The Vale Short Mat Bowls Friendly League, VSMBFL, consists of eleven Buckinghamshire bowls teams who compete with each other in ‘friendly’ matches from September to April each year. Current member teams are Beacon, Chinnor, Haddenham ‘B’, Haddenham ‘C’, Marsh Gibbon, Stewkley, Wendover LG, Wendover DG, Westcott, Wing and Winslow. The matches are played in the weekday evenings starting at 7:30 and usually completed by 10:30pm. The day of the week is club dependant. Three clubs play matches on Monday evenings, six Tuesday evenings and two on Wednesdays.
The VSMBFL matches consist of four teams of three people from each club playing ten ends using three bowls. The format for the evening is four teams competing on two mats, tea/coffee/biscuits break and then the other four teams play their games.
The clubs also compete in the John Robinson Memorial Shield where the clubs are split into two groups. The clubs play against each other within their group and the highest scoring team from each group then compete for the trophy in the final at the end of the season at the Wing club.
The JR competition consists of two games of singles, pairs and triples with the players names drawn from a hat to determine which game they play in, which position they play and on which mat. So you arrive at the club not knowing which game, position or mat you will play. Makes for an enjoyable evening.
It was a good year for Chinnor, They won both the VSMBFL and the JR Trophy
Calendar of Events
VSMBFL Season Starts
24 September 2018
JR Competition Starts
10 December 2018
JR Final at Wing
15 April 2019
Presentation Night at Haddenham
23 April 2019
Just go along to a Roll-up session at any of the clubs and they will welcome you and introduce you to the game. There won’t be any charge for you first few sessions, just go along and enjoy. Take along with you some flat soled shoes or slippers.