Archive | The origins of pétanque

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Archives | At the origins of p&eacute ;tanque

In 1968, Radio-Canada director Nicolas Doclin photographed pétanque players during a trip in Provence.

Since when do we play petanque in Quebec? From the end of the 1950s, journalists from Radio-Canada followed the North American breakthrough of this sport born in the South of France.

It's in the sun from the Côte d'Azur that this little game of bowls flourished, which seems stupid as cabbage, tells us the journalist Judith Jasmin on the program Carrefour of March 30, 1959.< /p>

Judith Jasmin talks with Mr. Pépinot, a pétanque champion in the south of France, about this sport which is beginning to be known in Canada.

“Pétanque, a word that has crossed the seas and is increasingly familiar to Canadian ears. »

— Judith Jasmin

Passing through the French town of Sainte-Maxime, the journalist spoke with Mr. Pépinot, a bowling enthusiast.

The latter says he is delighted that a Canadian is interested in pétanque. A sport that allows people of all ages, men or women, to do some exercise in the sun even after a drunken dinner!

Three quarters of people in the Midi play at petanque, assures Mr. Pépinot, most often after their day's work.

“If there is sun and good wine, it's even better! »

— Mr. Pepinot

Mr. Pépinot believes that this sport, which requires skill without being too tiring, can be exported everywhere. If the Lyonnais and the Parisians are starting to get started, he nevertheless underlines that the best players are in the South!

Report by Paul-Émile Tremblay on petanque, a sport that is beginning to be practiced in Quebec, notably at Lafontaine Park in Montreal.

In 1970, petanque did indeed cross the Atlantic. For the Format 30 program of October 23, 1970, journalist Paul-Émile Tremblay went to La Fontaine Park in Montreal, where more and more fans gathered to play pétanque.

“If you want to live old, play pétanque! »

— A pétanque player at La Fontaine Park

The pétanque players present did not fail to explain to the journalist all the virtues of this sport that they practice with friends or family. An inexpensive sport, which allows you to get some fresh air and exercise all your muscles, from the wrist to the ankles well glued in the throwing circle.

Petanque also allows you to socialize. There are small discussions, explains a petanque player. If there's no discussion, it's not petanque! We don't have time to make love, however, specifies another player from La Fontaine Park. We only have time to aim for a little jack.

In 1970, 150,000 pairs of petanque balls were sold in Quebec, for which you had to pay less than 4 dollars. There are also nearly 250 clubs and associations whose activities are concentrated during the three or four mildest months of the year.

Pétanque does not need land and can be played in any municipal park. However, rather than having to store their boules for the winter, many pétanque players would like to see boules pitches appear that would allow them to play indoors.

Jean Rafa, the father of pétanque in Canada, explains the new rules governing the game of boules on carpets, indoors.

This wish will be granted a few years later, as evidenced by this interview with Jean Rafa dated November 27, 1974.

Former French singer, Jean Rafa is a true ambassador of petanque in Quebec. It has made the sport known on this side of the Atlantic and made it more professional.

In this excerpt, the petanque player discusses, for example, the adaptations made to the rules of petanque in order to allow the sport to be practiced indoors, in this case on mats.

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“We realized that it was not unpleasant at all! »

— Pétanqueur Jean Rafa

Jean Rafa is also involved in the organization of the 11th World Petanque Championship to be held in Quebec the following fall and which will bring together representatives from Europe, North Africa, the United States and Canada.

Pétanque has just reached another level in the country. Canada finished 9th out of 20 teams at the last World Championship in Alicante, Spain. In Quebec, he could well do well, assures Jean Rafa in 1974.

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