Saturday, 31 July 2010

Les boules, c'est cool!

Oh la la the Brits have discovered that boules is now becoming the height of cool. Either that or the editors of the G2 section of The Guardian have had a little too much sun. What next? Will Pastis replace Pimms as the Poms' summer drink of choice?

It's funny how a game I've played all my life, is now chic with les rosbifs.

Here in Saint Cézaire there's plenty of die hard locals who play without fail every afternoon. They all belong to the local Amicale Bouliste de Saint Cézaire and are not backward in coming forward to tell you what they think of your boules skills, or lack thereof.

Yesterday they were laughing because we were throwing the jack way too far. "C'est une provencale que vous jouez". The rules say it should be thrown 6 to 10 meters. But they're very sweet, tomorrow they promised to give us expert advice.

The rules

And for those of you who are going to dash out to buy a set of boules after reading The Guardian, here are the rules:

A player from Team A throws the jack 6-10 meters away. The same player lobs the first boule, always underarm.
Now someone from Team B throws; this team keeps throwing until they land a boule closer to the jack than Team A or run out of boules.
Then it's Team A's turn again.
Points are scored when everyone is out of boules: one point for each boule closer to the jack than the best-placed boule of your opponents.
First to 13 points wins!

Thanks to Mr Aventures for the photos.


Palomanima 1 August 2010 at 11:17  

hehe, la lecture de ton post a ensoleillé mon dimanche matin!! ;-)
Bisous et bonnes vacances boulistes!!

P.S.: Bravo aussi à Mr. Aventure pour les photos, dommage que le lien ne fonctionne pas! :-P

Barbara 1 August 2010 at 18:56  

Merci Palomanina! Je viens de mettre le bon lien - je devrais vraiment le connaitre ;-))

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