Pétanque, the French game of boules, is a fun, social game popular worldwide that people of all skill and physical ability levels can play.
If you’re interested in playing or learning, come to the court (between Berger and the OVA offices/Umpqua Bank and beside the Shuffleboard courts) at 9:45 AM on the Club play days of Wednesday and Saturday. We have boules to lend. No membership fees are required – just sign up to be on the roster. The court also is reserved 10 AM – noon for Club player-arranged pickup games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and is otherwise available for use by any Oakmont resident. View the Pétanque Club webpage at: https://oakmontvillage.com/article/category/clubs/petanque/.
“BEING FANNY” – THE LEGEND
A pétanque game is played to 13 points. The desperately-to-be avoided 13-0 loss that might simply be called a “shutout” in most sports without fanfare is “celebrated” more effusively as “being Fanny” in France and the pétanque-playing world.
According to the blog “All About Pétanque,” the basic elements of the legend involve a cafe waitress named Fanny who invited 13-0 losers to kiss her on the cheek as consolation when they ordered a pastis to drown their sorrow. One day a losing player with whom she was unhappy because of some past grievance appeared and Fanny “turned the other cheek” offering instead her “backside.” With the kiss that followed, “Fanny the Goddess of Pétanque” was born.
Pétanque clubs and Provençal sports bars frequently feature a poster or sculpture of Fanny so that 13-0 losers can experience the all-in-fun, humiliating expectation of planting a kiss, sometimes accompanied by the ringing of a bell. “Being Fanny” can result in having to buy drinks for the winning team, but it’s also not unusual in a pétanque tournament for the first team to lose 13-0 to be recognized and awarded a special prize.