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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

The first round of the LEH competition is now complete and the results are here. The quarter finals, each of which is a Herefordshire v Gloucestershire tie, are to be played by 31 January

The Ross team of Elaine George, Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park successfully retained the County Mixed Fours title, defeating last week’s Fours winners, Rod Dawson (Woolhope), Carole Rowland (Fownhope), Terry Darrington and Rita Hancock (Aston Ingham) in the final  Details

A new group at Holme Lacy is looking for some woods (Size 0-3) to buy. See the For Sale / Wanted page

Congratulations to Rod Dawson (Woolhope), Carole Rowland (Fownhope), Terry Darrington and Rita Hancock (Aston Ingham) on winning the County Fours title, defeating Elaine & Rob George, Dave Watkins and Les Williams (Ross) in the final  Details

Congratulations to Ali & Ian Roe, Les Williams and Dave Watkins who won the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Tournament for the second time. A magnificent £2,000 was raised for Macmillan  Report

Ali & Ian Roe and Ian Park successfully defended their County Triples title with a win in the final against fellow Ross team Elaine George, Dave Watkins and Les Williams   Details

Will all county players please note that the County Squad Practices scheduled for 16 December and 6 January have been cancelled   ICC Diary

Congratulations to Hazel & Tony Vitale (Larruperz) on winning the County Pairs title for the second time, defeating Rod Dawson (Woolhope) and Mark Cinderey (Llangarron) in the final. The Plate competition was won by George Marshall (Ross) & David Millington Jones (Woolhope) who defeated Sue & John Stannard (Fownhope) in the final  Details

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  Details

The ESMBA has started to issue a (supposedly) 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

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

The Extra End

The Newsletter of the ESMBA