News In The World Of Pétanque
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by Sue Gray
Pétanque relaunches campaign to get Olympic
recognition from the Guardian UK
Kim Wilsher in Paris - 29 July 2015.
Sport’s world confederation throws a boule into the Olympic rings, hoping to be
included in 2024 summer games, which Paris is bidding to host.
Now, pétanque are
relaunchng the campaign
to have the game
recognised as an Olympic
sport and included in the
2024 summer games,
which Paris is bidding to
Claude Azéma, president
of the Confédération
Mondiale des Sports
de Boules that is leading
the latest Olympic bid, told the Guardian: “We are reasonably ptimistic. For a
new sport to be included, another one either has to go or the number of teams
taking part in an existing sport has to be reduced.
“It’s not about excluding any sports, it’s about being inclusive. We just want
some, like masculine football that has a World Cup, to field fewer teams and
make room for us.
Azéma said the sport had an estimated 30 million players worldwide, of whom
about 1 million belong to one of the 272 national federations that exist in 162
In the organisation’s pamphlet, Azéma writes: “The sport promotes the
gathering of men and women regardless of their age, origin, roots, religion or
social and professional background. It is a socially unifying and health-
promoting leisure sport that deserves to be given Olympic status.”
Back (Left) Thuy, Sandra, Adeline, Julie, Jean-Francois, #, Lindsay, Alison.
Front (Left) Sasha, Clifford, Peter, Stephane. (#) Name withheld by request.
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful.
by Sandra Brown
Our Club’s Annual Doubles Championship for 2015 was held on Sunday, 23rd
Our venue at Lynden Park was picture postcard perfect for pitchers of the
pétanque puck (boule). In addition, the players came in numbers, emerging
from their winter cocoons to immerse themselves in a beautiful day, which
heralded the arrival of spring, still officially nine days away.
An early start in crisp morning air turned into a day bathed in sunshine. After a
particularly cold winter, it felt for-all-the-world like a pagan fertility festival
celebrating the Rites of Spring.
We hosted twenty-five teams with many fine players providing spirited com-
petition. We thank those players from other clubs who supported our event by
participating; they came from St. Kilda, Caulfield, Weird, Longbeach, Gisborne
and St. Andrews Beach clubs.
Prizes were awarded to the top six in ranking. Congratulations to those teams
pictured below. See the complete results here.
Peter Barker acted as Tournament Director and Andre Deramond from Caulfield
was the Umpire.
The smell of barbequed sausages and onions drifted over the pistes towards
lunchtime, thanks to chefs Karen Riley, John Ross and Charles Hepenstall.
We thank all of these good people for their contribution.
Camberwell's best ranked were team "Thuy and Me", Thuy Nguyen and Sandra
Brown, who came Fourth, losing only one game 13/11.
Alma Claiborne managed treasurer’s duties and the kitchen. She was assisted
in the kitchen by Helen Dubberley.
Local hero, JP, as usual attended to many things in preparation for the
tournament and managed the scoring throughout the event. [He wishes to
thank Antoine & Nicole B., Thuy N., Peter B., Sandra & Howard B., John W. and
others for their assistance.]
Petanque is on the rise
The Game of Petanque is being enjoyed by more
and more people in Victoria with now 22 PFA
affiliated petanque clubs scattered throughout
the state. I think it’s fair to say that the
majority of clubs play for the fun and the social
aspect of the sport. We at CPC have a good
mix of the strictly social player and the more
serious competitive player happy to play in
One of the advantages with petanque is, it’s
totally up to the individual player as to the level
of participation one wishes to have. Mind you
theory has it, the more you play and practice
the more your game will improve, however the
most important thing is to enjoy playing the
Spring is finally in the air.
Winter this year has been particularly long and
cold, even so it's been pleasing to see our
Saturday socials games being generally well
attended by a very hardy, hearty band of
petanquers. For those of you who like to play in
tournaments, with the coming of spring, the
Victorian Calendar offers you plenty of choices.
Saturday Social Play
Please note this year Saturday Social games will
continue through to 5th December. Daylight
saving begins on 4th October, but we will not
be changing over to Friday Twilight games until
Plenty of activity set for CPC in October as we
have an Open Triples Tournament on Sunday
4th October plus we are hosting the Victorian
Championships Triples on Sunday 23rd October.
New Shades to be in place before Summer.
The old shades at the southern end of the
pistes are soon to be replaced by a newer and
more practical structure, all in good time for the
hotter months to come.
John-Paul stands down from the committee.
At our AGM held in early August, sadly we
farewelled John-Paul Ernst from the committee,
he has been an incredibly hard working
committee member and an inspiration to us all.
J-P will still be around doing what he does best
and will also continue as our website manager. I
personally wish to thank J-P for all he has done
for this club, without him our club would not be
the great club that it is today.
Welcome Keven Diggens to CPCI
Keven is a welcome
addition to the committee,
his nomination was well
received, especially by
Alma Claiborne as Keven
plans to take over as
Treasurer in early 2016,
finally freeing her from
the role she undertook
on a temporary basis.
These changes in the structure of the
committee are the most noteworthy things to
happen, in what was otherwise a fairly
uneventful AGM. Our committee members are all
hard working hands-on people and as a result
Camberwell Petanque Club is in good shape.