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Short Mat Mentoring Team Clockwise from top left - Paul Kennett (Lead), Joanne Millington, Hazel Vaughan, Kim Wooden, Keri Palmer, Rhys Palmer

New Mentoring Scheme for Newcomers

SMBC has introduced, with immediate effect, a ‘short mat mentoring team’ available to all new players to the club, on an individual or small group level, thereby giving new players an idea of how the game is played along with basic techniques and rules of the game prior to being introduced into the full club night experience. Players have the option of progressing to play in competitions both internally and against other clubs, as well as in friendly & league team matches should they wish 2 do so 👍. 

The mentoring is usually over a period of approximately 4 weeks subject to the new players ability at times and dates to suit the new player. Normally sessions will last around an hour to help them gain the basics of the game 👍.

Any new players interested in taking advantage of this service should please contact the short mat mentoring team via it’s coordinator, Paul Kennett on tel; 01432 275384   or   email;  to discuss the options available

SHORT MAT SEASON - October to March

Short mat season commences in October running though till end of March.
Club nite roll up’s for all club players are held on Monday evenings from 18.15 hrs onwards. Other sessions can be booked individually via a diary in our club house. 

For those who wish to compete against other clubs, both home and away, SMBC has three teams entered in the HSMBA (Hereford Short Mat Bowling Association) winter leagues this season HAWKS and FALCONS playing in Division One, with the EAGLES playing in Division Two. 

2022/23 Fixture list  Short Mat Winter League Fixtures 2022-23 V6.pdf

Good luck to all 3 teams for the coming season 🤞.


SMBC has entered a team in the LEH Two Counties Competition, played over two legs both home and away. SMBC has been drawn against WOOLHOPE in the first round, both legs to be played by 30th November.

First leg: To be played @ SMBC on Tuesday 18th October @ 19.30 hrs.
Second leg: To be played @ Woolhope on Monday 28th November @ 19.30 hrs.


The 2019/20 HSMBA presentation evening finally took place at Larruperz centre Ross on Wye on 1st. October 2022 with players from both HAWKS and FALCONS short mat teams attending the evening. They received the awards for both teams achieving promotion from Division two up to Division one at the end of that season Hawks finishing top with Falcons close behind in second place.

Representing the Hawks were Paul Kennett, Chris Complin, Mandie Complin, Joanne Millington & Alan Link. Paul accepting the award on behalf of Phillip Smith the Captain of the Hawks that season who was unable to attend on the evening.

Representing the Falcons were Jim Knowles and Richard Walden. Richard accepted the award on behalf of Steven Mason who was the team Captain of the Falcons that season and is sadly no longer with us.

A very enjoyable evening was had by all 👏 here’s to more of them in the future featuring teams from SMBC 😎👍.


St Martin’s Bowls Club SHORT MAT