Little Mill Short Mat Bowls

The club meets every Monday afternoon between 2 and 4.30 for practice sessions, and during the winter season club members are selected for league matches on a Wednesday afternoon (for home matches).  Little Mill won the Gwent Short Mat League for 2012/2013 (part of the winning team shown here).

New members are welcomed.  Please come along and give it a try.  No need to have bowls, because you can borrow some while you see whether it is for you. There is a weekly subscription of £3 per person.

It is thought that the short mat bowls game was first played in South Wales by two South Africans who came to work in the area. They had played bowls outdoors in South Africa and, perhaps due to the poor climate and the long closed season in this country, they began to play a simulation of the outdoor game on a strip of carpet in a church hall.  It is now played on a mat measuring 45 x 6 feet with full-size bowls.  There is a ditch but this is simply an area marked at the end of the mat with white fenders and to compensate for the shorter distance an intimidating white block is placed in the centre of the mat. This makes it impossible for a bowler to aim a fast straight bowl at the jack area - all bowls must use the bias to curl around the block to their target.

League matches for 2013/14
 DateTime  Opponents Result
 23/10/20132 pm  Llangattock (Home) Won 2 games, lost 2 games
 30/10/20132 pm  Brynithel (Home) Match postponed
 07/11/20137 pm  Llangynidr (Away) Won 3 games, lost 1
 13/11/20132 pm  Sofffryd (Home) Match postponed
 21/11/20132 pm  Goytre (Away) Match postponed
 26/11/20137 pm  Llangattock (Away) Won 1 game, lost 3
 02/12/20131.30 pm Brynithel  (Away) Won 3 games, lost 1
 11/12/20132 pm  Llangynidr (Home) 
 08/01/20141.30 pm Soffryd (Away) 
 15/01/20142 pm Goytre (Home)