Sorry for the lack of communication but I have been on holiday.
Currently the schedule is to commence at 10.00 and the final to start at 7.45 giving a finish time of 8.30. I am aware the is a possibility that England could reach the final of the world cup which would probably be of great interest to all the competitors (except 2 whose allegiance is with another part of the uk). So a contingency plan would be to start an hour earlier 9.00am and finish an hour later (approx). We could then take a 2 hour break to watch the match the last series before the final would be 3.00 finishing at 3.45 ish. There may be a possibility to watch the match at the club but also available would be a marquee and BIG screen at Tonbridge AFC which is 5 minutes from the club. This would probably effect competitors from Northants, Notts and Oxford mostly but I would be pleased to receive comments.
Me and Sid will not be there if England get to the final. I applaud the effort in thinking about a contingency plan but the timings would just be a nightmare for us. Could you not swap the days around and run the open on the Saturday? This way i presume it would only be local people needing to play on the Sunday and timings would work better as less travelling? just a thought?
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Pete, that is a great suggestion and I appreciate you making the effort to work out a solution, I'm sure the other competitors do too. I had another thought which might be worth considering. I don't know if there is any possibility of any of the groups playing all their games sometime on the Saturday if they consist of local players, I am not aware of what event you have going on but possibly this could free up time on the Sunday. Obviously this would involve significant shuffling of the timings and I don't know how feasible it is but thought it worth throwing out there. Also of course there is the potential for extra time and penalties in the football so that could scupper things further. Will support you with whatever you can come up with, sounds like a logistical nightmare!
Hi Pete, as one of the two non-English players alluded to above, even I too would want to watch the World Cup Final if England are in it (and I hope they win). I suspect that this will be almost universally the case amongst the tournament competitors, and that playing bar billiards during the football simply won’t be viable if England are involved. I don’t envy you the logistical nightmare with which you’ve been presented. Personally, I would happily accept any of the following in these (exceptional) circumstances:
Early start time, with football intermission factored in.
Revised playing format to shorten the tournament duration.
Complete re-draw and re-scheduling if necessitated by multiple withdrawals.
Good luck with your contingency planning, I’m sure things will become clearer, one way or the other, after tomorrow evening.
I also will want to watch the football and would go with an early start and a break to do so as long as we are guaranteed somewhere to watch it.
Like Mark I feel for you and the problem the football is going to cause, I personally would prefer to be watching England, but would also want to watch the final anyway but if no England playing, happy to watch on tablet.
Mark also makes good points about redrawing if too many drop outs, and maybe shortening the competition by a different format.
Can see plenty dropping out if England win tomorrow.
Sorry but I’m going to have to pull out tomorrow I am still having problems with my broken hand which you might remember from Sussex. I was hoping it will be ok and left till last minute with every hope of trying to play! I have given my dad my entry fee as I stil want to pay and please feel free to allow someone to enter in my place for free if you wish. Sorry again Stephen
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A brilliant performance in the final saw Mark James to victory in the Kent Open. In winning his 5th (fifth) Open title Mark defeated Curt Driver in a quality final. Curt went first and set a tough target of 17.2k without missing a shot the clock running just over 16 minutes. Mark had a brief excursion before knuckling down and having to go at a quicker pace than he normally likes to got in front as the bar went A great finish and very well done to both players. Mark had beaten Paul Sainsbury in his semi-final setting Paul a 12k target. Paul got to 5k and missed and Mark made sure. The other semi-final was extremely close with Curt beating Ian Lelliott (who had earlier made a 20k break) in a tight finish. Other quarter-finalists were Kevin Tunstall, Mark Trafford, Simon Coleman and Mark Brewster.
Well done to Lorin Clough on winning the Plate defeating Pete Sainsbury in the final.
Mark Trafford won the highest break trophy.
Thanks to Pete and his helpers for their hard work in running the day, it certainly was a long one, with some quality bar billiards on good tables.
Well done to Mark and Lorin on their respective wins, to Pet and his helpers for making the day possible. Sorry I had to shoot off after the quarter final but my grandson had school this morning so was already going to be late for bed.