ERDINGTON COURT BOWLS CLUB

ERDINGTON COURT BOWLS CLUB

   ALL THE YEAR ROUND BOWLS - INDOOR AND OUTDOOR

CHANGE TO STEWARD SESSIONS


In line with the Club Announcement all steward sessions will now be outdoors until further notice. Demand has been high so an extra session has been added on Mondays. The steward session start times are now:


MONDAY 10am, TILL 11:30 and MONDAY 12.00, TILL 02.00  & FRIDAY 10am. Till 12.00pm 
Must be Booked with Les Barrett Email Address: les@fastmail.fm or phone 0780 122 7367
only 18 members allowed per session on three rinks


It is very, very important that all players maintain the mandatory Covid social distancing rules. In short if you can touch another player you are far too close. Unfortunately failure to abide by the social distancing rules could lead to sessions being discontinued so PLEASE KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! Thank you.



CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT

STOP PRESS 14th OCTOBER 2020



DUE TO THE LATEST COVID ANNOUNCEMENT THE INDOOR RINKS ARE CLOSED 


WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. OUTDOOR RINKS REMAIN OPEN.


MORE NEWS TO FOLLOW SOON




COPY OF MEDIA RELEASE W/C 12/10/2020

LOCAL SPORTS CLUB INVESTS TO ENSURE PLAYER SAFETY

Erdington Court Bowls Club is continuing to invest for the future while keeping members safe.

The Club is the largest in the north of the City, Sutton Coldfield and South Staffs.

In recent months over £10,000 has been spent on a new air extraction system and other measures to protect members during socially distanced play, including an online booking system.

Club Chair Rob Robinson explained,
"As the largest Bowls Club in this area, we take the health and safety of our members very seriously. We actually closed the Club before the first Government COVID19 regulations were issued. When the regulations were relaxed, we took a number of steps including a deep clean of the Club, social distancing of players, compulsory wearing of masks, provision of bacterial hand wash and restrictions on the use of equipment and communal areas like changing rooms.




Pictured are Erdington Court's masked 'Protectors,' below the new air extraction system
L2R Rear: Club Steward - Ron Statham, Enegen Commissioning Engineer - Mick Paling, 
Paul Burns Treasurer of The Club's Charitable Trust and Game Co-ordinator - Simon Kimberley
Front (in Club shirts): Secretary -  Les Barrett and Trust Chair- Rob Robinson


We backed this up with the launch of a new online booking system to reduce the need for members to visit the Club. This proved a great success.

We plan to re-open our indoor arena shortly and have had a new state of the art air extraction system installed over the last few weeks. In total, we have invested over £10,000. We will also be allowing members to continue to play outside if they prefer.The indoor arena also had a new playing surface and electronic scoring system fitted while it was closed.

None of this would have been possible without the support of members, our loyal sponsors and also the Council and the Government from whom we have received financial support, which has been a real lifeline.

No one knows what the future holds, but our aim is to continue to protect not only our members physical health, but also their mental well being. We believe that we can do this by providing a safe environment, in which they can take regular exercise."

The new air extraction system was installed at Erdington Court this week by staff of Enegen Air Conditioning Limited of Redditch.

Erdington Court Bowls club can be contacted on 07801 227367. 
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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE INDOOR SEASON!


For those of you who were wondering how the recently announced Covid restrictions would affect the start of the Indoor Season.........................fear not!


We now have the go-ahead from the English Indoor Bowling Association, who clarified the position with Government, and the plans outlined in our briefing note dated 19th September 2020 are still valid. See the Indoor Arrangements page on this website for details.


From Monday 28th September you will be able to book the new indoor green on Fastcourts for solo-practice, singles or pairs play commencing on Monday 5th October.  The outdoor green will also still be available to book. Steward Sessions and the Crowhurst Challenge League will be played outdoors only to begin with but will move indoors from week commencing Monday 26th October. Steward Sessions should still be pre-booked with Les Barrett and Simon Kimberley will be in touch shortly with those members registered for the Crowhurst Challenge League.


Clearly this indoor season will be a little different but we wish you safe and happy bowling during the winter ahead.


DID YOU REMEMBER TO PAY YOUR SUBS???



INDOOR LEAGUE UPDATE


Plenty of you are entering the indoor leagues this year and we are pleased to say that all of the leagues will run as planned. More details will be supplied soon to those who register.


If you want to play in the Ladies Pairs League on Tuesday afternoon, the Men's Pairs League on Wednesday evening, the Mixed Triples League on Thursday afternoon or the Crowhurst Challenge League on Friday afternoon be sure to register with Les Barrett as soon as possible.


You can register with Les by phone or text on 07801 227367 or e-mail les@fastmail.fm

 

FRESH AIR IS ON THE WAY

Plenty of work is underway behind the scenes to ensure we are ready for the indoor season beginning on October 1st. One of the biggest investments to help keep us safe is the installation of a state of the art ventilation system.

The Mitsubishi heat recovery ventilation system will remove stale, germ-ridden air from the indoor bowling arena and replace it with lovely new fresh air. You might think that on a frosty day this could make indoor bowling a bit chilly but the system uses the heat from the old air to warm up the new incoming air. In fact the heat exchange unit recovers in excess of 80% of the heat and at no point is any stale air recirculated.

Work on the installation is due to begin on Thursday 10th September. At one point there will be as many as 7 engineers on site as there is quite a bit of electrical and ducting work to complete. Installation will be followed by a period of rigorous testing to make sure everything is up to scratch for the indoor season.

Bowling will continue as normal on the outdoor green while the system is installed and the workmen will keep their distance.

  PUSHERS & MATS BACK IN USE FROM 2nd AUGUST


As part of the further easing of Covid-19 restrictions we are pleased to announce that the use of pushers and mats will be permitted from Sunday 2nd August.

To help ensure everyone's safety there are a few key rules that we need to observe, as follows:-

1. Only one lead and one skip on each rink should handle the mats no matter who wins the end.

2. Only one person on each rink should handle the pushers. This does not have to be the same person who                handles the mats.

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3. PLEASE USE THE SANITISER AND WIPES TO SANITISE THE PUSHER HANDLES AND MATS AT THE END OF YOUR GAME.

                                                   ENJOY YOUR BOWLING AND STAY SAFE


COVID CUP TRIAL 25th JULY 2020--- A SUCCESS


Fifty bowlers took part in the Covid Cup drawn pairs trial on Saturday 25th July and you could tell they were chomping at the bit to get back into action. The event, captained by Roy Webster, was aimed at testing our ability to hold a large scale bowls event safely whilst adhering to Covid 19 distancing and hygiene protocol.


The day passed with flying colours and not only that - everyone seemed to have a good time! At one point the weather looked as though it was going to put a dampener on proceedings but in the end both morning and afternoon sessions were completed without hiccup.


Overall winners were Mary Webster and Mike Kilby, second were Mike Stanley and Chris Reid and third were Jean Clements and Ken Ludlow.


The successful outcome of the trial now means we can proceed with the Covid Cup which will be held over 9 Sundays commencing Sunday 2nd August. For full details please see the Covid Cup page on this website.



                                                

                    BBA SQUADS BACK IN ACTION


Although the official men's BBA leagues are now out of action for the rest of the 2020 season that doesn't mean to say that our BBA squads are taking it easy. The Erdington Court BBA teams have started a 5 week Tuesday night practice session managed by Allen Onion and Antony Gould where each week players are drawn into different pairs. Battle then commences for two hours to find the winners and losers. Covid distancing and hygiene rules apply but needless to say that there is still plenty of banter and the competitive spirit is truly evident. The sessions will run until mid-August by which time the nights will be drawing in but at least both the A and B squads will have had plenty of practice to keep them in fine fettle until next season. The photographs below show a few of the competitors in action - see if you can recognise a few faces.



The Three Musketeers?


Well they may not be great swordsmen but they are pretty good with fencing. We all owe a debt of thanks to (l to r) Bill Ensor, new member Jim Moore and Simon Kimberley who along with Peter Yates re-painted the fencing around the outdoor green over a recent weekend (11th July).


Not sure if you have noticed but there is a heck of a lot of fencing and the lads worked really hard to get it finished so that play could restart again on Monday.


Jim and his wife Mary only joined recently so it didn't take long for him to start getting involved.


Thanks gentlemen and well done!



YES ITS HERE.............AND ITS GREEN!


Our lovely new indoor green has been fitted and electric scoreboards have been installed so we are ready for the first indoor wood to be bowled. Quite when that will be is a little up in the air at the moment but rest assured the situation is being closely monitored by Executive Committee Chair Rob Robinson and Bowls Committee Chair Antony Gould and after taking advice from the English Indoor Bowling Association they will keep us posted on progress.


In the meantime plenty of members are getting back into the swing of things on the outdoor green. Players are reporting that they feel safe under the new arrangements which commenced with singles on Monday 15th June. Pairs games are available from Monday 6th July so feel free to book a game using the new Fastcourts online booking system (see the “Book a Rink” page on this website for further details) and be sure to follow the Covid-19 safety rules. Only members who have booked a rink can currently visit the club as there are no steward casual sessions until further notice.


Further improvement projects are underway to enhance club facilities so even though we live in uncertain times your club is not resting on its laurels. We look forward to seeing you whenever you can return. Please stay safe.



BIRMINGHAM COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2022

10,000 volunteers are required to assist when the Games take place. These huge sporting events are great fun and only happen once in a lifetime. I worked at the 2002 Games in Manchester and have never forgotten how wonderful it was. For more details on how to volunteer, please click HERE.
Flat green bowls is one of the participating sports and competitors from across the World will be competing at Leamington. The latest issue of 'Bowls International' magazine gives details of the investment being made at Leamington to ensure top class facilities. You can view their web site HERE.
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THEY ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

15/3/2020

Erdington Court's Paul Vaughan and Mark Ireland were crowned Warwickshire Indoor Bowls Pairs Champions on Saturday. They got off to a rocky start at Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club and were 10:2 down at the half way stage. However their resilience shone through and they took the game 17-14.
















ANOTHER HOME WIN!

It was another solid home win for Erdington Court at the week end. This time they beat Tamworth at the Court's Bowling Green Close arena by 74:54. Erdington's stars of the day were an all female squad led by Ruth Acum from Great Barr. Together with team mates Mary Webster- Walmley, Joan Garner -  Sutton Coldfield and Pam Ellis - Streetly  they won 24:7.

The Court's pair in the Warwickshire Champion of Champions - also held at home, pulled out all the stops, to beat Birmingham by a stonking by 23:1 and reach the finals of the competition. The Court pair were Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill and Paul Vaughan from Sutton Coldfield and the Birmingham pair, James Heesam and Tony Hill.

This week end sees the final of the Club's 3 week Sandy Powell competition sponsored by Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning of Lichfield. The 4 winners will get afternoon tea at the Ramada Hotel for themselves and a guest - and competition is getting fierce.

Pictured aboved Tamworth Captain Jenny Waight and Erdington Court's Ray Woods in front of their respective teams.
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MEN VS LADIES 1st January 2020

The Club ladies were 2:1 up in the series going into the latest match and tension was in the air! As it turned out, the men had been practicing - and had recovered their mojos sufficiently to win 80:54, and on 3 out of the 4 rinks.





Pictured Terry Yates, Captain of the Ladies and men's captain, Ray Woods
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KEITH ROBINSON

We are sad to report that Keith passed away on 30th December 2019 having reached his 100th birthday just a short while ago,

Keith was a great all round sportsman and a life Trustee of the Club for over 70 years. In recent years he was incredibly supportive to those doing work for the Club and its members. He was to be seen playing with Rob on the outdoor green well into his 90's.

He first won a cricket batting cup in 1939 and a further 9 times after WWII. He was MCC cricketer of the year in 1978 for his contribution to administration of the game. His services to club cricket included being Captain, Committee Member and Groundsman (!) for 35 years.


In Bowls, Keith first won the Club’s Singles Championship in 1938. He held over 31 Club titles in total. He also won numerous Birmingham, Warwickshire and Midlands titles. Together with brother Russell and 2 other Club members, he won the English Bowling Association’s National 4s Championships in 1978.


Keith and Russell represented England in the British Isles Championships in 1979 and Keith also had 6 international trials.

He was Club Secretary for many years and a Birmingham delegate to Warwickshire for 48 years.

He was made a life member of Warwickshire County Bowls Association for his services


He was part of a family whose history has been intertwined with of that of the Club, extending back to the early 1900's - when it formed part of the local Methodist Church.

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FIRST WINNER


First winner of the new Jarrod Morgan Boxing Day Morning trophy is Dave Wright of Minworth who only joined from another Club a week before...


Shows what the offer of mulled wine and mince pies can do!


Junior winner was Oliver Bathurst (see below), and Sandra Newey won the novices/non bowlers trophy.


Thanks to the Robinson family for organising, to Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning of Lichfield for the new trophy and to CHS Healthcare for the pens ysed during the event!


Thanks also to everyone who came along and supported.


SANTA COMES TO THE END OF THE ROAD


Not only did 'Strictly' reach a climactic final on Saturday, but Erdington Court's 3 week competition organised by Peter and Terry Yates from Sutton Coldfield also produced 4 winners!

The 'Road To Santa' sponsored by Star Cars and Coaches of the Yenton - who have more than 250 private hire drivers, involved over 30 Court Club players, with Star donating a large number of prizes.

The Cup for the winners was presented by Garry Kilday Marketing Manager for Star and colleague Zomir Miah - one of their drivers.

Meanwhile a Court 4 man squad played mid week for the Warwickshire County President Paul Brown against Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club - and were one of only two winning rinks. The squad consisted of Tom Collier - Sutton Coldfield on his first outing for Warks, Alan Bowen - Aldridge, Ray Woods - Pype Hayes and skip Neil Ballinger from New Oscott.

Erdington Court welcomes new members of all abilities and offers free coaching. The 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.

BUSY WEEK END
9th December 2019

It was a busy week end at Erdington Court's Bowling Green Close arena, featuring a local (friendly) derby on Sunday - with the Court beating Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club by just 2 points overall, after 2 hours of play. The final score was 65:63 with the 18th and final end making the difference.

Shortly before, the Court's Warwick trophy squad had clawed their way to a 1 rink win over Coventry in a third round match - and taking it overall on points.

Saturday saw the second round of the Star Cars Road to Santa Club competition that culminates this week end. The winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon.

This week also features an all men Court squad amongst a Warwickshire President's invitation team - playing a six rink fours match at Birmingham.

Erdington Court welcomes new members of all abilities and offers free coaching. The 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@bowlflat
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                                                                                                                                                                                                     SPONSORS SUPPORT ERDINGTON COURT


Erdington Court is one of a handful of Clubs in the Midlands with a full size indoor arena - making bowls an all round the year affair, with a membership close to 250.

The Club has a close working relationship with local sponsors. This week saw the start of the 3 week 'Road to Santa' sponsored by Star Cars of the Yenton.- and featuring over 30 both men and women players and 8 -10 hours of competitive bowls.

Boxing Day also sees the annual morning outdoor fun fixture sponsored by Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning of Lichfield.

Those close links with sponsors also incorporate a series of talks and visits. this week saw Annalisa Fear of Sutton Coldfield based CHS Healthcare answering questions about the free services they offer to source home care and care homes for loved ones.

Marketing Officer Ray Woods said, "The success of our Club is built on offering good quality facilities to play bowls at all levels in a friendly atmosphere the whole year round - and the support of our local sponsors underpins everything we do, including access to specialist and trusted services for members. We want to see local businesses thriving."


In January, the Club begins 3 months of Club Championships for members.


Erdington Court welcomes new members of all abilities and offers free coaching courses. The Club can be contacted on 07967 686230.


You can also view their web site at www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk and follow them om Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter@bowlsflat.


Pictures: Players ready for Round 1 of the Star Cars Road to Santa. Rob Robinson Club Chair with right, Annalisa Fear of CHS Healthcare assisted by young player Imogen Francis of Erdington.

THE 3 CAPTAINS - AND A NEW SPONSOR!


Once again, Erdington Court's 6 all weather rinks were completely full at the weekend.

This time it was 'Captains' Day' - marking the end of the outdoor season before the Club moves indoors.

A mixture of 48 Club men and women took to the greens. This season marked another innovation at the Club - with not just 1, but 3 Captains taking charge!

Ray Woods, a spokesman for the Club said,
"To be Captain for the whole of the season is a very onerous task as we
 
                                        Pictured front: David Ballantyne, Peter Yates and Roy Webster.

play so many matches. As part of our Club development programme, it was decided to split the job - and it has been such a success that it is being repeated during the indoor season. The 3 Captains were David Ballantyne, Peter Yates and Roy Webster - all from Sutton Coldfield."

The Club has also announced that it has a new sponsor - Davenport Family Research, who take the slog out of tracing your ancestors by doing it for you! The Club currently has 9 local sponsor companies and is expected to announce further investment in facilities shortly.

Applications for indoor membership are now being accepted. You can call 07967 686230 or visit the Club's web site at www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk and follow them on Facebook: Erdington Court Bowls Club - and on Twitter: @bowlsflat.
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14th /15th SEPT 2019

ERDINGTON COURT PLAYS HOST TO BBA AND WDBDA

Against a backdrop of blue skies, over 35 competitors and a capacity crowd - drawn from across the Birmingham area, descended on the 6 all weather rinks at Erdington Court. It was the finals of the fiercely fought men's Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) and Birmingham Women's District Bowling Association competitions (BDWBA). In all, it featured 17 games.

Saturday began with the Court men again winning the prestigious Walker Trophy, beating Kings Heath. The match consisted of fours, triples, pairs and singles contests.

Sunday included the Court's Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill playing over 6 hours of bowls in 3 matches.  It ended with him beating George Morris of Kings Heath to claim the Champion of Champion's Trophy. Mark began this match less than 15 minutes after narrowly beating Court colleague Allen Onion from Sutton Coldfield in a a thrilling 32 end singles contest lasting nearly 3 hours !

Earlier in the men's pairs it had been Court vs Court - with Richard Brittan from Staffs and Mark Ireland beating fellow members Gary Smith and Antony Gould, both from Sutton Coldfield.

On the previous day, Mark had been part of the Court's victorious Walker Cup squad and also part of w inning triples team alongside Rob Robinson and Allen Onion from Sutton Coldfield who beat Sherwood Park convincingly 23:11.

In other notable results, Simon Packwood, James Finch, Paul Finch and Dan Jones from Kings Heath won the Men's Fours beating Solihull Municipal 21;13.

Ladies superstar Mo Tuckett from Solihull Municipal featured in no less than 5 of the 7 ladies finals. With partner, Doug Bott they beat Gill Maund and Malcolm Evans of Sherwood Park in the mixed pairs by the narrowest of margins 19:18. She also went on to win the Ladies unbadged singles and the Ladies 4 wood singles.

The week end was supported by Club sponsors, Johnsons Skoda of Erdington and was held at their Bowling Green Close ground to honour this year's President of the BDWBA, Pat Court from Wylde Green.

Full results and photos can be found in our photo gallery on this site.
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9th September 2019


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.

Diane Ludlow, Christine Reid and market Terry Yates

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.

He added
"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 follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter: @bowlsflat.

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SPONSOR FOCUS

Johnsons Skoda launch 0% interest deals on new Fabia saloons.


We were looking to replace my wife Elaine's car (which is on a pcp contract that is due to expire). We called in at our great sponsor, Johnson's Skoda and just a few hours before, Skoda had launched 0% interest deals - so guess what!


Interested? Call them now

Ray Woods
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BOWLS: WARWICKSHIRE BEARS TAKE NATIONAL HONOURS

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.


Picture: Warwickshire Bears with Mark extreme left back row.

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SPONSOR FOCUS

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CLUB LADIES MATCH REPORTS

There were two great wins on Monday for our teams in the Ivy League.

A strong squad of Terry Yates, Denise Szostek, Chris Reid and Eileen Merrick all had outstanding games to win at Sherwood park by 28 shots to 7 for the BLUE team, whilst at home the YELLOW team   Lorna Bournes, Ann Mason,  Pat Court and Lorely Edwards couldn't quite match this winning against Solihull 26 shots to 8!

Current league positions show YELLOWS in first place with BLUES hot on their heels in second.  BLUES have 3 games remaining, YELLOWS 4.

Hopefully we can keep this up as the holiday season approaches.

Ann Mason
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COMPETITION CULMINATES!

As the outdoor season peaks, the Court's top players are preparing for the culmination of many rounds of summer competition.

Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill was in top form in the Warwickshire County Finals at the Avenue Club Leamington, to win the 2 Wood - beating the host club's own Martin Heitzman 14:11.

Rob Robinson from Four Oaks and Richard Brittan from South Staffs had also fought a marathon match against Ken Chedgzoy and partner from Welford On Avon to win 10:11 in the Bowls England Men's Senior Pairs national competition. They go forward to the national finals at Victoria Park Leamington in August.

Leamington is the home of Bowls England and is where the  Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 bowls matches will be played.

Erdington Court offers free coaching and welcomes new members of all abilities. In late September their full size indoor 4 rink arena will open for the Autumn and Winter. Early applications for membership are recommended. You can contact the Club on 07967 686230 and visit their web site at www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk. You can also follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter @bowlsflat.
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COUNTY News update:

Warwickshire County Semi Finals Day  saw mixed results for Court bowlers

Highlight was a 17-12 pairs victory for Rob Robinson and Richard Brittan over Andy Manning and Dave Fallon from Nuneaton in a high class game lasting nearly 3 1/2 hrs.We now go on to represent Warwickshire at the National Finals at Leamington in August

Together with Allen Onion and Phil Bond we unfortunately had to go straight out with hardly a break and play the Senior Fours against  very strong team from Welford  eventually losing 19-9 after starting the game well.
Above: L2R Richard Brittan, Rob Robinson and Mark Ireland

John Pritchard played Paul Jones from Solihull in the unbadged singles semi final only to lose 21-17 in another good close game.


CountySingles:

Mark Ireland reached the last 16 on Friday with a 21-16 win over Alex Lewis from Sherwood Park and now plays Lee Rowland from Leamington.


National Senior Pairs;

RR and RB reached the Warwickshire Area Final  with a narrow 16-14 win over Colin Hall from Ruby Thornfield .
Victory in the final would see us again qualify for the National Finals at Leamington and become the first pair ever to represent Warwickshire in both County and Senior Pairs competitions in the same year.

This is also the Fifth time we have represented Warwickshire at the National Finals  again a record achievement...

Rob Robinson
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COUNTY AND AREA RESULTS - UPDATE 1ST JULY 2019

STOP PRESS......
Last night we played the 3rd Round of the men's national Bowls England 2 - 4's knock out competition which goes all the way through to September... despite the absence of two normal members of the squad, we beat Nuneaton 32:34 in a thrilling game - and now play Northampton in the next round by 14th July. This was a somewhat unexpected result! The squad was Richard Brittan, myself, Allen Onion, Ray Woods, Phil Bond, Paul Vaughan , Mark Ireland and Neil Ballinger. Well done all!



                      Rob Robinson and Richard Brittan

Warwickshire County Pairs:
Quarter Final results were Richard Brittan/Rob Robinson 24 Ian Harrison/Graham Ashby (Nuneaton 23   Allen Onion /Mark Ireland lost on an extra end 20-18 to John Collett/ Fred West (Stoke )
We now play Andrew Manning /Dave Fallon from Nuneaton on County semi-finals day which is on Sunday 7th July at Rugby Bowls Club.

Bowls England Senior Pairs:
Also yesterday Richard and myself beat Richard Lewis /Richard Gaunt from Avenue Coventry at Avenue 19-12 to again reach the semi-final

Bowls England National 2 4s
Erdington are away to Nuneaton this Sunday in the 3rd round

County Senior Fours;
Onion, Bond, Robinson and Brittan play the quarter final next Friday at Nuneaton against Colin Hall from Rugby

BBA League
The 'A' team continued its winning streak at Handsworth. The result was: Erdington Court 38 Handsworth Wood 30, Erdington 6 points, Handsworth 0. We remain unbeaten.

As you can see, there are matches virtually every night, so apologies if you haven't seen much of me!

Rob Robinson



WEEK END FIXTURES
The Court team led by Peter Yates, beat Kings Heath away 91:78. Another good result. Newer Club members are welcome to join our teams, Just put your name on the lists in the foyer. Next game is away to Sutton Methodists on Sunday 7th July.

BBA LADIES IVY LEAGUE
The Ladies Yellow team (Pam Ellis,Brenda Bosley, Pat Court and Chris Reid) were all in top form, chalking up another great win. This time against Handsworth Wood, winning by 31 shots to 4.
Ann Mason

BBA MEN'S EVERGREENS LEAGUE
The 'A' team took a maximum 6 points at home to Blossomfield. We won on Rink 1 by 20:9 and on Rink 2 by 15:12. The 'B' team were away to Bournville and got 4 points, winning on one rink 9:24 and taking the match overall by 30:40

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IVY LEAGUE - 11TH JUNE 2019
The BLUE TEAM (Mary Webster, Brenda Bosley, Shirley Watts and Eileen Merrick) managed to dodge the rain to record another stunning victory against Solihull 27--9 this week.
YELLOWS were without a match this week
Ann Mason
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MATCH REPORTS - JUNE 2019


MEN'S 'BBA' 'A' TEAM
'A' team is top of the BBA league having won the first 7 games and are well on the way to a fourth title in a row

Club won first round match of National Top Club comp against Solihull Municipal 4-1  and now face Avenue Coventry at Home on Tuesday

Club beat Sherwood Park on both rinks yesterday in Bowls England National 2-4s .Winning by an impressive 57 shots to 20 Now have to play a team from Northampton at home in the next round.

Just got back from Solihull Municipal after playing Senior Fours against Paul Jones. Winning 25-13 team was Allen Onion Phil Bond myself and Richard Brittan. Now play Colin Jacox from Avenue Coventry on a neutral green ( Welford ).


Rob Robinson

MEN'S BBA 'B' TEAM
The BBA 'B' team had quite a battle with Solihull Municipal 'B' at home on Tuesday 28th. Mike Kilby's team comfortably had the better of their opponents. Dave Mitchell's team however were up against a very strong side and were behind for most of the match. Towards the end however our lads put in a sterling effort and pulled one shot ahead with one end to go. Solihull took the last end for a narrow win, but Dave, Ron Statham, Simon Kimberley and Reg Warner had done enough to secure us 4 points to double the 'B' team score for the season and"regain a little traction".
Peter Yates

LADIES IVY LEAGUE
Blue team have had their matches called off for the past 2 Mondays and these will be re-arranged later in the season.
Meanwhile the Yellow team (Lorna Bournes, Ann Mason,Pat Court and Lorely Edwards)won away at Solihull 19--8, but the Yellows unbeaten run came to an end this week when they lost by a single shot away at Sherwood Park.
Pat Court, Denise Szostek, Chris Reid and Lorely Edwards after an uncertain start fought back to close a considerable deficit, but eventually lost 15--16.
Ann Mason


MEN'S EVERGREENS LEAGUE
Evergreens beat Handsworth Wood. Won on one rink drew the other. 29 shots for 23 to take 5 points.
John Reid

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MARK MAKES IT THROUGH TO LEAMINGTON!

Erdington Court star Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill,has qualified for the Bowls England National 2 Wood Finals in Leamington that begin on 27th August - having taken on some of the best bowlers in Warwickshire.

It follows his 3 outstanding games at Bidford that took him through to the Warwickshire County 2 wood final on 28th July at Norgren (Shipston On Stour).Through to the last 16, he beat Andy Prickett (Welford) 16-9, the Quarter Final v Rob Corp (Sherwood Park) 15-8 and Semi Final v Tom Wheeler (Rugby) 14-13. The Final will be against Martin Heitzman (Avenue Leamington).












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SPONSOR FOCUS

In recent years we have been lucky to receive the support of a record number of sponsors. They are all locally based and their support is helping with both prizes and ongoing development of the Club. It is however a 2 way street and we would appreciate the help of members in supporting them. We will regularly be featuring the services that sponsors can offer the members.

A full list appears on the home page of this web site here: https://www.erdingtoncourtbowlsclub.org.uk/

Testimonials from members would be welcome. Here is just one that we received recently about STAR CARS.

'Switched from Parkers to Star when I knew that they sponsored the Club. I used them over the weekend. The lady that took the details was extremely pleasant . No sooner had I put the phone down I had a confirmation text that included details of the car which arrived as I read it! The driver was a real gentleman,he kindly helped me in and out of the car . As a result I am recommending Star to my friends!'
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KEITH WILLIAMSON RIP

Keith was the lovely gentleman with the eye patch who played bowls mainly on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. He was a very good bowler and popular amongst his playing companions.
His funeral will take place at Streetly Crematorium at 3.15pm on Friday 10th May. His wake will follow at Calderfields Golf and Country Club, Aldridge Rd, Walsall WS4 2JS

Peter Yates
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LADIES IVY LEAGUE (BIRMINGHAM)

The Club's two teams in the Ivy League were matched against each other in this week's match. As usual, it proved to be a highly competitive affair with the result in doubt right up to the last few woods.
Blue team, (Mary Webster, Lorna Bournes, Denise Szostek and Terry Yates) took an early lead with Yellows  (Pat Court, Ann Mason,Chris Reid and Lorely Edwards) having to work hard to level the scores after 8 ends played.
Yellow team then picked up 6 shots and after 14 ends played established an 18--8 lead.
Blues then hit back scoring scoring a 5 and taking the next three ends, so by the 18th end there was just 2 shots between the teams and everything to play for.
With Blue team holding 3 shots , luck proved to be with Yellows as the jack  was hit through to grateful waiting Yellow bowls! final score 20--16 to Yellows
What a game!
Well done Everyone
Ann Mason
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INDOOR PRESENTATION DINNER
Once again this was well attended. One notable absentee was Keith Robinson our life trustee, who sadly we understand is quite unwell.
Sponsors Neil and Heather Hillman kindly took time out of their busy schedule to attend. Neil Ballinger gave an emotional thank you for the help given to his wife Cindy when she suffered a serious fall at the Club.
Competitions Secretary Peter Yates presented an upbeat report on the club competitions and the state of the Club generally. Entrant numbers for competitions were 25% up with ladies and novices showing good increases. He said that the majority of our members take part in leagues, competitions and or week end matches. Thanks to Peter for all his work and to Pat Court and supporting cast for the fabulous meal. 
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NEW OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Smart new tables and chairs appeared on the outside deck. in time for the new season This furniture has been bought with money from events organised by the social committee and from table top sales in the lounge. The Social Committee (Ken and Lorna Bournes, Pan and Ken Ellis and Richard and Chris Harrison) would like to thank everyone for their support. Previously, the Committee has purchased new chairs and blinds for the lounge).
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LADIES IVY LEAGUE (BIRMINGHAM)
The Club's Ladies' Ivy League teams played their opening matches.
Aiming to improve on last season's second and fourth positions both teams made strong starts.
Blue team , Terry Yates, Shirley Watts, Joyce Terry and Eileen Merrick won away from home against last year's Ivy League winners, Handsworth Wood 15--8.
Yellow team, 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.
Regards
Ann Mason
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The next President of the Birmingham District Women's Bowling Association comes from Sutton Coldfield and has been an active member of the local community. She is the current Captain at Erdington Court Bowls Club.


Pat Court lives in Wylde Green and was a former Team Manager for Birmingham City Council Social Services covering Perry Barr- and also a Committee Member of Age Concern Kingstanding. On retirement. Pat became the Chairperson of the Sutton Coldfield National Osteoporosis Society for 12 years. She has been a member of Erdington Court Bowls Club for 17 years. Pat is a keen gardener and proud dog owner. She was previously in the choir at Hollyfields Towns Women's Guild, but now concentrates on her work at the Bowls Club.


She has played an active role in the life of the Club, organising tours of other clubs within the UK - and captaining both mixed and ladies teams in competitive matches. She has played in the national bowls pairs competition and at County level.


Pat told us " I had a taster session at the Club when I was working and then applied for formal coaching when I retired. I am happy to play in any team position, but often get chosen to play skip when others seem reluctant!"


A spokesperson for the Club said, "This is a great honour for Erdington Court. Pat has played a major part in the growing strength of our ladies teams and is always very supportive of both men and women new members. Playing in competitive matches can seem a daunting experience, but Pat goes out of her way to put newer members at their ease."

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100% WINS FOR COURT AT WARWICKSHIRE INDOOR FINALS

Members of the Court's top squad took the honours at the Warwickshire County Finals on Saturday at Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club.

Rob Robinson and Mark Ireland beat  Paul Mason and Andy Bailey from Tamworth in the pairs 16:26. This was the first time that a Court pair had taken the title for 10 years.

Allen Onion, Mark Ireland and Phil Bond were pitted against Dave Gibbons, Geoff Newton and Andy Sparks from Avon Valley (Gaydon) in the triples -  also winning, comfortably 23:12.