Youth International at Grafham 2010

a big effort but the result was disappointing


The Welsh Youth Team at the International on Grafham Water.
Welsh Youth Fly Fishing Team at Grafham 2010Last Week the Welsh Youth FF Team was in action at the Youth International FF Championship on Grafham, Water England.
The team – coached by Paul and Kieron Jenkins – was ably led by Tom Pitchford – a very keen and talented young angler who led by example and kept his team motivated at all times.
As usual the Welsh Team was made up of a 50/50 mix of younger and more experienced anglers – the two youngest members being only twelve years of age. The younger team members looked to the more senior members for support and advice and to the senior crew’s credit this was always readily given.

On the pre-match practice days the team performed well with Daniel Davies bringing eleven fish to the net on the Wednesday.
However conditions on match day were very different. The fishing was hard and although this young team gave of their best the gold award went to England.
The English team was made up of fourteen older, more mature youths and they performed really well – and our congratulations go to them for a magnificent performance.
However, WSTAA can be proud of its comparatively young team. They worked hard and contributed constructively to all team meetings. They shared their ideas – and as many of them are highly able fly-tyers they were up at all hours tying flies to share amongst the team. There was a magnificent team spirit in the camp and their behaviour at all times was exemplary.
There were seven young ‘New Caps’ in the team and boat fishing in an International was a totally new experience for them. Undoubtedly they will grow in stature the more experience they get – but these events are getting more competitive and our youngsters need all the encouragement and support they can get.
WSTAA would like to thank the parents, families and friends for supporting this young team so enthusiastically.
The event went well and undoubtedly will live long in the memory of all who took part.

The results showed England as the outright winners with Ireland in second place, Scotland third and Wales fourth.

The Cliff Harvey begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting Trophy for the Top Welsh Rod was won by Jamie Phillips, CYCA

The Moc Morgan Trophy for the Heaviest Fish caught by a member of the Welsh team was won by Dafydd Davies, Llandysul

Congratulations to both lads.

Julia Morgan