Horsham Bowling Club Founded 1906
Horsham Bowling ClubFounded 1906

2016 - 2017



Short Mat League 2016/17



In 2015 Horsham Bowling Club formed its own short mat team, Horsham Hotshots. The short mat team then entered into league action by joining the West Sussex County Short Mat Bowls Association (WSCSMBA) North East Division 2. After only two short seasons playing at league entry level the Hotshots finished second in their division after a nail biting end to the season and successfully gained promotion to North East Division 1 in April 2017. The perfect end to a season playing indoor short mat bowls before the bowlers move outdoors to the green for the summer.



Short Mat Finals Day 2017


Sunday 23rd April saw the Short Mat Finals take place. At stake were the Redwood Trophy knockout singles, and Championship Pairs and Singles competitions.

In the morning, the Championship singles competition saw Roy Pretty take on Anna Bishop with the first to score 21 points. After a tense struggle, Roy was successful by 21:15.

Later, Roy Pretty was back contesting the Redwood Trophy knockout singles competition. Roy again showed his mastery of the mat, taking an early lead against Mike Wilson by 15:4. Some keenly fought ends followed with Mike taking a 4 to get to 18:9. But the wily Roy completed the game 22:9, with a 4 himself.

Meanwhile, the Championship Pairs competition was taking much longer. Anna Bishop and Dave Marden played Terry Comper and Kelly McCartney in a close encounter over 21 ends. Every end seemed tight, often seeing only one point being scored with 16 woods on each end. After 10 ends, the score was 9:7 with Anna and Dave just ahead. Tension mounted as after 13 ends the score was 10:10, then after 15 ends it was 12:12! But after 19 ends, with Anna and Dave up 17:14, they scored a 5, leaving Terry and Kelly needing all 8 to draw on the last end. The final score was 23:14 to Anna Bishop and Dave Marden. A super finish to a successful season indoors on short mat.  The new outdoor season starts after next week.


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Short Mat AGM 2017


The short mat section held its first AGM on April 12th 2017 where a new short mat committee was elected. Short mat captain for 2017/18 is Roy Pretty ably assisted by John Myer (vice-captain), Irene Gettins (fixtures secretary), Marree Stanley (secretary/treasurer), Kelly McCartney & Dave Marden (competitions) and Mike Wilson & Martin Gardner (sub-committee).


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