Hello everyone and welcome.
I just got the chance to play in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. I went to the St Kilda Sport Club in Melbourne, Australia. On the day I went it was only one petanque player there, Luc Bernhard from Alsace,France. He arrived only a month and a half ago in Australia and became a member right away of the St Kilda Petanque Club, because he wanted to reconnect with the game which he learned from his father who is an accomplished players and does play competition in France, Luc is a good player as well, and so he hosted me and showed me all around the St Kilda club and we played for a couple of hours. The club does have over 80 petanque members but my schedule didn’t allowed me to be there when they all get together. But it was fantastic time anyway, I felt privileged to be able to play there and enter those unique grounds and got the chance to see the Club House. The club started as St Kilda Bowling Club and was formed in 1865, it is the second oldest existing bowls club in Australia. ( bowl is a form of bocce and petanque combined together).
The part of the clubhouse that was built in 1876 is the oldest exsisting bowls clubhouse in Australia, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage. Petanque arrived in St Kilda in 1992, when the “St Kilda Petanque Club” was formed and combined with the St Kilda Bowling Club and the Emerald Hill Cricket Club to form the St Kilda Sports Club. A “piste” was constructed on a disused bowling green. In 1996 the Australian Championships were held at the St Kilda Sports Club. Since its formation the club has been very successful; in 2003 a St Kilda member was selected in the Australian team to play in the world championships. We got to play with Luc on that piste of about 42 meters long and 16 meters wide, probably large enough to have 13 courts for competition. I also got the chance to watch some the bowls players in action, I was very impressed especially since the balls are not even round, so you have to really have a feel for making it curve to get to the cochonnet, I don’t the rules and I have yet to try it once. What a great time I had, if you ever come to Melbourne don’t miss it. In Australia they have over 44 clubs of Petanque.
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