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.
Kevin Conroy qualified for World bowls with a narrow 7 - 6 thrilling win over Raymnd Stubbs. In the rinks it was a successful day for Andrew Leckey, Johnny Wilson, Eddie Campbell and D J Wilson with a narrow 7 - 6 win over Gerry McCabe, Paddy Hanlon, Stephen McMahon and Duarmaid McMahon in a game which was only decided on the last bowl.
The Masters Pairs competition was won by Gerry McCabe and Derrmauid McMahon who defeated John Quinn and Alan Paul in the final at Shaws Bridge.
This will be held on Saturday 7 and Saturday 21 November in Shaw's Bridge Belfast with finals on Friday 27 November. Entries are now being taken through Zone Convenors.
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)
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.
|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 Championship|
|27 Nov||Club Championship 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|
|19 Mar||World Bowls|
|2 April||National Finals|