Countdown to the 2nd London Petanque Championships at Crystal Palace - by Craig Baker

The second annual London Petanque Championship will be held at Crystal Palace Park on 8 June 2019. The inaugural event last year proved to be a huge success and this year the event has doubled in size and will be the UK’s biggest one-day petanque event.

There will be 128 teams and nearly 400 players competing with teams from all over the world – USA, New Zealand, Africa and right across Europe – plus participants from all corners of the UK, including many local teams from the capital.

Last year’s event was won by a team comprising a Dutchman, a Hungarian and a Mauritian; they beat a top French team in a thrilling final in front of a large cheering crowd, and the iconic sphinxes that are the hallmark of this historic venue.

On the day itself, which starts at 9.30am and stretches into the evening, many current and former world champions will be vying for top spot. The event will offer the rare opportunity for Londoners to savour the skills of France’s world Number 1 Dylan Rocher, five times men’s world champion Bruno Le Bouriscaud, newly crowned world singles champion Maiky Molinas and many other current and former champions.

In addition to the competition, the iconic location and the refreshments and entertainment available, another key attraction is the prize pot. Cash prizes totalling £5,500 will be up for grabs which makes it the biggest for the sport of petanque in the UK.

There is free admission for the public and there will be a high volume of passers-by who will stop for a while to watch a game or two while enjoying a drink and a bite to eat amidst the carnival atmosphere.

President of organisers London Petanque Club, Keith Vines, said,

‘This year’s London Petanque Championship is set to be the biggest and best petanque event ever held in England. We are set for a truly fantastic day’s competition and I for one can’t wait to see who comes out on top’.

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