Schools National Championship

Valley School from Worksop won the Angling Trust Daiwa Schools National Championship title for the fourth consecutive year running with a total of 107 points in the team classification.

The team consisted of; Liam Ainsworth, Lewis Robinson, Robbie Moore, Dean Northage and Oliver Hipkiss. This is an incredible achievement for Valley to retain the gold medal for the last four years. In silver medal position was Carlton Community College from Barnsley with 89 points. Their team were; Courtney Hyde, Jake Aspinwall, Tyler Parkins, Connor Wilkinson and Jordan Hudson. In third position with 87 points was Dinnington Comprehensive School from Sheffield. The team consisted of; Jack Cardwell, Reece Kiernan, Joe Bird, Luke Tongue and Thomas Kirkham. Valley School and Carlton Community College were back in the medals with two competitors from each of the schools winning their sections.

Courtney Hyde A14 and Jordan Hudson E2 from Carlton Community College, Lewis Robinson B14 and Robbie Moore C23 from Valley School and Tom Worsop D4 from Bennerley Business and Enterprise College. In the Individual classification Lewis Robinson of Valley School won the Individual title to retain it for the second consecutive year with an outstanding winning weight of 14.580kg on peg B14 Moat Outer. In runner up position was Courtney Hyde aged 11 who only started fishing a month ago with another good weight of 12.980kg on A14 Moat Outer. In third position from Bennerley Business Enterprise College was Tom Worsop on peg D4 Bridge Outer with 12.290kg. The Angling Trust Daiwa Schools National Championship was held on Wednesday 20th July 2011 at Hallcroft Fisheries, Retford with 21 teams of five anglers per team taking part. Cool overcast conditions met the competitors at the draw. Fishing took place from 10.30am – 2.30pm with a lot of good catches on the pole with mainly maggot, pellet and worms, and catches being a lot higher than last year.  All the competitors had a really enjoyable day fishing and the rain kept at bay until after the presentations. A new trophy that was introduced this year was the Geoff Woodcock Memorial trophy presented to the highest placed girl in the competition.

Geoff was the Senior Coach of the former East Midlands region of the NFA and the Coach Educator of the ADB and the former NFA and in memorial of Geoff who sadly passed away last year, the East Midlands region donated this new trophy for the Schools National Championship. Geoff’s wife, Corinne and family were present to award this trophy to Courtney Hyde who also finished as 2nd place individual. Angling Trust would like to offer their thanks and appreciation to Stephen McCaveny and Daiwa for their continued support and generous sponsorship of prizes this year. Daiwa also provided their Consultant, Sandra Scotthorne who awarded all the prizes to the competitors.

Appreciation goes also to Terry Sears and all his staff at Hallcroft Fisheries for the use of their water and their support and help on the day.

Team Results:
• 1st – Valley School – 107 points
• 2nd  Carlton Community College – 89 points
• 3rd Dinnington Comprehensive School – 87 points
• 4th Minsthorpe Community College A – 86 points

Individual Results:
• 1st Lewis Robinson,Valley School B14 - 14.580kg
• 2nd Courtney Hyde,Carlton Community College – A14 - 12.980kg
• 3rd Tom Worsop, Bennerley Business & Enterprise College – D4 12.290kg
• 4th Jordan Hudson, Carlton Community College 11.880kg

U14s Winner:
• Courtney Hyde, Carlton Community College – A14, 12.980kg