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PAUL REILLY

22 March 1957 to 14 May 2019

Sadly our club secretary, Paul Reilly, passed away on Tuesday 14th May aged just 62.

Paul's funeral will take place on Tuesday 4th June at 4pm at:

The Garden of England crematorium, Sheppey Way, Bobbing, Near Sittingbourne ME9 8GZ

Miriam, Paul's wife, asked for any donations to go to the British Heart Foundation.

Our sincere condolences to Paul’s family. Rest in peace Paul.

MEMBERS OFF TO GOOD START IN KENT EVENTS

The Kent Singles competition was held at the Railway Inn on Friday 17th May. An excellent entry of 21 competitors ended with Meadow licence holders taking the top five positions for the second year running, with the same four semi-finalists as in 2018.

Despite a high score of 32 points Jason White just failed to make it a hat-trick of titles as he lost out in the semi-finals to Dean Ashby, who scored a brilliant 45 points with a 65% hit rate (for possibly a Kent record?).

In the other semi final Scott Ashby defeated Luke Ashford. In a repeat of the shooting final in Northern Region last year Scott went on to prevail over older brother Dean.

Alex Spillett just missed out on a semi-final place by 1 point, while the Meadow’s other contender, Neil Phillips, finished seventh.

The first Kent Qualifier took place at Hartley just two days later. Again Meadow players dominated the event with the team of Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren, Rowland Jones and Matt Horrigan winning the event to take maximum points. They narrowly defeated the newly formed team of Jason White, Alex and Kevin Spillett in the final.

Tracy Turner, Greg Davenport & Scott Ashby, playing with Marcus Hickman also had four wins to finish high in the standings.

SUCCESSFUL START IN PE EVENTS

The first Petanque England ranking events took place in Nottingham on Saturday 11th May with the Mens and Ladies Triples. Rowland Jones, playing with Jeremy Huntley and Ross Jones, made the final in the mens event to pick up 24 points in the rankings in equal fourth place. Jason White’s team narrowly lost 12-13 to the eventual winners in the quarter finals, picking up 8 ranking points while Stephen Brown’s team gained 4 points.

There were no Meadow competitors amongst the 10 teams competing in the Ladies event.

The following day at Nottingham saw a much better entry for the Home Nations Qualifier. All three Meadow licence holders taking part qualified to represent England in the forthcoming Home Nations Tournament. Dean Ashby and Jason White, playing with the Booth brothers, qualified as England 2 while Stephen Brown, playing with Duncan Brown, Gary Kelynack and Tim Edwins qualified as England 6. Well done all.

FAR FLUNG SUCCESS

With hardly any competitions being held in Kent at the beginning of the season some Meadow members have been travelling further afield to compete.

On Good Friday four members travelled down to Bordon in Southern Counties to try out their new pistes. In what was a successful day Jason White, playing with Monty Quaia and Sam Blakely, beat his club mates Rowland Jones, Dean and Scott Ashby in the final.

Into May and another foray into Southern Counties for their Weekend of Petanque competitions. Scott Ashby, playing with Christian Andersen-Neilsen from Denmark, were runners up in the Doubles event on the Saturday while club mates Tracy & Kevin Spillett won the Gold Consolage.

Going one better on the Sunday was Alex Spillett. Playing with Ross Jones and Reece Gould they won the main event, outdoing parents Tracy & Kevin Spillett who, playing with Christian Andersen-Neilsen, lost in the final of the Silver competition.


Pictured above left to right: SCPA Open Triples Winners and Doubles Runners up. Pictures courtesy of SCPA.

Over the same weekend as the Southern Counties weekend Rowland Jones was coach for the English Ladies team competing at the Singles and Doubles World Championships in Almeria, Spain. After qualifying in fifth place the Ladies Doubles team eventually lost out in the quarter finals to just miss out on a medal.

 

Pictured above: the English World Championship squad with Coach Rowland Jones pictured on the right. Picture courtesy of Petanque England.

ROB COOTER TRIPLES REPORT

The tenth and final annual competition in memory of Robert Cooter was held at the Star Meadow Sports Club on Sunday 17th March.

21 triples teams registered but a further 30 people attended at some stage during the day to lend support.

After the morning leagues 8 teams progressed to the main competition with the remainder in the plate. It was extremely pleasing that of the 3 juniors competing two made it through to the quarter finals, Rein Vickery and 4 year old Toby Phillips with the third, George Martin, just missing out as his team finished in ninth place after the leagues.

As last year the semi-final stage in the main pitted two Meadow teams against two sides from London. Playing under the team name of "Cooterful" in memory of their late friend brothers Dean and Scott Ashby with Jason White just missed out on the chance of a third victory in this event losing out to the eventual winners Nic Baxter, Monty Quaia & Sofiane Lachani by 12 points to 13.

The other semi saw 2015 champion, Rowland Jones, playing under the banner of the newly formed Broadstairs petanque club with Max Boyce and Martin Wilsher, lose out to Christian Biagioli, Jamie Blyton and Dave Winkworth. Nic, Monty and Saf went on to win the £150 first prize and retain the trophy that Monty and Nic won last year.



Pictured above: The Rob Cooter Triples Winners 2019 - from left to right: Sofiane Lachani, Nic Baxter & Monty Quaia.

The Plate competition was won by the Meadow's Richard Spillett and Matt Horrigan,         playing with Barry Wing. They beat the Walnut Tree/White House team of Richard        Baker, Nick Hoile and Peter Shillinglaw in the final.

As well as £375 being given out in prize money a further £373 went to Robert's charity fund, the Little Buds Fund - supporting the Special Baby Care unit at Darent Valley Hospital. This brings the total raised to date, mainly through this competition, to nearly £10,000.

Corinne and Mark would like to extend a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that attended,    donated raffle prizes, bought raffle tickets or made donations and as always a big thanks to Richard Spillett for help setting up the pistes and giving up his lunch break to run the raffle.

2018 ANNUAL REVIEW

 

2018 was another good year for members of the Meadow PC. Five of our members represented England in various International events, including a World Championships and three European Championships. There was also another two National titles along with numerous County achievements. A full summary of the year follows:

At International Level:

Members Luke Ashford & Jason White represented England at the European Mens Espoirs Championships in Spain while alongside them Alex Spillett was in the England team for the European Ladies Espoirs Championships.

Scott Ashby was in the England quartet at the Mens World Championships in Canada, while Rowland Jones was the team coach. 

Scott Ashby was also the England Coach at the European Junior Championships.

Finally Alex Spillett, Rowland Jones, Scott Ashby & Jason White represented England at an International Tournament in Belgium.

At National Level:

Rowland Jones & Scott Ashby - English Mens Doubles Champions.

Tracy Spillett, Kevin Spillett &  Scott Ashby - English Champion of Champions Triples.

Kevin Spillett & Greg Davenport - English Champion of Champion Doubles Runners Up.

At County Level:

Kent Shooting Champion - Jason White

Kent Doubles Champions - Kevin Spillett & Greg Davenport

Kent Triples Champions - Tracy Spillett, Kevin Spillett & Scott Ashby

Kent Triples Runners Up - Richard Spillett, Greg Davenport & Matt Horrigan

Kent Mixed Doubles Champions - Corinne Cooter & Mark Cooter

12 Meadow members represented Kent at Hayling Island in the Inter-Regional Championships and Challenge Tournament.

At League Level:

Kent League Division 1 - Meadow 1 League Champions.

Kent League Division 5 - Meadow Larks Runners up.

Kent League Plate - Meadow Starlings Champions.

East Kent Coastal League Singles - Max Boyce Champion.

East Kent Coastal League Division 1 Champions - Max Boyce & Rowland Jones.

East Kent Coastal League Division 2 Champions - Martin Bishop.

At Club Level:

Our members were in teams that won numerous club events during the year including (but not limited to):

Hedebo Open 4 man event, Meadow Starlings Doubles, Lyn Small Memorial, British Open Shooting, GRFC Triples, Railway Triples, Adult/Junior Doubles, GRFC Open Doubles & Christmas Hamper Doubles.