Post Match Report
This year’s final took place earlier than last year, as it was moved to the August bank holiday weekend. The proceedings got under way on the Thursday evening with a sit down meal for all the competitors and match officials, which took place in the restaurant at Barston. This was followed by the out of the bag draw on stage. The order of the draw was decided by the position you finished in and the qualifier you fished. ie the winners of Q1 drew first followed by the winners of Q2, Q3 and so on. Then came all the second place pairs and finally the third places until every pair had their pegs.
Fishing was from 8am Friday until 8am Sunday, when everyone went all in on the hooter. There was no pre-baiting and marking allowed for this event. The format of this tear’s final was the weight of each pair’s 5 best fish. So the marshals weighed and recorded every teams first five fish, then only returned to the pegs when bigger fish were landed. This process carried on through the 48 hour period until on Sunday morning the scoreboard was filled with everybody’s five biggest carp.
Just like last year, there were no updated scores after Saturday night so it was left until after the presentation for the top four podium places. Again just like the previous year’s encounter it was close but this time we were weighing in kilograms instead of pounds and ounces. As you would expect with a contest of this format the positions were changing constantly throughout the match. Yet again Sunday morning produced the drama with several of Barston’s bigger residents putting in an appearance. At 9:30pm Saturday Mick Ledger and Dan Moorcroft had a healthy lead of 2+kg over second place Ste Alford and Dean Crust. Jaye Carpmail and Colin Scott occupied third place with Karl Palmer and Liam Morgan in fourth. By the time the hooter sounded at 8am Sunday, Ste Alford and Dean Crust had moved into top spot on 41kg 13g with the help of a 10.225kg fish which was the biggest of the match. Mick and Dan couldn’t add to their tally but took runners up. In third place came Terry Overend and Kevin Greenwod, who moved up from 20th overnight by adding around 9kg to their score. Fourth place was taken by Ian Beedell and Paul Poynter who unbelievably shot up from 29th over night by adding over 17kg to their score, what a finale!
Our new 2019 BCC pairs champions, Ste Alford and Dean Crust took home prize money of £15,000 plus personalised Reuben Heaton scales and trophies. Mick and Dan, our runners up took home £5,000 prize money plus trophies, 3rd place Terry and Kevin, £2,00 plus trophies and 4th place Ian and Paul £1,000 plus trophies. Again, after another exciting contest the format proved to be as popular as ever. Keep a look out to watch the action unfold yourselves when it appears on BT Sport and then later on our YouTube channel.
Chris Holmes – Neil Rivers
Jaye Carpmail – Colin Scott 9.550kg
Dan Moorcroft – Mick Ledger
Dan Price – Cliff Kemp
Jack Lamb – Brian Byford
Jamie Standbridge – Neil Richards
Jerome Brown – Scott Head
Jon Fern – Dean Winsbury
Lee May – Paul Michael Smith
Lee Simms – Sean Dulson
Liam Morgan – Karl Palmer
Luke Church – Jason Adams
Mark Sawyer – Simon Wheeler
Nathan Crowder – Lee Bruce
Rich Beardmore – Tim Hickinbottom
Richard Shenton – Chris Purssey
Steve Blow – Jack Funnell
Steve Carrie – Nick Davies
Steve Lovell – Dave Bellew
Terry Overend – Kevin Greenwood
Thomas Bottyan – Istvan Steierlein
Will O’Flynn – Mark Johnson
Ste Alford – Dean Crust
Ste Alford – Dean Crust 2019 champions