There was a star-studded line-up along the banks of the Gloucester Canal for the Angling Trust Division One National.
The venue had been fishing quite well for those practicing for this blue ribbon event, but unfortunately bright sunshine and high temperatures proved to be the downfall of many, including one or two of the fancied teams.
Way out in front were favourites Daiwa Dorking. The Surrey-based side had put in hours and hours of practice and read the conditions better than most to finish well clear with 354 points.
Well done to our two local teams - Browning Hotrods who came in eighth with 272 points, just ahead of Sensas Mark One on 265.
Team result: 1 Daiwa Dorking, 354pts; 2 Maver Image, 298; 3 Drennan Barnsley Blacks, 291; 4 Kamasan Starlets, 287; 5 Shakespeare Superteam, 281; 6 Ted Carter Preston, 279; 7 Garbolino Blackmore Vale MG, 273; 8 Browning Hotrods, 272; 9 Sensas Mark One, 265; 10 Bridgnorth AS, 258.
The big local story of the day though was the second place secured in the individual stakes by Sensas Mark One’s Alistair Ogilvie.
Andy Pollard won with a massive 41.22kg on the Cambridge Arms section.
Ogilvie was drawn on the next peg and but for a slow start to the match could have come really close to taking the glory.
He eventually weighed in 39.40kg and said: “I had three fish in the first half of the match, then bream all of a sudden switched on and it was a fish-a-chuck at times.
“I finished with 23 bream, gained good points for my team and really enjoyed my day on the bank.”
MAVER MATCH THIS
There was a big turnout on Saturday at Hallcroft Fishery for one of the few remaining Maver Match This qualifiers, which saw a star-studded line-up vying for a place in the grand final.
Matchwinner Matt Arnold put a fine 115lb 12oz to the scales from Bridge Outer peg 20 after catching seven big carp in the final hour.
Ray Gregory used unsalted prawns as bait to win the Webb’s AC match on the North View Fishery at Gedney Hill.
Feeding small pieces and fishing a whole prawn, he took a total of 83lb 4oz to take a comfortable victory.
Ray Stonner came in second fishing the more conventional pole with worm combination and putting 68lb 8oz to the scales followed by Andy Perry on 54lb 12oz.
Ramsey AS had their latest club match on Lou’s Pool on the Decoy Lakes complex.
John Price took the honours from fancied peg 10. For most of the match he fished a small Method feeder tight up to the far side to finish with 114lb 2oz.
Runner-up from peg 11 was Alan Jopling with 96lb, followed by Keith Rayment with 81lb 8oz.