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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

The latest ESMBA route map update confirms the parameters under which clubs holding Safe Bowls status can resume play from 17th May 2021    ESMBA Update May 2021

The ESMBA have issued a statement regarding the status of a number of national & international level competitions. There is a provisional intention to run an Inter County Championship competition from October 2021 but the format is as yet undetermined    ESMBA Events Update April 2021

The March 2021 ESMBA route map towards re-starting short mat bowls is here

All of the previous 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

The HSMBA will hold an AGM in October 2021 by which time it is hoped that clubs and members will be active and playing again and a less restricted physical meeting can be held. This AGM is important as there are a number of key roles to be filled on the HSMBA committee in order for the association to continue to function. The current committee will remain in place until that time and will make the necessary initial plans for the 2020-21 season.

With only 3 Herefordshire clubs currently holding Safe Bowls Status, and no short mat bowls play possible before 17th May at the earliest, the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s Summer League. The committee will work towards re-starting organised competitive bowling with the 2021-22 winter season.

The 19-20 Winter League has been determined based on average points secured by a team in completed matches. Congratulations to Woolhope A on securing their club’s 16th consecutive title ahead of Ross A in the runners-up spot. St Martins club led the way in Division 2 with St Martins Hawks winning the division from St Martins Falcons    Division 1    Division 2