THE two-day, all-expenses paid, Build Center/NFA Team Knockout Grand Final fished at the fabulous White Acres fishery complex in Cornwall, was always going to be a bruising affair with six of the country’s finest teams of five clashing in the showpiece knockout event of the year; but no one could have written a more dramatic ending to day one than for the two leading teams to tie on points and with just 500 grams separating them.
With the ‘giants’ of angling being dismissed in the earlier Build Center rounds, it was left to the ‘minnows’ of team fishing to lock horns in a head-to-head that will elevate the champions to the dizzy heights of top team status in the UK. Trelawney lake was chosen for the event because it offered the 30 competitors an even chance of producing top section points. Due to the glaring sun the event was re-scheduled to start at to give the competitors the best chance of catching fish from the dazzling lake.
The Surrey based Meat Bashers produced the day-one top individual weight in
Despite boasting three individuals in the top six, and returning a total weight of 69.260kg, worth 24 points, the midlands Shimano Tipton VDE team were deprived of the top spot by the outstanding Meat Bashers outfit who also gained 24 points but had a total weight of 69.760kg … just 500 grams more than the fancied midlands team.
Shimano Tipton VDE skipper, Richard Noakes, 30, scored six points for the second day with his 24.380kg catch to finish third while Meat Bashers skipper, Pete Upperton, 22, a drainage engineer, netted ‘double’ maximum points when he recorded fourth place with 16.920kg.
Meat Bashers surrendered hopes of landing the top place when the magnificent Shimano Tipton VDE team returned three perfect scores through
Shimano Tipton skipper, Richard Noakes, said: “It’s been a fantastic two days and a gripping Grand Final. After the first day I knew we had our work cut out to beat Meat Bashers, but we kept our cool and I am delighted we have won. This has been a great competition and I hope it continues.”
Meat Bashers captain Pete Upperton commented: “We gave Shimano Tipton a fright on day one but they broke us down today and they are worthy winners. We have had a brilliant time and this is a perfectly balanced knockout competition. Our thanks go to
Gary Underwood the skipper of third placed Milton Keynes AA Sensas, said: “This has been a memorable competition and the sport needs a sponsor like
Teams: 1/ Meat Bashers 24 points 69.760kg; 2/ Shimano Tipton VDE 24 pts 69.260kg; 3/ Quorn VDE Gold 19 pts 38.140kg; 4/ Milton Keynes AA Sensas 19 pts 36.700kg; 5/ Derby Hotrods 12 pts 36.780kg; 6/ Edgeley Sports Fossils 7 pts 10.340kg.
Teams: 1/ Shimano Tipton VDE 26 points 104.900kg; 2/ Meat Bashers 21 pts 46.440kg; 3/ Milton Keynes AA Sensas 19 pts 37.760kg; 4/ Derby Hotrods 16 pts 31.380kg; 5/ Edgeley Sports Fossils 13 pts 41.100kg; 6/ Quorn VDE Gold 10 pts 19.720kg.
Final Team Placings:
1/ (£4,000) Shimano Tipton VDE 50 points 174.160kg; 2/ (£2,000) Meat Bashers 45 pts 116.200kg; 3/ (£1,000) Milton Keynes AA Sensas 38 pts 74.460kg; 4/ Quorn VDE Gold 29 pts 57.860kg; 5/ Derby Hotrods 28 pts 68.160kg; 6/ Edgeley Sports Fossils 20 pts 51.440kg.