Backyard Boule, French Boules or Bocce are other variations of the name and game. We meet at 2.45pm. to commence play from 3.00 – 4.00 pm. at 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 at 2.45 pm. to commence 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
Players to come along by 2.45 pm to arrange equipment required for a 3.00 sharp to commence playing,
p.s. We may need to hire Bocce boules from the office at the Botanic Gardens at a cost of $5.00 per session but this kit comprises 6 boules, enough for three players. For the time being I have extra boules as Joan Paton generously delivered her kit to me while she is away. I also have extras as do other players but this may necessitate delivering them to the court if away. I may just ask the players to put in few dollars from time to time to cover this eventuality.
Thursdays at 3 sharp. Bocce Sand Court at Botanic Gardens. Another couple of games have resulted in 7 players one week and 5 the next, (prior to Easter), a good turn out considering the inclement weather. Scores were taken, 2 teams called Blue and Red (Red being the victor both weeks). Teams are randomly chosen. Not many rules re actual method of throwing the ball (the boule), but order of play is still being worked on especially when the teams are uneven. To solve this, there are 2 additional “boules” allocated to the team when one less player. Usually each player has 2 “boules” with distinct markings. Bocce Boules come in kits of 6 or sometimes 8, so if you come along without a kit, there are usually spares to share on the day.
If you would like to join the Petanque/Bocce Group, please phone Shelley Field 0419430384
If you would like to join the Petanque/Bocce Group, or just talk to someone about it, please send us a message on our Contact Page.