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Short Mat Bowling Association

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Welcome to the HSMBA Website

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

It’s the first County Championship weekend with the Singles and Pairs being contested this Saturday and Sunday (1st and 2nd November) at John Kyrle High School. Calendar

The 4th round of the Inter County Championship saw the Premier team continue their good recent

form with a convincing home win against Worcestershire whilst the A team suffered their second defeat of the season away to Oxfordshire although they remain top of their group. Details Premier team   A team

The Singles & Pairs qualifiers for the National Championships have been moved to 17 January 2014 and will be held at the Larruperz. All qualifiers will now be held over that weekend. See Calendar page for details.

Congratulations to Woolhope 2 on their victory in the Summer League Play-off Final, defeating their club-mates Woolhope 1 6-4. Details here

Congratulations to Gloucestershire on winning the annual Bill Mackie Cup competition with victories in both legs. Details here

The draw for the 2014-15 two counties LEH Trophy has been made. Details here

The HSMBA Calendar and ICC Calendar pages have now been completed for the 2014-15 season

The Junior Competition has now been re-arranged for Saturday 6th December at Ross BC

The League Rules have been updated to reflect the amendments approved at the recent AGM

Photos from Presentation Evening are now here

Congratulations to David Millington-Jones, Ian Park, Fred Jolley and Anthony Rogers (Woolhope SMBC) on winning the Gloucestershire Charity Open Fours on 12th April. See Successes page for details.

County Competitions - An Appeal for Support

For some years now our competition entries have been falling and some of these competitions are in danger of disappearing if support does not improve. Our new competitions secretary, Ian Park (Woolhope SMBC), will be making every effort to rally support and try to improve entry numbers for the county competitions and all members are encouraged to have a look at the HSMBA Calendar and consider whether they are willing to enter some of these competitions. We would also encourage club committees to help in putting teams together within their clubs for the larger team disciplines. Entry forms will be issued to clubs well ahead of the competition dates.

These one day events are a great opportunity to catch up with members from other clubs and are a social gathering as well as an important competition. All entrants usually get at least 3 games, depending on the entry levels and group formats, and those teams / players not progressing to the later stages can, of course, choose whether or not to stay on to watch and support for the rest of the day.

The County Competitions, together with the leagues, are the lifeblood of the sport in the County and their continued success is key to the growth and development of short mat bowling in Herefordshire - please support these events if you can.

National Qualifiers

We have also seen dwindling entries for the national qualifiers, to the extent that we have recently not had enough entries to run qualifiers for the triples, fours or mixed fours and the county has been allocated no places in the national finals for these disciplines. In all disciplines the number of entries we are allocated for the finals depends on numbers entering the qualifying competitions so fewer entries mean fewer places for the County. We would like to see more entries for these events and to gain at least one place in every discipline this year although we appreciate that not everyone wishes to go to the Nationals and all entrants to the national qualifiers must be prepared to travel to Church Gresley, South Derbyshire for the national finals in March/April should they be successful. Please consider whether you would like to have a go at Nationals qualification and the opportunity to represent the County at the ESMBA’s showpiece event. Look out for the entry forms when they go out to clubs a bit later in the season.