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Newcomer Oliver takes Mersey honours
MERSEY Saturday Sweepstake newcomer Steve Oliver took the honours with 8-4-3 followed by regular Paul Harding on 7-6-0, whose catch was helped greatly by a 5lbs bream.
Another Mersey win for in-form Lee Clarke, who won the Sid Jones Open with a bream catch of three fish for 14-15-0 taken on groundbait feeder and maggot.
Ray Bowden fished the pole throughout to come second with a mixed net of roach, perch, and small chub for 8-3-0.
It was nice to see co-match organiser Ant Higham back among the coin for the third time this year.
The Woodshaw Reservoir Junior Series winner on Monday was Matt Dawber with a mixed net of fish for 8-2-0. Runner-up was Matthew Bateson with 6-4-0.
The league to date with two matches to go is wide open but is being currently led by Lewis Turner with 69.5 points and James Brown hard on his heels with 67.5.
Congratulations to our Woodshaw Junior Team, who won the Manchester County Angling Development Group team event at Bradshaw Fisheries last weekend, not forgetting the coaching team and helpers.
This week's Junior Summer Series was fished on Dunham Fishery and saw David Smith win with 33lbs exactly followed by Morgan Adawee close behind on 29-11-0.
Adam Harman was a clear winner of the Intermediates with 38-2-0. Our Minnows and Beginners really struggled for bites on the Bridgewater Canal, but Ethan Owen came out in the lead with 12-11.
Many thanks to Fiona Eaton for donating the prize to the winning junior last week.
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Results: Mersey Saturday Sweepstake: 1, Steve Oliver 8-4-0; 2, Paul Harding 7-6-0; 3, Lee Clarke 4-5-0; 4, Jim Gannon 4-4-0. Sid Jones Open (Mersey): 1, Lee Clarke 14-15-0; 2, Ray Bowden 8-3-0; 3, Ant Higham 6-1-0; 4, Martin Lenihan 5-11-0. Woodshaw Junior Series: 1, Matt Dawber 8-2-0; 2, Matthew Bateson 6-4-0; 3, Callum Cooper 5-11-0; 4, Lewis Turner 5-3-0. Disabled and Over 60s: 1, Jimmy Byrnes 2-0-10; 2, George Barber 1-10-10; 3, Jeff Clare 1-8-12; 4, Derek Bibby 1-7-10. Junior Summer Series: 1, David Smith 33-0-0; 2, Morgan Adawee 29-11-0; 3, Chris Forster 27-6-0. Intermediates: 1, Adam Harman 28-2-0; 2, Daniel Burton 17-14-0; 3, Trevor Oliver 12-13-0. Minnows: 1, Ethan Owen 12-11; 2, Andrew Carman 12-2; 3, Ethan Crisscolo 10-10.
Forthcoming events: Saturday, Mersey Sweep: draw 9am, Kingsway North Allotments banks, contact Ray on 07790317714. Sunday, Mersey Series: draw 9am, behind Victoria Park allotments. Monday, Disabled and Over 60s: draw 10am Star Inn, Statham. Contact John Dagnall 01925 635486. Woodshaw Reservoir Junior Series: Draw 5.30pm, car park. Inters/Juniors Summer Series: Draw 6pm, River Mersey, contact Helen Dagnall 01925 635486. Tuesday, Minnows Summer Series: Bridgewater Canal, draw 6pm opposite Euclid Avenue, contact Helen Dagnall 01925 635486.