The Diamond Doubles
Diamond Doubles champions 2022 (Lisa Cheung and Cary Manns)
The Diamond Doubles was created by then incoming club president John Bruce in 1990 to commemorate the Kerrisdale Bowls Club’s 75th Diamond Anniversary. It is played in a mixed pairs format. It was initially run as a straight knock-out event, which allowed 32 teams to play in a tournament hosted by a one-green club.
Originally this was a closed club event and teams were randomly placed in the morning or afternoon draws. A full entry of 32 teams played 18-end games in a straight knock-out format.
In 2009, the format was changed to encourage entries. Although still a knock-out competition, A and B flights were introduced to guarantee everyone a pair of games. The two Monday games were 14 ends; all other games were still 18 ends.
At some time in the past, it was changed to an open club event and more recently different formats were tried, over one or two days.
Since 2019 the event has taken place all on a single day. It was an open club competition, played in a 4-bowl mixed pairs format, with four x 14-end games.
Over the years, one of the best aspects of the Diamond Doubles is that it has always attracted a wide range of entrants, from local, recreational bowlers to national and international champions, juniors and seniors, first-year members and bowlers with decades of experience.