On Sunday, July 16th, North Kildare TSAA held the ITFFA River Leinster Competition. This report from the club:
16 anglers and their stewards met in Sarsfields GAA Carpark. After a bit of chat about the day ahead, the anglers were allocated their stewards and drew their beats to fish for the day.
The competition is fished over 4 sessions, fish caught by the anglers are presented to their stewards, who then measure and record any fish over 20cm.
The weather on the day was mixed with a good breeze. This added to making the competition all the harder.
Dry fly and Klink and dink seemed to bring the most catches.
After the competition everyone went back to Sarsfield GAA for sandwiches and finger food, whilst the days catches were tallied.
It was sounding like it would be a close call for the top 5, who would proceed to fish the Rivers National next year.
Come the time of reckoning, Seamus O’ Neill read out the results. It then Emerged that Donal Monahan, won the title of Leinster Champion 2023 with a perfect score of 4 first places.
The Anglers going forward from Leinster are as follows
- 1st) Donal Monahan
- 2nd) Peter Doherty
- 3rd) Brian Larkin
- 4th) Gary Revile
- 5th) John Maguire
- 1st reserve Seamus Potts.
Seamus Potts also caught the biggest fish of the day @ 39cm.
The top five
1 of 5
Many thanks to the stewards, without whom the competition could not go ahead. Thank you to the anglers who took part.
A huge thank you to Julie Gerry Chairperson of ITFFA, for travelling to help with the scoring and present the prizes.
A special word of thanks to Seamus O’ Neill and Brian Larkin for all the work in preparation of the competition.
Many thanks to Sarsfields GAA, and Bricko catering for their hospitality.