Four members of Arbroath Angling Club made the trip up to Dunkeld to fish the River Tay.
The cold weather that was forecast put a lot of would be anglers off but those that chose to have a go were far from disappointed as they all caught fish on the day, with a few nice sized wild brown trout being put on the scales.
There is no bag limit on the Tay, but the club imposes a five fish limit so as to not over exploit the prized wild trout that are to be had on the river.
Although the weather was very cold on the day a few olives started hatching of around about 1 p.m. and the trout were close behind them with a few seen rising to the duns that were floating down river:
Senior winner was George [Sye] Gall with five trout for 4lbs 13oz, with the runner-up Scott McGregor, five trout for 4lbs 2oz.Third was Les Shepherd with three trout for 2lbs 2oz and fourth was Scott Reith, two trout for 1lbs 4oz.
The largest trout caught was one at 1lb 10 oz with another four trout caught weighing over the pound mark and all were in very good condition for the time of year, due possibly to the very mild winter.
The next competition is on the Backwater Dam on Sunday, April 13.Transport is by cars with all anglers competing asked to arrange their own travel arrangements. Start time is 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. with weigh in at car park at the dam.
With only two weeks left of the season, winners of Arbroath Carpet Bowling Leagues A and C are already decided.
Abbey E are eight points clear in A, but still any of the next four could be second. Lochlands 1 are six points clear in C, still with a 100 per cent record, with Newgate C looking safe in second
In League B, Newgate F are looking safe, but not certain, three points clear, and any of the next three for second.
Results for week 16, commencing March 24:
Abbey E beat Newgate E; RBL D beat Abbey G; Arbroath Z beat Abbey B; Arbroath A beat Newgate D; Abbey F beat Newgate B.
P W D L Pts
Abbey E 16 14 0 2 28
Arbroath Z 16 10 0 6 20
Newgate D 16 9 1 6 19
Abbey G 16 8 1 7 17
RBL D 16 8 1 7 17
Abbey F 16 8 0 8 16
Arbroath A 16 7 0 9 14
Abbey B 16 6 0 10 12
Newgate E 16 6 0 10 12
Newgate B 16 2 1 13 5
Newgate F beat RBL HH; Arbroath E beat RBL F; Abbey C beat Abbey H; Friockheim beat Abbey A; Newgate R beat RBL C.
P W D L Pts
Newgate F 16 11 0 5 22
Abbey C 16 9 1 6 19
Abbey A 16 9 0 7 18
Arbroath E 16 8 2 6 18
Newgate R 16 6 4 6 16
Abbey H 16 7 1 8 15
RBL C 16 7 1 8 15
RBL HH 16 7 0 9 14
Friockheim 16 5 3 8 13
RBL F 16 5 0 11 10
MBB beat Lochlands 3; Lochlands 2 beat Arbroath C; Lochlands1 beat Newgate C; Abbey D beat Newgate G; Letham, no game.
P W D L Pts
Lochlands 1 14 14 0 0 28
Newgate C 14 11 0 3 22
Letham 14 9 1 4 19
Lochlands 2 14 8 0 6 16
Arbroath C 15 7 1 7 15
Abbey D 14 5 0 9 10
Lochlands 3 14 3 2 9 8
MBB 14 2 1 11 5
Newgate G 15 2 1 12 5
P W D L F A Pts
Athletico Tesco 13 10 1 2 60 24 21
Inter YM 13 9 2 2 45 24 20
Blood S & B 13 7 1 5 39 20 15
Fiorentina Turner 13 6 2 5 40 32 14
New Team Needed 13 6 2 5 47 43 14
Dishy Warriors 13 4 0 9 32 53 8
Shacktar Kara 13 3 0 10 25 54 6
Pathetic Athletic 13 2 2 9 18 56 6
Any team interested in taking up the vacant spot should call 07909094621.
ACSC suffer for first half display
ACSC 4, SS Peter & Paul 6
ACSC went into Saturday’s league game against SSP&P in confident mood despite the previous week’s result.
They had had good numbers at training, worked hard and the mood in the camp was positive.
It was back to league business and with the ACSC sitting third in the table there was still everything to play for. With only 10 games left the ACSC were right in the mix and, despite the previous two results, it was fair to say that they were still favourites to pick up the three points from the club that was currently sitting bottom of the George Buckman Premier League.
The team lined out 4-2-3-1 with Longmuir choosing to go with the same back four as last week - Smith, Cook, Milne and Mattheson. McDowell and Gersok made up a defensive midfield duo, with R. Swan, R. Gillespie and C. Nicoll the more forward thinking midfielders and Jones filling the solitary striker’s role.
ACSC got off to a good start and went in front after nice play from Jones on the left saw him round the ‘keeper and square the ball to R. Gillespie who was on hand to knock the ball into the back of the net from inside a couple of yards.
From here the ACSC seemed to push the self-destruct button and found themselves 4-1 down at half-time some slack defending costing them dearly. The most disappointing thing being that all the goals were carbon copies of each other and could and should have been avoided.
Half-time: ACSC 1, SS Peter & Paul 4.
Manager Longmuir made a couple of changes at half-time and moved Gersok back to centre half and brought on the returning Gatrick.
Despite the changes the ACSC found themselves another goal adrift after more sloppy defending. Despite this the ACSC rallied and got one back and then another to get the score back to 5-3.
The home side was now looking more like themselves, more organised, creating chances and having the lion’s share of possession. With the score at 5-3 ACSC were denied a stonewall penalty when Jones was fouled in the box however the referee waved away the striker’s protests.
The ACSC were then dealt a further blow when SSP&P added to their tally on the break. With five to go Jones again reduced the deficit with fine header from a Gillespie corner. Although the ACSC continued to push for more goals they simply ran out of time and SSP&P collected a much needed three points to help them in their quest to beat the drop.
A bad day for the ACSC as they dropped another three points in a league campaign that was looking so promising only a couple of months ago.
Despite playing much better in the second half of the game and finishing well the players had given themselves too much to do after losing some terrible goals in the first half and quite simply had too much to claw back.
Undoubtedly, the ACSC have an uphill task now to win the league.
However the players must continue to work hard in training and approach this Saturday’s game against Bank St Athletic with the correct attitude. There will be a few twists and turns yet and all the players can do now is win the next game and see where it takes them.
There were some close games in the last eight of the Knock-out Cup.
Knockout Cup, quarter-finals - Railway (1) 6, Cliffburn (1) 7; Abbey 7, Ram’s Heid (1) 6; Letham (1) 2, Portcullis (1) 7; Ram’s Heid (2) 7, Newgate (1) 3.
Consolation Cup, last 16 - Portcullis (3) 9, Letham (2) 4; Legion (2) 6, Legion (1) 7; Fishermans 7, Bowlers (2) 6; Bowlers (1) 7, Railway (2) 6; Cliffburn (2) 7, Newgate (2) 3; Portcullis (2) v. Merchants, late result; Station 6, West Port (1) 7; West Port (2) 6, Burns Bar 7.
Fixtures for Tuesday:
Division One - Cliffburn 1 v Newgate 1; Legion 1 v Ram’s Heid 2; Merchants v Portcullis 2; Newgate 2 v Letham 1; Portcullis 1 v Bowlers 1; Ram’s Heid 1 v Railway 1; Abbey, bye.
Division Two - Bowlers 2 v West Port 2; Letham 2 v Cliffburn 2; Portcullis 3 v Stag; Railway 2 v Burns Bar; Station v Legion 2; West Port 1 v Fishermans.
Usual sign-in time of 8 p.m. Home captain to text or ‘phone the score to the match secretary upon completion of the match.
ADPL Race Night
This year’s Race Night fund-raiser will take place on Saturday, April 12. The venue will again be the Green Street Hall. It is hoped that as many people from the pool-playing community will come along to this event and an open invitation is extended to all players, their partners and friends to come along for an enjoyable night which will greatly help us support the growth of pool in Arbroath.
DPL Charity 4-Man
The annual ADPL Charity 4-Man Team was hosted by The Ram’s Heid last Saturday. Congratulations to Ram’s Heid 2A who defeated Abbey 3-1 in a great spirited final. With a late call off from Portcullis 1 it meant one group would be reduced to three teams. Amazingly, Group A was that group and was drawn out with all three Cliffburn (1A, 2A and 2C) entries in it!
Cliffburn 1A secured their semi-final place with two wins from two. The other semi-finalist from this group was determined by a one-frame playoff. Both captains put themselves forward and Willie Whitson (2C) looked to have secured his teams place only to agonisingly watch his white ball go in-off after potting the black.
Group B was drawn out with Abbey, Newgate 1, Railway 2A and Ram’s Heid 2A. Ram’s Heid 2A topped the group with a 100 per cent record and Abbey secured second place with two wins.
Abbey played Cliffburn 1A in the first semi-final and the teams couldn’t be separated after the first four singles, so a deciding double was required. After each pair having chances to win the match it was Abbey who took the initiative and secured their place in the final with a 3-2 win.
The other semi-final saw Ram’s Heid 2A play Cliffburn 2A. Cliffburn 2A were hoping to cause an upset but unfortunately it wasn’t to be their day and they were defeated 3-0.
In the final Abbey drew first blood and took the lead 1-0. Ram’s Heid looked like going 2-0 down but managed to get another chance and make it count for 1-1.
A quickfire win in the third match saw Ram’s Heid go in front 2-1 and then securing victory in the fourth match for a 3-1 victory to become the ADPL Charity 4-Man Champions 2014. Commiserations to the Abbey team who played some great pool throughout the day and justified their berth in the final.
Thanks are extended to Richard and Brenda Jones of the Ram’s Heid for their continued support and hosting of the event and their generous donation towards the charity fund.