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V&D, A Brief History
V&D Events: A Brief History Article by Dr. John Aveline

The Vancouver and District has held championship competitions even before the current V&D was in existence.  Over time events have come and gone, while some have endured for decades.  The following is a brief account of each event.

Men' Fours - Hudson Bay Trophy

Men's Pairs - Thomas Sanderson Trophy

Men's Singles - Henry Birks Senior Singles Trophy

Senior Men's Fours - Commodore Recreation Trophy

All senior events were originally open to men 65 years of age or older.  This has since changed to 60 years and older (probably in an effort to expand the potential field to help with sagging entries.

Senior Men's Pairs - H.C. LePatourel Trophy

Senior Men's Singles - J. Inglis Trophy

Novice (Semi-Ready) Singles

President's Cup

Novice Pairs

Novice Triples

Men's Triples

Women's Fours - Thomas H. Kirk Trophy

Women's Pairs - Sanford J. Crowe Trophy

Women's Singles - Daily Province Trophy

MacDonald Cup

Bryant Trophy

A Brief History of the V&D Article by Dr. John Aveline

     The V&D has overseen the Sport of Bowls in the Lower Mainland since early 1930's and, despite various vicissitudes over the years continues to be a very capable organizer of bowls as well as being the 3rd largest bowls organization in Canada (only Ontario Bowls and B.C are larger; the V&D, with almost 2,500 bowlers, has more members than any of the other 8 provinces - in fact, over half of the bowlers in BC are in the V&D and about 1 in 6 bowlers in the entire country.

     The current Vancouver and District Bowls Association has just turned 80, but the history of district bowls goes back further than that.  Some time in the 1910's the clubs in the lower mainland organized themselves into the Lower Mainland Lawn Bowling Association.  This was soon disbanded in 1925 when it considered superfluous.  At that time there were 17 clubs in B.C., 15 of which were in the lower mainland (the only ones outside were Powell River and Victoria.  So the B.C.L.B.A. looked after organized bowls in the Vancouver area.  In the intervening 7 years bowls exploded throughout the province and by 1932 there were 33 clubs and all the new ones were outside the V&D.  It was time for the Vancouver area clubs to look after their own affairs.

     As a result, the individual bowls clubs in Vancouver and the surrounding area once again organized themselves into a district and the Vancouver and District Lawn Bowling Association was (re)born.  At the time almost of the clubs were in Vancouver proper.  In those days the table officers consisted of a President, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents, Secretary/Treasurer and 2 Umpires.  There was an succession set up as can be seen by the progression of individuals through the offices.  Typically, someone would serve as Umpire for 2 years and then move onto the 2nd Vice, then 1st Vice and, finally, President.  In those days and for several decades after, the position of President was more a reward than a task - a privilege you earned for having served and worked on the board for several years.

     In that first year there was so much enthusiasm for the V&D that every position was contested by more than one candidate and elections were held until one person had a clear majority.

     The V&D also had two working committees; the Match and Social Committee, who organized the V&D events as well as any visits by groups from outside the province, and the Prizes Committee, who arranged the prizes for V&D events.  This latter task was bigger than it is now because many of the V&D events were sponsored (The Hudson Bay Rinks & The Birks Singles, for example) and cash prizes were not allowed.  Any cash prize would have automatically meant that the recipient was no longer an amateur, but a professional.

     You might wonder about the umpires changing so regularly.  Were there that many qualified umpires back in the '30's?  Actually, there were no qualified umpires - umpire certification did not exist back then.  Umpires were elected  and the candidates were simply bowlers who had a good knowledge of the Rules of Play.  That actually made a good criterion for serving on the board.  You couldn't get on the board until you had bowled long enough to be conversant in the rules.

     In 1932 the Vancouver Club (aka Little Mountain) swept all three V&D events; the Men's Singles (Birks), the Men's Pairs (O.B. Allan) and the Men's Fours (Hudson Bay).  This was such a remarkable feat that winners went to a studio and had their photos taken for formal framing.

Former V&D Clubs (now no longer in existence)
Information compiled by Dr. John Aveline

There are a surprising number of clubs which once graced the lists of the Vancouver and District and which have since closed down - permanently.  Here is a list of those clubs and a few words about each:

 Club Address Years Operating Thumbnail Sketch
 Cedar Cottage Victoria (one block north of Kinsway In 1958 Cedar Cottage had 30 men and 14 in their Ladies' Club.
 Grandview 1400 Salisbury Dr. (Victoria Park) In 1958 Grandview had 44 men and 28 in their Ladies' Club.
 Hastings Community Club   
 Ioco  

Ioco was the club created by the Imperial Oil Company, whose acronym also gave the area its name.  It was basically a club for workers at IOCO as was the entire community.

In 1958 Ioco had 19 men and 12 in their Ladies' Club.

 Mt Peasant St George &13th Ave, Vancouver 

Mount Pleasant's most famous member was Sandy Houston, who won a couple of Canadian Championships while a member there.  Those beautiful purple banner can now be seen hanging in the PIBC.

In 1958 Mt Pleasant had 30 male members and 17 in their 'Ladies' Club'.

 Vancouver Heights Esmond & Trinity (North Burnaby) 

The greens of this club in 1958 were being moved from the reservoir.  In that year they 'threw in their lot' with Hastings Community until their new greens (present North Burnaby club?) were playable.

In 1958 the club had 25 men and another 14 in the 'Ladies' Club'.

 

Past Presidents, Secretaries, Chief Umpires & Membership Information compiled by Dr. John Aveline

 Year

President

Secretary

Umpire(s)

Members

1932

S. Gisby1

L.C. Jack

F.A. Tasker / P.J. Campbell

740

1933

J.J. McKay

L.C. Jack

R. Adam / J. Ross

782

1934

P.J. Campbell

L.C. Jack

R.S. Arnot / J. Ross

831

1935

F.A. Tasker

L.C. Jack

A.J. Campbell / C. Moir

779

1936

J. Ross

L.C. Jack

A.J. Campbell / F. Wilmer

904

1937

R.S. Arnot

L.C. Jack

R. Adam / G.J. Watt

908

1938

C. Moir

L.C. Jack

R. Adam / R. Consterdine

955

1939

A.J. Campbell

L.C. Jack

J. Brown / E. Roylance

919

1940

G.J. Watt

L.C. Jack

J. Brown / R.L. Williams

918

1941

R. Consterdine

L.R. Wood

J. Norton / R.L. Williams

919

1942

E. Roylance

L.R. Wood

J. Norton / A. Ogilvie

884

1943

J. Brown

L.R. Wood

G. Scott / A. Ogilvie

899

1944

R.L. Williams

L.R. Wood

G. Scott / F. Bellis

976

1945

J. Norton

A. Riley

A. Bruce / F. Bellis

1073

1946

G. Scott

A. Riley

W. Campbell / R.A. Long

969

1947

F. Bellis

A. Riley

J. Brydone / R.A. Long

895

1948

A. Bruce

A. Riley

F. Ellis / R. Hutcherson

929

1949

R.A. Long

A. Riley

F. Ellis / A. Lakie

1010

1950

F. Smith

A. Riley

W. Back / A. Lakie

1106

1951

R. Hutcherson

A. Riley

W. Back / G. Dewar

1106

1952

F. Ellis

A. Riley

D.A. Jay / J.S. Slight

1014

1953

W. Back

A. Riley

J.S. Slight / A. Hunter

1048

1954

G. Dewar

A. Riley

R. Moir / A. Hunter

952

1955

D.A. Jay

G. Dewar

R. Moir / J. Drysdale

1065

1956

J.S. Slight

G. Dewar

? J. Hodge / J. Drysdale ?

1027

1957

A. Hunter

G. Dewar

? J. Hodge / Eastwood ?

976

1958

R. Moir

G. Dewar

A.H. Woodward / C. Eastwood

858

1959

J. Drysdale

G. Dewar

W. Ferguson / A. Morrison

886

1960

A.H. Woodward

G. Dewar

W. Pulsifer / A. Morrison

936

1961

C. Eastwood

G. Dewar

W. Pulsifer / J. Husband

862

1962

C. Eastwood

G. Dewar

B. Littler / A. Burkholder

880

1963

J. Husband

G. Dewar

W. Richmond / J. Buttar

975

1964

Jim Buttar

G. Dewar

M. Blair / B. Lund

988

1965

Jim Buttar

G. Dewar

 

975

1966

Jim Buttar

W. Hopwood

 

943

1967

J. White

 

 

 

1968-1976

Data not available

 

 

 

1977

Bob Scullion

 

 

959

1978

Tom Maider

Dave Comparelli

 

978

1979

Tom Maider

Dave Comparelli

Syd Clarkson

988

1980

Art Grimmitt

Dave Comparelli

Syd Clarkson

 

1981

Art Grimmitt

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1982

Alf Johnstone

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1983

Alf Johnstone

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1984

Alf Johnstone

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1985

Alf Johnstone

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1986

Ike Mason

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1987

Ike Mason

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1988

Dave Brown

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1989

Dave Brown

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1990

Dave Brown

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1991

Dave Brown

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1992

Dave Brown

Dave Comparelli

 

 

1993

Dave Brown

Michael Christ

 

1,098

1994

Peter Moffat

Michael Christ

 

2,487*

1995

Peter Moffat

Juanita Tucker

 

2,514

1996

Muriel Holness

Anne Bishop

 

2,629

1997

 Muriel Holness

Ann Bishop 

 

2,596

1998

 

 

John Aveline 

2,640

1999

Ron Tregidgo

Paul Van Den Camp

John Aveline

2,611

2000

Ron Tregidgo

Paul Van Den Camp

John Aveline

2,567

2001

Ed Grobler

Elaine Dipalo

John Aveline

2,614

2002

Ed Grobler

Elaine Dipalo

John Aveline

2,712

2003

Jim Buttar

 

John Aveline

c.2,600

2004

Alan Ashton

Mary Wright

John Aveline

c.2,600

2005

Alan Ashton

Mary Wright

John Aveline

2,616

2006

Ed Grobler

Joan Barker

John Aveline

2,571

2007

Bob Everett

 

Ian Tyzzer

2,462

2008

Bob Everett

Laura Low

Ian Tyzzer

2,420

2009

Bob Everett

Percylla Battista

Pat Skinner

Ian Tyzzer

2,403

 2010

 Bob Everett

Pat Skinner

Ian Tyzzer 

 2,390

 2011

 Bob Everett

 Pat Skinner

 Fred Fong

 2,295

 2012

 Kion Wong

 Pat Skinner

 George Cubiss

 2,241

 2013

Kion Wong

Pat Skinner

George Cubiss 

 2,271

 2014

Dave Arnott 

 Pat Skinner

George Cubiss 

 2,288

 2015

 Dave Arnott

 Pat Skinner

George Cubiss

 

1.  Sydney Gisby was a Councillor of West Vancouver for 9 one year terms between 1916 and 1939.  He was also reeve in 1924 & 1925

*  In 1994 the Men (V&DLBA) and Women (Dogwood LBA) combined into one administrative unit.