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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

A convincing 30-10 home win against Avon has taken the county A team to the top of their ICC qualifying group with two matches against Gloucestershire remaining  Details

The County Fours was won by the Aston Ingham team of Mike Conway, Dean Rudman, Terry Griffiths & Rita Hancock, defeating Gill & Tim Rigden and Betty & Harold Aubrey (Weston) in the final  Details

Congratulations to John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope) on winning the County Triples. They defeated Fran Jones, Betty & Harold Aubrey (Weston) in a final which went to an extra deciding end Details

The November edition of The Extra End, the ESMBA newsletter, can be viewed through the link on the left

All members are reminded that the ESMBA registration fee now includes Personal Accident Cover. Details of the cover and policy documents are available here

Congratulations to Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) on winning the County Singles Championship, defeating Harold Aubrey (Weston) in the final  Details

A set of size 2 Almark Sterling bowls has been added to the For Sale page

The Woolhope SMBC Charity tournament at Leominster raised a massive £1,500 for St Michael’s Hospice. Well done to all involved

Gloucestershire retained the Bill Mackie Cup by virtue of their 27-13 win in the first leg at Churchdown despite Herefordshire winning the second leg at the Larruperz by 22-18  Details

The draw for the 2017-18 LEH Team of Ten competition has been made   LEH 2017-18

Fixtures for the 17-18 Winter League have been confirmed  Div 1 Fixtures    Div 2 Fixtures

Congratulations to Woolhope 1 on winning the Summer League for the 2nd consecutive year and the third time in total for the club, defeating Lea in the final    Details

Club pages have been updated based on the latest Club Details submissions. Please let Ian Roe know if you spot any errors or would like any changes to be made to club pages

The calendars for the coming year have been updated   HSMBA Calendar    ICC Calendar

The League Rules page has been updated to incorporate the rules changes adopted by the recent AGM. A printable version of the rules can be downloaded from that page and all team captains will have received a printed copy ahead of the Winter League season

This year’s Fownhope Open Fours raised a huge £735 for St Michael’s Hospice  Story

The Presentation Evening photos have been added here. If anyone would like a higher resolution e-mailed copy of any photo please contact Ian Roe or Merion Attwood.

The Extra End

The Newsletter of the ESMBA