It wasn’t the best match of the year for the 12 who braved the cold, but they where all rewarded with hot chocolate and a great party afterwards, whether they caught or not.
Hill Pond was not seen at its best for our young brigade with only 4 catching, and then not very much. Victory went to James Buckley with the massive weight of 4ozs, narrowly beating his next door neighbour Ben Barnet. James had 3 small fish to Ben’s 2 small fish… just a difference of 1oz!
Other catchers included George Evans and Harry Franklin who both tied with half and ounce!
The Junior Points League saw some of the places switch around, due to 8 blanking but Ben Gregoriades narrowly held on to his long time lead over fast finishing Ben Barnett. Full league results below:
The trophy presentations were awarded by Godalming’s Deputy Mayor Nick Williams and the Xmas match and JPL presentation saw Alex Clements hand out some great prizes, including a superb Boss fishing seatbox to overall winner Ben Gregoriades.
Harry Franklin 0-0-8
George Evans 0-0-8
James Buckley 0-4-0
Ben Barnett 0-3-0
Junior Points League (JPL) Final round:
See final table in photo section.
Next match is on Hill Pond on March 17th. Please ensure you book in.
With the weather starting to turn towards a more wintery feel, seven juniors spread around Hill Pond on what proved to be quite a showery day. Bites came slowly at the start but picked up as the match progressed with Ethan Etherington, on peg 11, leading the way with some small skimmers and roach, but found that they tailed off into the mid-match after a major, but brief downpour. During the rest of the match, Ethan’s catch rate slowed up while Ben Barnett, on peg 13, was picking up the odd bigger fish! There was an interesting tussle below them with Ben Gregoriades and Jessica Carter both catching well. At the end both Ethen and Ben Barnett tied on 4lb 7ozs for the joint win, while Jessica finished ahead of Ben Gregoriades by just 1oz!
The race to become the top points scorer can only now be decided realistically between Ben Gregoriades and Jessica Carter, who have 25 and 22 points respectively. With blanks possible on the final years round Ben Barnett could possibly snatch 2nd place. It’s all to play for on December’s Xmas match, but every points scorer will receive a prize, no matter how far down the list they finish!
Remember to book in the for Xmas match and party. We shall also be presenting all the trophies and prizes afterwards with our special guests.
Harry Franklin 1-10-0
Ethan Etherington 4-7-0
Jessica Carter 3-15-0
Ben Gregoriades 3-14-0
Tom Stratford-Tuke 2-14-0
Ben Barnett 4-7-0
Dan Norris 0-1-0
Junior Points League (JPL) after 9 rounds:
Ben Gregoriades 25pt
Jessica Carter 22pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 16pts
Ben Barnett 19.5pts
Ethan Etherington 12.5pts
Daniel Casbon 11.5pts
George Evans 9pts
Tye Hackman 9pts
Daniel Norris 7pts
James Buckley 3.5pts
The final round (10) is on Hill Pond on December 16th. Please ensure you book in.
After an overnight frost sport was unsurprisingly poor for this final round. Therefore it was always going to be a draw bag day, which would decide the outcome and, so it proved, with anyone of five juniors capable of lifting the league winner’s trophy. Ultimately the winner on the day came from peg 15, but only finished 2nd in the league. Ethan Etherington had to drop one score and was hoping his near rival, Callum Hutchins, would find flyer peg 13 in poor form. Unfortunately for Ethan, Callum found skimmers and a tench to weigh in 8lb 3ozs, only 3ozs below Ethans best weight of 8lb 6ozs so took 2nd on the day. When the final scores where added up and the worst score taken away, it was Callum who took the title by a clear 4pts from Ethan.
Third on the day was 8 year old Michael Ewing who, true to form, drew peg 11, much to his dad’s pleasure, but it was only in the last 90 minutes that Michael actually caught. He finished with three bream/skimmers for 7lb 11ozs, and with his lowest score dropped, Micheal could only finish the league in 4th place, still a great result for one so young. Fourth, and the final catcher on the day, was Tom Clark on end peg 5, who had a tench, small carp and skimmer for 5lb 4ozs, but more importantly was that when his lowest score was taken away, he finished with total of 50 points to take the final podium place.
Thanks to Preston Innovations and Angling Trust for running this competition which, we hope, will continue in the coming years.
Ethan Etherington 8-6-0
Callum Hutchins 8-3-0
Micheal Ewing 7-11-0
Tom Clark 5-4-0
Jessica Carter DNW
Tom Stratford-Tuke DNW
Ben Gregoriades DNW
Harry Franklin DNW