Green Un Club Match Angler Championship Sponsored By Daiwa Sports
2012 Semi Final Reports From Hayfield Fisheries
What A Difference A Day Makes!
You would be forgiven for thinking our semi finals were fished on completely different venues, such was the difference in the two events held less than 24 hours apart. Sunday evening’s match was a bagging-fest that produced four ton-up weights and 95lbs was only good enough for 6th place. The following day, blighted by a cold wind and showers, proved a real grueller for many competitors.
Steve Bestall led the way in the first semi with over 120lbs of carp taken on the pellet waggler, a method that is dominating so many venues right now. It came as quite a shock for Steve who had convinced himself that Barrie Moat, pegged two pegs to his right, would beat him, “Every time I turned round he had a fish on!” Quipped Steve, who will now be making his first appearance in a Green Un final.
Monday morning’s qualifiers were met at the fishery with slate grey skies, a chilly breeze and temperature not too far above a ground frost. It didn’t need a genius to work out the match would start slowly but sport failed to improve for many anglers and it’s fair to say many had packed up and left before the final whistle which is crazy when you consider they only needed to win a 7 or 8 peg section to make the final.
But even the hardest day has to produce winners and it was former champion Kev Parkes who triumphed in a tense peg-to-peg battle with Mick Turton. Both anglers put their faith in pellet waggler tactics, pinging out just 2 or three pellets each cast hoping to provoke a reaction. It looked as though Turton had won, netting 12 carp to Parkes’ ten, but they were of a slightly smaller stamp which means Parkes will now be aiming for an unprecedented hat trick of Green Un Club Match Angler Championship titles.
Semi Final One Result: (Sunday)
1. Steve Bestall 120lb 6oz
2. Rob Burgin 105lbs 9oz
3. Ian Ward 100lbs 8oz
4. Barrie Moat 100lbs 3oz
5. Mick Todd 95lb 5oz
6. Mathew Marshall 95lbs 0oz
Semi Final Two Result: (Monday)
1. Kev Parkes 71lbs 6oz
2. Mick Turton 66lbs 10oz
3. Pete Stanley 56lbs 7oz
4. Dave Reynolds 55lbs 5oz
5. Geoff Hurt 51lbs 14oz
6. Richard Wardle 46lbs 3oz
Pine Lakes Here We Come… The Finalists 2012
One of the following 24 section winners from the two semi finals will be crowned the Green Un Club Match Angler Champion on Saturday 2nd June at Pine Lakes, near Thorne. The event carries prizes to the tune of £3,000 thanks to the generous sponsorship of Daiwa Sports, plus pools. Register at 08.00, draw 08.30, fishing 10.00 till 15.00. Spectators are welcome.
Andy Beighton; Steve Bestall; Mark Bissall; Mark Bows; Paul Bradley; Rob Burgin; Scott Clarkson; John Cornwall; Russ Derrett; Simon Ellis; Chris Haywood; Geoff Hurt; Steve Leng; Mathew Marshall; Craig Owen; Kev Parkes; David Patrickson; Mick Poss; Dave Reynolds; Charlie Russell; Brian Searle; Pete Spooner; Pete Stanley; Richard Wardle.
Our thanks go to Dave Taylor at Hayfield Fisheries for hosting the event, Daiwa Sports for their sponsorship, not forgetting match organisers Pauline and Geoff Hurt who work tirelessly to ensure the event runs smoothly.
The Green Un Club Match Angler Championship has been running for over 40 years and is probably the biggest independent match fishing competition of its kind in the entire country. It is free to enter and open to all clubs in the South Yorkshire/ North Notts area, roughly Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Chesterfield. Over 300 anglers from nearly a thousand matches were eligible to fish the semis, had they wanted to; every single one was a winner. These winners went head-to-head in the semis and it is the section winners from these matches that go forward to the final. There is no doubt that every single one of the 24 anglers competing in the final have earned the right to be there on merit and dedication. We wish them all the best of luck.