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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

The Junior Competition will take place on Sunday 12th October 2014 at Ross BC. Entry forms with club secretaries.

The first leg of the Bill Mackie Cup resulted in a narrow 21-19 defeat for Herefordshire against Gloucestershire at Churchdown. The return fixture is at the Larruperz on 7th September. Scorecard here

The Summer League final will take place at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall on Monday 22nd September

County matches for the coming season are now all arranged. See the ICC Calendar page for details

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.

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-18’s (See Successes page for details). Dominic Rogers (Under-18’s) 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