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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

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

Both of our county teams play the first knockout round of their respective ICC competitions at Daventry on Sunday 5th February. The Premier team play Essex and the A team play either Kent or Surrey.

In the 2017-18 Inter County Championships both of our teams are in qualifying groups of 4 counties. Both teams will play Avon and Gloucestershire with the Premier team also facing Oxfordshire whilst the A team’s group is completed by Hampshire.

Congratulations to all of our National Championships Qualifiers, particularly to Ian Park and Ian Roe who each qualified in 4 disciplines. Despite a slightly reduced level of entries we have retained 2 places in 4 of the 6 disciplines and Herefordshire will be represented in the Nationals by 13 players from 6 clubs  Details

The County A Team won their final qualifying match to finish top of their regional group with 4 wins from their 6 matches Details

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

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

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

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