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ENGLAND'S No.1

No, we're not talking about Gordon Banks or Peter Shilton, to name but 2, but our own Rowland Jones who topped Petanque England's ranking tables for 2019.

Rowland picked up points in all 6 ranking events including reaching the finals in 4 of those events to claim the first of two automatic spots for the forthcoming Mens European Championships as well as a place in the 2019/20 England squad.

Despite Rowland's impressive International Resume, listed below, he was overlooked last year by the selectors when he finished in fifth place, although he was awarded the Coaches job for last year's Mens World Championship in Canada as well as the Ladies World Championships in Spain earlier this year.

Rowland's International representation includes the following major championships:

  • 2009 European Mens Triples Championships, France.

  • 2013 European Mens Triples Championships, Italy.

  • 2015 European Mens Triples Championships, Bulgaria.

  • 2016 World Mens Triples Championships, Madagascar.

  • 2018 Coach at Mens Triples World Championships, Canada.

  • 2019 Coach at Ladies Singles and Doubles World Championships, Spain.

  • And now 2019 European Mens Triples Championships, Bulgaria.

AND ENGLAND'S No.3

As reported below fellow Meadow licence holder, Jason White, finished just outside the automatic selection places in third place, having played in just 5 of the selection events.

Jason's most recent exploit was playing in the Grand Prix of Saint Avertin in France on 6th July. Playing with Barry Wing the English pair made it through to the "A" competition and were eventually eliminated in the Last 32 from an entry of 138 teams.

However Jason gained yet more precious coaching as he joined some French youngsters who received some tuition from 13 times World Champion Philippe Suchaud.

Pictured above: Philippe Suchaud and Jason White. Photo courtesy of Christopher Kitson's facebook post

As if being coached by two mutiple World Champions in the space of a month wasn't enough Jason rounded it off by 'hob-knobbing' with one of the sport's greats, Philippe Quintais. Not only did Philippe have time for Jason but he also donated his trophy to Jason after winning the Saint Avertin event (pictured below).

 

Photo courtesy of Barry Wing

 

Finally a shout out to fellow Meadow licence holder Dean Ashby who finished 19th in the National rankings despite having played in just a couple of events.

WONDERFUL WEEKEND FOR WHITE (& JONES)

Having contested the final of the English Singles Championships Meadow members Rowland Jones and Jason White teamed up for Petanque England's Mens Ranking Doubles event that was held at Worthing on Saturday 29th June.

The Meadow pair had some tight contests, including an impressive comeback from 5-11 down in the final to Sofiane Lachani and Monty Quaia, before winning the event with a 13-11 victory.

The following day at the same venue and Jason White teamed up with club mate Dean Ashby and Callum Lombard from Southern Counties to compete in the English Mens Triples Championships, which also doubled up as the final ranking event for 2019. The team went on to win the competition with some well fought out victories, including beating Jack Blows, Phil Claydon & Sam Blakey 13-12 in the final. Whilst Dean has won the National Champion of Champions Doubles before it was the first National title for Jason.

Pictured above: England's Mens Triples Champions 2019 - Callum Lombard, Dean Ashby and Jason White. Photo courtesy of Petanque England's Facebook page.

A quarter final finish in the event was enough to see Rowland Jones earn one of the top two spots that earns him automatic qualification for a place in the Mens European Championship team. Whilst Jason's achievements over the weekend saw him jump up to third place in the standings to confirm his squad position. On his current form and having beat this year's two selections, Sofiane Lachani and Monty Quaia, twice over two days Jason has surely given the selectors something to think about and staked a claim to be one of the two selection spots for the European Championship places. 

DIFFERENT VENUE SAME RESULT

The Kent Regional Qualifiers moved to Lordswood for the second event in the series on 23rd June but it had a familiar feel as Rowland Jones, Matt Horrigan, Dave Hurren and Richard Spillett were again undefeated to take maximum points for the second event running.

Other teams containing our members also finished high in the rankings with 13 Meadow licence holders currently in the top 6 teams and well in contention for a place in the Kent squad:

Pos

Player 1

Player 2

Player 3

Player 4

Pts

1

Matt Horrigan

Dave Hurren

Rowland Jones

Richard Spillett

52

2

Steve Brown

Gary Kelynack

Jean-Louis Guiot

Jurgen van der Stuyft

45

3

Tracy Spillett

Greg Davenport

Scott Ashby

Marcus Hickman

40

4

Dean Ashby

Russell Brewis

Geoff Booth

Rob Booth

40

5

Jason White

Kevin Spillett

Alex Spillett


34

6

Trevor Gordon

Keith Atkinson

Kevin Atkinson

Martin Edwards

34

 

 

SINGLES CHAMP

On Friday 21st June at Hartley Jason White made up for the disappointment of losing his Kent Shooting title the previous month as he beat defending champion Colin Senneck in the final of the Kent Singles Championship to take the title.

White follows in the footsteps of club mates Matt Horrigan, Rowland Jones and Scott Ashby who have all previously won this title.

RUBBING SHOULDERS WITH PETANQUE ROYALTY

Whilst World Champions have competed in Kent before (notably Philip Quintais and Didier Choupay) some exceptional promotional work by the organisers saw no less that 4 current and former World Champions (Dylan Rocher, Bruno Le Bouriscaud, Damien Hureau and the new World Singles Champion Maiky Molinas), along with a multiple French title holder Stephane Robineau, compete in England in both the Crystal Palace and Gravesend tournaments held over the weekend of 8-9th June.

This proved an excellent opportunity for our club members to not only watch and learn from them in action but to also compete against some of them, as was the case for no less than 7 of our members. Trevor Gordon's team was first up at Crystal Palace drawn in the same league as Bruno and Damien, who were playing with Mark Greenberg from the United States.

Jason White, along with a few other members of the English Espoir and Junior squads then received some impromptu lunchtime tuition from Dylan Rocher.

Into the afternoon knockout and Matt Horrigan's team were eliminated by Bruno Le Boursicaud, Damien Hureau and Mark Greenberg at the last 16 stage before Jason White, Scott Ashby and Rowland Jones lost to Dylan Rocher, Stephane Robineu and Barry Wing in the quarter finals.

The day ended with Bruno, Damien and Mark defeating Dylan, Stephane and Barry in the final.

Onto the Sunday and there was a further opportunity for Meadow members to compete against the best in the World as Kevin Spillett and Dave Turner came up against Dylan Rocher and Stephane Robineau in the last 16. By the third end they were actually leading by 3 points to two but that's as far as they got as Dylan and Stephane went on to win the game and the tournament defeating Maiky Molinas and Federico Faucher in the final.

Pictured above: (from the left) Matthew Bignell, Damien Hureau, Keith Atkinson, Mark Greenburg, Trevor Gordon and Bruno Le Bouriscaud.

 

 

Pictured above: (from the left): Dylan Rocher, Stephane Robineau, Kevin Spillett and Dave Turner

ALL MEADOW FINAL IN

 MENS NATIONAL SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Sixty-five competitors registered for the English Mens Singles Championships that was held at Gravesend Rugby Club on Saturday 25th May. Despite this field including just three Meadow licence holders amazingly two, Rowland Jones & Jason White, made it through to contest the final.

Rowland eventually took the title having remained undefeated all day, although he did have to dig-deep with narrow wins over one of the new Mixed Doubles Champions, Callum Lombard, (13-11) in the quarter finals and an even closer 13-12 win over Barry Wing in the semi-final before overcoming club mate Jason in the final. As well as the title and the cash winnings the Meadow pair earned 30 and 24 points respectively in the Mens National Rankings. 

Rowland becomes just the 13th male player to take the holy trinity of National Singles, Doubles and Triples titles, having previously won the English Triples titles in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and the English Doubles title in 2018. 

Jason also had an excellent event. Following his qualification through the group stages he went on to beat one of the new Mens Doubles Champions, Sam Blakey, in the last 32 before making short work of England International players Dave Plumhoff (13-5), Sean Prendergast (13-4) and Phil Claydon (13-2) in the subsequent rounds on his way to the final. 

Rowland picked up 4 more ranking points in the Mens Doubles the following day to leave him third in the standings on 58 points, just outside the automatic top two selections spots for the forthcoming European Championships. Jason, who collected 8 points for his quarter final finish, is currently in sixth place in the standings. Both are nicely placed in the selection positions with three more ranking events to be played in June.

 Pictured above: Rowland Jones  - Mens National Singles Champion 2019. Picture courtesy of PE Facebook page.

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 Shooting 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.