Abbi bidding to keep her England place for World Championships

Abbi Kendal.

Abbi Kendal.

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Local lass Abbi Kendal will be bidding to retain her place in the England ladies team next month.

England manager Dave Brooks is organising a trial match to select a squad to regain the World Coarse Angling Championship title they lost last year in Portugal.

The team, which included Kendal from Benwick for the first time and saw her win her section, finished in fourth place in 2014 and both Brooks and coach Joe Roberts are hoping to have better luck this year when they compete in Belgium.

There is going to be stiff competition for places but I will be surprised if Kendal does not make it into the squad. She has been in great form since last year’s event and if anything is better equipped than most after performing so well in this season’s winter events.

The manager has chosen a commercial fishery for the trial, which will certainly not trouble Kendal.

Any interested lady anglers who would like to be considered must have individual membership of the Angling Trust and should contact Brooks as soon as possible to ensure their place. He can be contacted by e-mail (dave-brooks2011@hotmail.com) or by telephone (07849 103946).

The match, called ‘International Assessment Day’, will take place at Makins Fishery in Nuneaton on Lake 1 on April 12.

WHITTLESEY AA

The last Whittlesey AA match of the season fished on Bevills Leam at the Carrot Wash saw all the anglers catching small fish in the first hour.

Then tench started to show and Richard Linnell ended up with five to finish with a winning 16lb 10oz.

In second place John Taylor caught 157 fish to record 6lb 4oz made up of perch and roach on the pole.

Third was Dave White with two smaller tench and a few perch for a weight of 5lb 12oz. Then came Andy Lawrence in fourth place weighing 5lb 4oz

PIKE MATCH

Ramsey & District Angling Society ran an Angling Trust Pike match on Ramsey St Marys on Saturday which saw Bob Tyrkot netting six fish for 29lb 1oz, more than enough to take first place.

Runner-up with two fish for 16lb 8oz was Steve Trinder, followed by Terry Waple, who caught four small fish for 12lb 10oz.

In fourth place and top junior was Archie Cole. He had just one fish of 12lb 1oz which turned out to be the largest fish of the match.

RAMSEY

The first Ramsey AS carp match of the close season on Beastie Lake at Decoy was won by Kieran Payne on peg 12. He fished a tidy match on the pole and feeder to weigh in 54lb 9oz.

Runner-up was Andrew Wilding with 45lb 1oz from peg 18, followed by Don Garrett on 44lb 14oz.