Recently Alan Moss, one of Wroxham U3A’s main players, took part in a petanque tournament, and did extremely well.

Petanque (often called French boules) is usually played with teams of 2 or 3 players. Each player will use 2 or 3 boule dependant on whether they are playing in pairs(3) or triples (2). A coche (small ball) is thrown first, then each player will aim to land their boule as close to it as they can. Also attempts will be made to shoot out the opposing Team’s boule in the process.
The game is played in each direction on the boule terrain and these are referred to as ‘ends’.

After each ‘end’ is played the score is summed up – one point for each boule nearest the coche.
The Team with the nearest boule/s wins that end and throws first to start the next ‘end’.
The first Team to reach 13 points wins the game.
As you can imagine during and at the end of the game there can be much debate and measuring to determine
whose boule are closest to the coche!

U3A Petanque Group meet monthly, 2nd Wednesday in the month from 2.30 pm.
The venue is Hoveton Village Hall car park, situated on the Stalham Road (A1151), Hoveton. Players will need ultimately to obtain their own boule (metal not plastic) but initially may borrow some to have a try out. We will advise on where they can be purchased.

"We do not tend to play November to March.


  • Dennis
  • Margaret
  • Mel 2
  • Petanque in progress
  • Quartet
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PentanqueRecently Alan Moss, one of Wroxham U3A’s main players, took part in a petanque tournament, and did extremely well. Here is his report: Sixteen members of the Norwich Petanque club went to the Isle Of Wight on 14th October to take part in a weekend of petanque organised by Isle Of Wight Tours. We stayed at the Ocean View Hotel in Shanklin. Three triples teams played in the competitions on the Saturday. This consisted of a main competition the first round being a round robin to determine places for the knockout phase, with a plate competition for the first round losers and a consolation competition for the first round plate losers. Over all there were 18 teams in the competition: our teams finished runners up in the main competition and the plate. My triple won the consolation competition. On the Sunday some members took part in a Melee competition while others had a coach trip to Osborne House, Gods Hill and a wine tasting at the Rosemary Vineyard.” Alan is quite clearly a very experienced player! If you are interested in learning to play, do come along and receive expert advice, not only from Alan but also from Margaret and Dennis Cobbold.