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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

Congratulations to all of our representatives in the National Finals and particularly to Luke Rawlings who reached the final of the plate competition in the Under-18s (See Successes page for details). Dominic Rogers (Under-18s) and John Mills (Singles) were defeated in their round robin groups whilst John Clapson and Jim Tingle (Pairs) finished runners-up in their group to advance to the knockout stage where they were defeated by an Essex pair which included the 2012 national singles champion.

The Winter League season is over - congratulations to Woolhope A on winning Division 1 for the 10th successive year (and 12th time in 13 years) and to Ross B on winning the Division 2 title. Details on Winter League pages.

Congratulations to Gloster Knights on the victory over Woolhope in the LEH Final. Details on the LEH page

Congratulations to the latest County Competition winners. In the County Mixed Fours Becci & Shirley Cox, John Mills & Anthony Rogers (Woolhope SMBC) defeated June Smith, Gwyneth Jones, Merion Attwood & Colin Smith (Lea SMBC) in the final (follow here for details) whilst in the Bromyard Triples Challenge Cup Ali & Ian Roe and Dave Watkins (Ross BC) defeated Colin Boyse, Alf Wye and Les Phillips (Larruperz SMBC) in the final (follow here for details)

The County Premier Team were defeated 30-10 in their knockout quarter-final against Cornwall. See the County Pages for details.

Congratulations to Dominic, Anthony & Phil Rogers (Woolhope SMBC) on a fantastic double. First they won the County Triples, defeating club-mates John Mills and Becci & Charlie Cox in the final. Then the following day, joined by Pam Park, they won the County Fours, defeating Betty & Harold Aubrey and Gill & Tim Rigden (Weston SMBC) in the final. This is the first time 3 generations of one family have played together to win a county title - and they did it twice!

Congratulations to John Mills (Woolhope SMBC) on winning the Singles National Qualifier. John defeated Woolhope club-mate Charlie Cox in a close final and will represent Herefordshire in the Nationals in April.