BROOMFIELD BOWLS CLUB
Portland Road, Birmingham, B17 8LS
DECEMBER 2014 NEWS
Items listed below are news items that have appeared on the Home Page but may now be out of date...
30/12/14 - Further update for 2015 nominations below:
16/12/14 - Nominations for the 2015 season are now open and can be sent to the Secretary Jonathan Blakeman by email, text or phone call. Nominations will close on Monday 12th January 2015 (Any proposed rule changes must also be submitted by this date). The AGM takes place on Tuesday 20th January 2015 in the new pavilion at the Edgbaston Foundation Community Sports Ground, Portland Road.
Nominations can be made for the following positions: Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Club Captain (W&W Premier), W&W Alliance Captain, Oldbury Captain, Summit Captain, Dudley Captain, Smethwick 'A' Captain, Smethwick 'B' Captain and Committee Member(s).
06/12/14 - All player profiles have been updated to include the 2014 season. Three players passed 500 games for the club in John Wilson (546), Dave Chilton (546) and Joe Wilson (519). Chris Chilton is 11 games from the 500 milestone (489).
04/12/14 - Latest BBC Sport article on the Portland Road ground - read it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/29832341
01/12/14 - Keith Underhill - 30 seasons
Keith Underhill has become the fifth player of the current membership to complete 30 seasons with Broomfield joining Chris Price, Mark Hadley, Malcolm Spencer and Frank Newman. Keith started playing bowls in 1971 for Smethwick Ex-Servicemen’s Club. He was persuaded to take up the game by his grandfather Sydney F Jones who was well known in the bowling world having been President of the Warwick & Worcester C.B.A. in 1966 and 1967. Teams in the Smethwick & District Sunday Morning League still play for the Cup in his name, the “S.F.Jones Challenge Trophy”.
Keith left “the Ex’s” after the 1984 season with little room at the club for his children to play. With Broomfield just a short walk away he asked Roy Freeman about joining and his application for membership was accepted at the committee meeting of 25/11/1984 chaired by Arthur Woodward. In 1984 Smethwick Ex’s were relegated into W&W Premier Division 5 whilst Broomfield just missed out on promotion to Division 5 by aggregate.
Broomfield gained promotion to Division 5 by finishing runners up in Division 6 in 1985. Keith being one of Roy Freeman’s 15 man squad. In addition to those mentioned at the start of this article that squad also included the likes of Brian Heaselgrave, Bill Withers, Peter Nichols, Paul Freeman, Pete Wassall and Nigel Francis. 1986 was a successful season with Keith winning the Neale Trophy and being a runner up in the Club Handicap. In that season Broomfield won Premier Division 5, again under the captaincy of Roy Freeman. Their were highlights to finish off the 1980’s for Keith who maintained his first team position in 1989 as Chris Price led Broomfield to championship honours in Division 4. In the same year Keith played in the Free Press Cup Final at the Thimblemill Inn Pub when Broomfield lost to W.B.F.S.C. More runners up honours for Keith in 1989 when he and Darren Griffiths lost to Chris Price and Mark Hadley in the William Purcell Club Pairs.
‘Hoppy’ as he affectionately became known played only three W&W Alliance games between 1988 and 1993 and was part of Peter Nichols team in 1992 that won W&W Premier Division 3. In 1993 Keith won two club competitions – the Roy Freeman Cup and the Chairmans Shield. In 1994 Keith captained the West Bromwich team and held the role again in 1995 when Broomfield were runners up in Division 1. He would go on to captain the team in 1997 and 1998 which included a cup win, cup runners up and another second place finish in Division 1. Keith also won the West Bromwich averages three seasons running in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Although Keith was part of Paul Newman’s squad that gained promotion to Division 1 (W&W Premier Division 2 Runners Up 1995) he spent the majority of the Premier 1 years (1996-2000) in the Alliance team. During Broomfields last two appearances in Premier 1 (2002 and 2006) Keith played four and five games respectively. In 2012 Keith played five games for the club in Premier Division 3, these being his first Premier games since 2007. More recently ‘Hoppy’ has pushed for a return to the first team winning the clubs W&W Alliance averages in both 2013 and 2014.
In terms of experience Keith has notched up 44 seasons in crown green in bowls, amongst the Broomfield membership second only to Mick Barnwell with 51 seasons. Since the clubs move to Portland Road in 2010 Keith has maintained his ethos of practicing the green outside of match days - his home record being 63 wins from 88 matches (72%) including 17 single figure wins.
Congratulations Keith on your 30 seasons for Broomfield Bowling Club.
Did You Know? – In 2001 during a 2nd XI game a Smethwick batsmen hit a 6 towards the Broomfield green. Keith was standing on the start side of the green protected by the wire fence. In what was a freak accident the ball cleared the fence by a matter of inches and hit Keith on the head! Play was halted for both the bowls and cricket as an ambulance drove across the outfield. Luckily Keith escaped serious injury. As a comic gesture at the presentation evening we awarded Keith with a builders hardhat, embedded with a cricket ball of course.