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26/02/2009 - All fixtures are now available through the various league websites. So far the following have been put on : W&W Premier, W&W Alliance, Oldbury and West Bromwich.

25/02/2009 - Bonus Ball numbers updated, click here

22/02/2009 - Two Broomfield bowlers will feature in the Tipton & Coseley BS Competition at West Bromwich Football Supporters Club. Mark Hadley Snr takes on Phil Cole (Boldmere St Michaels) in the morning session on Sunday 22nd March. Darren Griffiths will play Mark Rose (George) in the afternoon session on Saturday 28th March. Former Broomfield bowler Nigel Freeman (Coseley Athletic) plays Bob Hickman (West Brom Lab) in the morning session, Saturday 28th March.

21/02/2009 - With the arrival of some much needed dry weather, work on the green started today. Another poor winter has seen the green holding water for most of the off season. The initial signs were good today. The green was brushed two ways to toughen the surface, it also had its first cut and was heavily spiked. Heavy moss is present but the treatment of this problem will start next week. Although the surface is still very soft, we hope the next four weeks of work plus some good luck with the weather will see the green in a playable condition for the end of March.

21/02/2009 - The Oldbury 'B' team has been withdrawn from the league with only two players confirming their full availability for the 2009 season. A sad decision so soon after the cup success in 2008. Broomfield will only field seven teams in 2009 after the Oldbury Seniors team was also withdrawn. In 2007 this team achieved the double, winning the Cup and Division 1.

Kirk Stevens and Kevin Hickman have both confirmed that they will not be joining Broomfield in 2009. At time of writing the only confirmed new member for the coming season is Richard Sherwood (M&B). Registered players could drop from 50 last season to 30 in 2009. Karemjit Gurdas, John Capewell, Lynne Lawlor and Diane Kazmierowski have all stated that they will not be bowling this season. Several players were registered to the Oldbury Seniors only in 2008 and will not feature in 2009. These include Sheila Baker, Frank Harrison, Pauline Broadhead, John Simcox, Len Marks, Len Perry and Jean Willetts. Danielle Newman, Melissa Gurdas and Leigh-Anne Nemedi all look unlikely to play in 2009 and it is unclear whether Sam Fagan, Mark Wharton or Mark Healey will register for the coming season. Nigel Freeman, Matt Barnwell and Emily Lawlor also formed part of the registered players in 2008 but were not active.

A frightening statistic to think that we could lose 20 members in one go. Raising funds will of course become more diffucult, especially in the current climate. Can all players please confirm their availability to the Secretary, Mark Hadley Snr as soon as possible.

Keith Lawlor, Chris Price and one other member will form a sub-committee to organise the next presentation which will be held in February 2010.

The green will open middle-end of March, weather depending.

Dates for your diary:

  • Saturday 7th & Saturday 14th March: Work party needed for pre-season work. All members to try and attend on at least one of the days to help with green surrounds, benches, bins and tidy up of pavilion.
  • Tuesday 17th March: Committee meeting at Smethwick Ex's, 7:30pm start.
  • Saturday 28th March: All bowls section fees must be paid by this date.
  • Sunday 29th March: First selection meeting, SCC function room, 1:00pm start.
  • Saturday 4th April: Possible 12-a-side friendly vs Codsall (away). Not yet confirmed.
  • Sunday 5th April: 2009 league season starts (Smethwick 'A' & 'B').
  • Monday 6th April: Committee meeting at Smethwick Ex's, 7:30pm start.
  • Sunday 24th May: New date for William Purcell Club Pairs (Bank Holiday Sunday). Change of date as only one free Saturday in the W&W 2009 programme.

04/02/2009 - An attendance of 32 members at last nights A.G.M. Two better than last years turnout. A brief overview of the meeting will be online before the end of the month. To see the newly elected captains and officials for 2009 please click here.

The 2009 committee as elected by members will serve until the 2010 A.G.M. The first meeting takes place at Smethwick Ex's on Tuesday 17th February, 7:30pm. To attend: Darren Griffiths, Mark Hadley Snr, Andy Killion, Jonathan Blakeman, Keith Lawlor, Terry Jones, Chris Price, Denise Killion and Sheila Newman.

01/02/2009 - Antony Pagett Open 2009, draw for Broomfield bowlers:

Jonathan Blakeman vs Kieran Bailey, Amery (28/02/09, morning session)

Dan Chilton vs Ade Burchill, Woodfield (28/02/09, morning session)

Ollie Newman vs Paul Lamb, Copeswood / KGV (07/03/09, morning session)

Marc Wilson vs Jacob Dancer, Langley (07/03/09, morning session)

Mick Barnwell vs Mick Hodgkinson, Victoria Park (07/03/09, morning session)

John Wilson vs Graham Hussey, Moseley CC (15/03/09, morning session)

Darren Griffiths vs Karen Rolls, M&B (21/03/09, afternoon session)