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Petanque, One Game, Two Systems
Throughout this site you'll find menus and comments are often separated into 'Club Games' or 'Competitions'. Here is a quick overview, more details are provided at the Games + Results sub menu.
Some Members prefer to play only at our Club. The games have variety with plenty of ups and downs while also being relaxed and comfortable. Club Games are played on Wednesdays & Saturdays and for much of the year from Friday late afternoon into the evening under lights. Everyone plays with everyone regardless of expertise so newcomers can easily pick up the game.
Wednesdays are casual 'out of the bucket' draws
The Clubhouse opens around 10.30, a game is played from 11.00 before lunch and a couple from 12.30 afterwards. You can join and finish at whichever game suits you because the draw is "out of the bucket". There is no fee for Wednesday games
Fridays are social evenings under our new lights
Our very effective lights have only been recently installed so a pattern of play through the year has not yet been established. It is likely to be every Friday apart from during the colder days of winter. Play is also casual, out of the bucket with the club opening at 5.00 and games starting at 5.30 and 6.30. At 7.30 we have a BYO dinner together and after dinner a final game is played under lights. There's a $2 fee on Fridays. It's an opportunity for people who work and a great end of week relaxation.
Win A Prize On Saturdays
Anyone can win! You could be teamed with good players and win a prize of wine or chocolates. The latest winners are in this photo. The clubhouse opens at 12.00 for BYO lunch. You must register yourself in the computerised draw by 12.45, there's a $5 fee. Play starts at 1.00. The 3 games are usually over by about 4.30. See more on Club games and also recent results by clicking here.
In addition to Club Games many like to venture further afield and play in Competitions at other clubs around Victoria. This provides more variety with the challenges of different pistes and players. Maybe the highs are higher and lows are....don't remind us! Competitions aren't for experts only – you’ll see people of all skill levels playing. With it's French origins Petanque is full of égalité! Make up a team, perhaps play your first competition at CPC, a familiar venue. Then move on to playing different players on other club's pistes.
For example St Kilda hold a competition across Sundays through winter. Teams are drawn 'out of a hat' mixing players from many clubs. Or join in a country club event like Avoca in November. Your play will improve as your experience broadens. For the latest announced competition, see the photo, lower right.
Find out a lot more about competitions below.
Whenever you choose to play, the rules are the same. The main rules are set out in a simplified summary at Rules