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18/10/09 - Many thanks to the people who helped with the end of season renovation on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The green was scarified two ways on Wednesday, hollotined and spiked on Friday, seeded on Saturday and finally top dressed today. Thanks to Steve Blakeman, Frank Newman, Sheila Newman, Mark Hadley Snr, Carl Blakeman and John Jones.

Dudley team archive now updated and includes the 2009 season, click here to view.

17/10/09 - Well done to Mark Hadley who has qualified for the finals day of the 2009 Mick Bagnall Trophy at M&B Portland Road (former Deers Leap Open). Mark beat Mark Street (West Brom Lab) 31-19 in his first game, Simon Homer (Rowley Labour) 31-22 then Richard Dandy (Greville) 31-28 in the qualifier.

Finals day is Saturday 24th October, 10:00am start and Mark will face Tony Dodd (Lea Hall). Some of the other names in the final 16 include Ant Bracken, Gareth Herbert, Pete Davenport, Carl Fielding, Paul Lamb, Justin Hemmings and Mark Denman.

Smethwick Sunday Morning Division 1 Champions & S.F.Jones Cup Winners 2009 - Broomfield 'A'

14/10/09 - All final averages now online. Total statistics for the 2009 season also available, please click here to view.

25/09/09 - Averages updated.

Warwick & Worcester Premier Division 3 Champions 2009 - Broomfield

West Bromwich Midweek Bowling League, The Mick Edmunds Memorial Trophy. 2009 Winners - Broomfield

09/09/09 - The skipper has been on at me since Sunday night to put a match report online. I don't think he has let go of the trophy since, even arrived at the club last night with it safely tucked under his arm.

Broomfield's road to the final was mixed. A bye in round one followed by M&B Portland Road in round two. The home leg was played in monsoon conditions, we played the away tie a week later and won the game overall by 26 shots. Woodfield in the quarters and a narrow 4 shot victory, similar story in the semis against the Stile winning by 10 shots. Sundays final at Cradley Libs provided a green that both teams know well. As most people know the setup at Cradley and the green are worthy of any final.

The game itself started in favour of Penn, Chris Chilton started steady for us (6-4) but Jason Groom was never far away and bowled the longer marks consistently. Chilli managed another three shots for us and Penn were 12 up on the board. The deficit was reduced to a couple when the second of three Chilli's on show (Dave) took out Stuart Jones 21-11. Definitely one of the big cards for us, 'DC'   was 6-2 up early doors and scored 2's to Stuart's 1's. Another winner for Penn put them 10 shots up, Greg Carr beating Mark Nemedi 21-13. Nemo like Chris Chilton was looking ok (6-5) only to see the game run away from him (7-15). 'Goose' put some good leads up and connected with a beast of a strike. Last on of the first four was John Hardman vs Ben Daly. Never much in this one (8-8, 10-10, 15-18) but Benno did pull out some great ends and deserved his win, unfortunately Hardy could not rediscover the form that saw him take out Dave East in the semis. One winner in the first four saw the Broomies 16 behind but support on the sidelines remained plentiful.

Captain to the green as TJ faced Mick Hill. Glad to report that on the night a captains innings was displayed. Terry started on a high, 7-0 up bowling the gulley. Mick did come back into the game (10-12) but Terry again headed for the same mark producing a 10 break. 21-13 the final score, Penn now 8 shots up. Next up for us was our form man of the season, Mark Hadley has rolled back the years in 2009. His Saturday form and club championship win being just two of the many highs our new grandad has enjoyed. 'Cads' controlled his game against George Davies and 'Gorgeous' always found it an uphill struggle to return from 3-13. Another Broomfield winner (21-14) and now the difference was just 1 shot.

Dan Chilton played Maurice Webb, longest game of the night at 30 ends and you could not split them.... 2 across, 4 across, 7 across, 9 across, 12 across, 15 across, 16 across, 18 across..... but when it was really needed Dan found 3 shots to win his game 21-18 but more importantly put Broomfield ahead for the first time in the game (+2) with Marc Wilson on the green 19-13 ahead of Gary Cooper. Word quickly got round that the best Penn could achieve was now a tie. Coops replied by winning the next two ends but there was to be one more dramatic twist. With Young Wils lying one down, Coops came in to try and make two which would have put the card 19-18 only to knock in Marcs bowl and see the Broomies start celebrating on the sidelines. Earlier on in the game Coops went 6-0 up but Marc came back to lead 15-10. The final score was 21-16 and another pick of the cards. Broomies had all four winners in the back four and won the game by 7 shots.

As we were reminded at the death, Penn 'A' have won the cup for the previous six years, Broomfield runners up in 2000, 2004 and 2007. As with the Oldbury Cup we won this year it has been a while! Broomfield not winning the West Bromwich Handicap Shield (now to called The Mick Edmunds Memorial Trophy) since 1999. Well done Broomies on another cup success, the challenge now to win the Smethwick SF Jones and complete a cup treble of our local leagues.


Roy Freeman Club Championship 2009

Winner - Mark Hadley

26/07/09 - After days of rain we were allowed a dry and sunny spell for the Roy Freeman Club Championship. Another great turnout for this competition (23) following on from last years 25. Many experienced Broomfield bowlers entered, 22 games played in total with the final not finished till 8:10pm.

Mark Hadley Snr recorded his third Championship, adding to his wins in 1986 and 2007. A deserved and well worthy winner who has been bowling well all season. Certainly a day where experience seemed to count, of the eight quarter finalists Andy Calvert found himself the most inexperienced, himself in his ninth season at Broomfield.

Cads beat Keith Lawlor 21-20 in the first round followed by Marc Wilson 21-14 in the round two. A combined total of 60 seasons in the quarter finals as Cads (29 seasons with Broomfield) took on our current longest serving bowler Chris Price (31 seasons). A game which could have gone either way, 21-19 the final score. A strange occurance on the day, Mark was the only current first teamer to feature in the quarter finals.

Semi finals and it was Keith Underhill who now faced Mark, his third game against a Hadley after knocking out Marc Hadley Jnr 21-19 in the first round and Tonia Hadley 21-5 in round two. Another close encounter between two long serving players. 21-17 to Cads the final score. In the other semi John Hardman beat Matt Barnwell 21-19 to book himself a first club championship final.

The final lasted 27 ends with Mark Hadley never behind. Close at 8-6 and 15-11 but Cads pulled away at the finish to win 21-13.

Congratulations Sunshine!