Capital Petanque

Canberra's petanque club

The CPC committee has developed a framework of hygiene and physical distancing measures for members to follow to ensure that our club meets the current ACT Government COVID-safe requirements.

We are Capital Petanque - Canberra's petanque club. 700 gram solid steel balls clash on the gravel in our game! Our club offers a good mix of social, fun and competitive play.

Petanque (pronounced pe-tonk) is a French game similar to bowls. However the steel balls - or "boules" as they are known in French - are not rolled but are thrown through the air towards a jack.

Petanque is a social game that is both exciting and relaxing, both tactical and a little chancy. Petanque can be played by anybody, both male and female, young and old and you do not have to be athletic to play this game well.

The aim of the game is to get your boules closest to the jack - or "cochonnet" - and in so doing score points. It's as simple as that. Equipment costs are minimal. All you need is three boules and you're ready to play. We have spare boules for you to come along and try petanque with us.

Places and Times of Play - Regular Sessions

We play regularly at the following locations:

Boulodrome, Weston Park, Yarralumla Google MapsOpenStreetMap
John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen Google MapsOpenStreetMap

And at the following times:

Tuesday - 4pm to 7pm - Weston Park - Casual play
Wednesday - 9:30am to 12:30pm - Weston Park - Women's casual play
Thursday - 4pm to 7pm - Weston Park - Casual play
Friday - 9:30am to 12:30pm - Weston Park - Casual play
Saturday - 10am to 12:00pm - John Knight Memorial Park - Casual play
Sunday (March to November) - 2pm to 5pm - Weston Park - Competition or casual play
Sunday (December to February) - 5pm to 8pm - Weston Park - Competition or casual play

There are set game start times on Sundays and for special events. On other days play times can be variable. On Sundays games start on the hour and you can play 1, 2 or 3 games. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your name in the game draw.

Ninth Alexander Mixed Double Competition

This competition was held on April 18th. It was a beautiful autumn day without rain, which has been a hallmark of this competition in recent years. The team numbers were down a little this year, partly due to a last minute change of date because of the Canberra Runners Festival, and also because we currently have a few members on the sick list.

Congratulations to Adele and Smitty who won the final of the principale for the second year in a row. The final was a closely fought battle with Lois and Richard, with a final score of 13 to 9. The final of the consolante was also a closely contested match, with Margaret and Ahmed winning the final from Susan and Bob with a score of 13 to 10. A big thanks to Rhys for again running the control table this year, and to our one-armed umpire Catherine.

Next year will be the tenth anniversary for this event. Annette has won the principale three times which is more than anyone else, but with different partners. Two teams playing with the same partners have won it twice, and they are Ivo and Donna and Adele and Smitty. The big question is who is going to get their names on the trophy for the tenth anniversary of this event in 2022.

Club Competitions in the near future

The Solstice Singles Competition will be held on 20th June. Contact Smitty if you want any further details.

April FSM Competition

It was a lovely Autumn day in Canberra for our April First Sunday of the Month Competition. We had fewer players because of the Easter holidays, and also because of club members competing in the Australian National Championships in Adelaide. The winners were Megan for the women with Wendy in second position, and for the men Richard was the winner with Ivo coming in second. After five rounds of the competition, Vilma is on top of the ladies leader-board with Adele in second position, and Rob F is on top for the blokes with Richard in second position. The next round of the FSM competition will be held on May 2nd.