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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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Both county teams were eliminated from the Inter County competition in the first knockout round. The Premier team were outclassed by a strong Kent side and lost 38-2 but the A team took part in a thrilling encounter with Essex A which ended with the teams level at 20-20 on points and 8-8 on mat victories so the match had to be decided by a singles shoot-out. John Clapson, Tim Rigden and Charlotte Kite each played a single end with Herefordshire losing 2-1 and so losing the tie by the narrowest possible margin. Details Premier  A

A busy weekend of National Qualifiers saw keen competition for our highest number of entry places for many years. Congratulations to all of the successful qualifiers who represent 7 different clubs. A number of players qualified in 2 disciplines but particular congratulations to Shirley and Becci Cox who qualified in 3 disciplines. Full details on the National Qualifiers page.

The quarter-final line-up for the LEH competition is now confirmed. See the LEH page for details.

Entry forms for the Triples and Fours County Championships (7th and 8th February) are with club secretaries.

The County A team are confirmed in the runner-up spot in their regional group following the final group match between Avon and Oxfordshire. They now qualify for the main knockout section in the New Year. A team

The Junior Pairs competition was won by Aidan Wicks and Dane Rose of Westbury Blue Circle club, Wiltshire, defeating Dominic and Anthony Rogers (Woolhope) in the final. Luke Rawlings and Tony Vitale (Larruperz) defeated Matthew and Stephen Kite (Lea) to take the Plate competition. Full details

A new page has been added to the website detailing all of our past National Qualifiers. There is some information missing so if anyone can fill any of the gaps please let Ian Roe know.

The final round of the Inter County Championship saw the Premier team secure second position in their group, and a place in the main knockout section of the competition in the new year, with a hard fought win against Worcestershire at Bromsgrove whilst the A team were defeated in their return match against Avon and, although they remain top of their group, their final position will be determined by the outcome of the outstanding match between Avon and Oxfordshire. Details Premier team   A team

Another successful Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Fours saw £1,972 raised and victory to Woolhope C (Ian Park, Dominic & Anthony Rogers + a variety of substitutes in place of Sandra Rogers who was prevented by injury from competing) who beat last year’s winners, Ross, into second place on shot difference. Dominic Rogers also won the Junior Trophy with Luke Rawlings runner-up. Many thanks to all who took part and gave generously. Details here