BROOMFIELD BOWLS CLUB
Portland Road, Birmingham, B17 8LS
SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWS
Items listed below are news items that have appeared on the Home Page but may now be out of date...
16/09/16 - Bill Adams' funeral will take place on Monday 19th September. Church service at St Mary Stevens Church, Stourbridge. 2:50pm. Food and drink afterwards at the Crabmill Pub, Hagley Road, Oldswinford, DY8 2JP..
14/09/16 - Club Competitions - reminder: The Janice Freeman Club Handicap takes place on Saturday 24th September. This competition is open to all full and associate members. The Chairmans Shield is being held again for the first time since 1999. Open to players who have not competed in league or cup games for the following teams: W&W Premier, Summit, Oldbury 'A' and Smethwick 'A'. The competition takes place on Sunday 2nd October. Timings for both competitions: Practice 1:25pm-1:55pm, Sign in by 1:55pm, Start 2:00pm.
Chairmans Shield (entries from): Pauline Broadhead, Jim Cafferkey, John Capewell, Ben Chapman, Sam Fagan, James Faulkner-Jones, Melissa Gurdas, Paul Hentrich, Paul Jackson, Dave Jenkins, Leigh-anne Nemedi, Danielle Newman, Sheila Newman, Alan Parsons, James Tudge, Phil Westwood.
14/09/16 - AGM Notification - The Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at Edgbaston Foundation Sports Ground. 10:45am for a prompt 11:00am start.
11/09/16 - The Smethwick S.M.B.L. Consolation Cup final between Broomfield 'B' and Great Barr will take place on Sunday 18th September at the Pheasant B.C. (10:30am start).
02/09/16 - The Club Championship was played on Sunday 28th August. Members competed for the Roy Freeman Memorial Cup, the 21st time since the two competitions merged to become the Roy Freeman Club Championship. A sign that time is passing this was the 7th Club Championship to be played at our Portland Road green and for the fourth year running a first time winner was crowned.
Joe Wilson and Melissa Gurdas received a bye into the quarter finals, ‘Ted’ the winner of this encounter 21-12. Monty Panesar played with good composure against Andy Calvert and lead out at 20 across. Calv found a winning bowl under pressure with the last bowl of the match 21-20. In a repeat of last year’s final Malcolm Spencer faced four time winner Mark Hadley. Cads took quick control of the game leading 12-2, 16-3 and 20-6 before securing a 21-8 card. Dan Chilton utilised short marks to breeze into the semi finals with a 21-7 victory over Helen Williams.
In a repeat of the 2012 final, 2013 semi final and 2015 semi final Andy Calvert and Mark Hadley again faced each other in the penultimate round. Cads trailed 14-20 but rallied back to repeat last year’s 21-20 score line. Dan Chilton eliminated Joe Wilson for the fourth time in six years with a 21-16 card. ‘Chilli’ through to a club championship final at Portland Road for the fourth time in five attempts.
Mark Hadley entered his seventh club championship final with his sights set on equalling Arthur Peabody’s 61-year record – an unsurpassed five time winner of the competition. Dan Chilton had a simple aim, to win the tournament for the first time. The final was an edgy affair, the game level at 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6. A break of 6 by Dan early on would in hindsight be the difference (12-6), thereafter Cads chased but always trailed (11-13, 13-16, 17-18). 21-17 the final score and a first club championship for Dan Chilton.
The weather was kind yet again for the Roy Freeman Club Championship. On 6th September 2016 it will be 25 years since Roy passed away aged 55.
02/09/16 - Sunday 4th September: The Graham Gilbert & Adam Rose Memorial competition will now clash with a re-arranged game taking place on the Broomfield green. We have agreed with M&B that the competition will still go ahead at 1:30pm. The re-arranged game taking place on the Broomfield green (Smethwick 'B' team vs Tallboats) starts at 1:00pm. As soon as that match has finished the two greens will be used for the remainder of the competition.
01/09/16 - William T Adams (WW3802) - Billy Adams who died on Sunday 28th August 2016 was associated with Smethwick Cricket Club and later Broomfield Bowling Club for a total of 73 years and was one of the central figures behind the creation of the Smethwick & District Sunday Morning Bowling League.
Bill arrived at Smethwick Cricket Club aged 15 in 1944 as a result of the club writing to three local schools. The request was for each school to send their six best cricketers and in return would be a free year’s membership and coaching. He continued to play cricket until his late 30’s.
Taking up bowls for Broomfield in the late 1960’s, only club competitions and friendly matches were available in terms of competitive play. The Club joined the Oldbury League in 1969 and the Harborne League in 1970. Bill took on the captaincy of the Harborne team for three seasons between 1971 and 1973 and went on to become the league secretary.
Following the dissolution of the Harborne League in 1975, Bill along with Sid Jones were the driving force behind the creation of the Smethwick & District Sunday Morning Bowling League in 1976 soon followed by Alan Atkinson (1976), Ken Sherwood (1977) and Alan Plant (1977). Bill served as joint Secretary and Treasurer of the league between 1976 and 1980 and continued to be Secretary until 1983. In 1984 he was made an Honorary Vice President of the league, a Life Member in 1986 and President in 1987 – an honorary role he held for 30 years until his recent passing.
I met Bill back in April of this year following the death of his long time friend Joe Russell. During our conversation he confessed to never being any good at bowls but it was a game he thoroughly enjoyed. In his own words he would “occasionally have a good game” and on shaking his opponents hand would say “you’ve had a bit of bad luck today mate”. Long marks were Bill’s weakness on the green and he referred to Ernie Dent - admiring the way he played corners effortlessly on Lightwoods.
He replaced Harry Kendrick as Broomfield Chairman in 1976 and continued in the role nine seasons straight up to and including 1984. During that time he led the club through a period of progress in terms of competitive bowling as Broomfield entered a Smethwick team in 1976, Warwick & Worcester Premier (1978), Smethwick ‘B’ (1980), West Bromwich (1980), Warwick & Worcester Alliance (1981) and West Bromwich ‘B’ (1982). During his Chairmanship Broomfield’s competitive league teams increased from two in 1976 to eight by 1982.
Bill played in the first team for our first two Warwick & Worcester seasons (1978-79) but thereafter played in the W&W Alliance until 1996. His final years bowling were spent in the over 60’s teams for both Broomfield and Lightwoods. His final season came in 2007 and despite managing only two games he captained the Oldbury Seniors team at Broomfield to a first time double – that of Division 1 Champions and Cup winners. He was the last survivor of the seven life members to be inducted in 1995.
Along with Wilf Robins it is estimated that Bill turned out for Broomfield for 44 seasons making him one of the longest serving players in our history. Since our move to Portland Road he managed to make a few visits to watch us on a Saturday, the last of which was in 2014. Bill should be remembered as an essential figure that encouraged competitive league bowling at Broomfield and what followed was a fruitful period of league and cup success in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
J Blakeman 01.09.16