On one of the hottest days of the year, the Angling Trust National Championship for Anglers with Disabilities took place at Partridge Lakes near Warrington on Saturday 26th June 2010, with 6 teams (36 anglers) competing. The team result saw local team, Partridge Team NW have a runaway win with 33 points out of a possible 36 points, with a winning weight of 157.36kg to take the title of National Champions for 2010. The team had three section winners and three section seconds on the day making good use of their local knowledge. The team plan was to start fishing close at three metres then to alter tactics as the fishing dictated. The team consisted of Bobby Slater, Kevin Dawber, Hazel Taylor, Ronnie Hayes, Steve Rimmer and Richard Rawsthorne, Team Captain.
Richard Rawsthorne, Team Captain of Partridge Team NW said “I would like to thank the people who sponsored us to take part in the event, Dave Ikin, owner of Partridge Lakes Fishery, Pauls Buttie Bar and Mark and Lee Addy who provided sponsorship of bait from Bait Tech. The team and I are over the moon with our win and would like to thank everyone for a good day and for selecting a superb venue.”
The runner up and third place positions were much more closely fought with Team Central taking second place with 24 points and 117.62kg, and in third position was the other local team North West with 22 points and a weight of 119.71kg.
1st Partridge NW 33 points (157.36 Kg)
2nd Team Central 24 points (117.62 Kg)
3rd North West 22 points (119.62 Kg)
4th East Midlands 19 points (79.94 KG)
5th Eastern 17 points (72.02 Kg)
6th London & South East 11 points (56.32 Kg)
It proved to be a fabulous day for Duncan Greenhalgh, who fished for the North West team, who took the winning individual title in the Championship. Duncan of Walkden, Greater Manchester was one of the oldest competitors who took part at 79 years of age. Duncan drew peg D6, a corner swim in Covey Lake 3 with a weight of 42.38kg, consisting almost entirely of FI carp weighing between 8 ounces and a pound and a half. Duncan fished a pole at 4 metres feeding just half a pint of maggots and a quarter kilo of groundbait all day catching regulary from the same line through out.
In second place was Maurice Brown (Bowlers Tackle) representing the Eastern team with a weight of 31.94Kg. Maurice fished peg E1 on Covey Lake 3, and like the winner he caught a lot of fish at 4 metres, but he fed pellet and fished shallow. His catch was supplemented by some better carp up to 2 lbs. caught down the margins using luncheon meat. Third place went to Kevin Dawber (Sam’s Tackle and Bait) representing Partridge Team NW. Kevin fished peg F5 on Covey lake 3 and weighed 29.04Kg, and also caught by fishing shallow at 5 metres using caster as bait and had a mixture of F1 carp and ide. The fishing was magnificent with 30 of the anglers recording weights of over 20lb (8.8kg).
1st Peg D6 Duncan Greenhalgh North West 42.38Kg
2nd Peg E1 Maurice Brown Eastern 31.94Kg
3rd Peg F5 Kevin Dawber Partridge Team NW 29.04Kg
4th Peg D3 Ronnie Hayes Partridge Team NW 27.37Kg
5th Peg E3 Bobby Slater Partridge Team NW 27.01Kg
6th Peg B3 Steve Rimmer Partridge Team NW 26.23 Kg