A Brief History


Chinka and Marilyn Steel together with friends Frank and Jill Webb travelled to the Languedoc Region of France in the northern Spring of 2000 and played what they thought was petanque as they "rested" from the rigours of the "boys" cooking course at La Mimosa.

How wrong they were....

Within hours they saw the locals....drawing circles to put their feet in (not a line to designate the starting point) and the locals were "bombing" away their opponents boules with expert lobs and shots through the air (not a hurried throw or roll along the line of a lawn bowls style as favoured by our Aussie travellers).

Enough of the recollections!

Upon return to Australia, a visit to the Melbourne Petanque Club in Middle Park, some very welcoming arms from Peter and Kate Mangan and Andre Deramond and our foursome (now joined by Clive and Louise Potter) were on their way.....playing in tournaments and getting into the swing of the social side of petanque and the competition with the "pointers" and "shooters" of the game from around Australia.

A Christmas Party "bash" for the office of Chinka Steel and locals soon heralded the birth of the Woodend Hanging Rock Petanque Club early in 2001.

After initially playing around in the grounds of Buffalo Stadium at the Racecourse Reserve, Woodend, the Hanging Rock Reserve became home in 2002 with the car park turned into "pistes" by some creative co-operation between the Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Guido Bigolin and his family and staff.

The Club's "Petanque at the Rock" signature petanque tournament was introduced in great style in December 2002 (with help from the Department of Sports and Recreation and the Macedon Ranges Shire Council). The Club hopes to develop this annual event into a Major Open Tournament.

Our Club members come from a wide range of ages, backgrounds and geographical locations, but all show a love of the game and enjoy the social interaction that takes place on club night; Thursdays at about 5:30pm at "The Rock" during daylight savings period.

Tournaments and Special Events both within the Club, but also around Australia, represent further opportunities for the members to enhance their skills, meet new friends and most of all enjoy themselves playing petanque.