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Division One National Championship

Angling Trust Division One National Championship 2016

Barnsley Blacks 2016

(Barnsley Blacks crowned Division 1 National Champions 2016)

Shropshire Union Canal
Saturday 19th August 2017

Headquarters Information;

Market Drayton Livestock Auction (situated of A53 Market Drayton bypass)
Adderley Road
Market Drayton

Draw:   8:00am

Fishing:11:00am-4:00pm (Duration 5 hours)

 Closure of waters for practice:

Please see open match dates

Licences: All competitors must be in possession of a current Environment Agency Rod

Licence.  Any competitor reported by the Environment Agency to the resulting team on the day

of the match will be disqualified. 


Keepnet: Minimum length of 2 metres

Bait Bans: No bloodworm and joker and any form of pellets (this is in accordance with local club rules)


Refreshments: Available on site at headquarters.


Eligible Fish: All fish caught are eligible for weighing with the exception of Game Fish, Pike, Zander and Crustaceans.


Procedures: Before going to the Draw all Team Captains/Managers must report to the Team Registration Desk where they will record their team’s attendance and any changes to the previously nominated team.

All weighing in, and recording will be carried out by Senior Stewards, who will be supplied by the organising club. Therefore, no teams will need to provide Stewards.



Dear Captain or Team Manager

We welcome you to Shropshire and the Division 1 National, which will be held on the Shropshire Union Canal on August 19th 2017. My name is Dave Watkins and I will be the joint organiser along with Terry Nutt of the event. Having organised Angling Times semis and big events in the past, we are very keen for this match to be a showpiece for Hodnet Angling Club and the North Shropshire area. The draw headquarters will be at Barbers, Market Drayton Livestock Auction, situated just off the A53 Market Drayton Bypass, (Sat Nav TF9 3SW), The match length will start at High Offley (Sat Nav ST20 0NG) and run through Market Drayton ending up at Coole Pilate (CW5 8AU). Al teams must be aware that all the sections are in open countryside and accesses are very limited. They involve driving down narrow country lanes where one could meet heavy agricultural machinery and milk lorries, taking up most of the road. Parking for practice will be available at most of the road bridges, but anglers must keep all drives and gateways clear at all times.




A Section

Br 42 (ST20 0NG)


Br 44 (ST20 0PT)



Br 44 (ST20 0PT)


BR 45 (ST20 0QH)



BR 46 (ST20 0QH)


BR 48 (TF9 2NR)



Br 48 (TF9 2NR)


BR 51 (TF9 2NR)

Access drive from Br 52





Br 52 (TF9 2NB)


Br 51 (TF9 2NB)


Br 53 (TF9 2ED)



Br 53 (TF9 2ED)


Br 56 (TF9 2LW)






Br 55 (TF9 2LP)





Br 65 (TF9 4BH)


Br 64 (TF9 1RE)


Br 66 (TF9 3SS)



Br 66 (TF9 2ED)


Br 69 (TF9 3TN)

No bridge parking available





Access at Br 67 from A529 road via farm drive


Br 70 (TF9 3TN)


Br 72 (TF9 3TJ)



Br 82 (CW5 8AU)

to Br 72 (TF9 3TJ)

Br 84 (CW5 8AU)


Day tickets will be available on the bank in all sections from a water bailiff priced at £4. A special Canal Rover ticket can also be obtained, enabling an angler to practice anywhere on the match length for unlimited times. Canal Rover tickets can be brought individually or by any team. These tickets priced at £10 will only be available from myself (Dave Watkins) by request e.g. Phone 07725 556159 or email prior to fishing. They will run from April 1st until August 13th and must be produced to a water bailiff on request.

Bloodworm and Joker and any form of pellets are banned on the entire match length. There will be no bait available at the draw headquarters and it is advisable that all teams bring amply supplies with them as there are no tackle shops local to the Market Drayton area.


Local Tackle Ships in the area include:

Crewe Match, Crewe – 01270 588466

Tilley’s Tackle, Crewe – 01270 255277

Daves of Middlewich, Middlewich – 01606 833853

Pickerings of Burslem, Stoke on Trent – 01782 814941

Ians Fishing Tackle, Penkridge – 01785 715755

Rod and Gun, Telford – 01952 503550

Oakengates Angling Centre, Telford – 01952 616054

Jaynes Fishing Tackle, Telford – 01952 257400

Total Angling, Shrewsbury – 01743 462699


Accommodation in the area is limited to small B&B’s notably:

Castle Inn, Bletchly, Market Drayton – 01630 638246

Raven Hotel, Prees Heath – 01948 663223

Tern Hill Hall Hotel – 01630 638310


Towns within a 20mile radius of the draw headquarters are:

Crewe, Newcastle under Lyme, Stoke on Trent, Stafford, Newport, Telford, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch

There will be at least one open on every section involved in the National.




Draw HQ



Sun 21st May

Fox and Hounds, Cheswardine, TF9 2RS

Brian - 07847 628442 or Steve - 07576 039169

Open match on D Section

Sun 11th June

Overwater Marina, CW5 8AY

Paul Harding - 07504 346883

Open match on K Section

Sun 24th June

Fox and Hounds, Cheswardine, TF9 2RS

Dave Watkins - 07725 556159

Open match on E & F Section, Goldstone

Sat 1st July

Hippodrome, Market Drayon, TF9 1PS

Dave Watkins - 07725 556159

Open match on G Section

Sun 16th July

Fox and Hounds, Cheswardine, TF9 2RS

Brian - 07847 628442 or Steve - 07576 039169

Open match on D Section

A Look back at 2016

The Angling Trust Division 1 National Championship saw 45 teams (450 anglers) come together on the tidal and non-tidal River Trent on Saturday 20th August 2016.

After weeks of fairly settled weather, a low pressure system moved over the country on the Friday before the match, and Saturday dawned with forecasts of 40 mph winds and rain. However, nothing could dampen the quiet confidence that was evident amongst the highly successful and current champions, Barnsley Blacks. They had performed well in practice sessions and so it was with some inevitability that they emerged once more as Division 1 champions, with a very consistent team performance giving them a comfortable 13 point lead over the runners up.

Team manager Glenn Lawrence confirmed that his highly talented team had shared information but each angler was trusted to read his own peg and fish accordingly. They had no section winners, but every man had more than 30 points.

Strong winds made it very difficult to target the roach that had been turning up on float methods in the lead up to the match, but local knowledge paid off for the runners up and third placed teams, Lincoln & District and Scunthorpe Tackle respectively. Daiwa Dorking finished 4th, Derbyshire Angling Fed 5th, followed by Starlets, Lincs County, Daiwa Gordon League and Winterton completing the top 10.

Top individual places were dominated by the favoured low numbers in the weir field at Holme Marsh, with Rob Perkins finishing top weight with 40.620 kg, consisting of 22 bream from B17 (permanent peg 8). The Matrix Dynamite Trentman fished a groundbait feeder with chopped worm and caster, fishing worm tipped with a red maggot on the hook. Runner up Shaun Bryan (Daiwa Gordon League) weighed in 30.350 kg from peg B19; also bream on the feeder. Third placed man Andy Dixon (Lincs County) fished caught skimmers at Dunham peg H17 for 23.120 kg, peg B19 on the weir gave Wayne Parker 19.840 kg and fourth place. Alan Henry (Scunthorpe Tackle) 17.450kg and Mark Perkins (Derbyshire Angling Fed) 14.800 kg completed the top 6.

A great contest fished in very difficult conditions, underlining the skill and determination of the anglers taking part. Congratulations to all!

Top 10 team results;

1st Barnsley Blacks 380 points 44.650 kg
2nd Lincoln & District AC 367 points 46.920 kg
3rd Scunthorpe Tackle 345 points 42.410 kg
4th Team Daiwa Dorking 341 points 35.630 kg
5th Derbyshire Angling Fed 326 points 45.430 kg
6th Browning Hotrods 314 points 29.640 kg
7th Starlets AC  308 points 35.730 kg
8th Lincs County 300 points 43.990 kg
9th Daiwa Gordon League 293 points 52.710 kg
10th Winterton AC  290 points 27.810 kg

Top 6 individual results;

1st Rob Perkins (Dynamite Matrix Trentmen) B17 - 40.620 kg
2nd Shaun Bryan (Daiwa Gordon League) B19 - 30.350 kg
3rd Andy Dixon (Lincs County) H17 - 23.120 kg
4th Wayne Parker (Swindon Isis AC) B18 - 19.840 kg
5th Alan Henry (Scunthorpe Tackle)  K21 - 17.450 kg
6th Mark Perkins (Derbyshire Angling Fed)  B21 - 16.800 kg


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