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2015 Archived Reports

CHRISTMAS HAMPER COMPETITION REPORT

The last event in Kent in 2015 saw 38 teams from across the south of England converge on the Star Meadow Sports Club for the annual Christmas Hamper Doubles competition.

The early morning drizzle obviously didn't put too many teams off and thankfully this had cleared up in time for 'coche-off' at 10am on a mild December day.

The morning leagues had finished by around 1pm and the teams were sorted into Gold, Silver and Bronze competitions for the afternoon knock-outs.

In the main "Gold" competition the winners were Barry Wing and Rob (London) who defeated the father and son team of Kevin and Gary Atkinson (Duke of Wellington/Lordswood) in the final. Also picking up hampers were the losing semi-finalists: Phil Bradshaw and Greg Davenport (Wales/Meadow) and Max Boyce and Rowland Jones (Meadow).

 Pictured above gold winners Rob and Barry.

 

The Silver competition was won by the home team of John Saguato and John Holbourn who defeated Sussex pair Tony Mann and Graham Elcome in the final.

 Pictured above silver winners John H and John S

 

Finally winners of the Bronze competition were Melissa Rowly and Richard Wenban (Istead Rise) who beat Mat Lomas and Andy Dunstall (Tovil) in the final.  

 

Pictured above bronze winners Richard and Melissa

The first prize in the raffle was a large Christmas Hamper which was won by Brian King.

MEADOW PC REACH EPA CLUB FINAL

The Meadow PC qualified for their seventh consecutive EPA Club Tournament (Euro Cup Qualifier) final when they won their fourth round qualifying group on 22nd November.

Under the new format Meadow were seeded through to the fourth round where they were the seeded team in their group. This meant that they would not be drawn against any of the three other 2015 finalists who were all seeded into separate groups.

However Meadow did have probably the hardest group with Southern Counties qualifier Southampton City PC, Sussex's Crowborough PC and fellow top Kent side Railway Inn.

The first round pitted Meadow against Southampton City. Meadow won the first 2 triples games: 13-6 and 13-8 to take a commanding lead. A quick 13-3 win in the Mixed Doubles secured their victory, which they went on to win by 4 games to 1.

Railway Inn won their match against Crowborough by the same score although they were given a scare in the Open Triples when ex Meadow member Matt Shrimpton's team came back from 0-9 down to win 13-9.

This pitted Meadow against Railway for a place in the finals for the third time in four years. Both Triples games were keenly fought fluctuating one way and then the other. However Meadow's experience showed in the end as they ran out winners in both games 13-10. Winning the two triples games gave Meadow a huge advantage going into the Doubles games and a quick 13-0 victory by Kevin Spillett and Greg Davenport settled the match in Meadow's favour. This was followed by a 13-4 win by Richard Spillett and Matt Horrigan before Railway took a consolation win in the Mixed Doubles.

Meadow will play fellow seeds Baldock Town and London PC in the final along with Sports Bar who won group A. The finals are due to be held on 20th March 2016.

For The Record:

  • This will be Meadow PC's 7th consecutive appearance in the EPA's Club Tournament finals.
  • The club's impressive record of reaching at least the last 8 in this event every year since first entering in 1999 continues.
  • The Meadow continued their unbeaten run against both Southern Counties clubs (played 11, won 11) and Kent clubs (played 26, won 26) in this event.

KENT DOUBLES CHAMPS

Meadow members Kevin Spillett and Nic Baxter secured the latest Kent Petanque Association title for the club when they won the KPA Doubles Championships when the event was held at Lordswood on 20th September. It was the club's third Kent title of the season and the fifteenth since the club moved to the Meadow Sports Club in 2009.

INTER-REGIONAL VICTORY 

The Inter-Regional Championships, held at Hayling Island over the weekend of 12-13th September, was another successful event for Kent and Meadow members as Kent secured a third successive Championship win, their 17th victory in the championships 32 year history.

Meadow members in the successful Kent squad were: Nic Baxter, Dave Chalkly, Phil Claydon, Greg Davenport, Dave Hurren, Angie Jamieson, Ashley Jamieson, Lee Jamieson, Rowland Jones, Kevin Spillett, Richard Spillett, Dave Turner and squad manager Corinne Cooter (pictured below with other members of the squad).

 

FOURTH NATIONAL TITLE IN 2015 FOR CLUB MEMBERS

2015 is turning into a great year for members of the Meadow PC. Club member Lee Jamieson secured a fourth English National title for our members in 2015 and his own second national title of the year when, with partner Didier Chassot, he won the EPA Over 50's Championships when the event was held at Gravesend Rugby Club on 23rd August.

It is the fourth time that Lee has won the National Over 50's Championships and, phenomenally, his 15th National title - 10 of which have been accrued since Lee's 50th birthday, showing there is hope for all of us.

MEADOW DOUBLE IN EPA TRIPLES

Meadow members pulled off a unique double when members from the club were in the teams that won the EPA Mens and Ladies Triples events.

Kevin Spillett and Rowland Jones retained their English Triples title, with team mates Scott Ashby and Jack Blows. It was Kevin's fourth English Triples title and the third time in four years that Kevin and Rowland have won this prestigious national title.

They overcame club-mate Lee Jamieson, and his team mates Sean Prendergast, Sofiane Lachani and Herve Bavazanno, in the final. Unfortunately all three mens teams with Meadow members were seeded together in the same group so the all-Meadow team of Nic Baxter, Dave Chalkly, Ashley Jamieson and Phil Claydon were eliminated in the group stage.

In the Ladies event Tracy Turner and team-mates Sarah Huntley, Emma Longstaff and Sabrina Saville, narrowly won the Ladies final against a Kent quartet.

Kevin and Rowland's team should go on to represent England in the 2016 Mens World Championships (although in all likely hood they will compete in a top European event instead) while Tracy's team will play in the 2016 Ladies European Championships.

Pictured above finalists of the EPA's English Mens and Ladies titles. Top picture including Kevin and Rowland (back row left) and Lee (front row right). Bottom picture includes Tracy (front row left). Pictures courtesy of the English Petanque Association Facebook page.

INTERNATIONAL SELECTION FOR MEADOW JUNIOR

One of the Meadow PC junior members, Alex Spillett, narrowly missed out on a place in the England team going to the Junior World Championships in Thailand in November. However Alex has been selected to represent England in an invitation event in Luxembourg on the 11/12th July. Well done Alex!

OVER LAND AND SEA (OR HAVE BOULE WILL TRAVEL)

Meadow players have been making their mark on the continent in recent weeks.

Rowland Jones, along with team mates Jack Blows and Scott Ashby, represented England at an International event in Ibiza at the end of May. They did well in a high quality event, the pinnacle of which must have been their match against multiple World Champions Philip Quintais, Philip Suchaud and partner.

Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Dave Hurren and Tracy Turner competed in the Hedebo Open weekend in Denmark from 5th to 7th June where they finished runners up in the unique '4-man' event with Rowland and Dave reaching the quarter finals in the doubles where they eventually lost 10-13 against top French side Star Masters.

Over the weekend of 20th-21st June Nic Baxter, Phil Claydon and Ashley Jamieson were one of 8 teams representing 'Flappers All Stars' against Spain in Santander. They finished as top team winning 11 out of 12 games.

One week on and a large party (15) of players from the Meadow and Railway competed in the Batavia Petanque Zeist International in the Netherlands. The Meadow contingent playing doubles and triples over the two days were: Nic Baxter, Phil Claydon, Dave Chalkley, Lee Jamieson, Angie Jamieson, Ashley Jamieson, Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Tracy Turner and Richard Spillett. Top UK performers were Nic, Phil and Dave who reached the quarter finals of the main triples event.

KENT QUALIFIER WINNERS

For the twelfth time in 13 years a team from the club finished as winners of the Regional Qualifying Series. Nic Baxter and Dave Chalkly retained the title they won last year, this year playing with Ashley Jamieson and Phil Claydon. With the best four results counting from the five events their two first places and two second places gave them an unassailable lead in the table.

They will be part of the 17 club members who will be travelling down to Hayling Island to represent Kent in the forthcoming Inter Regional Championships later in the year.

Meanwhile Greg Davenport narrowly missed out on a second Kent title this year. Having previously won the KPA Shooting title he lost out in the final of the KPA Singles Championships to the defending champion, Scott Ashby.

MORE TITLES FOR MEADOW MEMBERS

Just three members of the Meadow PC attended the National Titles weekend over the May Bank Holiday - Angie, Lee and Ashley Jamieson. On the Saturday Ashley just missed out on taking a second National Singles title (he had previously won the title back in 1996) just losing out in the final to Sean Prendergast.

However, not to be outdone Ashley continued his good form the following day and with his Dad, Lee, they triumphed in the National Doubles beating Scott Ashby and Sofiane Lachani in the final.


 Pictured above - English National Singles Runner Up 2015 Ashley Jamieson and National Doubles Champions 2015 Lee & Ashley Jamieson (pictured with EPA President Martin Eggleton). Pictures courtesy of EPA Facebook

Just four days after the National Titles weekend and it was back to Kent for the KPA Shooting Championships. Four Meadow members were amongst the competitors in the event. In conclusion defending champion Rowland Jones could not retain his title which was won by club mate Greg Davenport. 

ROB COOTER TRIPLES REPORT

The sixth annual competition held in memory of Robert Cooter was held at the Star Meadow Sports ground on Sunday 22nd March. The turn-out of 20 triples teams was down on previous years but still better than the average attendance for events in Kent, particularly on a cold March day.

After the morning leagues 8 teams progressed to the main competition with the remainder in the plate. Losing semi-finalists in the main were Chris Watkins, Kevin & Gary Atkinson (Lordswood/Duke of Wellington) and Martin, Sylvie and Steve from East Sussex.

The Meadow/Railway team of Neil Phillips, Angie & Lee Jamieson just lost out in a tight final against another Meadow/Railway combined team. In the end it was a pleasure to hand over the main winners trophy and prizes to Robert's good friends Scott and Dean Ashby, who were playing with Rowland Jones, all of whom won the event for the second time.

Pictured above - Rob Cooter Triples Champions - l to r: Dean Ashby, Rowland Jones and Scott Ashby

The plate competition saw a broad spectrum of players ranging from complete novices up to two Danish International players. However it was particularly pleasing to see a team of juniors (Alex, Callum and Morgan) eventually win the competition and receive a large box of chocolates each.

Indeed most of the competitors left with prizes at the end of the day. The top 8 teams in the main competition as well as the plate finalists were all awarded prizes for their efforts while many others left with the 50 plus raffle prizes that were donated by Robert's family, club members, bar staff and friends.

Corinne and Mark would like to extend a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that attended, donated raffle prizes and/or made donations, in particular those from outside the club: the Senneck's, Nash's, Yates' and King's and as always a big thanks to Richard Spillett for running the raffle.

A total of £565.58 was raised on the day, which takes the proceeds raised for Robert's charity fund, the Little Buds Fund - supporting the Special Baby Care unit at Darent Valley Hospital, to £6,893.44. If you're ever in the hospital there is a plaque with Robert's name outside of the Special Baby Care Unit which is thanks to your fund raising efforts.

 

MEADOW FALL AT LAST HURDLE

Having qualified for the finals of the EPA Club Tournament for the sixth year running the Meadow PC were hopeful of retaining the title for a third straight year. The campaign got off to a good start with a five games to nil victory over the Bozos club from Thames Valley, while rivals Baldock PC ran out 4-1 winners over London PC.

A change of piste followed for the second round, which was likely to be the title decider against the very talented Baldock team. The two opening triples games were cagey affairs but Baldock adapted to the smooth rolly terrain much better taking the match by five games to nil.

Due to the way the placings were decided Baldock had already secured victory in the competition by this stage however a 4 games to 1 victory over London PC in the final round ensured Meadow's runners up spot.

2014 ANNUAL REVIEW

2014 was yet another successful year for members of the Meadow PC.

At National Level:

Meadow retained the EPA Club Championships and represented England in the EuroCup in Sweden.

The club have also qualified for the EPA Club Tournament finals in 2015, for the sixth year running, thus maintaining the club's impressive record of never having finished outside the top 8 club sides in the country in the 17 years of this event.

Angie and Lee Jamieson (along with Barry Scott and Robert Silvy) retained the EPA Veterans Title and represented England in the European Veterans Championships in Sweden, where they won the Coupe de Nations.

Kevin Spillett and Rowland Jones (with Jack Blows and Scott Ashby) were English Triples Champions and will represent England in the Mens European Championships to be held in Bulgaria next year.

Tracy Turner and her team mates just missed out on the English Ladies title losing the final 13-12.

Kevin Spillett (with Jack Blows and Scott Ashby) won the EPA Champion of Champions Triples title.

Junior member Alex Spillett was again selected for the England Junior squad.

At County Level:

Kent Qualifier Winners - Tracy Turner, Dave Turner, Dave Chalkly & Nic Baxter.

Kent Triples Champions - Tracy Turner, Dave Turner, Dave Chalkly & Nic Baxter.

Kent Triples Runners Up - Rowland Jones & Kevin Spillett (with Scott Ashby)

Kent Shooting Champion - Rowland Jones.

Meadow P.C. members qualified in seven of the top eight Kent teams in the Kent Qualifiers. In total 14 Meadow members were in the victorious Kent squad at Hayling Island that retained the Inter-Regional Championships with a record 79 wins.

Our members also represented Kent in the Zeist Open in Holland and the Dunkerquois in France.

At League Level:

Meadow 1 retained the Kent League title for the sixth year running, emulating the achievements of Black Lion and Plough & Chequers before them. They also won the Kent League Knock Out Cup.

Max Boyce, Rowland Jones and Martin Bishop all had success in the East Kent Coastal League - Max's team won the league and Martin and Rowland won the Hatton Cup.

Open Events:

Our members won numerous other events during the year including: Whittlesey Grand Prix 3, Whittlesey Grand Prix Final, Rob Cooter Triples, Mayor of Maidstone Cup, Oxshott Open Doubles, Bastille Day Triples, Adur Doubles, Atlantic Trophy, Meadow Doubles, Lordswood Open Doubles, Medspray Classic and the Christmas Hamper Doubles.