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More Herefordshire Success in Gloucester Open Fours

April 2017

The Ross team of Elaine George, Pam Park, Dave Watkins and Les Williams brought the Gloucester Open Charity Fours trophy back to Herefordshire for the third time in four years following successes by Woolhope teams in 2014 and 2015. Winning three of their four group games to finish top of their half of the draw the Ross team completed their victory with a win in the final
















County Sports Award for Sue Stannard

February 2017

A stalwart of the county game was recognised at the recent Herefordshire Sports Awards. Sue Stannard, a member of the Fownhope club since 1997, was Highly Commended in the Services to Sport category of the awards which were presented in a ceremony at Hereford Shire Hall. Sue has played club and county bowls for many years and served for 6 years on the Fownhope committee and she is familiar to players around the county in her role as County Secretary, a post she has held since the formation of the county association in 1999. Not only has she fulfilled that demanding office, but for the majority of that period she has also been County Membership Secretary. She has also regularly helped other committee members run the county competitions and organise other events, most notably the annual Macmillan Cancer Support charity tournament which Sue has been involved with since its inception and which has raised well in excess of £25,000 for the charity. This award is well-deserved recognition of her invaluable contribution to short mat bowls in Herefordshire.
















Sue being presented with her award by Halo CEO Stuart Rolfe

Premier Team Rinks Success

September 2016

The county Premier team qualified for the finals of the 2016-17 ICC Rinks competition by winning their qualifying group. After defeating Surrey convincingly by 46 shots to 30 they then had a very close match with Essex which, after a very tense climax, was drawn 46 shots each. Surrey then beat Essex to see Herefordshire claim top spot in the group and progress to the finals in January.


Short Mat Bowling Comes to the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoats School

July 2016

More than 120 pupils from the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoats School were given an introduction to short mat bowls as part of the school’s end of term enrichment programme. The sessions were facilitated by HSMBA volunteers, including Dominic Rogers, a year 8 pupil at the school who is also a member of the England Under-21 squad. The association and its members provided the equipment for the 3 days of sessions and the main school hall was an ideal short mat bowls venue, comfortably accommodating 4 mats on what proved to be an excellent floor.

The inclusion of short mat bowls in the programme of activities was the brainchild of HSMBA member Mark Cinderey, a teacher at the school.


Herefordshire Reach ICC Premier Consolation Final

The Herefordshire county team played in their first ever final at Premier level when they contested the Inter County Championship Premier Consolation Final against Northamptonshire at Daventry Indoor Bowling Centre. A comprehensive 28-12 semi-final win over Wiltshire at the same venue had brought them through to the final against a highly rated Northants side but the Herefordshire team put in a highly creditable performance, finally slipping to a 23-17 defeat. The Northants victory was underpinned by their two singles players, both experienced internationals with national championships titles to their names, who took all 10 points in the Singles discipline. Herefordshire more than held their own in the rest of the match, winning the Pairs 7-3 and the Triples 6-4. Although the Fours shared their matches they lost the shots bonus to go down 4-6.


Herefordshire Players Selected in England Squads


Congratulations to the Herefordshire bowlers who have been successful in winning places in England squads for the 2015-16 season.


Becci & Shirley Cox (Woolhope SMBC), Charlotte Kite (Lea SMBC) and Kate Williams (Ross BC) have all been selected to represent England Ladies in the coming season and Becci Cox has also been appointed as vice-captain of the team.


Joseph Loveys (Gorsley Chapel SMBC), Luke Rawlings (Larruperz SMBC), Dominic Rogers (Woolhope SMBC) and Kate Williams (Ross BC) have all been selected to join the England Under-21 squad.




Woolhope team wins Gloucestershire Charity Open Fours Event



Congratulations to Rod Dawson, John Mills, Shirley & Becci Cox of Woolhope SMBC on their success in the Gloucestershire Charity Open Fours event held at Mid Glos Indoor Bowls Centre on 19th April 2015. Woolhope were the only team to win all 5 of their games and their success meant they retained the trophy within the club following last year’s success, albeit by a completely different team from the club.

Herefordshire Umpire Richard Bemand Awarded International Umpire Badge


Congratulations are due to our county umpire, Richard Bemand (Gorsley Chapel SMBC), who has recently been awarded his international umpiring badge. Richard works extremely hard within the county, umpiring all of the county’s championship tournaments as well as home matches in the inter-county championship for both the Premier and A teams. Add to this the numerous other competitions and charity tournaments which Richard provides his services for and it is clear that this award is well earned recognition of his dedication and progression as an umpire. The photo shows Richard being presented with his badge by ESMBA Chairman Barry Hedges



Herefordshire Youngsters Represent England Under-21’s



5 young Herefordshire short mat bowlers represented England Under-21’s in an international match last week against Wales in Carmarthen. Kate Williams (Lea SMBC), who captained the England team on the day, was joined by Cameron Johnson (Fownhope SMBC), Matthew Kite (Lea SMBC), Joseph Loveys (Gorsley Chapel SMBC) and Luke Rawlings (Larruperz SMBC). Brian Claessen, the England Under-21’s manager, was pleased with his team’s performance, despite the strong Wales team winning the match by a 38-18 point margin, and he paid tribute to the Wales Short Mat Bowling Association for their excellent organisation of the day.


Woolhope team wins Gloucestershire Charity Open Fours Event



Congratulations to David Millington-Jones, Ian Park, Fred Jolley and Anthony Rogers of Woolhope SMBC on their success in the Gloucestershire Charity Open Fours event held at Mid Glos Indoor Bowls Centre on 12th April 2014. Woolhope were one of only two teams to win all 5 of their games, edging out the Essex team of East Hanningfield on ends won. Herefordshire were also represented by teams from Fownhope, Gorsley Chapel, Llangarron and Ross.


Luke Rawlings Reaches Final of Woodbridge Trophy at 2014 Nationals



Luke Rawlings (Larruperz SMBC, pictured second from right) is seen receiving his runners-up medal in the Woodbridge Trophy, the Under-18’s plate competition, at the 2014 National Short Mat Championships. Luke came up against more experienced bowlers in his round robin group but advanced to the plate competition where he really hit form, advancing through the knockout rounds and winning his semi-final by a single shot. Despite losing in the final to Nathan Bailey of the West Midlands Luke can be proud of his fine performance.


Four Herefordshire Youngsters in England Under-21 Squad



Four Herefordshire players have been included in the England Under-21 squad for the 2013-14 season. Kate Williams (Lea), Joseph Loveys (Gorsley Chapel), Luke Rawlings (Larruperz) and Cameron Johnson (Fownhope) are all part of the squad which is playing warm-up matches ahead of an international with Wales later in the season.

Pictured L to R: Luke, Kate, Cameron & Joseph

Brian Claessen Appointed England Under-21 Manager





Congratulations to Brian Claessen of Lea Short Mat Bowling Club on being appointed as manager of the England Under-21 short mat bowling squad. This prestigious appointment recognises the valuable work that Brian has done in encouraging younger bowlers into the sport, including the recent establishment of a junior competition within Herefordshire.


National Championships 2013
Bromsgrove Bowling Arena


Under 18's


Cameron Johnson (10) Fownhope
Luke Rawlings (13) Larruperz


Sunday 24th March 2013


Congratulations to two young bowlers


Herefordshire was pleased to enter two keen young bowlers in the Under 18's National Championships this year.


Cameron Johnson lost his first two games to much older and more experienced competitors but undeterred he battled on and won his third game.


Luke Rawlings won 2 out of 3 games in the first round so went through to the last 16 as the best runner up. He then met a more experienced bowler and was trailing 2-9 but he tightened his game and reached 9 all by the last end. He, unfortunately, lost the extra end but was well pleased with his performance.


Macmillan Trophy


Joseph Loveys
Gorsley Chapel


10 November 2012


Joseph Loveys has done it again! He was the top Junior bowler in the Macmillan Competition this year for the third time. He was the winner in 2009, 2011, 2012 and runner up in 2010. Joseph is a very keen bowler and responded well to coaching this summer which has really improved his game. He is very dedicated to doing well, encouraged by his grandfather Derek Wadley and the Gorsley Chapel club.