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Short Mat Bowling Association

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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 ESMBA have confirmed the suspension of short mat bowling for the duration of the national lock down period, currently until 2nd December   ESMBA Statement 4.11.20

ESMBA Update 25.10.20  Additional guidance has been issued which includes references to triples play, intra-club competitions, affiliation and the Emergency Fund    ESMBA October Update

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 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

At a meeting of the HSMBA Committee on 2nd September several outstanding and pending issues were addressed. The full minutes of the meeting have been circulated to clubs and can be accessed by members here. Some of the key points are as follows (any rearranged events should be considered provisional and subject to future conditions and restrictions):


The ESMBA have announced a Community Emergency Fund to help clubs suffering financial difficulties as a result of the Covid 19 situation. Member clubs are encouraged to review the provisions and submit an application for support if appropriate    ESMBA Community Emergency Fund