Fortune favours the cold…


On a wet and cold Sunday today the chances of getting a game were looking bleak but slowly but surely six arrived and one came bearing gifts!

Thank you Florian for serving up some delicious homemade crepes with chocolate spread. Using his Grandma’s recipe we were treated to the finest crepes this side of the Channel. Here’s a few pictures for those who missed out:

This is the actual recipe so you can make your own:

Thank you Florian – delicious 😋




More wise words from Sam on tactical play;

Watching some of the Internationals on YouTube etc. gives a clue to the tactical approaches of various teams.

To my mind the French often win, not because they are playing much better technically but more craftily.  The Thai’s are or were an army team from the wealth of well drilled players, part of who’s military training is petanque. They play a very correct classical style, possibly a bit regimented and playing to instructions. Their coach is called ‘The Colonel’ by the French. One of their weaknesses as, I see it, is reluctance to shoot a wide boule and generally bank on their very good pointing skill rather than  clearing ‘seconds’.

By contrast Diego Rizzi, for instance, will shoot with side spin, to remove the wide boule and kick his toward the coche. I’ve seen such a boule finish touching the coche.  One gone, one on the coche with a carreau needed from a player who is not the prime shooter with his last ball.

In a singles match, Rizzi against Thaloengkiat of Thailand, who is a fine player; Rizzi is 10 -5 up. Instead of trying for 3, he eases off and lets his opponent win making it 10 -7 but giving him the last boule in the next end. He shoots out the first boule, spins left leaving his ball close to the left line. His opponent has to shoot back but misses leaving Rizzi 2 in hand against one. Thaloengkiat shoots again, knocks Rizzi’s to about 12 metres but goes dead himself (which was the trap) leaving Diego to lob his other 2 in and win. Genius!

Mental Strength


Thanks again to Sam for another great insight into the game found below.

This is condensed from Comment se forger un mental de champion

By Pierre Fieux

What do you do for the rest of the time ?

Pierre Fieux in the introduction to one of his books poses something like the following:

The concentrated physical action of the back swing and delivery takes two to three seconds.  The average game takes say an hour to ninety minutes and averages around thirteen ends. In a triple therefore you will throw twenty six boules ,taking a total of around a minute or so.

What, we must ask ourselves should our brains do with the rest of the time. The answer is obvious , condition ourselves to play each of those twenty six boules as well as we can.

Sports psychologists and coaching teams in other sports   include the following vital attributes as the foundation for a winning mentality-Passion, Discipline, Ambition, Willpower, Humility, Self Control, Intelligence, Solidarity and Respect.

Passion: Fieux’s answer to the question “Why do they do it?”. That is, the waiting around, the heat, the rain and cold, the rough terrains and disagreeable opponents.  The defeats and disappointments, the backache and the travel. His answer was “For the pleasure of playing”.

Discipline: Constructive practice.   Self critical rating of performance. Adjustment. Experiment

Ambition: To improve to the best you can be and compete at the top level.

Willpower: Determination to apply everything you know toward winning.

Humility: Open mind, you will never know it all and nobody likes a bighead. Admit and work to correct your own weaknesses.

Self Control: Even when performing badly; Stay calm, even in the face of poor sportsmanship or unfair umpiring. Learn how to lose. Passion and anger should not be confused.

Intelligence: Dispassionate judgement and assessment of tactics and knowing what you don’t know and the ability to make good decisions on what you do know.

Solidarity: Win as a team and lose as a team. No blame, support and encourage each other. Make collective decisions.

Respect: Never, never underestimate your opponents or adopt gamesmanship. Observe mature terrain behaviour.


LPC Christmas Meal Menu 2017 – Please Read


As previously announced, our Club Christmas meal is taking place at the HEART centre in Headingley on Friday 8th December 2017.

It is a three course menu and costs £22.50. The options are as follows:


Smoked salmon + beetroot salad

Roasted red pepper soup served with fresh bread

MAIN COURSES (both served with all the trimmings)

Turkey stuffed with cranberry sausage

Apricot  + goats cheese nut roast


Christmas pudding

Salted caramel chocolate tart

Partners and friends very welcome to join us. We need completed forms and money (cash/cheque) to Steve, Paul or myself by Sunday 3 December at the very latest.

Here’s the printable menu but we’ll bring copies to use on Sunday:

There will be Sam’s quiz again and some of Malcolm’s, Neil’s and my photos on display to enjoy.

Should be a cracker!


Paul, Neil and James