Kent Petanque Association
in Kent is a much bigger sport than most people would imagine, with several
different leagues in operation in the County.
Pétanque League is, by some way, the largest pétanque league
in the country.
is a game which can be readily played successfully by young and old, men
and women. Juniors, under the age of 18, play in many of the teams in
the League and in this regard pétanque is a recreation which enjoys
an almost unique family element in a competitive environment.
season lasts from April through to September and matches are played on
Wednesday nights with most clubs having a practice night, usually Tuesdays.
Turning up on a league night will at least allow you to find out about
joining the clubs.
many Clubs run open competitions which normally take place on Sundays
and details of some of those will be included in this website.
of clubs operate from pubs, though there are several in Sports and Social
Clubs also in the league.
terrain (piste) is usually open to the public, on non-club nights, free
of charge and in many clubs boules can be hired very cheaply for you to
try out the sport.
majority of clubs welcome new players and most will take time to teach
newcomers the basics of the game.
Up and Coming Events/Competitions
We can now confirm that Josie Elvin's Funeral will take place
on Tuesday 13 August at 12.00. the service will be at All Saint's Church,
Hartley DA3 8 DY, followed by the burial.
Reception to celebrate Josie's life will follow at Hartley Country
Club. Family flowers only. donations to Alzheimer's and Dementia Support
Services In Northfleet.
HARTLEY COUNTRY CLUB PETANQUE SECTION regret to inform fellow Kent Petanque
players that long time club member JOSIE ELVIN passed away suddenly on
Thursday 25th July. Josie had been a member at Hartley for over 25 years
and was a dependable, enthusiastic, and supportive Club member and team
player, enjoying the full sporting and social activities of the Club.
Josie was very likeable with friends not only at Hartley, but friends
with many members of other Clubs throughout Kent. She will be remembered
JOSIE ELVIN 1936—2019
Its with regret to inform you that the Pilot Petanque team has had to
pull out of the league due to not being able to field a team due to injuries
and other comitments, therefore we will pull the team and all scores from
the league and recalculate.
A Sunday afternoon to remember.
For the two teams from the Kent Pétanque Association Junior Section
the morning had been slow with some good play but not the great play we
have seen lately. Stand in Manager Ray had a little team talk at lunch
time and told the Boulefighters to show more commitment and belief adding
to Sophie he wanted to see the devil in her.
Sunday 21st July 2019. Gravesend Rugby Football Club PC.
Round 4 of the 2019 Kent Regional Qualifiers.
Ayjay just told the Bouldozers (our younger Team) to carry on the same
What a difference in a lunch break .The Boufighters came out and Fannied
the Hartley Ladies and then had an exciting encounter with the Hartley
Men loosing 12 13.
This was followed with a well deserved demolition of The Bat and Ball
Not to be outdone our young guns the Boulfighters showed what they were
made of and left Ben Littlley`s Villager team to be remembered as the
first victory for Tegan,Finley and Ethan a team with an average age of
The future is looking bright for Kent and our juniors so if you have someone
in mind contact Ray Keemer- Richards 0n 01634 727387. The more youngsters
we can get together the better.
A little 'story' about the "2019 Kent Junior Teams" this Sunday
They really did you proud Janice.
For I was amazed at the affect they had on the event throughout the day,
also I consider they all did extremely well from the youngest to the oldest.
All the adult teams really knew the '2019 Junior' teams were present (in
their new team strip), due to their obvious enthusiasm & determination
to do as well as they could regardless.
Their play, tactics & working together in their triples, the behaviour,
knowledge of the rules & the courtesies of the sport was amazing in
my view & outstanding. Even seeing those of your triple taking over
the pointing & shooting tactics on several occasions was a delight
to see & hear .
I was impressed to see them perform against the adult teams, not having
seen any such cohesion & boule play from any previous junior squads
of recent years.
As they stood out so much I did take a few photos of them all, which
you will see.
We would like to begin by saying how very proud we are of our little
bunch of juniors, which includes Luke Thornton, Sophie Rowley,Finley Davies,
Tegan Finley, Zac Finley, George Martin, Callum Hickman, Jessica Hickman
and Ethan Hickman. They have all taken part in the NYS training sessions
at various locations, and the feedback received shows they have good skills
and knowledge of the game. Considering their educational commitments,
they have shown total commitment to the game of pétanque. Luke
and Callum are in the NYS B Squad and Sophie is in the Female Development
Squad, also part of the B Squad. Being in the NYS Squad is a commitment
in itself. The home training is quite rigorous and takes quite a bit of
time to complete and has to be in by a certain time scale, and is very
frowned upon if late.
We are also proud to report that Sophie and Luke have been chosen to attend
a training camp in Slovakia in August, an opportunity not often extended
to the B Squad, so very well done to them!
To gain experience, they are playing as many competitions as possible.
The most recent played was the Regional Qualifier, where the Boulefighters’
and the Bouledozers’ behaviour was exemplary, and their pétanque
skills very promising, one team winning 2 games, scoring 4 points and
sitting in 19th position on the table.
The latest competition is this weekend at Gravesend. Luke and Callum,
and Sophie and George have teamed up and, unbeknowing to them, they could
possibly be playing against the most top world class players in the game!
What an experience that will be for them!
The Saturday practises still continue, and many of the Juniors always
try and turn up, especially Luke – he never fails! This Saturday
should be a practise, but instead, The Villager have a party of 40+ French
players arriving to play a competition, and Sophie, Luke and George are
taking part. This is just another sign of their eagerness to learn and
BY AYJAY KEEMER-RICHARDS
Of Meadow PC sadly passed away on Tuesday 14th May 2019, aged 62 years.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Miriam, his family and many
friends. Flowers may be sent to John Weir Funeral Directors, Rainham, Kent
by 1pm on the day or donations in Paul’s memory for 'British Heart
Foundation' may be made online. Please feel free to upload any memories
or photos you may have of Paul to the Kent Pétanque Facebook group.
The funeral will be held on June 4th, 4pm at:
Garden of England Crematorium, Sheppey Way, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9
6 June 1934 - 18 April 2019
The funeral will be on Monday 13 May, 11.30 at Medway crematorium.
Morton was a legend. Everything he did in life he succeeded at especially
It all started whilst running The Wheatsheef PH in Chatham from the late
One day a customer came into his pub and told him about a game he saw
being played in France.
He was very proud of winning the first Jersey Open with Bruno Bove on
14 May 1988.
He won countless other competitions with friends like Steve Golder, Dave
Turner, John Saguato, Charlie Shrimpton, Colin Mears. I know there are
many more but unfortunately I never knew him in the early years. I didn’t
know him until I became his captain in 2014/15.
He will be remembered for wearing his lucky cowboy hat. According to a
newspaper cutting which he gave me, he lost it in 2002 after 20 years
so he had to buy a new lucky hat.
Monday 13 May at 11.30 Medway Crematorium
The charity Dementia UK has been chosen by Morton's family if anyone
would like to donate in his memory and the wake will be held at Lordswood
Sports and Social Club, North Dane Way.
Incentive scheme for the Kent Regional Qualifiers 2019
Attached are the final details of an incentive scheme which will give
players of all abilities the opportunity to earn credits at each Kent
regional qualifier. As the scheme will include teams who finish in the
top 14, teams will be rewarded who do not qualify to represent Kent sustaining
interest across all 5 Qualifiers. These teams will receive their financial
reward at the Chairman's Cup. The earned enhanced subsidy for accommodation
will be reflected in invoices issued to teams after the final Regional
Qualifier on August 4 2019. Using the bursary from the KPA Triples to
part fund the scheme also means potentially 30+ teams can benefit from
this funding rather than just 2 teams.
As this is a new scheme it will be monitored and reviewed by the Management
With thanks to Mike Cubitt for working to develop and finalise the scheme.
Chair, Playing Committee
Are seeking new members to join their club.
Lost Boule - Have you got a matching set?
Please check yours.
We are looking for a lost boule JB boule B13 (720)
We have a JB boule serial number 125 or i25
Contact Cheryl Curd
On Monday 28th January, Pétanque England published a new calendar.
This had a national ranking event on 16th June, which was previously free
and we had used for a Kent regional qualifier. After due consideration
and in consultation with the playing committee and KPA officers, it was
agreed it was unfair to have a clash between a Kent qualifier and a national
Therefore we can now confirm the 5 dates of the Kent regional qualifiers
Sunday 19th May - Hartley
Sunday 23rd June - Lordswood
Sunday 7th July - GRFC
Sunday 21st July - GRFC
Sunday 4th August - Meadow
The 2019 KPA Playing Calendar was agreed at the Management Committee
meeting tonight January 24.
It has been very challenging to bring together this document given that
Petanque England already had events on 7 Sundays compared to 4 in 2018.
This does not include Easter Sunday.
The Playing Committee did not want to set up clashes for Espoirs, Euro
Cup players and those who will participate in national ranking events.
This explains why Regional Qualifiers are starting later ( but hopefully
the weather will be better!) and April looks sparse.
It is with the greatest sadness that I have to report that one of the log
standing members of our sport, Lee Jamieson, has passed away unexpectedly.
Lee had been a major force for many years, playing in countless competitions
around the county, country and beyond, frequently with his wife, Angie
and son Ashley.
He had played in and for Kent for a number of years.
Our thoughts are with the whole family at this sad time.
New Ash Green are looking for players please contact email@example.com
KPA Winter League 2018/19 details click
here, please let know if there are any issues.
The Playing Committee members are Carolyn Edwins ( Chair), Kevin Spillett,
Sheila King and Keith Atkinson. The group meet 2/3 times a season to discuss
playing matters with a particular responsibility to finalise the Kent
Playing calendar in January each year and finalise teams to represent
Kent at the Inter Regional Championships. This is usually towards the
end of July or early August. If KPA members have any suggestions to improve
petanque in Kent please speak to any member of the Committee who regularly
play in the KPL and Sunday tournaments.
Qualifying series 2018 final teams for Inter Regional Qualifiers
Van de Styuft