Finally a double installment of Ray Ager's "Seven deadly sins of Petanque".
Sins 4 & 5 are all about where to play.
4. Playing Across Another Game
You have a massive empty terrain with 2 games taking place. Why, oh why, does 1 team always play across the other team’s game?
You won’t get to play on “the great terrain in the sky” if you keep committing this sin!
5. Not Playing “Open” Terrain
Some of these sins are related – and some players are multiple sinners!
You have a large, open terrain but you only play up and down the same area - why?
You have a large, open area but the terrain is strung into narrow 3m wide terrains – why?
The cardinal sin is at competitions, which, as we know, are often stringed off to accommodate the number of teams. What is very sad is when the final is still played on a narrow marked out terrain when everybody else has finished and the rest of the terrain is unused.
In France, the norm is to create a Carré d’Honneur – a showcase terrain with lots of spectators for the final, usually with a minimum size of 16 x 16m
Although the rules state that terrains can be 12 x 4m, they also state that this is a minimum requirement, so if you’ve got a large terrain but not many teams, why not make best use of the available space?
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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