ERDINGTON COURT BOWLS CLUB

ERDINGTON COURT BOWLS CLUB

ALL THE YEAR ROUND BOWLS - INDOOR AND OUTDOOR

NEWS


One of Erdington Court's top indoor lady players was in action this week in the first round of a national competition.

Joan Garner from Sutton Coldfield won the opening round of the English Indoor Bowls Association's Ladies Champion of Champions 4 wood singles - at home in Bowling Green Close.

Joan was playing Gill Maund of City of Birmingham

At 9 ends, the score was tied at 8:8. Joan gradually crept ahead. However, at the 19th end, she delivered a crushing blow - taking all 4 shots. The final score was 21:11

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As the outdoor season came to a slightly rainy end, Erdington Court players came to the fore in the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) finals.

Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield won the individual Champion of Champions  - Phil Bond, Paul Vaughan and Gary Smith won the triples and Richard Brittan the singles. Antony Gould won the individual competition.

Ray Woods, Club spokesman said,
" We didn't have it all our own way and it was a mixed bag - however our top players can be proud of their overall performance on behalf of the Club."

Meanwhile, outdoor Captain Peter Yates led a team against a President's Team skippered by President Dave Mitchell - both from Sutton.

A total of 32 Club players took part in the game which for the most part was a close fought affair,  none closer than rink 5 where the Captain and President battled it out to an honourable draw. The final result over the 5 rinks was 89 to the Captains Team and 59 to the President's Team.

Captain Peter's winning rink comprised Mary Heath, John Utting and Geoff Bryant. President David's winning rink was Pam Ellis, Dave Ballantyne and Pat Court.

Unlike many local clubs who close up shop for the winter Erdington Court members do not pause for breath - as they open up their 4 rink indoor arena ready to welcome members from other Clubs.

This week they were at the Sutton Expo in the Parade promoting their open day on Saturday 7th October from 1pm - 5pm - and later in the month, their evening league programme kicks off. A new reduced fee applies for other Club members wishing to enter just one of the leagues.

Great match at home against Sutton Coldfield Methodists yesterday.


Shame it was abandoned after 9 ends due to rain - and too late to use indoor arena - but a good time was had by all.

OUTDOOR FINALS WEEK END

A full menu of matches took place at the Club's finals week end on Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd September.

Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to those who came second.

Full results to be published here.

Meanwhile you can see pictures from the day here:

www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk/apps/photos


Erdington Court men took on the combined might of the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) to win the coveted Tony Cooke Trophy.

Tony Cooke was a stalwart of Solihull Municipal Club - and the Trophy and a Rose Bowl were presented by his widow Joy to Solihull and then in 2016, with her approval, to be used by the BBA. The trophy match takes the form of an annual challenge between the previous year's winners of the BBA's 'A' Division and the rest of the BBA.

Those playing for the BBA against Erdington included top players from well-known local clubs such as Blossomfield, Handsworth Wood, Kings Heath, Rowheath, Sherwood Park, Solihull Municipal, Tamworth and West Midlands Police.

In a tight contest, the Court won 3 of the 5 rinks and an overall score of 135:109.

Club spokesman Ray Woods said,
"This has been a great season for Erdington Court in the BBA - and winning the Tony Cooke Trophy against the rest of the BBA really is the icing on the cake."

The Club has its open day on Saturday 7th October between 1pm and 5pm - where visitors can try out the Club's full-size 4 rink indoor arena. The event will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood.


A BUSY WEEK (AGAIN!)

The week began with the Club's Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) 'B' team securing promotion to the 'A' Division - where the 'A' team looks likely to win the league, with one match to go.

Promotion for the 'B' team followed the final match against second place Handsworth Wood. See report below.

In two all-Erdington contests in the BBA 4 wood quarter finals, Rob Robinson beat Antony Gould and Allen Onion won against Paul Vaughan. 

The Court ended the week on a high, beating one of the City's strongest Clubs in a friendly at Bowling Green Close, maintaining our 2 year home record. We won 115: 58 against Kings Heath in a 5 rink contest.

Despite a heavy programme of inter-Club fixtures and internal Club competitions, the Club managed to slot in the annual Ellis Brewer Trophy held in honour of two well-known Club members - Ken Ellis and Bob Brewer. Both still actively play for the Club and led their respective squads totalling over 25 players. The result was a win for the Ken Ellis squad 79:64.

To see all photos, go to the photo gallery section of the web site.

You can also see latest media coverage on the appropriate page of the web site. Finally, you can also follow us us on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club.

The Club's finals week end takes place on Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September. Spectators are welcome.

Don't forget also our open day on Saturday 7th October. Still looking for a first-aider! Also need help in delivering leaflets locally to the Club.

PROMOTION!



Please see below from Club member Steve Mason



Final 'B' team match last night for the league title against second place Handsworth Wood:

John Pritchard's rink ran away from the start and finished 29-9 winners. Ron Statham led extremely well and was well supported by John Green and Mike Kilby.


The second rink lead off was Gary Smith who rarely missed the jack by more than 12 inches (30 cm). Ian Parton-Smith and Steve Mason followed and in a low scoring match the scores were level with 5 ends to play. The next end proved decisive with Skip Peter Yates adding to the two bowls held by Erdington.


The final score was 19-12 in Erdington's favour.


The 'B' team will now join the Court's 'A' team in the top Birmingham Bowling Association Division.


Steve

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This week saw Erdington Court Bowls Club with their feet firmly planted on the competition accelerator - and one of their Ladies teams was doing its bit!

The men recorded wins by their two Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) teams, the taking of the Warwickshire unbadged singles competition, a victory by senior captain Rob Robinson in the BBA Champion of Champions and a team win in the semi final of the BBA's Walker Cup - capped by an away success at Kings Heath in a week - end friendly.

In the BBA, both the Court;s 'A' and 'B' teams were at home . The 'A' team beat Kings Heath 13:12 with victory achieved in the last end. The 'B' team captained by Antony Gould, won 26:9 on his rink - and the other led by John Pritchard won an equally convincing 29:8. This was against Blossomfield who are also competing for top of Division 'B'. Again, they took the full 6 points.

Paul Vaughan was the eventual winner In an all-Erdington final of the Warwickshire unbadged competition against fellow Court Club member John Pritchard.

In the Birmingham District Women's Bowling Association (BDWBA), the Ladies 'B' team captained by Eileen Merrick beat Blossomfield at home convincingly 26:7.
 
The men meanwhile, led by Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield, won despite a tight squeak at home in the Walker Cup against  - Kings Heath - one of the best Birmingham teams. They won in the singles and pairs,but lost the Triples and Fours. However they did just enough to win on points and go through to the finals on 16th August at Sherwood Park.

Rob Robinson continued in great form when he beat young rising star Gareth  Evans from Bournville in the BBA Champion of Champions by 23: 11.

In the first mixed team friendly away - also at Kings Heath, Captain Peter also from Sutton Coldfield led his team to victory by 75:42. Winning rink members were: John Green, Joyce Terry and Tim Hartland.







Congratulations to Rob Robinson on beating Gareth Evans from Bournville in the Birmingham Bowls Association Champion rounds - at home. The score was 21:11.


ADVANCE NOTICE

 

AUGUST SUMMER SEASON OF EVENING BOWLS

 

Come along and have a go!

 

 

All Members are invited to participate in this short summer season of social bowling evenings. The emphasis will be very much on fun. The bar will be open and food will be available for a light supper.

 

New members are especially welcome. A perfect opportunity to meet other members in a fun setting.

 

These evenings will be run over 3 weeks throughout August on the following Thursday evenings:-

                                                       

                                                                         10th August – Ellis Brewer Trophy      

                                                                         17th August – Scroungers (a new game - all will be explained on the night)

                                                                         24th August – Ladies v Men (with a twist!!!)

 

The competitions will be held between 6pm and 8pm each evening. Entry fee £2 per game to cover the prizes.

 

LADIES ON TOP FORM

Congratulations to our ladies WDBDA 'B' team who beat Blossomfield at home by 26 points to 7.

Our team (left) was Val Steadman, Ann Mason, Joyce Terry and Eileen Merrick as skip.
ALL - ERDINGTON COURT MATCH - BIRMINGHAM BOWLING ASSOCIATION FOURS

As the outdoor bowls season reaches its climax, over 50 of Erdington Court's players are in action this week across the Region and began with an all-Erdington match - this time in the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) fours competition.

The Court's Allen Onion led his team to a narrow victory of 21: 18 against the other led by Antony Gould.

Erdington Court Bowls Club welcome spectators and prospective members of all abilities at their Bowling Green Close arena. Call 0121 373 2440. You can also follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club
COMPETITION NEWS

On Thursday, our BBA league teams will be in action. The 'A' team led by Rob take on Kings Heath at home. This is a must-win match if they are to win the League.

The 'B' team are still fighting for promotion to Division 'A'. They took 4 points away to Bournville last week to go top. This week they take on Blossomfield

On Friday night, it is the semi-finals of the Walker Trophy once again vs Kings Heath - at Sherwood Park.

On Wednesday 30th August, Erdington Court takes on the might of the rest of the Birmingham Bowls Association at home.


Further details from Antony Gould on:07872 835540.


ERDINGTON KEEPS 2 YEAR HOME RECORD

In the end we had a good win yesterday , Erdington Court 64 to St Barbara's 53.

At half time we were taking a bit of a beating and our 2-year unbeaten run at home was looking in jeopardy.

Fortunately the Erdington Court teams all dug deep and we ended up winning on three of the four rinks.

Winning rink was Mary Webster, Colin Heath, John Green and Tim Hartland.

Winning rink winners get a scratch card each as a prize - and Mary Webster was lucky enough to win £10, so it was a profitable afternoon.! In fact the


Webster family had a good day as Mary's husband Roy, won a bottle of wine in the raffle.


                                                                                                                             PETER YATES, CAPTAIN


We are sorry to hear of the death of Peter Hardie, an amiable member young in heart, who only joined a few short years ago. Further details are pasted in the Club foyer.


CLUB SUMMER CUP

The afternoon of Saturday 15th July saw the Erdington Court outdoor green turn white when no less than 40 club members took part in the annual Summer Cup. This event which only started last year proved extremely popular again probably because it is the only match in the Erdington Court Summer bowling calendar when a ladies team plays against a men's team.

Lady Captain Pat Court marshalled a strong ladies team and hopes were high as the Erdington Court ladies teams in the Birmingham District Womens Bowling Association leagues are doing very well this year. Men's Captain, Peter Yates, welcomed everyone to the event but looked a little nervous as bowling commenced. Competition was particularly fierce on rink 1 where the men's team skippered by Mike Kilby was up against a ladies team skippered by his partner Eileen Merrick!!
As the event progressed most matches remained close although the men started to edge ahead towards the end and eventually took the cup for the second year running.

After the match the players retired to the club room to enjoy an American Tea and a few well-earned drinks.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Best Ladies Rink: Pam Ellis, Beryl Robinson, Ann Mason and Eileen Merrick.

Best Men's Rink: John Green, Roy Webster, Eddie Dodd and Ken Bournes.

Cactus Award: Irene Dodd.

"Best Behind" Award: Bill Ensor

For pictures, go to photo library.

HISTORIC LINKS RENEWED...


A historic bowls fixture was resumed at Sutton Coldfield Methodist Bowling Club after a 69 year absence.


The last recorded match against Erdington Court Bowls Club took place on the same bowling  green,- adjacent to South Parade Church on 10th July 1948 - with Sutton winning by 236 shots to 161 shots on that occasion.


This time, the result was a lot closer with both clubs winning two rinks each. The overall result however was in favour of the home team winning by 67 - 63 shots.

Winning rink for Erdington Court - Lorna Bournes, John Green, Eddie Dodd and Ken Ellis.

 

Now that these two local flat green bowling clubs have reconnected after so many years, it is hoped that this will again become a regular feature on their fixture lists.


The return match is due to take place at Erdington Court Bowls Club on Sunday 10th September starting at 2.00pm.


CLUB BOWLS TOUR IN TORQUAY - 47 CLUB MEMBERS AND FRIENDS TAKING PART

Brief report by Peter Yates Outdoor Captain - photos to follow.

The prizewinners were as follows:-

RINK OF THE TOUR

Runners-up: + 13 shots
                      Sheila Robbins
                      Pat Watts
                      Irene Dodd
                      Iain Aitken

Winners: +17 shots
               Reg Warner
               Jean Whitney
               Antoinette Lambert
               Peter Yates

LADY BOWLER OF THE TOUR

3rd: Gill Essex - 3 wins, -4 shots
2nd: Doreen Cresswell - 3 wins, +3 shots
Winner: Antoinette Lambert - 3 wins, +8 shots

MEN'S BOWLER OF THE TOUR

3rd: Kelvin Watts - 2 wins, -10 shots
2nd: Ken Bournes - 2 wins, -9 shots
Wiinner: Reg Warner - 2 wins, +13 shots

BEST TROPICAL OUTFIT

Lady: Mary Webster

Man: Phil Robinson

Organiser's Award: Tim Hartland


FRED CROWHURST

 

IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF

FRED CROWHURST (86)

 

FRED JOINED THE CLUB IN 1990, TOGETHER WITH HIS WIFE, PAT. FRED HAS PLAYED BOWLS FOR THE CLUB BOTH OUTDOORS AND INDOORS IN CLUB MATCHES AND COMPETITIONS AS WELL AS BEING A REGULAR AT THE CASUAL SESSIONS. FOR SOME YEARS HE HAS RUN THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON LEAGUE, WHICH WAS HIS IDEA.

HE AND PAT WERE REGULAR MEMBERS ON TOUR FOR THE FIRST TEN YEARS. HE HAS SERVED ON THE CLUB COMMITTEE AS WELFARE OFFICER SINCE THE POST WAS FIRST MADE.

 

HE WAS A MAN OF GREAT FAITH, WHICH SUPPORTED HIM WELL THROUGHOUT HIS ILLNESS OVER THESE PAST FEW MONTHS, DURING WHICH HE WAS DETERMINED TO COMPLETE THE WORK HE HAD UNDERTAKEN ON THE HISTORY OF THE SALVATION ARMY.

 

FRED WILL BE SADLY MISSED BY PAT AND HIS FAMILY AS WELL AS THE MANY MEMBERS WHO KNEW HIM AS A FRIEND.

 

THE FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY AT THE

BIRMINGHAM SALVATION ARMY CITADEL,

ST. CHAD’S QUEENSWAY AT 1.00PM FOLLOWED BY CREMATION AT PERRY BARR CREMATORIUM AT 3.00PM

Sunday 2nd July 2017
Richard Brittan  and Rob Robinson played Pat Sweeney from the Highway Club in Coventry. in the last 8 of the Warwickshire area of the Senior Pairs. They won 26-17.


Erdington Court's top squad had a robust win against Tamworth at home at Bowling Green Close, in the first round of the Wardrop Cup.

The Warwickshire County competition dates back to 1956 and features 11 players on each side in 2 wood and 4 wood singles, pairs, triples and fours - with a total of 29 teams taking part. It is otherwise known as the 'Top Club' competition. Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield led the Court team, with Bob Allcock captaining Tamworth. The Court took a point each from 4 of the 5 rinks.The second round takes place on Tuesday 18th July away at Welford.

                 Erdington (left) led by Rob Robsinons with Tamworth Team led by Bob Allcock

Meanwhile, in the Birmingham Bowls Association (BBA) leagues, Erdington Court's 'A' team are heading the top division, after winning it last year. In the 'B' division,  the Court has now has two teams rather than 1 and is led by Antony Gould - with each team in contention to head that league also.

Club spokesperson Ray Woods said,
"In the last few years, we have had a very successful recruitment campaign - and this is showing through in the breadth and depth of the teams that we can put out. It is particularly rewarding to see newer players getting involved at all levels. Having the benefit of an indoor arena, means that we can play the whole year round without a winter break and this has to pay dividends."

"We welcome the announcement that Birmingham is bidding to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 - as this fantastic event features level green bowls from around the World, and we would be aiming to use that to boost interest." This week-end, we will be at the Sutton Community Games promoting the sport there by letting families try it out.


FROM ERDINGTON'S TOP SQUAD MANAGER, ROB ROBINSON 27TH JUNE 2017


We are already in the last 16 of the Warwickshire County Fours with Allen Onion and Phil Bond - which is this Wednesday at Rugby.


Richard and I played each last night. Richard won and goes forward to the last 16 of the County Singles.


Rob

26th June 2017
Erdington Court stars Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield and Richard Brittan from Tamworth are through to the last 16 of the Warwickshire County Pairs. They beat father and son  Vic and Gareth Evans from Bournville at home at the Bowling Green Close arena 21:17.

Meanwhile the ladies of Erdington Court were also at home in action in Birmingham's own 'Ivy League'. This league is specifically for ladies over 55. Veteran Joan Garner led Erdington Court to a 21:10 win against Rowheath.


Rob Robinson and Richard Brittan.

BBA 'A' TEAM RETAIN 100% RECORD

'Erdington Court's 'A' team continued their strong opening run in the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) top league - beating Solihull Municipal 'B' at home at Bowling Green Close . This leaves them with an unbroken record after 5 matches.


However, the Erdington Club didn't have it their own way, only winning on one of the two rinks. Rink 1 led by Captain Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield won by 27:11 and this was sufficient to give overall victory. On the same rink, youth star Luke Moore from Wednesbury managed to take a Solihull winning 15th end from under their noses with his last shot. In the 16th end, Erdington Court then took 6 points and this drove their final result.
Erdington Court's BBA 'B' Team took 4 points against Blossomfield (Solihull), despite only winning on 1 of the 2 rinks. Next match against Handsworth Wood away on Tuesday 6th June at 6.15pm Spectators welcome.


WINTER INDOOR LEAGUES
Yes believe it or not, entries are open for the indoor leagues that start in the Autumn and go through to 2018.  These include a ladies afternoon league - the men evening leagues ( triples and pairs), together with the Thursday evening mixed triples.
MAY 2017

The overall strength of Erdington Court's squads has continued to show itself in the early part of the outdoor season.

Sutton Coldfield's Steve Mason and John Pritchard had a convincing win in the first round of the Warwickshire Pairs Competition - beating Phil Jones and Arthur Preistner from Sherwood Park 26:8. Their next match takes place this week at Kings Heath.

In the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) Leagues, Erdington Court's 'A' team has won its first two games against Rowheath and Blossomfield 'A'. Their 'B' team beat Bournville 'A' to take 4 points. This followed wins against Solihull 'C' and Bournville 'B'.

Erdington Court also have 2 teams competing in the BBA Evergreens (Men's Over 55's). The 'B' team narrowly beat Bournville away 26:24 taking a point on each rink in the last end to clinch the match. As a result, they are currently 3rd in the League.The 'A' team have also had wins against Bournville 'B', West Midlands Police, Rowheath and Bournville 'A', but despite this are 5th in the League.

In the week-end friendlies, Erdington Court continued its strong home record, beating Tamworth 78:68. The winning rink for Erdington was Steve Mason from Sutton Coldfield, Eddie Dodd from Great Barr and John Green from Stechford. To-date, the squad has had wins against Solihull Municipal, Bournville Ladies and Charford (Bromsgrove).

Erdington Courts' own Club competitions start shortly with over 40 members expected to compete in singles and pairs competitions for both women, men  and mixed - with handicapped matches to favour newer or less talented members. These culminate in the Club finals on Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd September before matches return to the indoor arena for the winter. Spectators are welcome.



ANNUAL DINNER - 12th May 2017


This attracted over 70 – the highest number for years. I am told that a good time was had by all - and thanks to all who helped organise


 

To view lots more photos from the night, please click on this link HERE:




A LETTER FROM OUR NEW PRESIDENT, DAVID MITCHELL...


Annual General Meeting. Friday 21st April 2017

Attendance was the best for many years. Many thanks to the two retiring officers, Ray Woods (Secretary) and Roy Webster (Chairman) who have worked hard on behalf of members during their period of office. Best wishes to the two new officers Les Barrett (Secretary) and Antony Gould (Chairman)


Rob Robinson, the Trust Chairman, gave a brief resume of the changes that have taken place over the past four years, during which the club has made many changes to ensure its future. The Trust has a number of new members and the day to day running of the club is now the responsibility of the Executive Committee on which the bowls club is well represented. Two members are appointed by the committee, Pat Court and one yet to be nominated and two were elected at the meeting Antony Gould and John Reid. This committee is regarded as the working arm of the Trust and as such will be governed by the same constitution. Already, it has made many changes and improvements to the club surroundings.


 

President’s Day   Saturday 22nd April 2017

36 members enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of bowling in warm sunshine.

Most of the success of the afternoon was due to the hard work and brilliant organisation of Captain Peter Yates. Peter prepared all the lists for us to select the teams and then produced the match programme. The changeover after nine ends worked well and even the failure of one member to turn up became a minor problem. Peter shuffled the teams and our newest member Bill Ensor who had come to watch had his first game. I simply did the easy bit of providing the wine and the sun. Many thanks, Peter.


As usual the American Tea produced a laden table, which the members enjoyed. My thanks go to the usual group of members who arrived over an hour before everyone else to lay the tables and put out the food and then at the end spent more time to clear the tables and wash up. This is the unseen work which makes for the perfect day for others. I understand that we should have more social events during the Summer months. I hope that members will give their full support to these.

 

 Members, your club is in safe hands.

 

Dave Mitchell

President

April 2017

See report/pic below of President's Day match.

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Saturday 22nd April 2017
This was a great success. Played on 6 rinks in glorious sunshine (what a difference a day or two makes). The ‘spider’ competition was won by Lorna Bournes who received a bottle of whisky. The President’s Team beat the Captain’s Team by 102: 79.

A drinks reception kindly provided by 
new Honorary President David Mitchell was held before the start of the match.
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Sunday 23rd April


WEEK-END FRIENDLY – ERDINGTON COURT VS SOLIHULL MUNICIPAL AT HOME


A good result for Erdington Court: Erdington Court 100 v Solihull Municipal 64.


Winning rink: Chris Reid, Colin Heath and Terry Yates.

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Over 40 (young and not so young) turned up on Boxing Day morning to play outdoors in brilliant sunshine. Spirits were bolstered by mulled wine. hot mice pies and hot drinks.

Thanks to Rob and Hilary Robinson and family - and all who came along.

Winners were:

Victoria Bathurst, - Junior.

Freya Robinson - nearest the jack "spider" competition:

Bill Newey - Scapa Porritt Cup (40th anniversary) adult trophy.


More photos in our photo gallery.