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OUTDOOR GENERAL MEETING
Erdington Court's look back at the outdoor season was a celebration of success. Chair of Trustees Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield said that the Club's competitive achievements were the best in 20 years, and membership and finances were in robust health. Eric Watts was thanked for his efforts in restoring the financial health of the Club over the last 5-6 years. Eric has now stood down as Trust adviser (The Trust owns the Club facilities) following a spell of ill health.
Reports were held from all Bowls Club officials - and a new outdoor committee elected for 2020. Work on outdoor fixtures is already well under way.
In the Birmingham area, the Club men had almost swept the board in competitions and players had reached County and national finals. Player Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill had been outstanding and had been nominated by Warwickshire for a national trial. Rob outlined a further extensive programme of investment in Club facilities over coming months.
The Court has multiple teams playing in the Birmingham-wide Evergreens and Ivy Leagues, as well as in County leagues and competitions.
Competitions Secretary Peter Yates also from Sutton Coldfield said that participation levels amongst Club members had again increased year on year and the indoor leagues now underway had attracted record entries. Newer men and women members were continuing to 'raise the bar' as the overall standard of competition rose. A number of outdoor games had attracted over 40 Club entrants.
Finances had been boosted by an increase in the number of Club sponsors and by a regular programme of social activity. In April 2020, over 50 Club members will be travelling to play in Spain. There are also regular bowls tours within the UK.
A recent 'drop in day' at the Club had further boosted membership and given our coaches Clive and Jean Smith lots to do!
Following on from Rob's report above, the major refurb to the foyer with a new door and flooring. Safety railing has been installed indoors.
Other less obvious but essential repairs and maintenance are also planned.
Overall, the Trustees have budgeted £25,000 for repairs and maintenance during 2019 - 2020.
The Club's Social Committee who have done such a great job with members support and have offered to pay for a new electronic scoreboard - to bring us into line with other indoor clubs. This is in the planning stages.
Consideration is also being given to the replacement of the indoor green in 2020.
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Over 40 players took to the Erdington Court green this week end in 2 days of Club competition finals.
Saturday saw half of the matches won by a margin of 2 or less points.
One of the surprise wins was by newcomer Diane Ludlow from Sutton Coldfield who beat Club veteran Christine Reid from Pype Hayes 22:20.
Diane's husband Ken not to be outdone, won the Open Handicap Pairs with partner Alan Bowen from Aldridge by an even narrower margin of 11:10.They beat another newcomer Simon Kimberley from Four Oaks and his partner Philip Watts from Sutton Coldfield.
Ray Woods, a spokesman for the Club thanked Competitions Secretary Peter Yates and his wife Terry from Sutton Coldfield for the flawless organisation on both days and in all the preceding rounds.
DIANE LUDLOW, CHRISTINE REID AND MARKER TERRY YATES.
"We had a record number of entries this year. The standard seems to get better each year. Our year on year recruitment campaigns have brought many new members into the Club - and many of those are now really blossoming."
Erdington Court is now accepting applications for the indoor season and can be contacted on 07967 686230. The Club is open to all abilities and offers free coaching. You can visit their web site at www.erdingtoncourtbowlslclub.org.uk and you can follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter: @bowlsflat.
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One of Erdington Court's star players Mark Ireland is a member of the Warwickshire Bears team that this week end took national honours at the Bowls England Championships in Leamington.
Warwickshire won the prestigious Balcomb Trophy at Victoria Park, to win the inter-county double rink crown, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, for the first time since 2014. This is a two fours competition with rounds being played all through the Summer.
They defeated Essex, the 2017 winners, in a high quality final of the event that went down to the very last bowl of the match.
Essex took an early lead across the two rinks before a run of 16 shots without reply by the Millership rink put Warwickshire ahead. The Squire rink then scored 13 shots without reply, but Essex fought back, followed by singles from Warwickshire on the last four ends played -which gave them the title.
In an emotional statement on social media, the Court's Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill said,
" Absolutely over the moon to have won the National Balcomb trophy with Warwickshire today. Thank you to the management team of Martyn Murley (Rugby) and Rob Robinson (Erdington Court) for having the confidence in me, to all my County colleagues for the support you have shown through the season, all the supporters for following the Bears throughout the campaign - none more so than president Geoffrey Moran whom has been with us every step of the way, and last but not least my wonderful wife Christine Marie Bissell with all that you have been through recently and letting me out to play xx. Come on the Bears!"
Erdington Court Bowls Club can be contacted on 07967 686230. The Club welcomes players of all abilities and offers free coaching. Applications for indoor membership are now being accepted.
Pictures: Warwickshire Bears with Mark extreme left back row.
Mark at Erdington Court
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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A busy day at Erdington Court's Indoor Bowling Green Close arena saw the home side beat Tamworth in the morning and Measham in the afternoon.The Tamworth fixture was the latest round of the County's Warwick Trophy - with the Court captained by Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield winning 42:33 to take 5 competition points. In the afternoon friendly, the Court led by Erdington's Tim Hartland won by just 3 points 51:48.
These followed a home win led by Pat Court from Wylde Green of 71:48 against Greyfriars from Coventry in another friendly.
In a startling return to form, the Club Ladies again led by Pat Court, began the year in style - beating the Club men convincingly 68:48. The men are plotting their come back in February!
Erdington Court Bowls Club welcomes new members and free coaching is available - over 21 newcomers have been coached since November. Please call 07967 686230 for more details. You can also view their web site at www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk or follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter: @bowlsflat.