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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 Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) on winning the County Singles Championship, defeating Harold Aubrey (Weston) in the final  Details

Both county teams currently lie second in their qualifying group   Premier    A

A set of size 2 Almark Sterling bowls has been added to the For Sale page

The Woolhope SMBC Charity tournament at Leominster raised a massive £1,500 for St Michael’s Hospice. Well done to all involved

Gloucestershire retained the Bill Mackie Cup by virtue of their 27-13 win in the first leg at Churchdown despite Herefordshire winning the second leg at the Larruperz by 22-18  Details

The draw for the 2017-18 LEH Team of Ten competition has been made   LEH 2017-18

Fixtures for the 17-18 Winter League have been confirmed  Div 1 Fixtures    Div 2 Fixtures

Congratulations to Woolhope 1 on winning the Summer League for the 2nd consecutive year and the third time in total for the club, defeating Lea in the final    Details

Club pages have been updated based on the latest Club Details submissions. Please let Ian Roe know if you spot any errors or would like any changes to be made to club pages

The calendars for the coming year have been updated   HSMBA Calendar    ICC Calendar

A pair of ladies size 16 bowling trousers has been added to the For Sale page. Free to a good home!

The League Rules page has been updated to incorporate the rules changes adopted by the recent AGM. A printable version of the rules can be downloaded from that page and all team captains will have received a printed copy ahead of the Winter League season

This year’s Fownhope Open Fours raised a huge £735 for St Michael’s Hospice  Story

The Presentation Evening photos have been added here. If anyone would like a higher resolution e-mailed copy of any photo please contact Ian Roe or Merion Attwood.

Congratulations to the Ross team of Elaine George, Pam Park, Dave Watkins and Les Williams on winning the Gloucester Open Charity Fours   Details

Congratulations to all of our representatives at the National Championships, particularly the 4 teams who progressed from their groups to the knockout stages, making it the most successful championships for the county for several years - Ian Roe (Singles), Shirley & Becci Cox (Pairs), Tony Vitale & Ian Park (Pairs), Ali & Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park (Mixed Fours). Congratulations also to Dominic Rogers who reached the semi-final of the Under-18 Plate competition

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