ERDINGTON COURT BOWLS CLUB

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THIS IS FINAL(S)!

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on March 31, 2019 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


 

2 days of finals competitions were the climax of months of competition rounds at Erdington Court Bowls Club - involving over 50 men and women bowlers. The finals featured singles, pairs and fours contests.

 

Highlight of the week end was the final of the Sandy Powell Competition sponsored by Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning of Lichfield. The winners received the trophy and 2 tickets each for afternoon tea at Sutton Coldfield's Ramada Hotel.


 

 

 

All pictures can be viewed here.

 

www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk/apps/photos/album?albumid=16141878

NEW BOY ON THE BLOCK AT ERDINGTON COURT

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on March 15, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

NAME: Daniel (Dan) Jones

1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PLAYING?

Since I was around 5-6 years old, so about 15 years.

 

2. HOW DID YOU START?

My dad was quite the international bowler in his day, so I just kinda followed in his footsteps.

 

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOWLS POSITION?

I prefer to play backend, so 3rd/Skip. But I’ll go where I’m needed most.

 

4. DO YOU PREFER SINGLES, PAIRS, TRIPLES OR FOURS?

Anything bowls and I’m in. Though pairs has always taken my interest more, because having 4 bowls at your disposal and then your partners bowls, always leads to interesting games.

 

5. WHAT IS THE GREATEST SUCCESS THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN BOWLS?

Probably would have to be representing Wales both indoor and outdoor, and leading the boys to a good few games against the other home nations.

 

6. WHAT IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL COMPETITION THAT YOU CURRENTLY PLAY IN?

Well I’m still in the lineup for the Welsh teams but because of my studies I can never make the home practises or games. Though I still play the occasional county game or national comp when I go home to see the family.

 

7. HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY/PRACTICE PER WEEK?

I try my best to practise at least 3/4 times a week. It’s harder because I’m in university a lot, but I still try.

 

8. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR FAVOURITE GREEN TO PLAY ON?

A quick one, definitely. Probably like most I was brought up playing on grass, but the outdoor carpet, I feel is the way the sport should be going.

 

9. WHAT AREA DO YOU LIVE IN?

I live in the centre of Birmingham.

 

10. WHAT OTHER HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE?

Well I’m a musician by trade, so you’ll either see me practising my music or my bowls. Or the pub.

 

11. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST UNFULFULLED AMBITION?

In bowls – probably to get placed in the commonwealth squad or to get through to the World Bowls Finals. In life – I’d say to get to travel the world, making and sharing music.

 


TEAM ENGLAND

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on March 14, 2019 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

TEAM ENGLAND - BRITISH ISLES INDOOR BOWLS

 

Congratulations to all the players who made it a record breaking 8/8 wins in yesterday’s BIIBC Finals! #teamengland became the first countRy to win a clean sweep of titles - Men’s Singles, Junior Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours!

 

Great to see so many young people for a change!

 

Well done all!

WARWICKSHIRE INDOOR BOWLS FINALS SATURDAY 16TH MARCH 2019

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on March 12, 2019 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

12th March 2019

 

THE WEEK IN FOCUS

 

Members of the Court's top squad have battled their way through to the Warwickshire County Finals next Saturday (16th) at Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club.

 

Rob Robinson from Four Oaks and Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill take on Paul and Andy Bailey from Tamworth in the pairs. Allen Onion, Eddie Dunn from Sutton Coldfield and Phil Bond from Hurley are pitted against Dave Gibbons, Geoff Newton and Andy Sparks from Avon Valley (Gaydon) in the triples.

 

It was a good week for the Court men. This year, performance of the Club ladies had got better and better. The indoor series against the men stood at 3 matches to the men and 2 to the ladies - with a final opportunity this week for the ladies to draw the series. However, it was not to be and by winning on all 4 rinks, the men preserved their winning record.

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY BOWLS

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on March 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY BOWLS

 

Both women and men members of Erdington Court are able to play in numerous competitions and Leagues at Birmingham, Warwickshire and even national level. This is because the Club affiliates to the respective bodies.

 

In the indoor season, the Club provides teams for the County's teams - playing against other Counties and bodies.

 

In the most recent contest at Avon Valley Indoor Bowls Club,, the men's squad formed part of the County team against a national team from the Fire Service. Members of the Fire Service team travelled from as far away as Cornwall and Dorset.

 

Above L2 R: The Court team who played the Fire service

Alan Bowen, David Ballantyne, John Green and Ray Woods.

 

The Erdington squad got off to a shaky start and were 1:10 down. However after 4 hours of determined play, the Court team led by Ray Woods from Pype Hayes had fought back and the score was 23:24. The Court scored 1 on the last end to draw the game 24:24. Overall, it was a convincing win for Warwickshire.

 

Earlier in the week, men and women from Erdington Court found themselves on opposite sides in a County men vs women fixture at the 8 rink Rugby Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club - though thankfully not on the same rink! The men had more to smile about though, as the men beat the County ladies by a healthy margin.

 

Below: Pat Court, Bill Ensor, Joyce Terry. George Gowler, Eileen Merrick, John Green, Chris Reid and Neil Ballinger



REG BECOMES PRESIDENT

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on March 7, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)


At 95 years old, many would have given up active sport, but Sutton Coldfield man Reg Warner has just been elected President of Erdington Court Bowls Club for the next 2 years.

 

Reg has been a member of the Club for over 27 years and remains an active player. Not content with that, he continues to take part in line dancing in and around Sutton Coldfield, Walmley and Streetly 2-3 times a week - pumped up by his daily early morning fitness routine. Until recently, he also played table tennis regularly.

 

Reg served in the navy during World War 2 from 1942 - 1946 and in the 1950's, he was a member of Erdington YMCA's team that won the Birmingham Closed Singles Competition.

 

At 89, Reg took part in the Great Midlands Fun Run in Sutton Coldfield.

 

Reg said that he was flattered and delighted to be chosen to be President of Erdington Court Bowls Club and was looking forward to taking up office in April. He continued

"I love playing at Erdington Court. Everyone is cheerful and I love the informality and the company."

 

Ray Woods, a spokesman for the Club added,

"Reg is a real gentleman and a better bowler than many of us. Bowls ticks all the boxes as we get older - including regular exercise, maintaining and developing eye and hand co-ordination - and as Reg says, good company!"

 

"An average game takes about 2 hours and will involve something like 6,000 - 7,000 steps - for those who like measuring these things. We have members of all ages at the Club from their 20's onwards - and we hope to form a youth squad at some point.The Club offers free coaching without commitment."

 

Erdington Court Bowls Club can be contacted on 07967 686230. You can also visit their web site at www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk and follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter@bowlsflat.

JARROD MORGAN KICKS OFF ERDINGTON COURT'S COMPETITION

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on February 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Club sponsor Jarrod Morgan kicked off Erdington Court's 3 week Sandy Powell Indoor Fours Competition - featuring 32 male and female members.

 

This prestigious competition reaches a climax at the Club's Finals Day on Saturday 30th March - before the Club moves outdoors to its 6 rink all-weather rinks.

 

Club Spokesperson Ray Woods said,

"This competition is always over subscribed. Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning based in Lichfield have been sponsoring this competition for 3 years - and the winning team and their partners will receive tea at the Ramada Hotel thanks to them. We are really grateful for their support and that of all our sponsors - 10 in total, all based locally."

 

Erdington Court welcomes new members and offers free coaching. The Club can be contacted on 07967 686230 and you can view their web site at www. erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk and follow it on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club or Twitter:@bowlsflat.

ERDINGTON COURT LADIES TAKE THE LEAD

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on February 10, 2019 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court held their own at their Bowling Green Close arena against Greyfriars from Coventry, in a friendly fours match. Despite losing heavily on the Greyfriars Captain's rink, the Court - with a large female representation, dug in to win this closely fought game 64:60.taking 3 of the 4 rinks.

 

In the Men's County 2 rink Warwick Trophy League, at Welford on Avon, the Court team managed to secure the 3 bonus points to win overall 5:2. The squad led by John Pritchard from Sutton accompanied by Paul Vaughan - also from Sutton, Tim Hartland from Erdington, and new recruit - student Dan Jones from the Birmingham Conservatoire won by double figures. Meanwhile Allen Onion and Antony Gould from Sutton, Bill Ensor from Aston and captain Phil Bond from Hurley in Warks struggled, but scored enough shots to contribute to the overall win.

 

Earlier in the week, the Club Ladies led by Pat Court from Wylde Green,completed a season's hat trick against the Club men, winning heavily 56:77. It all goes down to the wire now in the final match of the season on 6th March. Club spokesperson Ray Woods said,

"Bowls has always led the way in mixed sports. Over 40% of our members are female and the ladies squad gets stronger each season. We work hard to provide a supportive environment for all new members and I think this has proved to be particularly effective in the case of the ladies - who go from strength to strength."

Erdington Court welcomes new members and can be contacted on 07967 686230. You can also folow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter@bowlsflat.

 

Pictures:

Greyfriars left Captained by Roy Lawrence against Erdington Court led by Pat Court from Wylde Green.

 Erdington Court Ladies led by Pat Court (left) ready to take on the Club men captained by Tim Hartland from Erdington.

 

ERDINGTON COURT ON THE MOVE..

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on February 3, 2019 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court maintained their strong home record at the week end, beating Shrewsbury 63::55 in a close game on the 4 indoor rinks. Each team provided 16 players and Pat Court from Wylde Green Captained the home team.

The Club has announced that it will be sending a 50 strong squad to Spain in April next year to compete against local clubs there. The squad is already fully subscribed and there is an air of anticipation at the first overseas tour in recent memory. The Club already organises a number of tours in UK locations, which are always fully supported.


ERDINGTON COURT NEWCOMERS GET COUNTY OUTING

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on February 2, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

JANUARY 31ST 2019

 

Erdington Court provides opportunities for players of all abilities and at all levels.

 

The Club is affiliated to City, County and national bowls organisations.

 

Warwickshire provide a number of opportunities to play 'friendlies' against other Counties at home and away. This gives our Club the chance to give an outing to members who would not normally get the opportunity at play at that level.

 

The most recent of these was against Oxford and was hosted by Welford On Avon Indoor Bowls Club. The squad pictured L2R was Bill Ensor from Aston, Neil Ballinger from New Oscott, Clive Wilkins from Wylde Green and Ray Woods (Acting Skip) from Pype Hayes.

 

Also pictured below is Bill Ensor after receiving his Colts Badge for playing for the first time. Neil got his on the previous outing.

 

For more details call 07967 686230.


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