The Irish Open is the second of six ranking events of the Short Mat Players Tour 2017-18 season.

Format

  • Players will be in groups of 5 or 6.
  • The top 2 players from each group will qualify for the main Cup.
  • Third and Fourth placed players will qualify for the Plate.
  • The remaining players will qualify for the Shield.
  • Registration is from 7.45am-8.45am Practice is allowed from 8am-8.45am. Play commences at 9am.
  • Group games will be played on Saturday and Sunday morning with the knock-out stages following on Sunday afternoon.

Note: Timings are a guide only and may vary.

Prize Money

Cup

Champion £500
Runner-up £200
Third £100
Fourth £50
Quarter Finals £27.50 SMPT Voucher

Plate

Plate Champion £55 SMPT Voucher
Plate Runner-up £27.50 SMPT Vocuher

Shield

Shield Champion £27.50 SMPT Vocuher

* Prize money and format is subject to entries and prize money will be awarded in the form of vouchers.

Rules: World Ranking Events (Singles)

  • 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

Venue

Belfast Indoor Bowls Club (Website)
115 Milltown Road
Belfast
BT8 7XP

Hotel

Special room rates for the Irish Open are now available from our partners Crowne Plaza Belfast.

For full hotel information please visit www.cpbelfast.com

To make a booking:
– Call: 028 9092 3500 & quote ‘Short Mat Players
– Email: events@cpbelfast.com & quote ‘Short Mat Players Tour

Prices from:
£109.00, Bed & Breakfast, per Single Room per night
£119.00, Bed & Breakfast, per Twin Occupancy Room per night
(Supplement for 3rd person: £40.00 extra)

Prices include free WIFI, free onsite parking, tax, service and VAT.

Special rates, (15% off Best Flexible Rate), are also available at the following sister hotels:
1. Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre. (Previously Days Hotel).
2. Holiday Inn Express Belfast Queens Quarter.

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

Featured Players

    • Andrew Evans
    • Peter Hore
    • George Fletcher
    • Mark Linsdell
    • Elise Daniell
    • Dafydd Howell
    • Cennydd howell
    • Rodger Armour
    • Jamie Stiles
    • Edward Sawbridge
    • Joel Häger
    • Jonas Häger
    • Martin Harries
    • Peter Roberts
    • Adrian McCaw
    • William Devenney
    • Lee Devenney
    • Uel Gordon
    • Derek Corscadden
    • Stephen Mulholland
    • Con Mulholland
    • FRED WYNESS
    • Nick evans
    • Liz Jones
    • Richard
    • Andrew Ritchie
    • andy howard
    • Nigel Nicholls
    • WALTER BRUCE
    • Nigel Norris
    • Armin Stoll
    • Jimmy Broatch
    • Gavin Maxwell
    • Stuart Hiddleston
    • Willie Mair
    • Stephen Bainbridge
    • Adam Gilmour
    • Sophie McIntyre
    • Keelan
    • Scott McCubbin
    • Abby McCubbin
    • Elly McCubbin
    • Gunnar Frantzen
    • Alistair Mahaffy
    • Mark Hamilton
    • Robert Hamilton
    • Alan graham
    • Lisa Mavitty
    • Nathan Haire
    • P.J Gallagher
    • Daniel O'Kane
    • Ronan O'Kane
    • Gerald Bates
    • David Brian
    • Natalie Evans
    • Trevor stinson
    • Ricky Cochrane
    • Daniel Hawthorne
    • Hannah Cochrane
    • Rachel Cochrane
    • Trevor Brian
    • John Elliott
    • Barbara Elliott
    • John Lax
    • Owen Kelly
    • michael mckim
    • carmel mckim
    • ciaran green
    • Gethin Edwards
    • Reuben Dunbar
    • Stephen Clarke
    • Colin dunwoody
    • Stephen Proctor
    • Keith Lackford
    • Aled Edwards
    • rhiannon mererid jones
    • john daniel jones
    • Alan Braniff
    • Sioned Ann Owen-Braniff
    • Gareth Thomas
    • Christopher Hillier
    • Catherine Roberts
    • Matthew Hamilton
    • Steve Burrows
    • Gerard Glackin
    • Colin Glackin
    • Gwyn Eade
    • Daniel Sands
    • Paul seaman
    • Nathan Minish
    • Zoe minish
    • Stephen Mc Crory
    • Gemma Hamilton
    • Shane West
    • Jamie West
    • Lee Hall
    • Ian Hobson
    • Adam Dyche
    • James shaw
    • Robert Lenza
    • mark chittock
    • Robin Gamble
    • Derek Shanks
    • AIDAN GALLAGHER
    • DANNY BONNER
    • Mark McHugh
    • Dennis Hinks
    • Seamus Bogle
    • AIDAN GALLAGHER
    • Ingvar Nelson
    • Joseph Beattie
    • Jamie Morrow
    • Pauline Beattie
    • Callum Beale
    • Bjarne Andersson
    • Christer Nordin
    • Adam Hunter
    • Colin Neeson
    • Raun hill
    • Robert Kristiansen
    • Tom Erik Johnsen
    • Raymond Stubbs
    • suzanne finlay
    • Uel finlay
    • Trevor Stubbs
    • Rachel McDonnell
    • Alan Paul
    • NORRIS SHEAFFER
    • JORDAN SHEAFFER
    • BOBBY LOGAN
    • Kieran Rafferty
    • Rebecca gilroy
    • Patrick Gilroy
    • Karl Hudson
    • Mark Beattie
    • Sara Johnston
    • Valerie witherow
    • Darin Graydon
    • William Parkinson
    • Gary Brian
    • James Trott
    • James Robinson
    • Andrew Cockcroft
    • Jordan Mullan
    • Stephen Gale
    • Glenn Harvey
    • David Mc Guinness
    • Don mcnamara
    • Shane Clyde
    • Gary Stewart
    • Sam Stitt
    • Paul Duff
    • Geordie McAteer
    • Gerry Cooney
    • Elliott James
    • George Main
    • Andrew Leckey
    • F Cunningham
    • Michael reid
    • William Boggs
    • Stephen Ferris
    • Phil Cromie
    • Adam Cromie
    • Noel Graham
    • Alex Cromie
    • Nigel Charles
    • nigel Graham
    • Alastair McCrea
    • theresa cushnahan
    • david cunningham
    • annie cunningham
    • Catherine Mc Crossan
    • Paddy McElvaney
    • David Chittock
    • Lee Jacob
    • Jamie Crozier
    • Lee Whiteley
    • Derek McCann
    • Brian Rankin
    • Jordan Rankin
    • Finbar Maguire
    • Jorgen Karlsson
    • Stuart Mcsorley
    • devon wallace
    • Michael Barr
    • Jack moffett
    • Chloe Wilson
    • Phil Dennison

All Entries

  • Abby McCubbin
  • Adam Cromie
  • Adam Dyche
  • Adam Gilmour
  • Adam Hunter
  • Adam Rankin
  • Adrian McCaw
  • Aidan Gallagher
  • Alan Braniff
  • Alan Browne
  • Alan Graham
  • Alan McCombe
  • Alan Paul
  • Alastair McCrea
  • Aled Edwards
  • Alex Cromie
  • Alistair Mahaffy
  • Andrew Cockcroft
  • Andrew Evans
  • Andrew Jones
  • Andrew Leckey
  • Andrew Ritchie
  • Andy Howard
  • Angus Barnes
  • Annie Cunningham
  • Armin Stoll
  • Barbara Elliott
  • Bjarne Andersson
  • Bobby Logan
  • Callum Beale
  • Carmel Mckim
  • Catherine McCrossan
  • Catherine Roberts
  • Cennydd Howell
  • Chloe Wilson
  • Chris Hopkins
  • Christer Nordin
  • Christopher Hillier
  • Ciaran Green
  • Colin Dunwoody
  • Colin Glackin
  • Colin Neeson
  • Con Mulholland
  • Dafydd Howell
  • Damian McAlister
  • Daniel Hawthorne
  • Daniel O'Kane
  • Daniel Sands
  • Danny Bonner
  • Darin Graydon
  • David Bonner
  • David Brian
  • David Chittock
  • David Cunningham
  • David McCullough
  • David McGuinness
  • Dennis Hinks
  • Derek Coates
  • Derek Corscadden
  • Derek McCann
  • Derek Shanks
  • Don McNamara
  • Edward Sawbridge
  • Elise Daniell
  • Elliott James
  • Elly McCubbin
  • Erika Wachholz
  • Esther Forster
  • Finbar Maguire
  • Frank Cunningham
  • Fred Wyness
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Gary Brian
  • Gary McNabb
  • Gary Stewart
  • Gavin Maxwell
  • Gemma Hamilton
  • Geordie McAteer
  • George Fletcher
  • George Main
  • Gerald Bates
  • Gerard Glackin
  • Gerard Moen
  • Gerry Cooney
  • Gethin Edwards
  • Glenn Harvey
  • Gunnar Frantzen
  • Gwyn Eade
  • Hannah Cochrane
  • Ian Hicks
  • Ian Hobson
  • Ingvar Nelson
  • Ivan Craig
  • Jack Moffett
  • James Robinson
  • James Shaw
  • James Trott
  • Jamie Crozier
  • Jamie Morrow
  • Jamie Stiles
  • Jamie West
  • Jimmy Broatch
  • Joel Häger
  • John Daniel Jones
  • John Elliott
  • John Lax
  • John McCallion
  • Jonas Häger
  • Jonathan Barnes
  • Jonathan Payne
  • Jordan Mullan
  • Jordan Rankin
  • Jordan Sheaffer
  • Jorgen Karlsson
  • Joseph Beattie
  • Justin Rafferty
  • Karl Hudson
  • Keelan Nelson
  • Keith Lackford
  • Kevin Peacock
  • Kieran Rafferty
  • Lee Devenney
  • Lee Hall
  • Lee Jacob
  • Lee Whiteley
  • Lisa Mavitty
  • Liz Jones
  • Mark Beattie
  • Mark Chittock
  • Mark Hamilton
  • Mark Linsdell
  • Mark McHugh
  • Martin Harries
  • Marty McNicholl
  • Matthew Hamilton
  • Michael Barr
  • Michael Mckim
  • Michael Reid
  • Natalie Evans
  • Nathan Haire
  • Nathan Minish
  • Nick Evans
  • Nigel Charles
  • Nigel Graham
  • Nigel Nicholls
  • Nigel Norris
  • Nigel Reed
  • Noel Graham
  • Norris Sheaffer
  • Owen Kelly
  • P.J Gallagher
  • Paddy McElvaney
  • Patrick Gilroy
  • Paul Duff
  • Paul Seaman
  • Pauline Beattie
  • Peter Hore
  • Peter Roberts
  • Phil Cromie
  • Phil Dennison
  • PJ McCrossan
  • Rachel Cochrane
  • Rachel McDonnell
  • Raun Hill
  • Raymond Stubbs
  • Rebecca Gilroy
  • Reuben Dunbar
  • Rhiannon Mererid Jones
  • Richard Truell
  • Ricky Cochrane
  • Robert Hamilton
  • Robert Kristiansen
  • Robert Lenza
  • Robin Gamble
  • Rodger Armour
  • Ronan O'Kane
  • Sam Moore
  • Sam Stitt
  • Sandy McDonald
  • Sara Johnston
  • Sarah Mavitty
  • Scott McCubbin
  • Seamus Bogle
  • Seamus McMath
  • Shane Clyde
  • Shane West
  • Sioned Ann Owen-Braniff
  • Sophie McIntyre
  • Stephen Bainbridge
  • Stephen Clarke
  • Stephen Ferris
  • Stephen Gale
  • Stephen McCrory
  • Stephen Mulholland
  • Stephen Proctor
  • Steve Burrows
  • Stuart Hiddleston
  • Stuart Mcsorley
  • Suzanne Finlay
  • Tanya Armstrong
  • Theresa Cushnahan
  • Tom Erik Johnsen
  • Trevor Brian
  • Trevor Stinson
  • Trevor Stubbs
  • Uel Finlay
  • Uel Gordon
  • Valerie Witherow
  • W Richard Martin
  • Walter Bruce
  • William Boggs
  • William Devenney
  • William Parkinson
  • Willie Mair
  • Zoe Minish

Irish Open 2018 Draw

The draw for the 2018 Irish Open has now been made. You can see all the groups below. Full schedule

This event is fully booked.

What if I don't have a PayPal account?

Enter offline for the Irish Open

The recommended method to secure your entry into SMPT events is to enter online and pay through Paypal, however entry forms can be downloaded and sent by post with a cheque included. Any entry forms submitted without a cheque for the full price of entry will be void.

You will be sent confirmation once your entry has been approved.

Download an entry form for the Irish Open