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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'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.




Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 24, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As we reach the climax of the outdoor competitive season, the good news keEps on coming!


Gary Smith, John Pritchard, Phil Bond and Antony Gould beat Solihull in the Birmingham area final by 1 shot last Friday. This means that they will play in the County semi finals in the morning and then hopefully the finals later the same day at Nuneaton Bowling Club on Sunday 29th July.


Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 23, 2018 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

23RD JULY 2018


Allen Onion and Mark Ireland yesterday won the pairs County Pairs semi final at Welford 21-9 against Graham and Scott Ashby (Nuneaton). County finals day is next Sunday at Nuneaton against Phil and David Green from Norgren - the same players that they are also up against in 4s County final. This means they are through to National Pairs finals starting 27/8/2018, as well as the 4s starting 20/8/2018 both at Leamington.

Photo: Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill, Erdington Court Bowls Club


Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 23, 2018 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

23RD JULY 2018



It was another successful week on all fronts for Erdington Court this week - with over 50 Club players in action.


The big news was that a men's squad from the Court are through to the Bowls England National Fours Finals at Leamington in August. Richard Brittan from Tamworth, Mark Ireland, from Hodge Hill, Allen Onion from Sutton Coldfield and Rob Robinson from Four Oaks, beat Gary Langford of Solihull Municipal in the County semi finals at Welford on Avon.


In a busy week for Rob Robinson, he and Allen Onion beat John Godfrey and Paul Hughes from Sherwood Park in the first round of the Birmingham Bowls Association Pairs competition.


In the County Senior Fours competition, Rob was in action again with Richard Brittan, Allen Onion and Phil Bond to reach the last 16, beating Malcolm George's four from Snitterfield.


Not to be outdone, Mark Ireland won his first round contest in the Birmingham Bowls Association 2-wood competition against Chris Wright from Solihull Municipal.


In the Birmingham Bowls Association's Ivy league,the Court's 'A Team of Brenda Bosley from Erdington, Chris Reid from Pype Hayes and Lorely Edwards, led by Captain Pat Court from Wylde Green were in full flight, beating Solihull Municipal 17:11 after a shaky start.


In the same League, the Court's 'B' team of Lorna Bournes from Erdington, Eileen Merrick from New Oscott,Terry Yates from Sutton Coldfield and Mary Webster from Walmley were playing Kings Heath 'A' team away and drew 15 apiece despite the untimely interruption of a sprinkler on the rink!


The Court's Ladies Warwickshire District Women's Bowls Association 'B' team are enjoying a good run, beating Rowheath 20:12, Kings Heath 'A' 32:6 and Handsworth Wood 18:11, emerging as potential winners of the League.


To round off the week, the Court led by David Ballantyne of Sutton Coldfield took on St Barbara's of Coventry at home for a week end friendly fixture- winning comprehensively 102:69. The next day with Ray Woods of Pype Hayes as Captain,they were away to Bournville - winning on 3 out of the 5 rinks with the overall score 74:85.