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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 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

Both county teams are in closely fought qualifying groups. The Premier team’s group has been disrupted by Gloucestershire having postponed their early fixtures but Avon currently lead the group having played more matches than their rivals whilst the A team are in a fight with Gloucestershire for the runners-up spot in their group behind likely group winners Hampshire  Premier    A

Two bowls trolley bags and a set of Concorde Size 3 woods have been added to the For Sale page

League fixtures for the coming winter season have now been agreed  Div 1    Div 2

Congratulations to Ross Rockers on their victory in the Summer League Final against Llangarron  Details

The HSMBA Calendar and ICC Calendar pages have now been updated with the coming season’s dates

The League Rules have been updated for the change approved by the 2018 AGM

Ross & Woolhope put up good performances in the TLH National Club Championships    Report

Photos of this year’s Presentation Evening can be found here

Herefordshire had its best ever National Championships with the Mixed Four of Joe Loveys, John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox and the Pair of John Mills & Shaun Jones each matching the county’s best ever result by reaching the semi-finals  Report




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