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Division One National Championship

Angling Trust Division One National Championship 2017

Barnsley Blacks 2016

(Barnsley Blacks crowned Division 1 National Champions 2016)

Shropshire Union Canal
Saturday 19th August 2017

Please click here to view the results from the Division One National Championship. Please click on the match date and change it to 19/08/2017 and then click search to see the results.

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: Waters to be closed from midnight on Sunday 13th August prior to National Championship.


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.



Date: Sat 1st July
Draw HQ: Hippodrome, Market Drayton. TF9 1PS
Contact: Dave Watkins Tel; 07725 556159
Information: Open match on G Section

Date: Sat 16th July
Draw HQ: Fox & Hounds, Cheswardine.  TF9 2RS
Contact: Brian Tel; 07847 628442 or Steve Tel; 07576 039169
Information: Open match on D Section

Division 1 National

Practice Open Match Results

May 21st D Section Soudley 60 Entries

This was the first match on the Section for over 6 months. There were plenty of small fish being caught and the odd decent bream and chub lost. The winner had 2 bream for 7 lb and a decent perch down the track, plus 1lb of bits in his winning weight.


1st Ken Mainwaring on D4 9-2-1 Wyche Anglers- £170

2nd Mark Hardman on D1 8-14-9 Sensas Black Country -£130

3rd Dave Holbrook on D23 8-7-0 Four Ashes AC - £100

4th Damien Parry on D54 8-1-0 Wyche Anglers - £80

Sections £40

1-10 S Henshall Peg 10 5-9-0

11-20 J Clegg Peg 17 6-11-13

21-30 D Mawby Peg 24 7-4-4

31-40 C Westwood Peg 33 4-5-12

41-50 M Owen Peg 49 4-12-0

51-60 P Johnson Peg 60 6-7-10

May 27th J Section Hawksmoor 34 Entries

Blustery winds together with a strong flow from the nearby locks made presentation very difficult for the anglers, and far bank fishing impossible until the last hour. No big fish showed with weights made up of small fish, with eels hooked and lost down the track.


1st Paul Cowern on Peg 34 2-14-4 Browning Central £100

2nd Simon Preece on Peg 1 2-7-4 Crewe Match £80

3rd Bernie Leatherbarrow on Peg 20 1-14-8 Browning Lifestyle £58

Sections £25

1-5 S Rusliton Peg 3 1-12-8

6-10 M Appleby Peg 10 0-15-8

11-15 P Dobing Peg 11 1-9-14

16-20 M Wood Peg 19 1-8-0

21-25 S Nickless Peg 21 1-11-0

26-30 R Guest Peg 29 & S Mottram Peg 30 1-8-14

31-34 K Hulland Peg 31 1-3-8

A better match on this section where plenty of bites were available of both small and large fish. The winner had mostly small skimmers and roach on his bridge-hole peg, Once again better fish, notably chub, perch, eels and bream were lost in the match.

May 28th H Section Cross-Over Adderley


1st Dave Hughes on Peg 55 8-3-14 Sensas Black Country £110

2nd Simon Preece on Peg 15 7-13-0 Crewe Match £85

3rd Damian Parry on Peg 8 7-11-0 Browning Lifestyle £60

4th Keith Hulland on Peg 1 7-4-0 Team Eclipse £50

5th Steve Fogel on Peg 50 6-14-0 Crewe Match £40

Sections £25

1-5 L Capewell Peg 5 4-14-4

6-10 A Round Peg 7 5-5-12

11-15 S Brookes Peg 13 3-7-4

16-20 S Mottram Peg 17 4-11-0

21-25 S Dudley Peg 22 6-8-5

26-30 P Johnson Peg 28 4-3-0

36-40 D Whittington Peg 36 4-8-0

41-45 R Guest Peg 45 3-14-13

46-50 M Owen Peg 49 5-0-0

51-55 C Harvey Peg 52 5-1-6

June 11th 2017 K Section Coole Pilate 59 Entries

This match was fished on untried areas either side of the Wybunbury AC waters, which produced plenty of small fish. It was a very windy day which made bait presentation difficult. The larger skimmers showed in the noted pegs in the middle section. Overall it fished up to expectations.

1st B Krupnyckyj on peg 14 8-18 Maver North West £250

2nd Mark Derry on peg 9 8-1-4 Sensas Black Country £150

3rd Fred Cheetham on peg 1 7-5-4 Team Eclipse £100

4th Richard Guest on peg 41 6-13-4 Maver Midlands £70

5th Daz Shaw on peg 17 5-10-11 Maver North West £50

Sections 1st £40 2nd £25

1-15 1st D Hughes Peg 7 4-15-10

2nd D Lloyd Peg 5 3-14-3

16-30 1st A Crook Peg 21 3-9-5

2nd M Appleby Peg 25 2-6-4

31-45 1st D Williams Peg 39 5-6-0

2nd A Round Peg 42 5-2-8

45-59 1st T Swindels Peg 59 4-14-4

2nd S Nickless Peg 55 4-7-8

June 17th 2017 G Section Coal Yard to Bretton Wood 47 Entries

Red hot weather conditions together with very little shade for the fish proved difficult for the anglers to get consistent bites. The match was won on the boats in the higher section numbers, with the winner netting a decent bream, a good perch and an eel together with 3lb of squat fish.

1st Jason Cunningham on Peg 39 7-6-0 Shakespeare £105

2nd Chris Morris on Peg 1 6-2-8 Chester £90

3rd Steve Hurst on Peg 44 6-0-8 Drennan Leicester £75

4th Steve Brookes on Peg 43 5-9-0 Wellingborough £60

Sections £40

1-9 L Kenyon 4-1-3

10-18 B Sharratt

19-27 B Yeomans 4-8-12

28-37 D Massey 4-12-0

38-47 Ian Alexander 5-1-8

A much improved canal saw fish feeding and therefore producing better weights, with the top two

pegged either side of the wires in Hinstock Wood. These weights were made up of decent bream, skimmers, roach and perch. Plenty of small fish were available with eels being another main quarry taken in the track.

June 24th 2017 E&F Sections Soudley & Goldstone 86 Entries

1st Steve Broome on Peg E45 22-6-0 Maver Midlands £165

2nd Tom Barlow on Peg E46 18-10-0 Maver North West £145

3rd John Waples on Peg F36 11-12-0 Sensas Strike £125

4th Daz Shaw on Peg F46 8-13-8 Maver North West £100

5th Paul Turner on Peg E11 8-3-0 Maver Midlands £80

6th Rob Francis on Peg F10 6-14-4 Sensas Strike £60

Sections £40

E2-E11 Peg E8 D McManus 6-7-10

E12-E23 Peg E23 D Conway 5-14-0

E24-E33 Peg E32 M Derry 3-12-0

E34-E46 Peg E39 P Dobing 6-11-4

E47-F5 Peg E50 J Clegg 6-1-0

F7-F17 Peg 11 B Wilkes & Peg F13 F Cheetham 5-10-0

F18-F27 Peg F23 R Priestley 6-13-12

F29-F39 Peg F31 L Kenyon 6-1-0

F40-F48 Peg F48 S Hurst 5-4-0

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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