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Short Mat Bowling Association

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Welcome to the HSMBA Website

Short mat bowls is a relatively recent variant on the ancient sport of lawn bowls, played indoors on a specially manufactured, pre-marked mat. The sport, which is played socially and competitively in village halls and other community spaces, does not require a permanent location as the portable mats are rolled up and stored when not in use. The sport is played by all ages, sexes and abilities who can compete together.

HSMBA is the organising body for short mat bowls in Herefordshire. We are affiliated to the ESMBA, the governing body in England, and we run leagues, county teams and open competitions as well as generally promoting and developing the sport within the county.

A good place to start for newcomers is our Introduction section where you can find out more about the game, how to start playing or how to go about establishing a new club. Enjoy looking around our website and please use the Contact page to provide feedback or to find out more.

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Latest News

Herefordshire lost 30-10 in the first leg of the Bill Mackie Cup tie for 2015. Details

Aston Ingham club has some bowls wear items for sale (some for outdoors) on the For Sale / Wanted page

The Constitution and Rules have been updated for the changes passed at the AGM. There is a link to download a copy of the rules for printing here.

Photos from the Presentation Evening are now on the site. If anyone would like a print of a photo then please enquire via Jamie Harris.

Fixtures for the Summer League are now on the Summer League Fixtures page. The Summer League final is on Monday 7th September at Upton Bishop.

Congratulations to Rod Dawson, John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope SMBC) on winning the Gloucestershire Charity Open Fours. Details on Successes page.

The final county competition of the season, the Bromyard Triples, was won by Gwyneth Jones, Merion Attwood and Colin Smith (Lea) who triumphed in a very tight final after a deciding 11th end against Gillian & Brian Gange and Janet Cooper (Fownhope). Details

Congratulations to Gloster Knights on retaining the LEH Trophy with their win in the final against Westbury-on-Severn (see the LEH page for details).

Congratulations to Betty & Harold Aubrey (Weston) and Sue & John Dix (Ross) on winning the Mixed Fours County Championship. Details

Congratulations to Richard Bemand on the award of his International Umpire Badge.

Congratulations to Woolhope B on winning the Winter League Division 1 title and Fownhope on winning Division 2. Woolhope A and Gorsley Chapel finished as runners-up in the respective divisions.

Congratulations to the winners of this weekend’s County Championships - Sue Dix, Rob George & Dave Watkins (Ross) in the Triples and Joe Loveys, Luke Rawlings, Kate Williams & Tony Vitale (Gorsley Chapel / Larruperz / Ross) in the Fours. Details on the Triples and Fours pages

Both county teams were eliminated from the Inter County competition in the first knockout round. The Premier team were outclassed by a strong Kent side and lost 38-2 but the A team took part in a thrilling encounter with Essex A which ended with the teams level at 20-20 on points and 8-8 on mat victories so the match had to be decided by a singles shoot-out. John Clapson, Tim Rigden and Charlotte Kite each played a single end with Herefordshire losing 2-1 and so losing the tie by the narrowest possible margin. Details Premier  A