Roberts weighs in with £500 first prize

First published in Sport

JOE Roberts emerged triumphant from the Jim Hemmings Memorial Match which was held on Arrow Valley Lake on Saturday.

He landed 36lb and again it was long pole tactics with pieces of worm on the hook fished over groundbait which did the damage, giving him the £500 top prize.

Worcester man Colin Harvey claimed runner-up spot from peg 52 on the Bluebell bank, taking 32lb 13oz of skimmers, while Ian Barrow fished a small swim feeder also with maggot to take 31lb 11oz for third spot, ahead of local anglers Jon Newton with 30lb 8oz and Martin Tremlett with a level 23lb return.

The match was run in support of the Macmillan Cancer Appeal charity in memory of Redditch man Jim Hemm-ings, who sadly passed away a while ago, and was organised by his son Mark aided by the local angling community.

It was a great success, supported by a sell-out field of 50 anglers mainly made up of locals but with a number of enthusiasts from all over the Midlands taking part, and resulted in an excellent donation from the event of over £900.

Barry Cheese from Worces-ter took the last place in the frame with a catch of 22lb 12oz.

Jim Hemmings Memorial result: 1 Joe Roberts (Sensas Starlets) 36lbs; 2 Colin Harvey (Worcester) 32lb 130z; 3 Ian Barrow (Sensas Starlets) 31lb 11oz; 4 Jon Newton (Smithy’s Angling Centre) 30lb 8oz; 5 Martin Tremlett (Corn Stores) 23lb; 6 Barry Cheese (Worcester) 22lb 13oz.Section winners: A Mo Williams (Sensas Chiltern Baits) 15lb 15oz; B Gary Kirkham (Browning Spa MG) 19olb 13oz; C Sean Street (Smithy’s Angling Centre) 13lb 9oz; D Alf Hands (Worcester) 16lb; E Dave Everitt (Storey’s) 17lb.

  • Meanwhile, Needles A C fished their last aggregate competition on the river Alne at Great Alne on Sunday.

Ian Shaw won with a bream catch weighing 6lbs 10ozs which also gave him this seasons aggregate title, in second place was Pete Lewis with 6lbs 2ozs and third was Glyn Blewett 5lbs 9ozs.

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