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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


NEWS: 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.

NEWS: 23rd August 2019

Although the weather was quite changeable during the week’s play and a strong breeze and showers towards the end of the week made bowling somewhat challenging there was some very high-quality play and some very close finishes.  It was a credit to the Ground-staff that no play was lost at all and the playing surface remained in excellent shape right through to the end.
Two Finals were played on Friday so as to avoid the possibility of players having to attempt playing in more than two finals on the last day. In the Ladies’ Pairs, Julie Greenslade (Gullivers BC) and her partner Mary Bray (Polegrove BC) were always ahead against Roma Dalby-Pinyoun and Jenny Lawson (both from Spartan & Lakeside BC)  and won by 22 – 9. Roma no doubt having the Ladies Singles Final on her mind. The Open Triples Final was won by Derek Southouse  and David Payne (both from Herstmonceux BC) with Trevor Pearce from Spartan & Lakeside BC. In almost continuous rain they defeated Steve Burrell (Northiam BC), Keith Cheetham and Steve Jeapes (both White Rock BC) in an absorbing contest 19–10.
On Saturday, in blustery condition, the Ladies’ Singles Final was a very tight affair with Lorraine Milburn of the White Rock BC just edging out Roma Dalby-Pinyoun by 22-16. The Men’s Final provided a convincing win for Lee Dickson over David Payne, whose previous excellent form in the Open Triples rather deserted him, and Lee, who was in terrific form himself, ran out the winner by 21-7.
The afternoon session saw Lee Dickson in his third match of the day with the Men’s Pairs semi-final having been played in the morning. He teamed up with Rob Morphett, (also from Spartan & Lakeside BC), who had also played to an incredible standard during the Tournament, and they defeated Martyn Naylor and Stuart James (both from Rosemount BC)  in another absorbing match that was close to the very end by 24 – 21.
The prizes were given out by the Mayor of Hastings, (Councillor Nigel Sinden), who is also Chairman of the Tournament, and who thanked Hasting Borough Council for the use of the Greens, the Ground-staff, our sponsors, advertisers and the members of the Bowls Committee for all their hard work, not forgetting kitchen and bar staff who kept us well fed and watered all week, but especially the Competition Secretary, Simon Moore, for his efforts in running such a complex Tournament and Sally Robertson, who ran the raffle so effectively that we sold more raffle tickets this year than ever and which will help the Tournament keep going towards its second Centenary.
On Sunday, 29th September we shall be holding our Grand Charity Mixed Triples at the same venue for the benefit of two important local charities, Dom’s Food Mission and the Hastings & Rother Voluntary Aid for the Blind (HRVAB). Entries will close on 16th September and entry forms are available from our website www.hastingsbowlstournament .

NEWS: 16th August 2019

The early morning rain finally relented and the Hastings Open Bowls Tournament was able to get underway with the Mayor of Hastings, Councillor Nigel Sinden, and the Chairman of Croft Glass Ltd., our principal sponsor,  each bowling a couple of bowls to show the quality players on show how it should be done.
The Tournament then opened with preliminary rounds of the Men’s Singles in the morning with further men’s singles after lunch. The consistently high quality of the play on what were proving to be very tricky greens shows how popular the tournament is among the very good players arriving from all parts of the country and most of last year’s favourites won through to the First round proper. We are always lucky to have several members of the Houghton Regis Bowling Club from Bedfordshire coming for the Tournament and we also had visitors from Hampshire, Northampton, Middlesex, Kent and Surrey. The Houghton Regis players always come intent on enjoying themselves and making the most of the week in Hastings.  They continue to do extremely well in their own County matches and have represented Bedfordshire in the National Tournament at Leamington, the home of Bowls England.
The late afternoon session provided some very close fought matches in the Open Triples Tournament. In the 26 matches there were only three or four where one team dominated another and in several matches only one or two points separated the winners from the losers.  A heavy shower before the start failed to seriously affect play and served only to enliven the surface causing movement on the green where there was none earlier.
The ladies in the Clubhouse continued to provide excellent refreshments throughout the day an d the excellent prizes in the raffle proved hard to resist.
A further reminder in that the entry closing date for the End of Season Charity Mixed Triples Tournament on 30th September for the benefit of Dom’s Food Mission  and the Hasting s & Bexhill Voluntary Aid for the Blind Charity is Friday, 30th August 2019.

NEWS: Tournament 2019

HASTINGS OPEN BOWLS TOURNAMENT is being held this year from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th August and the entry closing date is 30th June.   Cllr. Nigel Sinden, has been re-appointed Mayor for a second term and will continue in office as our Chairman for another year and we wish him every success. Provided we get sufficient entries, we intend to introduce for the first time an exciting new competition called the Club 4’s Challenge Trophy which will be held in conjunction with our main event. It will be open to bowling clubs to enter up to three teams (closing date 31st July) with team players’ names being given on the first day of play.  Entry is restricted to 32 teams in total and there is a prize fund, depending on entry numbers, of £700 including £100 for the winning club. Entry forms at the bottom of our separate flyer from the main event, giving the number of teams entered are available from our website, if your club has not already received them direct. Details of the new competition are also on our website and on our Facebook page.
Our one day Mixed Open Charity Triples event will be held on Sunday 29th September, entry closing date 15th September, and this year the beneficiaries are Dom’s Food Mission (who collect no longer wanted food from superstores to send to local Foodbanks) and Hastings & Rother Voluntary Aid for the Blind (which supports our local visually impaired bowlers, among others) who will share the profit equally. Please come and support it if you can. It is the last day of the outdoor bowling season.