Secondary Angling – Hook, Line and Sinker as anglers achieved ‘unreel’ results.


On a busy but great Norfolk School Games day, we  witnessed a large amount of talented Norfolk anglers casting into action on Barford Lakes.

Over 40 pupils Years 7-9 from secondary schools across the Norfolk County came together to compete to be crowned Norfolk School Games Angling Winners 2019, after qualifying from their Level 2 School Sports Partnership events. We had 15 teams from the 8 School Sports Partnerships. The day started out with great conditions for angling – cloudy skies but warm temperature and gentle breeze.

The pegs for the 3-hour match that would consist of three lakes into six sections were successfully drawn and the anglers set up their base for the day’s proceedings. The match witnessed many different approaches to tempt the wide variety of species that lived in Barford’s three impressively well-kept lakes and it was not long before floats were diving, tips were twitching and the nets were filling with Roach, Rudd, Perch, Bream and one or two Carp.

The quality of the angling developed throughout the day thanks to the support provided by Barford Lakes staff and volunteers which was inspiring and excellent. The title of best overall angler went to L. Wagg with a huge record score weight of 63lb competing for West Norfolk School Sport Partnership.

Section Winners:

The three lakes were split in half to allow for six section titles to compete for and those winners with an impressive weight of the fish caught overall were:

Top Lake: 14lb 14oz – L. Lloyd (South Norfolk SSP) & 7lb 5oz – E. Archer (West Norfolk SSP)

Pleasure Lake: 63lb – L. Wagg (West Norfolk SSP) & 10lb 15oz – B. Wooden (East Norfolk SSP)

Match Lake: 42lb – H. Vincent (Norwich East SSP) & 28lb 12oz – C. Randall (North Norfolk SSP)

Team Event:

A team consisted of three anglers from their SSP who competed in each lake. Every SSP had two teams with one angler from each SSP in one of the six sections of the three lakes. The results were recorded by weight from each section and the top weight scored one point, 2nd two points, 3rd three points and so on.

1st: 7 points – East Norfolk SSP Team 1 (T, Bland, B. Wooden & J. Webster)

2nd: 8 points – Norwich East SSP Team 2 (H. Vincent, E. Deal & J. Holmes)

3rd: 9 points – West Norfolk SSP Team 1 (H. Oughton, L. Wagg & E. Archer)

The full list of final results can be seen by clicking here.

Special thanks must go to Sarah Thomson and her team of volunteers that were absolutely superb not only today but all year long in their support for the local Level 2 Qualification events. Without these dedicated and passionate people the event simply would not be the success it is.

The Norfolk School Games Summer Finals action continues onto Day 4 where we have a whole range of events consisting of Hi 5 Netball, Secondary Dance and Secondary Panathlon all at the UEA, Sportspark.

To view the event photos, please click here.


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