Green Un Club Match Angler Championship Final
Wold View Fisheries, Silver lake – 22 pegs
Sponsored by Climax Tackle
Richard Romps Home
On a day when wild winds whipped up a torrential squall in mid-match it was perhaps fitting that a sunbed engineer should take the honours in what proved to be a fascinating finale to the Climax Tackle sponsored 2008/9 Green Un Club Match Angler Championship.
Anglers were reporting sixty to 70lb catches in practise but heavy rains in the preceding 48 hours dropped the water temperature dramatically killing off any chance of bumper catches.
Richard Wardle, a 40-year-old from Renishaw, qualified with the Black Diamond AC, Creswell, and he took full advantage of a favoured draw at permanent peg 18 catching mostly small carp to 8oz with an odd fish pushing a pound. This was in complete contrast to his practise sessions when he bagged-up on the pole but the strong wind blowing straight down the lake created a powerful undertow that left most anglers with little choice but to use a feeder but he was in action from start to finish, presenting two red maggots on an 18 hook, he fed micro pellets in groundbait.
Runner-up Steve Billups who qualified with the Fighting Cocks, Rawmarsh, a club that entered the completion for the first time only last year, led a chasing pack of four anglers drawn on the opposite bank to the winner between pegs 30 and 33.
Billups went fish-for-fish with the Wardle for the first two hours but a lull in mid-match cost him dearly. The 28-year-old also fished double red maggot and feeder tactics to catch an identical stamp of fish.
Third placed Ian Symonds from Retford was the only angler in the top five to catch consistently with the pole while Fred Turton proved once again that age, he’s on the wrong side of 70, is no barrier to success in angling.
The prize pool on the day totalled £5,400 with the winner netting £2,250, second £1,170, 3rd £630, fourth £350, 5th £250 plus a further 14 prizes of £50 and two at £25 for finishing joint section winners in the semi-final.
After the match our sponsor, Tony Flint, who owns Climax Fishing Tackle, Dronfield, surprised everyone by awarding Pauline Hurt a £100 tackle voucher in recognition of the hard work and effort she has freely devoted to the running of the Green Un semi’s and finals over the past ten years. Tony however, did made a point of insisting it was for Pauline alone to spend, and definitely not for her Husband Geoff who has been by her side every step of the way.
A smiling Geoff quipped, “Don’t worry, she’ll not know what to buy anyway!”
At the presentation Tony gave each competitor a commemorative polo shirt to mark their achievement of reaching the final and a special ‘one-off’ sweat shirt for the winner.
And just to round of a fantastic day he then whipped out trays of beer, lager, sanwiches and soft drinks for everyone. What a bloke, what a sponsor, thanks Tony – from everyone.
1. R Wardle (Black Diamond AC) 36-12; 2. S Billups (Fighting Cocks, Rawmarsh) 29-8, 3. I Symonds (Jenkins AC, Retford) 21-12; 4. L Hardwick (Joseph Glover AC) 21-4; 5. F Turton (Dormer AC)18-6.
Special thanks must go to Tony Flint for his fantastic support and sponsorship, Bryn Isley for providing the fantastic final venue free of charge, Pauline and Geoff Hurt for ten finals run like clockwork, Matt Brown for helping out with the pictures.
If you fish with a club in the circulation area covered by the Green Un sports newspaper – that’s Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, Barnsley and Chesterfield – and would like to see your match results published in the Green Un just download a form from this site or contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Entry is completely free and each match winner, plus any secretary who submits three or more match results, will be invited to fish in a semi final held annually on the first Monday in May (it’s a Bank Holiday). The section winners from this match go through to a 20-peg final where there’s a cool £5,000 up for grabs.
The competition is designed to inspire and encourage genuine fishing clubs and club match anglers. Results submitted from knock-ups featuring the likes of Will Raison, Alan Scotthorne, Tom Pickering, Jamie Masson, Rob Hitchens and all the other open circuit ‘gunslingers’ will go straight in the bin so don’t be offended or surprised.
We don’t get bogged down in too many rules and in all honesty there’s only one rule that matters – Bob is always right! I am the law and what I say goes. It might sound draconian but in the 13 years I’ve been running the Club Match Angler Championship it has run like clockwork and grown bigger every single year. It works for us and if you want to join in the fun you’re welcome, but don’t think we’re going to waste any time fixing something that isn’t broken!
Oh, and one last word, as much as I’d love to, I don’t fish the match, either.
Here’s to 2009/2010…!
(alias ‘The Boss’)