New – Boules Club at The Angel needs YOU!!

Petanque, or boules as the French call it, is played at pubs and leisure centres throughout Herefordshire. It is fun and easy to pick up, a bit like bowls, except the boules (balls) have no bias. There is a team based at The Angel Inn in Kingsland who welcome new players, even if you are a complete beginner and would like to learn how to play. One of our team has been playing less than a year.

For those of you who do not know the game, petanque is played between 2 teams on a gravel playing surface with steel balls (boules) roughly the size of a cricket ball. The aim of the game is to get more of your boules closer to a small wooded ‘jack’ or ‘cosh’ than your opponents. Matches are played between teams of a minimum of 6 (4 in winter) and comprise two singles games, two doubles and two trebles. Not surprisingly, a match is won by winning the most games.

Our team plays in a league against other teams that are based throughout Herefordshire – which means that in any season, we get to visit some really nice pubs we might not otherwise try out. In the summer, matches are on Wednesday evenings, in the winter on Sunday mornings.

Our team were third in our group in the winter league and are now looking forward to summer. The first match is on 16 April. We currently have 8 regular players, which is just about enough provided not too many people are doing other things at the same time – but we would love to welcome some new members. The team has a policy that if you turn up for a match, you get a game, so no-one is left just watching. Most of us live in Aymestrey, but that’s just the way it is at present – there is no residence requirement!

If you would like to know more, do give our Captain Paul Blake a ring on 07870 391953.