Petanque - Funny Name, Great Game!

Being French nothing sounds as it looks!

The game is petanque = P'tonk
Played with steel boules = boul
On a stony piste = peest
With a cochonnet = coshonay ('cosh')

What's So Good About Petanque?

It's great fun, it can be played by all ages, and being French, it has style! It's easy to learn and even to play well. The rough piste we play on is a great equaliser. Your boules might not land right next to the coche but an experienced player's boule may well land further away. The stoney piste can easily deflect even the best player's boules. There's lots of luck in this game!

How Is It Played?

Play is between 2 teams, each with either 2 or 3 players. Each team plays with 6 boules in total. A toss decides who starts and one of their players throws the cosh between 6 & 10 metres. That player then throws their first boule as close to the coche as possible. Their opponents then throw as many boules as it takes until they get one closer. The first team then has to get closer still. This continues until all 12 boules have been played and the score for that 'end' is counted. Have a look at our short video to see more, click the link in the blue area below.

Like To Have A Go?

Come and play a few times, bring a friend. There's no charge, we'll lend you the boules and pair you with a 'buddy'. Get to know the game a little, meet us all, maybe have a glass of wine and find out all you want to know. Call Mick (0418 533 764), Marion (0425 817 020) or Colin (0418 552 171) and just say "Can I have a go at P'tonk! 

Here's us having a go - in a short video

When And Where Do We Play?

Social games at our Club are played each week of the year to two main formats -

Wednesdays 10.30 - 3.00, 3 games & lunch. Saturdays 12.00 - 4.30, lunch & 3 games (tba for summer)

Fridays: Between November and March we also play on Friday evenings starting at 4.30 for 2 games then having a relaxed BYO dinner followed by more games. If the weather is good we'll dine outside which is a great experience.

The Club is at Lynden Park Recreation Ground, Wakefields Grove, 64A Through Road (opposite Garden Road), Camberwell, Victoria 3124. See Contacts or the map below. Almost every weekend there are competitions at other petanque clubs throughout Victoria. Country games can make for great weekends away, there's usually one somewhere each month.

There's A Social Side To The Club Too!

The Club is not just about petanque. The social side is important, we welcome everyone's involvement, teams for our weekly games are selected randomly so you will mix with everyone whereas for competitions you usually make up your own teams. There's always time to sit and chat between games and over lunch whether you play on Wednesdays or Saturdays. We have various social occasions throughout the year including BBQs, social games and friendly matches with other clubs. Our early December Christmas dinner is a great event.

Want To Get In Touch?  Want To Join Our Club?

See the blue section above or go to Contacts

To apply for membership scroll a little to FAQ No.5 below

Website -

Facebook - to be advised

The Club is run by a Committee, see the Managing Our Club menu for more information.

Download A Brochure

Click the attachment at the bottom of this page to download an A5 size 4 colour brochure.

Answers To All Your FAQ's

1. What should I wear?

The only requirement is that you wear closed toe shoes. Otherwise anything goes, whatever you are comfortable in. Club uniforms are available to buy.

2. Political incorrectness!

Even the French are now having to be more P.C.! Petanquistes used to claim it was the only ball game you could play with a glass of wine in your hand. Now it must be kept off the piste.

3. How fit do I need to be?

Not particularly is the answer but petanque will help keep you fit. A game takes 50-60 minutes. We play between 2 and 4 games during Club social meetings. It helps a lot if you walk up and down the piste to assess the state of play at first hand. Magnetic 'lifters' can help you pick up the boules from the ground. Nor does it matter if you are right or left handed.

4. How good is your French?

It doesn't matter at all. The French mumble 'Merde' when things go wrong!

5. How do I apply to become a member?

The easiest way is to call any one of Colin (0418 552 171), Guy (0408 700 550) or Peter (0428 148 786). You complete an Application Form which you can download at the bottom of this page. You need two Club Members as sponsors which we can help with. Your application will be reviewed by the Club's Committee at its next monthly meeting. Confirmation will follow shortly afterwards.

6. What does membership cost?

- Adult membership

The $105 annual membership fee includes PFA's $35 fee which provides you with Australia wide injury cover while playing. The Club’s fee year is July - June. For those joining mid-year the fee is $25 per quarter or part thereof. Play on Saturdays attracts a $5 charge. There is no charge for playing on Wednesdays.

- Social membership

If you already have a PFA players licence by being a member of another club you can become a Social member of Camberwell for $50 p.a., or $12 per quarter or part thereof if joining mid-year. The normal $5 Saturday game fee applies. As a Social Member you are entitled to play in all Club games and join in all social activities.

- Junior membership

A Junior must be under 18 on the day they join. Their only cost is a PFA Juniors licence fee at a flat rate  of $10 p.a. which is waived if they join in the April-June quarter.

 7. Can I get training?

Yes both 'as you play' and special training sessions are available. 

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