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Maver Northwest clinch prestigious Angling Trust Winter League

02.03.18

Winter League press release 2018

Maver Northwest stormed to victory on the ten man, split venue final, showing what a class act the team is on both Natural and commercial venues.

Prior to the draw all the talk was on the weather, with plummeting temperatures and the risk of ice in places, weights were expected to be down a little. However they need have not worried with both venues fishing well; 2.5kg was needed for a section win on the drains (most over 5kg) and at least 15kg needed on decoy, where 25kg was required on most lakes.

Leading the way on the drains was Tom Morretti (Preston Innovations Thatchers) with 11kg 970g. Tom drew peg 24 on the 20ft in an area known as footbridge and put together an impressive bag of Roach on short pole. This was followed by Will Freeman (Drennan Barnsley Blacks) who also drew on the 20ft, this time at chainbridge and used similar tactics to take 10kg 260g. Rounding out the top three was Brent Wilkes once more at footbridge with 9kg 640g just three pegs away from Tom on peg 21.

Looking at Decoy there were also some impressive weights. Head and shoulders above the rest was Andy Dyson, who drew on of the sheltered corners of Elm, peg 16. Andy caught quality carp and F1's to amass 105kg 150g which is an incredible double ton for the time of year. Second overall on Oak lake was Graham Welton (Stanjay Gold) who also put together an impressive bag of carp for 64kg 450g. Completing the frame was Dan Ashington (Sensas Starlets) who ran Graham all the way with an agonising 64kg 300g.

However the Winter Leagues main focus will always be on the team event and with 10 anglers it's critical that all team members catch and score good points. The most consistent team on the day and taking the Angling Trust Winter League title were Maver Northwest with an impressive 51 points. The team carded no fewer than five top 5's to take away the winners medals and a cool £3000 winners cheque. The team scored best on the drains with 6th being the lowest position in the team, however they also scored impressively on Decoy with Paul Balmforth carding a section win and Joe Cartwright taking second in his section.

This narrowly pipped last years winners Drennan Barnsley Blacks into second place who'd put together a 57 points in a very close affair for the top spot. Some tricky draws on Decoy meant they had too miuch work to do on the drains but still picked up £1500 for their efforts.

Third on the day were Sensas Starlets who amassed 73 points across their 10 man squad, this was just ahead of 6 other teams who all scored between 73-76 points, which shows just how fair the fishing is across these venues.

The Angling Trust would like to thank all of the hosting clubs, plus organisers on the drains and also to all the team at Decoy Lakes. Furthermore our thanks must go to all the volunteers who helped on the day and all of the teams for a full house attendance in some tricky travel conditions.

Full match results are available here.

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