Another successful Friars’ Briar took place in Victoria, BC where 18 teams took to the ice for keen competitions. 7 teams came from Ontario, 2 from Manitoba, 2 from Saskatchewan, 1 from Alberta, 4 from BC and another 2 from BC/Alberta mixed.
The Final Results were as follows:
Gold Medal MARTIN (David)
Silver Medal WALL
Bronze Medal BARTEL
Don Amos Playoff
Second Martin (Maurice)
Hugh Christmas Playoff
Second Edmonton Steelers
Other Awards were presented at the Banquet:
Winner of the Heavenly Host Award – The East
The Amazing Grace Award – Rod Fair
The President’s Challenge: Team Borsellino
A Special Recognition (The Most Artistic Wipeout) – Keith McFarlane
Things are starting to heat up at the Victoria ‘Friars’ Briar’…..
After 3 games of the round robin, look at the standings. Winning 3 games so far are Teams… Allan, D. Martin, Perkins and Wall. That’s 2 for BC, 1 for Ontario and 1 for Manitoba. 5 Teams are close behind at 2 wins so far. So, stay tuned for Wednesday’s showdowns.
By the way, the whispers around the FB are, the Victoria planning committee has produced another great experience for the Friars’ Briar participants. One can’t wait to see what else it has in store for the rest of the week!
And what about the President of the FB, eh!! Relying on a research report by a person named ‘Von Drump’, of all things! Stay tuned for the results of the President’s Challenge on this site. (Don’t look for an early morning ‘tweet’)
Friars’ Briar President Commissions Research Study
Scores from the past 10 years of tie breaker shootouts have revealed a disturbing trend, says David Martin, President of the Friars’ Briar. The mandatory tie breaker competition held at the beginning of the bonspiel, explained Martin, is used to determine seeding for the playoffs. After analysis of the data, Martin discovered that there has been a steady erosion in the average team scores over the years. Alarmed by this serious deterioration of skill level, Martin was determined to make the Friars’ Briar great again. “We simply can’t tolerate this kind of decline,” said Martin. “We have a long, proud tradition to uphold.”
Acting on his concern, Martin commissioned renowned German sports psychologist, Doctor Victor Von Drump, to study the problem. “We have a few extra dollars in the national bank account right now,” said Martin, “so I thought we would put it to good use.” The results of Von Drump’s research were startling. Von Drump reported that the comparative scores for shootouts in children’s curling leagues from British Columbia to Ontario were twice those of FB teams! “Can you imagine!” said a surprised Von Drump. “I have never seen any such thing so bad. Diese Kinder teams put ze Friars teams zu shame. Believe you me, this is bad! Trust me, das ist very, very bad!”
When asked how to correct this sad state of affairs, Von Drump focused on two primary problems. “Number eins, you must vith ze Mennonite factor deal. Diese Mennoniten haben vay, vay, too much Gelassenheit. How you say in English? – Not enough personal pride. They defer to other teams far zu much. To quote one of your Lutheran Friars, ‘Ven it comes to throwing ze game winning stone, ze Mennonites just don’t have zat “killer instinct.”’ In church, maybe okay, but here on ze curling rink it just brings everyone’s game down. A negative impact on everyone it has.”
“Number zwei,” continued Von Drump, “everyone knows zat ze shootout rarely affects their placement in the playoffs. Your Friars haben absolutely nicht motivation to perform vell.”
“How do we stimulate motivation?” inquired Martin. “Vhy beer of course!” replied Von Drump. “It works hundred per cent all ze time in Germany! Du musst add bier into ze equation. To stimulate motivation, I recommend zat each player visualize a large stein of beer on ze button. Vith zat visualization, I guarantee you me zat their scoring vill improve!”
Building on Von Drump’s research and expertise, Martin is determined that 2017 will be the year to Make the Friars’ Briar Great Again. For the 2017 tie breaker shootout, the President has made two decrees.
First, in the tie breaker skills competition, all Mennonite teams will throw last to help bolster their “killer instinct.” Martin hopes this will have a ripple effect among all Friars.
Secondly, all Friars are instructed to visualize a large beer stein on the button, or, in the case of some Friars, a large can of coke, when they throw their tie breaker rocks.
In addition, to strengthen motivation even further, the President has committed to buying a round of beer (or coke) for the team with the highest score in the tie breaker competition. Martin is convinced that this year we will see the highest scores ever in the tie breaker event and is confident that this year’s President’s Challenge is sure to make the Friars’ Briar great again!
Friends and family can keep track of their Friars’ Briar team progress daily during the course of the FB days. For the round robin draws (Monday thru Thursday) make a ‘favourite’ or ‘bookmark’ here and go down to ‘results’ on the page.
Friars’ Briar Board of Directors Meeting
March 8, 2016 – 6:00 pm – Hunt Club, Ottawa
2016 Annual Meeting Minutes
2016 Annual General Meeting of the
Friars’ Briar Association
March 10, 2016, Hunt Club, Ottawa, Alberta
The Victoria working committee has now posted the Draw Schedule for the Round Robin Play starting Monday, March 6th at 2:30 pm through Thursday, March 8th at 4:00 pm. See Schedule here
18 Teams have registered for this year’s Friars’ Briar.
The working group at Victoria have issued the overall event schedule for the upcoming Friars’ Briar. There might have to be the odd change of times, but the Event Schedule page will keep you posted if such is necessary.
It has taken a bit of slugging, but the Victoria planning committee for the 2017 Friars’ Briar in March is announcing that they are now open to take Registrations. As was the case last year for the Ottawa Briar, one registration only is required per team (and one remittance of fees accordingly). An Individual registration form is available for those without a Team, whereby asking the Registrar to place them on a Team lacking a full complement of players.
Again, payment of fees can be made by way of a cheque or eTransfer.
Full details can be found on the Registrations Page
Further details will follow as soon as the ‘working group’ in BC announce same.
The delay in making this official stems from not knowing for sure where the big Brier was going to be held. As of this date, this is still uncertain (though we are assured it will not be in BC!).