Jeanette looking for sponsors after Ladies World Championship call-up

Anglers and officials who raised £220 for the charity at a pike match at Lenwade Bridge public hous

Anglers and officials who raised £220 for the charity at a pike match at Lenwade Bridge public house lakes”. - Credit: Archant

Jeanette Halliday, recognised by all the pundits as Norfolk's top woman match angler, has been selected again for the Angling Trust's Ladies World Championship team.

Included for the first time in the national squad that brought home champion gold medals from the River Sava in Slovenia last year, the manager of the Beccles Angling Direct tackle shop has been confirmed as one of the 2014 team bound for Portugal in August.

However, unless a number of generous sponsors come forward, Jeanette and her companions would be obliged to fund the trip themselves for it appears no financial assistance can be made available from the sport's governing body.

'The British curling team in the Winter Olympics shared some £5m of Government Lottery money,' she said. 'We have been told we have to fund ourselves by staging race nights, fishing matches and raffles, which suggests we are the poor relations of British sports.'

Dick Clegg, the respected Angling Trust events manager, has launched a drive to raise £30,000 to share among every England team competing this year; more especially the disabled, the ladies and the veterans, who so far have failed to attract little or no sponsorship. Offers of monetary assistance or goods for competition prizes should go to Dick Clegg (07534 267512) or Jeanette Halliday at Beccles Angling Direct (01502 713379).

The free lunch date with John Wilson for winning the NSPCC Charity Pike Match at Lenwade Fishery was won by Horsford's Kirk Moir. Offering dead bait, he netted four fish weighing 22lb 14oz, beating Alan Hayes, of Hevingham, with three fish for 16lb 8oz and Bill Dowding, of Essex, with five fish for 15lb 14oz.

Norwich Pike expert Nick Beardmore, joint organiser with the celebrity's daughter Lisa Tallowin, said 22 fish were weighed in and £220 had been raised.

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'We thank the Bridge Fishery for providing the venue free of charge, Andy Flint at Angling Direct for his assistance and the EDP for publicising the match,' he said.

On the match lakes, the Railway Open was won by Dave Jarvis (Suffolk AD) with 112lb, while at Bergh Apton Paul Manthorpe topped the card with 100lb 7oz.

River Yare match promoter Andy Wilson-Sutter has announced next season's fixture list as follows:

New season challenge: June 16.

The NISA King of the Yare series: June 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 9, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, 27.

Pairs Championship: June 22, July 6.

Keith Ford Memorial Charity Open: August 2, 3.

River Yare Festival: August 12, 13, 14 (book with David Pike 07971 961975).

Angling Trust Riverfest qualifier: August 17 (entry to Angling Trust).

Preston Innovations Feeder Championship: August 31.

King of the Broads Championship: September 20 River Bure, September 21 River Yare.

River Yare Championship: September 28.

New match HQ The White Horse pub, Chedgrave, where draw commences at 8.30am, fish 10.30am-3.30pm. Entry £20 each match, bookings for all except festival and Riverfest to 07990 572729 or www.riveryare.co.uk.

Details of new car parking and bank access will appear on these pages.