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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 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.