Pat Simmons defended his Brier, this time as his team’s skip, with the help of John Morris, Carter Rycroft, and Nolan Thiessen, giving the Glencoe, Calgary rink its second-straight male Canadian curling championship.
Simmons ascended to the skip position after Morris demoted himself to third. Morris was a Brier finalist with Vernon and Kelowna’s Team BC rink in 2014, losing to Team Alberta and then-captain Kevin Koe in Kamloops.
“Obviously we found a lineup that worked. That was the big thing,” said Morris on Sunday. “(Simmons) really deals with pressure well, as you can tell. There were 15,000 fans here that were hooting and hollering and it didn’t faze him. He went through that process, had ice-cold blood in his veins there at the very end. Drew that button like it was nothing.”
Morris stepped away from the team – now skipped by Jim Cotter – after last year’s tournament, saying he was taking a break from the game in 2015. But he then reversed, joining Team Canada as its captain ahead of the Brier, recruited by the Calgary club once Koe stepped down.
(Koe was back at the Brier this year, too, with a new Team Alberta.)
When asked what the plan was for the Alberta team now, whether it would be staying together for sure for a run in 2016, Morris answered: “I’m just living in the moment right now.”
“Being Team Canada again next year would be amazing, and that’s something we’re looking forward to,” he said. “It was just a great team victory, and I couldn’t be prouder of the guys.”
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