After years of perseverance, the Baska rink from Alberta came out on top at this year's Friars Briar in Saskatoon. The Friars Briar is an interdenominational event, bringing together clergy and ministers from across Western Canada and Ontario. The 2012 event attracted 22 teams.

Father Patrick’s team has been competing in the Edmonton Catholic School Teachers Mens League at the Thistle Curling Club since 2006. They've curled the Friars Briar since 2007, but until now have never won the championship trophy.

"After a 3-win and 2-loss round-robin record, we competed in the group of eight championship round," reports Father Patrick. "Two close playoff wins and we qualified for the final. We went on to beat a team from Ontario that was undefeated throughout the tournament.

"In the final we were down 8-4 after six ends but scored three in the seventh and stole two in the eighth end to win the championship.  Apparently it was the most exciting and closest final in recent years."
The team will defend their title at next year’s Friars Briar at the Shamrock Curling Club in Edmonton.

Pictured left to right are:
Fr. Martin Carroll  (Sacred Heart, Red Deer)
Fr. Jim Corrigan (St. Theresa-Corpus Christi, Edmonton)
Fr. Patrick Baska (St. Angela-St. Pius X, Edmonton)
Fr. Paul Moret (St. Agnes-St. Anthony, Edmonton)