England Youth Teams Announced
After three weeks of extensive trialling in which over 80 youngsters were viewed by England coaches Mark Downes, Steve Saunders and Joe Roberts, both the Sensas Team England U-16s and Drennan Team England U-21 teams have now been finalised.
The final trial took place at Furzton Lakes, Milton Keynes, and despite the hot calm conditions fishing was generally good.
Steve Saunders said afterwards “Each year picking a team gets more difficult as the standard continues to improve. The team we have selected to travel to the Czech Republic is an excellent one, and I’m sure that will gain a good medal.”
Mark Downes, Joint NFA Team Manager, commented “We are now seeing the benefits of the NFA entering the U-16 World Championships four years ago. We now have a steady progression of youngsters who are familiar with international match fishing techniques and are moving through the system. Four of my U-21 squad have already fished at U-16 level and I’m sure will do extremely well on what, hopefully, will be a good fishing venue.”
Dick Clegg, NFA International Events Director, commented; “I have total faith in the ability of the people running the event, and wish the teams well, and hope they come back with a medal.”
The venue is the River Labe in the town of Pardubice, some 60 miles from Prague. This is a wide river approximately 3m deep and holding a good head of bream and bleak. Other species likely to be encountered are vimba and roach.
The match itself will be run on Saturday and Sunday, August 4th and 5th, with the previous five days allocated for practice.
The U-16 team, selected by Steve Saunders is:
Connor Barlow – Manchester
Adam Byron – Royston
Matt Derry – Walsall
Matt Godfrey – Sheffield
Jake Marshall – Surrey
Rory Jones – Gloucester
The U-21 team, selected by Mark Downes is as follows:
Cameron Hughes – Derby
Callum Dicks – Bristol
Rick Hinds – Wigan
John Taylor – Lincoln
Eric Yeomans – Swadlincote
William Bohne – Dorset