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Double bronze for JJL Team England Ladies in the World Championships


Double bronze for JJL 2019

JJL Team England Ladies finished with a fantastic third place and a bronze individual for Kayleigh Smith in the 26th FIPS-M World Ladies Championships from 8th – 17th February 2019. Ten nations arrived in South Africa to fish the Vaal River.

Dave Brooks led the team assisted by Jason Kirk and the team consisted of; Helen Dagnall,

Julie Abbott, Samantha Sim, Emma Pickering, Kayleigh Smith and Charlotte Gore.

The fishing was up and down with a few small yellow fish and muddies to be caught short. Worm on the long pole sorted out the better catfish from 800 grams to 10 kg and the odd rogue grass carp up to 8 kg.

In practice England found a method to catch the small fish, but also a method for big fish after the small fish dried up. Most days England caught these big fish in the later part of the session with a big bunch of worms as hook bait.

After two days of practice things were falling into place quite nicely, but then come the third day the official bait supplier couldn’t supply teams with enough worms and England only had 1 litre of worms between them. As a team the decision was made to give them all to Kayleigh as she’d hooked big fish both days and it showed as another big fish was hooked an (8 kilo catfish). Due to a lack of worm from the supplier the bait limit per angler had been halved, which very much affected the teams approach and limited their ability to catch big fish.

Day 1 – The team was Helen, Sam, Kayleigh, Emma and Julie with Charlotte as reserve. The draw wasn’t great as Emma was on one of the pegs that you needed to avoid, but luckily England came out in third place just behind Hungary in the lead and Finland in provisional second place.

Day 2 – All was still to play for with the team staying the same and again at the draw it didn’t look too good with Emma drawing the next peg to where she was on day one. England knew they were up against it again. After the first couple of hours it was looking that it was fishing harder than the day before. With only an hour left England were in gold medal position, even with a last in their section!

Then the reports came through from A section that Sam had slipped from 2nd to 5th, with the Hungarian catching a big grass carp and the Italian hooking an 8 kg catfish. South Africa also knocked England back in B section with two bonus fish, Helen was 6th/7th with Spain and Italy catching a single catfish each. Helen had to fish for a big fish and got a muddie with ten mins to go, to take her to third. In C section England just had to hope that Emma could catch a big fish, which itself was tough. Julie struggled all day in D section from a difficult part of the section and in E section Kayleigh was winning it although the Hungarian angler caught a 5 kilo grass carp with seconds to go. For some reason England’s big fish caught in the week had eluded them match days.

The results came through at the end of the World Championship with Hungary title winners on 40 penalties, Italy had leapfrogged England into 2nd place with 48 penalties and then England took third with 51 penalties. On the individual front, Kayleigh ended up taking third place which was the icing on a successful international performance.

Top 4 team results;

1st Hungary 40 penalties

2nd Italy 48 penalties

3rd England 51 penalties

4th France 53 penalties

Top 4 individual results;

1st Joanna Drgas, Poland

2nd Elsie Sophia Kleynhans, South Africa

3rd Kayleigh Smith, England

4th Hajnalka Kovacs, Hungary

Dave Brooks, JJL England Ladies Team Manager said “This weeks results show all the hard work has paid off for the Team who have been brilliant all week, but I must not forget the people on the bank who play as big a part as the anglers, so a massive thanks to Billy Kirk, Adam Dowd and John Gore and my right hand man Jason Kirk you are all awesome. Also, our South African friends Adrian Van Der Heever and Neville Doors and last of all Greg.”

“I’d just like to thank Joseph James Law and Andrew Settle for all the support they have provided to the team and to everyone else that donated to the girls, who without their support we could not do what we do so thank you. Roll on next year in Holland.”

Andrew Settle, Managing Partner, Joseph James Law “As Sponsor of the England Ladies team I am absolutely delighted for that all the hard work has resulted in a team and an individual medal. I am fortunate enough to know the girls personally and the dedication they have is over and above what I have seen from sports professionals I have worked with previously. Well done to the girls and also Dave and his management team. A special result for Kayleigh also who has come back from the disappointment of missing out on starting day 1 in Poland to record excellent results since. She and the team are a role model to achieve success and come back from disappointment.”

“We must remember this is not a gold and I know for sure the girls will be striving to achieve a gold medal in Holland in 2020 and Joseph James law will be committing to the team for at least another year on the back of this result! Finally, a big thank you to the Angling Trust who we look forward to working with in the future.”

The Angling Trust would like to offer their congratulations to the team on such a fantastic achievement and also to thank Joseph James Law for their continued sponsorship and support of the Ladies Team.

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