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The beauty of pétanque is that very little equipment is required and the game can be played almost anywhere.
Essential item for pétanque are:
- The boules (the balls), made of steel, can last indefinitely if looked after with a little care. They have a diameter of 70.5mm to 80mm and weigh between 520g and 800g. Competition boules weigh between 650 and 800g.
[To get good advice for the correct competition boule to purchase, contact an experienced player at our Club... otherwise Click here for a guide to finding the boule diameter to best suit your hand. Information provided by LA BOULE BLEUE.]
- Cochonnet (Jack)
Article 3 – Approved jacks
Jacks are made of wood, or of a synthetic material bearing the manufacturer’s mark and
having obtained the FIPJP’s approval in line with the precise specification relating to the
required standards. Painted jacks are authorised.
Their diameter must be 30mm (tolerance: + or – 1mm).
There are a few useful accessories for pétanque.
- A measurer. A tape measure or other measuring device is used to measure the distance between a boule and cochonnet. Pétanque measures can be bought, but in a friendly game a piece of string or a straight stick works just as well.
- A cloth; to wipe off dirt or moisture.
- A Scorer. A device to register the score of the two teams as the game progresses.
- A magnetic lifter; handy for those who find it difficult to stoop to pick up the metal boules after each end.
‘PÉTANQUE-Boules Down Under’ by Egon Pozniak.
Book review from pétanque.org...
|Australia has a population of 20 million of which there are literally tens of thousands of social boules players with a set of boules in their shed ready to play at the next BBQ or visit to the beach.
‘Pétanque Australia’ is the peak administrative body of pétanque in Australia representing 1,200 registered pétanque players in 47 individual clubs.
Pétanque in Australia has been developing slowly with very little media exposure. Although there are many people with a set of boules there is very little understanding about the ‘game’ … let alone the ‘sport’.
Hopefully this may change with the recent launch of PÉTANQUE-Boules Down Under.
This 80 page well written, well illustrated (with over 100 photographs and illustrations) soft-cover book provides a wealth of information covering: ‘How to play’ – ‘History’ – ‘Tips’ – ‘Techniques’ – ‘Strategy’ – ‘Boule manufacture’ - ‘Boule Diameter Measure’ –‘Glossary’ – ‘Australian Clubs’ and much, much more including the famous ‘Peanuts’ cartoon by Schulz and ‘The Official International Rules of Pétanque’. It is organised in 18 easily understood chapters which can be read from the beginning or selected at random.
The author is Egon Pozniak who discovered the pleasure of playing pétanque with friends in the lovely parklands of Adelaide, South Australia in the early 1990s. Their playing field was a reclaimed pond filled with compacted gravel – an island of hard ground amongst the trees and greenery of the parklands. Every Sunday morning a group of enthusiasts would gather to play a few leisurely games then finish with lunch and drinks at the local pub. Since those halcyon days he has built 2 pistes in his backyard, realised a dream by playing in the South of France and even interested his basketball and netball-playing children.
It is his hope “that this book will help the beginner understand the game and improve their technique while promoting one of the most delightful games ever invented.”
Australia now has a comprehensive introductory text for this and the next generation of pétanque players. Hopefully this will be a valuable addition to school and public libraries throughout Australia and public demand, through local bookshops, will make this a bestseller (that would be a bonus for pétanque).
Self-published, this book is a tribute to Egon Pozniak who has to be complimented for his time, labour, commitment, research and personal financial investment.
Congratulations for producing this timely and highly professional book.
BRAVO EGON – VIVE LA PÉTANQUE
This book is available from Prospect Pétanque Club for $20.
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‘PÉTANQUE-Boules Down Under’ is available from Prospect Pétanque.