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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 quarter-final line-up for the LEH competition is now confirmed. See the LEH page for details.

Entry forms for the Triples and Fours County Championships (7th and 8th February) are with club secretaries.

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

The Junior Pairs competition was won by Aidan Wicks and Dane Rose of Westbury Blue Circle club, Wiltshire, defeating Dominic and Anthony Rogers (Woolhope) in the final. Luke Rawlings and Tony Vitale (Larruperz) defeated Matthew and Stephen Kite (Lea) to take the Plate competition. Full details

A new page has been added to the website detailing all of our past National Qualifiers. There is some information missing so if anyone can fill any of the gaps please let Ian Roe know.

The final round of the Inter County Championship saw the Premier team secure second position in their group, and a place in the main knockout section of the competition in the new year, with a hard fought win against Worcestershire at Bromsgrove whilst the A team were defeated in their return match against Avon and, although they remain top of their group, their final position will be determined by the outcome of the outstanding match between Avon and Oxfordshire. Details Premier team   A team

Another successful Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Fours saw £1,972 raised and victory to Woolhope C (Ian Park, Dominic & Anthony Rogers + a variety of substitutes in place of Sandra Rogers who was prevented by injury from competing) who beat last year’s winners, Ross, into second place on shot difference. Dominic Rogers also won the Junior Trophy with Luke Rawlings runner-up. Many thanks to all who took part and gave generously. Details here

There is now a For Sale / Wanted page on this site for bowls equipment and clothing only. Details for those wishing to place an ad are on the page.

The first of this year’s County Championships saw Ian Park (Woolhope SMBC) and Betty & Harold Aubrey (Weston-under-Penyard SMBC) crowned as champions in the Singles and Pairs respectively. Ian defeated Dave Watkins (Ross BC) in the final whilst Betty & Harold were victorious against their club-mates Gill & Tim Rigden. Details on the Singles and Pairs pages. Thanks to all the players who supported these two championships with the best entry levels for several years.