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Results for the 2016 Friars’ Briar in Ottawa


The Friar

Winding up, the Friars’ Briar in Ottawa has shown again how local committees across the country have put their energy into making the annual Briar a success. Thank you Ontario Planning Committee for the 2016 Friars’ Briar.

The final results this year include:

Medals Event Winners

Gold – Learmonth Team
Silver – LeBlanc Team
Bronze – Bartel Team

Don Amos Event Winners

First – Team Victoria
Second – Hunter Team
Third – Schenk Brothers Team

Hugh Christmas Event Winners

First – Frozen Chosen Team
Second – Wilson Team
Third – Burton Team


Winner of the Heavenly Host Award – The East Teams
(for the most games won between the East vs West Teams in Draw 1 of the Round Robin draws)

The Amazing Grace Award
Susan Wilson for fostering female Clergy Curling and exemplary sportswomanship

The President’s Challenge – Team Bartel
(for the most steals over the spiel)

A Special Recognition by the Friars’ Briar Association was given this year to Fraser Muldrew for being a founding member, fostering Friars’ Briar curling and for competing in 37 consecutive Friars’ Briar bonspiels!

And so another Friars’ Briar ends and preparations begin soon for the next Briar
(all things being equal, expected to be held in Victoria, British Columbia in 2017!)

What was behind the ‘Frozen Chosen’ Team in the Friars’ Briar

A little known story this year was a team entry to the 2016 Friars’ Briar held in Ottawa.  Known as the ‘Frozen Chosen‘ the team was composed of three Rabbis and one Cantor coming from Ontario.

Rabbi Cory Weiss of Temple Har Zion in Toronto, Rabbi Michael Dolgin of Temple Sinai in Toronto, Temple Sinai Cantor Katie Oringel and Rabbi Jerry Steinberg of Temple B’Nai Shalom v’Tikvah in Ajax, Ont. came to the Friars’ Briar in Ottawa to do their best.  Wearing blue-black-and-white team jackets with a crest on the back identifying them as “the Frozen Chosen.” underneath, in smaller letters, in Hebrew, was a quote from Psalms 18:46: “Blessed is my Rock.”  Thus, the Frozen Chosen team has yet found another biblical reference to curling (using the term ‘rock’ as their signature!) – See the full Globe and Mail article here.

While their standing in the playoffs may have had something less to their hopes (they played and won the ‘recreational playoff’ series known as the Hugh Christmas Event of the Briar), their enthusiasm for the game of curling caught national attention.

So what is the FB to do with this development?  The traditional identification for the FB has been a catholic prior ‘on a rock’, with a league largely identified as protestant in nature! Now one has to entertain the notion that the emblem be ’embellished’ by the addition of a ‘yarmulke’ skull cap!  How far does one have to go to depict the concept of ‘ecumenism’?

Let it be known though, the Frozen Chosen has been a very welcome team contesting the annual Friars’ Briar bonspiel.  One hopes they encourage other faiths to join in a game emblematic of those of faith desiring to fulfill the Canadian dream of unity.  Remember, the birth of the Friars’ Briar was the founding notion to promote fine fellowship and good curling on a national basis among clergy persons and their associates”.

To this we say, Shalom and Amen.





Briar Playoffs Start Thursday – See Details Here

Team Ranking after Round Robin

Pod 1 Pod 2 Pod 3 Pod 4
1 Learmonth Leblanc Skaret Baska
2 Bartel Torrance Brown Wall
3 Hesje Alton Victoria Hunter
4 Friedrich Schenk Martin Grahlman
5 Burton Frozen Chosen Winger Wilson

Teams with first and second standing in each Pod will now advance to the Medal Event

Teams with third and fourth standing in each Pod will advance to the Don Amos Event

Teams with fifth standing in each Pod will advance to the Hugh Christmas Event

Follow the play in the Draw Schedule and Results tab!



2016 Friars' Brair President's Challenge Banner

2016 Friars' Brair President's Challenge

From the evidence provided by this historical photo of Friar Tuck, it is undeniable that Robin Hood and his merry band of thieves were avid curlers! In this spirit of thievery and stealing from the rich to provide for the poor, this year’s President’s Challenge will go to the team that steals the most ends throughout our eight-game bonspiel.

As a nod to the merriment of Friar Tuck, the President will buy a round of drinks for the winning team. Steal on!!

4 Weeks to Go – 20 Teams Registered

With 4 weeks to go before the Friars’ Briar commences, there are 20 Teams ready to go!

Of those, 11 are from Ontario, 2 each for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta plus 3 from British Columbia.

If you are wanting to come as an Individual player, there might be the odd team needing a player.  Be in touch with the Registrar to check.

Jim Waite is speaker at our banquet!

Jim Waite

A special Speaker at the 2016 Friars Briar Banquet

Jim Waite, national coach and team leader for Canadian curling championship teams at the world level since 1993.



(photo courtesy of Jim Waite’s LinkedIn)

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