Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on November 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Court's run of success continued with an away win at Shrewsbury by 86:84 - led once more by Pat Court from Wylde Green. Court Ladies Terry Yates from Sutton Coldfield and Eileen Merrick from New Oscott again featured in the Court's best rink performance - winning by 11 points.

In Out Shake it all about

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on October 7, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Locally, there are two types of bowls clubs - crown green and flat green. It is often said that never the twain shall meet. However in a new venture by two of the fastest growing clubs in the area, that is exactly what happened.


A 16 strong squad from the Erdington Court Club - which is flat green, went to play crown green bowls away at the Hollyfields Bowls Club in Pype Hayes. The result was a 4:12 win by the home team. However, a second leg held in the Court's 4 rink indoor arena produced a different result - with the Court squeaking a 17:15 aggregate win - in what is now known as the 'In Out ' Cup.


Ray Woods a spokesman for Erdington Court explained,

"There are already close links between the two clubs - with a number of our members playing crown green in the summer months - and in the Autumn and Winter, some Hollyfields players join our Indoor Leagues and competitions, when most other clubs have shut down."


"Only this week, Chris Hall a leading member of Hollyfields won a first round singles match while playing the first round of a national Indoor Champion of Champions match - representing Erdington Court! He beat Neville Southall of Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club 21:20."


"The 'In out' Cup was thoroughly enjoyed by members of both Clubs and is now set to become a permanent feature of the calendar. We see collaboration between local clubs as an essential part of growing interest in the sport - in advance of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022."


Both Clubs welcome new members and offer free coaching.


Erdington Court have their annual open day on Saturday 13th October between 12 noon and 4pm. Personal tours are also available on request. They can be contacted on 07967 686230 and Hollyfields on 0121 373 1018 or you can visit their web sites at and and also on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and Hollyfields Crown Green Bowling Club.




Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on September 17, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The finals of the prestigious Birmingham Bowling Association held at Kings Heath, saw Erdington Court and Sherwood Park in Hall Green make their presence felt.


The week end began well for the Court when they lifted the renowned Walker Trophy - held each year in memory of Bill Walker of Sherwood Park.It was a close call however, with the Court beating Sherwood Park by only 4 points 83:79. The Court squad included newcomer Bill Ensor from Aston.


Court's shining star Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill did not disappoint, winning both the 4 wood and 2 wood singles - both against top player Malcolm Evans from Sherwood Park - 16:21 in a tight 4 wood game and 17:5 in the 2 wood.


In the Triples (W J Morgan Trophy), it was Court against Court - with the team of Allen Onion and Rob Robinson both from Sutton Coldfield and Mark Ireland beating Antony Gould and John Pritchard from Sutton Coldfield and Phil Bond from Hurley, Warks 4:23.


In the Fours (Innes Fours Trophy), Allen Onion, Rob Robinson, Phil Bond and Mark Ireland triumphed again, beating the Sherwood Park team of Rob Corp, Alex Lewis, Hugh Dunachie and Malcolm Evans 24:18.


In other results, Malcolm Evans and Alex Lewis of Sherwood Park got their revenge on Erdington Court in the pairs (Eli Fletcher Cup), beating Antony Gould and Phil Bond 21:9. Malcolm Evans continued his winning streak, with partner Gill Maund beating the Kings Heath's Ian Brown and Janet Tranter 23:14 in the mixed pairs. Paul Jones of Solihull Municipal won the Champion of Champions, beating Ken Nichols of West Midlands Police 21:7.



Erdington Court pics:


Winning Walker Trophy team led by Rob Robinson of Sutton Coldfield presented with trophy by BBA President Ian Brown of Kings Heath


Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill winner - of both the 2 wood and 4 wood singles with BBA President Ian Brown of Kings Heath.


Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on September 2, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Once again, Erdington Court men were the hosts for the prestigious Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA)Tony Cooke Memorial Trophy Match - against the combined might of the rest of the BBA.


All 6 all-weather rinks were in use - with a total of 48 players in action and the BBA fielded rink squads from as far afield as Tamworth.


The BBA were led by their Vice President Brian Rogers. Antony Gould from Sutton Coldfield led the Court team.


Also present was Tony Cooke's widow Joy from Solihull who spoke of her pride in being at the event to commemorate the contribution to bowls made by her husband.


The Court won 131:107 taking 4 of the 6 rinks.


Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on August 19, 2018 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The 6 all weather rinks at Bowling Green Close were in full use for a home tie against Handsworth Wood - one of the largest clubs in the area. A total of 36 players took part - with the Court team led by Ray Woods from Pype Hayes winning 4 of the 6 rinks with an overall score of 117:87.


Meanwhile the Club's top squad led by Rob Robinson from Four Oaks continue their powerful run in the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) competitions. They are through to the final of the Walker Trophy - beating the West Midlands Police 3:1 and now face Sherwood Park from Hall Green in the final. Antony Gould from Sutton Coldfield and Phil Bond from Hurley In Warks reached the final of the BBA pairs by beating Ian Brown and Simon Lockwood of Kings Heath. Rob Robinson, Phil Bond, Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill and Allen Onion from Sutton Coldfield are through to the finals of the BBA fours having beaten Solihull Municipal. The 'A' team also won their final BBA League game away to Sherwood Park having already secured top spot. The top squad led by Rob are in action this week representing Warwickshire in the Bowls England Nation Finals at Leamington - home of the Bowls 2022 Commonwealth Games.


Still in the BBA, the Court's 2 teams in the Evergreens League had success both at home and away. The 'A' team were up against Handsworth Wood at home winning on both rinks 27-12 and 17-14 to take the full 6 points. The 'B team were at Solihull Municipal, also taking 6 points winning 29-6 & 25-5. Court Co-ordinator John Reid of Pype Hayes was delighted, saying

"It was a great effort that means both teams have the chance to finish in the top 3 in the League."


Erdington Court welcomes new members of all ages and abilities.Call 07967 686230 for details of free coaching and membership. You can also view their web site at or follow them on Facebook: Erdington Court Bowls Club or Twitter:@bowlsflat. Indoor season begins late September.



Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on August 17, 2018 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

15TH AUGUST 2018


The 3 week summer season of evening bowls came to a successful conclusion on Wednesday 15th August with a hotly contested match between the ladies and men. All was not as it seemed, however, because on three of the ends the men had to endure an additional challenge.


On end 3 they had to bowl left-handed, on end 6 they had to deliver the bowl between their legs facing away from the jack and on end 9 the lady skip delivered the jack after all bowls had been delivered. This made for some pretty tricky bowling but plenty of laughs particularly from the ladies. In the event the ladies didn't need any help as they trounced the men by 78 shots to 58.


The winning ladies rink with 17 shots up was Pam Ellis, Denise Szostek, Jean Whitney and Eileen Merrick. The winning men's rink with 9 shots up was Philip Watts, Dave Ballantyne and Ken Ellis.


The evening bowls season, comprising different types of competition on each of the three evenings, has been running for three years and is now firmly fixed in the Erdington Court outdoor bowling calendar. This year it attracted a record entry of nearly 100 bowlers over the 3 weeks. The social side to the games proved very popular and all participants enjoyed a light supper and chat after the game when the prize winners were announced. Needless to say the bar was open to help celebrate success or drown sorrows - and there were plenty of takers in both camps.


Peter Yates - Organiser


(Pictured are the two captains with their teams - Peter Yates left and his wife Terry right.)


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In the Birmingham Bowls Association's (BBA) top league, Erdington Court's 'A' team continued the dominance which has already led to their unassailable position in the top spot. Led by Rob Robinson from Four Oaks and with members from across the area, they beat Kings Heath at home 55:14.


In the BBA's Evergreens League, the Court's 'A' team beat Handsworth Wood at home 46:26, winning 29:12 on one rink and 17:14 on the other to take the full 6 points. The 'B' team away at Solihull had a slightly narrower win 17:9 on one rink, but losing 15:22 on the other. However, their overall margin meant they took 4 of the 6 points,


In one of the final week-end fixtures of the season, Erdington Court were at home to Kings Heath again, winning 88:71. Kings Heath won 1 of the 5 rinks and drew the other.


The Club has a rash of semi finals being played prior to its busy competitions week-end on Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd September - to which visitors are welcome. The finals featuring both men and women start at 10am prompt on each day. Visitors can also view the Club's full size indoor arena which will open for new members in the Autumn.

Picture: Erdington Court's BBA 'A' Team


Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on August 3, 2018 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

'The Court pair of Allen Onion from Sutton Coldfield and Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill continued their barnstorming season by winning the Warwickshire County Pairs. They beat Phil and Dave Green from Norgren in Shipston on Stour 25 -15 in the County Finals.


However Norgren got their revenge - narrowly beating the Court foursome 15:17 in the same finals.


To complete the day, Erdington won third place in the Ivens Cup play off, beating Highway Coventry 24:14. This followed a defeat by Bidford in the semi finals held in the morning.


There was even more good news later in another busy week - when the Court's 'A' Team took an unassailable lead in the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) top league for the third year running! The squad headed by Mark Ireland beat Kings Heath at home 25:11 and that headed by Rob Robinson from Four Oaks also at home to Kings Heath won 30:3.


With two games in hand, the Court's Ladies Ivy League 'A' Team of Pat Court from Sutton Coldfield, Pam Ellis from Streetly, Ann Mason and Lorely Edwards both from Walmley, chalked up their fourth win in a row - winning away 20 --12 at Handsworth Wood. They now have a window of opportunity to lead the League.


On a lighter note, 30 members took part in the first of a 3 Wednesday evening series of bowls. Winners of the rink of the night went to a pairs group comprising Mary Webster from Wylde Green and Tim Hartland from Erdington, with a score of plus 14.


Erdington Court welcomes new members of all abilities and free coaching is available. The Club can be contacted on 07967 686230. You can also view their web site at and follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter @bowlsflat..

Erdington Court aiming high

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 29, 2018 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court's continuing strong performance has taken them into Regional and national finals.


The formidable combination of Allen Onion from Sutton Coldfield and Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill won the semi final of the Warwickshire men's pairs at Welford 21-9 against Graham and Scott Ashby (Nuneaton) - and means that they are also through to the National pairs finals at Leamington ( the Birmingham Commonwealth Games venue for 2022), on the 27th August. Allen and Mark are also part of the 4 man squad from the Court taking place in those finals.


In the Warwickshire Ivens Cup Gary Smith, John Pritchard, Phil Bond and Antony Gould beat Solihull in the Birmingham area final by 1 shot and go through to the finals.


In the Warwickshire District Ladies league, Erdington Court “A” won their match against Erdington Court “B” 21 - 11, so its all to play for with the last 5 matches in sight.


In the Men's Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) A League, a top of the table clash on Tuesday between Solihull Municipal 'A' team and the Court's 'A' team saw a resounding win for Erdington winning on both rinks - securing 6pts.This was followed by another win at Kings Heath, giving the Court another 5 points . Erdington 'A' are now 12 points ahead of Solihull Municipal with 3 games left.


In the quarter finals of the BBA pairs Allen Onion and Rob Robinson from Four Oaks beat Jim Ward and Bob Smith from Sherwood Park 24-15 - and in a Court only clash, Antony Gould and Phil Bond beat the favourites Richard Brittan and Mark Ireland 21-17.