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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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Summer League fixtures have been confirmed  Fixtures

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

The Association, in conjunction with the Hereford & Worcester Sports Partnership and Halo Leisure, is running 6 short mat taster sessions at Bromyard Leisure Centre. The sessions run for 6 weeks from Wednesday 3 May to Wednesday 7 June (10.30 - 12.00). Can anyone who is prepared to help facilitate any of these sessions please contact Ian Roe

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

Congratulations to the successful league teams: Division 1 - Champions Woolhope A, Runners-up Ross A; Division 2 - Champions Fownhope, Runners-up Ross B     Div 1    Div 2

The Bromyard Triples was won by the Ross trio of Elaine George, Les Williams and Dave Watkins, defeating Fran Jones (Escley), Betty & Harold Aubrey (Weston) in the final and making it 3 wins in 4 years for Ross (and Dave Watkins)  Details

Congratulations to Woolhope on winning the LEH Tournament, defeating Ross in the final   LEH

The February 2017 edition of the ESMBA newsletter is now available through the link on the left

Congratulations to Sue Stannard who received an accolade at the 2016 Herefordshire Sport Awards. Sue was Highly Commended in the Services to Sport category in recognition of her contribution to short mat bowling in the county. Well done Sue   Report

The ICC Calendar page has now been updated for the 2017-18 season’s fixtures

Both of the county teams were eliminated from the ICC competition at the Preliminary knockout stage. The premier team lost 26-14 to Essex whilst the A Team lost 25-15 to Kent   Premier   A

A set of Size 1 Almark Sterling bowls has been added to the For Sale page

Dates have been agreed for the Bill Mackie Cup against Gloucestershire - the away match is at Churchdown on Sunday 30th July and the home leg is at Larruperz on Sunday 3rd September

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