Merry Christmas!

Wishing you, your families and friends a very merry Christmas.

We had a nice club session yesterday with mulled wine. Thanks to those who brought along mince pies and to Richard for playing carols on his guitar.

Wishing Jo a fantastic holiday in New Zealand and look forward to having her back again at some point in 2018.

Have a great day everyone.

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Get Stuffed …

Some more interesting insights from Sam:

Two reasons for this stuffing practice.

Liquid core (Mercury or oil) keeps spinning after contact imparting a retro effect.  Other materials either add weight or damp the shock wave through the boule softening the reaction(Rubber bands, metal swarfe, springs).

Old players can be very sneaky; The German team at the last European Championships in the “Veterans” category in MONACO, were disqualified for boule stuffing in Oct 2016. In the Lyonnaise game this is perfectly legal, in fact they are manufactured with a variety of fillings but as they start at 90mm diameter you can’t get away with it in Petanque. Boules when made must be within   + or- 5g of stamped weight.

THERE IS IN FACT A WEAR AND TEAR RULE:

Weight loss due to wear and use in play may not be greater than 15 grams below the marked weight.

Thanks Sam.

Fortune favours the cold…

Hello

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 😋

Tactics

Hello

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!