Just a week after Ireland hosted the Youth Angling World Championships for the first-time, junior anglers from across the provinces came together for our National Competition which carries its own prestige in Ireland. The event provides the opportunity for young and novice anglers to come together and compete in a National Championships of their own and includes coached assistance designed to introduce newcomers to competitive fishing.
Once again, the challenging Killykeen Forest Park in County Cavan was the venue chosen for its accessibility to all; it proved tough in places with the best of the fishing in the Under 20’s section but there were some great catches and everyone had an enjoyable day. The three-hour match concluded with a sausage & chip supper at Gilsenan’s of Killeshandra after which everyone came away with a tackle prize to help them along their way, with trophies awarded to the winners by Sean Ward, NCFFI Treasurer and Coach.
Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to the winners;
- Ryan O Donoghue 0.82kg
- Kieran Martin 0.68kg
- Dillan Kavanagh 0.2g
- Rhys Walsh 8.4kg
- Eoin Rogers 4.78kg
- Roisin Bohan 2.54kg
- James O Doherty 10.9kg
- Robbie Smithers 7.91kg
- Jamie Edwards 4.9kg
The event this year was sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland. The NCFFI would like to thank Sensas Ireland and Irish Bait & Tackle Limited for sponsoring bait for the juniors and Tubertini UK.
The NCFFI values to the importance of introducing children and young people to our sport and through a programme of coaching enables club’s country wide to invest in their juniors. The thrill of competitive angling gives the junior anglers something to aim for but also the chance to meet like-minded others. The next national competition is the NCFFI Junior All-Ireland Feeder which takes place on Saturday 14th October followed by the Ulster Schools Competition on the Lower River Bann on the 21st.