UK Open 2017 Preview
On the weekend of the 19th and 20th of August the SMPT heads to its new home venue of Falcon Bowling and Social Club in Chelmsford, England for the UK Open. Which one of the I86 players from 13 nations will ultimately prevail and become the 2017 Champion?
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
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.
Potters Grand Prix to return in July 2018
We are pleased to confirm that the Potters Grand Prix will be staged for a second time next summer, with the International Arena at Norfolk’s Potters Resort taking centre stage on the 14th and 15th July 2018.
Bowls Trader World Cup 2017 – schedule confirmed
The schedule for the Bowls Trader World Cup 2017 is now confirmed, as detailed below. The venue, Falcon Bowling & Social Club in Chelmsford, will be open to players and spectators from 10am on Friday 18th August.
SMPT to introduce new Pairs World Rankings in 2017-18 season
With the increasing popularity of our pairs events, next season the Short Mat Players Tour is launching a new Pairs World Ranking system.
Alex Kley & Jack Pye take the Potters Grand Prix!
Alex Kley & Jack Pye have won the Potters Grand Prix pairs after beating Jonathan & Dimitri Payne 12-4 in the final.
The Belfast Open: a new pairs event for the 2017-18 season!
The Short Mat Players Tour is excited to announce the launch of a new team competition to be held at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club in Northern Ireland, at the end of the 2017-18 season.
SMPT agrees welcome return to Cardiff for 2018!
We are delighted to confirm that the Welsh Grand Prix will once again be staged at Cardiff Bowling Club next season, on the weekend of the 24th-25th March 2018.
2016-17 Players’ Player Of The Season award
The nominations for the 2016-17 Players' Player Of The Season award included two Belgians, six Englishmen, six Irish players, two Swedes, a Welshman and a Scotsman. The votes have all been counted and we can now confirm the top three!
Entries for the British Open are now open!
The 2017-18 season brings a new event at a new location on the Short Mat Players Tour. The British Open will be the fourth world ranking event and it will be staged in the beautiful city of York, a popular tourist destination.
Drumlin Lane: Self-catering Accommodation Near Belfast
If you’re thinking of visiting Belfast next season for the Irish Open or World Masters why not consider the two and three bedroom self-catering accommodation located a 25 minute drive from the Irish Open and World Masters venue at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club.
Taylor Bowls World Fours Masters and Taylor Bowls World Pair Masters events set to be the biggest and best yet!
Entries to the Taylor Bowls World Fours Masters and the Taylor Bowls World Pairs Masters open on Thursday 1 June at 6pm.
Jonas Hager is YPOTS
Congratulations to 14 year old Jonas Hager of Sweden who is the SMPT's Young Player of The Season 2016-17. Jonas, who will be presented with the Ryan O'Neill Award later in the summer, claims the title won last year by Belgium’s Sibe Laureys, by virtue of finishing the season as the highest placed under 18 in the Order of Merit. Sweden's Victor Andersson was in second position with Alex Kley of England finishing third.
SMPT Players’ Player of the Season 2016/17
As the dust settles on yet another great season that saw a new World No 1 crowned, our first ever back to back finalist and then our first back to back winner, we take a look at those players who have stood out above the rest. With two Belgians, four Englishman, six Irish, two swedes, a Welshman & Scotsman who will get your vote and become 2016/17 PPOTS?
An interview with the Short Mat Players Tour!
This video footage shows what happened when David McVeigh, who represents an organisation called the Belgian Project, met with the Short Mat Players Tour. David dropped into Belfast Indoor Bowls Club to witness the action during last weekend’s World Masters in Northern Ireland. He spoke to Phil Mills, one of the SMPT directors, to find out more about the Short Mat Players Tour and the sport we love…
Joe Beattie takes the 2017 World Masters
Joe Beattie wins the 2017 World Masters after a 10-5 victory over Mark Beattie becoming the first person to claim back-to-back SMPT titles after winning the English Masters in February.
Gary McNabb takes bronze with Stephen Proctor 4th. P.J. Gallagher wins the Plate and Andrew Jones takes the Shield.