Category Archives: Petanque

Rule Change

The OFFICIAL RULES OF THE SPORT OF PETANQUE have been revised. The new rules with changes highlighted can be viewed at Rules-of-Petanque2020-Review (Click to download)The rule change that will affect most day to day play is Article 7. 3) which now reads “The jack must be a minimum of 50cm from any obstacle and from the end line of the lane, it must also be a minimum of 1.5 metres from another jack in use. (note: no minimum distance is required from the “side” line that separates the lanes or the dead ball lines at the side of the lanes)


First Sunday in December and…

A return to a formal competition took place on the 6th December. A 3 round pairs ended up with Rock ‘n’ Roll winning all their games and winning!

Second were Mel & Pauline with 2 wins, Third were Sue and Nigel. Much talk of vaccines and getting back to normal and it’s bloomin’ freezin’ out here but everyone was in agreement about getting out of the house and some exercise. Social distancing still in operation.

We hope to start our regular Members Monthly Melees from first Sunday in January and run 6 sessions ending with a winner in June. Put Sunday 3rd January in your diary!

Club sessions restart

“On Sunday next, December 6th, we will be holding our First Sunday in the month 3 round snake competition. You can choose your partner in advance or take pot luck on the day. Please turn up early to give the organisers sufficient time to get the score sheet sorted out and play started. 

Sunday January 3rd, all being well, we will return to our Member’s Monthly Mêlée. The first leg of the 2021 competition will run through to June 6th. The second leg will be held from July 4th to December 5th.

Play stops

Despite our governing body informing us we can continue playing under certain conditions Kirklees Council has told us that we need their permission as landowner and they are not giving it. So until further notice there will be no HPC activity in Greenhead Park.

The pigeon has landed

Or at least his holes have. It was agreed at our recent virtual AGM to acquire some pigeon holes for members to use for storing boule and other pieces of kit. These arrived earlier this week and Brendan, Paul & Roy spent some time today, Friday, erecting them in the club house. Members are advised to use these as the club house is more secure than the shed. We may move the kit notice board onto the wall above so this will become the “kit corner” ‘

October first Sunday

A pairs competition. 11 teams. 22 players, 3 rounds, 2 new players.

Turned out nice despite threats of rain and a full afternoon of petanque with only 2 teams winning all 3 games. Roy and Brendan edged out Kevin and Christine (a fairly thick edge) on points difference. Well done Reg & Brenda. Thrown in at the deep end on their first visit and beat quite a few experienced teams to finish 6th.

Next similar competition November 1st. We may have to start earlier with the change of hour. Sunset that day is 1633. Watch the blog and AWIP.

Sunday Pairs

With monthly members melees on hold due to Covid 19 we had a 3 round pairs competition on the 6th September. Social distancing was observed and only one person did all the paperwork. The latest version of Auto score was used to record the results. Here they are.


Members Melee August

A different type of members melee. There were 22 people at the terrain, some not playing, some playing in singles league games or 123 team games and some in a melee. There were 2 visitors from Bordeaux on holiday in Huddersfield who just happened to have brought their boules with them. Some were late; some dropped out but after everything was taken into consideration the winner was Richard followed by 4 ladies.

Our procedures today were that a) no-one touches anyone else’s boules, coches, the scoresheet, the pen etc and b) drawing of numbers, allocation of lanes and recording of scores were done by one person only. A Track & Trace register was kept and will be kept for 21 days and gel & wipes were provided by the club and were well used. We had contingency plans if more than 30 turned up but didn’t need them.

It was also the live testing of a spreadsheet that will calculate melee results and it needed testing as a couple of bugs were found. If there are any Excel experts out there who want to collaborate on this please get in touch. With scores input the system calculates and flags wins and after all results are in a macro sorts wins and points and produces positions.  Worked OK but needs more sophistication.

Next Members melee September 6th. Not sure what the rules & restrictions will be then.