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.

2020 FSM Competition

The trophies for the winners of the 2019/20 FSM comp were presented at the club AGM on 29th November. For the second year in a row Catherine was the winner for the women, and Jean was runner-up. For the men, and also for the second year in a row, Rob F was the winner and Smitty was the runner-up. The 2020/21 FSM comp will commence on December 6th.

National Shooting Competition

Our club has a national champion. A very big congratulations to Callum who won the junior section of the 2020 PFA sponsored national shooting competition. As well as precision shooting, Callum plays in all our club competitions, and is active in all aspects of club activities.

Ostyn Gender Doubles Competition

This competition was held on October 18th, and the day was marked by great organisation, fantastic weather, well groomed pistes, competent umpiring, friendly rivalry and musical entertainment at lunch time by the talented group ‘Wattas’. What a good day. Twelve teams competed, and the closely fought finals were played between Rob F and Gary against Smitty and Callum in the men's group, and Catherine and Leanne played against Jean and Helena in the women's group. The winners were Rob F and Gary, and Leanne and Catherine. A big thanks to Donna and Ivo for sponsoring this competition and also a big thanks to Rhys for umpiring all day.

Capital Cup 2020 - Cancelled

Given the continuing changing circumstances with COVID 19 restrictions and the related uncertainty with travel, the CPC committee has decided not to run this competition in 2020. While it is unfortunate that this event will not occur this year, we look forward to the possibility of hosting an even better Capital Cup in 2021.