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
Six pairs entered this last Kids & Dads match of 2017, fished on the Rugby bank. It was a slow start for some but not the masters of the end peg draw! Marcus and Ben Gregoriades carried on from their successful 1st round in the Preston Junior League with another win from the top end of the Rugby bank. Having lost the first two fish within minutes of the off, it was Ben who banked the first fish, an 8lb plus common, which signaled the start of a runaway win. With Marcus and Ben each trading fish, it was dad Marcus who eventually won the numbers and weight game with 8 fish for 88lb 14ozs. Ben was just one fish behind, but his were smaller, the best only hitting 10lb. His total of 63lb 1oz, added to dads’ 88lb14ozs, gave them a clear win 151lb 15ozs.
Their closest rivals were the Hackman’s who managed a combined weight of 48lb 8ozs. Tye Hackman did have the satisfaction of taking the biggest fish prize, a lovely common of 17lb 6ozs. Third placed pair were the Casbon’s with 40lb 4ozs, courtesy of dad Ian, who banked 4 fish to 10lb 15ozs! Fourth place went to the Carter’s, with Jessica taking the silverfish prize but also adding a super 14lb 14oz mirror from down the edge on waggler and maggot.
Next match is on 23rd September at Bramley Lake. Don’t forget to bring your own keepnets and remember…it’s a points match!
Result and Photos from the charity open match 2017
Many thanks to Roy Fiander for all his charity work this year culminating in the open match at Marsh Farm on the 28th. unusually it was a very hot day for a bank holiday but Richardson lake fished well despite the unbroken sunshine and the mayor was on hand to present the prizes at the end of the day. Ian Turner won the match with a mixed bag of Tench and Crucians weighing 29.0.0. Second was Mick Cook on peg 15 with 21.11.0. Third went to John Brownlie on peg 42 with 21.1.0 and organizer Roy Fiander took fouth with 18.12.0 from peg 17.Here are some images of the day.