Cardiganshire Short Mat Bowling Association

Cymdeithas Bowlio Mat Byr Ceredigion



County Committee contacts

Chairman Osian Elias 07896 429205
Vice-chair Harry Harrison 01545 561241
Competitions Secretary Richard Prowse 07870 436437
Treasurer Jennifer Robins 01570 470047
Press Secretary Bob Tomkins 07811 155156
County team captain Pete Fleming 01559 395380
League organiser & Webmaster (Ex-officio) Paul Edwards


County Committee meetings for 2017-2018

All meetings start at 7.30pm.

17.01.2018 Rhydlewis Village Hall Map

Meetings for the rest of the season to be arranged in due course.

If any of the details for your club representatives or team captains listed below are inaccurate, either following your club's AGM, because someone resigns or retires, or simply because someone's contact details have changed, please let us know using the club and team information update form. As the form's name suggests, this form can be used to provide updates at any time.

Club representatives

Aberporth Gethin Davies 01239 811244
Caerwedros Pat Immins
Moira Harries
01545 560917
01545 560166
Capel Dewi Janet Fleming
& John Evans
01559 395380
01559 362295
Llandygwydd & Tygwydd John Evans
& Darren Davies
01239 810869
01239 710345
Llechryd Robert Owen
& Pauline Palmer
01239 683174
01239 682301
Manordeifi Alan Ford
& Paul Edwards
01239 710005
01239 811777
Mydroilyn Harry Harrison
& Jennifer Robins
01545 561241
01570 470047
Penrhiwllan & Orllwyn Neil Watkins 01559 362665
Rhydlewis Robert Evans
Medwyn Jones
01239 851940
07970 557393

Team Captains

Aberporth Gethin Davies 07415 084945
Caerwedros John & Lynda Evans 01545 560057
Capel Dewi Robert Davies 01559 384831
Dolphins TBC
Llandygwydd Robert Breese 01239 710329
Llechryd Robert Owen 01239 683174
Manordeifi Steve Reynolds 01239 811965
Mydroilyn Harry Harrison 01545 561241
Orllwyn John Dowling 01239 682965
Penrhiwllan Jean Jones 01559 370898
Rhydlewis Medwyn Jones 07970 557393
Tygwydd David Farmer 07881 793800



Cardiganshire Short Mat Bowls Association has one of the lowest number of active Umpires in Wales and have received special dispensation from the WSMBA to 'self-umpire' when an Umpire is not available at a league game. This is not an ideal situation but with so few Umpires available as most of them play for their clubs too, there is little choice.

Most players will agree that having an Umpire present encourages a better standard of etiquette and provides guidance on any decisions that may have to be made during an evening.

If you are interested in becoming an Umpire you do not need to be a player but, obviously, an interest in the game is advisable. The examination is divided into two parts; theory and practical.

The theory paper consists of 40 questions which need to be answered fully but the WSMBA rule book may be used so it's not as bad as it seems! Providing that over 80% of the questions are answered correctly, the successful applicant will then encouraged to accompany existing umpires to observe them in their duties, gradually taking more responsibility themselves as they grow in confidence. Once experience has been gained, you would be asked to take the practical part of the examination showing an understanding of the equipment used and demonstrating your ability to judge and advise on pre-set examples of more unusual situations. This is usually carried out within the participant's own club.

If you successfully complete both the theory and practical assessments you become a WSMBA umpire - as easy as that!

A copy of the questions is available on request by email from Paul Edwards: Please talk to one of the existing umpires if you would like more information about becoming an Umpire.

The English Bowls Umpires website has further information on the subject


List of Umpires available this season

Gerald Hands (Penrhiwllan) 07971 524544
Paul Edwards (Manordeifi) 01239 811777
Richard Prowse (Aberporth) 07870 436437
Robert Evans (Rhydlewis) 01239 851940



Do you enjoy bowls but would like to learn more about the game and learn how to help others? Then maybe coaching is for you.

Ceredigion County Council recently ran a Coaching Course in association with the WSMBA at Llandysul Leisure Centre and provided an excellent way of learning how to break down the game into stages so that the different shots can be taught to beginners. To qualify as a coach, an individual would need to attend one of these coaching courses and then be recommended to take the further examination. This would consist of taking the theory examination required by Umpires and, if over 80% is achieved, a practical examination held at the club to ensure that the person has remembered how to teach the various shots!

Cardigan currently has four qualified club coaches at three clubs: Aberporth, Manordeifi and Rhydlewis. Please check the individual club pages if you would like to find out more or maybe receive some help with your game.

Being a coach doesn't necessarily mean that they are the best player - merely that they are someone who can teach the theory of the game to players and hopefully help with teaching particular shots or advising on where someone is going wrong.