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News Archive 2013

2013 ARCHIVED REPORTS

RECORD ENTRY FOR HAMPER DOUBLES

The Christmas Hamper Doubles saw a record entry for this event at the Star Meadow Sports Club with 42 teams from all over the South East attending despite the cold and wet conditions.

After the morning leagues the teams were split into Main, Plate and Consolage knockout competitions based on their league results.

In the main competition East Sussex were well represented with 3 teams in the top half of the draw with the two Steve's from the 1066 League progressing through to the semi final where they eventually lost out to the home pairing of Angie and Lee Jamieson.

In the other semi final Greg Davenport and Dave Chalkly (Meadow/Lordswood) bettered Lordswood's Chris Watkins and Barry Wing to reach the final.

The virtually all-Meadow final was a mercifully a short affair. With the cold and rain increasing Greg and Dave ran out winners in 4 ends to take the main hamper prizes.

The Plate final was almost an all Northwood affair with Alan Creegan and Richard King (Bat & Ball) defeating Dave Blakeley and Alex Bruce.

Continuing the trend the consolage final was an all East Kent affair with Jason and Barry (Brown Jug) defeating Marie and Thomas Bruce (Northwood).

Special mention to the two youngest players at the event - Callum and Morgan from East Sussex. At 11 and 12 years old respectively they played extremely well all day against some very strong teams but managed to win through to the semi finals of the Consolage in their first competition playing together. According to one of their Dad's "they were made up" at the special prize of a bumper bag of maltesers each at the presentation.

One third of the competitors left with hamper or wine prizes with several more taking raffle prizes away.

MEADOW REACH EPA EUROCUP FINALS FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Meadow PC progressed through to the finals of the EPA's Euro Cup for Clubs competition for the fifth year running, thus maintaining the club's impressive record of having reached at least the last 8 of the competition every year since they first competed in 1999.

The fourth round 'Group D' (last 16) matches took place at Crowborough Social Club on Sunday, 17th November where the Meadow faced fellow Kent side Railway Inn, Southern Counties club Cobbetts Boules Club and the Bath League de Petanque club.

Like last year Kent rivals, Railway Inn, gave them a run for their money as did the Southern Counties club Cobbetts but in the end Meadow went on to win all three head-to-head clashes to see them through to the final.

MEADOW QUARTET HOLD THEIR OWN IN EUROPE

The all Meadow PC squad of Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Greg Davenport, Marcus Hickman and coach Dave Hurren performed well in the Mens European Championships, that were held in Rome, Italy between 10th - 13th October.

After the Swiss qualification rounds, consisting of 5 games, England qualified in a very creditable 9th place of the 36 competitors. Sadly defeats against Denmark and Sweden saw England exit the event at the 'Last 16' stage but their performance earlier in the competition ensured England's qualification for next year's Mens World Championships.

 

Pictured above, left to right: Greg Davenport, Marcus Hickman, Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones & Dave Hurren.

MEADOW PROMINANT IN KENT VICTORY

Congratulations to the Kent squad who won this Year's Inter-Regional Championship and Inter-Regional Challenge tournaments when the events were held at Hayling Island over the weekend of 14th-15th September.

Kent led both events throughout the two days of competition and had sewn up both titles before the final rounds took place.

Nineteen Meadow PC members represented Kent at the championships, along with another two members who qualified but were unable to attend. In the main squad, managed by Corinne Cooter, Meadow PC members were in 7 of the 8 teams.

The teams results are shown below (Meadow members inbold):

TEAM

Members

P

W

F

A

Diff


CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD - Manager Corinne Cooter






Kent 1

Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones & Greg Davenport

12

8

144

106

+38

Kent 2

Chris Watkins,Lee Jamieson & Angie Jamieson

12

11

149

82

+67

Kent 3

Dean Ashby, Sarah Huntley & Jack Blows

12

9

144

73

+71

Kent 4

Dean Seville,Matt Shrimpton, Phil Jarrett& Barry Wing

12

9

142

89

+53

Kent 5

Dave Hurren, Matt Horrigan,Rich Spillett& Simon Mannering

12

9

144

103

+41

Kent 6

Scott Ashby,Nic Baxter& Gary Atkinson

12

10

139

60

+79

Kent 7

Tracy Turner, Dave Turner, Dave Chalkly & Martin Eggleton

12

7

142

117

+25

Kent 8

Trevor Gordon, Martin Edwards, Keith & Kevin Atkinson

12

7

129

92

+37


CHALLENGE SQUAD- Manager Mark Cooter






Kent 9

David Blakeley, Thomas Bruce,Martin Bishop& Alan Creegan

12

7

137

110

+27

Kent 10

Neil Philips, Richard Wenban, Melissa Rowly & Poppy Whatley

12

7

129

111

+18

Kent 11

Joyce Nash, Mick Nash, Margaret Baxter & David Baxter

12

9

135

102

+33

Kent 12

Jes Paine, Ron James & Mark Toulson

12

11

148

63

+85


JUNIOR TEAM






Kent J

Alex Spillett, Ben Thompson, Jake Mannering & Charlie Horrigan

12

6

117

129

-12

THE MEADOW 'INTERNATIONAL' DOUBLES 2013

In agreement with the organiser of the London Doubles this year saw a change of date for the Meadow Doubles to the August Bank Holiday Monday. The agreement was a win/win as both tournaments over the weekend saw bigger attendances than previous years.

Indeed the turn-out of 51 teams at the Meadow was one of the best for a club event in Kent in many years. Event organiser, Mark Cooter, reminisced that it reminded him of competitions at the Fleet Tavern and the Wheatsheaf back in the early 80's when events would attract similar attendances on a regular basis.

The 'international' element included 13 players that came over from France, 5 from Denmark, 2 from Hungary and 4 from Wales. Sadly a Spanish team who booked in could not make it but also in attendance were the usual array of UK based French, Algerian and Italian players. Teams also travelled from all over the UK including: Yorkshire, Bristol, Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire, East & West Sussex, Norfolk and London as well as from all over Kent.

The star attraction was the inclusion of5 times World Champion and 4 times Champion of France - Didier Choupay, and his playing partner Pascal Verbreque (Danish National Coach).

Despite stringing out a couple of extra pistes and playing the 'morning' league games up to 11 points the leagues still took some time to complete but when they were over the teams were divided into three knockout competitions based on their finishing positions.

The early rounds of the main competition went according to form with France 1, Denmark 1 & 2, Wales 1 and England 1 all winning through to the quarter finals along with three more English pairings: Keith and Gary Atkinson, Tracy Turner & Lee Edgar and Sarah Huntley & Chris Peel.

France 1, Denmark 1, Denmark 2 and the Atkinsons all won through to the semi-finals with Denmark 2 and France 1 progressing to the final after two fairly one-sided semi-finals.

An engrossing attacking final saw France (Didier & Pascsal) go into a 4-0 lead before the Danes (Morten Per Laursen & Morten Junge) took a 3 and then an excellent 6 to lead 4-9 before France fought back to win the final 13-9. In a generous sporting gesture Didier and Pascal split their winning prize money with the runners up, so each pair left with £180 each.

The plate final between Chris Watkins & Didier Chassot and Herve Bavazzano & Rachid Hannach was not held as Didier needed to get his connection back to France. The finalists agreed to split the prizes but Chris & Didier won the toss to formerly claim the title. The Consolage competition was won by Max Boyce & Martin Wilsher beating Fay & Steve Golder in the final.

All of the £600 entry fees were returned in cash prizes.

FULL RESULTS

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Winners:

Didier Choupay & Pascal Verbreque (Star Masters Paris, France)

Runners Up:

Morten Per Laursen & Morten Junge (Denmark)

Losing Semi-Finalists:

Christian Andersen-Neilsen & Morten Saxild-Hansen (Denmark)
Keith Atkinson & Gary Atkinson (Duke of Wellington/Lordswood)

Losing Quarter Finalists:

Tracy Turner & Lee Edgar (Meadow/Northern)
Sarah Huntley & Chris Peel (Railway/Anglia)
Phil Bradshaw & Nic Baxter (Wales/Meadow)
Kevin Spillett & Rowland Jones (Meadow)

Last 16 Losers:

Reynauld Guillard & Fergal Hogan (London)
Phil Jarrett & Alan Creegan (Meadow/Northwood)
Jan Davenport & Greg Davenport (Meadow)
Robert Robert & László Nagy (Hungary)
Barry Wing & Dean Seville (Lordswood)
Henry & Robert (Marseille, France)
Jamie Blyton & Neil Phillips (Northern/Railway)
Dean Ashby & Henrik Lindberg-Sele (Railway/Denmark)

PLATE

Shared Winners:

Chris Watkins & Didier Chassot (Lordswood/France)
Herve Bavazzano & Rachid Hannach (West Mids/London)

Losing Semi-Finalists:

Matt Shrimpton & Kris Smith (Meadow)
Angie Jamieson & Lee Jamieson (Meadow)

Losing Quarter Finalists:

Margaret Yates & Ron Yates (Hartley)
Matt Blyton & Simon Bird (Northern/Eastern)
Ken Potter & Barbara Potter (Hartley)
David Baxter & Ken Buchan (Hartley/Villager)

Last 16 Losers:

Dave Hurren & Alex Spillett (Meadow)
Antony Kidd & Peter Kidd (Handcross)
Marcus Hickman & Greg Adams (Meadow)
Claud & Marc (Marseille, France)
Mig & Nico (Marseille, France)
Gay Evans & Rose Bailey (Wales)
Ashley Jamieson & Sean Prendergast (Meadow/Southern)
Roz Sylvester & Sebrina Seville (Southern)

CONSOLAGE

Winners:

Max Boyce & Martin Wilsher (Meadow/Brown Jug)

Runners Up:

Steve Golder & Fay Golder (Railway)

Losing Semi-Finalists:

Corinne Cooter & Trevor Gordon (Meadow)
John Saguato & Mike Sharratt (Meadow)

Losing Quarter Finalists:

Paul Riley & Luke Riley (Star Meadow)
Seb & Thiery (Marseille, France)
Peter Clarke & Gary Clarke (GRFC)
Scott Ashby & Jack Blows (Railway)

Last 16 Losers:

Marc Coucher & Chris Apps (Brown Jug)
Mike Cubbitt & Josie Elvin (GRFC/Hartley)
Marc & Michael (Marseille, France)
Peter O'Sullivan & Dan Murphy (Star Meadow/Wales)
Sebastien Sizun & Keith Vines (London)
Clive de Silva & Christine de Silva (Great Western)
Glenys Johnston & Sandra Powell (Meadow)
Mark Toulson & Ron James (Bat & Ball)

Preliminary Rnd Losers:

Barbara Sharratt & John Holbourn (Meadow)
Adrian Cowie & Paul Rasell (Croydon)
Julie Britton & Jason Flynn (Brown Jug)

 

Pictured above - Meadow Doubles finalists 2013.Left to right: Back Row:Morten Per Laursen & Morten Junge (Denmark). Front Row:Didier Choupay & Pascal Verbreque (France).

MEADOW'S EURO CUP ADVENTURE

On Friday 26th July a party of 12 members from the Meadow PC set off from Dover on the 10am ferry to Dunkirk en-route to Brussels to take part in the Confédération Européenne de Pétanque's (CEP) EuroCup for clubs.

The Meadow PC qualified for the event by virtue of winning the EPA's EuroCup competition earlier in the year. The Meadow were drawn with four other teams into group "A". With 3 teams to qualify from each group the odds of progressing looked favourable. However our opposition included two former European Club Champions along with a very strong Swiss club. Realistically this meant that our whole tournament would probably all come down to our 'head to head' with the Swiss.

A summary of the teams:
Belgium - Royal Joli Bois (Brussels)
Belgian club champions 11 times in the past 18 years
This was their 8th appearance in the EuroCup.
EuroCup winners in 2006 and third in 2005, 2011 and 2012 and the seeded team in our group.

Monaco - Club Bouliste Monegasque
Monaco's EuroCup representatives for the past 10 years
EuroCup winners in 2011 and third in 2010.

Switzerland - Pointers Meyrin Petanque
Switzerland's EuroCup representatives in 2001 and 2007. Reached the second round on both occasions.

Norway - Oslo PC
Norway's first venture into the EuroCup so Oslo were an unknown quantity.

England - Meadow PC
Previously represented England/Great Britain (as the Plough & Chequers) on four occasions.
The Squad included: Nic Baxter, Corinne Cooter, Jennifer Cooter, Greg Davenport, Marcus Hickman, Angie Jamieson, Lee Jamieson, Rowland Jones, Kevin Spillett, Richard Spillett (Team Captain), Tracy Turner and Mark Cooter (Head of Delegation).

We arrived at the playing venue at around 5pm in good time for the scheduled 8pm start, having stopped off at our hotel en-route. Making the most of their home advantage our hosts would not let anyone onto the indoor terrain, where the matches were due to take place, prior to the allotted start time so practice was taken on the outdoor pistes, which were quite different to those indoors.

The (indoor) pistes were typical for World and European events being firm underfoot with a fair scattering of large stones to make it imperative to pick and hit your landing spot. However it was the heat and humidity that had the most detrimental effect on our players.

The allotted start time came and went before the official welcome and team introductions, complete with National anthems, took place around 9:15pm.

Pictured above from left to right: Meadow PC, Club Bouliste Monegasque, Royal Petanque Club Joli Bois andPointers Meyrin Petanque. Not pictured Oslo PC. Picture courtesy of Patrick Rahier.

Round 1 - Friday evening:
Round 1 was due to consist of Belgium v Norway and England v Switzerland but Norway had not arrived so Belgium were awarded a walk- over while England v Switzerland took over the whole venue.

In the opening games our Open Triple were slow to get started and we lost a quick game to 2 points. The Mixed Triples was much closer. Meadow coming back from behind to lead 9-8 but were unfortunate to eventually lose out. A better performance in the pairs saw Meadow pull back 2 games but the Swiss won the deciding double to take the match point.

England v Switzerland Scores (Meadow scores first):
Open Triple : 2 - 13
Mixed Triple : 9-13
Open Double 1 : 2-13
Open Double 2 : 13-10
Mixed Doubles : 13-4

The match didn't finish until way after midnight but even at this late hour the temperature indoors was still into the 30's but it was the high humidity that took its toll despite the team drinking copious amounts of cold water and soft drinks before and during the matches.

Round 1 Results: Beligium v Norway 5-0 (walk over) and England v Switzerland 2-3

SATURDAY 27th JULY

Round 2 - Saturday morning:
As Meadow had drawn a bye we enjoyed a lay-in before arriving at the piste just after noon for a practice ahead of the 2pm start.

Round 2 Results: Belgium v Switzerland 3-2 and Norway v Monaco 0-5

Round 3 - Saturday afternoon:
Norway had arrived in Brussells at 2am in the morning following a nightmare trip from Oslo where they encountered cancelled flights and missing coaches. However they had appeared to have gotten over their ordeal by the time they played Meadow but apart from a close Mixed Triples game Meadow were untroubled and ran out 5-0 winners.

England v Norway Scores (Meadow scores first):
Open Triple : 13-3
Mixed Triple : 13-12
Open Double 1 : 13-8
Open Double 2 : 13-1
Mixed Doubles : 13-7

Round 3 Results: Belgium v Monaco 2-3 and Norway v England 0-5

Round 4 - Saturday evening:
Belgium were still smarting from their defeat against Monaco in the previous round and were even more annoyed when Meadow comfortably won against their No.1 triple. The Mixed Triple was also fiercely contested but Belgium ran out winners to even the round. Two closely contested games in the doubles could have seen Meadow pull off a surprise victory against a star studded Belgian team but sadly it wasn't to be as Belgium dug deep to win all three games.

England v Belgium Scores (Meadow scores first):
Open Triple : 13-7
Mixed Triple : 8-13
Open Double 1 : 7-13
Open Double 2 : 4-13
Mixed Doubles : 10-13

Round 4 Results: Belgium v England 4-1 and Switzerland v Monaco 0-5

SUNDAY 28th JULY.

Round 5 - Sunday morning:
Meadow were up early and off to the venue for a practice before the 9am start. For Meadow to qualify we either needed Norway to pull off a shock win against Switzerland (unlikely as they had yet to win a single game) or for Meadow to pull off an equally surprising win against the extremely talented Monaco squad.

Meadow were slow to get started in the opening triples games and were punished as Monaco were ruthless in their efficiency pulling off two quick 'fannies'. After a stern team talk and a couple of substitutions the doubles commenced with Meadow winning the first points in all three games to some ironic cheers. Meadow then continued to build on those leads. With the scores at 9-3, 9-5 and 4-0 respectively to Meadow Monaco began 'taking stick' from their army of team mates and supporters and stepped up their games. However Meadow very professionally held their nerve and Monaco were forced into shooting the coche in a couple of ends to try and save the matches before Meadow won both Open Triples. Sadly we just missed out on the Mixed Doubles and a famous victory.

England v Monaco Scores (Meadow scores first):
Open Triple : 0-13
Mixed Triple : 0-13
Open Double 1 : 13-10
Open Double 2 : 13-12
Mixed Doubles : 9-13

Round 5 Results: Norway v Switzerland 1-4 and England v Monaco 2-3

Final Table:

 

Country - ClubMatch WinsGames WonGames Lost

Monaco - Club Bouliste Monegasque

4

16

4

Belgium - Royal Joli Bois (Brussels)

3

14

6

Switzerland - Pointers Meyrin Petanque

2

9

11

England - Meadow PC

1

10

10

Norway - Oslo PC

0

1

19

Initial thoughts immediately after the event were that we had missed an opportunity to progress in the competition. We took games off all three qualifying teams and in each case had the opportunity to take an extra game off each of them. However we also took some notable scalps and earned lots of positive comments from our opponents and the hosts who commented that we "were a credit to our Association". We actually won more games than the Swiss but crucially lost out on 'head to head' matches.

Everyone of the Meadow squad performed well over the weekend but it would also be fair to say that all struggled at some point during their games. It was a very good 'work out' against some classy opposition for the four England 1 players ahead of the European Championships in October.

My top performances of the weekend were:

Veteran Lee Jamieson and Tracy Turner against ex World Junior Champion Jeremy Pardoen and Emilie Bacquet in the Mixed Doubles match against Belgium. The girls matched each other point for point and Lee was inspired matching Jeremy shot for shot and carreau for carreau, each with a 90% plus hit rate and the match could have swung either way.

Rowland Jones and Nic Baxter against Monaco 1. Almost certainly both players best game of the weekend for this undefeated pairing. Most ends saw them shooting and hitting 4-5 boule along with some inspired pointing to run out winners 13-10.

Most of the costs were met by the players themselves but we would like to extend our thanks to the EPA and KPA who both supported the club with financial contributions.

KENT QUALIFYING SERIES 2013

In the fifth and final Kent qualifier of 2013, which was held at Gravesend Rugby Club on 21st July, Trevor Gordon's team won the competition to climb into 8th place in the tables while Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones and Greg Davenport finished second to also secure their top 8 spot.

Meadow P.C. players once again dominated the Qualifying series in 2013 with our members finishing in seven of the top eight teams. Lee, Angie and Ashley Jamieson consolidated their place at the top of the table. As well as the above mentioned names other members qualifying to represent Kent at the Inter Regional Championships also included: Matt Shrimpton, Phil Jarrett, Dave Hurren, Richard Spillett, Nic Baxter, Marcus Hickman, Tracy Turner and Dave Turner, while Alex Spillett is likely to be one of the selected juniors. Finishing just outside the top 8 other members Martin Bishop, Joyce and Mick Nash qualified for the Kent Challenge squad.

KENT MIXED DOUBLES VICTORY

The Star Meadow Sports Club hosted the KPA Mixed Doubles Championships on 23rd June. Of the three and a half Meadow teams taking part two won through the leagues and knockout to make it an 'all Meadow' final. After building a commanding lead in the final Corinne Cooter & Trevor Gordon's lead was gradually pegged back by their opponents, Jennifer Cooter & Greg Davenport, but at 11-all Corinne and Trevor had the decisive end to take the title. Junior member Alex Spillett rounded off a good competition for the club winning the plate final with her partner Martin Eggleton.

MID-SEASON ROUND UP

Members Lee and Ashley Jamieson, playing with Sean Prendergast & Chris Watkins, finished in first place in the first EPA Mens Qualifier that was held on 9th June, winning all four of their games. Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Greg Davenport and Marcus Hickman are also well placed to qualify for the 'Top 8' currently lying in fifth place on 3 wins.

Meadow members have continued to dominate the sport in Kent this year. Meadow 1 have won through to the final of the Kent League Cup where they will face Lordswood. Also at the time of writing they also top division 1.

In the official KPA events Meadow members have been prominent finishing first and/or second in the following events:

KPA Qualifiers:
KPA Qualifier 1 - Angie & Lee Jamieson Second.
KPA Qualifier 2 - Angie & Lee Jamieson Winners, Richard Spillett & Dave Hurren Second.
KPA Qualifier 3 - Richard Spillett & Dave Hurren Winners, Martin Bishop Second
KPA Qualifier 4 - Matt Shrimpton & Phil Jarrett Winners, Trevor Gordon second.

KPA Titles:
5th May - KPA Triples - Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Greg Davenport & Marcus Hickman Winners. Richard Spillett & Dave Hurren Second.
11th May - KPA Adult & Junior Doubles - Mick & Aaron Nash Runners Up
17th May - KPA Shooting - Lee Jamieson Runner Up.
23rd May - KPA Mixed Doubles - Corinne Cooter & Trevor Gordon Winners, Jennifer Cooter & Greg Davenport Runners Up

Our members have also seen wins in the following 'local' competitions so far this year:

Whittlesey Indoor Grand Prix 4 (Lee & Ashley Jamieson), Rob Cooter Triples (Matt Shrimpton), Hampshire Open (Nic Baxter), Hartley Mixed Doubles (Tracy Turner), Hartley Doubles (Nic Baxter), White Hart Open Doubles (Rowland Jones) and the Station Triples (Nic Baxter).

AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK

Three Meadow members were part of the successful "London" team who took on and beat a team from New York in the 'big apple' over the May bank holiday weekend. As well as the Meadow's Bruno Bove, Angie and Lee Jamieson the London team also featured a number of other players including those famous (non) Londoners - Jack Blows, Dean Seville, Jerome Rousseau & Barry Scott, to name but a few. As Nic Baxter commented on Facebook... "more ringers than a campanology convention........."


Pictured above: Bruno Bove, Angie and Lee Jamieson (centre) along with some of the other members of London PC. Picture courtesy of David Freeman's Facebook.

KENT COUNTY TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIPS

Rowland Jones, Kevin Spillett & Greg Davenport, this year playing with fellow Meadow member Marcus Hickman, retained their Kent Triples Champions title when the event was held at the Star Meadow on 5th May, thus making it three titles in the last four years.

Runners up, also for the second year running, were club members Richard Spillett and Dave Hurren, who were playing with Lordswood's Matt Horrigan.

Both teams qualify as the KPA representatives for the Zeist Open in Holland later in the year as well as the EPA's Champion of Champions.

Losing semi-finalists included the club's newest members Joyce and Mick Nash, playing with Jean-Louis Guiot. Other members Matt Shrimpton, Corinne & Mark Cooter and Dave Turner, Tracy Turner and Alex Spillett were all unlucky to miss out on qualification for the semi-finals on points difference.

ROB COOTER TRIPLES REPORT

Despite the freezing cold conditions and snow flurries 22 teams still braved the elements to take part in the Rob Cooter Triples event that was held at the Star Meadow Sports Club on 24th March.

After a cold days play winners of the main event were Keith Atkinson, Matt & Chas Shrimpton who beat the defending champions Sarah Huntley, Scott and Dean Ashby in the final. Losing semi-finalists were Lordswood's Barry Wing and Chris Watkins who were playing with Herve Bavazzano and the local Meadow team of Trevor Gordon, Corinne & Jennifer Cooter.

The Plate event was won by Meadow's Richard Spillett and Dave Hurren, who were playing with Matt Horrigan. They beat the Southern Counties team of Mike Tull, Harrison Ash and Simon Greeves in the final.

The Consolage event was won by GRFC's Mike Cubitt, Penny Matthews and Keith. In the final they beat another Southern Counties team of Stuart Floyd, Debbie and Graham Elcome.

However the real winner on the day was Robert's charity fund - The Little Buds Fund (Special Baby Care Unit) at Darent Valley Hospital. £715 was raised in entry fees, raffle proceeds and donations bringing the grand total raised for the fund to date to just under £5,000.

Corinne, Jennifer and Mark extend aBIG THANK YOUto everyone that competed in the event, donated raffle prizes or made donations, along with Barry and his staff at the Star Meadow Sports Club and members of the Meadow PC who helped prepare the pistes and helped out on the day.

NATIONAL 'CALL-UP' FOR MEADOW MEMBERS

Junior member Alex Spillett (aged 12) became the latest in a long line of club members to represent their country when she received a call-up to the EPA's National Junior Squad who will be off to Holland at the end of the month to represent England in an international junior competition.

Nic Baxter also received a national call-up as he will be the Manager/Coach for the English Men's Espoirs (Under 23) team that will be competing in the European Mens Espoirs Championships in Denmark later this month.

Finally Dave Hurren will be the Manager/Coach for the 'all Meadow' Mens European Championship squad in October that consists of Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones, Greg Davenport and Marcus Hickman.

EPA EURO CUP FINALS REPORT

Finally the Meadow PC secured the club's fifth victory in the National EuroCup competition, but it was a long time coming having last won the event in 2007.

Having finished as runners up for the past 3 years the Meadow players came in a determined mood for the finals that were held at Burnham PC, Buckinghamshire on a bitterly cold 24th February.

This determination was evident from the very start as they recorded 13-0 and 13-1 victories in the opening triples of their first match against the talented Sport Bar from Chiltern Region. There was no let up in the doubles which the Meadow went on to win 13-5, 13-0 and 13-2 to concede just 9 points in all five games. In the other opening match Engine beat the Ship Inn by 4 games to 1.

After lunch Meadow played the Ship Inn (Southern Counties). A similar score line saw 13-7 and 13-2 wins in the triples games and 13-1, 13-3 and 13-1 victories in the doubles, conceding 14 points in total. A long wait then ensued before Engine completed a 4 games to 1 win over Sports Bar to set up a final 'winner takes all' encounter between Meadow and Engine in the final round.

Meadow got off to a good start winning the open triples fairly comfortably 13-6. The mixed triples was a much tighter affair but Meadow eventually ground out a 13-10 win to leave them just needing to win one of the three doubles games. A poor start in one of the open doubles matches saw Engine pull back with a quick 2-13 win but a 13-2 victory in the mixed doubles saw the Meadow clinch victory. With the match and the overall result decided in Meadow's favour and the temperature rapidly dropping the last match ended with Engine in the lead, crediting them with a 6-13 win.

Pictured above Meadow's victorious EuroCup squad 2012-13 (not pictured Dave Turner).

EURO CUP FOURTH ROUND REPORT

The Meadow progressed through to the finals of the EPA EuroCup with wins over Tovil, Bordon and Hampshire Rose when the re-scheduled fourth round was held at Crowborough Social Club on Sunday 17th February. However it was a close run thing.

With all due respect to the two Southern Counties clubs the competition was effectively decided after the first round match between Meadow and their local rivals Tovil. As expected it was a close high quality encounter that went down to the wire. The teams were level pegging after the triples games (13-9 & 12-13 - Meadow scores first) and again after the first two doubles finished quickly at 13-5 and 3-13. With the score standing at 10-11 to Tovil in the final tense match the final end swayed one way and then the other before the paring of Kevin Spillett and Nic Baxter scored a three to win the match for Meadow 3 games to 2.

With the winners being decided on match wins Meadow secured their place in the final with subsequent 4-1 wins over Bordon (13-0, 13-7, 13-5, 13-7 & 9-13) and Hampshire Rose (13-0, 12-13, 13-1, 13-1 & 13-6). Meanwhile Tovil recorded 5-0 and 4-1 wins over the Hampshire Rose and Bordon respectively but all to no avail.

Meadow now face a tough final against previous winners Engine and Sports Bar along with another of last year's finalists the Ship Inn.

2012 ANNUAL REVIEW

2012 was not a bad year for members of the Meadow PC. At the top of the sport we have the English Triples Champions (Kevin Spillett, Rowland Jones and Greg Davenport) and two thirds of the English Veterans Champions (Angie and Lee Jamieson). Just missing out on National titles were Marcus Hickman and Lee Jamieson who were runners up in the English Triples and Bruno Bove who was runner up in the English Veterans and also in the English Over 50's.

The club were runners up in the EPA EuroCup (2011-12) for the third year running.

In Kent the Regional Triples Champions and Kent Qualifier winners were Kevin, Rowland and Greg with Richard Spillett and Dave Hurren's team in second place. Indeed Meadow players finished in at least first and second places in all five Kent Qualifiers. Mike Sharratt was runner up in the Kent Shooting Championships while Kevin Spillett was runner up in the Kent Singles.

Eighteen members qualified to represent Kentin various competitions, including the Inter Regional Championships, the Inter Regional Challenge Tournament, the Inter Regional Junior Championships, the Zeist Open and La Dunkerquoise, they were: Rowland Jones, Kevin Spillett, Greg Davenport, Tracy Turner, Dave Hurren, Richard Spillett, Trevor Gordon, Phil Jarrett, Alex Spillett, Lee Jamieson, Angie Jamieson, Nic Baxter, Marcus Hickman, Bruno Bove, John Holbourn, Tony Bouch, Barbara Sharratt & Mike Sharratt.

Dave Hurren was honoured by the KPA being awarded the Taylor Achievement Award.

Meadow 1 were Kent League champions for the fourth year running while Meadow Rats secured the division 2 title. Corinne Cooter, Tracy Turner and Kevin Spillett were Kent League Handicap winners. Rowland Jones and Max Boyce were East Kent Triples Champions while Rowland also added the East Kent Singles title to his collection.

Finally, in Open events Meadow members were in the teams that won the following competitions in 2012: Whittlesey Indoor Grand Prix Finals, Bird in Hand Doubles, Mayor of Maidstone Cup, May Day Doubles, Atlantic Trophy, Bastille Day Triples, Lordswood Doubles, Brighton Open Doubles, White Hart Doubles, Hartley Open Triples, Hartley Open Doubles, Lordswood Icicle Doubles, Harriers' Remembrance Day Doubles, Whittlesey Grand Prix 1 and the Christmas Hamper Doubles.