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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

Another great win for the county A team, 24-16 against Gloucestershire, has put them in a strong position to qualify from their group in one of the top two places  Details

Congratulations to the Larruperz team of Linda Lewis, Luke Rawlings, Hazel & Tony Vitale on winning this year’s Macmillan Cancer Support Charity Tournament. A magnificent £1,700 was raised for Macmillan despite a lower entry level than normal   Report

The County Fours was won by the Aston Ingham team of Mike Conway, Dean Rudman, Terry Griffiths & Rita Hancock, defeating Gill & Tim Rigden and Betty & Harold Aubrey (Weston) in the final  Details

Congratulations to John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox (Woolhope) on winning the County Triples. They defeated Fran Jones, Betty & Harold Aubrey (Weston) in a final which went to an extra deciding end Details

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

All members are reminded that the ESMBA registration fee now includes Personal Accident Cover. Details of the cover and policy documents are available here

Congratulations to Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) on winning the County Singles Championship, defeating Harold Aubrey (Weston) in the final  Details

A set of size 2 Almark Sterling bowls has been added to the For Sale page

The Woolhope SMBC Charity tournament at Leominster raised a massive £1,500 for St Michael’s Hospice. Well done to all involved

Gloucestershire retained the Bill Mackie Cup by virtue of their 27-13 win in the first leg at Churchdown despite Herefordshire winning the second leg at the Larruperz by 22-18  Details

The draw for the 2017-18 LEH Team of Ten competition has been made   LEH 2017-18

Fixtures for the 17-18 Winter League have been confirmed  Div 1 Fixtures    Div 2 Fixtures

Congratulations to Woolhope 1 on winning the Summer League for the 2nd consecutive year and the third time in total for the club, defeating Lea in the final    Details

Club pages have been updated based on the latest Club Details submissions. Please let Ian Roe know if you spot any errors or would like any changes to be made to club pages

The calendars for the coming year have been updated   HSMBA Calendar    ICC Calendar

The Extra End

The Newsletter of the ESMBA