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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

Eastnor BC have a mat for sale. See For Sale / Wanted page

Congratulations to Some Hope & No Hope (Aston Ingham) and Ross 1 on winning their respective Summer League divisions. They will meet in the Summer League Final at Upton Bishop at 7.30pm on Monday 7 September.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Fred Jolley, our immediate past president. Fred gave tremendous service to the association, serving terms as County Captain, Chairman and President before moving away from the area. He was a very accomplished and successful player, having won all of the county championship disciplines at various times and being a stalwart of the county team for many years.

Winter League details for the coming season have now been finalised and fixtures have been agreed. Congratulations to Fownhope and Gorsley Chapel on promotion to Division 1 with Ross B returning to Division 2. We now have 20 teams with each of Larruperz, Gorsley Chapel and Weston entering a second team although Whitchurch have not been able to enter this year. Div 1 Fixtures  Div 2 Fixtures

Both the HSMBA Calendar and ICC Calendar pages are now substantially complete for the coming season so plenty of dates for your diaries.

Congratulations to David Millington Jones and Becci Cox (both of Woolhope SMBC) on being elected to the English SMBA Management Committee. David becomes Coaching Director for the national association and Becci joins as a Committee Member.

Congratulations to the Herefordshire players who have been picked for England squads for the 2015-16 season and especially to Becci Cox who has been appointed as vice-captain of the England Ladies team. Details on the Successes page

Herefordshire lost 30-10 in the first leg of the Bill Mackie Cup tie for 2015. Details

Aston Ingham club has some bowls wear items for sale (some for outdoors) on the For Sale / Wanted page

The Constitution and Rules have been updated for the changes passed at the AGM. There is a link to download a copy of the rules for printing here.

Photos from the Presentation Evening are now on the site. If anyone would like a print of a photo then please enquire via Jamie Harris.

Congratulations to Rod Dawson, John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope SMBC) on winning the Gloucestershire Charity Open Fours. Details on Successes page.

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