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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 county ‘A’ team lost their ICC Competition quarter final to Buckinghamshire in the first ever meeting between the two counties. Despite a very strong start the performance couldn’t be sustained and Buckinghamshire ran out 23-17 winners    A Team

Congratulations to John Mills (Woolhope) & Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel) on winning the County Pairs, defeating Sheila Whittingham & Peter Wright (Larruperz) in the final. The plate competition was won by Les Barlow & Dean Rudman (Gorsley Chapel) who defeated Sue Dix & Pam Park (Ross) in the final  Details

The semi-final line-up for the LEH Competition is now complete. Forest of Dean play Woolhope and Tewkesbury play the Gloster Knights. Ties to be played by 6 March.  LEH

The latest county champions have been crowned: In the Triples the Lea team of John Snow, Stephen Kite and Merion Attwood defeated the Gorsley Chapel team of Les Barlow, Dean Rudman and Joe Loveys in the final. In the Fours the Weston team of Gillian Gange, Doug Knowler, Sheila Clapson and Heather Foulkes were victorious with the Fownhope team of Carole Rowland, Pam Griffiths, Sue & John Stannard runners-up. Details:  Triples    Fours

Congratulations to the winners of the National Qualifiers: Singles: Ian Park; Fours and Mixed Fours: John Mills, Joe Loveys, Shirley & Becci Cox; Triples: John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox; Pairs: John Mills & Shaun Jones; Over 55 Pairs: Ian Roe & Ian Park; Under-18s: Dominic Rogers. These winners together with the runners-up in the Triples (Dave Watkins, Ian Roe, Shaun Jones) and the Fours (Dave Watkins, Kate Williams, Ian Roe, Shaun Jones) go forward to represent Herefordshire at the National Finals in March and April.

The county Premier team qualified for the finals of the ICC Rinks competition from a tightly fought group in which they lost to Cheshire but defeated Kent to progress in second place. The A team failed to qualify from their group.

The first round of the LEH Competition is complete. The Q/F ties are to be played by the end of January LEH

Ian Park (Ross) won his record 4th County Singles title with victory over the defending champion, Joe Loveys (Gorsley Chapel), in the final  Details

Congratulations to Becci Cox and John Mills who represented England at the 2018 British Isles Championships    Report

Congratulations to the Ross team of Bernard Glover, Elaine & Rob George and Ian Park on winning the Macmillan Charity Tournament. The Lea team of June Smith, Janet Harris, Mary Gardner and Colin Smith were the only other team to win all 4 matches but lost out on shot difference. This year’s competition raised a magnificent record total of £2,300  Report