Drive, Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2PP Great fun last year and hopefully it will be again this year. 9.15 registration 9.30 start of play £20.00 per team.
Fun and friendly competition to play petanque with a twist to the games
there will be bacon rolls in the morning with a BBQ at lunch with hot dogs and burgers. Vegetarian option is available please notify before the day. Giant Teddy Bear raffle. Bar opens at 12 raffle and raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated Entries to

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

2nd JOHN STREET TRIPLES Knutton, Staffordshire, ST5 6DT
Extended maximum entry - possibly up to 32 teams now.... 16 entered already!
MINIMUM OF £150 top prize. The more entries... the bigger the jackpot!
Great chance for some inter regional practice


8th      Anglia Junior Team Coaching Dun Cow Bardwell 2pm to 4pm

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 Registration 10 for 10.30       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 Sports and Social Club Bury St Edmunds

23rd      Southampton City Doubles

30th      Fixed Coche Pairs - Bob Carter Norwich

30th       Newmarket and District Petanque League end of Season Triples and Presentation day Burwell Ex Servicemen’s club Burwell Reg 10 for 10.30 start




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


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 2018 July'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 Rules

Oi! Where are you going with that circle?

The introduction of preformed plastic circles revolutionised how we look at petanque. It is now rare to scratch a circle in the ground when most clubs have circles in the clubhouse or players have folding circles in their bags and kit. Visible for all to see they have changed the game in subtle ways that are slowly improving the play and the attraction of petanque to onlookers. This session we will look at circles and the rules around them so players can use them to their full potential.

One of the benefits I have noticed is players do not tend to push in as much on crowded terrains. The act of laying a bright coloured circle 75 cm from someone else’s head causes instant complaints. The game and the direction it is being played in is clearly visible to all. So too is the risk of someone placing a circle next to another is reduced as there simply is not any room for it. When the team next to you is measuring or looking at the head in a tactical discussion it is easy to sneak up on the terrain and mark a circle with your foot. They may not notice your infringement as they walk back to the circle. Place a plastic circle within two metres of their circle and it is spotted instantly on their return. The game has returned to a slower pace and teams have to wait before they move on to the piste.

It is also clear when placing a circle over the jack when playing on an open terrain. Some players have been known to place the circle nowhere near the jack in order to gain an advantage. They move it sideways to get a better angle. They move it back to get the allowed 10 metres in, even though the 10 metre distance is available and they move the circle just to get the jack in a different place. Oh and as they bring the circle up from the other end after the last boule is thrown they get a little tired of carrying it and drop in as they pick their boule up short of the jack position. This is moving the circle forward which is strictly prohibited.  When the end is over the boule are picked up and the jack could remain where it is. This makes it easy to place the circle over the jack and then pick the jack up. Simple! If the jack is marked, ( of course it was Phil) then the circle is placed over the mark.

Now we know there are rules dictating all this and the circle should not be within 2 metres of another circle and 1 metre of an obstacle. The string marking out the pistes is not an obstacle. The circle should be marked in case it gets kicked or moved as players step out of it. As the following states.

Art 6

In all cases the circles must be marked before the jack is thrown.

The spacing is covered by,

The circle must be drawn (or placed) more than one metre from any obstacle and at least two metres from another throwing circle in use. 

The placing is covered by,

At the following end the jack is thrown from a circle drawn or placed around the point where it finished at the previous end, except in the following cases:

 - The circle would be less than 1 metre from an obstacle.

 - The throwing of the jack could not be made to all regulation distances.

 In the first case the player draws or places the circle at the regulation distance from the obstacle.

 In the second case, the player may step back, in line with the previous end's play, without exceeding the maximum distance authorised for the throwing of the jack. This opportunity is offered only if the jack cannot be thrown to the maximum distance in any other direction.

 If the jack has not been thrown in accordance with the rules defined above, the opposing team will place the jack in a valid position on the terrain. They can also move the circle back, in accordance with the conditions defined in these rules, if the first teams positioning of the circle did not allow the jack to be thrown the maximum distance.

Takes some reading and understanding but it means the circle can only be moved sideways to get away from an obstacle and it can be moved back to allow a maximum distance jack throw. If you can throw the jack to a legal position in ANY other direction it means the circle stays where it is.  You do not have to be able to get 10 metres. The choice is up to you if you want to move the circle if allowed under the rules. Many new pistes suffer from players constantly returning to the same place with the circle. This causes the boule to land in the roughly the same place all the time and thus damage the newly laid piste toping before it has had time to bed in.

There is a rule that only exists in players heads. You can scour the rule book for it but, it is not in there. We can move the circle a metre to the side if you want. NO NO NO. This made up rule is getting confused with  the rule where you can move the circle sideways to get away from an obstacle or it will be too close to another circle. Other than that it is placed around the position of the jack

o next time you see a player with a jack and a circle in his hands half way through a game you may be within your rights to ask, Oi! Where are you going with the circle?

Good Luck

Phil Boarder

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