Short Mat Bowls Club

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Every Tuesday and  Thursday mornings from 11am – 1.00pm with a break for tea and a chat. New members welcome, no booking necessary, just come along.



A fundraising coffee morning was held in Siopa Glas today.

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Tom Nolan, Tina Sheil, Tom Kealy, Norah Jordan


Today, as part of Schools Action Week, the bowls club introduced all the school to a half hour of bowls. The children were delighted and I guess they’ll tell their grandparents to give the game a go.


Ballon Bowls wish to thank All who helped or supported their coffee morning in Siopa Glas last Saturday, those who donated cakes, prizes etc and those who attended. Special thanks to Siopa Glas staff for all their help. It was a great success. Thanks


Today the Short Mat Bowls Club held a fundraiser in Siopa Glas.

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Freda Kirk, Tom Kealy, Bridie Webb, Pat Watchorn, Eileen Kealy, John Dowling, Joan Jordan, Tom Nolan, Paddy Owens




Tom Kealy, Eileen Kealy, Tom Nolan, Pat Abbey

Runners Up 2016 in the Cill Barra Sports Centre in Waterford competing against teams from the south.




The Ballon quartet, winners of the National Bowls championship in Bundoran recently- (l-r), Pat Abbey, Seamus Byrne, Tom Kealy and Tom Nolan.


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More good news for Ballon Bowlers. Cheetah Running Light have sponsored a new set of jerseys and Padraic George from Cheetah Electronics presented chairman Pat Abbey with the complete set at our last training session on Thursday 18th December.



Carlow Sports Partnership have part sponsored a new playing mat, foot mats, two sets of bowls, fenders and jacks with the club contributing 25%.

Training will recommence on Thursday 8th January and new members are welcome. Contact 087 7636719


Well done to Ballon Bowlers on winning The Golden Years Tournament in the Butler Community Centre, Waterford on Tuesday 11/11/14.

Sixteen teams from Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Laois competed.

The Ballon team played with great skill on an unfamiliar surfaces and were duly rewarded.


Seamus Byrne, Pat Abbey, Tom Nolan, John Dowling


 with other players at this week’s practice



Short mat bowls is an all-year sport unaffected by weather conditions and the rink mats can be rolled up and stowed away.  The length of the indoor rink mat is 45ft and the width is 6ft. The object is for each player in a singles game or each team in a pairs, triples or fours to gain as many shots as possible by getting their bowls nearer to the jack than their opponents, and so outscore them.

Bowls that touch the block and those that come to rest in the dead area, or in the ditch, (other than those that touch the jack before going into the ditch) are declared “dead” and removed from the mat before the next bowl is delivered.  The primary skill requirement is in the fact that no two mats perform identically and all village halls have floors that are not perfectly flat therefore every competitive match is a measure of the ability of the visiting team to conquer an unfamiliar playing surface.

Just €2 a session which covers the tea and biscuits.

Come along, have fun, learn a new skill and extend your social life.