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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 are in closely fought qualifying groups. The Premier team’s group has been disrupted by Gloucestershire having postponed their early fixtures but Avon currently lead the group having played more matches than their rivals whilst the A team are in a fight with Gloucestershire for the runners-up spot in their group behind likely group winners Hampshire  Premier    A

Defford and Gloster Knights won their preliminary round matches so the first round line-up of the LEH is now complete  Full Draw

Two bowls trolley bags and a set of Concorde Size 3 woods have been added to the For Sale page

League fixtures for the coming winter season have now been agreed  Div 1    Div 2

Congratulations to Ross Rockers on their victory in the Summer League Final against Llangarron  Details

The HSMBA is assembling a dedicated set of equipment that can be loaned to groups who wish to try out short mat bowls. This will include 8 sets of woods. If any individuals or clubs have spare sets of woods which they are prepared to donate to the association for this purpose can you please contact Ian Roe. The intention is that these will comprise a full range of sizes but with an emphasis on the smaller sizes which tend to be most in demand for this purpose. Please don’t be offended if an offer of woods is declined because we already have what we need in the size offered - storage space is limited and we will hold only the targeted 8 sets.

The HSMBA Calendar and ICC Calendar pages have now been updated with the coming season’s dates

The League Rules have been updated for the change approved by the 2018 AGM

Ross & Woolhope put up good performances in the TLH National Club Championships    Report

Photos of this year’s Presentation Evening can be found here

Herefordshire had its best ever National Championships with the Mixed Four of Joe Loveys, John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox and the Pair of John Mills & Shaun Jones each matching the county’s best ever result by reaching the semi-finals  Report

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

Congratulations to the Winter League winners: Division 1 champions Woolhope A, runners-up Ross A. Division 2 champions Gorsley Chapel, runners-up Dewchurch Warriors   Div1    Div 2

Congratulations to the Aston Ingham team of Mike Conway, Terry Darrington & Rita Hancock on winning the Bromyard Triples tournament, defeating the Larruperz team of Lorraine Pearce, June Pearce and Tony Vitale in the final  Details

Congratulations to Woolhope on winning the LEH Trophy with a 4 shot victory over Ross  LEH Results

The Extra End

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