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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 Ian Park (Ross) on winning the County Singles Championship for a record third time, defeating fellow Ross player Ian Roe in the final

Three more sets of woods have been added to the For Sale page. There are currently 5 sets on there.

The ESMBA has started to issue a monthly newsletter - The Extra End. The latest edition will be available to view via the link on the left of this page - the October edition is available now

Congratulations to the County Premier Team who progressed to the finals of the ICC Rinks Competition by winning their qualifying group, beating Surrey and drawing with Essex. The A team did not progress from their qualifying group following defeats to Devon and Somerset   Details

The draw for the 2016-17 LEH Trophy is here. The first round is to be played by 30 November

Congratulations to Woolhope A who defeated Gorsley Chapel 1 in the Summer League Final to take the trophy for the second time  Details

The Bill Mackie Cup was retained by Gloucestershire, who won the first leg at Fownhope 28-12, although Herefordshire performed well in the second leg at Bells, Coleford to earn a 20-20 draw     Scorecards

A number of our members are on a waiting list for a Level 1 ESMBA coaching course. If any other members would be interested in attending this course, as and when the ESMBA are in a position to deliver it, then could they please let Merion Attwood ( know. It is hoped that with enough interest the course can be delivered locally.

We are pleased to welcome 2 new clubs to the HSMBA. Golden Valley SMBC are a new club playing socially at Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall. St Martins Bowls Club in Hereford have played short mat bowls for some time but can now accommodate 2 mats as a result of a clubhouse extension and have entered 2 teams in the winter league

The Rules and Constitution have been updated for revisions passed at the recent AGM

The photo gallery from the Presentation Evening has now been added here

The Winter League season has completed. Congratulations to the division winners Woolhope A and Llangarron and the runners-up Ross A and Escley.  Division 1    Division 2

The final county competition, the Mixed Fours, was won by Elaine George, Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park (Ross) who defeated Hilary Carpenter, Dominic, Sandra and Anthony Rogers (Woolhope) in an extremely tight and tense final which went to an extra end. Details

A measuring kit (spray, measure and a black pouch of chocks and chalk) was left on the front of the stage after the mixed fours. Contact Ian Roe

The Extra End

The Newsletter of the ESMBA