Presentation Night 2019

The Rhyll Phillip Island Angling Club’s 2018-2019 fishing competition concluded on Saturday the 25th of May with the 2019 Presentation Night dinner held at the Phillip Island Golf Club. The event gave members another opportunity to celebrate participation, achievements and successes throughout the season. Additionally, the evening provided an excellent forum to acknowledge the dedication and notable contributions of several outstanding members.

The club president, Daniel McCausland, spoke of personal integrity and the participation of members who are truly passionate about sharing the fun of fishing. In particular, he recognised the significant involvement of Len and Brenda Bates, who have been extremely generous with their time and enthusiasm for the Rhyll-based club and the local community. Len and Brenda were presented with life memberships, applauded with a standing ovation and embraced by family and friends. The 2019 president’s award was presented to Norman Trickey, who excelled in multiple roles essential to the competition and running of the club.

The season was an impressive contest spanning 12 weekend competitions, staged between September 2018 and May 2019. With nearly 100 kilometres of coastline around Phillip Island and over 100 square kilometres of water, anglers were tempted by multiple species, strategies and techniques. Indeed, all participants were treated to at least one good day’s fishing, although these didn’t always translate into a good day for catching.

The female championship closed with a margin of 332 units (less than a whole fish) separating 3rd placed Leah Valente (12,081 units) from Helen Izzard (12,413 units) in 2nd place. Starting the season with some big snapper, Debra Orr affirmed her enthusiasm for angling, gaining an early lead. Debra presented impressive King George whiting throughout the season and was unstoppable, clinching the title of club champion for the second consecutive year with 19,838 units.

The male championship revealed a closer margin, equivalent to a fish’s lips (28 units), separating former club champions Sam Orr (3rd place, 23,081 units) and Pat Gleeson (2nd place, 23,109 units). Chris Leonardos was a model of consistency, regularly presenting a variety of eligible species to the weigh in masters, earning 31,796 units and the club champion title for a record 5th time. Chris acknowledged the tremendous efforts and support from Daniel McCausland, the committee, volunteers and members that promote interest in fishing and engagement in a social environment.

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