At 5.50pm the first boats started coming ashore. The first Irish Angler I met was the Captain, Martin McGorian who had played a true
Captain’s part and caught 9 fish. One by one I gathered up the Team total and after some quick mental maths determined that we had a very respectable 109 fish. It is customary for the Team Managers to exchange their respective Team tally’s. It
then became apparent that we had the most fish a remarkable result and showed the true grit and determination of the team. I urged caution as we had been here before in 2016 and came second! The weigh in was completed and after the scores were tallied. Our
hard work and relentless effort paid off , we had won by a little over 8 lbs and were pushed all the way by Wales on 104 fish in second. I mentioned earlier about the fine traditions at the International matches the other Teams and Managers offered their congratulations in wonderful display of sportsmanship. Once this was done Captain Martin decided to conserve the water supplies at the Hotel and have a dip in the Lake instead. There isn’t a stag above the rolling
hills above Menteith that could reach the heights that Martin reached. He had been threatened with getting wet if we won and He decided when man handled to the water to complete a most spectacular jump which was recorded on camera for posterity. Another outstanding
result on the day was Arden Pollock winning the Brown Bowl for the second time. A wonderful achievement indeed. Arden is equally at home on still and running water alike and has been a very consistent angler over many years. If he were a Mr. Men character,
He would be Mr. Laid Back. Arden now joins Toby Bradshaw as Irish Anglers who have won the Brown Bowl twice and who is to say he won’t stop at two!. Back to the Hotel and time to get scrubbed up for the presentation of the trophies and medals and time
for the celebrations to begin.
Time now for thank You’s.
First of all, Martin McGorian for His outstanding leadership in the preparation and during match week. To the Team, all I can say it was a privilege to be Your Team Manager. You all
gelled together perfectly and helped and inspired each other all week. You all walked Your talk and an old ghost has finally been laid to rest after 22 years. To Noel Farrar, ITTFFA Youth Officer and Youth Coaches, Sean Dempsey and Francis Rafferty for the
invaluable information and tactics which You gave us after the Youth’s own victory on Menteith. To Quint, Douglas, Connor and Elma at Menteith You did a fantastic job as always. What a fishery and as was mentioned during the after dinner speeches Ireland,
England and Wales would love to have such a superb fishery on their doorsteps.
Thanks to Michael Callaghan and Stan Mc Keon for their help during the week. Thanks also to the Hotel and matchday Boatmen. Ian & Eleanor Campbell for a superb job as
To The Scottish Committee and Tom McTaggart and George McKenzie for organising and hosting the International.
To Our Bus driver Sean Lally who looked after us and ferried us about all week in a thoroughly professional manner.
but not least, Our Team Sponsor, Dave McBride of Southside Angling who so generously sponsored Our River’s, and Lough Style Teams clothing in 2019. I cannot thank Dave enough for putting his money where His mouth is. It is greatly appreciated by all.
Hope I have not forgotten anything. Looking forward to 2020 and the next match which is at home on Lough Melvin.
Hon. Sec. /Team Manager ITFFA