NEYLAND and District Sea Angling Club held their annual prize presentation evening at the Neyland Yacht Club last Saturday. Rob, the chef laid a lovely meal on for members their wives partners and friends. The fur and feather winners were presented with their prizes; Keith Williams won the seniors trophy for first place with the heaviest bag, with Mathew Mason taking the junior prize for the heaviest bag. With the cups and trophies laid out in pristine condition, courtesy of the clubs cup and trophy custodian officer Steve Tate, Steve had organised all the engraving and cleaning of them.
Before presentation got under way, Mavis Davies and Linda Hawkridge went round with tickets for the raffle, to which the tables were straining with the weight of the prizes. Ladies Champion 2014 was Claire Hall; Claire is a regular in the club, who mixes with the lads and can show them a clean pair of ‘Eels’. Junior Champion Angler 2014, Connor Williams was new to the club this year, and knows where he is heading next year. It was brother, Shaun who did exceptionally well, considering he had juggled University and work, and still had time to fish with Connor and Dad Keith.
Shaun was the highest prize winner with the top weight overall, and it was Dad Keith who is this year’s Champion Angler with 104 points, and whose achievements were warmly received by the other members. Other trophy winners were, Thomas Mason, Lorna Bevan,(Top weight Junior) Bob South and Tom O’Brian (For the pairs cup) Darren Bevan (Heaviest dog fish) Niki Mason (Heaviest dog fish Neyland) Peris Tate and Mathew Mason (Heaviest fish by a junior) Steve Tate (The Bernie Cup) Brandon Hall (Bull Huss Trophy) Alan James (Heaviest Flounder) and Bernie Davies (“The President’s Trophy”) for all his hard work in the club over the years.
The evening concluded with a presentation to Secretary Pat, and his wife Chris. Chris was given a bouquet of flowers. Pat is standing down as Secretary at the AGM on December 18 after nine years in the post. He will still be involved with the club, but in the background. Members presented Pat with a generous voucher to show their appreciation, to which he thanked them all for their support over the years.