Hodnet A/C hosted the first qualifying match of twelve national matches which sees 5 pairs from each match competing in a final later in the year. This match was sold out with 50 pairs [100 anglers] lining the banks of the Shroppie Union Canal at Goldstone.
Leading the individual stakes was local Newport remedial specialist Michael Nutt, with an excellent weight from one peg from the Oak Tree being a catch of mainly bream for 22-15-0; 2nd was Wayne Kearney from a peg in Hinstock Wood witha bag of 13-14-0; 3rd was Alan Crook with 12-14-8 by the Goldstone Boats; 4th Dave Mawby with 12-3-0; 5th Dave Edgerley with 11-1-0
There were 12 sections, the lowest section winning weight was 7-1-0
Leading pairs were Alan Crooke/Dave Bradley 96pts Wayne Kearney/Daz Shaw 93pts Paul Turner/Neil Turner88pts Ben Sherrat/Jason Cunningham86pts Dave Edgerlly/Kevin Clarke 84pts
Teryy Nutt said “My thanks to all fellow organisers and helpers on the day and John Ellis C/R/T National Fisheries manager for his presence on the day. Hodnet have been entrusted with the Welsh Qualifying leg on the Llangollen Canal at Whixall on Saturday 8th October, and tickets are available through the angling trust on line. I must stress you do not have to be an individual member of the angling trust to enter.”