The final round of the East Midland Winter League took place on Sunday and it was a reasonably relaxed atmosphere, writes Ken Wade.
It looked as if the top spot and indeed the runners-up positions were all but a forgone conclusion.
Maver Image had given themselves a two-point advantage over Sensas Mark One who in turn had two points over the chasing pack. The match was fished on Factory Bank and the Old Nene at Benwick, both fishing well so no disasters expected.
No one had reckoned on a tremendous team performance by Browning Hotrods. The Huntingdon team blitzed the last match with a 23-point tally – a disaster for local side Sensas Mark One. They slumped to fourth on the day which meant that they tied on points with Hotrods for the runner-up spot, Image duly taking the league title.
New rules had been put in place to sort out any tied positions so it went to match wins, seconds, third and fourths.
Both teams had identical scores. It then went to overall total section points for the whole series.
Just four points separated them over six matches but that was enough to see Hotrods through.
They also had the added pleasure of seeing team man Rob Wright from March taking the individual honours from the prolific Factory Bank.
Drawn half-way along the section he caught all day feeding squatt and catching short-lining at ten metres. At the end of the length was Steve Welford, who took second place, all taken on the pole with pinkie over groundbait. Andy Mead came third, again fishing the pinkie and groundbait combination.
Top rod over the whole series and winner of the Stacey Cup went to Maver Image’s Alistair Ogilvie, who had the same score as Steve Welford but a better weight over the six matches.
So a really exciting end to what has been one of the best on record thanks to the form of all the waters included in the series. But it’s not all plain sailing for the East Midland League as the AGM is coming up. It’s quite possible the league will have to fall in line with national rules, reducing the sizes from ten to eight man teams. They are going to have to elect a new secretary: Roy Whincup will be a very hard act to follow.
Result: 1 R Wright, Browning Hotrods, 24lb 5oz; 2 S Welton, Browning Hotrods, 19lb 1 ½ oz; 3 A Mead, Stanjay Gold, 18lb 12oz; 4 A Moss, Browning Hotrods, 18lb 10oz; 5 G Miller, Maver Image, 18lb 8oz; 6 C Oakman, Browning Hotrods, 17lb 15oz.
Teams: 1 Browning Hotrods, 23pts; 2 Stanjay Gold, 27; 3 Maver Image, 29.
League: 1 Maver Image, 12pts; jt 2 Browning Hotrods and Sensas Mark One, both 15.
Stacey Cup Winner: Alistair Ogilvie, 8pts.
Where have all the better stamp of roach gone from Horseways: that’s what Chatteris Workingmen’s Club anglers were asking after their Christmas match saw 100s of fish taken but weights were disappointing.
Results: 1 John Roper who finished with 2lb 4oz, 2 Steve Newell 1lb 10oz, 3 Tom Boswell 1lb 9oz.
Let’s hope the next club match arranged for Sunday, January 4, on the same venue is a little better.
Don’t forget to get booked into this Sunday’s big March Open fished on the Old Nene through the town and out along the By-Pass sections. Call March rod Bob Fitzjohn to get booked in on 07970 673439.
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It was a late start for those anglers competing in the latest Townsend Lakes match on the Cuckoo Canal Pool as the first heavy frost of winter meant anglers had to break ice before fishing. Out in front with a very respectable 95lb 6oz was Andy Adams. He drew peg 17 and caught down the middle in the deep water on pellet. Runner up with 53lb 8oz was Steven Hillman again pole and pellet the best approach, then came Colin Begbie with 43lb 6oz.
Don’t forget to get booked into this Sundays big March Open fished on the Old Nene through the town and out along the By Pass sections, it looks like being a very good match and always attracts a big, impressive field. March rod Bob Fitzjohn is running the match as usual so give him a call to get booked in on 07970673439