England Ladies Secure Silver
England Ladies secured a silver medal in the women’s ICFA International on home soil at Wraysbury Lake, Berkshire.
The match, which was the historic first multi nation female international for carp fishing, was hotly contested and incredibly close. England took an early lead but were overtaken by a Welsh team that was absolutely on form.
England scored a win and three section sections but it wasn’t enough to secure the victory. England ladies have a had an unbeaten run over the last two years with two golds to their name but had to settle for silver on this occasion.
“It was a brilliant and very close competition with only two points the difference between gold and silver. The England lionesses were valiant but the Welsh Dragons were quite simply too powerful on this occasion. They fished impeccably and deserved the win” announced England manager Rob Hughes.
The ladies season is now over other than an exhibition competition later in the year.
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Gold Wales 5
Silver England 7
Bronze Netherlands 12
Squad announced for Tri-Nations International
Following practice sessions and a squad meeting at RK Leisure’s England HQ, Carp Team England manager Rob Hughes has now announced the starting line-up for the forthcoming tri-nations ladies International at Wraysbury at the end of June.
The event, which is the first ever multi-nation all female international, is backed by Fosters of Birmingham and will be hosted by England at their home venue of Wraysbury between the 22nd and the 25th June. England Wales and Holland will participate in the event which is run closely to international rules and which will be an annual fixture in future years travelling around different host countries.
“We’re proud to be hosting the inaugural women’s international in England and expect a good performance. The venue is in great form and there should be a decent number of fish caught. From a team point of view, our training and practice sessions have gone very well and the squad are also on form. The recent Anglo Welsh International was a close run thing and Wales have got a point to prove. In addition we know the new Dutch ladies team is strong and this venue is likely to suit their style so it will be a tough event that’s for sure.” announced Hughes.
Unlike domestic events, the International event runs for 72 hours and will be the fore – runner to a full ladies World Championships in years to come. Four pairs of anglers will compete in sections under international rules for points towards their team total. The team with the lowest number of points will be deemed to be the winner.
Female participation is on the increase and the number of lady anglers in both the UK and abroad is growing rapidly. Both France and Italy have already expressed an interest in fielding teams in future years and it is hoped that other nations will follow suit and that the event will become a fully ratified FIPS championships in the near future.
Ladies Anglo / Welsh Cup Wales
Ladies Carp Team England successfully defended their Anglo-Welsh Carp Cup title with a narrow victory over the Welsh at White Springs Fishery near Swansea
The match produced just five carp in total, with the four caught by Tania Williams and Sam Hoskins in section A proving to be decisive at the final hooter. A last-minute 40lb common by Natalie Chapman gave the Welsh the win in section B, meaning the match finished tied on seven points apiece (one point for a section win and three points for a blank), but England took the win thanks to their greater combined weight, giving them their second successive Clifford Cup.
Following a slow start to the match, Tania landed the first fish, a 12¼-pounder, on the Saturday morning to give England the lead, followed a few hours later by the capture of Hobhob at 38lb for Sam, which was also a new personal best. Later that afternoon, Tania added a second fish of 15lb 14oz to increase England’s advantage in the section to 66lb 2oz, which was increased with another fish for Sam later in the day.
With no further action in the night and the majority of the Sunday morning, it looked as though England were set to retain their title unopposed, but with seconds of the match remaining, Natalie’s buzzer sounded. With FIPS rules allowing 15 minutes for a fish to be landed after the hooter, Natalie guided the venue’s biggest common, Bruno, and a new personal best, to the net with minutes to spare.
Carp Team England manager Rob Hughes was present throughout the weekend. He said: “England deserved their win with a brilliant performance in the Welsh backyard, but without any shadow of doubt, once again, the greatest victor was women’s carp fishing. The support across social media was immense, and both teams represented their countries with the passion, dignity and respect you would expect from international sportsmen and women in any sport. Friendship and camaraderie within and between the teams shows that carp fishing is something that has great appeal to ladies out there. More and more women are taking up carp fishing in particular, and that is something to be celebrated.”
England will defend their title on home soil next year, but before then, both they and Wales will compete in a tri-nations event, alongside the Netherlands, at Wraysbury in June.