Ex­clu­sive Supercup fi­nal re­port

Seven years on they avenge a nar­row 2009 de­feat

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

AN­GLING TIMES/BAIT-TECH SUPERCUP FI­NAL 2016 Barston Lakes, Solihull, Main & Match Lakes (15 teams)

AGLORIOUS sum­mer for Welsh match an­gling got a whole lot bet­ter as Cwmbran An­gling Nobblers were crowned the king of club team fish­ing with a crush­ing Supercup fi­nal win at Barston.

That feat now sits proudly along­side the prin­ci­pal­ity’s in­ter­na­tional team that brought home gold at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in July.

Vic­tory by 17 clear points saw the Welsh lads re­alise a dream they’ve been putting every ounce of ef­fort into since they first fished the event back in 2009. Gone was the pain of a sec­ond place fin­ish in that de­but year on the fi­nal at JBC Lakes, where a blank saw them miss out on lift­ing the fa­mous cup.

Fast for­ward sev­eral years, though, and there were no near misses or dra­matic mo­ments. Cwmbran swept all be­fore them with two sec­tion wins, two sec­onds, a third and an eleventh to fin­ish well in front of run­ner­sup JVAC from Peter­bor­ough, with Steve­nage tackle shop team JL Tackle fin­ish­ing third on the same num­ber of points, 37, as JVAC, but be­ing pegged back on a sec­tion wins count­back.

With Barston boss Nigel Har­rhy peg­ging the two lakes as fairly as he could, the Cwmbran draw ticket showed up two real fly­ers, one av­er­age, and three swims that win­ning skip­per Rob Skel­lett thought could throw a real span­ner in the works.

How­ever, fish have fins and they move, and what weren’t great pegs in the run-up to the match turned out to be not too bad come the big day.

“We’re ab­so­lutely buzzing – we love this com­pe­ti­tion, we throw ev­ery­thing we can at it and have wanted to win it so badly,” Rob said. “Af­ter tak­ing sec­ond in our first year and then not mak­ing any im­pres­sion af­ter­wards you do think it may never hap­pen.

“Last year we had a poor draw and blew out, and when I looked at the pegs af­ter the draw a few alarms went off, as we had a cou­ple that could have ru­ined ev­ery­thing.

“But the an­glers on those draws have fished su­perbly, ob­vi­ously helped by a few fish be­ing there, of course,” he con­tin­ued.

“We had John Han­nam, my­self and Neil Morgan on good pegs and were ex­pect­ing low points off there but Rob Wilt­shire, Sean Wil­son and Phil Weaver had tough ones, and those were the ones I feared the most.

“As it turned out, loads of carp were sit­ting out of the wind on the dam wall where Sean was, and Phil fished a blinder to catch al­most 40lb of roach and skim­mers from his area. Poor old Rob was on a real tough peg where it was an out-and-out long range feeder job. Look­ing at his sec­tion, he did as well as he could from where he drew.”

Rob Skel­let re­turned three points from peg 120 with 33-12-0, which in­cluded 20lb of sil­ver­fish on mag­got fished at 7m, show­ing how valu­able roach and small skim­mers are on a team match, Phil, on peg 82, won the sec­tion with an­other sil­ver­fish net of 37-8-0 on 13m pole and mag­got while Sean, on dam wall peg 71, bagged sec­ond in­di­vid­ual with 90-13-0 of carp on pel­let wag­gler.

John, at peg 51 on the fan­cied point, fished a steady Method feeder match for sec­ond in sec­tion with 58-10-0 of F1s while Rob Wilt­shire, on peg 8, found

some carp early on Method feeder cast a long way to the 18th golf green be­fore go­ing bite­less wait­ing for one more pull – his 20-0-0 gave him eleventh. On the Match Lake, Cwmbran got a good draw with end peg 22, Neil Morgan mak­ing no mis­takes with 58-14-0 of carp and F1s to win the lake.

“We fished the Mid­land An­gler of the Year the week be­fore for prac­tice and that was bril­liant as it was a half pole, half feeder match and that showed us how each peg would re­act to each method,” Rob said.

“We could then place the lads on an area to cap­i­talise on their strengths – but it didn’t quite work out that way as Sean caught on the pel­let wag­gler while on my peg I needed a lot of roach to get me out of jail.

“On the Main Lake we agreed to start on the feeder, ex­cept for Sean, and all ex­cept Phil caught a carp early. From then on we ei­ther stayed on the tip if we were catch­ing or went on the pole. The aim was to all catch 35lb and we pretty much all did that, in fact catch­ing a lot more in some sec­tions!

“Quite a few peo­ple have said to us that we’re the best team to have been in the fi­nals and not won it. That’s a nice com­pli­ment but it doesn’t com­pen­sate for lift­ing the cup – now we’ve done it!” Rob beamed. “This has been com­ing for a few years. The team is a close unit who love their fish­ing and all get along.

“The Supercup is per­fect for us and has been all we’ve thought about win­ning from the very start of the event!”

Team re­sult: 1 Cwmbran An­gling Nobblers, 20pts; 2 JVAC, 37 (sec­tion wins); 3 JL Tackle, 37; 4 Kerr’s of Os­sett, 40; 5 Traf­ford Tackle, 44; 6 St He­lens An­gling, 45; 7 Bot­tisham AC, 48; 8 White­moor Lakes, 51 (sec­tion wins); 9 Wood­house An­gling Cen­tre, 51; 10 Black Coun­try Mis­fits, 52 (sec­tion count­back); 11 Mos­bor­ough Tackle Box, 52; 12 Har­low An­gling, 55; 13 Brunswick Bros AS, 56; 14 Ridge­mere AC, 58; 15 Pa­tri­croft AC, 74.

The ju­bi­lant Cwmbran An­gling Nobblers squad.

In­di­vid­ual win­ner Ja­son Or­win in ac­tion.

Run­ners-up were Peter­bor­ough­based JVAC.

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