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Hastings Open Bowls Tournament

End of Season Charity Tournament
Sunday 26th September 2021
See report & winner picture

2021 Tournament (9th-14th August) Report:
Thanks to the lifting of most COVID restrictions and the free use of the most excellent White Rock Gardens Bowling Greens, courtesy of Hastings Borough Council & IDVERDE UK Ltd, the 2021 Hastings Open Bowls Tournament went ahead as planned, in glorious sunshine & pleasant temperatures.
A slimmer field of 52 Singles (3 Wood, 15 Ends only) Competitors & 21 Triples Teams (18 Ends) fought it out under much different than usual play formats (brain child of George Webster) - featuring a Four day Round Robin with the most successful going forward to a straight Knockout on the last Two days in each event.
In the Singles, Alec Martin (White Rock BC) managed to overcome Gary Wilson (Rosemount BC) (just, on an extra end shoot-out 16-15) in his Semi-final and then challenged David Baxter (Epping BC) in the final - David managing to overcome Bowls Supremo Steve Jeapes (White Rock BC) 13-9 in his Semi. The Final itself couldn't have been tighter with the score tied on 5 separate ends as the game proceeded to the last end, which Alec managed to grab 9-8.
In the Triples, the FAMILY Jeapes (Ollie, Michael (both of Parkway BC), Steve) overcame all their opponents and proved too tough in the final's for the team from Sidley Martlets (Darren Sargent, Terry Phillips & Carl Dyer) 21-14, with Ollie (11 yrs old) competing very competently with his Dad & Grandad - certainly a young star to watch for the future. He also narrowly missed out on the Singles Qualifiers by just 8 shots, winning three of his four matches.
Of course, the Tournament couldn't run without the outstanding efforts of the Bar (Martyn, Dave & Heather) ensuring parched throats were suitably refreshed. The catering was well managed by the stand in team of Mark & Sarah, who ably maintained the energy levels of both Competitors & Helpers alike - and was very much appreciated. Special mention for Bill Smith who donated £50 to Tournament Funds and Bob Freemantle who 'baked a cake .... a VERY BIG Chocolate Cake (which travelled all the way from Houghton Regis) which was auctioned off to Pete Murie who then donated it to the bowlers, in aid of the RNLI. The Committee also thanked all those who Marked the Singles competition so 'willingly' that made the New format a challenging competitive success.
Thanks go to our Sponsor Kiley's Karpets & Advertiser JS Fire Protection Ltd.
On a very sad note we pass on the News that long term supporter (& sponsor) of the Tournament, Don Softley lost his very long fight for life and is being laid to rest on 27th August 2021.
Photo: Singles Winner Alec Martin; Triples Winners (left to right) Michael, Ollie, Steve Jeapes

13th March 2021

Main Tournament Dates:
Monday 9th August to Saturday 14th August 2021
    Charity Tournament Date: Sunday 26th September 2021

An unpredictable summer ahead and many still unsure whether it’s safe to play outdoors again. In light of this situation & the ever dwindling supply of willing volunteers the Tournament has decided to slim down for this year.
We shall only be offering TWO events, an Open Singles (3 Woods, 15 ends) & an Open Triples (3 Woods, 18 ends). Both events have a Prize Fund of £1000.
Each Singles competitor is guaranteed a game each day - Monday to Thursday. There will be four groups of Singles who will play a Round Robin across these four days. The Top Four from each Group will proceed to Friday for a straight knockout, down to the last Four who will then battle it out on Saturday to take a share of “the £1000” prize fund.
The same arrangements will apply to the Triples with it’s own £1000 prize fund.
Timetabling will ensure competitors can take part in both events but please be prepared to last the whole day Monday to Thursday … you’re guaranteed TWO games each day.
As mentioned earlier, the ever dwindling supply of volunteers unfortunately includes Markers such that we now require Singles entrants to MARK two games. The committee feel if you’re able to play Singles you should thus be able to MARK as well.
On-site catering will be different to previous year’s – please watch the website for further details.
The Nitty Gritty of Tournament conditions of play will be available on the website (& on site) in due course but we shall endeavour to ensure they’re not too onerous.
Unfortunately we can do nothing about the Parking (now plaguing most Tournaments I’m afraid). We still provide the Extension to the Max 4 hour stay for the surrounding P&D Car Parks.
The Committee look forward to your entry & hopefully WE CAN ALL LOOK FORWARD to NO SOCIAL DISTANCING RESTRICTIONS as well.

The Hastings Open Bowls Tournament has been held annually since 1911 and is a Five Star Tournament licensed by Bowls England. It is a mixed open one week tournament.

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 Ladies' Singles, Men's Singles, Ladies' Pairs and Men's Pairs and Open 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 and is proving very popular with locals and visitors alike – it won the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize 2017. 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.


Kileys Karpets

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