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Short Mat Bowling Association

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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

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).

The Annual Presentation Dinner is at The Larruperz Centre, Ross on Sunday 19th April. We are trying this venue as it has a higher capacity then Ross BC and numbers have been increasing recently. This is an enjoyable social evening and all members, whether receiving prizes or not, are welcome.

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

A busy weekend of National Qualifiers saw keen competition for our highest number of entry places for many years. Congratulations to all of the successful qualifiers who represent 7 different clubs. A number of players qualified in 2 disciplines but particular congratulations to Shirley and Becci Cox who qualified in 3 disciplines. Full details on the National Qualifiers page.

The County A team are confirmed in the runner-up spot in their regional group following the final group match between Avon and Oxfordshire. They now qualify for the main knockout section in the New Year. A team