National TitlesNewsMixed Doubles National Title – preview

10th October 20200
Mixed finalists 2019

After last month’s gender separate Singles and Doubles at Gravesend, PE completes its traditional trio of national titles with the mixed doubles this Sunday 11th October.

56 teams have signed up for the trip to Gravesend Rugby Club, an encouraging increase in the 2019 entry of 42 teams. Gravesend offers some of the best facilities available in the country for our sport, including the unique covered playing area. Mike Cubitt and his team have been working hard once again with PE national officials to ensure a safe and enjoyable playing experience for all.

A few changes have been made to the setup of the pitches to give greater assurance on social distancing and the tournament will be run following PE’s COVID-19 Play Safe Guidelines. Players should arrive between 8.45 a.m. and 9.15 a.m. for registration with their own jack, scorer, measure and a facemask for use indoors. Pitches have been pre-drawn and play will commence as soon as the organisers are ready.

Format

Once again, PE’s Events Group held a live draw for the competition which will employ a barrage-like format that will be familiar to players who have competed internationally.

Teams have been randomly drawn into 14 poules where they will play two qualification games in the morning. The playing order will be A v B and C v D in the first match and then the two winning and two losing teams will play each other.

Two match points will be awarded to this teams winning their first match and one match point to those winning their second game. Only those teams in each poule winning both their morning games (i.e. winning three match points in total) will guarantee their progression into the Gold competition.

There will be two places available in the Gold for teams on one win in their first match (i.e. two points) to make up the knockout of 16 teams. The tie break to decide qualification from the teams on two match points will be by looking at the points difference then points for of and finally a coin toss (if teams cannot be separated). A loss in the first match means that it is not possible to qualify for the Gold.

Once the composition of the Gold is established, then the allocation of teams into the Silver (16 teams), Bronze (16 teams) and Pewter (8 teams) will be worked out on the basis of match points, points difference and points for with a coin toss if teams cannot still be separated.

The two-game untimed format will certainly raise the stakes from the very first boule thrown and the random draw has thrown up some tough groups for a number of teams which on paper look to be amongst the leading challengers for PE’s final national competition of 2020.

Poules – qualification

The first poule that catches the eye is poule 11 where current and former England  internationals Kaylee Thatcher & Callum Lombard and Sarah Huntley & Jack Blows have been drawn. If they manage to win their respective first matches then a repeat of the 2019 final will take place.

Poule 7 also looks a tough affair as it brings together former England internationals Emma Coggins & Matt Eversden, Chris Spray & Phil Bradshaw, Caz Woodward & Barry Wing and finally the England Espoirs duo of Alex Spillett and Jason White. No-one can accuse Events Group Chair Barry Wing of fixing the draw!

Poule 9 brings together some interesting first game contests with National Men’s Singles champion Sofiane Lachani teaming up with Kim Lachani and facing Women’s National Squad player Sabrina Seville who plays with Vince Wills. Our young player Louna Labauve teamed with Jordan Labauve will play the very competitive looking Debbie Matthews and Paul Webb.

Poule 12 also looks hard to call as it brings together Women’s National Squad player Hannah Griffin with partner Glen Woodward, Paula Fauvel & Steve Lombard, Gay Evans & John Edmondson (not resplendent in his black and white umpire’s shirt on this occasion) and Karen Lombard & former England international Sean Prendergast.

Poule 10 is also one to watch with the young talents of Ella Slade & Jamie Brooks brought together with Liz & Dag Nygaard, Jean & Chris Wilmott and Carolyn & Tim Edwins. Some real family combos there!

Our young player Jane Geddes partners our national youth coach and former England international Scott Ashby in poule 5, where 2019 Gold semi-finalists Laura Monika & Sam Blakey are also drawn along with Di Smith & Wayne Marshall and Suzie & Clive Hall.

Prize money

Gold, Silver, Bronze and Pewter will all feature plates for those teams that are knocked out in the first round. The Pewter begins at quarter final stage while the other three star with a round of 16. The format guarantees a minimum of four games without byes for all teams.

The total prize fund allocation is as follows:

Gold Winner – £200
Gold Runner Up – £100
Gold Semi Final – £50
Gold Semi Final – £50
Gold Quarter Final – £20
Gold Quarter Final – £20
Gold Quarter Final – £20
Gold Quarter Final – £20

Gold Plate Winner – £40
Gold Plate R/Up – £20

Silver Winner – £35
Silver Runner Up – £25
Silver Semi Final – £20
Silver Semi Final – £20

Silver Plate Winner – £25
Silver Plate R/Up – £20

Bronze Winner – £25
Bronze Runner Up – £20

Bronze Plate Winner – £10

Pewter Winner – 2 x bottles of wine

We wish all our players and officials a safe, competitive and enjoyable final national tournament of 2020.

 

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