I played with Philippe Suchaud

At Le DUC de Nice

At Le DUC de Nice

Just a quick report and a few photos on playing at Le DUC de Nice – ”with Philippe Suchaud”…

Welcome to the DUC

Le DUC entrance

Le DUC entrance

OK, there’s a little bit of ”Journalistic Licence” here – I did play at Le DUC de Nice, the home club of World Champions Philippe Suchaud, Henri Lacroix and, formerly, Philippe Quantais, who has now left Nice. I’m afraid none of them were there in person when I played but there was a large Obut poster showing the shooting action of Suchaud. I’m with Alain Montoro, who has run the club for the last ten years and has made it so successful.

It’s not the easiest place to find, tucked away behind some houses in the north of Nice. But it was well worth the visit. I was made very welcome and we played 3 games, winning 2 out of 3. Here’s a picture of the guys I played with:

Le DUC players

Le DUC players

I played with Julian on the right, who was a terrific shooter and Hervé who is next but one as the middle player, with yours truly pointing. It took a few throws to get a feel for the terrain, which, like most terrains in Provence, was not the easiest to play on. Here’s a picture to give you an idea:

Le DUC terrain

Le DUC terrain

Although there are a few smoother spots, most of the terrain is covered with small stones, plus some slight dips and slopes. Here’s a close up, to give a better picture:

Le DUC close-up

Le DUC close-up

If you tried to roll the boule, it would invariably get deflected and/or ‘fuse’ on a stone and pick up a lot of speed. Everybody played either a gentle lob or some played extremely high lobs but so gently that the boule seemed to hang in the air before floating down to, hopefully, stop dead. Even then, if you landed on a stone, the boule would fly off.

I’ve always had a bit of a tendency to throw the boule too hard and this really made me throw gently. Fortunately after a few throws I did manage to get the hang of it and was complimented on how well I was pointing – and we did win!

Le DUC circles

Le DUC circles

Every terrain had 2 plastic circles, one at each end, and everybody used them, mainly, I think, to save drawing circles and to avoid any confusion over where to play from.

Alain very kindly took me down into the ”storeroom” where there was a HUGE collection of trophies from over the years. Pride of place was taking by the massive ”French Cup for Clubs”.

French Cup for Clubs

French Cup for Clubs

The close-up below shows that Le DUC have won it 5 times – a very impressive record.

5 wins

5 wins

I would just like to say how welcome the players made me feel and it was an honour when they invited me back for the rest of the week.

All I need to do now is find a place to stay permanently!

à Bientôt.

Report by Ray Ager.

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5 Responses to I played with Philippe Suchaud

  1. David Alfred says:

    Alors, ca c’est la vrai petanque! (A bas les terrains de billiard.) Tu as tres bien fait. Great photos and story. Lucky you. Keep us posted. Best wishes. A bientot.

  2. Merci, David – tout le plaisir était pour moi.

    Provence, Pétanque, Pastis = Paradis 🙂

  3. Pat Connolly says:

    Not taken you long to settle in. Perhaps you should have a word with ‘The Taylors’ I understand they know a bit about Nice!
    p.s. You’re supposed to be house hunting not playing boules!

    sorry it’s not in French!

  4. Trish says:

    Wow – congratulations, we are soooo envious! When we found the DUC club we just sat and watched … everyone was very friendly and several of them came up and shook our hand and said Monsieur / Madame – we felt very honoured! None of the Dream Team were there but we saw some amazing play – particularly by Alain Montoro when Jeff and Daniel were watching. Love your photos! We actually saw Le Duc winning the European Cup for Clubs last November and the previous year too – the highlight for me was the woman sitting next to me shouting “vas-y Fifi” at Pilippe Suchaud!!

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