Like all sports, petanque changes immensely from the time when you are a beginner to the time when you achieve a certain level of proficincy.
When you throw your first boule it all seems rather random, and you ask yourself "is this really all? Getting as close to the pig (the small ball) as possible?"
But thats probably what you thought the first time you tried football (kicking the ball into the goal), darts ( hitting the wall), Pool (hitting the holes) Formula One (driving fast) etc.
So when the glorious time comes when you are able to place your boule where you want, and even hit the opponent's boule directly and send it packing, things get a bit different. It's not all about coming as close to the pig as possible, but about counting the number of boules in play, figuring out where you should place your next boule to make it difficult for your opponent and even trying to hit the pig directly to knock it out of play
For some reason the worl championship in petanque is held in the buzzling metroloplis of Tahiti this year! So pack your swimwear and go there at once!
Finally petanque has found a new home, as a bar game! Althought it might take a few years befor the darts-boards get the boot and petanque moves in everywhere it has started to happen
The Financial times has finally understood that Petanque is the game of the future, with our long time friend Mike Pegg, International umpire. "It may not be the sunny south of France but even on a chilly Devon day, British fans are warming to the charms of pétanque"
This is a product we have mentioned earlier, just because it is sooooo French. A Tour de France petanque-set! This is more French than a baguette!
We stumbled across a petanque-game for the andoid-system. From the produces description:"Petanque in St Tropez is a 3D bowls game, as played on the mediterannean coast." We do not have an android-phone to test it on, perhaps one of you can help us out?
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