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Herefordshire

Short Mat Bowling Association

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Ross Bowling Club was formed in 1920 as an outdoor flat green club and is now the club with the largest outdoor and indoor membership in Herefordshire. During the mid nineteen eighties Short Mat Bowling was introduced to the members as a social event once a week.

In 1995 they were invited to join the recently formed Herefordshire and Gloucestershire League. In the first year seven members won in the County finals to qualify for the National Championships at Birmingham. Since then approximately thirty members have qualified for the National Championships, some on a regular basis.


The club joined the HSMBA Winter League and just two years later won both the League and the LEH Team of Ten Trophy. We have continued from this strong start to win four further League Division titles and have also won the LEH Trophy five times. More recently we formed ‘B’ and ‘C’ teams and each team has won the Second Division title. We also enter 2 teams in the more recently formed county Summer League and have won that league once. We regularly supply players for the County Premier and ‘A’ Teams. Since 1990 the entire club premises have been rebuilt and in 2005 a multipurpose function room was added which was large enough to take four short mats and provide a viewing area complete with a bar. The club regularly hosts county championships and national qualifiers.


During the winter season, pairs and triples leagues run on two afternoons and one evening a week in which fifty plus members participate. A singles tournament closes the season. A social evening runs on Wednesday evenings from October to March which provides an ideal opportunity for prospective members to have a drink, mingle with members and see what the game and the club have to offer.



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