Pétanque

Petanque Demonstrations

Throughout the day from 10am to 6pm.

For our Pétanque demonstration, two lines will be set up : one for kids and one for adults. Members from clubs of WA will also demonstrate a game of Petanque. At the end of the day, a draw will be made and 1 participant of our Petanque try out will win a set of social boules.

PETANQUE COMPETITION

Sunday 9:30-12pm & 2-4pm.

For the first time since the Bonjour Perth Festival was created, Pétanque Western Australia is organising a free-entry competition. Teams of two (mixt or same sex) can register on the Bonjour Perth website until a week before the festival. The competition is reserved for adults only. The first 16 teams to register will compete during 2 sessions in the morning and in the afternoon. Team names will be randomly drawn to form the competition bracket. The first two rounds will be played on Sunday morning while the finals will be played in the afternoon. Matches format will be based on time (20 min) where the highest scoring team at the end gets through to the next stage. Finals format will follow the traditional “first to 13 points” style.

PLEASE NOTE THAT 16 TEAMS HAVE REGISTERED SO ANY NEW REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ON WAITING LIST – ENTRY WILL BE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATIONS

Note: The competition will also be played on grass.

Prizes:   Winner – 2 sets of Petanque balls
Runner-up – 2 “Le Festival” bags

PÉTANQUE WA INC
Pétanque Western Australia is the State body representing all five Western Australian clubs:
» Bayswater Petanque Club
» Le Club Clochemerle de Petanque
» La Maison de France Petanque Club
» Safety Bay Petanque Club
» Subiaco Petanque Club

The objective of PWA is to promote the growth and development of Pétanque in WA as a recreational and competitive sport. 
PWA also organises State competitions and fundraising to send teams to represent the State in National and International events.

How to play Petanque

The boules are made of metal and weigh between 650g and 800g, with a diameter of between 71mm and 80mm. The jack is made of wood or synthetic material and has a diameter of between 25mm and 35mm.

The playing area should be at least 15 metres (49 ft) long, by 4 metres (13 ft) wide.
A player from the team that wins the toss starts the game by drawing a circle (35 to 50cm in diameter) on the playing field. Both feet must be inside this circle, touching the ground.

The player then throws the jack to a distance of between 6 and 10 metres from the starting circle. The jack must be visible and at least 1 metre from any obstacle or boundary, otherwise it must be thrown again.

A player from the team that wins the toss then plays the first boule, trying to place it as close to the jack as possible. Then the opposing team must get closer to the jack and keeps playing until they succeed.

When they do, it is back to the first team to do better, and so forth until all the boules have been played. The team with boules closest to the jack wins the end and counts their score. The game continues until a team reaches a score of 13 points.
A successful pétanque team has players who are skilled at shooting as well as players who point. The pointers play first. The shooter is held in reserve in case the opponents place a boule close to the jack, in which case the shooter will try to shoot it out.

Placing a boule in front of the jack is much better than one behind the jack, because a front boule is more likely to be pushed into a better position.