BROOMFIELD BOWLS CLUB
Portland Road, Birmingham, B17 8LS
SEASON BY SEASON RECORD (SINCE 2005)
TEAM AVERAGE WINNER & CLUB COMPETITIONS
POSITIONS HELD & CAPTAINCY
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
MISC AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
With 31 seasons under his belt Mark Hadley is currently our third longest-serving member behind Chris Price (33 seasons) and Nigel Francis (32 seasons). Mark joined in 1981 when Broomfield romped Premier Division 9 with a plus of 960 (when only 18 games were played). He played his first 3-4 seasons in the W&W Alliance under the captaincy of Barry Griffiths, during this period the team went from Alliance Division 8 to Division 5 gaining three consecutive promotions.
Mark has held every principle role in the club and has served 14 years as Secretray during a period from 1991 to 2011. He was Club Captain in 1988 and 2000, Treasurer in 1992 and Chairman in 2005. No one has captained the West Bromwich 'A' more times: 1985~1987, 1993 and 2001~2003. He led this team to consecutive Division 1 titles in 2001 and 2002 and Broomfield have not won Division 1 since. Whilst West Bromwich Captain he won the Delegates Cup in 2002 and 2003. His sole season as Smethwick 'A' Captain saw the team crowned Division 1 Champions. In 2008 he captained the Oldbury 'A' team and became one of a select few to have captained all three "A" teams at Broomfield (the others being Joe Russell, Darren Griffiths and in 2011 Ollie Newman).
In 2000 "Cads" experienced a bittersweet season as Club Captain. Broomfield's Premier 1 status came to an end after five seasons (1996~2000) when the team were relegated by a single point despite having the sixth-best aggregate in the league. The consolation was the Free Press Cup which Broomfield went on to win for only the second time in their history. The final was a dramatic one played against Woodfield at Churchfield Tavern. The game ended in a draw with three ends returning to the green. Nigel Freeman, Ollie Newman and Ian Tew saw us through to a five shot victory. As with the West Bromwich title this would go on to be the last time the club would win this particular piece of silverware.
Mark has appeared in no less than 18 club competition finals. He is a three-time Club Champion winning the competition in 1986, 2007 and was the last Club Champion on the Broomfield green in 2009, he was also a runner-up in 1992. 1991 saw him win the Chairmans Shield. The Club Handicap was his in 1997, falling just short in the final in 2002 and 2006. Over the last three decades Mark has played in 10 Club Pairs finals. He was on the winning side in 1987, 1989, 2001 and 2004 and a runner-up in 1988, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2007. His success in club competitions puts him alongside Nigel Freeman, Darren Griffiths and Roy Freeman.
The statistics below show that Mark continues to be an integral part of the Broomfield setup in his fourth decade at the club. On 1st October 2007 Mark was made a Honorary Life Member for over 25 years of active service. His 2009 season deserves a mention. This would turn out to be our last full season at Broomfield and Mark stood out that year as one of the strongest home players winning 31 / 32 games (97%). His overall season was also impressive winning 60 / 73 games (69%) with 60 of those games being played in the "A" teams. As already mentioned he won the Club Championship in the same season. On that day Mark took out some of Broomfields most experienced players - Keith Lawlor in Round 1 (21-20), one of the favourites Marc Wilson in Round 2 (21-14), Chris Price in the Quarter Final (21-19), Keith Underhill in the Semi Final (21-17) and John Hardman in the Final (21-13).
In 2011 Mark's win percentage dropped below 50% for the first time in several seasons and at the time of writing he has stood down as Secretary. The loss of the Broomfield green has took its toll on many of our players but it is hoped that "Sunshine" will return to winning ways in 2012.