DISABLED TEAM 2016 JASON WILLIAMS CAPTAIN (CENTRE )
SON OWEN Receiving the Hubert Evans Trophy’ for the top Welsh rod
EMYR BREESE Receiving Trophy for Heaviest Fish
SILVER MEDAL FOR WALES IN DISABLED INTERNATIONAL ON LAKE OF MENTEITH SCOTLAND
Our Disabled Team consisting of Jason Williams (captain) Alan Amber, Derek Duckett, Arthur Charles, Son Owen, Edwyn Lewis and Emyr Breese attended the Disabled International which was held recently at the Lake of Menteith, Scotland.
We travelled to Scotland by bus with Kevin and Derek sharing the driving on a wet and windy Sunday – Well done lads.
Monday was a slightly better day on Menteith. Dry but cold with a nice breeze. Everybody had a good day’s practice with the best boat being that of Son Owen’s. At that evening’s team meeting all were confident that they had ‘cracked it’ with the method and flies all sorted..
Tuesday – First International day- started with the bus failing to find it’s way to Menteith and it took us a while to realise that that we were travelling South along the M9 and not Northwards!! But somehow we still managed to arrive in time for the match, thankfully. It was cold again on Menteith with rain arriving at lunchtime. The results on day one showed that Scotland were in first position with 36 fish for 74.75 ½, Wales in second place with 27 fish for 57.10 ½ England 18 fish for 40.01 and Ireland 18 fish for 37.05 ½. So, being over 17lbs behind Scotland, we had a lot of leeway to make up.
Day two arrived and the weather was slightly better that day except for a blustery wind. In addition to the main match there was also a competition arranged between the four reserves who were travelling with their respective teams. The result of today’s weigh-in was keenly anticipated and the final verdict confirmed that Scotland had maintained their lead and finished over the two day’s with 70 fish for 145lbs 3oz. Wales second with 56 fish for 117lbs 8oz, England 47 fish for 97lbs 11oz and Ireland 33 fish for 69lbs 07 ½oz.
The ‘top weight’ on day 2 went to Son Owen who also won the ‘Hubert Evans Trophy’ for the top Welsh rod, and the Heaviest fish trophy was shared between Emyr Breese (Wales) and Jim Watts (England) who both caught a fish for 3lb 4oz. Many Congratulations to them and to the whole team in securing the silver medal under the captaincy of Jason Williams.
Jason commentated – “ It was a hard match and I’m proud of all the lads who stuck to their task on both day’s and caught fish. A well deserved Silver medal.”
On a personal note, I would also like to thank the team for the flowers which, eventually arrived..