ANGLING: Festive cheer for Kevin

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BREAM  dominated the catches in Sunday’s Trowbridge Xmas match fished on the Bristol Avon at Staverton.

Kevin Grant, of Trowbridge, won with 25 lb with Colin Gittings, from Chippenham, next with 19 lb 14 oz.

Mick Higgins, from Westbury, was third with 16 lb 10 oz.

Other placings: 4. Dave Allen Frome 11 lb 5 oz; 5. Steve King Frome 8 lb 10 oz; 6. Gerry Lugg Beckington 7 lb 0 oz.

DEVIZES MG’s James Carty finished as runner up in the Upper Thames Winter League practice match on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Great Bedwyn.

Troy Weaver, of Maver Lobbys, won the event with an all-perch catch weighing 16 lb 12 oz, ahead of Carty’s skimmer and roach effort weighing 8 lb 4 oz 8 dm.

He was followed by Dave Parmitter of Swindon Isis with a mixed catch weighing 7 lb 4 oz 8 dm.

Other placings: 4. Stuart Dabbs Browning Andover 5 lb 1 oz 8 dm; 5. Martin Howerd Daiwa Gordon League 4 lb 9 oz; 6. Mike Marsden Devizes MG 4 lb 0 oz.

COMPETITORS found fish hard to tempt in the Ivy House Tuesday Open match where Mick Rosier, of Isis, took top prize with 28 lb 8 oz of carp and silvers.

Runner up was Fred Parker, of Wednesday Club, with 23 lb of carp and silvers followed by John Williams, of Ivy House, with a mixed catch of 14 lb 5 oz.

Andy Lord of Ivy House was fourth with 8 lb.

THERE was good sport in the opening round of the Landsend Individual League as Mark Poppleton, from Trowbridge, carried off top prize with 104 lb 10 oz of carp.

Mike Duckett of Landsend was runner up with 82 lb 11 oz of carp followed by Craig Edmunds, of Avon Angling, with 75 lb 4 oz of carp.

The silvers prize went to Mark Brennan, of Preston Innovation Thatchers and Tom Thick, of Thatchers Tackle with weights of 17 lb 8 oz.

Other placings: 4. Tom Thick Thatchers Tackle 60 lb 8 oz; 5. Tom Magnell Mosella 60 lb 6 oz; 6. Bob Gullick Garbolino Blackmore Vale MG 60 lb 1 oz.

THE River Marden at Hazeland produced good catches for Sunday’s Calne Xmas match where Gary Dodson was the clear winner with 31 lb 10 oz of chub and skimmers.

Pat Samuel, from Newbury, was runner up with 11 lb 6 oz, followed by Martin Dolman, of Calne, with 8 lb 11 oz of chub.

Other placings: 4. Kevin Williams Chippenham 8 lb 10 oz; 6. Shane Belcher Calne and Nick Lofy Calne 6 lb 4 oz each.

Future events

Saturday Dec 15: Calne Junior Xmas match at Sabre Lake.

Thursday Dec 20: Bathampton Over 55s/Disabled Xmas match at Bridge Pool.

MORE SPORTS NEWS & PICTURES IN THIS WEEK'S GAZETTE & HERALD AND WILTSHIRE TIMES

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