Its been over three weeks since the match and it has given me time to look back on what we actually achieved as a team. By a team i mean ever one that help us out months before the match, match week and on the day itself..
are far too many to mention but i would like to give a major shout out to Jackie Mahon . Jackie gave up his time to bring team members out before the match, practice week he boated during the day and tied at night. During the pratice week i never had
to take my vice out and that is a first for me. It meantcki we were not as stressed or as tired as normal. Jackie ties professionally and i would recommend him 1000 percent. Thank you for all your work Jackie.
The team worked together through all the
weeks of practice and i was very proud to be part of the team. Match day was stormy but despite the my boat partner Keith Renton from Scotland made a plan and that was to fish for Gillaroo on the shores. Gary Crothers our boatman was happy and expertly guided
us along the shores and Islands. I want to thank them both for a great day, as it was a very enjoyable day in great company.
I moved fish most of the day, loosing more than i would want but i was happy enough coming in with 4 Gillaroo 2 sonaghan
and a brown, all measured recorded and released back into the lake. Keith ended up with 3 loosing a few also. Big gusty winds made it next to impossible so coming in with 10 to the boat was great.
Rumours at the weigh in was that Ireland had it,
and i won the bowl. To be honest was only thinking about the team performance as we had worked so hard but conditions left us with not as many fish as we hoped. i only wanted the team to win at home as we did in the last home match on Mask.
As it turned
out i won a few trophys on the day and my third shiney medal was mine. Truthfully it has only sunk in now that i won the Brown Bowl and every now and again when i think of it and smile. Its a dream of every competition angler,( well it was mine) to lay their
hands on this trophy and i want to dedicate my win to My Family, Andrea my fishing widow, how she puts up with me i dont know ,to my son Patrik and my daughter Lilianna.. Also to my parents Margaret and sean, my bothers and sister that have put up with my
fishing madness since i was able stand in a river. And of course my fishing friends, you know who you are. Thank you all.
I will try and update the blog a lot more , but as you can tell i have been busy, after the senior Four Nations i was lucky
enough to be involved in the Youths Four Nations and i will do a blog on that soon.
Till then tight lines and take care