The World Masters is the final event of six ranking events of the Short Mat Players Tour 2017-18 season.


  • 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


Champion £1,000
Runner-up £500
Third £200
Fourth £100
Quarter Finals £27.50 SMPT Voucher


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


Shield Champion £27.50 SMPT Vocuher

Prizes and format are subject to entries and prizes will be awarded in the form of vouchers.

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


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

For full hotel information please visit

To make a booking:
– Call: 028 9092 3500 & quote ‘Short Mat Players
– Email: & quote ‘Short Mat Players Tour

Prices from:
£99.00, Bed & Breakfast, per Single Room per night
£109.00, 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

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Henselite World Masters 2017 - Ones to watch!

We've reached the final ranking tournament of the season and we're heading to the Belfast Indoor Bowls Club for our blue ribbon event, the Henselite World Masters. Who will claim top spot in the World Rankings and who will walk away as the Order of Merit Champion? 234 players are vying for this weekend's top prize of £1000 but who will be crowned Henselite World Masters Champion? Here are our ones to watch! Kevin Conroy (Ireland) (World Ranking: 44) 36 year old Kevin has shown brilliant consistency in our Irish events but is yet to taste victory. Can the former World and British Isles Champion finally break his duck? Buoyed by his recent Irish national pairs victory, Kevin will be determined to finish off the season with yet more silverware. Kevin should continue his run of qualifying for the Cup knockout in every tournament he's played in. His toughest opponent in Group 11 should come in the form of 2015 UK Open Champion Gary McNabb with this match first up on the show mat. Dimitri Payne (Belgium) (World Ranking: 1) Dimitri looks certain to end the season as World No.1 and has a great chance of topping the Order of Merit too. The 27 year old from Herentals still remains the only player from outside Ireland to win a ranking tournament in Belfast. Can the Belgian star cap a fantastic year by taking home his second singles title? Qualification into the Cup knockout from Group 31 should be straightforward enough for Dimitri but he faces tricky ties against 2015 English Masters silver medallist Paul Bax and former World Cup winner Jorgen Karlsson, with the latter game taking centre stage on the Show Mat. He also has to play Irish legend Dessie Hamilton. Winning the group will see a likely clash with World No. 5 Joel Hager. Andrew Leckey (Ireland) (World Ranking: 40) The 2013 Irish Open Champion and last season's World Masters silver medallist is again amongst the favourites to lift another SMPT title. The 36 year old from Dromore, Lisburn has had another great season. Highlights include a 5th British Isles team winners medal in November and then just 3 weeks ago Andrew defeated club mate Jal Richardson to lift the Irish singles title. It looks a formality for Andrew to make the Cup knockout from Group 35. He faces 3 fellow Irish bowlers as well as Harrison Sheen from England and Seamus Whelan from the Isle of Man. If Andrew secures top spot it's likely he'll face Irish star Raymond Stubbs. Can he go one better than last year? Watch this space. James Trott (England) (World Ranking: 13) The 41 year old from Axminster, Devon has had another consistent season on the Tour.  Currently sitting 5th in the Order of Merit, James has a great chance to make the England World Cup team for August. Domestically, he now boasts a first National final appearance, with a silver medal in the Triples. James will be favourite to qualify from Group 19. His toughest test will undoubtedly come from Irishman Derrick Spratt, he will also face David McGuinness & Gareth Kearney, fellow countryman Mark McHugh and Ann Katrine Kristiansen from Norway. If he succeeds in winning the group however his reward will be a match up against either Irish pairs Champion Sean Conroy or Swedish Masters Champion PJ Gallager in the first knockout round. Gerry McCabe (Ireland) (World Ranking: 51) 2014 Champion, Gerry has excelled in SMPT events here in Belfast. As well as his win in 2014, the 38 year old Oriel man has also gained a silver medal at this season’s Irish Open following an 11-5 defeat to Alan Paul. Can the former National & British Isle’s champion win again? Gerry is drawn in Group 03 and faces a challenging task to qualify. Former British singles Champion, Dom Reed from England & compatriot Owen Kelly amongst those he’ll have to beat to make it through to the Cup knockout. If he successfully makes it through, His dad Brendan is one of a possible few he could face in the last 64. As always you will be able to see all the results as they come in, you can view the constantly updated group tables and you can catch up on event highlights and see player interviews via the live feed on our website. We will also be bringing you matches live via our Facebook page throughout the weekend, so make sure you've 'liked' our page.

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