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News Archive 2011 



Despite inclement weather and clashes with other events the Meadow's Christmas Hamper Doubles competition still attracted one of the best attendances of the year in Kent with 37 teams entering the event, including teams from Hampshire, Sussex and London.

After the morning leagues the teams were split into the Main, Plate and Consolage knockout competitions in the afternoon based on their finishing positions in the leagues. Winners of the main event (and the largest hampers) were Dave Chalkly and Lee Jamieson (Lordswood PC) who beat the Meadow's Rowland Jones and Max Boyce in the final. Losing semi-finalists were Harrison Ash & Mike Tull (Borden PC, Hampshire) and Dave Turner and John Saguato (Meadow PC).

The secondary plate competition was won by Rachid Hannach and Monty Quaia (London) with Barry Soilleux and Paul Collins (Harriers/Tovil) the runners up.

Dave Hurren and Matt Horrigan (Meadow/Lordswood) who won the Meadow Doubles earlier in the year had to settle with winning the Consolage competition beating the George's Keith & Kevin Atkinson in the final.


There was a strong entry of teams from across England as well as teams from Holland and Denmark for the 2011 Kent Classic event that was held at Lordswood on 23rd October. However it was the local Meadow club that dominated the event as two teams from the Meadow PC fought out the final.

Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones and Greg Davenport reached the main final courtesy of a tight win over Nic Baxter, Scott Ashby and Sean Prendergast in their quarter final and a surprisingly one-sided 13-2 victory over Sofiane Lachani, Dean Seville and Jamie Lewis in the semi-final.

In the other half of the draw, having 'fannied' the holders from Holland en-route, the team of Dave Hurren, Dave Turner and honorary Meadow member Christian Andersen-Nielsen from Denmark also made it through to the final.

An enthralling final saw Kev, Rowland and Greg take the title and the £300 first prize while Dave H, Dave T and Christian had to settle for the £120 runners up prize.

In the secondary Gold Plate final club member Trevor Gordon, playing with the Booth family, just lost out to the strong Danish team who earlier in the day had also won the 10/10 final.

Pictured above Kent Classic Winners 2011 - Left to right: KPA President Martin Eggleton, Rowland Jones, Greg Davenport & Kevin Spillett.

Below Kent Classic Runners up 2011 - Left to right: Dave Hurren, Christian Andersen-Nielsen & Dave Turner. Pictures courtesy of David Baxter


Seven Meadow PC members competed in the Netherfield Open Doubles competition that was organised and run by Tracy Turner and Kevin Spillett. Over 20 teams competed in glorious weather on 2nd October. Having defeated club mates Richard Spillett and Mark Cooter in the quarter finals Kevin Spillett and Rowland Jones than made a comeback from 2-11 down in the semi's against Chris Watkins and Gary Atkinson to win 13-11 and progress through to the final. There they played local 1066 league side of Paul Turner and Chris Mills who they beat 13-10 to take the title and the top £100 cash prize. Keeping it in the family Tracy Turner, and her playing partner Kevin, won the plate final


By virtue of finishing runners up in the EPA's European Cup qualifier the Meadow PC received an invite, via the EPA, to attend a European Petanque tournament over the weekend of 23rd-25th September in Dives-Sur-Mer, France which was organised and hosted by the S.U.D. Petanque Club.

The squads arrived on the Friday and were put up by our hosts in the local Etap hotel about 15 minutes walk from the terrains. At 6pm, after a practice, the teams gathered for the speeches, presentation of teams and the drawing of lots, followed by a grand buffet.

Play got underway on the Saturday with the 16 squads drawn into groups of four for the doubles games. Meadow got off to an excellent start beating team Belgium by 3 games to nil (13-1, 13-4 and 13-11). The second round was against French club La Faute Sur Mer a 1-13 defeat was followed by 13-4 and 13-9 wins to take the match by 2 games to 1. There then followed the obligatory 2-3 hour lunch break before play resumed in the afternoon against Dunkerque. Unfortunately the Meadow were a little slow to get started. Despite two close games which could have gone either way Meadow eventually lost the round 3 games to nil to finish the group in second place just one game behind the leaders. A win in either of the close games against Dunkerque would have seen Meadow win the group but we had to settle for second and a place in group B on the Sunday.

The day was rounded off that evening with a champagne reception at the local Casino for all the players and officials followed by an excellent 3 course dinner.

Play resumed on Sunday with triples games. Group B consisted of Meadow, Marseille and National squads from Germany and Switzerland. Meadow started with a points win over Germany, followed by a similar result over Switzerland. The final round was against a very strong team of Portuguese from Marseille. Once again Meadow edged the match on points thanks to an excellent 13-1 by Tracy, Dave and Greg but this wasn't enough to win the group which was won by Marseille due to their superior games count over Switzerland and Germany.

Overall French clubs took the top 5 places with Le Misnil Le Roi winning the event. Meadow were the top international side in a very creditable 6th place, finishing above national teams from Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Luxembourg and Italy.  An indication of how strong the tournament was that the national junior squad from Italy finished 16th, with team Belgium 15th and club Nice in 14th.

The excellent weekend of boule was rounded off by yet more speeches and the presentations where every team/club received a trophy based on their finishing position along with a bag of 'goodies'. Team "Angleterre" also received an additional trophy. I'm not entirely sure I understood what this was for but I believe it was something to do with sportsmanship.

In summary: an excellent weekend of boule that was played in a competitive but friendly atmosphere. Our hosts were superb and no expense was spared by the local club and the town. Once again, the Meadow PC proved that the English can play boule as we gained some admiration from the watching spectators and made some new friends and international contacts.

Pictured above the happy and victorious team "Angleterre" with our host Daniel Strobbe of S.U.D.Petanque. See Gallery page for more pictures.


The Meadow Doubles competition took place on Sunday 28th August. The turn-out of 24 teams was good given that it was a bank holiday weekend with a changeable weather forecast. In addition to teams from across the South of England the hosts also welcomed some of their friends from the Boule Hedebo club from Denmark who were hoping to retain the title they won last year.

After the morning leagues 16 teams were taken through to the main knockout competition with the remaining 8 teams going into the plate. At the semi final stage the 'Rejects' team of Dave Hurren and Matt Horrigan (Meadow/Lordswood) beat the favourites Morten and Christian (Denmark 1). The other semi was an all Meadow PC affair with Max Boyce and Rowland Jones recording their third fanny (13-0 result) of the afternoon over Kevin Spillett and Greg Davenport.

The final was an anti climax for Max and Rowland as they failed to get into the game which Dave and Matt won to take the top cash prize and the title.

In the plate final Meadow's Corinne Cooter and Trevor Gordon beat the local Star Meadow team of Peter O'Sullivan and Paul Reilly.

 Pictured above Meadow Doubles Champions 2011 Dave Hurren and Matt Horrigan.


Rowland Jones rounded off the month of July with a third open tournament win. Playing with Greg Davenport and Kevin Spillett they cruised through to victory in the Mayor of Gravesham's Charity Triples competition in Gravesend on 31st July beating a team from Croydon in the final. It rounded off a prosperous July for Rowland who previously won cash events at the Engine and Whitstable (see below for reports).


Half a dozen teams from the Meadow PC attended the Whitstable Oyster Festival Doubles competition on 24th July where they dominated the event. The organisers described the event as "the best and most successful event we've had since we revived the competition a few years ago." Fifty-six teams took part on what turned out to be a scorching hot day. The petanque competition took place on the sea front alongside the mud tug of war on the nearby beach and attracted hundreds of passing spectators.

All six Meadow teams progressed through the morning leagues to the main competition with 5 reaching the quarter finals and three going on to reach the semi-finals. Tracy and Dave Turner were unlucky to go out in the last 16 after making a spirited comeback against Croydon. In the last 8 their victors were revenged by Jan and Greg Davenport. In two of the other quarter finals pre-tournament favourites Rowland Jones and Max Boyce put out Kevin Spillett and his partner from the 'Piste Heads', while Dave Hurren and Mark Cooter betterered Jennifer and Corinne Cooter.

The all Meadow semi final saw Rowland and Max go through at the expense of Jan and Greg, while in the other semi Dave and Mark came through a tough contest against Tovil's Fay Golder and Dean Ashby. Sadly the final was a non event for the spectators with Rowland and Max easily winning the title and taking the top cash prize.


Meadow 2 won the Kent League Knockout Cup when the final was held at the White House on the evening of 21st July. The match against 2010 winners Tovil Tornadoes was a close fought affair with Meadow taking a six point advantage into the second round of games (13-4, 10-13). There was a similar pattern in the second matches with Meadow recording another 13-4 win and losing 6-13 to secure victory by 8 points.

It was a well deserved win for the team who during the competition never had a home draw and had to overcome four top division 1 sides: Northwood, George Masters, Meadow 1 and Tovil Tornadoes along with division 3 leaders Tovilliers.

Pictured above 2011 Kent Cup Champions - Meadow 2. l to r: back row: Dave Hurren, Trevor Gordon, Richard Spillett and Mark Cooter. Front row: Jennifer Cooter and Corinne Cooter.                                                             (Squad members not pictured - Glenys Johnston, Di Carlo, George Jarrett and Phil Jarrett).


The Meadow triple of Kevin Spillett, Greg Davenport and Rowland Jones won the Engine Open ahead of a high quality field and took the first prize of £600. The triumph (and prize money) went someway to ease their exit from the Kent League Cup at the hands of their Meadow 2 club mates earlier in the week. (I needed to get that one in!)

Pictured above Engine Open Winners 2011 - l to r: Kevin Spillett, Greg Davenport and Rowland Jones.              Picture courtesy of Toni Gates (via Facebook)


Six members from the Meadow were invited to one of Denmark's premier events hosted by our friends at the Boule Hedebo Club. As well as being a selection event for the entire Denmark national squad it also attracted teams from all over Northern Europe including Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Norway and France, including members from the Star Masters Club from Paris - previous European and French club champions - who have dominated this event in recent years. An indication of the high esteem that this competition is held in can be seen by some of the previous winners that includes former World Champions: Philippe Quintais, Didier Choupay, Michel Loy, Eric Sirot, Sylvain Dubreuil, Claudy Weibel, Michel van Campenhout and William van der Biest.

Anyway, back to the action and the weekend event started with a "fours" competition on Friday morning with each match consisting of 1 Triples, 1 Singles and 2 Doubles games. The Meadow 4 of Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Greg Davenport and Dave Turner played exceptionally well to win the event ahead of top continental opposition and take the top cash prize.

This was followed by a mixed triples event in the evening. All teams played 3 games with the winners being settled on wins and then points difference. Both Meadow teams (Corinne Cooter, Kevin Spillett & Dave Turner and Tracy Turner, Rowland Jones & Greg Davenport) won 2 games each but did not feature in the prizes.

Saturday saw the commencement of the main event, the Hedebo 23rd National Open, a large triples competition, with about 140 teams, which was held in parallel with a Junior Triples. In the main event the Meadow team of Kevin, Rowland & Greg started well easily progressing through their barrage group with 13-1 and 13-0 (in 4 ends) wins which put them through to the Category A event. They then progressed through to the quarter finals where they faced the defending champions from the Star Masters PC (that included 3 times World Champion Eric Sirot) on the main arena. The Star Masters won that game before going on to retain their title. However the Meadow players can be proud of their achievements, along with their winnings of 1,200 Danish Krone (about £150). Unfortunately the second triple of Dave, Tracy and Corinne didn't fare as well with Dave suffering from 'Delhi belly' (or should that be Danish belly) all day following the intake of some dodgy sausages the previous day.

Sunday was 'Doubles Day' with three separate events: Open Doubles, Ladies Doubles and Junior Doubles. In the Ladies event the Meadow double of Tracy and Corinne played well winning through their first 4 rounds before eventually losing out in the last 16. In the open doubles, which was contested by around 300 teams, Kevin and Rowland again won their barrage group to progress through to the Category A event where they went on to reach the Last 32. Eric Sirot and Steeve (not a spelling mistake) Lenglet from the Star Masters club went on to win this event also. Meanwhile Dave and Greg qualified for the Category B event where they also reached the Last 32.

All in all a very successful weekend that enhanced the Meadow's growing reputation in Europe.

(See Gallery for photo's).


The Meadow team of Kevin Spillett, Max Boyce and Rowland Jones won the Share & Coulter Open Triples on 8th May. After a round robin event the top two teams played a final where they faced the Hartley team of Colin Senneck, Joyce and Mick Nash. This turned out to be an excellent and hard-contested game lasting nearly 90 minutes with the Meadow team winning 13-11.

EPA Eurocup Finals 2011

The 2011 finals of the EPA's EuroCup took place at Burnham on 3rd April. The format was a round robin between the four finalists: Meadow, The George, Sports Bar and Boyne Hill petanque clubs.

Unfortunately the random draw pitted the two fancied clubs, Meadow and Sports Bar, against each other in the first round in what was effectively a "winner takes all" match. The opening triples finished one game each with Sports Bar taking a quick win in the the first doubles match. At this stage it looked like it would go to the wire with Meadow in a commanding lead in the mixed doubles and the remaining doubles being very tight. Unfortunately for Meadow at 12-11 up in the mixed doubles Adrian Emson pulled out three excellent shots to win the game and seal the match in Sports Bar's favour. They then went on to win the remaining doubles for a 4-1 victory. In the other match local side Boyne Hill recorded a 4-1 win against the George.

The second round saw 5-0 wins for the Meadow against the George and also for Sports Bar over Boyne Hill.

In the final round Sports Bar went on to secure a well deserved title with a 4-1 win over the George. After the two opening triples wins the Meadow won the first of the doubles matches 13-2 to secure second spot in the competition leaving Boyne Hill to win the closing doubles.

The Sports Bar now go on to represent the EPA in the Euro Cup, in which we wish them well while second placed Meadow received an invite to attend a club competition in France later in the year.

European Ladies Espoirs Championships 2011

Club member Jennifer Cooter's team narrowly missed out on a place in the finals of the European Ladies Espoirs Championships. With team mates Sarah Huntley and Clare Brooks they travelled to Rome in Italy with team manager/coach (and fellow Meadow PC member) Dave Hurren for the weekend of 26-27th March.

In a very tough group their first round opponents were Spain, Netherlands and Italy. With each team losing to Spain 3-0 and Spain, Netherlands and England all beating Italy 3-0 the second qualifying place came down to the result between Netherlands and England and it couldn't have been tighter. Crucially after over 2 hours, and a strategic toilet break by the Dutch just as England were getting on top, Netherlands won the opening triples 11-13. England then took the Singles by the same score only to lose 10-13 in the Doubles.

The team were naturally disappointed at just missing out but they can take great pride in their performances.

 Pictured above left to right: Dave Hurren (Manager/Coach), Clare Brooks, Sarah Huntley and Jennifer Cooter 

Rob Cooter Triples  

The Rob Cooter Triples competition was held at the Star Meadow Sports Club on Sunday 20th March. The entry of 36 teams was slightly down on last year's attendance but could be put down to date clashes with the Bracklesham Bay weekend along with two Euro Cup quarter final matches on the same day.

After the morning leagues teams were separated into the main, plate and consolage competitions for the afternoon knockout. 

In the main event Lee Jamieson and Keith and Kevin Atkinson progressed through to the final beating Gary Atkinson, Alex Bruce and Chris Watkins in their semi final. In the other semi the home side of Richard Spillett, Dave Hurren and Greg Davenport got through at the expense of Brian King, Michelle and Alan Creegan. Lee, Keith and Kevin went on to win a tightly contested final and take the title and main prizes.

The secondary Plate final was (nearly) an all Meadow affair with Dave Snook, Dave Turner and Mark Cooter beating Sandra Powell, Glenys Johnstone and Corinne Cooter.

The Consolage was won by James Stilwell, Sarah and Alan Martin who beat Merle Sullivan, Mary McDonald and Mark Barlow in the final.