Playing petanque the Claremont way

5 February 2020|Sport| Off Comments off on Playing petanque the Claremont way|

NESTLED behind the tennis courts on Cadbury Road, the Claremont Petanque Club is playing the game the “Claremont way.”

Celebrating its first anniversary as an independent club on 15 January, Claremont Petanque Club president Tas Mansfield said it was all smiles as he cut the celebratory cake.

“We’ve made it through our first year as an independent club,” he said.

“Nobody could have predicted how successful we would become.

“The Glenorchy City Council has been immensely helpful to us and we are grateful for their assistance.

“We are close to exceeding our playing capacity on our main playing day – Wednesday – and we are adding other playing days to our schedule to satisfy demand and player interests.

“Our Serious Mondays have been very successful and are enjoyed by players who wanted to improve their game.

“Mostly, we are a social club and have frequent social events on Fridays with a catered lunch or dinner.”

Mr Mansfield said there had been doubts they could run the club, as not all members had access to computers and email.

“We figured out how to keep meeting records and do the accounts without computers,” he said.

“We use mobile phones rather than email to communicate with our members and now anyone can go on our committee and all members are kept in the loop.

“We are a much stronger club because we learned how to do things together.”

Petanque, a variant of bowls, is played with metal balls on a gravel surface area known as a piste.

New players are always welcome and can try out the game for free using equipment supplied by the club.

Caption: Claremont Petanque Club members Tas Mansfield, left, and Rod Jones.

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