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Junior Match, Hill Pond
Added on November 18, 2017

Junior Match, Hill Pond
11th November 2017


With the weather starting to turn towards a more wintery feel, seven juniors spread around Hill Pond on what proved to be quite a showery day. Bites came slowly at the start but picked up as the match progressed with Ethan Etherington, on peg 11, leading the way with some small skimmers and roach, but found that they tailed off into the mid-match after a major, but brief downpour. During the rest of the match, Ethan’s catch rate slowed up while Ben Barnett, on peg 13, was picking up the odd bigger fish! There was an interesting tussle below them with Ben Gregoriades and Jessica Carter both catching well. At the end both Ethen and Ben Barnett tied on 4lb 7ozs for the joint win, while Jessica finished ahead of Ben Gregoriades by just 1oz!

The race to become the top points scorer can only now be decided realistically between Ben Gregoriades and Jessica Carter, who have 25 and 22 points respectively. With blanks possible on the final years round Ben Barnett could possibly snatch 2nd place. It’s all to play for on December’s Xmas match, but every points scorer will receive a prize, no matter how far down the list they finish!

Remember to book in the for Xmas match and party. We shall also be presenting all the trophies and prizes afterwards with our special guests.

>11:
Harry Franklin 1-10-0

12-15:
Ethan Etherington 4-7-0
Jessica Carter 3-15-0
Ben Gregoriades 3-14-0
Tom Stratford-Tuke 2-14-0

16-21:
Ben Barnett 4-7-0
Dan Norris 0-1-0

Junior Points League (JPL) after 9 rounds:
Ben Gregoriades 25pt
Jessica Carter 22pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 16pts
Ben Barnett 19.5pts
Ethan Etherington 12.5pts
Daniel Casbon 11.5pts
George Evans 9pts
Tye Hackman 9pts
Daniel Norris 7pts
James Buckley 3.5pts

The final round (10) is on Hill Pond on December 16th. Please ensure you book in.

AT/Preston Junior National League – Round 4
Added on October 30, 2017

AT/Preston Junior National League – Round 4
October 28th 2017


After an overnight frost sport was unsurprisingly poor for this final round. Therefore it was always going to be a draw bag day, which would decide the outcome and, so it proved, with anyone of five juniors capable of lifting the league winner’s trophy. Ultimately the winner on the day came from peg 15, but only finished 2nd in the league. Ethan Etherington had to drop one score and was hoping his near rival, Callum Hutchins, would find flyer peg 13 in poor form. Unfortunately for Ethan, Callum found skimmers and a tench to weigh in 8lb 3ozs, only 3ozs below Ethans best weight of 8lb 6ozs so took 2nd on the day. When the final scores where added up and the worst score taken away, it was Callum who took the title by a clear 4pts from Ethan.

Third on the day was 8 year old Michael Ewing who, true to form, drew peg 11, much to his dad’s pleasure, but it was only in the last 90 minutes that Michael actually caught. He finished with three bream/skimmers for 7lb 11ozs, and with his lowest score dropped, Micheal could only finish the league in 4th place, still a great result for one so young. Fourth, and the final catcher on the day, was Tom Clark on end peg 5, who had a tench, small carp and skimmer for 5lb 4ozs, but more importantly was that when his lowest score was taken away, he finished with total of 50 points to take the final podium place.

Thanks to Preston Innovations and Angling Trust for running this competition which, we hope, will continue in the coming years.

Result:
Ethan Etherington 8-6-0
Callum Hutchins 8-3-0
Micheal Ewing 7-11-0
Tom Clark 5-4-0
Jessica Carter DNW
Tom Stratford-Tuke DNW
Ben Gregoriades DNW
Harry Franklin DNW

Final Positions: See Points Table in photo gallery

Junior Match, Hill Pond 21st October 2017
Added on October 23, 2017

Junior Match, Hill Pond
21st October 2017


With the venue being switched from Richardson’s Lake to Hill Pond, to help with the island clearances, it proved a fortunate move in light of the pending ‘Brian’ storm warnings. With their backs to the wind, the six competitors got on with the task in hand under difficult circumstances.

After a slow start, things picked up with roach and the odd crucian coming to those who took a softly softly approach. The two Ben’s were doing quite well but where being outshone by Jessica Carter, who ended the match with 6lb 14ozs, which consisted of 4 lovely crucians and a few roach. The win earned her maximum points in the league and a £20 gift voucher. Well done Jess!

Not too far behind was Ben Gregoriades who, like Jess, including a very nice crucian in his mainly roach catch of 4lb, despite having his hat blow off into the lake! Ben number 2 (Barnett), had a similar catch, but that only went to 3lb 6ozs. Fourth was George Evans, who we hadn’t seen for a while, and he showed that he’d not lost much of his skill with an all roach catch for 2lb 4ozs. It was also George’s birthday!

With just two rounds remaining the chase is on to see who can top the rankings. It looks a two horse race, but in winter fishing, anything can happen!!!

12-15:
Jessica Carter 6-14-0
Ben Gregoriades 4-0-0
George Evans 2-4-0
Tom Stratford-Tuke 0-3-0

16-21:
Ben Barnett 3-6-0
Dan Norris 1-13-0

Junior Points League (JPL) after 8 rounds:
Ben Gregoriades 23pt
Jessica Carter 19pts
Tom Stratford-Tuke 15pts
Ben Barnett 15pts
Daniel Casbon 11.5pts
George Evans 9pts
Tye Hackman 9pts
Ethan Etherington 8pts
Daniel Norris 7pts
James Buckley 3.5pts

The next round (9) is on Hill Pond on October 11th.

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