Eleven had registered for this series, but unfortunately only nine could attend this first round. It’s a best 3 out of 4 match series, so missing or losing out on this first round is not the end of everything.
Most of those registered were our own regulars, and they put up a good performance on Richardson’s, which had not been showing it’s previous best form. This is a points series, with the best three matches counting. The top three points scorers will each receive prizes/trophies at the end, but regrettably this year there will be no advancement into the Talent Pathway, as was the case last year.
The draw at Richardson’s is usually important, but uncertainty in where the fish may be always adds an air of expectation to any match here.
As mentioned in the Broadwater K&D match, end peg proved decisive, and it was young Ben Gregoriades who made the draw count for him with a weight of 12lb 5ozs from peg 2. Next was visiting angler Callum Hutchins, on peg 8 who weighed in a creditable 11lb 10ozs, made up of 4 tench and a load of small skimmers.
Third place fell to the improving Tom Stratford-Tuke, who had 2 nice tench for 5lb 11ozs. Fourth was Dave Ewing’s coach, Michael, who also had two tench for 4lb 14ozs.
I’d like to give a big thanks to both Dave Ewing and Alex Clements, for officiating in my absence, as I’d previously double booked the day!”
Ben Gregoriades 20pts
Callum Hutchins 18pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 16pts
Michael Ewing 14pts
Freddie Bacon 12pts
Tom Clark 10pts
Ethan Etherington 8pts
Jessica Carter 6pts
Daniel Casbon 1pt