Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's All About Petanque

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  1. Petanque is a form of French boules where the idea is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooded ball. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel but today, a group from Petanque WA were bringing Petanque to the lawns outside the Art Gallery in Perth.

  2. That looks like a fun outdoor game! Is it similar to the French game?
    Regards from EAGAN daily photo

  3. Not only is it a fun outdoor game, it's also well suited to the fantastic climate Perth has to offer. On top of that, most of the clubs are centered in fabulous locations, close to the sea, parks, lakes, amenities ...

    For anyone visiting Perth, you have an open invitation

  4. Leif, I had not seen Petanque played before and enjoyed watching a game or two on the lawn of the Perth Cultural Centre outside the Art Gallery of WA. Regards to you also and love your EAGON Daily Photo blog.

    globalp, It was great to see this game being promoted in Perth. Thanks to the group from Petanque WA who were happy for me to snap away.

  5. Boules, French Jeu De Boules, also called Pétanque, French ball game, similar to bowls and boccie. It is thought to have originated about 1910, but it is based on the very old French game of jeu Provençal.
    Boules is played between two players or teams. Players take turns throwing or rolling a ball (boule) as close as possible to the target ball (called the jack, or cochonnet); if necessary the player will use his ball to knock the opponent’s ball away. The balls are usually made of steel and are about 7–8 cm (2.75–3.15 inches) in diameter; the target balls are smaller, about 25–35 mm (1–1.35 inches) in diameter. The game is played on a pitch some 15 m (49 feet) long and some 4 m wide.
    The casual form of the game of pétanque is played by about 17 million people in France, mostly during their summer vacations. There are about 375,000 players licensed with the Fédération Française de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FFPJP) and some 3,000 in England. Another 20,000 or so play in Quebec, Canada. Additionally, pétanque clubs have arisen in cities throughout the United States in recent years. Petanque is also played in Southeast Asia due to the French presence in the area during the last centuries: Laos, north Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

  6. Me, thx for your comment. I must say that I did not know much about Petanque until I met the enthusiastic members from the Association. They were demonstrating the game in the central city area outside the art gallery. There was considerable interest from passers by of all ages. The promotion seemed to have gone exceptionally well.