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Petanque Tournament

Cultural and sport event

Petanque Tournament

12 February 2019


On February 12, the UFE Georgia and the CCIFG organised a Petanque Competition for their members !


On Sunday, members of the CCIFG and the French community gather together in the Vake Park at the Backstage in order to dispute a Petanque Tournament ! It was the occasion for everyone to show their talents for the game and of course to attract the intirigue glances of the persons in the Park.


La Pétanque ?

Information from la Fédération française - Pétanque Jeux Provençal

"The game of balls would have been created in Gaul. The balls were first clay, stone, then wood and finally steel, but after the "bakers" of the Middle Ages, the golden age of balls of all kinds was certainly the Renaissance where the nobility seize the game in the same way as the cup and ball game (which will become tennis). For some obscure reasons, it seems that the game of balls was forbidden to the people from 1629 to the Revolution.

From the beginning of the nineteenth century, the game of boules (whose prohibition has never been quite respected) is widespread from north to south of France.

In 1850, the first official company, "Le Clos Jouve", was founded in the Lyon area and, in 1906, the Lyon and Regional Federation opened the way in 1933 to the National Federation of bowls that will become the French Federation of bowls (FFB In 1942, although grouping a number of boules games ("boule des berges", "boule en bois", "jeu provençal"), the FFB was dominated by the Lyons ball game (128,000 players in 1945), until at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the nineteenth century, while each region, or almost, introduced a variant of use, the Southerners are passionate about the long or Provencal game with simplified rules, the free choice of the field, but where the shooters take three steps to take their momentum.

The Provencal game will give birth in 1907 to the petanque, during the historic part in La Ciotat where a Provencal play champion, Jules Hugues said "Lenoir", can no longer play his favorite game because of his rheumatism, was one day, to draw a circle, send the goal to 5-6 m, and, the "feet tanqués", to play his balls to get closer to the jack. This was happening on the boules pitch of a café called "La boule étoilée" (a land so named in a nod to the studded balls of the time) whose owners were Ernest and Joseph Pitiot. The two brothers quickly understood the interest of the sport, especially Ernest who applied to finalize the rules.

Nevertheless, it will be necessary to wait for the first official contest in La Ciotat in 1910 so that the word is formalized. The term comes from Occitan Provençal words "pied" and tanca "pile", giving in regional French the expression "jeu à pétanque" or "pés tanqués", that is to say with the feet anchored on the ground, as opposed to the Provencal game where the player can gain momentum.

The first steel ball was made in 1927 in Saint-Bonnet-le-Château, which now houses the International Museum bowls and bowls. The same year, the rules of petanque were codified, but it was not until 1930 that the traditional studded wooden balls were replaced by those in steel. It is to Jean Blanc that we owe this evolution."


After the competition, the participants gather around the concerts of the Parisian group '3615' and the Grenoble Fanfare 'Fanfare de la mort'.

Thank you to all the participants !

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