What is Petanque?

Petanque is a French game of bowls. The name comes from "feet together" and is based on the fact that you throw with both feet in a circle and on the ground. The game is played by two teams, with each team consisting of one, two, or three players. Doubles and triples are usually the most fun as you share playing the game with fellow team players. A good game of petanque against equally strong opponents can be a fun filled and challenging event where all your skills and tactics plus a little bit of nerve and control all come into play. A great recipe for fun.

Petanque is played with 'boules' or metal bowls. Each player needs three boules, and a small wooden jack called a 'Cochonnet' or little pig in French. The metal boules are roughly the size of an apple and weigh approx. 700grams.

Find a place to play. A compacted gravel path or a gravel carpark are ideal.

Toss a coin to see who goes first and then throw the jack between 6 and 10 metres, and then throw your boule with the aim of getting it as close to the jack as possible. Game on, good luck.

Games are played to 13 points.

It's all about getting your boules closest to the jack. Achieving this can be challenging, exciting and sometimes frustrating but almost always good fun. A little bit of luck occasionally helps but mainly some good positioning and attacking is the key. A bit of competitiveness mixed with a dose of good humour and you will have great fun. Friends are made, problems are solved and before you know it you will be back for more.