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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 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

Congratulations to Woolhope A on winning their 14th Winter League Division 1 title in 16 years  Div 1

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

The ICC Calendar page has now been updated for the 2017-18 season’s fixtures

Both of the county teams were eliminated from the ICC competition at the Preliminary knockout stage. The premier team lost 26-14 to Essex whilst the A Team lost 25-15 to Kent   Premier   A

A set of Size 1 Almark Sterling bowls has been added to the For Sale page

Dates have been agreed for the Bill Mackie Cup against Gloucestershire - the away match is at Churchdown on Sunday 30th July and the home leg is at Larruperz on Sunday 3rd September

In the 2017-18 Inter County Championships both of our teams are in qualifying groups of 4 counties. Both teams will play Avon and Gloucestershire with the Premier team also facing Oxfordshire whilst the A team’s group is completed by Hampshire.

Congratulations to all of our National Championships Qualifiers, particularly to Ian Park and Ian Roe who each qualified in 4 disciplines. Despite a slightly reduced level of entries we have retained 2 places in 4 of the 6 disciplines and Herefordshire will be represented in the Nationals by 13 players from 6 clubs  Details

The County A Team won their final qualifying match to finish top of their regional group with 4 wins from their 6 matches Details

The Ross team of Elaine George, Ian Roe, Pam & Ian Park successfully retained the County Mixed Fours title, defeating last week’s Fours winners, Rod Dawson (Woolhope), Carole Rowland (Fownhope), Terry Darrington and Rita Hancock (Aston Ingham) in the final  Details

Congratulations to Rod Dawson (Woolhope), Carole Rowland (Fownhope), Terry Darrington and Rita Hancock (Aston Ingham) on winning the County Fours title, defeating Elaine & Rob George, Dave Watkins and Les Williams (Ross) in the final  Details

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