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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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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 and await the allocation of nationals places. Special mention must go to John Mills who has qualified as winner in 4 disciplines. John Jillings will also play in 4 events if the county is allocated 2 Singles places and could even play in all 5 disciplines if 3 Triples places are awarded.

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 Cindery (Woolhope / Llangarron) and 4th placed Rod Dawson, Terry Darrington and Rita Hancock (Woolhope / Aston Ingham)

The Macmillan Cancer Support charity tournament was won by Forest of Dean (Jeanne Marshall, Judith Bradley, Randolph Ball & Peter Rawdanowicz) who edged out Winstone (Roy Taggart, Bryan Taylor, Gwen & Tony Wheeler) on shot difference after both teams won all 4 of their matches. Luke Rawlings (Larruperz) won the Junior Trophy. A total of £1,850 was raised for Macmillan. Details

Congratulations to John Mills and John Jillings (Woolhope) on securing a place in the National Pairs Finals following victory in the county qualifying tournament. Runners-up David Warren (Aston Ingham) and John Davis (Gorsley Chapel) may also play in the finals if the county are allocated a further place.  Luke Rawlings and Tony Vitale (Larruperz) defeated Barrie Wainwright (Gorsley Chapel) and Rita Hancock (Aston Ingham) to take 3rd place.

The county A team earned a hard fought 24-16 home victory against Gloucestershire to move into 2nd place in their qualifying group. Details

Congratulations to Tony Vitale (Larruperz) on securing a place in the National Singles Finals following his victory in the county qualifying tournament. Runner-up John Jillings (Woolhope) will join Tony in the finals if the county are allocated 2 places. Shaun Jones (Ross, 3rd) and Merion Attwood (Lea, 4th) complete Herefordshire’s entries.

The county Premier team suffered their second defeat in an extremely difficult group when they lost 10-30 to Cheshire whilst the A team began their campaign with a 15-25 defeat away to Avon. Premier  A

The county Premier and A teams were both eliminated from the ESMBA County Rinks Competition at the first group stage