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2016 Archived Reports

CHRISTMAS HAMPER DOUBLES REPORT

The Meadow PC hosted another successful Christmas Hamper Doubles competition on 11th December. The entry of 28 teams was down on last year's entry but the standard was as good as ever. People travelled from afar afield as Wales, London, East and West Sussex and East Kent as well as locals from Istead Rise, Bat & Ball, Tovil, Railway Inn and, of course, the Meadow.

The entry included 6 junior players, testament to the Meadow's policy of free entry to their competitions for under 18's. However they weren't just there to make up the numbers as two of them reached two of the finals to pick up hampers, which were no doubt gratefully received by their parents.

After the morning leagues the top 8 teams were seeded into the Gold event, with the next 8 best teams into the Silver and the remaining teams into the Bronze knockout competitions in the afternoon.

The Gold event was won by Dean and Scott Ashby from the Railway Inn who beat Tracy Turner and Neil Phillips (Meadow/Railway) in the final. Also picking up hampers as losing semi-finalists were Mat Lomas and Andy Dunstall (Tovil) and Phil Bradshaw and Greg Davenport (Wales/Meadow), who lost out at the same stage last year.

Winners of the hampers in the Silver event were another Meadow/Railway pairing of Kevin Spillett and Jason White who beat the scratch team of Chris Perry and Fadi (Tovil/London) in the final.

The Bronze final was an all-Meadow affair with Corinne Cooter & Trevor Gordon beating Alex Spillett and "Grandad" Dave Turner.

On a rare appearance club Chairman Dave Lavelle won first prize in the raffle which, surprise, surprise, was another hamper.

Thanks to everyone that attended and played the game in the right Christmas spirit. As usual a big thanks to Richard Spillett who made up the excellent array of hampers and ran the raffle.

Pictured above winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze competitions.

EURO CUP RUN COMES TO AN END

The Meadow's latest foray in the EPA's EuroCup competition ended in defeat, but it couldn't have finished any closer coming down to the last boule of the last end at the 'semi-final' group stage.

Meadow were drawn in the same group as arch rivals Railway Inn (nee Tovil) for the fourth time in five years, along with Crowborough (for the second year running) and Solihull.

The Meadow were without four EuroCup squad regulars (Nic, Greg, Lee and Ang) for various reasons but still recorded victories in the first two rounds against Solihull (4-1) and Crowborough (3-2). Railway also beat the other two sides to set up the anticipated climax between Kent's top two clubs.

Two keenly fought triples games ended all square with Meadow winning 13-8 in the Mixed Triple and Railway winning a tighter game 11-13 in the Open Triple. Railway then took the lead with a quick 3-13 win in the mixed doubles. With Meadow maintaining a healthy lead in one of the doubles and the other double all square the match was on a knife edge. From being 9-12 down Matt and Dave took control of their match against English Internationals Scott and Jack and ran out winners 13-12 to make the match all square again. At this stage the final match had closed up to 12-11 to Meadow. After a coche movement to 13 meters some excellent pointing and shooting saw Railway draw level on 12 points all. The final end came down to the final boule. With Meadow holding match point with their last boule ex-Meadow member Rowland Jones outpointed it with his final boule to take game and match.

Railway go through to the finals while Meadow have to settle for the 'runners up' prize of a place in the EPA Club Cup final. Both events will take place in March next year.

For the record the club's impressive record of seven consecutive final appearances, finishing either first or second each time, came to an end. However the club's unique record of finishing in the top eight of the event every year since they first entered in 1999 continues. Another club record to fall was our record in the competition against Kent clubs which was 26 wins without defeat.

JUNIOR AWARD

Meadow junior member, Luke Ashford, was awarded the KPA's Andy Mills Junior Award for 2016 at the Kent AGM. The award follows on from club mate Alex Spillett who was the first recipient of the award in 2015.

SUCCESS IN EUROPE FOR MEADOW FOURSOME

Four Meadow PC members have seen a fair amount of success abroad in recent weeks whilst representing England:

Tracy Turner travelled to Bratislava in Slovakia as part of the English Ladies team competing in the CEP European Ladies Championships in September. The team won three of their five qualifying games to finish the first round in 8th place, qualifying them for the second round. Sadly after a win against the Czech Republic they lost to the eventual champions France before a loss against the same Czech team saw them eliminated from the competition. Their final ranking was equal 9th of the 32 teams competing.

Having retained their English Veterans title earlier in the year Angie and Lee Jamieson, along with their team mates Jean-Louis Guiot and Robert Silvy, travelled to Monaco to represent England in the CEP European Veterans Championships in October. After a poor start to the competition they won all their matches in the Coupe de Nations (Nations Cup) competition retaining the title they won in 2014.

A week later and junior member Alex Spillett also travelled to the same venue in Monaco to represent England in the CEP European Junior Championships. Sadly, after winning their first two games they failed to get through to the main championships by the narrowest of margins. However they did manage to reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de Nations competition for a place on the podium.

The last Meadow member to represent his country in 2016 will be Kevin Spillett who jets off to Madagascar shortly as part of the England Mens team who will be competing in the Mens World Championships. We wish him well.

Meanwhile, back home in England, club members Kevin Spillett and Matt Horrigan, playing with Scott Ashby, won the Railway Triples competition. Three weeks later and Matt was at it again as he retained the Hartley Open Doubles title, this time playing with Richard Spillett.

Pictured above: (Top) CEP Veterans Nation Cup Winners (featuring Angie & Lee Jamieson). (Middle) CEP Juniors Nations Cup Bronze Medalists (featuring Alex Spillett). (Bottom) England Ladies team (featuring Tracy Turner). Photo's courtesy of EPA & CEP Facebook pages

VIKINGS RAID ENGLAND AND LEAVE WITH SPOILS

Thirty-two teams travelled to the Star Meadow Sports Club in Gillingham for the annual Meadow International Petanque Doubles competition on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday.

The "International" element contained two teams who had travelled over from Denmark, a team of Algerians, several Welsh Internationals, expatriate French and Italians along with a large contingent of current English International players. The later included all four members of the English Men's 2016 World Championship team, two of the English Ladies team, 5 members of the English National Junior Squad and the English Veterans Champions.

Others had travelled from Manchester, Leicester, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Essex, London, East Sussex and West Sussex, as well as a number of local Kent players.

Morning leagues seeded the teams into either the main or plate competitions for the afternoon knock-out stages. An indicator of the high standards on display was that 8 current English International players were relegated to the plate competition.

By the semi-final stage the current English Mixed Doubles champions, Sarah Huntley and Jack Blows, had a good win over the Algerian pairing of Sofiane Lachani and Rachid Hannache. Meanwhile the 'scratch' team of Tim Raine and Andy Wilmott (Leicester/Essex) had played extremely well to reach this stage but were outclassed by Danish Internationals Morten Saxild-Hansen and Morten Per Laursen.

Sarah and Jack got off to a good start in the final winning 3 points in the first end but sadly failed to score any more points as the Danish pair went on to win 13-3. The win sealed a great weekend for the Danes, who along with their club mates, Morten Junge Olsen and Christian Andersen-Nielsen,Morten Saxild-Hansen had won the "4-Man" event at the same venue on the previous day taking their winnings for the weekend to £400.

In the plate event Meadow members (and English Veterans Champions) Angie and Lee Jamieson won the final beating London's Sebastien and Keith in a tightly contested final.

Pictured above (l to r): The finalists Morten Per Laursen, Morten Saxild-Hansen Sarah Huntley and Jack Blows.
GOLDEN OLDIES

Meadow players have secured a clean sweep of National and County 'veterans' titles in 2016. Earlier in the year Angie & Lee Jamieson and team retained the English Veterans (55+) title. Then on 15th August Ang & Lee won the KPA's Over 50's Doubles competition. This was followed one week later by Nic Baxter, with partner Simon Bird, winning the English Over 50's title.

To date our club members have been in teams that have won 3 National titles this year and, including the club's 6 National League titles and 6 National EuroCup wins, a staggering 53 National titles since 1989. (See "Honours Summary" for details).

ALEX FOR ENGLAND

Following on from the Jamieson dynasty the Spillett clan are fast becoming the first family of petanque in England.

Young Alex Spillett is in the team that has been selected to represent England in the Junior European Championships that will be held in Monaco in October. Meanwhile Mum, Tracy, as part of the English Ladies Champions team, will represent England in Slovakia at the Ladies European Championships in September while Dad, Kevin, will be off to Madagascar in December representing England in the Mens World Championships.

We wish them all the best of luck in their endeavors.

NIC'S HAT-TRICK

Nic Baxter pulled off a hat-trick by winning the Kent Qualifying Series for the third year running. With his team of Phil Claydon, Neil Phillips and Chris Peel, they won the 2016 Qualifying series winning 2 qualifiers and finishing second in the other two qualifiers that they played in.

It continues a remarkable run that has seen the club's members take this title in thirteen of the last 14 years in this event.

JAMIESONS DO IT AGAIN

The formidable due of Lee and Angie Jamieson won the EPA Veterans Championships for the third time running, having previously taken the title in 2012 and 2014.

The event, which commenced in 2012, is held every two years as a qualifier for the European Championships. This year it was held in Nottingham on Sunday 19th June. Playing with last year's team mate, Robert Silvy, and Jean-Louis Guiot from Hartley they had a faultless day and won all six of their games to take the title.

They will go on to represent England at the European Veterans Triples Championships that are being held in Monaco in October along with the option of playing in a subsidiary competition in Nice.

Hopes are high for another good showing in the European Veterans Championships. In 2012 they narrowly lost to Spain in the quarter finals and in 2014 they were unlucky to be eliminated from the main competition in the Eliminator round by the eventual winners - Monaco, but went on to win the Coupe de Nations competition.

In addition to their three National Veterans titles the "Lee and Ang" pairing have previously won another six National titles playing together (National Indoor Pairs 1996 and 1997, BPA Mixed Doubles 2003, EPA Doubles 2006 and the EPA Over 50's Doubles 2007 & 2009).

INTERNATIONAL CALL UP FOR MEADOW JUNIORS

The latest Meadow players to be called on to represent their country are junior members Alex Spillett and Luke Ashford who are both part of the England "A" Junior Squad.

They are in teams that have been selected to represent England at an international competition in Frasnes-lez-Anvaing, Belgium in July.

Alex will be playing with one of her Kent team mates, Jason White, and Daniel Raine (East Midlands) while Luke Ashford will be in a team with Sean Daisley (Eastern) and Mitch Edwards (Chiltern).

Alex has represented her country previously but this will be Luke's first England 'cap'.

KENT TRIPLES

Kevin Spillett won his fourth Kent Triples title in the last 7 years. Playing with England team mates Rowland Jones, Jack Blows and Scott Ashby they won the Kent Regional Triples title when the event was held at the Railway Inn on Sunday 1st May. The all-Meadow team of Tracy Turner, Dave Turner, Dave Chalkly and Greg Davenport were runners up. As a result both teams received an invite, along with a bursary, to represent the Kent Petanque Association at the Batavia Open in Zeist, Holland at the end of June.

JUNIOR SELECTION (No.2)

Following the second EPA junior selection day on 16th April another Meadow P.C. junior, Luke Ashford, was selected to join the England junior "A" squad for 2016. He joins his fellow Meadow club mate, Alex Spillett, and their Kent team mate, Jason White, along with 6 other juniors from Chiltern, Eastern and East Midlands in the squad.

From this squad of 9 a team will be selected to represent England at the European Junior Triples Championships to be held in Monaco later in the year along with other invitation events.

JUNIOR SELECTION

Meadow junior member Alex Spillett (15) was selected to be part of the English National Junior Squad for the third year running. Alex impressed the selectors at the initial selection day event, held on 12th March in Bedfordshire.

Another of our junior members, Luke Ashford, also attended the event but missed out on immediate selection for the squad.

From the 36 juniors who tried out Alex was one of just 7 juniors to be selected for the "A" squad. A further two juniors will be selected to join the "A" squad, with three more juniors to make up a "B" squad at a second coaching and selection day on 16th April, so there is still hope for Luke.

The selected members of the new "A" squad will also be present on 16th April where, amongst other things, they will work on weaknesses observed at the initial squad day. The day will be used to help the squad improve their game moving towards international levels. Following this event both "A" and "B" squad members will be sent a personalised coaching plan to be followed, filled in and returned at the next squad coaching day.

EPA EUROCUP FINAL REPORT

Having qualified for the finals of the EPA Club Tournament (Euro Cup Qualifier) for an unprecedented seventh year running the Meadow PC were hopeful of going one place better than last year and regaining the title that they held in 2013 and 2014.

An excellent start saw Meadow PC win both opening triples (13-1 & 13-6) against a very talented Sports Bar PC squad. However the match was far from over and Sports Bar fought back in two of the doubles games winning 6-13 and 2-13 before the Meadow double of Nic Baxter and Matt Horrigan sealed the tie with a 13-4 win. Parallel with this Baldock Town PC beat London PC by 4 games to 1.

The second round saw Meadow take on Baldock in what was likely to be the deciding match. Again Meadow got off to a great start winning both triples games (13-1 & 13-5) on some very challenging pistes. Unfortunately with Meadow on a high the match was paused for the lunch break. Baldock came back in determined mood after lunch and won the first two doubles matches, both to 7 points. Again it came down to the Nic/Matt double in a game that twisted one way and then the other. Both teams had a chance to win the match before some superior pointing from Baldock saw them win the game 9-13 to take the crucial match point.

With the light rapidly fading and limited floodlit pistes the organiser changed the format for the final matches for the doubles to take place first. With just one round of triples to go in each match Meadow lead London by 2 games to 1 and Sports Bar lead Baldock by the same score. At this stage it was feasible that three clubs (Baldock, Meadow and Sports Bar) could all finish on two match wins each, in which case the tournament would have to be settled on games and then points.

Unfortunately it was at this stage that the light completely disappeared. With just one floodlight area, that was currently accommodating matches in the parallel EPA Club competition, the Meadow/London match continued on the very poorly lit car park with the aid of car headlights while the Sports Bar/Baldock match eventually relocated to the smooth, floodlit terrains.

Again, as they have all the way through the tournament, Meadow won both triples games to secure a 4-1 victory over London. There was then a long agonizing wait before another come-back from Baldock saw them beat Sports Bar by 3 games to 2. Thus Baldock took the honours and will represent the EPA in the European Cup for the second year running, thus emulating the achievements of the Meadow, Plough & Chequers and Half Crown before them.

Final Tables Matches Won Games Won Points Diff
Baldock Town 310
+27
Meadow 2 9 +27
Sports Bar 1 7 -12
London 0 4 -42

Pictured above - Meadow's EuroCup Squad 2015-16

ROB COOTER TRIPLES RESULTS

The seventh annual competition in memory of Robert Cooter was held at the Star Meadow Sports Club on Sunday 13th March. 26 triples teams attended with players coming from a number of Regions including Anglia, Chiltern, Kent, London, Southern Counties, Sussex and Wales on a bright but cold day.

After the morning leagues 16 teams progressed to the main competition with the remainder in the plate. Winners of the main competition were Chris Peel (Railway Inn), Monty Quaia and Rashid Hannache (London PC) who beat the home side of Tracy Turner, Kevin Spillett and Greg Davenport in the final.

The Plate competition was won by Chris Watkins, Kevin and Gary Atkinson (Lordswood /Duke of Wellington). Runners up were the scratch team of John Saguato, Jamie and Dan (Meadow/Seal/Villager).

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 40 plus raffle prizes that were generously donated by Robert's family, club members, bar staff and other players.

A total of £700 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 £7,593.44.

Corinne and Mark would like to extend a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that attended, donated raffle prizes, bought raffle tickets and made donations and as always a big thanks to Richard Spillett who helped prepare the terrain and for running the raffle.

JOHN HOLBOURN

6/7/1945 to 28/1/2016

It is with sadness that I have to report that one of Kent's long standing petanque players, John Holbourn, passed away suddenly on 28th January.

John's funeral will take place at Medway Crematorium on Wednesday 24th February at 11:45.There will be a wake afterwards at Medway Rugby Club. The family are requesting family flowers only. There will be a donation box outside after the service for anyone wishing to donate to the British Heart Foundation. They ask for donations to be placed in an envelope with John's name and the names of the donors.

John was one of the county's longest serving members. He started playing the sport in the mid seventies at the Optimists club in Staplehurst. Together with his dear friend Mike Sharratt they went on to form the Wheatsheaf in Chatham, one of the countries most successful petanque club's in the '80's.

John was loyal to the Wheatsheaf for most of his playing career, although during various changes of landlords when petanque was out of fashion at the 'Sheaf I believe John also made appearances for Lordswood, Medway Rugby Club, the Masons Arms and Sherwood Oak before finally ending up at the Meadow. Following the demise of the "Rats" team he was a valuable member of Meadow 2.

John was one of a number of petanque playing teachers in the Medway area who successful took our sport into a number of schools. Indeed by the late '80's there were no less than 6 petanque clubs based at schools in the Medway area thanks to the likes of John.

John, playing with Mike & Ina Sharratt, were the British Triples Champions in 1977 and they went on to represent Great Britain at the Petanque World Championships, that were held in Luxembourg, as GB1 later that year.

Playing with George Jarrett and Geoff Grout he formed one of the most formidable and successful teams of the early eighties winning countless competitions.

Two of John's other hobbies were his basketball, that he was still involved with, and also his music. Quite often when we were away at tournaments or below the Wheatsheaf in the 'Rat Hole' John's guitar would appear from somewhere for an impromptu sing-along.

John was a quiet and unassuming gentleman and will be greatly missed.

R.I.P John

2015 ANNUAL REVIEW

Another highly successful year for members of the Meadow PC with members involved in winning 4 National titles. A full summary of the year follows:

At International Level:

Kevin Spillett and Rowland Jones (with Jack Blows and Scott Ashby) along with manager Dave Hurren represented England at the Mens European Championships in Bulgaria where they successfully qualified for the 2016 World Championships.

Rowland Jones represented England at the Ibiza International Tournament.

Junior member Alex Spillett was again selected for the England Junior squad and represented England at a Junior Invitation event in Luxembourg.

At National Level:

Ashley and Lee Jamieson won the EPA National Doubles Title. The same weekend Ashley also just missed out on a second National Singles title finishing Runner Up.

Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones and team mates retained their English Triples Champions Title and will represent England in the Mens World Championships in 2016.

Tracy Turner and her team mates won the English Ladies Triples Championships and will represent England in the Ladies European Championships in 2016.

Lee Jamieson (with Didier Chassot) won the English Over 50's Championships.

Meadow fell at the last hurdle in their attempt to retain the EPA Club Championships/EuroCup Qualifier for a third consecutive time as they finished runners up. However the club have yet again qualified for the EPA Club Championship finals in 2016 - the seventh year running. This maintains the club's unequalled record of never having finished outside the top 8 club sides in the country in the 18 years of this event.

At County Level:

Kent Qualifier Winners - Phil Claydon, Ashley Jamieson, Dave Chalkly & Nic Baxter.

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

Kent Doubles Winners - Kevin Spillett & Nic Baxter

Kent Singles Runner Up - Greg Davenport

Kent Shooting Champion - Greg Davenport

13 Meadow members were in the victorious Kent squad at Hayling Island that retained the Inter-Regional Championships for a third year running.

Our members also represented Kent in the Zeist Open in Holland.

Open Events:

Our members won numerous other events during the year including: Whittlesey Grand Prix 5, Knebworth Cash Triples, Rob Cooter Triples, St. George's Day Doubles, May Day Doubles, East Kent Singles, Santander 'England v Spain' event, Bastille Day Triples, Mayor of Gravesham Triples, Hartley Triples, Kent League Handicap and the Hartley Doubles.