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Rene Pierre Cork balls

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:58 am
by Dr Clam
Morning all,

I got into tablefootball about 15 years ago when a friend bought a second hand Rene Pierre from some rascal in London for peanuts. I fell in love with the game and bought a bonzini. Can't remember where or when or how much I paid....then sold it - again no idea what I got for it In the end.

I regret selling it rather than storing it as it was a great table....

Anyway...over the last while I have been looking for a Rene Pierre (out of nostelgia more than anything). I know bonzini is the Rolls Royce of tables but don't have the money. I prefer the RP to Garlando etc too.

After a while looking I've picked up an immaculate RP Derby Cup from ebay for 200 notes.

It doesn't have cork balls though. I need to source some.

I understand 35mm is the standard size is that correct?

What weight do I need? I have seen options from 6-16g.

I have seen some on eBay etc but want to avoid buying something too light / too heavy or pooor quality.

Can anyone pls advise.

Many thanks,


PS I'd be keen for a game if there's anyone out there playing in Rutland / Leicester / Peterborough

Re: Rene Pierre Cork balls

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:00 pm
by willhawkes
Hi Ben.

Cork balls... TBH we don't play with them any more, about 10 odd years ago, the French style game (at least as played by the BFA community) moved to be yellow plastic balls, which you can buy from Bonzini or other places online - look for the ITSF standard. So if it's still the cork balls you want to play with, it would just be whatever you can find online.

In terms of getting connected to a table football community, probably your nearest one is in Nuneaton (link below). They play on Garlando on Friday nights.

If you want to play French-style babyfoot, you have to get down to London and visit Bar Kick which is full of Bonzinis, the best players are usually around in the evenings particularly Fridays.

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Re: Rene Pierre Cork balls

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:35 am
by Dr Clam
Thanks for the reply.

Do you have a web link pls?

Re: Rene Pierre Cork balls

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:44 pm
by The Doctor
Hi Ben,

The International Table Soccer Shop has some Bonzini balls that will serve:

All the best,