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The Elm Park Triples


photo courtesy Brian Thomson

Here are the scores for the final Week 15:
Rmd 4 managed to hold on to the first overall spot despite losing its third consecutive league game in a 15-7 upset to Rmd 2. Rmd 4 were deserving winners, spending eight straight weeks in first place to win the third edition of the Elm Park Triples; Rmd 1 needed a 10-point win in its final game to have a chance at the top prize but came up one-point short, following a 16-8 win over GPk 3; SPk 2 finished in third place in its first season, winning for the ninth time in 11 weeks and leap-frogging over Rmd 5 in the process with a 16-8 victory; SPk 1 took fifth place overall, capping the season with a league-high fifth 10-point win and 69-point differential with a 21-7 victory over Rmd 3; Van 1 claimed the final payday, holding onto sixth place while losing 16-8 to Kerr 1; Kerr 3 moved up to seventh with an 18-12 victory over GPk 1; GPk 2 defeated Kerr 2 13-8 and WPG 1 climbed out of the league basement with a 22-8 win over Wild Card.

Team Standings 2022

History of the Elm Park Triples

The Elm Park Triples was started by former Kerrisdale club treasurer David Smith in 2019. It is a closed club, mixed triples tournament played throughout the outdoor season as a full round-robin event.

It is intended to be a fun, but competitive league and was originally designed to encourage new bowlers, and formerly social bowlers, to transition into more competitive play.

Experienced bowlers are asked to see the league as an opportunity to help less experienced club players make this transition into inter-club competition. It also provides the opportunity for club bowlers to meet and socialize with bowlers from other clubs.

The social side of the league is very important, so refreshments play an important part. The Kerrisdale club provides the coffee and tea, while all the teams take turns each week providing the snacks. 

Teams are comprised of three players and as many as two spares, if desired, of any gender from the same club. Any three of these five players can play in any position (skip, vice or lead) for any game. In addition, any other member of their club can also be used as a substitute, but that person is not allowed to skip.

The Richmond 1 club team of Heng Lee. Rainbow Lung, Spencer Yeung and spares Cary Ip and Joe Chan were the inaugural winners in 2019



The Elm Park Triples is an open gender triples league, consisting of up to 16 teams playing a weekly, full round-robin schedule.

All members of the team must belong to the same club. Every team will play every other team once. The format will be three bowls per player, played over 14 ends per game.

All games will be played at the Kerrisdale Lawn Bowling Club, starting at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday in May (Trial ends at 9.45 a.m).

A bell will be rung at 12:30 p.m. and the game will end at the completion of the current end. There will be no tie-break games played.

Make up games will be played as 8-end games, with two games played on the week following the cancelled game.

These two games together will be restricted to a playing time of three hours maximum because the green is not available after 1 p.m. Click to see Appendix B.

Games will be played under modified Bowls Canada rules. No ends will be declared dead.

If the jack is moved to a position where it becomes a dead jack, it is to be re-spotted on the T.

A golf tee sunk into the grass is the T, however, spotted and re-spotted jacks should be sat directly on the golf tee and not behind it.

Team uniforms or whites are encouraged.

There is no limit on substitutions, except that all players on a team must be members of the same club. Click to see Appendix C. No substitutions will be allowed during the game. 

Scoring:                 Tournament Points:                                          Game Points:

                               2 points for a win                                              maximum of + 10 points

                               1 point each for both teams in a tied game      0 points each team

                               0 points for a loss                                              no minus points

There will be no official umpire. If one is required, any qualified umpire not involved in the game in question may be called upon.

Any dispute or disagreement not covered by the rule book will be resolved by a meeting of the teams’ representative and the event organisers.

If a tie results after completion of the round-robin games, the winner shall be the team that bested the other team when they met head-to-head in the round robin.

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