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2018 ARCHIVED REPORTS

CHRISTMAS HAMPER DOUBLES REPORT

A bumper turnout of 39 teams attended the Meadow's annual Christmas Hamper Doubles competition. The attendees included teams from all across the South of England with players from Great Western, Thames Valley, Chiltern, London, Southern, Sussex and, of course, Kent Regions.

Following the morning leagues the teams were seeded into the Gold, Silver and Bronze knockout events for the afternoon.

Last year's champions, Greg Davenport and Phil Bradshaw, were the first to reach the final of the Gold event. They faced Jason White and Phil Claydon in the final. While Greg and Phil had been undefeated all day to reach the final Jason and Phil were lucky to progress from their league with just two wins from their four games. However it was the later pair who went on to take the title and the extra large winners hampers.

Also going away with large hampers were the losing semi-finalists: last year's runners up Rowland Jones & Matt Horrigan and Bat and Ball's Tim and Richard.

The Silver final was contested by club members Tracy Spillett, playing with Jack Blows, and Max Boyce, who was playing with Dave from the Brown Jug. After finishing runner up in this competition last year Tracy went one better to leave with a winners hamper.

Finally the Bronze final saw Meadow duo Richard Spillett and Dave Hurren taking the honours for the second year running beating Lordswood's John and Gavin in the final.

With hamper or wine prizes for 14 teams and a large array of raffle prizes on offer, including another large Christmas hamper, most people left with a little something for Christmas.

The club would like to extend a big thanks to Richard Spillett who once again made up all the hampers and sold the raffle tickets.

NEW SECRETARY

At the club's AGM Paul Reilly was elected as the club's secretary. His details can be found on the Club Contacts page.

KPA MIXED DOUBLES REPORT

The final Kent event of 2018 was the Kent Mixed Doubles Championships that were held at Istead Rise on 14th October. Corinne and Mark Cooter remained undefeated, and mostly untroubled, all day to take the title. They defeated Hartley's Lois Adam & Colin Senneck 13-6 in the final. Dean Ashby, playing with Janice Keemer-Richards, won the Main Consolage event.

It was the fourth Kent Regional title of the year for members of the Meadow PC and an incredible 27th since the club moved to the Meadow Sports Club 10 seasons ago.

Pictured above Kent Mixed Doubles Champions 2018 - Corinne & Mark Cooter with 'host' Brian King. Photo courtesy of Tim Edwins.

FOUR IN ALMERIA

Four Meadow PC licence holders represented England in Almeria, Spain from 11th-14th October competing in various CEP European Championships. England international player Scott Ashby after a successful Junior World Championships last year again managed the England Juniors. In the Espoirs (Under 23) categories Alex Spillett was in the England Ladies team while Luke Ashford and Jason White were both in the Mens team.

The ladies had good wins over the Spain, Netherlands, Sweden and Turkey but it wasn't quite enough to see then through to the semi-finals so they had to settle for a bronze medal in the secondary Coupe de Nations event. It was Alex's third Coupe de Nations Bronze medal following the 2016 European Junior Championships and the 2017 World Junior Championships

The men struggled throughout the tournament losing several close games, including 3 games to 12 points. However Jason shot extremely well in the Shooting Championships winning through to the quarter finals after 2 good performances. He faced the German, Pascal Muller, in the quarter finals. Jason led through the first three rounds but the German pulled level at the end of the fourth round. Going into the last 'coche shooting' round both hit the first coche to remain level at 24 points all but the German went on to hit the coche at 8m to take the round and progress. He went on to lose to the French shooter, Tyson Molinas, in the final. Still a creditable performance by Jason finishing equal fifth overall.

After a couple of days of difficult competition the England Juniors, managed by Scott Ashby, finally came good and won the Gold medal in the Coupe de Nations.

Pictured above the Meadow contingent of Jason White, Luke Ashford, Scott Ashby and Alex Spillett.

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

Kent Doubles champions Kevin Spillett and Greg Davenport represented Kent at the English Champion of Champions Doubles when the event was held at Oxshott on Saturday 6th October. A good run in the competition came to an end when they lost out in the final to the Chiltern pairing of Jack Blows and Sean Prendergast.

Both returned the following day for the Champion of Champions Triples Championships. Greg playing with Meadow team mates Matt Horrigan and Richard Spillett. After winning all their morning games they lost out in a close game in the quarter finals. Meanwhile Kevin Spillett teamed up with his Kent Triples Champion team mates Tracy Spillett and Scott Ashby. They went on to win the championships for yet another English title. Kevin and Scott had previously won the event in 2014.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

After three years of finishing as runners up to Railway Rising MEADOW 1finally reversed the trend to take their seventh Kent League Division 1 title. They season was 'nip and tuck' between the top two teams until Railway beat Meadow 4-1 on 23rd May. This seemed to galvanise Meadow as they went on to win their next 14 matches, dropping just 8 games in the process to eventually finish 8 games clear of Railway.

PLATE SPECIALISTS

Having won the Kent League Plate competition at the end of July Paul Reilly and team mates have become Plate specialists. They have gone on to reach three consecutive plate finals including winning the last two at the Railway Triples and the Kent League Handicap.

MEADOW ABROAD

Several members of the Meadow Petanque Club have been travelling abroad on International duty this year.

Four Meadow members, Alex Spillett, Rowland Jones, Scott Ashby and Jason White were among a party of 25 senior English players who travelled out to Belgium for the Maaseiker petanque weekend over the weekend of 10th-12th August. They 'qualified' by virtue of their "Top 16" finishes in their respective Mens and Ladies competitions in 2017.

Top performance from our members was by Alex who reached the semi-finals of the Ladies Singles event. In the Mens Singles Scott finished runner up in the "C" category, where Jason also made the Top 8. In the Mens Triples Rowland lost in the quarter finals of the "A" tournament while Jason won the final of the "B" tournament.

Earlier in the year three Meadow licence holders, along with their team mates and coaches, were amongst a party of 12 that travelled to St. Omar in France for a training weekend in preparation for the European Espoirs (Under 23's) Championships that will be held in October in Almeria, Spain.

Pictured above: Meadow members Alex Spillett, Luke Ashford and Jason White along with their team-mates and English and French coaches at the St.Omar coaching weekend.

DOUBLE DUTCH

Day 1 of the South Eastern Weekend of Petanque commenced on Saturday 25th August with the Atlantic International Triples at Harrow. Our guests from Denmark (Christian Andersen-Nielsen, Morten Per Laursen and Morten Junge Olsen) won for the second year in a row. The best placed Meadow player was Scott Ashby who's England team lost in the semi finals.

Day 2 saw play switch to the Star Meadow for the third annual Meadow International Team event, organised by Scott Ashby. Despite heavy rain for most of the day there was still some top quality boule on display. Winners of the main gold event were the Dutch team of Rob de Haan, Cas Schellekens, Xander Steijns and Marco Zeitzen, who beat Denmark's Christian Andersen-Nielsen, Morten Per Laursen, Morten Junge Olsen and honorary Dane, Dave Turner, in the final. Semi finalist in the main gold event were England Men (Scott Ashby, Rowland Jones, Jack Blows and Sean Prendergast) and England Ladies (Claire White, Sarah Huntley, Sammy Thatcher playing with their coach Nic Baxter).

Also congratulations to the other winners, Matt Horrigan, Kevin Spillett, Gary Atkinson and Chris Watkins who won the Bronze and to Mat Lomas, Fay Golder, Andrew Dunstall and Tim Raine who won the Spoon. The silver finalists Team Willis and Team Booth were defeated by the rain and split the money.

Day 3: Finally the bank holiday weekend rounded off with the Meadow International Doubles event with teams representing Denmark, Holland, Wales, France and England amongst players who had travelled from the East Midlands, Eastern, London, Southern, Sussex, Thames Valley and, of course, Kent regions. Thankfully for the players the weather was much better and it remained dry throughout.

With just 8 teams progressing to the main knockout the standard in both competitions was very high. Just losing out in his third semi-final of the weekend was Scott Ashby who played with talented junior Kai Sheffield. The other losing semi finalists were fellow club members Dean Ashby and Jason White.

The Welsh/Meadow combination of Phil Bradshaw and Greg Davenport played well all day to make the final but were edged out by the Dutch pairing of Rob De Haan and Marco Zeitzen taking their second win of the weekend.

Keeping up the International feel of the weekend winners of the Plate event were Denmark's Christian Andersen-Nielsen playing with Kevin Spillett.

Finally special mention for yet another talented youngster as Ella Slade (age 11 from Sussex) made the quarter final of the main playing with Joe Sheffield from the East Midlands.

Pictured above Team event (and doubles) winners - Holland

Thanks to organisers Vince Willis and Scott Ashby for information from their events (borrowed from Facebook) along with the above photo.

DAVE CHALKLY

1952-2018

Sadly long time club member Dave Chalkly passed away whilst in hospital finally losing his long running battle with Motor Neurone Disease. Dave was diagnosed just over two years ago out of the blue with this awful disease.

Dave had just turned 66 years old in July.

Dave's former petanque clubs included Woodhouse Rams, Colyer Arms, Plough & Chequers and Lordswood before finishing his playing career at the Meadow.

Some of his many petanque achievements include:

Representing Great Britain at two World Championships: 1998 in Gran Canaria & 2002 in France and also at two North Sea Tournaments: 2000 in Germany & 2002 in Belgium.

Dave was also in the first ever England squad that competed (and won) the inaugural Home Nations Tournament in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in 2000.

He won the National Champion of Champions title in 1995 and again in 2000.

He won an incredible 19 South East/Kent Regional titles including:

Doubles Champion 1994, 2000 & 2007

Triples Champion 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007 & 2014

Regional Qualifiers Winner 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2014 & 2015

Dave represented the South East/Kent 18 times at the Inter-Regional Championships between 1993 & 2015 and was ever-present between 1993-2006. This included qualifying 7 times as South East/Kent's No.1 team. Of Dave's 18 appearances he was in the winning squad on no less than 13 occasions - an inter-regional record Dave holds with fellow Kent and Meadow players Trevor Gordon & Dave Hurren.

Dave has been reunited with his former Word Championship team mates, and two other greats of the game, Michel Hourcastagnou and Bruno Bove. That's going to be one hell of a game going on up there.

Our sincere condolences to Dave's partner, Yvonne, and his sons Adam and Mark.

Rest in Peace Dave.

STARLINGS WIN KENT LEAGUE PLATE FINAL

Meadow Starlings, from division 5 of the Kent League, were knocked out of the cup competition following a narrow 2-3 defeat away to division 3 side Hartley Hawks. Despite this set back they progressed to the plate final with a walk-over Luddesdowne Cocks followed by 3-2 wins over higher placed league opponents GRFC Lions (Division 4), Sydney Arms (Division 4) and Railway Roosters (Division 3).

In the final, that was held on 26th July at Hartley Country Club, they faced another division 3 side, Lordswood Oak. A quick (13-2) win by Peter O'Sullivan, Geoff Thorp and Shaun Reilly was followed by a tighter 13-8 win in the second triples by John Saguato, Chantelle & Stuart Cox.

A nervy start to the doubles saw all three teams down in the early stages but Geoff and Shaun eventually took command of their double to settle the tie with a 13-5 victory. Captain Paul Reilly came in for the doubles to play with Chantelle. After trailing initially they came good to win 13-6. Finally a long drawn out game saw John and Peter trailling heavily but another fight back saw them win the final game 13-8 to take the match with an unlikely score line of 5 games to nil to take a well deserved title.

Pictured above the victorious Meadow Starlings squad celebrating their Plate victory.

5 MEADOW MEMBERS ON ENGLAND DUTY

Following their earlier selection to represent England at the Mens and Ladies European Espoirs (Under 23's) Championships that are being held in Alemeria, Spain in October the Meadow trio of Alex Spillett, Luke Ashford and Jason White were also selected, along with their England team mates, to represent England in a doubles tournament in St. Omar, France over the weekend of 28-29 July. As well as taking part in the competition they will also receive coaching and practice sessions with former French International players and coaches.

The following weekend another pair of Meadow players, Rowland Jones and Scott Ashby, will be in the England contingent that travel to Maaseik in Belgium to compete in an international tournament.

KENT DOUBLES CHAMPS

Meadow duo Kevin Spillett and Greg Davenport won the 2018 KPA Doubles Championships when the event was held at Lordswood on 22nd July. It was a thirteenth Regional title for Kevin in the last 25 years.

Pictured above KPA Doubles Champions 2018 Kevin Spillett and Greg Davenport. Picture courtesy of Kent Petanque Facebook page.

SCOTT FOR ENGLAND

Congratulations to Meadow licence holder Scott Ashby who was selected as part of England's World Championship squad for 2018. Scott earned his selection by finishing second in the national rankings. He is part of the four man squad that will represent England in the Mens World Championships that will be held in Canada in September.

It will be Scott's second successive Mens World Championships, following his appearance in Madagascar in 2016, which succeeded his Mens European Championships appearance in 2015.

Sadly, despite finishing in fifth place in the rankings, team-mate Rowland Jones was the only one of the top 6 NOT to be selected for full English representation.

NEW MEADOW COMP OFF TO GOOD START

Report by organiser Paul Reilly

Well that's it. After trying for 2 years to get this competition off the ground it happened, "The Medway Starlings Doubles". It was very pleasing that 18 teams took part. It was a long, competitive and friendly day and everybody played at least 5 games, going home both very tired, but smiley!!!

The main competition winners were John Saguato and Peter O'Sullivan (Meadow Starlings) who beat Carolyn Edwins and Richard Ruddick (Bat and Ball 2013) in a very tight game.

The Plate was won by Stuart Cox and Chantelle Cox (Meadow Starlings) who beat Tracey Hart and Martin Allen (Lordswood Thunder) in another tight game.

The Consolage final saw our Kent Juniors, George, Luke and Frankie (playing as a triple) beating Gordon Angell and Vanessa Layton (Hartle. Well done to them.

The feedback from the visitors was very good and positive for the future. I thank them for their kind words. I do believe that we have broken the mould and should continue to organise similar competitions in the future.

DANISH TRIP

A party of 7 club members were among a small party of Brits who travelled to Karlslunse in Denmark for the 30th Hedebo Open competition, one of Denmark's premier boule events, over the weekend of 1st-3rd June.

A measure of the esteem in which the competition is held is testified by the number of former World Champions that have won the various events in the past. This includes Claudy Weibel, Jean Francois Hemon, Eric Sirot, Michel Loy and Didier Choupay.

Not to be outdone the Brit's certainly made their mark on this year's event. In the 'quartet' event on the Friday the team of Scott Ashby, Dean Ashby, Steve Brown and Jason White came second with Tracy Spillett, Kevin Spillett and Greg Davenport's team in sixth place.

Tracy, Kevin and Greg then went on to win the Mixed Triples event.

Finally, in the doubles event, which was attended by 180 teams Greg Davenport and Jason White played superbly all day to reach the final where they played the Danish/Swedish combination of Lasse Dithmar and Robert Ulfsson. The Brits came back from 4-11 down to lead 12-11 only for an unfortunate shot to cost them the game. However all-in-all a very successful weekend for the Meadow.

A little nearer to home the all Meadow team of Martin Bishop, Max Boyce, Corinne & Mark Cooter finished runners up in the fourth KPA Qualifier, that was held at Gravesend Rugby Club to see them climb up the standings.

DOUBLES SUCCESS AT NATIONAL TITLES WEEKEND

The English National titles were held at Gravesend Rugby Club over the late May bank holiday weekend. Traditionally not many Meadow members have travelled to the event when it was previously held in Devon but with the event on our doorstep several members took the opportunity to compete.

MENS SINGLES (SATURDAY 26th MAY)

On the Saturday all 5 competitors from the Meadow won through to the Gold competition in the Mens Singles. Scott Ashby lost out in the semi-final to the eventual winner, Dean Seville, with Rowland Jones and Neil Phillips being eliminated at the quarter final stage and Jason White & Dean Ashby losing in the last 32.

LADIES SINGLES (SATURDAY 26th MAY)

Just one competitor from the Meadow entered the Ladies Singles event - Alex Spillett. Alex won through to the main Gold competition but was narrowly eliminated at the Last 32 stage by England International Sabrina Seville. Alex then held her nerve in the Gold Plate event winning tight games 13-11 and 13-12 before beating another England International player, Emma Longstaff, 13-7 in the final

MENS DOUBLES (SUNDAY 27th MAY)

Meadow players Rowland Jones and Scott Ashby won the Mens National Doubles title. Their final games included a good 13-2 semi-final win over fellow Kent players Chris Watkins and Gary Atkinson before beating Chiltern's Ross Jones and Sam Blakey 13-6 in the final, after being 0-6 down after the first few ends.

Club mates Dean Ashby & Jason White lost out in the quarter finals while Kevin Spillett & Dave Turner, Steve Brown and Neil Phillips all made the last 16 with their respective partners.

Greg Davenport with partner Phil Bradshaw went on to win the Silver event while Trevor Gordon, playing with Keith Atkinson, won the Bronze event.

LADIES DOUBLES (SUNDAY 27th MAY)

Alex was joined by mum Tracy Spillett for the Ladies Doubles. They very nearly made it a repeat of 2017 when they reached the final. After qualifying for the Gold event they recorded two quick wins, 13-5 and 13-1, before facing Clare White and Aimee Colley in the semi-final. A nip and tuck match ended in a 12-13 defeat (which was, incidentally, their losing score from last year's final).

MIXED DOUBLES (MONDAY 28th MAY)

The weekend rounded off with the Mixed Doubles event. Of the 52 teams entered 7 contained Meadow players. Mixed Double Champions Sarah Huntley and Jack Blows were going for a fourth straight title but they were stopped in their tracks by Tracy Spillett and Jason White who fannied them in the quarter finals. Sadly Tracy and Jason lost out in the semi-finals to the eventual winners Samantha Thatcher and Jeremy Huntley. Scott Ashby, playing with Emma Longstaff, also lost out in the other semi-final.

Also going through to the Gold event were Corinne Cooter & Kevin Spillett and Alex Spillett, playing with Reece Gould. Both were eliminated in the last 16.

Just missing out on the top 16 by one place was Dean Ashby, playing with mum Fay, but they went on to win the Silver Plate competition.

Following the national ranking events on the Saturday and Sunday Scott Ashby currently tops the Mens Rankings with 70 points, 20 ahead of his nearest rival. His doubles partner Rowland Jones currently sits in equal fourth place. After Alex's exploits at the weekend she sits in 13th place in the Ladies standings.

JASON RETAINS KENT SHOOTING TITLE

Meadow licence holders took the top 5 positions in the Kent Shooting Championships that were held at the Railway Inn on the evening of Friday 18th May.

Jason White retained the title that he won in 2017 when he beat club-mate Scott Ashby 32 points to 24 in the final. The final was a 'nip and tuck' affair with Scott taking an early lead before Jason bounced back in round 2. Scott went ahead again at the end of the fourth round only for Jason to hit two coches on the final discipline to take the title. Dean Ashby and Luke Ashford were the losing semi-finalists while 2015 Kent shooting champion, Greg Davenport, just missed out on a semi-final place by 1 point.

MEADOW DOMINANT IN KENT TRIPLES (AGAIN!)

The KPA Triples was held at the Railway Inn, Sole Street on 15th April. For the second year running all four semi-finalist teams were from the Meadow PC and surprisingly they were the same four teams that reached the semi final stage in 2017 (albeit with a couple of minor personnel changes).

The eventual winners, who retained their title for a third consecutive year, were Kevin Spillett & Scott Ashby who were playing with Tracy Turner in place of the injured Rowland Jones. Runners up were Richard Spillett, Matt Horrigan and Greg Davenport. Losing semi-finalists were Shaun Reilly, Paul Reilly & Peter O'Sullivan and Trevor Gordon, Corinne & Mark Cooter.

For the consistent Kevin Spillett it was his sixth Kent Triples title in the last nine years and his seventh in total.

As well as prize money on the day both finalists should receive a bursary for an overseas trip and will also go on to represent Kent in the national Champion of Champions event.

ROB COOTER TRIPLES REPORT

The ninth annual competition in memory of Robert Cooter was held at the Star Meadow Sports Club on Sunday 25th March. 61 players attended along with a number of Robert's family supporting the event. Sadly Petanque England decided to use this long established date to put on two selection events for juniors and under 23's which had an impact on numbers attending our event.

After the morning leagues 8 teams progressed to the main competition with the remainder in the plate. The semi-final stage in the main pitted two Meadow teams against two sides from London. Last year's champions, Dave Lavelle, Dave Hurren and Kevin Spillett lost out to the eventual winners, Nic Baxter, Monty Quaia & Rob de Haan, while the 2015 champions, Rowland Jones, Dean & Scott Ashby were bettered by Vince, Fadi and Mark. Nic, Monty & Rob went on to win the final 13-2.

In a much tighter final the Plate competition was won by Jason Bradley, Joyce & Mick Nash (Hartley/Sidcup). Runners up were Pete Clarke, Andy Dunstall & Chris Perry (Railway/Tovil).

However the main winner on the day was Robert's charity fund, the Little Buds Fund - supporting the Special Baby Care unit at Darent Valley Hospital, who benefitted to the tune of £666.25 from entry fees, raffle proceeds and generous donations. This brings the total raised to date to over £9,000.

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 for running the raffle.

2017 ANNUAL REVIEW

As is the norm our members were once again prominent in 2017. Six of our members represented England in 5 International events, including a World Championships and a European Championships. There was also another National title along with numerous County achievements. A full summary of the year follows:

At International Level:

Members Alex Spillett & Luke Ashford were selected to represent England at an International Espoirs Tournament in France.

Alex was also in the England team that won a bronze medal in the Coupe de Nations at the Junior World Championships in China as well as also picking up another bronze medal as England 1 in the EPA International Junior Tournament.

At the other end of the age scale Sue & Dave Turner were in the successful England team that finished equal fifth at the European Veterans Championships that were held in Denmark.

Finally Tracy Spillett & Rowland Jones represented England at an International Tournament in Belgium.

At National Level:

Sue and Dave Turner won the EPA Veterans (55+) title.

Tracy Spillett won the EPA Festival of Petanque Ladies Triples.

Alex & Tracy Spillett runners up in the EPA Ladies Doubles.

At County Level:

Kent Qualifier Winners - Rowland Jones, Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren & Matt Horrigan

Kent Singles Champion - Rowland Jones

Kent Doubles Champions - Rowland Jones & Matt Horrigan

Kent Triples Champions - Rowland Jones, Kevin Spillett & Scott Ashby

Kent Triples Runners Up - Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren & Matt Horrigan

Kent Over 50's Champion - Dave Turner

Kent Mixed Doubles Runners Up - Tracy Spillett & Scott Ashby

13 Meadow members represented Kent at Hayling Island in the Inter-Regional Championships, Challenge Tournament and Junior Championships as well as 5 more members in the Combined squads.

At League Level:

Kent League Division 1 - Meadow 1 Runners up.

Kent League Division 1 - Meadow 2 Third.

Kent League Division 6 - Meadow Starlings Champions.

Kent League Division 6 - Meadow Larks Runners up.

East Kent Coastal League Singles - Rowland Jones Champion.

At Club Level:

Our members were in teams that won numerous club events during the year including (but not limited to): GRFC Open Doubles, Rob Cooter Triples, Regional Qualifiers 1, 2, 3 & 5, 4-Man event, French Invitation and the Christmas Hamper Doubles.