WONDERKIDS Team Rammy have won the Angling Trust Tackle Guru Cadet National at Tunnel Barn Farm after a section countback split them from a tie at the top with Worksop DAA.

The event – for 10- to 12-year-olds – saw the Ramsbottom AA club-based side run out champions with three section winners ahead of Worksop’s single top scorer after the pair both carded 14 points overall.

Third placed team Telford & District weren’t far behind with their 16-point finish, and they were also able to celebrate the individual champion as young gun Charlie Meredith piled an impressive 30k 050g of F1s onto the scales from peg 15 on Jenny’s Pool.

Team Rammy produced the next two anglers in the top three: Tom Bennett taking 28k 450g for second from Jenny’s peg 8 ahead of Rory Corser in third with 22k 850g from High peg 2. Rammy’s Charlie Aspin took their third section win after netting 18k 900g on High 42.

Jake Whitfield was Worksop’s section winner after he landed 21k 400g from High Pool’s peg 21.

Six teams of six anglers took part on Sunday in a competition returning for the first time in many years thanks to the growth of young anglers wanting to match fish and the superb support from a network of clubs, parents, and volunteer coaches.

And they all found F1s and silverfish aplenty on both High and Jenny’s pools, despite blustery conditions making rig control a tricky affair. That meant many of the anglers opted to fish short and in the margins for their fish.

Ramsbottom AA have enjoyed a prolific weekend of success with their 13- to 15-year-old group finishing second in Saturday’s Junior National and their 16- to 20-year-olds winning the Youth National.

Along with their medals, the winning team and the top three individual anglers all collected prizes from National sponsors Tackle Guru while every competitor received a commemorative medallion for fishing.

“This was a delightful competition and the feedback we received from anglers, parents, and coaches about the day was incredibly positive,” said Angling Trust Head of Competitions Steve Fitzpatrick.

“Congratulations to Team Rammy and well done to all those who took part. The success of this competition is due to the hard work and dedication of all those coaches and parents, and I’m sure the number of young anglers wanting to be a part of it will continue to grow because of this work.”

One of the coaches involved in the weekend, Sue Galloway from Northampton Nene AC, has recently been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours list with a British Empire Medal for her Services to Young People through her coaching work – congratulations Sue!

* The Angling Trust would like to thank Sarah, Mike, and all the team at Tunnel Barn Farm for hosting the Cadet, Junior, and Youth Nationals this season and the continued support of sponsors Tackle Guru.

FULL RESULTS ON HOTFISHIN.COM HERE… Angling Trust Cadet National Championship 2023 results

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