Petanque is a French sport which is growing in popularity in Australia. It has been played in Canberra for some years by the Capital Petanque Club at various locations, but there hasn't been a permanent location until now.This has been remedied by the ACT Government who has funded the building of a permanent piste in Western Park. The piste was opened on Sunday by the ACT Chief Minister, Shane Rattenbury, as part of an upgrade of Western Park.
Petanque is a great game that can be played by anyone. It can be anything from a gentle leisure activity played at a picnic to a fiercely strategic game contested at international competitions.
The new piste is fabulous. It's just over the road from Lake Burley, and BBQ and toilet facilities. There's nothing nicer than playing in the late afternoon, being surrounded by feeding kangaroos.
The piste at Western Park is open to anyone to use at any time. If you want to play with people who have some expertise and can show you what to do, you are very welcome to come along on Sunday afternoons at 5pm (in the summer) and any time after 4pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Full details about the Canberra Petanque Club can be found at the club's website: http://www.capitalpetanque.com
Have you ever played Petanque? How did you get on?