|Richard throwing a boule in a game of Pétanque at Luton Regional Sports Centre|
We were welcomed by a chap called Alan from the Chiltern Region of the English Pétanque Association; his Polo shirt also denoted that he was the 'Team Manager'. After being introduced to some different sizes and weights of boules we got straight to having a few practice throws and were given an introduction to the rules of the game.
|Emily playing Pétanque in the Luton Community Games|
We’ve both previously played Boules, but never received instruction in the game so it was nice to be given the ‘pro’ rules and told about the different game formats and how to score properly by the experts.
|Richard throwing a boule in a game of Pétanque|
We then paired up with a club member, with Emily and Alan taking on me and a fellow called Ian. With each player given three boules and the aim to reach 13 points to win, we began playing up and down the terrain/piste (the pitch) and each time a team scored points the playing area changed. This was because the cosh (or jack) was thrown into place between 6-10 metres from the last position of it. Therefore one of the tactics is to work out where the ‘break’ on the terrain is and how much pace and/or spin is required for each shot – no two games will be played on the exact same playing surface or area! In our first game Emily and Ian picked up the win 13-9.
|The Result of Game 1 of the Pétanque in the Luton Community Games|
|The Result of Game 2 of the Pétanque in the Luton Community Games|
|"Spot the Boule" contest - click here for a hi-res image - and scroll down for the 'answer'|
|Emily captured the boule mid-flight and in perfect line with my bonce!|