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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

Congratulations to Llangarron on winning this year’s Summer League with a convincing victory over Ross Rockers in the final    2019 Summer League

Congratulations to John Mills on winning the plate competition in the ESMBA Open Pairs    Report

The position of HSMBA Secretary remains vacant following Sue Stannard’s retirement from the post. It is imperative that we fill this key role which is integral to the smooth operation of the association. The committee will ensure that the duties are covered for an interim period but any members interested in putting themselves forward for the role are asked to contact the Chairman, Ian Park, as soon as possible. If we are unsuccessful in finding a member to fill the role then the search will be extended beyond the current membership. A summary of the Secretary’s duties can be found here and Ian or Sue are happy to speak further to interested candidates

The draw for this year’s LEH Competition has been made. Details are on their way to clubs  LEH 2019-20

A pair of size 7 grey bowling shoes and a set of Size 4 Taylor Lignoid woods have been added to the For Sale page

A superb 26-14 win by Herefordshire in the second leg of the Bill Mackie Cup resulted in the points being tied across the match but Gloucestershire retained the cup by virtue of better overall shots  Details

Congratulations to Nic Lloyd, Dominic Rogers and Ian Park on winning the Kingsway Triples  Report

The association’s Constitution and League Rules & Conditions of Play have now been updated to reflect changes agreed at this year’s AGM. Both documents are available to download   Constitution    Rules

Summer League fixtures have now been agreed and can be found here

The photos from the Presentation Evening have now been added to the website. Anyone who would like an e-mailed copy of any photo should contact Ian Roe.

The Winter League has completed and Woolhope A have retained their title ahead of Ross A, making it an incredible 15th consecutive title for the club. Woolhope B bounce back to the first division at the first attempt, winning Division 2 by a comfortable margin from runners-up Fownhope   Division 1  Division 2

Congratulations to the Ross team of Rob George, Ian Roe & Ian Park on winning the Bromyard Triples Competition, defeating Linda Lewis, Luke Rawlings & Tony Vitale of Larruperz in the final  Report