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2014 Archived Reports

CHRISTMAS HAMPER DOUBLES REPORT

The annual Christmas Hamper Doubles competition was held on Sunday 14th December. It attracted 29 teams from Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and all over Kent, including 6 junior players who were entered for free.

The weather remained cold but clear all day with just some drizzle late in the day that didn't have any detremental effect on the play.

Winners of the Main competition were Rowland Jones & Scott Ashby (Meadow/Railway). They beat Tracy Turner & Greg Davenport (Meadow) in the final.

Winners of the Plate were Barry Solieux & Jurgen (Harriers) who beat Allan Martin & Rich (Hare & Hounds) in the final.

Finally, winners of the Consolage were Corinne Cooter & Trevor Gordon (Meadow) who beat Lyn & Andy Carey (Sussex) in the final.

In total 17 hampers were given out (including the main raffle prize) along with wine bottles and bags of sweets for the juniors.


EPA CLUB TOURNAMENT

Having been handed a walkover by Northwood and winning a comprehensive victory against Villager by 5 games to nil (65 points to 4) Meadow PC continued their defence of the EPA Club Tournament (Euro Cup Qualifier) when they were drawn to play at Bordon in Hampshire in the fourth round that took place on 16th November. The opposition included Sandown & Shanklin (Isle of Wight), Oxshott (Southern Counties) and Upper Thames (Great Western).

Play commenced with Meadow drawn against Sandown and Shanklin, who they had previously played in the competition on their way to the finals in 2010. A fairly one sided match ended with Meadow winning by 5 games to nil, conceding just 12 points across the five games.

Next up were the local side Oxshott, who were always likely to provide the stiffest opposition playing on familiar terrains. After a fairly comprehensive 13-2 win in the open triples the mixed triples match was a much closer affair. Oxshott built a 2-7 lead but Meadow fought back to 6-7 before taking a big 6 in the next end to take control before running out winners 13-7.

After lunch Oxshott bounced back winning a quick Open Doubles game 6-13. Two tense doubles matches followed but Meadow held their nerve winning them both narrowly to 10 and 11 points to seal a 4 games to 1 match win.

The Meadow's final match against Upper Thames was over as a contest fairly quickly. The triples games finished 13-1 and 13-3 followed by two quick doubles wins (13-2 and 13-3) before rounding off a 5-0 match win with a 13-6 victory.

The Meadow now move onto the finals to be played sometime in March 2015 where they will be striving for a hat-trick of titles. Indeed this will be the sixth successive year that the club has reached the finals, thus maintained their very impressive record of never having finished outside of the top 8 in the 17 years that the competition has been running.

ANOTHER NATIONAL TITLE FOR SPILLETT

Kevin Spillett's impressive run of form continued when, with team mates Jack Blows and Scott Ashby, he won the EPA's Champion of Champions Triples title when the event was held at Oxshott on 12th October.

MEADOW MEMBERS PROMINENT IN KENT VICTORY

Congratulations to the Kent squad who retained the EPA's Inter-Regional Championship title when the event was held at Hayling Island over the weekend of 13th-14th September thus recording the Region's 16th victory in 31 years of the EPA's flagship event.

As normal there was a high percentage of Meadow PC members in the Kent squad with members in 6 of the 8 teams including: Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Tracy Turner, Dave Turner, Dave Chalkly, Nic Baxter, Angie Jamieson, Lee Jamieson, Ashley Jamieson, Trevor Gordon, Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren and Matt Shrimpton along with squad manager Corinne Cooter.

Kent started well recording a 7 games to 1 win over Anglia Region in the first round. This was followed by the squad's only loss of the weekend, a 3-5 defeat against a very talented Chiltern squad, before bouncing back with an 8-0 win over Northern. The Saturday morning was rounded off with a 6-2 win against East Midlands.

Saturday afternoon commenced with another 8 games to nil win, this time over Wales, before two tougher matches against Southern and London both resulted in 5-3 wins.

After 'Day 1' it couldn't be closer with three regions tied at the top of the table on 42 wins apiece. Kent's superior points difference saw them ahead of Southern and Chiltern. Due to the format of the event this effectively handed Chiltern the easier run in for 'Day 2'.

After an early night the Kent squad were all up bright and early and practicing for what could effectively be the decider against Chiltern Region in Round 8. A couple of quick fannies in Kent's favour settled the nerves and Kent went on to roll out winners by 7 games to 1. Meanwhile East Midlands had taken 4 games off Southern Region to leave Kent in clear first place by 3 games.

Ensuring they didn't concede this advantage Kent went on in determined mood and won the remaining rounds 7-1 against East Midlands, 8-0 against London, 8-0 against Anglia, before finishing the weekend off with a 7-1 win over Southern Counties.

Like last year Kent finished 10 games clear of Chiltern at the top of the table, with Southern Counties in third place 23 games behind Kent.

The weekend saw Kent set two new records: The finally tally of 79 games won was a new Inter-Regional record. Likewise Kent winning 37 games out of 40, and against the EPA's next 5 best regions, on the Sunday was also a new record that may never be beaten.

Best team in the championships were Angie, Ashley and Lee Jamieson, playing with Chris Watkins, who won 11 of their 12 games. Matt Shrimpton, playing with Tovil, also won 11 out of 12 games.

Alex Spillett playing in the Kent junior team finished third in a high quality junior event.

Pictured above some of Kent's victorious winning squad.

INTERNATIONAL DOUBLES LIVES UP TO IT'S BILLING


There was a disappointing entry of just 22 teams for the Meadow International Doubles. However this was not surprising given the horrendous weather forecast that for once turned out to be very accurate with persistent rain all day.

Despite the weather what the competition lacked in quantity it more than made up for in quality and it certainly lived up to it's "International" billing. As well as the 4 invited Danish international players there were also three highly rated Monaco internationals, 3 young Dutch internationals, 2 Welsh internationals as well as some UK based French and Italians. The remainder of the English contingent included 16 ex or current English internationals, along with 2 junior teams and a mini-bus load who had travelled up from East Sussex.

Most of the seeded international sides made it through the morning leagues to the top eight. The only surprise being the exclusion of the Dutch contingent who all failed to make it through, which was probably not helped by their late arrival at the competition due to a car breakdown en-route.

Quarter Finals:

Following their earlier league defeat the recently crowned English Top 8 winners, Kevin Spillett & Jack Blows, gained revenge by beating the Danish combination of Christian Andersen-Nielsen and Morten Saxild. Meanwhile Monaco's Richard Trani and Christophe Fassetta beat last year's English Singles, Doubles & Triples Champions Dean Seville and Ross Jones. The other half of this year's Top 8 winners, Rowland Jones and Scott Ashby defeated Norma Parkway and Dave Turner while Denmark's Morten Per Laursen and Morten Junge saw off the English/Monaco pairing of Herve Bavazzano and Remy Galleau.

Semi Finals:

Kevin and Jack looked to be in for a stuffing against the fancied Monaco pair at 0-10 down. However a spirited fight back saw them come right back into the game only to eventually lose out 10-13. In the second semi Rowland and Scott looked relatively untroubled against the two Morten's from Denmark running out 13-6 winners.

Final:

The final started off a cagey affair with no one taking control but with the scores level the English pairing of Rowland and Jack scored a big 5 to take control of the match and they went on to run out winners by 13-8.

Plate Final:

The plate final was virtually an all Holland affair. With the rain getting heavier and the light fading the finalists Sabrina Seville & Lieke van der Voort and Tom van der Voort & Joey van Doorn shared the prize money.

The competition rounded off a good weekend for Meadow players following Nic Baxter and Phil Claydon (with Phil Bradshaw) winning the Atlantic Trophy on Saturday.

ENGLISH CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to Meadow PC members Kevin Spillett and Rowland Jones who, with their team mates Scott Ashby and Jack Blows, won the EPA's Mens Triples Championships when the final event in the series was held at Whitnash in the Midlands on Sunday 17th August. It was the second time in three years that the Meadow duo had won this prestigeous title. They will now go on to represent England in the Mens European Championships that will be held in Bulgaria in 2015.

Also competing in the Mens Top 8 event were fellow club members: Nic Baxter, Dave Chalkly, Phil Claydon, Ashley Jamieson and Lee Jamieson.

Commiserations to club member Tracy Turner who's team just missed out on the EPA Ladies Triples title by the narrowest of margins, losing the final 12-13.

EPA Mens Triples Champions 2014 - from left to right: Kevin Spillett, Scott Ashby, Rowland Jones and Jack Blows. Picture courtesy of Martin Hughes from Facebook.

MEADOW'S EUROCUP OUTING

The club's sixth outing in the EuroCup saw them travel to Malmo in Sweden in July. Our opponents were Coccinelle PC Malmö (Sweden), Boule Club Tromm (Germany), Peta-Boules Schifflange (Luxembourg), PC Carreau Brno (Czech Republic) and Towarzystwo Sportowe Liskow (Poland).

The weekend started with a disasppointing 2 games to 3 loss to the experienced PC Carreau Brno club on the Friday evening in a match that could have gone either way. Saturday started better with a good 3-2 win over the German club side who fielded four experienced French players from Marseille. Our toughest match of the weekend was against the Peta-Boules Schifflange club who were representing Luxembourg for the seventh time as thier national champions. The result of 2-3 to Luxembourg was a fair reflection of the match.

Our next match was against the Towarzystwo Sportowe Liskow club from Poland, who were competing in the event for the first time. Their inexperience showed as Meadow ran out winners by 4 games to 1.

Our final match of the competition was against Coccinelle PC Malmö, the hosts and seeded club following their fourth place finish in 2013. A poor start by Meadow saw us lose both triples games. A good fight back in the doubles saw us win two games but the Swede's won the crucial game to take the match 3-2.

Sweden and Germany qualfied from the group with the Meadow in fifth place, just one match win behind Germany. On the face of it fifth place from 6 teams looks very disappointing. However we feel we took another step closer to our continental opponents this year. All of our 3 losses were to a single game in five. In two of those losses (against Czech Republic and Sweden) there was very little between the teams and on another day we could have won both those matches.

We took some notable scalps, especially beating the German team that qualified for the finals, and we earned some positive comments for our attacking, positive play. We also won more games than we lost.

Everyone of the Meadow squad performed well over the weekend but it would also be fair to say that some struggled at some point in the extreme heat.

Meadow EuroCup squad 2014 - Left to right: Richard Spillett, Corinne Cooter, Rowland Jones, Kevin Spillett, Angie Jamieson, Lee Jamieson, Tracy Turner, Nic Baxter, Dave Turner & Mark Cooter.

KENT CUP WINNERS

Fittingly the Kent League's top two sides, Meadow 1 and Railway Rogues, contested the Kent Cup final, when the event was held at Hartley Country Club on 10th July.

At the half way stage the score was 1 game all with Railway leading by 2 points. After a nervous start to the second two games Meadow finally upped their game and two big ends saw Meadow pick up five points in one game and six points in the other game which seemed to break the spirit of the Railway teams as Meadow went on to win by 3 games to 1.

Since the club was initially formed as the Black Lion in 1985 this was the club's 24th cup final appearance in 30 years in which they have recorded 16 triumphs.

MEADOW VETERANS TASTE SUCCESS IN EUROPE

Meadow members Angie and Lee Jamieson, playing with team-mates Robert Silvy and Barry Scott, won the Nations Cup tournament at the CEP's European Veterans Championships that were held in Luleå, Sweden in June.

After their first 5 games of the Swiss qualifying system team England stood in 7th place on 3 wins after hard fought games against Switzerland (13-0), Monaco (8-13), Sweden (13-7), Denmark (13-9) and Germany (10-13). However rather than taking the top 8 teams straight through to the quarter finals the CEP disregarded their own published rules and introduced an elimination round for the teams lying in 5th to 12th places. Then, even more bizarely, they disregarded the teams rankings from the preliminary rounds and did a random draw which saw 7th placed England play 5th placed Monaco, who they had already played.

Sadly a loss at this stage saw England eliminated from the main competition. However they bounced back with wins against Jersey (13-11) and Czech Republic (13-9) to reach the Nations Cup final where they went on to fanny Norway. Monaco went on to win the main championships beating Denmark in the final.

Angie and Lee join a prestigeous list of club members, past and present, who have medalled at World and European Championships including: Barbara Sharratt, Diz Murray, Greg Davenport, Dominic Hickman and Robert Cooter.

Pictured above Barry, Robert, Angie and Lee on the podium having received their gold medals.
Photo courtesy of Swedish Boule Federation website: www.svenskboule.se

MEADOW TEAM TOP KENT QUALIFIERS

As is now customary a team from the Meadow PC finished top of the Kent Qualifiers. They now go on to represent Kent in the Dunkerquoise tournament in France as well as the forthcoming Inter-Regional Championships. The team of Dave Chalkly, Tracy Turner, Dave Turner and Nic Baxter added the title of Kent Qualifier Winners to their recent Kent Triples title after being undefeated for the second qualifier running.

Other club members who earned their place in the Kent squad include: Bruno Bove, Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Trevor Gordon, Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren, Lee Jamieson, Ashley Jamieson, Angie Jamieson & Matt Shrimpton.

MORE KENT TITLES FOR MEADOW PLAYERS

May was a good month for members of the Meadow PC. The month started with the club hosting the Kent Triples Championship on 4th May. Having been Kent Triples Champions for the past two years Kevin Spillett and Rowland Jones (playing with Jack Blows and Scott Ashby) had to settle for the runners up spot this year. The new Kent Champions were club mates: Dave Chalkly, Tracy Turner, Dave Turner and Nic Baxter. Both these teams qualified to represent Kent at the Zeist Open Competition in Holland.

Rowland Jones added to his growing list of Kent titles when he won the Kent Shooting Championship when the event was held at the Railway Inn on Friday 16th May.

Fresh from their victory in the Kent Triples Championship the quartet of Dave Chalkly, Tracy Turner, Dave Turner and Nic Baxter won Kent Qualifier No.4 on Sunday 18th May, being undefeated on the day.

JUNIOR SELECTION

Following a selection day held by the EPA one of our junior members, Alex Spillett, was selected for the 2014 English National Junior Squad. A further selection day follows at the end of June in Leicestershire when the squad of 15 juniors will be put through their paces to decide who will represent the EPA at a Junior International event in Luxembourg in July. This will be followed by a training camp and international tournament in Slovakia at the end of August for selected juniors with the ultimate 'prize' being the European Junior Championship in November in France.

Alex was also selected as part of a Kent junior triple who have been invited to an international junior tournament in Armentières, France in July. We wish Alex well.

MEADOW IN EUROPE (and Tovil)

Following the Meadow's victory in the EPA EuroCup competition the club was drawn to play in Qualifying Group 'C' of the Confederation European Petanque's (CEP) EuroCup in Sweden. They will play the host club and Swedish champions Coccinelle PC along with the club champions of Germany, Poland, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, in July.

Meanwhile Meadow PC members Angie and Lee Jamieson, along with Barry Scott and Robert Silvy, retained their English Veterans (Over 55) title when the event was held at Harrow on 6th April. The team will now go on to represent England at the European Veterans Championships, which is also due to be held Sweden, in June.

Locally some of our 'younger' members, namely Dave Hurren and Richard Spillett, playing with Matt Horrigan, won the Harriers Mayor of Maidstone Cup when the event was held at Tovil WMC on 6th April.

Pictured above - Mayor of Maidstone trophy winners Dave Hurren, Matt Horrigan & Richard Spillett. Picture courtesy of Michael Gear.

ROB COOTER TRIPLES REPORT

Despite the changeable weather conditions 30 teams still braved the elements to take part in the Rob Cooter Triples event that was held at the Star Meadow Sports Club on 23rd March.

Playing through sunshine, hailstones and rain the competition came to a conclusion around 6pm with Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones & Jack Blows being worthy winners, having been virtually untroubled all day. Runners up were Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren & Matt Horrigan.

Winners of the Plate competition were Trevor Gordon, Corinne Cooter & Ben Littley who beat Richard King, Sheila King, Alan Creegan & Michelle Creegan in the final.

The Consolage event was won by Max Boyce, Jason & Martin. In the final they beat Poppy Whatley, Neil Phillips and Tony Richards.

Robert's charity fund - The Little Buds Fund (Special Baby Care Unit) at Darent Valley Hospital benefitted to the tune of £867 on the day, bringing the grand total raised for the fund to date to £5,657.86.

Corinne, Jennifer and Mark would like to thank everyone that competed in the event, donated raffle prizes, bought raffle tickets or made donations. Also big thanks to Kevin & Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren and John Saguato who helped prepare the pistes and to Rich (again) for selling raffle tickets.

Prize winners:

Main competition:
Winners - Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones & Jack Blows (Meadow/Railway)
Runners up - Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren & Matt Horrigan (Meadow/Lordswood).
Semi-finalists - Tracy Turner, Dave Turner & Dave Chalkly (Meadow)
Semi-finalists - Mark Cooter, Kevin Atkinson& Gary Atkinson (Meadow/Duke of Welly/Lordswood)
Quarter finalists - Nic Baxter, Angie & Lee Jamieson (Meadow)
Quarter finalists - Matt Shrimpton, Chas Shrimpton & Keith Atkinson (Meadow/Duke of Welly)
Quarter finalists - Vince Willis, Nic Goodhart & Christophe Coffy (London)
Quarter finalists - Sebastian, Mark & Keith (London)

Plate Competition:
Winners - Trevor Gordon, Corinne Cooter & Ben Littley (Meadow/Villager)
Runners Up - Richard & Sheila King and Alan & Michelle Creegan (Northwood/Istead)

Consolage competition:
Winners - Max Boyce, Jason & Martin Wilsher (Meadow/Brown Jug)
Runners Up - Poppy Whatley, Neil Phillips and Tony Richards (Railway/Chiltern).

GOOD START TO 2014

2014 got off to a winning start for members of the Meadow PC. Lee Jamieson, playing with Chris Watkins and Sean Prendergast, was victorious at the finals of the Whittlesey Indoor Grand Prix series on 9th March.

A week later and Lee, along with the rest of the Meadow EuroCup squad, travelled to Burnham PC in Buckinghamshire for the EPA EuroCup finals.

What a difference a year makes (well, 13 months to be precise). The Weather for the EPA EuroCup finals 2014 was glorious sunshine all day with players applying sun cream and playing in shirt sleeves. Whilst last year's final was played in freezing conditions.

This year's finalists were Half Crown and Nomades, (both from the 'Heart of England' Region), Hartley and Meadow (both Kent).

The draw pitted the two favourites against each other in the first round as previous 5 times winners Meadow faced 3 times winners Half Crown leaving Hartley against Nomades.

A surprisingly one-sided match ended 5-0 in Meadow's favour (triples results 13-2 & 13-7, doubles 13-8, 13-3 & 13-1). Meanwhile Hartley ran out 4-1 winners over Nomades.

After lunch the two 'local derbies' took place with Meadow facing Hartley and Half Crown against Nomades. The opening matches were much tighter and both matches finished 1 game all after the triples. However Meadow and Half Crown won all their doubles games in their respective matches to both record 4-1 victories.

By this stage Meadow had already won the day by virtue of beating both their nearest rivals, who were due to play each other, only one of which could equal Meadow on match wins but would still lose out on the 'head to head' results.

With the players in relaxed mood the remaining squad members were brought in for the final match against Nomades. The opening triples again finished one-game-all but the Meadow quickly got back on track winning the doubles 13-6, 13-0 and 13-0. In the other match Half Crown beat Hartley 4-1 to secure second place. Thus the Meadow PC secured the club's sixth victory in the National EuroCup competition.

Pictured above: EPA EuroCup finals full results and tables.

Pictured above Meadow's victorious EuroCup squad 2013-14.

2013 ANNUAL REVIEW

2013 was another good year for members of the Meadow PC. Members Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Greg Davenport and Marcus Hickman, along with coach Dave Hurren, represented England at the Mens European Championships in Italy. They finished a creditable 13th of the 36 competing nations, thus ensuring England's qualification at next year's World Championships.

Elsewhere junior member, Alex Spillett, represented England at the Jac Machielsen Junior International Tournament in Holland.

In the EPA's National Qualifiers 8 Meadow members qualified for the finals finishing in 3rd, 4th and 7th places in the mens event while our solitary lady player's team finished 6th in the ladies event.

As a club Meadow PC finally triumphed in the EPA's EuroCup competition, having been runners up for the previous 3 years. A very tough draw in the first round of the CEP EuroCup in Belgium saw Meadow face two former European Club Champions. Although disappointed to lose out at this stage the squad gave a very good account of themselves, taking games off all three qualifying clubs and earning lots of positive comments from our opponents and the hosts.

As well as the above international representation members also competed at the Hedebo Open in Denmark, the Zeist Open in Holland and the Atlantic Trophy in the USA.

Meadow continued to dominate the sport in the County with our members finishing Winners and Runners up in the following county events:

Kent Qualifier Winners - Lee, Angie and Ashley Jamieson (with Chris Watkins)

Kent Triples Winners - Rowland Jones, Kevin Spillett, Greg Davenport & Marcus Hickman.

Kent Triples Runners Up - Dave Hurren & Richard Spillett (with Matt Horrigan).

Kent Mixed Doubles Winners - Corinne Cooter & Trevor Gordon.

Kent Mixed Doubles Runners Up - Jennifer Cooter & Greg Davenport.

Kent Singles Runner Up - Lee Jamieson.

Kent Classic Winners - Kevin Spillett, Greg Davenport & Marcus Hickman.

Kent Classic Runners Up - Joyce & Mick Nash (with Colin Senneck)

Kent Adult & Junior Doubles Runners Up - Mick Nash (with Aaron Nash).

Meadow P.C. players once again dominated the Kent Qualifying series with our members finishing in seven of the top eight teams. In total 19 Meadow members (along with another 2 members who qualified but were unable to attend) were in the victorious Kent squads at Hayling Island that won the Inter-Regional Championship and Inter-Regional Challenge tournaments.

Meadow 1 were Kent League Champions for the fifth successive year and just missed out on the double, losing in the Kent Cup final. Meadow 2 and Meadow Rats consolidated their positions in the first division.

Other competition victories in 2013 by Meadow members included: Whittlesey Indoor Grand Prix 4, Rob Cooter Triples, Hampshire Open, Hartley Mixed Doubles, Hartley Doubles, White Hart Open Doubles, Station Triples, Bastille Day Triples, Icicle Doubles and the Christmas Hamper Doubles.

Finally, our open competitions continued to be amongst the best supported in the County. The Meadow Doubles for instance attracted 51 teams this year including many overseas players, the pick of the bunch being 5 times World Champion and 4 times Champion of France - Didier Choupay.