Herefordshire Short Mat Bowling Association


Bromyard Triples Challenge Cup

Bromyard Triples Challenge Cup

This is a club triples competition which was held for the first time at Bromyard Leisure Centre in April 1999. Short Mat bowlers from clubs in the joint association of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire were invited to play and 30 teams took up the challenge. Fownhope beat Corse and Staunton in the final in a very close game. This initial running of the event came at the end of the era of the joint association of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The increase in the number of short mat bowling clubs had made it possible for each county to establish their own association in the ESMBA.

The competition continues as an HSMBA event in the new venue of the Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye and has been renamed the County Triples Challenge Cup. Each county club is invited to enter one team and then, if necessary, numbers are made up to 16 entrants by inviting additional teams from those clubs entering.

2022-23 Competition

The 2022-23 competition was held on Sunday 5th March 2022 at Ross Bowling Club with 14 teams from 8 clubs competing initially in 4 round robin groups  before the group winners and runners up progressed to the knockout stage. Four different clubs were represented in the semi-finals, with it being guarenteed that a new club would get their name on the trophy. Both semi-finals saw very close games, with Gorlsey managing to overcome a strong St Martin’s team by one shot to reach the final. In the other game, Ledbury, fresh off the back of knocking out the team of the Group Stages in Woolhope, went four shots up against Weston before a fightback from the experienced trio saw them push ahead of their opponents to take victory. Weston continued this form into the final, keeping Gorsley at arms length for the majority of the match to win 9-6, taking their first victory in the competition following four runner-up finishes in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2017. 

Semi Finals

Sophie Heather-Warner, Dean Rudman & Joe Loveys (Gorsley) bt Kim Wooden, Peter Goulding & Rhys Palmer (St Martin’s) 10-9

Harold Aubrey, Kate Williams & Tim Ridgen (Weston) bt & Jennifer Welch, David Bowen & Stuart Mcintyre (Ledbury) 10-7


Harold Aubrey, Kate Williams & Tim Rigden (Weston) bt Sophie Heather-Warner, Dean Rudman & Joe Loveys (Gorsley) 9-6

L To R: Tim Rigden, Kate Williams and Harold Aubrey

Record of Champions

YearWinner (Players)Winner (Team)Runner-up (Players)Runner-up (Team)
2023Harold Aubrey, Kate Williams & Tim RigdenWestonSophie Heather-Warner, Dean Rudman & Joe LoveysGorsley
2022No Competition
2021No Competition
2020No Competition
2019Rob George, Ian Roe & Ian ParkRossLinda Lewis, Luke Rawlings & Tony VitaleLarruperz
2018Mike Conway, Terry Darrington, Rita HancockAston InghamLorraine Pearce, June Pearce, Tony VitaleLarruperz
2017Elaine George, Les Williams, Dave WatkinsRossFran Jones, Betty & Harold AubreyWeston
2016George Marshall, Les Williams, Dave WatkinsRossDominic, Sandra & Anthony RogersWoolhope
2015Gwyneth Jones, Merion Attwood, Colin SmithLeaGillian & Brian Gange, Janet CooperFownhope
2014Ali and Ian Roe, David WatkinsRossColin Boyse, Alf Wye, Les PhillipsLarruperz
2013June Smith, Merion Attwood, Colin SmithLeaAli and Ian Roe, David WatkinsRoss
2012David Watkins, Les Williams, Colin BarnesRossFay Middlecote, Hazel and Tony VitaleLarruperz
2011Derek Griffiths, Mark and Isobel WardleyFownhopeMark Bowden, Shirley and Becci CoxWoolhope
2010Shirley and Becci Cox, Andy MayesWoolhopeLes Williams, Paul Hook, Colin BarnesRoss
2009Faye Middlecote, Hazel and Tony VitaleLarruperzRay Bilby, Betty and Harold AubreyWeston under Penyard
2008Hilary Marshall, Sue and John StannardFownhopeDavid Watkins, Les Williams, J. ZimmermanRoss
2007Sandra, Phil, Anthony RogersWoolhopeTim Rigdon, Betty and Harold AubreyWeston under Penyard
2006David Watkins, Les Williams, J. ZimmermanRossTim Rigdon, Betty and Harold AubreyWeston under Penyard
2005Sandra, Phil, Anthony RogersWoolhopeHilary Marshall, Sue and John StannardFownhope
2004Sandra, Phil, Anthony RogersWoolhopeAnn Watkins, Sheila and Alf WyeLea
2003Sue and John Stannard, Fred JolleyFownhopeBrenda and Frank Garrett, Harry WaltersRoss
2002June Pearce, Hazel Vitale, Les PhillipsLarruperzKaren and Nigel Skyrme, Gareth BarnfieldSellack
2001Anthony Rogers, Roland Gardener, Sandra RogersWoolhopeHilary Mansell, Brenda and Andrew MollettFownhope
2000Margaret Eggleton, Dave Luther, Les WilliamsRossMargaret Ashby, Michael Mortimer, Wolfred ThomasAston Ingham
1999Sue and John Stannard, Fred JolleyFownhopeIvor and June Carter, Pat BoalerCorse & Staunton

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