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2023 Tournament Report

Although entry numbers had dropped again, those that participated were blessed with great weather, excellent Bowling Greens at White Rock Pleasure Gardens courtesy of Hastings Borough Council & Idverde (Shaun Godfrey & Grounds Team), great food provided my Mark (ably assisted by Heather) and parched pallets quenched by Martyn's team of Bar Stewards (Dave, Lorraine, Heather).

  • Singles - Richard Maton (Worthing) bt Jason Walter (Buxted Park) 13-11
  • Pairs - Charles Wright & Jack Till (currently White Rock) bt Gary Wilson & Adam Oakman (Rosemount) 15-8
  • Triples - Charles Wright, Graham Lavender & Jack Till bt Glen Newton, Trevor Logan & Shaun Godfrey 14-9
  • Consolation Pairs - Lucas Smith & Mick Hart (Rosemount) bt Mark James (Ixworth)& David Baxter (Epping) 17-8

Having grabbed the Pairs on Thursday, unfortunately the possible treble slipped from Jack Till's grasp when he was beaten in the last 8 of the Singles by eventual winner Richard Maton 13-9 first thing on Friday, but he swiftly recovered to take the Triples as solace.

The current Comp. Sec. neglected to thank the Competitors for all the Marking they undertook - essential for a smooth-running Singles Competition. He finally wished the New Tournament Committee (under Martyn Naylor) every success in their endeavours next year & onwards.

New Tournament Dates for 2024 Sunday 25th August to Saturday 31st August.

New Website will be called thehobt.co.uk

The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament has been held annually since 1911 and is a Five Star Tournament licensed by Bowls England. 

It is played at White Rock Gardens commencing the second Monday in August each year. The Charity open mixed triples competition, mainly in aid of local charities, is held on the last Sunday in September each year and marks the closing of the outdoor bowls season. The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament consists of Open Singles, Pairs and Triples event where teams can be mixed or single sex. Lawn bowlers enter from various lawn bowls clubs in England, the UK and abroad. The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament greens overlook the English Channel. Accommodation is available in the heart of 1066 country where there are numerous attractions to be found in Battle and St. Leonards.

In addition, as befits a seaside town, the pier was completely refurbished (winning the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize 2017) however due to the current economic climate we await to see whether it’ll be open for business again in 2023.

Also close to Hastings & St. Leonards are the towns of Bexhill on Sea, Eastbourne, Rye, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton. The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament greens are close to Priory Meadow Shopping Centre.