What's In a Name?
A little googling turns up evidence that, elsewhere in the world at least, the name Phil Ruddock is still one which can be spoken with pride and respect. At Ulster's Ballymena RFC:
Phil Ruddock continues to defy age (and fashion rules) at training, while back row combinations from Whyte, King, Lorimer, Shirley and Crabbe continue to thrive off the possession provided by the front five.
And also in Barnsley, home of Wakefield Juniors, a doughty band of budding coarse fishermen, where Phil is the captain who led his team to victory in the National Junior Angling Association NATIONAL KNOCKOUT:
At the end of the match the weigh in showed Wakefields team captain Phil Ruddock had lead by example and had won his section with 9lb 3oz, Shaun Kearsley also took another section win with 8lbs 11oz, other team members Michael Reeder took second in section, Gareth Ridge a third and Daniel Ibbotson a fourth in section.
and the National Federation of Anglers North East Regional match for junior anglers:
The junior match was a forty-eight pegger, which fished very hard due to the wind, and the canal towing like more like a river, however it was known that the target species was the abundant Gudgeon, if they would feed.
As the team results were given it was confirmed Wakefield had secured the win with their four section wins, a section second and section third, a fantastic achievement.
To add further celebrations the individual winners were announced which showed Wakefield were superior on the day.
Phil Ruddock was individual fourth with 1kg 460g.