Pétanque Union Bois le Duc, 's-Hertogenbosch - The Netherlands





Pétanque Union Bois le Duc




‘s-Hertogenbosch - The Netherlands


Founded on July 6, 2016

Member of the Dutch Pétanque Association (NJBB)




























About ‘pétanque’

























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The main rules of the game ‘pétanque’ are quite simple. The game is always played by 2 teams. The teams always consist of an equal number of players: 1, 2 or 3 players per team:


·       1 against 1 with 3 boules each (tête à tête).

·       2 against 2 with three boules each (doublet).

·       3 against 3 with 2 boules each (triplet).


The teams toss a coin to determine which team starts.


One of the players of the team that won the coin toss will now draw a circle of at least 35 and at most 50 centimeters on the ground and will proceed to throw the small ball (also known as ‘jack’) from there. The jack must remain at least 6 but not more than 10 meters from the throwing circle.


The team that throws the jack will also throw the first boule and will try to place it as close to the jack as possible. While doing so, care must be taken to ensure that the feet are in the throwing circle and that they do not move until the thrown boule has hit the ground.


If the opposing team succeeds in placing a boule better (read: closer to the jack), they will be in the lead. After this,  the first team will try to turn the situation to their advantage and continue trying until they succeed (or not).


When a team has no more boules to play, their opponent can try to gain the advantage or simply more points with their remaining boules (if this team is already on point).


When both teams have no more boules left to play, the points are counted. The team whose boule is closest to the jack has a point. If the team has any more boules closer to the jack than the opponent's best boule,  these will also count as a point.





Team A scores 2 points.

Team A scores 1 point.

Team B scores 1 point.


The winner is the team that was the first to achieve 13 points.





International game rules in English (source: F.I.P.J.P.)


International game rules in Dutch (source: NJBB)


Download the flyer ‘pétanque’ here.




Anyone who loses a match 0‑13 will undoubtedly be confronted with the expression ‘Fanny’. In utter innocence you carefully wonder what this expression means.


At the end of the 19th century, at one of the first clubs (Jouve) in Lyon, Fanny Dubriand was in the habit of showing her behind to humiliate players who lost 0‑13. Were the losers forced to kiss her bottom? We do not know. In any case, the expression ‘Embrasser Fanny’ (‘kissing Fanny’ or ‘Embraccing Fanny’) has been used ever since.


According to another story, on the eve of World War I, Fanny was a waitress in a cafe in Grand Lemps in the north of France. She let herself be embraced by losers who didn't score a single point during a match. This hug was a consolation, a kind of compensation to ease the suffering. Until one day the mayor of the region also came to her to be comforted: did Fanny have something against him? Anyway, she climbed on top of a chair, lifted her skirts and what was she showing him? Her ‘other cheeks’, on which Mr. Mayor gave two big smack kisses, , without blushing, by the way. That was the start of a long tradition.


Since then, because the players do not always have a sweet Fanny on hand, or rather on their lips, many associations have a fake Fanny that they have in a place of honor where the winners take their victims and oblige them to give a kiss on Fanny's buttocks while bowing on their knees. When it is a good player who has the misfortune of running into Fanny, the lesser players take a sigh of relief. Their self-confidence has been boosted again. No matter how good you are, the ball stays round. A wonderful psychological solution to keep the game enjoyable for everyone. A wonderful folkloric tradition and a wonderful story that still lives on.



The loser kisses Fanny's buttocks with ‘fresh reluctance’.

































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