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A new home for petanque in Warrnambool

News Article Date: 
Friday, 21 December 2018

Warrnambool’s first official petanque facility has officially opened on Pertobe Road.

Similar to lawn bowls and bocce, petanque sees teams score points by throwing their boules as close as possible to a target jack.

The playing area, known as a piste, was constructed from recycled plastic. The piste has a sandstone base with a layer of quartz on the surface.

Warrnambool City Council Mayor Tony Herbert said that petanque was a great game that everyone can play.

“We all know the benefits that a more active lifestyle can have on both physical and mental health, and as a Council, we want to remove as many barriers as possible that may prevent people from being active,” he said.

“Petanque is a fun, social game with no expensive equipment required.

“There aren’t too many sports that grandparents can play with grandkids, and I think this shows that petanque as much as anything is a game that people of all ages and athletic abilities can get involved in and enjoy together.”

An informal group has been playing regularly in Warrnambool since 2016, with member Alan Pritchard saying that he was very happy with the new facilities.

“It’s a magnificent piste. I’ve played on pistes all around the place and overseas and this is really good,” he said.

“We’ve got three lanes so we can take up to 18 players at a time.”

Mr Pritchard said that while the game was still developing in Warrnambool, it was played widely from France to Halls Gap.

“It’s very big in France and Europe and in Victoria and South Australia in particular there’s a very big petanque following,” he said.“There’s quite a good club in Port Fairy and we go over there once a month for a challenge, and now with these new facilities they’re itching to come over here.

“Up at Halls Gap, before I moved to Warrnambool, we used to run two tournaments a year getting up to 90 players from Victoria and interstate. I’m not sure if that will happen here, but now we’ve got somewhere to start.

“The visibility of the piste here will help grow the game. I think when people see what’s happening, hopefully they’ll want to get involved.”

The project was funded via Council’s Small Infrastructure Fund.

Petanque boules will be available for public use as part of Council’s BeachFest activities in January.

Anyone looking to join the Warrnambool petanque group is welcome to attend their social games on Thursdays at 2pm.


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