Inter Teams Match on Llandegfedd 2004

The inter-teams match is the first competitive match of the season for WSTAA and each of the 2004 teams gave a great performance. This year the top team was the Spring team which will be competing on Lough Erne, Northern Ireland in May The team was captained by Anthony Cartwright who produced a captains’ performance and the team’s total catch was 157lbs 7ozs.This was a good victory with the top rod being Ellis Phillips from Llanelli with over 14lbs of fish. Second place went to the Autumn team which will be competing on Llyn Brenig in September. It was captained by Paul Jenkins, another captain to lead by example with over fifteen pounds of fish. Their total catch was 139lbs 4ozs but in fairness the team was one man short. All anglers were delighted with the result of the Welsh Youth team which came within two pounds of the total weight taken by the Autumn team. The youth team’s total catch was 137lbs 7 ozs. The captain is Michael Osborne and in the tradition of our captains he also fished a captains part. The overall star of the match was Hywell Davies from Upper Cwmtwrch who caught over 16lbs of fish giving him the best individual weight in the whole of the match. The Welsh Youth team has always given a good account of itself in the inter teams match but this year it was certainly an outstanding performance and augurs well for the Youth International Championship on Lough Conn in July. The Disabled team also performed exceptionally well despite being two members short. In all they took 132lbs 11ozs of fish. The top weight was Alan Amber with 14lbs 14ozs and the Captain George James – also fulfilling a captain’s role with 14lbs 11ozs of fish. All the disabled team members did very well and should follow this up with a return to the gold trail on the Lake of Menteith in the Disabled International Match in June. The Ladies Team, which had a few members absent, did not perform to its usual standard. The captain, Gillian Roberts, is hoping that the ladies team will be able to maintain the dramatic improvement in performance as seen in the last two Ladies International matches. They will be expecting a good result on Lake of Menteith next June in the Ladies International match. The top Ladies rod was Nikki Rider with a bag weighing 14lbs. An interesting feature of the match was that the first boat back on the shore having bagged up with limits was a youth boat with Keiron Jenkins and Nathan Gittings with the Welsh National Youth Coach being the boatman- a somewhat unfair advantage – so said some members of the other teams!!! The quickest limit bags were taken by two members of the disabled team, the captain George James and the ex-captain Alan Amber. After the match, team members retired to a local hostelry, where all new members of teams were presented with national caps by Terry Cleese of Dragon Flies, Newport who had kindly donated national shirts and flies to team members.