Another England cap for Frankie

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Huge congratulations go out to Frankie Gianoncelli, the 20-year-old Tri-Cast Calder star who has been chosen to compete for England U22s at the World Championships in Slovenia this year.

Frankie (pictured), who lives in Hove Edge and cut his teeth on the Calder and Hebble canal in local matches, was part of the U22 side that competed on the world stage along Italy’s River Arno last August.

He won his place after team trials on the Gloucester Canal and the latest in a production line of young stars from the Tri-Cast Calder stable. In previous years James Meade, Danny Fulger and Jonny Plows have all pulled on the famous white shirt

Another miserable week of weather and some stiff frosts put paid to any hope of decent sport in round two of the Mirfield Teams of Four on the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

But that did not stop Trabucco ROK Halifax from posting their second one-two in succession. In the series opener Steve Mitchell and Paul McMillan both broke 17lbs to take individual honours.

This week it was Halifax Red’s Martin Hellewell who steered two bream to his landing net from the famous Gusher peg at Leeds Road for a modest 8lbs. Higher up the length Colin Smith fishing for the squad’s Green team managed a chub, a pike and some small fish for 5lbs 7oz and second.

Smith’s tally helped his side take a share of third place in the overall table, four points behind early leaders Calder Anglers of Rastrick. Hellewell’s side, of which I am a part, are another two points back in fifth.

I had an odd day, but in the end a productive one points wise. I lost two pike, then compounded the situation losing my only roach of the day. A change of tactics with two hours to go saw me put the net under four pike for a third in section.

With a better forecast this week, weights should improve. Some big shoals of roach and bream are massing on various stretches and those lucky enough to draw on top of them could be in for a bumper day.

Bob Woodhead led the way on the Rochdale Canal with 1lbs 10oz beating Alan Womersley 10oz and Terry Hooson, 8oz.

Keith Marshall (Tri-Cast Calder) maintained his impressive form winning the latest Thornhill open with just shy of 5lbs of roach, skimmers, rudd and perch. That proved too good for Barnsley’s Denis White and Trabucco ROK Halifax’s Stu Campbell in second and third respectively.