A familiar face to the Saskatchewan curling scene has been seen behind the bench observing the play of Steve Laycock during this week’s Tim Hortons Brier at the Brandt Centre.
While Pat Simmons is serving as the fifth for the Laycock team this week, he is fondly remembering his time as the skip for Team Saskatchewan the last time the event was held in Regina which was 2006,
“It seems like forever ago in one sense, and yesterday in another.” Simmons said. “There are a lot of good memories and while we didn’t do as well as we would have liked to that week, we had a great experience and the fans were fantastic and behind us the way they are behind Steve this week.”
Simmons has been used mainly before the event to talk about the team about what to expect as the home rink seeing he went through it back in 06 when he finished 5-6.
“We’ve talked about that and how it is different being a home-team Brier.” Simmons explained. “When you are the home rink, you get a lot of people pulling you in different directions as you are the focus for many. You just have to find a balance and I think we’ve accomplished that. ”
Simmons, who is the director of high performance for CurlSask, has experience with Laycock as the two played together on provincial championship teams in 2007, 2008 and 2011.