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Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League


Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League

The Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League, VSMBFL, consists of eleven Buckinghamshire bowls teams who compete with each other in ‘friendly’ matches from September to April each year. Current member teams are Beacon, Chinnor, Haddenham ‘B’, Haddenham ‘C’, Marsh Gibbon, Stewkley, Wendover LG, Wendover DG, Westcott, Wing and Winslow. The matches are played in the weekday evenings starting at 7:30 and usually completed by 10:30pm. The day of the week is club dependant. Three clubs play  matches on Monday evenings, six Tuesday evenings and two on Wednesdays.

The VSMBFL matches consist of four teams of three people from each club playing ten ends using three bowls. The format for the evening is four teams competing on two mats, tea/coffee/biscuits break and then the other four teams play their games.

The clubs also compete in the John Robinson Memorial Shield where the clubs are split into two groups. The clubs play against each other within their group and the highest scoring team from each group then compete for the trophy in the final at the end of the season at the Wing club.

The JR competition consists of two games of singles, pairs and triples with the players names drawn from a hat to determine which game they play in, which position they play and on which mat. So you arrive at the club not knowing which game, position or mat you will play. Makes for an enjoyable evening.

Chinnor have done it again in 2019, they won both the VSMBFL and the JR Trophy

Welcome Clubs Clubs

Chairman - Malcolm Richards - mrichards at

Treasurer - Bob Hine - bobhine at

Fixtures    - Dave Barber - vsmbfl at

Secretary - Malcolm Richards - mrichards at

The VSMBFL Committee

Calendar of Events

VSMBFL Season Starts

23 September 2019

JR Competition Starts

9 December 2019

JR Final at Wing

20 April 2020

Presentation Night at Haddenham

21 April 2020


7:45pm at Wendover Bowls Club

29 April 2020

Just go along to a Roll-up session at any of the clubs and they will welcome you and introduce you to the game. There won’t be any charge for you first few sessions, just go along and enjoy. Take along with you some flat soled shoes or slippers.

How To Join

All matches and meetings  cancelled until further notice