SOME of the nations top teams were sensationally knocked-out of the three exciting Builder Center/NFA Team Knockout semi finals fished on Saturday (
The popular £11,000 team knockout competition has been fished on weight in every round including the semi finals. “We did this to give the smaller clubs a chance in the early rounds, but the Grand Final will be fished on a points basis,” commented Mick Turner, the tournament director for the NFA. Two teams of five from each region qualified for the all expenses paid Grand Final at
Mountsorrel, Leicestershire joiner, Tony Marshall, 34, led his Quorn Van Den Eynde (Gold) team to a stunning Midland Region victory at the in-form Lakeview Fishing Estate. Although he had not fished the ‘Oasis’ lake before Tony knew peg E13 was a hot peg. He beat 70 carp to 2lb offering pellet or maggot on a size 20 or 22 hook fishing at 12m in front or tight up to the right bank. “I had a really great first and last hour when I caught most of my fish,” said the Quorn skipper who celebrated his previous days birthday with a winning catch totalling 18.260kg.
Individual runner-up, Steve Conway, 34, from Lichfield, Staffs fished at peg E5 opposite the winner and he netted 36 carp and eight skimmer bream totalling 15.560kg. He used a 13-metre pole with a prototype pellet on a 20 hook and the Shimano Tipton Van Den Eynde member caught the bulk of his catch during the middle two hours when he assured his team of a place in the lucrative Grand Final.
Third placed Adam Wakelin, 22, from
Quorn VDE (Gold) recorded a total of 48.600kg from their five men which put them more than three kilos ahead of Shimano Tipton VDE who returned 45.260kg. Quorn skipper Tony Marshall said: “We are not at our best with this type of fishing but we spent the last two weeks practising and it paid off. This has been a fantastic competition and we can’t wait for the final.” Shimano Tipton VDE captain, Richard Noakes said; “We practised on the water four times and used a prototype pellet on the day. We have loved every minute of the competition and we fancy our chances in the Grand Final.”
NFA President Ken Ball attended the Midland Region final and commented: “It’s great to see the Team Knockout back. No other competition creates the friendly rivalry and nail biting like this one. Hopefully, we can get an earlier start to the next series and attract even more teams.”
Individuals: 1/ T. Marshall, Quorn VDE (Gold) 18.260kg: 2/ S. Conway, Shimano Tipton VDE 15.560; 3/ A. Wakelin, Middy Matchmen 13.120kg; 4/ M. Firmstone, Lincs County Chubbers 12.600kg; 5/ S. Ballard., Shimano Tipton VDE 11.460kg; 6/ D. Petch, Quorn VDE (Gold) 11.020kg.
Two qualifying teams: 1/ Quorn VDE (Gold) 48.600kg: 2/ Shimano Tipton VDE 45.260kg.
VENUE regular, Barry Upperton, (Meatbashers) claimed the top individual spot in the South-West Region clash at Stubpond Fisheries near
Individuals: 1/ B. Upperton, Meatbashers 23.880kg; 2/ T. Hillier, Daiwa Dorking 19.600kg; 3/ T. Frost, Thames Angling Megabait 15.280kg; 4/ T. Rowe, ALS Van Den Eynde 14.280kg; 5/ D. Gladwin, DELCAC 14.140kg; 6/ P. Bardell, Milton Keynes Sensas 13.860kg.
Two qualifying teams: 1/ Meatbashers (
ROY OXLEY (Edgley Sports Fossils) from Stockport was a convincing winner in the North-East Region encounter fished on a wind swept Worsborough Reservoir near Barnsley, with 8.750kg taken from peg E3 and his team snatched the runner-up spot with 15.170kg. The much fancied Elton Tackle, Thorne and District and the legendary Saints team, all failed to qualify in the harsh conditions, resulting in 13 dry nets. Darren Hall (Thorne and District AA) was the individual runner-up with 7.600kg from peg 12. Despite having one dry net, Derby Hot Rods claimed the top spot with 15.830kg.
Individuals: 1/ R. Oxley, Edgley Sports Fossils (Stockport) 8.750kg; 2/ D. Hall, Thorne & District AA, 7.600kg; 3/ G. Almond, Hull Works Sports Assoc. 6.720kg; 4/ D. Smith, Elton Tackle 5.500kg; 5/ R. Ball, Derby Hot Rods 5.260kg; 6/ M. McGough, Derby Hot Rods 5.250kgs.
Two qualifying teams: 1/
The all-expenses paid Builder Center/NFA Team Knockout Final is being fished over two match days (Tuesday/Wednesday, May 18/19) with a practice day on Monday (17) at