Press release from Kevin Webster of Whizzo
EVERY seasoned match organiser will agree with me when I say that we perform a thankless task. If it rains, we should have known, if teams drop out at the eleventh hour, we should have had extra teams waiting to fill their places, and strangely both of these things happened at our 2004 event.
A couple of weeks before the event two teams who had reserved places over 10 months ago dropped out without even an apology because parents could not provide the transport needed, and it did rain for an hour during the first half of the match…. though none of the competitors were aware of the downpour as the weeks of practising had rendered them so focused that only the call for “all out” would have warranted a response.
This year’s under 21’s teams of six consisted of:
Local side “Anglers Corner”
Mercury Juniors (
Tameside Catch Nature
Sadjas Whizzo Gold (Stalybridge and District Junior Angling Society)
Sadjas Whizzo Black
8am registration was followed by the hum of team tactics and heated bait banter before the 8.45 draw. With sections selected and pegs picked the barrage of youths descended onto three of Risby’s four lakes. Sections A,B,C on the new
At the end of the Folly weigh SWG had 22pts, Yorkshire 16pts, Anglers Corner 15pts,
Kevin Lavelle, Liverpool
Naturally everyone wanted to know what had happened on sections D,E,F!
By the time all the anglers were back at the café it was obvious that another close battle had been fought. Sections D saw SWG score a win with TY in fifth place then section E pulled
Ivan Marks with the winning team, Sadjas Whizzo.
Sadjas Whizzo Gold 39 pts (total weight 298lb 13oz)
Sadjas Whizzo Black 31 pts (total weight 160lb)
Anglers Corner 27 pts (total weight 161lb 2oz)
Worksop 26 pts (total weight 139lb 10oz)
Tameside Catch Nature 24 pts (total weight 132lb 14oz)
Mercury Juniors 5 pts Total weight 53lb 15oz)
Individual Top 5
1st James Howarth..SADJAS Whizzo Gold 103lb
2nd Dave Moran..SADJAS Whizzo Gold 86lb 6oz
3rd Kevin Lavelle..
4th David Pulford..Anglers Corner
5th Phil Ruddock..Team
Sadjas Whizzo Gold once again held onto their crown and proved what dedication and encouragement can get you. They are a credit to the sport and to their coaches who have always given 100%.
Sadjas Whizzo Black are obviously following in their team mates footsteps and gained a lot from team talks and their more experienced peers.
Anglers Corner, a new team with a lot to gain from team fishing which has been very poorly represented in the area for over a decade…maybe this will change now with the new talent that we saw on display.
Worksop came into the competition late and hadn’t seen the place before…something tells me that next year will be a different story.
Catch Nature held their own and was a young team cutting their teeth on the more experienced match circuit and produced a couple of excellent section results.
Credit to Mercury Juniors, they came not knowing what to expect. Knowing the venue as I do their end peg draw was definitely a disadvantage yet they still managed an average of just short of nine pound per angler.
The day finished with a splash as fellow team mates gave James Howarth an early bath for setting a new 5 hour lake record with his tremendous 103lb. Angling legend Ivan Marks presented the prizes and trophies to all the winners and reigning UK 5 hour match record holder Steve Gregory dished out the bait prizes.
Another great competition came to a close with everyone going home feeling well pleased with themselves. Special thanks go to the event sponsors:
Risby Park Fisheries and the Clappison family
Master of ceremonies Chris Durrant for his PA performance
Chis’s son Thomas for bank running, and wife Susan for her computer skills and for producing everyone a full breakdown of the day’s results.
Senior Steward Neil Rogerson and all the stewards, team coaches and scales men who made the day flow faultlessly.
Next year’s date will go on the Risby web site at www.risby-park.co.uk very soon.
Under 16’s Classic
Saturday 31st July
This was intended as an open competition for any local and visiting anglers who travelled with the teams. Places filled up quickly for this event and the final turnout was eighteen keen youngsters eager to catch. Everyone started the day with ten pounds worth of bait from Miracle Baits and the challenge was on to win one of the three trophies at stake. The “all in” saw a varied display of angling skill and everyone was enjoying themselves. Four hours later the talk was of lumps being lost and questions of when the next match might be!
The final result was Nathan Arrowsmith (Tameside – pictured below) 11lb 4oz closely followed by Mike Scott (Worksop) 10lb 10oz and in third place Brett Northage (Worksop) 5lb 12oz.
Nathan Arrowsmith, Tameside