Mighty Worksop DAA, who dominated the Junior Nationals last year, left the event empty handed with Peterborough DAA snatching a surprise victory in the big event, the Intermediate National.
Peterborough beat Worksop by just one point on the River Soar, but Worksop were even pipped for second, with Derby Juniors beating them on a weight countback. Worksop could only manage sixth in the Junior National, although they did claim an individual silver in that event.
Peterborough coach Adam Lowbridge admitted they had gambled by not practising on the venue, instead putting their time into a team plan which worked like clockwork.
The plan was to ball it at 11 metres with groundbait and hemp and fish squatt and maggot over the top, and if this failed, they would switch to the waggler at half depth further out for bleak.
In the 25 team Junior event on the Loughborough Canal, it was Farnborough and District who took the top prize with a long pole and pinkie attack, with Warrington taking the silver.
Warrington gained revenge in the Cadet National on the same venue, taking gold with Barnsley in second spot.
The venues were hard but fair, with only one angler – Intermediate Champ Tony Bruce of Warrington – weighing in more than 6lb. He took 6-4-12 off peg C9 on the Soar, and that indluded a 4lb tench.