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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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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

A pair of ladies size 16 bowling trousers has been added to the For Sale page. Free to a good home!

The League Rules page has been updated to incorporate the rules changes adopted by the recent AGM. A printable version of the rules can be downloaded from that page and all team captains will have received a printed copy ahead of the Winter League season

This year’s Fownhope Open Fours raised a huge £735 for St Michael’s Hospice  Story

Summer League fixtures have been confirmed and the Summer League Final will take place at 7.15pm on Tuesday 22 August at Upton Bishop Millennium Hall  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

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

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