Irish Indoor Bowling Association
Irish Indoor Bowling Association

Short Mat Bowls Serving The Whole Community

Welcome to the web site for the Irish Indoor Bowling Association which is the controlling body for the game of short mat bowls across the island of Ireland. The web site is designed to provide up-to-date information about the IIBA. We hope that you will find the site interesting and informative.

Annual General Meeting


IIBA AGM re-elects all officers

Annual club fee raised from £20 to £25 (35 Euro)
Competitions run on time basis not permitted from next season as it conflicts with Rule 37
Players must sit out 1 year from inter zone competition before they can play for another zone. (Rule 45g). They can still play nationals in zone they are leaving.
Players named on entry form will constitute the original players (added at end of Law 44(c)


              Special Olympics

Recently the Meadowbank Arena in Magherafelt played host to the regional finals of the Special Olympics bowling, known as bocce. It was a tremendous experience for those short mat bowlers who gave up the day to help the disabled compete and to see the enjoyment which they showed throughout irrespective of how successful they were. They played the game in a competitive manner but not with a must win at all costs attitude, something that perhaps many in the short mat game could learn from. The game is very different from what we are used to with a 60 foot by 12 foot surface surrounded by a frame and a light jack with no bias in the bowls. Certainly those short mat bowlers who tried it (John Murnahan, Jim Pinkerton,Joyce Pinkerton, Sean Davidson, Damien McAllister, Alan Johnston, Mrs Johnston and Seamus Kyne) at the practice night did not find it easy to adapt to. The organisers were highly impressed with the venue and plan to return in 2016 when it is hoped that many more will volunteer to give up a day to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Short Mat Bowlers who assisted at Special Olympics Bocce Finals
Special Olympics Players In the Bocce finals

        British Isles Championships

International Series

Rink 1     K Conroy, R O’Neill, A Lecky, S Hand
Rink 2     C McHugh, D McElroy, W Morrison, G McNabb
Rink 3     L Harrison, J Quinn, P Beattie, M Beattie
Rink 4     A Paul, S McSorley, P Hanlon, J Beattie

Team Captain        K Conroy

Individual Series

Singles    J Quinn
Pairs       S Conroy, K Conroy
Triples    D Crawford, N Alexander, E Curran
Rinks       B McCabe, J Murnahan, G McCabe, P Hanlon

          British Isles 'A' Series

‘A’ Series Team

Rink 1     K Bradshaw, B McAlary, W Boggs, G Smith
Rink 2     L Graham, B Rankin, F McDermott, A Tanner
Rink 3     A Laughlin, S Trainor, Nathan Haire, D McMahon
Rink 4     J Martin, A Irwin, M Hand, A Tennant

Team Captain        B Rankin

‘A’ Series Individual Series

Singles    T Crawford
Pairs       M McAleese, D Walker
Triples    S McMahon, T Mulholland, A Corrigan
Rinks       M McCullough, M Og Trainor, J Richardson, D J Wilson

Administration For Championships

Players will receive official notification in the next 7 days, They will be provided with information re dates, flights, approximate cost and will be required to sign and return a players code of conduct without which they will not be able to participate, Two meetings will be arranged for final details, Friday 4 September in Shaw's Bridge and Saturday 19 September in Maghera Presbyterian Hall and players must attend ONE of these otherwise their place in the party will be relinquished.

Dates For 2015/16


26 Sept Masters Pairs  
3 Oct Champion of Champions (Singles / Rinks)  
17 Oct Champion of Champions (Pairs / Triples)  
24 Oct Men's Inter Zone  
31 Oct Ladies Inter Zone  
7 Nov Club Championship  
14 Nov British Isles (Aberdeen)  
21 Nov Club Chhampionship  
27 Nov Club Chmpionship Finals  
28 Nov Men's Inter Zone  
5 Dec Ladies Inter Zone  
  Top Team (Newry)  
2 Jan Junior Competition  
9 Jan Men's Inter Zone  
16 Jan Ladies Inter Zone  
23 Jan Men's Inter Zone  
30 Jan Ladies Inter Zone  
6 Feb Plate Finals  
13 Feb Junior Inter Zone  
20 Feb Ladies Inter Zone Final  
27 Fen Men's Inter Zone Final  
5 Mar Nationals  
12 Mar  Nationals  
19 Mar World Bowls  
2 April National Finals  


Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship on Sky TV
Galway Bay Hotel Club Championship Winners


Every effort is made to keep the tournament winners upto date. It is important that Convenors and / or tournament organisers pass on the winners names, not just to keep everyone informed but to assist international selectors. Next season it is hoped to have all the winners names in pairs, triples and rinks included. In the results so far received, Stuart McSorley is the most successful with 5 wins followed by Kevin Conroy and Michael Hand on 3. If there are tournaments not listed please pass on the details and the list will be updated.

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