On a boiling hot Tuesday we had a lovely surprise at our club yesterday evening when we welcomed six young visitors from Madrid, Lyon, Bordeaux and Dijon.
All friends, some had more experience of playing pétanque than others but they all played really well and there was some great pointing and shooting. It was really good fun.
We hope to see them all again very soon!
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out last Saturday in Kirkstall. The weather was very mixed but it didn’t stop 15,000 plus vistors attending the festival. We had lots of interest as usual and some really good games took place. Looking forward to next year!
Another insightful article from our resident writer. Enjoy.
Since Dr Betty Edwards published her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, influenced by earlier ‘split brain’ research by R W Sperry, her method is widely used as a drawing teaching tool. Put simply drawing by allowing the brain to guide the hand unsupervised and uncorrected by the eye and uninfluenced by left brain artistic interpretation.
Since Dr Betty Edwards published her book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, influenced by earlier ‘split brain’ research by R W Sperry, her method is widely used as a drawing teaching tool . Put simply drawing by allowing the brain to guide the hand unsupervised and uncorrected by the eye and uninfluenced by left brain artistic interpretation.
My ‘wish I’d been a psychologist’ reaction after using it was “I wonder if it would work for anything else” or more precisely Target Sports where aiming and hand/eye co-ordination are a major factor. It was tried on darts, ten pin bowling and cricket. Results were encouraging but skewed by the fact that I was already a reasonable Tenpin bowler and darts player but crap at cricket. It was however enough to convince me that for some people it does work and that maybe they are already doing it without realising it.
You can see where this is going. I now believe that it can be applied to petanque shooting. Everyone can remember releasing what they thought was an under or overplayed boule only to be pleasantly surprised when it struck the target boule on the nose. The brain got it right, put in the correct muscular control and you did not ‘interfere’ by letting the analytical side of the brain feed an adjustment in. It was automatic and I believe, therein may lie the secret. Do not overthink the shot!
Just a brief reminder it’s Kirkstall festival today. Meet from 10:30am onwards at the terrain below the tennis courts on the righthand side of the abbey. All help appreciated.
According to the weather forecast there will be lots of rain today so please bring your umbrella or cagoule…
The Colliers Cup is a pétanque event that has been running in Leeds city centre since 1999 at Bond Court. It had to be cancelled in 2013 due to redevelopment of the area. It is organised by Alan Swift, President of Northern Pétanque. All are welcome to take part. For more information see: http://www.northernpetanque.co.uk/ColliersCup.aspx#
Our Club Chair, Paul, enters a team every year called Think Oblong and above are a couple of great pictures from the last game.
Three players were looking for a fourth to replace their mate who had left the club.
They eventually roped in a fourth, Raymond, for a game each Sunday at 9 o’clock sharp.
Before the first game he said “Next Sunday I might be 10 minutes late so wait for me.”
On Sunday Raymond arrived bang on time but played all the games with his left hand.
As he left he said again “Next Sunday I may be 10 minutes late, wait for me.”
Again he arrived dead on 9’clock but played with his right hand.
This continued for two months until his mates could no longer stand it. He was always on time but played with a different hand each time. They asked him for an explanation.
“Ah well” said Raymond “I’m a bit superstitious, when I wake up I look to see on which side my wife is sleeping. If it’s on her left side I play left handed. If it’s her right side, I play with my right hand”
“Ah Hah” cry his mates , “what if she is lying on her back?”
“In that case I’ll be 10 minutes late.”
This coming Saturday 9th July the 2016 Kirkstall Festival is taking place from 11am till 5pm. As usual our club will be supporting the festival by playing and demonstrating Petanque to the general public on the purpose built terrain .
Meeting at 10.30am by the terrain located over to the right of the abbey below the tennis courts, please come and help if you can spare the time. Last year there were 25000 visitors making it one of the most popular community festivals in Leeds!