International matchfishing will finally hit the big screen this summer following the announcement of plans for the newly-resurrected Home Nations Championships to be screened live on Sky TV.
Despite the continued medal-winning success of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales at World and European level, the lack of recognition from the mass media back home has always been a sore point, but finally that looks set to change.
The match will take place on Cudmore Fishery’s Arena Pool on Sunday, July 17, the day after the Fish O’Mania Final on the same venue. Although full details on how the match is to be run and who will make the respective teams are yet to be finalised, Matchroom Sport, the people behind Fish O’, are committed to screening the match to a live audience of millions.
“The plan is to stage the Four Nations Home International match on the Sunday after Fish O’ on the Arena Lake, and this would be televised live on Sky Sports,” said Matchroom’s media director Luke Riches.
“After the Champion of Champions event last year, it set the precedent for turning Fish O’Mania into a two-day event. A home international match seemed like an attractive choice, given the fact that it hasn’t taken place for some time. It will be four teams of four in a five-hour match with a cash prize. We’ve been in touch with the people who run the teams to get their feedback.”
The match itself was last fished back in 1999 before France and Belgium came on board to make it a Six Nations event, although that stopped in 2005.
Since then the teams, especially Drennan Team England, have struggled to find events in which to blood prospective young hopefuls - perhaps this event will provide that long-awaited opportunity?