Petanque: or boules or woteva ... coming soon (well, the digging has started!)
it is easy and it is fun. Enjoy the taste of a little bit of France with ...
a little bit of wine ...
a little bit of sunshine ...
a little bit of cricket ... (two out of three is okay, surely?)
Two balls and a jack were unearthed in
the sarcophagus of an Egyptian Prince of the 52nd Century B.C. Thus there is
archaeological evidence that a form of pétanque was played over seventy
centuries ago. Subsequently there have been historical references in both France
and England at the time of Edward the Third and Elizabeth the First. What else
could Drake have played on the Hoe at Plymouth? It is fact that a game played
with cannon balls the size of cricket balls, was very popular with both soldiers
and sailors at that time. In 1910 a new version was developed in the small town
of La Ciotat, near Marseilles. Interestingly it was adapted from a similar game
of the time to enable a handicapped player to participate. It is this version
that has become the standard throughout the world played to a set of
internationally recognised rules.
Pétanque is played throughout the
British Isles. It is a sport for all ages and both sexes, it is classless and
can be played wherever a reasonable surface can be found or created.
Rules for the game (will open in higher versions of Adobe Acrobat)
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