Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

Welcome to the Manx Short Mat Bowls Association

The Manx Short Mat Bowls Association was established in 1987. With regular league and competition meetings during the winter at the National Sports Centre in Douglas, this web site will keep you up to date with all the latest Manx Short Mat Bowls results, news and reports from the International tournaments which the Isle of Man takes part in every year.

If you are interested in taking up the sport of Short Mat Bowls, then take a look at the Start Playing section or head over to the contact page to request more information on Manx Short Mat Bowls.

World Short Mat Championships – Singles

Representing the island in Singles at the world short mat bowls championships in Belfast next month is Stephen Gale & Neil Withers.

Stephen Gale (L) and Neil Withers

Neil is only on his 2nd season playing, but knows how to execute his game to bring home the trophies. As a Top Crown green bowler at Marown he successfully won the Manx championship last season along with plenty of open competition wins with his fellow pairs partner Dunner. Neil will be high on his tiptoes if he can bring home some silverware from Belfast.

Stephen is no stranger to playing World Championship level and has to be the Islands most consistent player, with his name on almost every Manx Trophy in short mat bowls. Stephen has recently taken a season off playing and it’s good to have him back in the island squad this year. Stephen is passionate about moving the game forward and has been involved with the running of the Short Mat Players Tour which holds competitions all over the UK and Europe. Last October he reached the final of the Norwegian Open and he will definitely have his sights on a medal in Belfast next month.

World Short Mat Championships – Fours

he Manx Short Mat Bowls Association Fours Rink team representing the Isle of Man at the World Championships in Belfast on 15-17th March 2024 consists of Heather McKenna, Michael Corlett, Seamus Whelan and Collin Holland.

Leading the fours is McKenna who is a keen Golfer and has changed her swing to delivering the perfect bowl. This is her first World Championships and she is looking forward to gaining lots of experience from it. Heather has the support of her Husband Peter who is also traveling as a reserve.

Playing second is Corlett, Who you can’t miss when he’s on the mat with those Orange speckled bowls. This is also Corletts first World Championships. After taking a couple of seasons off from playing, Corlett is playing extremely well at present and is an asset to the fours team.

Our third is our Team Manager Seamus Whelan. Along with the skip of the team Collin Holland, these two have been playing bowls and been the heart of the Manx Short Mat Bowls association for as long as I can remember. They both have plenty of experience playing in world championships and will be able to advise the other two along the way.

Over the years you would usually find Whelan with camera tucked under his arm, but these days most of his spare time is spent with his family and watching his grandkids playing football. As for Holland who’s taking full advantage of retirement if it’s not bowling, it’s Castletown over 60s, Bingo or car boots at Morton Hall or Dancing with his wife, our other traveling reserve Christine Holland. Whelan and Holland are also keen crown green bowlers, where they play for their local clubs down south at Port Erin and Castletown.

We wish our Fours team the best of luck in the forthcoming World Championships.

World Short Mat Championships – Pairs

The Manx Short Mat Bowls Association are sending a squad of 16 players to represent the Isle of Man at the upcoming World Short Mat Bowls Championships to be held in Belfast on 15th/16th/17th March 2024.

Representing the island in the Pairs are firstly the experienced bowlers, father & son duo Steven & Bernie Durcan. This is a 1st time these two have paired at the world championship’s. They are usually skipping a team. But with Bernie’s current drawing form this year I am sure they will go far. They narrowly lost out in the pairs final to Gale & Smith. In the summer months you will find them playing Crown Green Bowls at their local Port Erin Club.

Our other pairs duo are also Crown Green Club mates at Finch Hill, Mark Taylor & Dave McCabe. You will often find McCabe in an open final playing his favourite short mark on the crown circuit. This is Taylor’s 1st season playing short mat bowls, and he has taken to the sport very well in a short 4 months of playing. He was the new Douglas Short Mat Bowls Clubs 1st member when the club started in October last year. Taylor has shown great form recently beating some top bowlers in the Morton Hall singles league.
We wish both pairs all the best in the upcoming world championships next month.