Waterford Angling Hub – Coaching Programme

Team Ireland win the International Feeder Friendly Challenge

The ten man team event held on Saturday 14th of April saw teams consisting of members of four nations battle it out on County Cavan venues of Lough Sillan, Lough Namachree and Annaghierin Lake all in a relaxed atmosphere for this friendly challenge.
Team Ireland win for the 3rd year running with 14 points and 8 section wins. In second place Team Lithuania with 22 points, 3rd Team Poland with 28 points and 4th Team Romania with 36 points.
Individual winner was Mark Leonard with an impressive 8.940kg, 2nd Johnny McKinley with 5.320kg and 3rd Lithuania’s Donatas Nekrasius with 4.900kg.
All the top weights came from Lough Namachree.
Feeder Team Manager Brenton Sweeney says:- Whilst Ireland are victors once again, it can be difficult fishing to International rule and I am encouraged by the quality feeder angling evident across all the nations. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Visit the gallery here https://www.ncffi.ie/portfolio-item/international-feeder-friendly-challenge-2018/

Youth Team Ireland Off to Italy with New Manager

The NCFFI have welcomed the appointment of Gavin Walsh to the position of Youth Team Manager for the next three-year term. Gavin was responsible for re-introducing international angling to Ireland’s juniors back in 2011 after a gap of some years, taking on a role that no one else would entertain at the time, he led the Juniors to a win at the Celtic Cup in Scotland. His experience with youth angling will have played an important part when unanimously voted into the position, which he takes over from retiring manager Jack Tisdall.

In 2017 Ireland presented youth teams in all categories U15, U20 and U25 when hosting the FIPS-ed World Youth Angling Championships on Inniscarra. The three teams of promising young anglers fared well in competition but its recognised that they could benefit from more coaching and experience in their preparation for the World Stage. With this in mind for this first year in the term and with the World Championships not so far away Gavin has decided that only the Under 15’s will travel to Italy this year. The young anglers chosen through qualifiers held in 2017 are; Roisin Bohan, John Browne, Eoin Rogers, Charlie Richards and Rhys Walsh. This mixed group of aspiring young anglers with one world championship now under their hat show great promise and with a few years ahead of them in this category (they are probably the youngest team on the championship circuit) Gavin can concentrate his efforts in working with them to gain more experience. We wish them all well.

Gavin says-: I’m delighted to be back and looking forward to trying to guarantee a steady progression of youth anglers through the ranks all the way to our Senior teams for years to come. I’m looking forward to seeing some new faces over the coming years and watching their abilities and confidence grow through experience from these events. Hopefully this will generate recruits to our national teams for many years.

A change in circumstances for those U20’s and U25’s who attended the qualifiers last year has left us short on experience to form teams but those still interested are encouraged to re-apply for the 2019 qualifiers which will be held from September to November this year (to be confirmed shortly).
There is a considerable amount of effort required to coach and travel with young anglers and time will now be spent looking at the required structure of coach and parental support for the juniors to provide the opportunity for the future.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved should contact Gavin on 087 613 9551

Team Ireland Predator Shore Sponsor Announced

NCFFI International Predator Team Manager Tomek Kurman is delighted to announce Duo Hook as the team sponsors for the 2018 championship team. Duo Hook have been with us for a few years now and we would like to thank them and Romas Norvilas for their continued support. In addition Vass Waders & Rainwear will once […]

2018 All Ireland Championships

The NCFFI run several titled coarse fishing senior championships annually and with the assistance of our member clubs showcase a number of venues on canals, rivers and loughs across the island of Ireland.

Everyone is invited to take part irrespective of club, federation or community (with the obvious exception of FIPSed qualifiers and provincial championships which are available to affiliated clubs only).

For the latest information, on-line booking and details of all other events run by our member clubs please visit www.ncffi.ie/events

National Trails Status for the Coachford Greenway

International Feeder Friendly

The NCFFI International Feeder Friendly Competition takes place on Saturday 14th April. This cross-community ten man event serves to attract anglers from all communities across the provinces to come together to fish.
Teams representing Lithuania, Romania and Poland have the opportunity to fish alongside members of the World Championship Feeder Team Ireland at this friendly challenge. The competition to date has presented a day of fun and banter on the bank, the sharing of skills and the Feeder Team manager Brenton Sweeney gets to take a look at up and coming talent all in a relaxed atmosphere.
Club members are invited to contact the allocated captains (listed below) representing each nation to apply for a place on the team. Everyone is welcome to take part, numbers permitting. This event not only serves to bring communities together but serves to allow others to fish alongside international team members in this growing discipline fishing the wild, natural venues Ireland is renowned for.
The event will take place on the loughs of County Cavan. The winning team will be awarded a trophy and medals with recognition for the top 3 individuals.
A Captains meeting will take place at 8.45am at Lough Sillan followed by the draw at 9am. Fishing will be from 11-4pm.
Contact the team captains to secure your place for;
POLAND – Artur Czarnocki
ROMANIA – Ilie Pop
LITHUANIA – Robertas Zilaitis

Ireland’s Senior Float Team Announced for the European Championships 2018

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce the team to attend the FIPS-ed European Championships to be held o the Radece/Sava River in Slovenia this July. The squad brings with them a wealth of experience on the International scene and we wish them the best of luck.

Tommy Dowd
Francis McGoldrick
Niall Mc Kitterick
Phil Walton
Jason Ward
Vincent Walsh, Manager

Vincent Walsh, Senior Float Team Manager says:- I’m pleased to be able to deliver a team with years of international experience between them, specifically four members already have previously fished the venue at the World Championships in 2015. I would also like to welcome Niall to the Senior Float Team.’

Ireland’s 2018 Feeder Team Announced

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce the team to attend the FIPS-ed Feeder World Championships to be held in Italy this July. The 2018 team sees the addition of two new anglers to the squad joining Michael, Cathal, Johnny & Rimantas. Both well-known on the angling scene; Sensas angler Julian Kendrick from Edenderry in Co. Offaly is an active angler on the Leinster canals and Ireland’s angling festivals probably most known for his FEEDERFEST win at Inniscarra last October; James O’Doherty is an up and coming all-rounder, a member of the Youth U20 squad and a keen feeder angler. The team will represent Ireland on the Ollanato in Italy this year and it is proposed to take forward the same squad to the Bloemhof Dam when several championship disciplines come together at the World Games in South Africa in February 2019.

Team Ireland Feeder
Michael Buchwalder
Cathal Hughes
Julian Kendrick
Johnny McKinley
Rimantas Kondrackas
James O’Doherty
Brenton Sweeney, Manager
Paul Heaney, Coach

Brenton Sweeney, Team Manager says: – “I’m delighted to welcome two new members to the squad this year, James who supports my ambition to introduce new members to the team and Julian with his wealth of knowledge in this discipline. Paul Heaney whose support was invaluable last year in Portugal will join the squad as Coach. I look forward to presenting the squad in Italy this year and would like to thank the NCFFI and our sponsors for their invaluable support as we look to the championships ahead.”