A press release from the organizers. With a bit of luck we will have full report on the australian championship here in a few days!
You don’t need to speak French to play Petanque (the popular French game of Boules)
He is teaming up with two others to play in the Men’s Championships. Jean Jacques has won many competitions over the years including the recent Coonawarra Classic Clash.
Jean Jacques was the former executive Chef at “Jean Jacques by the Sea” leading Melbourne Seafood Restaurant.
During the Easter weekend he will join approx 450 people from all walks of life to play at the Australian Petanque Championships hosted by the Melbourne Petanque Club based at the Middle Park Bowling Club in Albert Park.
The different States except Tasmania will be sending teams, 122 all up to compete for the coveted title of Australian Champion. From St Kilda to Deception Bay, from Subiaco to Woodend and Coonawarra to Stirling, they will be here to participate in the biggest event in the Australian Petanque calender. The winners of the 2001 Australian Championships will have an opportunity to represent Australia in the 37th World Championships in Monte Carlo.
Teams will consist of three players who have to play seven games to then qualify for the finals. There are three categories, Men’s, Women’s and Junior. There is 80 teams competing for the Men’s title, 37 teams competing for the women’s title and 5 for the junior title. For the first time there is also a shooting competition this will be held at Middle Park at 6pm on Friday 13th April.
“Most players are experienced and have been playing for at least 2 years and many for most of their lives to be able to ‘qualify’ for this Petanque meet” said Peter Mangan, President of the Victorian Petanque League and President of the Melbourne Petanque Club.
“We have had lights installed in time for the games this year which will be great no only for the players but also for the audience.”
The Championships will be held over the Easter Weekend. The Shooting Competition will be Friday 13 April starting at 6pm. The other competitions starting at 8am Saturday and Sunday. Spectators welcome.
The great thing about Petanque is that you do not have to speak French to play.
For more information on the Australian Petanque Championships please contact
Chinka Steel M: 0427 272 826 W: (03) 5427 2477 H: (03) 5427 2630
Lizz Heyes 0411 438 997
Peter Mangan 0419 765 523
or visit our website
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