Scotland win Junior & Senior Celtic Cups as part of the 2014 Stirling International Angling Festival
The 2014 Celtic Cup took place on the Main Loch at Magiscroft Fishery, near Cumbernauld with two days of official practice followed by two days of competition on 8th/9th August. This year the event formed part of the Stirling International Angling Festival and for the first time saw both the juniors and seniors competing at the same time on the same venue, with the junior match taking place on the far bank and the senior match on the café bank. This new concept was a resounding success particularly in providing the ability to link practices and tactical discussions/team meetings and provide further development opportunities for the young anglers in both teams. From a Scotland point of view this built on our focus on young angler development with 3 of the senior team having recently competed in the Under 23 World championships.
Day One saw a resounding six of seven section wins for both team and saw Scotland taking a commanding 13-8 lead into the second day. The points however didn’t show how close the match was, with several of the sections being decided by one fish either way. Ultimately home advantage paid dividends and experience on the venue and in fishing for carp enabled the Scottish anglers to catch the larger carp. The two days practice had seen several tactics tried and tested with both Scotland teams deciding that fishing on the bottom for carp with a cautious feeding approach would be the most appropriate tactic. This was done at full length of 13m for the seniors and 11.5m for the juniors, and had proved more successful during the practice days than shallow fishing – although this, along with some other lines in certain pegs, was also seen as an alternative tactic at certain points of the match.
The match itself produced consistent weights on both banks with weights averaging around 5 kilos and carp showing for most anglers around the fishery with the teams all using quite similar tactics. There were a few exceptions with Colin Hart’s 13kg section win for Scotland coming mainly from the margin on end peg A1 in the Senior match, and Dylan Duncan for the juniors taking a 3.5kg margin fish on corn for a section win on the opposite bank. What was also noticeable was the importance of the last 30 mins which saw several of the sections on both matches only come over to Scotland during this period.
After another successful team meeting it was decided to adopt the same approach for day 2, with some minor tweaks. With very little carp fishing being done in Ireland, during the evening some time was spent discussing tactics with the Irish teams over a joint meal to ensure that, particularly their juniors, learned some new skills to take not only into day two but also in the future. This again proved the effectiveness of the Celtic Cup as a development opportunity.
With the wind changing direction it was generally felt that that Day Two would see a better match than the first day. This turned out to be the case for the bottom half of both matches but not the other half with carp surprisingly absent in the last two sections of the seniors match and last section of the juniors. The results saw an improvement of the Irish in both matches taking two section wins and see an overall 17 points to 25 win for Scotland or 11 section wins to 3.
Again several of the sections were very close and most of the fish caught in a similar way to the previous day with some noticeable exceptions. Scotland’s James Woodrow and Colin Hart both won their senior sections with near 4kg nets of silver fish adapting to a lack of carp in sections F and G while Scotland’s Dylan Duncan produce a 25kg haul of mainly margin caught carp from peg A1 in the junior match.
Individually, Scotland’s David Corcoran won the senior event, being the highest weight of 3 anglers with a perfect score over the two days, with Dylan Duncan winning the junior event again with a perfect score. In doing so he recorded a weight of over 30kg over the two days which proved to be the highest weight of both matches – an outstanding performance from the young Scottish angler.
The prize giving saw some excellent tackle prizes kindly provided from Daiwa for both matches along with some excellent keepsake trophies provided by Stirling and North Lanarkshire Councils and Deaston Distillery before the Celtic Cups were presented to Scotland’s Junior International Manager, Allan Pellow and Senior International Manager Chris Paton by SFCA Chairman Gus Brindle.
All the teams were in agreement that it had been an excellent event, fished in a very competitive but friendly manner, and that it had provided a great development opportunity for both the senior and junior teams from both nations. I think it is fair to say that everyone is already eagerly looking forward to 2015 when Ireland will host the event.
A huge vote of thanks must go to all the businesses, organisations and individuals who helped to make the event such a success including; Daiwa, Deanston Distillery, Stirling Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Ronnie, Alexis and Freda at Magiscroft Fisheries the SFCA coaches who worked at both Magiscroft Fisheries and the Hub in Stirling and of course all of the Anglers and their managers/coaches.
Full team and individual results from both days can be found by clicking the link below: