EPA members may enter all regional competitions. (Please note: Some events have qualifying rounds that lead to regional representation at national events)
Mercia hosts two leagues that are unique to the Mercia region, the Sherwood Shield and the Winter league, please see the individual links below for more details on these leagues.
The top eight teams will go to the Championships, the next four below them will be entered in the Challenge competition.
- Qualifier 1 – 22nd April 2018 – Chesterfield PC
- Qualifier 2 – 10th June 2018 – Mansfield PC
- Qualifier 3 – 8th July 2018 – Nottingham City PC
- EPA Inter-Regional Championships – 15th & 16th September – Hayling Island (Download EPA Rules 2016)
Regional Triples, Doubles, Shooting & Over 50’s
- Regional Shooting – 8th April 2018 – Mansfield PC
- Regional a Singles – 8th April 2018 – Mansfield PC
- Regional Over 50’s – 26th May 2018 – Arena PC
- Regional Doubles – 21st July 2018 – Nottingham City PC
- Regional Triples – 22nd July 2018 – Rainworth PC
- Mercia CofC Qualifier Finals – 1st & 2nd September 2018 – Venue TBC
- EPA Champion of Champions Shooting Final – 15th September 2018 – Hayling Island
- EPA Champion of Champions Over 50’s Final – 22nd September 2018 – Rayne Swan PC
- EPA Champions of Champions Doubles Final – 6th October – Venue TBC
- EPA Champion of Champions Triples Final – 7th October – venue TBC
EPA Over 50’s Competition
- EPA Over 50’s Doubles Championship – 22nd September 2018 – Rayne Swan PC
Represent England at the Home Nations Championships
The top eight teams at the Home Nations Qualifier go on to face Scotland, Wales and Jersey at the Championships.
- Home Nations Qualifier (Triples) – 13th May – Nottingham City PC
- Home Nations Championships – 4th & 5th August – Venue: Jersey
Please ensure you wear matching kit and take your licences if you are intending to participate in national events and qualifiers. It is also important that you register on time.
Men & Women’s Playing Programme 2018
The competitions that will form part of the national rankings will be:
Singles (Rankings) – Saturday May 12th – Nottingham City PC
Precision Shooting (Rankings) – Saturday May 12th – Nottingham City PC
National Singles – Saturday 26th May – Gravesend PC
National Doubles – Sunday 27th May – Gravesend PC
Doubles (Rankings) – Saturday 16th June – Worthing PC
Triples (Rankings) – Sunday 17th June – Worthing PC
Triples (Rankings) – Sunday 1st July – Arlesley PC
The National Mixed Doubles has been removed as a ranking competition in 2018, but the results will be considered to aid the final selection for the World Mixed Doubles Championship in 2019 if this takes place as expected (venue unknown). In the case of the two Triples (Rankings) competitions, teams can only play as a three. This has been introduced to eliminate the possibility of a player gaining ranking points in a team of four while not actually playing in the competition or only in a limited fashion. As with the 2017 Rankings, Juniors will be allowed to compete in all these competitions.
The format for the competitions will depend on the entries received, but the default approach will be to combine poules and knockout, with seeding for the poules used based on previous results in relevant national competitions. Seedings in the knockout stage will be based on the results of the poules. This year we will be using timed games in the poules as this is consistent with what our teams experience at international tournaments. In doubles and triples, it will be 1 hour plus two ends. We do not propose to use timed games in singles. If the scores are equal at the end of the extra ends, there will be a further scoring end (i.e. not a dead end) to determine a winner. The top 4 in the Precision Shooting in both the Men’s and Women’s formats will gain automatic entry into the Precision Shooting competition at Hayling.