The 2014 Rivers Home International was fished between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, on the River Ure on Friday 27th June.
1. Wales (61 fish) 2694 points 46 placings
2. England (63 fish) 2686 points 46 placings
3. Scotland (39 fish) 1813 points 55 placings
4. Ireland (35 fish) 1511 points 57 placings
Individual Winner – Andy Cliffe (England) 7 placings Moc Morgan Trophy
Biggest Fish – Derick Logan (Scotland) 42.3cms Mike Childs Trophy
Full Results: iffarivers2014
AT Team England FF was represented by Robert Brown, Andy Cliffe, Terry Phillips (captain), Simon Robinson, John Tyzack and Lee Bartlett (reserve), with Mike Tinnion (Manager).
Congratulations to Wales on a very close result.
It is a credit to the skills of all the anglers involved that the shrunken River Ure produced an average of just under ten fish per rod on what was one of the most closely fought Home Internationals of recent times, with small nymphs and dry fly the order of the day in the clear, low water. At the end of the four sessions it was too close to call, with England and Wales equal on placing points, so the the result went to ‘fish points’, i.e. the number and length of fish. England had more fish but Wales had some larger ones, and after counting these, England had 2686 points and Wales 2694, with Wales edging the win by the smaller of margins. Individual honour and the Moc Morgan Trophy went to England’s Andy Cliffe with a great performance on his England debut.
England Manager Mike Tinnion reports: “This turned out to be a nail-biting match (especially for a manager on the bank) fished in the very best of sport. The England team fished their hearts out to be pipped at the post by the tiniest of margins. Special thanks also to Lee Bartlett (reserve) for all his work throughout the competition.”
Our thanks to: Bolton Castle Estates for the superb stretch of river; George Hotel, Piercebridge, and Three Horseshoes, Wensley, for accommodation and match day food; the IFFA and the AT TEFF Northern Federation, especially Mr Paul Page, for organising the event; and last but not least, all the controllers/section judges for measuring the fish and ensuring they were safely returned.