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Short mat bowls is a 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 clubhouses, 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, genders and abilities who play and 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 Herefordshire Premier Team squad for the 2022-23 season can be viewed here

Congratulations to Kate Williams on her selection for the 2022-23 England Ladies squad

It has been decided that the 2022-23 Winter League will be a 2-mat Triples format. This will now be the format for the Winter League going forwards.

The County Pairs competition was successfully defended by John Mills (Woolhope) and Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) defeating the Woolhope pairing of Shirley & Becci Cox in the final  Details

The HSMBA Calendar page has been updated to reflect the provisional timetable for events through to the end of the 2022-23 season

Ross teams dominated the County Triples with Elaine George, Les Wiiliams & Peter Wright edging out Rob George, Dave Watkins and Ian Roe in a closely fought final after both sides had progressed unbeaten throughout the tournament    Details

Congratulations to Woolhope on winning their club’s 17th successive Winter League title. They defeated Ross A in their final match to complete a clean sheet of wins for the season and consign the Ross team to their 14th runners-up spot in those 17 years. The Division 2 title was won by Ross B with Llangarron securing the runners-up place    Div 1      Div 2

The first County Championship for this year, the County Fours, was won by the Woolhope team of Shirley Cox, Bryan Watkins, Anthony Rogers and John Mills. The runners-up were the Ross team of Sue Dix, Rob George, Dave Watkins and Ian Roe    Details

Following consultation with players it has been decided to enter one team in the Inter County Championship next season. Herefordshire will play in the Premier competition and trials will take place on the 27th and 28th May at Larruperz

Congratulations to Shirley Cox, Kate Williams, John Mills and Joe Loveys in following up last year’s National Mixed Fours victory with a run to the semi-finals in this year’s competition. The Herefordshire quartet were denied another tilt at the title by the narrowest margin of an extra end defeat to a Devon team in their semi-final.

The committee is pleased to announce that Ruth Martin (Aston Ingham), who was recently co-opted onto the committee, has agreed to take on the role of County Safeguarding Officer. We are grateful to Ruth for accepting this role which is integral to the operation of the association.

All of the updates from the ESMBA, together with all of the Back to Bowls and Safe Bowls Status documentation can be found on our dedicated web page    ESMBA Coronavirus Information