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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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The 19-20 Winter League has been determined based on average points secured by a team in completed matches. Congratulations to Woolhope A on securing their club’s 16th consecutive title ahead of Ross A in the runners-up spot. St Martins club led the way in Division 2 with St Martins Hawks winning the division from St Martins Falcons    Division 1    Division 2

At a meeting of the HSMBA Committee on 2nd September several outstanding and pending issues were addressed. The full minutes of the meeting have been circulated to clubs and can be accessed by members here. Some of the key points are as follows (any rearranged events should be considered provisional and subject to future conditions and restrictions):

ESMBA Announcement 17.8.20 The ESMBA has issued detailed government-approved guidance regarding restarting short mat bowling. This has been circulated to Club Secretaries and the HSMBA Committee will be incorporating this guidance into its plans regarding arrangements for the new season as well as the matters which need addressing as a result of the sudden cessation of activity back in March.    ESMBA Action Plan

The ESMBA have also announced a Community Emergency Fund to help clubs suffering financial difficulties as a result of the Covid 19 situation. Member clubs are encouraged to review the provisions and submit an application for support if appropriate    ESMBA Community Emergency Fund

Herefordshire has its first ever NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. Congratulations to Shirley Cox, Kate Williams, John Mills & Joe Loveys on their success in the National Mixed Fours Championship at Solihull. The Herefordshire team secured their title with a 12-10 win over a North Yorkshire side in the final    Details