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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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The Presentation Evening ticket booking forms have gone out to clubs. All members are encouraged to attend, not just those collecting awards. The event is at Larruperz on Sunday 22nd April

Congratulations to Woolhope on winning the LEH Trophy with a 4 shot victory over Ross. Woolhope’s second consecutive victory means they join Ross in having won the competition 5 times  LEH Results

The March edition of The Extra End, the ESMBA newsletter, can be viewed through the link on the left

Unfortunately the Fownhope Open Charity Fours has had to be cancelled this year. Fownhope club hope to reinstate the competition in the future.

The county A team progressed to the semi-finals of the ICC consolation competition with a convincing 29-11 win over London A. The Premier team exited the ICC main knockout competition at the Preliminary round stage following a 31-9 defeat to Essex   A    Premier

We have been provided with a limited number of printed promotional leaflets and posters, copies of which can be viewed / downloaded here. If anyone has any ideas for placing / distributing these materials within the county please contact Ian Roe. Anyone is free to download and print the material for use by their own club.

Member clubs should note that the ESMBA can provide 2 year interest free loans to help with the purchase of equipment. Any club interested should enquire at

Merion Attwood can re-coat chipped jacks using an electrostatically applied powder coating (as used in jack manufacture) at a cost of £10 per jack. Anyone interested in this service should contact Merion directly (, 01989 750591)

The remaining National Qualifying places have been filled: Triples: Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park (Ross) and John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope); Fours: Mike Conway (Aston Ingham), Mark Cinderey (Llangarron), David Millington Jones & Anthony Rogers (Woolhope) and Kate Williams (Ross), John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope); Mixed Fours: Dominic Rogers, John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope). Particular congratulations to John Mills who has qualified in 4 disciplines and to Shirley & Becci Cox who have qualified in 3. Details

The latest County Competition, the Mixed Fours, was won by the Woolhope team of Shirley & Becci Cox, Anthony & Dominic Rogers who defeated Elaine George, Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park (Ross) in the final Details

Congratulations to the first group of National Qualifiers winners - Singles: Shaun Jones (Ross); Pairs: Ian Park & Ian Roe (Ross); Over-55 Pairs: Terry Darrington & Rita Hancock (Aston Ingham). The runners-up in the Pairs, John Mills & Anthony Rogers (Woolhope), will also play in the National Finals

The Extra End

The Newsletter of the ESMBA