Almha Mc Donnell Qualifies for Irish Youth Team

Congratulations to our very own Almha McD who qualified for the ITFFA 2017 youths team, with 2 fish from the 1st leg in Sept 16 and 4 fish at the 2nd leg in Lough lene 22nd April 17. For the 2nd leg, Julie Gerry boated an all ladies boat where both Almha and Rebecca, her Dundalk partner for the day both qualified. It’s the first time ladies have qualified on the youths team. Thanks to Frank Dempsey former youth officer and Patrick Kelly the incoming ITFFA youths officer for all the organising.

Competition ReportFrom Frank Dempsey

We had a fantastic day today at the ITFFA Irish Youth Team qualifier on Lough Lene. A huge thanks to all the boatmen and women who generously gave up their day to boat the youths. We had a great turn out with 35 young anglers competing. Congratulations to overall winner and 2017 all Ireland champion Chris Fehilly who landed 14 fish today. Congratulations also to Jack maher who finished in 2nd place overall with 13 fish and to Robert Hackett who returned 12 fish today to finish in 3rd place. Well done also to Corey Ryan who had the longest fish at 60cm. Well done to paul Owens who emerged as top boatman on the day. Well done to all anglers who took part today and a special mention to the fourteen who have qualified for the Irish Youth team to compete in Wales next August. The team are as follows:
chris Fehilly, Jack Maher, Robert Hackett, Matthew Harley, John Farrington, Oisin Reilly, Stephen Coulter, Rory Govan, Conor Dunne, Rebecca McGinn, Almha McDonnell, Arran McCann, Ciaran Flaherty, and Marco Vimercati.
A special mention must go to Rebecca McGinn and Almha McDonnell who are the first girls to qualify for an Irish youth Team.
Thanks also, to Lough Lene Anglers for providing the venue and to the Lough Lene Inn for providing soup and sandwiches in the evening.
A very special thanks to Tiernan Brothers Foxford for sponsoring the prizes…….more photos to follow soon…

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