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02 October 2020

Peter Shearing RIP

We have heard that Peter Shearing passed away this morning after a period of illness. Peter was a huge supporter of Hampshire, and a popular member of East Dorset IBC as well as being an Umpire. He was President of the HIBA in the 1995/96 season and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time

01 October 2020

County Competition Finals

Report on HIBA Finals played late September at Palmerston IBC

It has been decided to follow the lead of the EIBA and cancel all County Competitions for the season 2020/21.

The decision to cancel Bramley Bowl matches, County friendly matches and Patrons matches was made earlier

We did manage to play the 2019/20 County Finals at Palmerston at the end of September which were postponed from March, with the exception of the Fours, which will be played when Covid restrictions are eased

We have a new County Singles Champion, Gary Starks of Chawton Park. He had a convincing win 21 - 12 over Brian Jones of East Dorset, although after 14 ends the result was in doubt as Gary was only ahead by two shots with the score at 11 - 9

Will Moulton and Adam Clark of Atherley beat Dave Watts and John Biggs of Victory 21 - 15 in the pairs final. End 13 was the killer when Dave and John dropped 7 shots, apart from that, it was a very close contest

The Triples winners were Charlie Bailey, Trevor Bailey and Barry Starks. They were leading 7 - 1 after 3 ends and held on to that lead to win the match 19 - 11 against Dave Watts, John Biggs and Danny Smith, both teams from Victory IBC

The Under 25 Singles was a very close match between Austin Coleman of Banister Park and Reece Graham of Chawton Park, which lasted for 25 ends. After 15 ends Reece held the upper hand when leading 13 - 9 but Austin fought back to take the title with the score of 21 - 18

The Over 60’s 2 Wood Triples was an interesting game. 17 ends played, final score 16 - 9. The Victory team of Charlie Bailey, Trevor Bailey and Barry Starks scored on 8 ends, but only collected 9 shots. The Loddon Vale team of Alan Tait, Paul Knowles and Geoff Green had 3 scores of three shots and that made all the difference

Margaret Holden and Adam White had a comfortable win 15 - 7 over Maggie Evans and Bill Jackson. Several times Adam showed his class as, when lying shots against, with his last bowls he drew the winning shots

Anyway, great that we managed to get almost all of the 2019/20 finals played. The season 2020/21 will be a washout, let us hope that we can get rid of this infectious virus and can return to competitive bowling in 2021/22

Bill Jackson HIBA Competition Secretary

28 September 2020

County Competitions

In line with the EIBA National Competitions it has been decided to cancel all County Competitions for this season

16 September 2020

Bramley Bowl League

It has been decided that, due to the ongoing issues caused by Covid-19, to suspend the Bramley Bowl League for the 2020 / 21 season

07 September 2020

Senior Trials

The trials for both the Liberty Trophy and Over 60’s teams due to take place on Saturday 10 October are cancelled due to the current Covid-19 restrictions. With both competitions not due to start until early 2021 it is hoped to rearrange these at a later date

08 August

2019 - 2020 Competition Finals

We are still hoping to hold the HIBA county finals at Palmerston on 26 September. There will be some additional playing rules to keep the bowling matches covid secure. These will be supplied to competitors nearer the time, giving at least 7 days notice

Spectators are likely to be restricted to one supporter per player, and will need to be booked. Further details will be issued with the additional Covid secure playing rules. A provisional schedule of matches has been produced and can be found via the Competition tab

Would team contacts please confirm your teams' availabilities to Bill Jackson 07806 813866

29 July 2020

County Fixtures

All County Friendly fixtures for the forthcoming 2020 - 2021 season have been cancelled

Decisions on whether the Patron matches and the Bramley Bowl Inter-Club League will be played will be announced in due course

20 July 2020

Keith Taylor RIP

We are sorry to announce that Keith Taylor has passed away. Following a stroke last week, Keith was admitted to hospital where he died this morning

Keith, a member of the Riverside Club, was a huge supporter of bowls in Hampshire having been the Outdoor Men’s Match Secretary from 2013 and last year was the Bowls Hampshire Men’s County President

Keith will be much missed and our thoughts are with Lesley and her family at this very sad time