Herefordshire Short Mat Bowling Association

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Woolhope/Gorsley Team Win Inaugural Gloucestershire Outdoor Short Mat Competition

An experienced combination of Woolhope and Gorsley players travelled over the border to play in the first ever outdoor short mat bowls competition, held at Gloucester Spa Bowling Club.

An intriguing format that made use of the venue’s all weather outdoor green, both ends of the “short mat” were marked out in chalk with the fenders, foot mats and centre blocks the only pieces of equipment utilised. A team of 5 tournament, the 12 teams were split into groups of 6, playing 5 group games as a pair and a triple against the other teams in their group.

Whilst the weather forecast has threatened to influence preceedings, sunny skies prevailed seeing the Herefordshire team finish top of their group with Dominic and Anthony Rogers taking 3 wins from 5 in the pairs and Dean Rudman, John Mills and Joe Loveys going unbeaten in the triples to give Woolhope 16 points out of 20. The final pitted them against Tewkesbury where two close games saw the Rogers’ win the pairs 8-5, with the triples following up with an 8-4 win to take the title.

The Association’s congratulations go to the team as well as Mike Wall of Gloucester on the well organised event which is likely to attract even more interest next year!

For the full list of results and further photos of the day, please follow this link: https://gsmba.uk/top-team-2024/