Post Match Report
This match was definitely one of the most exhilarating I have witnessed in a long time. The lead and qualifying positions changed on a regular basis throughout the 48 hours. With less than an hour to go on Sunday morning it looked like the top three places were settled but how wrong was I with that opinion. Any three pairs from eight could quite easily have made the podium as there was so little to choose between them at this stage. Every peg called for the scales and there were a total of 91 fish caught, made up of 5 x 20lb+, 4 of which were high 20’s, 18 doubles and 68 singles. This venue is a credit to owners Chris and Jo Marler and although only new has the potential to be one of the best carp match waters on the circuit. It is so fair and even that if you came out first in the draw it would not really give you much of an advantage. Which is exactly what this contest proved. As the top three pairs came out of the draw bag 5th, 9th and 11th respectively. It was a totally different affair to our Ladies singles final held here a couple of weeks ago although the fish did spawn in between the two.
With less than 10 minutes remaining , Terry Overend and Kevin Greenwood were winning with 112lb 5oz from peg 7 second were Scott Head and Jerome Brown in peg 14 with 83lb 8oz and third were Jason Scalley and Craig Murkin in peg 1 on 76lb. But in a bizarre last few minutes, Luke Church and Jason Adams who were in 7th place had 2 fish which not only raised their final tally but actually moved them up into runners up spot with 9 fish for 85lb 14oz. This moved the current 2nd and 3rd placed pairs down to 3rd and 4th meaning Scalley and Murkin were pipped at the post and missed out on the last qualifying place for the final after spending almost the entire match in the top three.
The fish in this lake come in various shapes and sizes but the one thing they have in common is that they are in pristine condition and some of the prettiest around. There are now only 3 qualifiers left to fill the final 9 places for the final at Barston in October.
Carl Goulsbra – Richard Eastwood 26lb
Jason Gutteridge 21lb 2oz – Aaron Fox
Lewis North 7lb 12oz- Ben Sellers 6lb 2oz
Craig Murkin – Jason Scalley 27lb 9o
Jack Lamb – Brian Byford
Jason Monk – Chris Donovan
Jason Scalley – Craig Murkin 26lb3oz
Jerome Brown 21lb 2oz – Scott Head
Kevin Greenwood – Terry Overend 10lb
Kevin McConnell – Mark Hardcastle 13lb 4oz
Kieran McDonnell 8lb 6oz – Ian Dixon
Carl Goulsbra – Richard Eastwood 27lb 5oz
Rafal Wojewoda 16lb 15oz – Slawomir Celmer
Luke Church 14lb 13oz- Jason Adams
L-R 2nd Luke Church-Jason Adams 1st Kevin Greenwood-Terry Overend 3rd Jerome Brown-Scott Head