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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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The semi finals of the LEH are Wotton Hall v Tewkesbury and Woolhope v Gloster Knights. Ties to be completed by 9th March ahead of the final at Upton Bishop on Wednesday 16th March  Details

Apologies for the website not being available for a period from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st January. We had a problem with our service provider which has now been resolved.

The county has been allocated 11 places in the National Finals across the 6 disciplines. Woolhope will be particularly well represented - John Jillings has qualified in all 5 senior disciplines, John Mills qualified as winner in 4 disciplines and Shirley & Becci Cox qualified as winners in 3. Details

The latest County Championship competitions saw two Ross victories. In the Triples Ali & Ian Roe and Ian Park defeated Dominic, Phil and Anthony Rogers (Woolhope) in the final whilst the following day George Marshall, Ian Roe and Pam & Ian Park defeated Betty & Harold Aubrey and Gill & Tim Rigden (Weston) to take the title   Triples    Fours

The A team will face West Midlands at Daventry on Sunday 7 February in the first knockout round of the main ‘A’ ICC competition. The Premier team face Wiltshire, also at Daventry, on Saturday 20 February in the semi-finals of the premier consolation competition

Congratulations to the County A Team in defeating Avon 27-13 to win their qualifying group and secure a place in the main ICC knockout competition. Details

Congratulations to our latest county champions. John Jillings (Woolhope) followed up his National Qualifier successes with victory over Betty Aubrey (Weston) in the County Singles final. The County Pairs was won by Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) and Kate Williams (Ross) who defeated Charlotte & Stephen Kite (Lea) in the final  Singles  Pairs

A 25-15 away victory against Gloucestershire has left the County A Team needing to win their final match against Avon by a 2 point margin to win a very tight qualifying group. Details

Congratulations to John Jillings, John Mills and Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope) on winning both both the Fours and Mixed Fours National Qualifiers and qualifying for the National Finals. Rod Dawson, Fran Jones, Terry Darrington & Rita Hancock (Woolhope, Escley, Aston Ingham) were runners-up in both disciplines

John Mills and Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope) secured a place in the National Triples Finals with victory in the county qualifying event. Runners-up Ian & Ali Roe and Ian Park (Ross) await the allocation of finals places to see if they will join them as do 3rd placed David Millington Jones, John Jillings and Mark Cinderey (Woolhope / Llangarron) and 4th placed Rod Dawson, Terry Darrington and Rita Hancock (Woolhope / Aston Ingham)