HONLEY has been ‘boule-d’ over with a masterclass by a champion Petanque player.
Didier Chassot, who is ranked No 45 in France and is the current champion of the Dordogne and the Yvelines, enjoyed a friendly match in the village.
Honley Boules Club which officially opened their new boules pitch earlier this year are now embracing the continental way and keen to learn new skills.
Petanque is the name for boules played in the south of France. It is roughly comparable to English bowls but instead of a jack there is a coche and instead of a carefully-tended green there is a gravel track. The boule is thrown from a stationary position rather than rolled.
The aim of petanque is to finish as close as possible to the coche, knocking an opponent’s boules out of the way if necessary.
And Mr Chassot, who was visiting friends in the area, was delighted to pass on tips to more than 30 club members.
But the champion failed to secure victory as part of a three-man team against Honley’s best players.
Marcia Murray, of Honley Village Community Trust, said: “It went very well. We had a short demonstration and then a team game.
“We pitted our best players against him and he was on the losing team.
“It was all taken in good jest and we then enjoyed some hot food.”
The club had ordered in some hearty baguettes and soup to tuck into after the hour-long game.
Marcia added: “One of our group has a vineyard in France and he brought along some lovely wine.
“It was a great afternoon.”
And the group has now been offered an open invitation to return the favour if they are visiting France on holiday in the near future.
Honley’s pitch is free to use for villagers and boules can be borrowed from the village hall between 9.30am and 3pm or after that time from the Foresters Arms.
For more information about Honley Boules contact 01484 662635.