Overall Match Individuals plus MAOTY Points Awarded:
Main Loch (Cafe)
Teams Performance Matchday 4
Matchday 4 Report: Forty Seven anglers took part in Matchday 4 with their being a late withdrawal Saturday which we couldn't react to to enable a replacement. It was a cold wet morning and the rain and winds persisted throughout the day. The midges even went away at times during the match as the conditions were that bad. The match was fished from 11am till 4pm and all gave their best for their individual teams in what was a very tight series. 'The Mercenaries' were the team to beat and after their final day collapse 2011 both the 'Wet Nets' and ' Roach ya Barra's' were right up for reducing the slender lead that 'The Mercenaries had.
The Woodisde battle saw ' The Mercenarie's' Captain Chris Hughes taking on Wullie McAuley 'Wet Nets' and Craig Duncan 'Roach Ya Barra's' The outcome was that Craig Duncan won the Pond taking the Maximum 12 points and Wullie McAuley came in third taking 10 points. Chris Hughes only managed 7th Place and 6 points so the ball was in 'Wet Nets' court with 'Roach ya Barra's' challenging for 2nd place.
The Island Battle saw Paul Vernel 'Mercenaries' up against Davy Smith ' Wet Nets' and Dylan duncan 'Roach Ya Barra's' The outcome was that Davy Smith took third place and 10 points and Dylan Duncan managed 5th place and 8 points whereby Paul Vernel managed 8th place and 5 points. The outcome was getting right exciting as Roach Ya Barra's had wiped out their deficit and were contenders for the coveted 2nd place which would be a real bonus as their team consisted of 2 novice anglers who only started fishing this year.
It was then on to the Cafe Bank of the Main Loch where the word on the bank was that all three contending teams anglers had not done very well. The weigh-in saw 'Roach Ya Barra's' take 5 points via Frank Smith, 'The Mrcenaries take 4 points via Alan Welsh and Wet Nets take 3 points via Dougie Craig. That left 'Wet Nets' with a clear lead and Roach ya Barra's' in with a good chance of second place. 'The Mercenaries' who were ever presents throughout the series at the weigh-ins were conspicuous by their absence at the Main Loch weigh-in, it was thought that they began to hit the bottle early.
The weigh-in then went to the top pond where the results would decide where the trophies would rest this year. David Joseph 'Wet Nets was first to weigh -in with a respectable 6.86Kgs which gave him 3rd place and 10 points. Dave Minard was the next of the contenders to weigh in and caught 6.3Kgs which gave him 4th place and 9 points. 2nd place was now very tight with Mark Brown requiring to take at least 6 points to see his team through into 2nd place. Mark Brown weighed in 2.720Kgs and needed to beat one of the last 3 anglers to weigh-in for his team to take 2nd place. The next angler to weigh was Gerry Smith who weighed 1.27Kgs giving 'Roach Ya Barra's' 2nd place.
In the individual front the Woodside weigh saw Craig Duncan win his section which saw Scott Laird having to win his section to win the individual outright on points. Scott managed to win his section by a country mile. Barry Lindsay also won the Main Loch to take 3rd place.
It was a great Series with everyone out the beat 'The Mercenaries' There were a lot of happy people when two teams managed to beat them. A big Thank-you to Judith and Spreadsheet Dave for their assistance during the Series.
With the numbers on the decline some thought will go into refreshing the format for 2013.
Overall Barra's Series Results 2012
Final Team Places
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Final Individual Places
" I'm not arguing, simply explaining why I'm right."
A big and well deserved well done to the Wet Nets & Roach Ya Barra's, you came you saw and you pumped the hated Merc's, both teams fished a blinder and made it a great series and a final day that was full of excitement, drama and tears (well just me perhaps). It was a great display by both the first and second place teams and the usual last day collapse by the my team could have been scripted ( Davie Minard excluded ), there was many individual displays over the series that should be applauded Big Wullie pumped myself 3 out of 4 match's, Scott Laird as seem to be the way fished a blinder all the way through and was a well deserved individual winner, and Craig Duncan consistently fished great for a well deserved 2nd place. The numbers may have dropped off as anglers have so many options now but it is still in my opinion the best series going and is worth fishing just for the banter. So once again a big well done to all who fished you are what makes this match series what it is, a special mention for Spreadsheet Dave, Judith and the Big Spoon.
Final Tables updated. Was feeling down after my Barra's performance this year. One look at the photographs above made me feel happy once more. Great to see the smiling faces which makes it all worthwhile in my book. Looking forward to next year already. If you can't beat the Mercenaries why not join them if your CV is good enough and you have a certificate to see that when the pressure is applied your backside does not colapse.
" I'm not arguing, simply explaining why I'm right."
Big well done to the wet nets on their win ...in all the years i have fished this series this has got to be the closest yet....right down to the wire in fact right down to the 4th last weight in to decide on the 2nd + 3rd placings....
Like Tommy I feel as ive not done too well this year due to bad pegging, bad decisions, poor angling and being pegged next to Gerry "the moaning b" Smith in the last match however just glad the other boys in the team produced the results....especially Craig Duncan.....outstanding consistant performance from someone new to the sport....well done mate
Well done to the organisers as well....a lot of hard work goes into organising these matches
PS...."The Roach Ya Barras" team have all signed a 2 year deal......so no poaching for next year
A bad days fishing is still better than a good day at the office
I don't know who to thank first, my son possibly for dragging me along to Magiscroft in the fisrt place? The many different anglers I have met in the past few months? Or Ronnie and George for an excellant venue to fish? Tommy for his organising and fishing advice "after the Barras as he has told me"? Young Scott McAulay for lending me his spare pole or Alex for his spare seat box? To my team mates as well Frank, Dylan and Mark, "always next year guys" . Willie McAulay for extracting the urine from me, "you'll need 2 keep nets after fifty lbs Craig" (be alert Big Wullie ma Pal !!!).
I honestly have not been so engrossed and skint on a sport in a long time (you listening Ronnie ££££ take my last penny McLeod). The whole community spirit has been excellant, too much to give everyone a mention. Thoroughly enjoyed the Barras series and I would just like to thank everyone involved in the running of the event and all other the matches. It must be a nightmare at times to manage, having ran similar events on the golf callander I know how you must feel.
Hopefully all going well and if life permits we will be back next year fit and healthy to have another crack at the BARRAS. As Broony has already stated we are all contract bound for the next couple of years, so looking forward to 2013 already.
Excellent post Craig , I echo a lot of what you have written. love fishing the Barras and the comradery amongst the anglers is unsurpassed. I didnt have the best of results but have enjoyed the atmosphere and banter. I always learn something new and always meet new people. I had a nightmare last match, managed to ruin a perfectly good end peg , but still enjoyed the day. Watching wee John R sitting quiet and concentrating on the fishing was great. he has a talent when he focuses and he battered all around him. . I could hear the banter from big wullie towards Craig and it was relentless . great day and a great series of matches. I hope my shifts allow me to fish next year. A big well done to all the framers, great to see so many young anglers up there. A thank you too, for all the organisers , helpers and facilitators for putting on the best match in the country.
Just like to say well done to everyone this year. The collapse of the Mercenaries might not have been a huge surprise but the performances of some of the other teams was excellent. Good to see some fantastic performances over the series, especially from some of our younger anglers. Shame wee Zoe wasn't in the pools. Good job to all the framers, and it's just as well big Chris can take a slagging
Even though I didn't get to fish this year, still had a good time in the cafe. The banter at the end of the matches was of it's usual high standard, even though some of the weather and results were a bit disheartening.
Big thanks as usual to Tommy, Frieda, Judith, Ronny and Alexis. Anyone else I've missed out, is because I'm getting old
Westside might have been out this year, but beware 2013
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