2000.01.12 by Jukka Poyry Mr.Poyry@petanque.org
A short report from up north. It is not only motor sports and winter events here, but we also do play petanque all year round.
Finns are experiencing mid-winter at the moment. Though we have almost no snow in southern part of the country because of "warm" weathers lately (averagely bit over zero degrees Celsius). Some folks may play petanque outdoors even these times, but others do it indoors. We have about 10 indoor venues total in biggest cities. The largest one is in Helsinki having 16 tracks. Football players have many larger covered venues and we use those when arranging bigger tournaments.
Our winter calendar can be found at http://home.icon.fi/petanque/kkt99-00.htm. Almost all competitions are open to anyone and visitors from other countries are very welcome! Last weekend 8 teams of crazy people gathered in Helsinki and played 24 hours. There was also one team from Sweden (DIF Boule Stockholm), which won 16 games out of total 21 and got the first prize.
In summer we will have warm weathers and lots of nice competitions. More of them later...
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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