I did try to count how many were on the field but for some reason I never did do it so I can only estimate that there were about twenty of us scattered over Willesborough Cricket Club’s field, all apparently having a good time. We were blessed with near perfect weather, nice and sunny in the morning and a bit of cloud building in the afternoon with a breeze which came and went but for a change stayed in pretty much one direction. I would like to thank John Reynolds and Trev Hayman for driving quite some distance to help out with the coaching and it was nice to see big Trev Bourne and Lee Martell again after a bit of an absence from our meetings. James, Tracy and David took control of the competition and it rolled along smoothly. The heavy stuff was cast first and I took those who didn’t want to cast tournament gear off to do a little tips and tricks workshop on distance casting which then merged seamlessly into general instruction. We had ‘one of those days’ when we saw improvement from everyone John, Trev and I gave instruction to Ken Pierce double hauling, David Shiell smoothing everything out, Dan Shillabeer learning to self diagnose and fix his faults, not that he has many, Mick Copeman warming up for his assault on the V70 records and, the cherry on the top was 13 year old Tom Marchant who claims to have been fishing only four times but improving so much during the day he qualified for a 30yd badge. Roger Simeon, also 13, improved both the junior ST27 and the junior seven weight records and in doing so qualified for his 35yd badge. Both these young men are going to be serious competition for some of the more senior members soon.
In the competition Trevor Bourne hit a stonking 217′ to win the T120, God knows what he could achieve if he even bothered to practice. James Evans put one over the 200 as well with Steve Parkes and John Reynolds not too far behind.
In the T38 JR pulled one out of the hat and hit 180′, not bad for someone held together with string and sticky tape.
The ST 27 was won by James with a very creditable 147′.
The #7 was won, just, by me just managing to pip Mick Copeman on the post.
The #5 was won by Steve Parkes with a nice 115′ cast.
Again, not a day when everything flew off the rod tip but some very nice casts despite that.
During the presentations I was surprised to find Mick Copeman had improved the V70 #5 #7 and T38 records. Not surprised he hit records, surprised he was V70, well done Mick. There are more to come I am sure.
Roger’s records I have already mentioned, super well done on those.
Dan Shillabeer is what the BFCC is all about, mad keen on casting and actually practices so very well done on your 30yd badge Dan.
And, I have just noticed JR qualified for S60 records, welcome to the club mate. Nice cast though.
I would like to thank everyone for all joining in and helping out, those of us running the event really do appreciate it.
A big thank you to Bobby Ades and WCC for being fantastic hosts and providing some of the best tea, coffee and rolls on the circuit.