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Special Attraction for Wednesday Evening

The Winnipeg planning committee has been able to arrange a special event during the Friars Briar for guided tours of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  As  the 2019 Friars Briar will not occur during the Tim Hortons Brier, the Wednesday evening opening for attending such has now been filled with a unique opportunity for Friars to attend a guided tour of Canada’s only museum outside of Ottawa.

The guided tour has been reserved for Friars at quite a discount price ($15 per person) which is available on the Registration Form for both Teams and Individuals coming to Winnipeg in February, 2019.  Purchase of tickets will be available only through the registration process as the contract with CMHR does not allow for last minute purchases ‘at the door’ for its reserved evening tours.  Hopefully, Friars will avail themselves of this unique opportunity while in Winnipeg (as well as allow the local planning committee to meet the contract terms it signed with CMHR for this guided tour!!)

Groups of twenty persons will be led through venues at the Museum by a guide during the 1 1/2 hour tour, including ascending to the lookout tower at the peak of the Museum.  As such, visitors will be afforded a spectacular vista of Winnipeg, including the nearby Forks and Esplanade Louis Riel.  For those staying at the Humphry Inn & Suites (the Friars Briar host hotel), the Museum is only 2 1/2 blocks away, well within walking distance.

Esplanade Louis Riel taken from the tower of the Museum of Human Rights



As the Museum closes at 9:00pm when open in evenings, the tour will commence at 7:00 pm to allow tours to end prior to the closing time.  In speaking to the Drawmaster, the last round of games on Wednesday afternoon will end conveniently at a time for ‘rest’ before the Tour gathering time.  Any further details for the event will be available at the Friars Briar event.


For further information, visit Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Welcome Friars to the 2019 Friars Briar

The Winnipeg Planning Committee welcomes curlers to now register for the 2019 ‘Friars Briar.

A number of items are now in place, including the curling rink (Heather Curling Club), a hotel reservation deal (Humphry Inn & Suites) and a special tour deal at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  Check the left side of the website under ‘Information’ for details before beginning the registration process.

As before, registration is for Team online registrations.  (Those individuals who want to be considered for completing incomplete teams will find an Individual Registration form below the Team registration form.)

Don’t forget, the 2019 Friars Briar is one week before the ‘big Brier’ ( February 25th-March1, 2019) so as not to compete with faith calendar matters the following week!  Nevertheless, the Planning Committee has replaced the usual time for attending the big Brier, with a unique  opportunity to have a guided tour of the (and only Canadian museum outside of Ottawa) facility for a much reduced price offered to the general public.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity while in Winnipeg (and help us fulfill the contract arrangement we have with the Museum!!)  Another post will detail more this opportunity (only available in Winnipeg, you say!)

Please Note: Registration Deadline is January 25, 2019

In closing, the Winnipeg Planning Committee wants to welcome Friars to the ‘truly 40th anniversary’ and the birthplace of the Friars Briar. (Don’t forget, the Quebec FB was never held… check the history!)  Keep checking the website for updates on further arrangements as the Committee completes details in anticipating another round of the Friars Briar.


And the 2018 Winners Are….

So ends the 40th Friars Briar held in Regina!  With a full 24 teams playing the finals came down to the following results.



Medal Event

Gold:  Scholz

Silver:  Sprong

Bronze:  Hunter

Don Amos Event

1. Allan



Hugh Christmas Event





Scholz Team throws an 8-ender in Regina

The ‘Gee Bee’ team, skipped by Guy Scholz, made history in the Briar by throwing an 8-ender while playing in the Regina, 2018 Friars’ Briar.

In accomplishing the feat they tied up the game in the sixth end.  Members of the team included skip Guy Scholz along with other members George Budd, Rod Semeniuk and Ron Fengstad.

As far as one can recollect, this is the first time that an 8-ender has occurred in the history of the Friars’ Briar.

Take a look at the picture and count those yellow stones!!

All Things being Equal – Regina Friars’ Briar is now a GO

Despite the Colorado Clipper ripping through Manitoba and Saskatchewan, enough teams arrived in Regina to kick off the 2018 Friars’ Briar!!  Teams driving or flying to Regina were held up due to the storm, but finally arrived in time to initiate the Briar and the first Draw results are now on the web for the home front people. (It also indicates teams arrived safe and sound and will likely be out of the ‘Clipper’s’ grip shortly!!)

Opening Draws for Monday, March 5 – 2018 (UpDate March 1)

The Regina Drawmaster has just released the opening Draws for Monday, March 5 for 2:30 pm and 7:00 pm. 

See Below  ( p.s. changes reflect positions as of March 1, 2018)

Otherwise, check the Schedule Tab to see the times for all draws over the week.


2:30 PM  (Pools A & B)        
  Hesje SK vs Bartel ON
Pool A Zacharias SK vs First Rocks ON
  Irving AB vs Wall MB
  Kiesman BC/AB vs D. Martin ON
Pool B Knull SK vs Schenk BC/SK/ON
  Holy Host SK vs Sprong MB
7:00 PM (Pools C & D)        
  Flath SK vs Burton MB
Pool C Scholz SK/AB vs Hautz BC/AB/WI
  Allan BC vs Torrance ON
  Baska AB vs Borsellino ON
Pool D Hunter BC/SK vs M. Martin ON
  Paetsch BC/AB vs Johnson MB

2018 President’s Challenge: Raising the Bar!

2018 Friars’ Briar President’s Challenge: Raising the Bar!


We are doing it again! At the Friars’ Briar we are always challenging ourselves to give it our best and make the most of each shot. This year’s President’s Challenge kicks it all up a notch. Bragging rights will go to the team with the most raise takeouts through the course of the first seven games in the tournament. (Game eight on Friday morning won’t count, which means we can make the big announcement at the Thursday evening banquet.) Simply track the number of raise takeouts your team makes in each game, record them on the handy tracking sheet, then do the math after game seven and hand it the President at the beginning of the banquet. The team with the highest score will be treated by the President to a round of suds or a beverage of your choice at the closing luncheon.


P.S. Triple takeouts will count as a “double” but quadruple takeouts won’t. If you’re making quadruple takeouts, you’re in the wrong tournament. Head across town to the Brandt Centre and sign up for the Brier.


P.S.S. “What’s a raise takeout? I’ve never done one of those,” you say. 😊 Well, head over to this handy educational resource and sharpen your skills.


P.S.S.S. Q: “What’s a curling team’s favourite food?” A: “Takeout, of course!” 

Regina Planning Committee asks Registrants to complete Registration Payments

The Regina Planning Committee would like to thank everyone for sending in their registrations and we are pleased that we now have 24 teams registered.

We just want to encourage all those who have not yet sent in their registration money to do that as soon as possible, so that we are able to complete our financial activities of the budget.

Update on 2018 Friars Briar Schedule

The Regina Friars Briar for 2018 schedule has now been posted.

Please read, especially around the Monday events so you can make travel plans accordingly.  If there are any issues, please inform the Registrar promptly in case it may affect Monday draws.

As well, the planning committee has made allowance for Friars to attend the Tim Horton’s Brier on Tuesday morning.  See the details below.

The planning committee has decided that we have made the Tues morning ,Mar. the 6th available for our people to go to the Tim Horton’s Brier.

We are asking that people go to the Tim Horton’s site and they can order their own tickets. In this way we don’t have to try and figure out how many tickets to purchase and even if all the people want to go.

The people should know that in addition to the price of the ticket there is a $4.50 service fee and a $2.00 facility for each ticket. The price of the ticket is $26.00 .On line orders have a $ 4.00 processing fee on the complete order so if teams or groups purchase online as one group they can reduce some of the fees. The online order fee does not apply if the purchase is made in person at the box office.

Seats are moving pretty good so our curlers experience is likely going to be better if they get the tickets in advance. That being said tickets for the Tuesday morning will likely be available as a walk up ticket.

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