Mondial La Marseillaise A Petanque

Semifinal on the central court at Vieux Port

Semifinal 2006 on the central court at Vieux Port (Author: Schildt)

In July 2017, we (Lionel Pujol, Tony Stojsic and I) participated in the biggest international petanque competition in the world: Le  Mondial La Marseillaise à Pétanque. Held in Marseille over 5 days every July, anyone can come and play. Last year the numbers were slightly down – only about 4,700 teams participated (!!). When you lose a game, you’re out.

Even so, the organisers still had to find pistes for some 2,350 matches in the first round. We played in the carpark of a soccer stadium about 25 minutes north of the centre of Marseille (shuttle buses took us – great atmosphere on the buses) with 94 other matches going on at the same time. Our “piste” N° 95 was rocky, sloping, and more or less triangular, and had a metal manhole cover in the middle of it which made a loud bonging sound when a boule bounced on it. You live with it – that’s pétanque.

We won our first match which was a huge high, then were trounced in the second. It didn’t matter – we had no illusions about our chances: even at local club level, the quality of play is much higher over there – we were at La Marseillaise and the atmosphere was terrific. There was loud rock music, pastis, beer and other beverages flowing freely, plenty of merguez in baguettes (trans.: sausage sandwiches, but REALLY good ones), matches being played on every available surface, tens of thousands of people, great camaraderie. It was a huge fabulous celebration and all of us were there thanks to pétanque.

Tory McBride  (Prospect Petanque Club)

Vale Mike Mulvihill

We are deeply saddened to have to let you know that Mike Mulvihill passed away on Wednesday 7 February.

Please remember Mike for the great things he did for Petanque in SA, especially as Founder the Prospect Club and for the SA State League in its early days, also his many team representations for SA and Australia on the International scene.

To all who knew Mike he was a genuine good bloke who would go out of his way for you.especially if you were a Crows fan.

Our Sport in SA has lost one of its dedicated enthusiasts and a pioneer of many of the things we do today in our great game.

Remember Mike.

Allan Sanderson

President Prospect Petanque Club