World Masters

Sat 16 Apr 2016 - Sun 17 Apr 2016

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Bowls Trader World Cup 2017 Preview

Friday, August the 18th sees the start of the new SMPT season and as usual kicks off with the Bowls Trader World Cup at the Falcon Indoor Bowls Club in Chelmsford, England.

A big ‘thank you’ to our sponsors!

The Short Mat Players Tour would like to thank all the sponsors of this year’s Bowls Trader World Cup which takes place at Falcon Bowling and Social Club on Friday 18th August 2017. In addition to the title sponsors, Bowls Trader, we would like to thank the following team sponsors for their support: Raw Electrical Ltd, BPM Engineering Ltd, Gwrhyd Specialist Stone Quarry and Skien Fritidspark.

UK Open 2017: Show Mat Fixtures Confirmed!

The SMPT Show Mat concept was first introduced at the World Masters in 2015 to enable the optimal viewing of special games. The Show Mat has since been used at many events including the Irish Open, Swedish Masters and Norwegian Open. Thanks to our new larger venue, this season's UK Open will also have a Show Mat and as usual a game from each session has been selected which we believe deserves to take centre stage!

Bowls Trader World Cup & UK Open 2017 Draw

The Bowls Trader World Cup & UK Open draws have now been made.

Latest World Rankings development sees ranking points halved after one year

Latest World Rankings development sees ranking points halved after one year

The World Rankings are based on the ranking points earned by players over a rolling 12 event period. Therefore the World Rankings represent performances across a minimum of 1 event and a maximum of 12 events.

Rules: World Ranking Events

  • The Dress Code is relaxed, except that footwear must be proprietary bowling shoes or sandals.
  • 12 ends to be played in each game (except for the Irish Open and World Masters, where due to the larger number of entries games will last 10 ends).
  • 4 bowls per player.
  • 2 dead ends are allowed per player per match; the 3rd and any subsequent dead ends will be 3 shots away and the end will count except for the last end of a match where it will be 3 shots away and the end replayed.
  • Players may visit the head at any time.
  • Players must indicate both verbally and by raising their arm, to notify the marker and those on neighbouring mats, whenever they intend to play a running bowl. This is to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Players should play in adherence with the SMPT Code of Conduct. Suspected collusion or other unsporting behaviour may result in immediate expulsion from the competition, and may affect acceptance in future SMPT events.
  • Any disputes must be raised with the Competition Organisers at the time. In this, and in all other matters, the Competition Organisers’ decision is final and binding.
  • Both players are responsible for keeping their own scorecards and ensuring that both scorecards are the same. Markers are not responsible for completing scorecards.
  • Scorecards must be signed by both players at the end of a game.
  • Measuring may be done by players, markers, umpires or the Competition Organisers.
  • All players will be expected to mark and have been automatically allocated to games in the Group Stages. In the Knockout stages players are expected to mark the game after they are knocked out. This ensures all players share the marking duties equally.
  • In the Group Stages 3 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw.
  • Group positions will be decided by:
    • Points
    • Relative head to head results (results against those tied on the same points)
    • Total shot difference
    • Shots for
    • If all the above are equal a 3 end, 2 bowl play-off will determine the positions. See ‘Tie-break Rules’ below.
  • A player who for whatever reason misses one group game, will still be allowed to continue in the event. For the purposes of deciding the group standings, the opponent in the missed game will receive a 12-0 shots win and 3 points.
  • A player who for whatever reason misses two or more group games will be withdrawn from the event. For the purposes of deciding the group standings, all other players in the group will receive a 12-0 shots win and 3 points. Any results recorded against the withdrawn player prior to withdrawal will not be counted.

Tie-break Rules

In Knockout rounds a tied game will be decided by a 3 end tie break –
  • 2 bowls per player.
  • Toss to start – winner has choice of taking the jack on 1st & 3rd ends, or 2nd end.
  • Closest bowl to the jack wins each end.
  • First player to win 2 ends wins the match.
  • Touchers are not marked. Any bowl entering the ditch area will be removed.
  • Each player may cause one dead end in the tie-break without penalty; the end to be replayed. A player causing a 2nd dead end will automatically lose that end.
  • A tied end will count as 0.5 ends to each player.
  • If, after 3 ends the score is 1.5 ends each, a one end sudden death play-off will take place. Toss to start.
All rules will be ESMBA, apart from those listed above.
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Useful Information


Belfast Indoor Bowls Club (Website)
115 Milltown Road


For the full list of accommodation options we have arranged for the 2017 World Masters & Irish Open please see here.

Remember to quote ‘SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR‘. Offers available from Thursday 20th April until Monday 24th April 2016 for the World Masters and 15th September until 19th September for the Irish Open.

Self-catering Accommodation

Drumlin Lane Self Catering
Two and three bedroom self-catering accommodation located a 25 minute drive from the Irish and World Masters venue at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club.

Rated 4 Star by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and 5 Star by our guests, why not enjoy your stay in Northern Ireland at Drumlin Lane where you can relax in the rolling County Down countryside. Alternatively, if you can’t beat your friends at bowls, challenge them on our pool and table tennis tables, or take your frustration out on the trampoline. Dine out in the nearby village of Hillsborough at the famous Plough, or stroll round the gardens at the Royal residence at Hillsborough Castle. Get out of the city, and see a some more of Northern Ireland on your next trip, whether that be a bowling weekend of something a little longer.

Website: Drumlin Lane Self Catering

All Entries

  • Adam Smith
  • Adrian McCaw
  • Adrian Tanner
  • Alan Cassells
  • Alan McCombe
  • Alan Sly
  • Alan Spicer
  • Alastair McCrea
  • Alex Kley
  • Alistair Mahaffy
  • Alun Thomas
  • Andreas Hahn
  • Andrew Jones
  • Andrew Leckey
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Andy Howard
  • Angus Barnes
  • Anne Boyle
  • Ann-Katrin Kristiansen
  • Barrie Goodchild
  • Bent Nielsen
  • Bill Burn
  • Bjarne Andersson
  • Brendan Kennedy
  • Brendan Murphy
  • Brian Mccoy
  • Charlie Clarke
  • Chris Davies
  • Chris Hopkins
  • Chris Mcwhinnie
  • Christer Nordin
  • Christine Holland
  • Ciara Deighan
  • Ciaran Green
  • Colin Dunwoody
  • Colum Curran
  • Dafydd Howell
  • Damien Bintley
  • Daniel Sands
  • Daniel Wilson
  • Daniel Winmill
  • David Doherty
  • David McBride
  • David Ryste
  • Declan McCann
  • Dennis Hinks
  • Derek Coates
  • Derek Johnston
  • Derek Mccallion
  • Derek McCann
  • Derrick Spratt
  • Dessie Hamilton
  • Diane Bell
  • Dick Almen
  • Dimitri Payne
  • Dom Reed
  • Don McNamara
  • Edward Sawbridge
  • Elizabeth Burke
  • Erika Wachholz
  • Eva Nelson
  • Ferdinand Frantzen
  • Frank Cunningham
  • Freddy Forland
  • Gary Burke
  • Gary McNabb
  • George Tanner
  • Gerard Conroy
  • Gerry Ball
  • Glen Henry
  • Glenn Buckley
  • Glenn Harvey
  • Gunnar Frantzen
  • Harrison Sheen
  • Hugh Grieve
  • Idabel Robb
  • Ingvar Nelson
  • Ivan Craig
  • Jack Pye
  • James Robinson
  • James Trott
  • Jamie Crozier
  • Jamie Stiles
  • Jayne Smith
  • Jim Mannell
  • Joanne McIntyre
  • Joe Beattie
  • Joe Bintley
  • Joel Häger
  • John Cushnahan
  • John Devine
  • John Ingar Larsen
  • John Lax
  • John McCallion
  • John Pajak
  • Jonas Häger
  • Jonathan Barnes
  • Jonathan Payne
  • Jorgen Karlsson
  • Kai-Aslak Holte
  • Karl Hudson
  • Keith Lackford
  • Kenneth Shaw
  • Kevin McNamee
  • Kjetil Grønseth
  • Lars-Rune Lauritzen
  • Lee Devenney
  • Lisa Kristin Frantzen
  • Magnus Nordin
  • Malcolm Sheen
  • Margaret Grieve
  • Mark Beattie
  • Mark Courtney
  • Mark McHugh
  • Martin Harries
  • Michael Reid
  • Mike Wright
  • Nathan Haire
  • Nathan Minish
  • Niall Crane
  • Nick Evans
  • Nigel Hamilton
  • Nigel Reed
  • Noel McClure
  • Odd Egil Hansen
  • Olav Jeremiassen
  • Owen Kelly
  • P.J Gallagher
  • Paddy McElvaney
  • Paul Bax
  • Paul Cairnduff
  • Paul Mahaffy
  • Paul Seaman
  • Pauline Beattie
  • Peter Haughey
  • Peter Roberts
  • Raf Van Bouchaute
  • Raymond Stubbs
  • Reggie Bolton
  • Richard Arran
  • Robert Kristiansen
  • Robin Gamble
  • Rodger Armour
  • Rodney Cunningham
  • Roger Hammond
  • Ronan Smyth
  • Ross Mackin
  • Rune Lifjeld
  • Ryan Abraham
  • Sam Moore
  • Sara Johnston
  • Seamus McMath
  • Seamus Murphy
  • Seamus Whelan
  • Shane Clyde
  • Shauna O'Neill
  • Shiela Wilson
  • Sibe Laureys
  • Sophie McIntyre
  • Stephen Clarke
  • Stephen Ferris
  • Stephen Jack
  • Stephen McCrory
  • Stephen Proctor
  • Stephen Wilson
  • Steve Killington
  • Steve Puttock
  • Steven Jeffers
  • Stevie McCall
  • Suzanne Finlay
  • Terry Crawford
  • Theresa Cushnahan
  • Thomas McAleavey
  • Thomas Perris
  • Tom Brady
  • Tom Erik Johnsen
  • Tone Bøe
  • Tony Bell
  • Tony Ealham
  • Trevor Boyd
  • Trevor Brian
  • Trevor Steele
  • Trevor Stubbs
  • Uel Finlay
  • Uel Gordon
  • Valerie Witherow
  • Volker Kirmse
  • Wendy Cassells
  • William Boggs
  • William Devenney
  • William Esler
  • William Gilpin
  • Zoe Minish

World Masters Draw

The full schedule can be seen here.

Group 01
Paul Bax
James Johnston
Ciaran Green
David Bonner
William Devenney
Ivan Craig
Group 02
Derek McCann
Joseph Beattie
Stephen Wilson
Shauna O'Neill
David McGuinness
Stephen Gale
Group 03
Dave Woods
Chris Hopkins
Joel Hager
Paul Canning
Keith Lackford
Aidan Conroy
Group 04
Ryan Abraham
Justin Rafferty
William Esler
John Quinn
Stephen Proctor
Edward Sawbridge
Group 05
Mark Mchugh
Bronagh Toleman
Nathan Minish
Kjetil Grønseth
Lawrence Moffat
Tom Brady
Group 06
Andrew Jones
Petra Coyle
Thomas McAleavey
Andrew Robinson
Stephen McCrory
Mark Beattie
Group 07
Rebecca Smith
William Gilpin
Sara Johnston
Andrew Leckey
Catherine McCrossan
Erika Wachholz
Group 08
Gareth Wilkinson
William Fullerton
Ross Mackin
Adrian Tanner
Jorgen Karlsson
Dick Almen
Group 09
Mitchell Young
Gary Moore
Steven O'Neill
Reggie Bolton
Antony Bull
Daniel Wilson
Group 10
Glen Henry
Nigel Hamilton
Esben Lund
Johnny Breadon
John Devine
Jonathan Payne
Group 11
Adrian McCaw
Derek Mccallion
Nathan Lynch
Saskia Schaft
Paula Geens
Thomas Lowndes
Group 12
PJ McCrossan
Michelle Campbell
Hugh Grieve
Andy Howard
John Lax
Teresa Cushnahan
Group 13
Michael Barr
Eddie Crawford
Perlie Black
Ronnie Stubbs
Peter Roberts
Gerard Moen
Group 14
Dennis Hinks
Nick Evans
Damian Mcallister
Sheila Wilson
Chris Davies
Owen Kelly
Group 15
Brian McBride
Paul Pomeroy
John Cushnahan
David Lindsay
Joanne McIntyre
Alan Lyttle
Group 16
Rodney McCutchon
Sibe Laureys
Steve Killington
Gerry McCabe
Bernadette Cunningham
Odhran Canning
Group 17
William Boggs
Michael Reid
Paul Duff
Dessie Elliot
Derek Johnston
Ivor Armstrong
Group 18
Tony Bell
Stuart Mcsorley
Ryan Marks
Pat Cunningham
Brian Mccoy
Damien Bintley
Group 19
Paul Seaman
Kenneth Shaw
Darren Erskine
Steven Jeffers
Andrew Cockcroft
Declan McKeown
Group 20
Catherine Roberts
Paul Mahaffy
Fiona McDermott
Lee Toleman
Glenn Harvey
Caitlin O'Neill
Group 21
Sean Conroy
Larry Kelly
Peter Fautley
David McBride
Jonas Hager
Paddy McElvaney
Group 22
Glenn Buckley
Rachel McIntyre
Angus Barnes
Ryan O'Neill
Alan Thompson
George Tanner
Group 23
Jonathan Barnes
Daniel O'Kane
James Robinson
Danny McDonald
Karl Hudson
Gary Burke
Group 24
Sophie McIntyre
Frank Cunningham
Valerie Witherow
Robin Armstrong
Diarmuid McMahon
Cecil Dillon
Group 25
Pauline Beattie
Alannah Howard
Bent Nielsen
Christopher Hillier
Adam Rankin
Ciara Deighan
Group 26
Alex Kley
Jack Pye
Curtis Nutt
Nathan Haire
Uel Shaw
Michael Beattie
Group 27
Seamus Malone
Billy Taaffe
Niall Cox
Ryan Bell
Craig Evans
Seamus McMath
Group 28
Dimitri Payne
Antonio Rinaldi
Robin Gamble
Sam Moore
Len Graham
Martin McNicholl
Group 29
James Trott
Stephen Ferris
Matthew Sifford
David Gourlay
Charlie Clarke
Stephen Clarke
Group 30
David Carser
Niall Crane
James Newell
Chris Mcwhinnie
Reggie Collen
David Ryste
Group 31
Michael Trimby
Alan McCombe
Katrine McDermott
Jordan Rankin
Nigel Reed
Jackie Erskine
Group 32
Don McNamara
Con Mulholland
Trevor Turkington
Lee Devenney
Raymond Stubbs
Aidan Corrigan
Group 33
Margaret Grieve
Dom Reed
Nigel Charles
PJ Gallagher
Kevin Conroy
Jan Reinders
Group 34
Stephen Marks
Derek Shanks
Alistair Mahaffy
David Lee
Stephen Mulholland
Eva Nelson
Group 35
Michael Collister
Chris Terry
Dan Winmill
Diane Bell
Lars-Rune Lauritzen
Ingvar Nelson
Don McNamara replaces Philip Ladd Esben Lund replaces Leigh Harrison Steven O'Neill replaces Bengt Johanssen David Bonner replaces Stephen McMahon James Johnston replaces Shane Hand Derek Johnston replaces Michael Hand Lee Devenney replaces Suzanne Finlay William Devenney replaces Uel Finlay David Gourlay replaces Sam Harvey Justin Rafferty replaces Stephen Oliver

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