THE Claremont Petanque Club is on a roll after celebrating its Inauguration Day at Claremont’s Cadbury Sports Grounds recently.
A boules-style sport developed in France in the late 1800s, petanque is played in 65 countries around the world and is increasingly popular in Tasmania.
People have been playing at the Cadbury Sports Grounds regularly since 2015, but the Claremont Petanque Club only became officially incorporated late last year.
Club members and invited guests gathered on 25 January for the ceremonial opening of the clubhouse and a twilight barbecue dinner, before enjoying a few social games of petanque.
Mr Jones, who is now secretary of the Claremont club, said people of all ages and abilities enjoyed the sport because of its unpredictability.
“You play on a surface that is unforgiving 99 per cent of the time,” he said.
“Sixty per cent of people who play petanque play for the social ambience, the fun and the uncertainty of it.
“(More serious players) try to build a set of skills that they can adapt to the different surfaces they play on.
“Different pistes have varying degrees of difficultly, with dips and hollows and mounds.
“Sandy Bay is completely different than the pistes at Claremont, which are different again from Bicheno, Orford and Burnie.”
The new Claremont club will play three times a week in summer, including Friday twilight sessions, and twice weekly in winter.
New players can attend their first three sessions for free, with instruction and boules available.
For more information, phone Jeannie on 0418 582 308 or Ron on 0437 684 862.
Caption: Rookie petanque player Vicki Slatter, Claremont Petanque Club secretary Ron Jones, Terry Dando from the Bayside Petanque Club, and Claremont player Annette Horsler at the Claremont Petanque Club’s inauguration celebrations on Friday 25 January.