Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on August 20, 2019 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (1)



Long standing member Pat Court has had the honour of being President of the WDWBA this season.....


After a week of changeable weather the sun came out for us on Sunday. Bowlers from Blossomfield, Solihull, Rowheath. Sherwood Park and Handsworth Wood Bowling Clubs came together at our Club to help celebrate my Gala President’s Day of the Birmingham District Women’s Bowling Association for 2019. There was friendly competition between the mixed teams with one team, namely Ruth Acum, Mary Webster and Mo Tuckett coming in overall winners. There was a Cake Stall, Bring and Buy and raffle, followed by a fish and chip supper, with much jollity and friendship. An enjoyable day for all.

Pat Court


Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on August 19, 2019 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Court's 'A' team went into the final game at home to Sherwood Park's 'B' team - needing just 2 points to take the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) top League for the 4th successive year.


On Rink 1, the squad led by Rob Robinson from Four Oaks began cautiously, but after picking up 7 points on one end, they gained traction to win 25:8.


On the other rink, the contest was much more even, but the Court led by Antony Gould (Sutton Coldfield) dug in to win 20:15, taking 3 points on the last end.


This meant that overall, the team took a fabulous 6 points! A great way to end the season and win the League.


The Court's 'B team were also at home - to Solihull Municipal. Tim Hartland's (Erdington) squad were 6-17 down after 13 ends, but fought back well to finish just 3 shots behind on 15-18.


Peter Yate's (Sutton Coldfield) squad were 4 shots down on the last end by the time he played his last bowl - but in a spectacular finale, his last wood got into the head and cut the visitor's score down to just 2 shots, giving the squad a 4 shot win at 18-14 and the 'B' team an overall win of 33-32 and a resulting 4 points!


As the outdoor season begins to draw to a close, Erdington Court are re-opening membership of their full size 4 rink indoor arena and of their triples and pairs leagues - as well as casual bowling. The Club boasts an indoor membership of over 200. Members of all abilities are welcome and free coaching is offered. Call 07967 686230 for more details or visit their web site at

l2r Sherwood Park 'B' team and Erdington Court's 'A' team led by Rob Robinson




Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on July 1, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


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Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on July 1, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Court stars Rob Robinson from Four Oaks and Richard Brittan - Staffs have reached the County semi finals of the national Bowls England Senior Pairs. They beat Richard Lewis and Richard Gaunt from Avenue Coventry at Avenue 19-12 .


This win was part of a strong period for the Court's top squad and for the Club's many other teams competing in local leagues.


In the quarter finals of the Warwickshire County Pairs Brittan and Robinson were on form again beating Ian Harrison and Graham Ashby from Nuneaton, 24:23. Court's other pair Allen Onion from Sutton Coldfield and Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill lost on an extra end 20:18 to John Collett and Fred West from Stoke. The squad now play Andrew Manning and Dave Fallon from Nuneaton on County semi-finals day which is on Sunday 7th July at Rugby Bowls Club.


In the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) top league, Rob Robinson was to the fore again leading his Court's 'A' team to their ninth consecutive win. They beat Handsworth Wood away 30:38 - with the Court taking the maximum 6 points.



Not to be outdone, the Court Ladies 'Yellow' team in the BBA's Ivy League chalked up another great win. The team of Pam Ellis - Four Oaks, Brenda Bosley - Erdington, Pat Court - Wylde Green and Chris Reid - Pype Hayes, were all in top form against Handsworth Wood, winning by 31 shots to 4.

Erdington Court Ladies On A Roll

Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on June 23, 2019 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


It was the turn of Erdington Court ladies to be in the spotlight this week. Around 40% of the Club's membership are ladies.


The Court have two teams in the Birmingham Bowls Association (BBA) Ivy League. This week the ladies secured maximum points in a double header against Kings Heath. This was despite having to deal with last minute team changes due to illness and injury.


Blue team led by Eileen Merrick from New Oscott won at home 29-10. Diane Ludlow from Sutton Coldfield was drafted in at the last minute and had a good game in her first inter club league match. Blues are on a roll, having won 3 consecutive games.


Yellows led by Ann Mason from Walmley also won away to Kings Heath 25-10. They have won 5 of their first 7 games.


It was a mixed bag for the men playing in the BBA's Evergreens League at home to Solihull.The Court took 2 points at home, despite losing heavily on one of the two rinks.


In the main BBA Men's League, the Court's 'A' team have now won all 8 games to-date and top the League - with Sherwood Park 'A' team (Hall Green) in second place,


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



Picture below: Left: Kings Heath Right: Erdington Court


Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on June 16, 2019 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

You might think that Bowls fixtures would have been wrecked by the weather, but this is not a fair weather sport - and a number of crucial games have continued to be played.


A team of 8 players from Erdington Court were at home to the Northampton Express Club in the Bowls England 2 4's national competition. The Court, led by Rob Robinson from Four Oaks trailed for most of the match - but snatched a dramatic lead in the 20th end to win 38:37!


A team from Erdington Court had just completed its best ever run in the Warwickshire County Triples League. In the quarter finals, they lost by just 17:16 to Whitnash.


In the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) Ivy League, the ladies of the Court's blue team managed to dodge the rain to win another stunning home victory - this time against Solihull Municipal 27:9.


Again in the BBA, the Court's Men's 'A' team led by Peter Yates from Sutton Coldfield took 4 point against Handsworth Wood scoring 30:27. The team has scored an aggregate 226 points vs 189 against.


In a week end fixture, the Court, led by acting Captain Roy Webster hosted a team from Thistle Bowling Club near Tamworth. The Court won 72:53. However Thistle have the opportunity to take their revenge in a few weeks time when they play host!


Erdington Court Bowls Club welcomes new members of all abilities and can be contacted on 07967 686230. You can also visit their web site at and follow them on Facebook at Erdington court Bowls Club and on Twitter@bowlsflat


Left: Northampton Express Right: Erdington Court

Below Left: Thistle Bowls Club Right: Erdington Court


Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on April 28, 2019 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Bowls Club's Indoor Presentation Dinner attracted a full house again - with over 50 prize winners and runners up, of whom more than half were ladies. Sponsors Neil and Heather Hillman of low cost utility distributors 'So Different' were special guests.


Competitions Secretary Peter Yates gave an upbeat assessment of the Court's inter club competitive success and reported a 25% increase in entries for the Club's own competitions, particularly from the Club's growing ladies squad - and from the continuing inflow of new members. Newcomer Neil Ballinger from New Oscott took the Fred Crowhurst League shield. New prize winners this year included Denise Szostek and Tom Collier from Sutton Coldfield and Ruth Acum from Handsworth Wood. Sponsors Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning of Lichfield provided the winners of the Sandy Powell trophy each with tickets for afternoon tea at the Ramada hotel for them and their partners.


Meanwhile, with the outdoor season in full swing, the Court's ladies have made a strong start in the Birmingham-wide Ivy League. The Blue team of Terry Yates, Shirley Watts, Joyce Terry and Eileen Merrick won away from home against last year's Ivy League winners, Handsworth Wood 15:8. The yellow team of Pat Court, Denise Szostek (making her league debut), Chris Reid and Lorely Edwards showed good early season form, posting a 31:9 win at home against West Midlands Police.


Erdington Court has 6 all weather outdoor rinks and welcomes new members of all abilities, providing free coaching where required. You can contact them on 07967 686230 and view their web site at You can also follow the Club on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on twitter @bowlsflat.



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



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


Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates 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.



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.



Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on January 13, 2019 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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 or follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter: @bowlsflat.