Backyard Boule, French Boules or Bocce are other variations of the name and game. We play on Thursday afternoons from 3.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. We meet informally at the Lagoon Street Café after 2.30p.m. for a social chat before moving to the “Bocce” area adjacent to the Malta Gardens.
Directions are: Facing the Café go right walk over the waterfall bridge along to the Golden Arches. It is a lovely sunny place and shade is available if required. Come to play the game or just have a chat. We have a few ladies but both male and female players are needed as not all are able to participate each week.
We are happy to share our equipment initially but then you might decide you would like your own sets.
There is no cost on the day other than perhaps a coffee.
We look forward to a few more people trying out a very easy and enjoyable game of Petanque (Bocce) so why not come down to the Mackay Botanic Gardens and have a go!
Petanque (Bocce as some know it as) is played approximately from just after the wet season to end November on a sandy court at the Botanic Gardens in Lagoon Street West Mackay. We have had a dedicated small group turning up every week to perhaps have a drink and a chat at the cafe prior to playing at 3 pm on a Thursday.
We have plenty of equipment to go around and need more players to keep the game going as our members strive to attend each and every week.
Please remember to sanitize and keep safe distance during COVID
U3A Petanque will start officially on Thursday the 1st October. We are playing as friends on Mondays but will revert back to Thursdays as originally listed in the U3A rosters and perhaps bring in new players who put their names down in February.
This week at Petanque (Bocce), we had 6 players, a really great turnout considering it is very casual. Two men and four ladies, all previous players bar one. An innovative way of disinfecting the smaller ball (the kitty) is to have two kitties in a small receptacle and we ask the player last to throw it, to place it back in the disinfectant. Thanks goes to one of our long term players who came up with the idea. Thanks Joan. We each have our two “boules” to use in the game, not picking up any other players “boules” keeping up with the usual precautions.
When we start on 1st October, it will be a meet and greet at 2.45 pm then play starts at 3 pm. We play to 4 pm at the Bocce Court, Botanic Gardens near the Maltese Garden, easy to find near the cafe (which is not open at that time). Welcome to any new players even at this late stage as we finish up prior to end of November.
If you would like to join the Petanque Group, please phone Shelley Field 0419430384
If you would like to join the Petanque Group, or just talk to someone about it, please send us a message on our Contact Page.