FORGET all that Olympics hype and big money showmanship, we have world-gold heroes of our own to celebrate!
And typically of angling it is self-funded older geezers wot did the business, with city ‘lad’ Terry Lancaster and nearby Northampton’s Joe Roberts (a Furzton festival regular) bringing home the medals.
With Dickie Car and Roger Marlow they won the coveted team gold for England in the world veterans’ champs, with Joe taking the top individual medal as well.
Struggling to keep their bait fresh in temperatures of up to 100 °F on Portugal’s river Mondego, they were fishing for borga – averaging just two ounces apiece – while the water, part of a hydro electric scheme, went up and down like a yoyo.
Over two days Terry finished 5th and 2nd in section for 11th overall, with Joe totalling 7 kilo to become a double section winner and individual world champ.
Back home at 3am Tuesday, Terry (who already has two world vets’ silvers and is pictured when the world champs were held on Furzton) was up and walking on air by 8am. He said “It’s a great feeling to be part of the England squad which finally won team gold.”
Tall Trees at Aspley Guise can be tough at times but Richie Evans (pictured below) got it just right, Monday, when he banked fin-perfect commons of 23-3 and 22-7 and lost a third fish.
Osprey’s match carpers have been pillaging Pidley lake, Huntingdon, where Tony Winnick netted 132lb, with few fish over 2lb. Kiran Chavda had 101lb and Mark Gilberts 84-8.
Towcester had a ball as they travelled to Flecknoe. Matt Brafield scaled an all-carp 128-14 with Kevin Elliot 65-9 and Mick Goodridge 57-10 as 14 rods totalled 615-8.
Beacon fished Alders where Geoff Duguid won with 41-6 followed by Steve Emmerton 27-11 and Austin Maddock 27-2.
Bream ruled in Kingfisher’s Willen north do. Fishing corn, worm and maggot Paul Hack won with 34-12. Dick Peerless made 34-1 and Mick Reynolds 28-15.
Calverts’ Claydon lake match went to James Lewis on 18-3 as Derek Bishop had 14-1 and Brian Bedward 8-8.
Quality hemp roach totalling 12-3 from Tear Drop one saw Roy Hefferon win the latest MKAA individual league round. Ernie Sattler had 10-4-8 and, on ‘Drop two, Mark Morgan 8-14-8 of bits.
Days earlier Ernie had topped the DATS’ evening series for the third year in a row. Winning with 12-5 of Cosgrove cut slabs saw him top with 140 points with Richard Lattimer on 135 and Gary Britton 129.
Austin Maddock won MK vets’ Manor Fields cut sweep with 10-14. Steve Chilton had 7-15-8 and Paul Hamilton 7-10-4.
LBC’s Furzton do saw Ian ‘the spod’ Smith with 9-7 of bream as Paul Chapman had 6-14 and Pete Patton 3-14.
John Hough topped Linford’s Giffard Park canal do with 5-14 as Mick Hefferon had 4-12 and Roy Hefferon 4-4. And Olney’s Ouse match went to Dave Tebbutt with 4-2. Barry Glidewell had 2-11 and Les Wallis 2-9.
FIXTURES: Furzton festival: Aug 22, vets open 01908 565446; disabled open, Aug 24, 608944; Aug 27, bank holiday open 506678.Aug 25: Newport open 210983.
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