APL casts lines for a new season

Matthew Shunmugam retains his position as President of the Angling Professional League.

In its fourth season, the Angling Professional League (APL) is set to cast to new depths.

Six clubs are affiliated for the 2017/2018 season: Breakwaters, Stillwaters, Challengers, Ladysmith and Dannhauser angling clubs are joined by newcomers, Glencoe.

These affiliates are ready to cast their lines for the new season.

In the previous season, Breakwaters was crowned both the VME League and AA Tours Grand Challenge champion, while newcomer, Ladysmith clinched the Transnat Knock Out Champion title.

First up this season is the VME League One on August 20, at Richgate Park.

In the build-up to the new season, the APL hosted its Annual General Meeting on July 8, with a new cabinet elected.

Matthew Shunmugam retained his position as President.

Vishnu Govender was elected vice President, with Ajen Goli nominated Secretary and Eugene Ramparsad the incumbent Treasurer.

This season’s Record Clerk is Liaquat Ahmed.

Anil Boodhoo, Rafiq Hofesse and Saleem Abdool were appointed assistant Record Clerk, Public Relations Official and PRO assistant respectively.

Monty Slabbert was elected Timekeeper.

For title holders and prize winners of the previous season, the presentation of trophies and prize money will be concluded at the first League event on August 20.

These winners include:

Preetam Birbal of Challengers caught the heaviest carp, which weighed 3,65 kilogrammes.

Stillwaters’ Sikander Amod reeled in the heaviest non scaled fish, weighing 6,9kg.

Suvyn Budhoo of Stillwaters bagged a rare bass and won R500.

Stillwaters’ Talia Boodhoo was announced Junior Angler of the Year.

Veruschka Boodhoo of Stillwaters earned the title of Lady Angler of the Year.

Iqbal Asraff of Challengers netted the Senior Angler of the Year crown.

Challengers’ Ebrahim Mia ended the season as the Angler of the Year.

He scored 75 individual points, and was followed closely by Nadir Chrisenduth of Breakwaters (64 points) and Mohamed Mia of Challengers (52 points).

For more information, contact Matthew Shunmugam on 082 807 8919.

Bruce Douglas

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