FIXTURES

 

                                            
                                                   Club Championships

1. The Senior and Junior Club Championships will be decided by the lowest number of points gained with the worst two results being discarded.
2. The points will be awarded as follows:
a) The winner of each match will get one point, second position two points and so on to the last member weighing in.
b) Those attending the match but not weighing in will get another five points on top of the points awarded to the last member weighing in and those not attending the match will get a further five points i.e. those not attending will receive 10 points more than the last member weighing in on the day.
3. A trophy will be awarded to the Senior Champion with a permanent memento and an award made to the Junior winner of the Club Championship.

                                  Founders Cup

1. This match is to take place before October 31st. The actual date and venue being decided by the Match Secretary. The winner being the member having the highest weight on the day.
2. The winner will be awarded a trophy to be retained for one year and a permanent memento presented.
                             Prince of Wales Trophy

1. This competition will be a knockout competition as follows:
a) Round 1: All entrants names will be drawn into three groups, equal if possible. Junior entrants names will be drawn separately and included equally in each group. The top two weights from each group qualify for the next round.
b) Round 2: The six qualifying members then being drawn into two equal groups. The top weights from each group qualifying for the final.
c) Final: The overall winner having the top weight in this final round.
2. The draw for the groups on Rounds 1 and 2 shall take place at a meeting following the first round being fished.
3. In Rounds 1 and 2 the qualifiers will be provided by draw if necessary, from the appropriate group. The actual date and venue for each round being decided by the Match Secretary and published in the club programme. A trophy will be awarded to be retained for one year and a permanent memento presented.

                                S. Martin Trophy

1. This is a pairs competition which will be held on the first match of the season. The pairs are drawn prior to the match commencement. The trophy being awarded to the pair with the highest total weight.
2. A permanent memento will be awarded to both winning competitors.

                                 Specimen Trophy

1. This is awarded to the captor of the best specimen fish caught during a club match or otherwise, within a 20 mile radius of Reading, on waters open to all members, expressed as a percentage of the Angling Trust British Record Fish Committee's standard or record for the species as existing at the start of the season, and recorded in the June meeting minutes.
2. No specimen fish whose National Record is less than 16 oz's. shall be eligible for the specimen trophy.
3. A claim for capture of a specimen fish should be submitted in writing together with the names of two bona fide witnesses and the location of the scales for verification in the event of a dispute.
4. A trophy will be awarded to be retained for one year and a permanent memento presented.

                                   Roach Trophy

1. To be awarded to the member recording the heaviest catch of Roach on a club outing specified for this competition. The actual date and venue being decided by the Match Secretary.
2. A trophy will be awarded to be retained for one year.

                                Handicap Trophy

1. To be run on one of the club outings specified for this competition. The method of handicapping being as follows:
a) Members featuring in the top twenty positions of the previous season's Club Championships shall be awarded an allowance of 4 oz's corresponding to their position - i.e. If in fifth place an allowance of 20 oz's (1 lb 4 oz's) will be made.
b) Club Champion together with new members with no club record will start from scratch.
c) In order to qualify for a handicap allowance established club members must attend a minimum of five matches in the previous seasons Club Championships, otherwise they will start from scratch.
d) Members below 20th position will be awarded an allowance of 80 oz's (5 lb.).
e) Junior members having moved into the Senior ranks will start with an allowance of 40 oz's (2 lb. 8 oz's).
                       Club Team or Doubles Trophy

1. This trophy is to be competed for by self-selecting pairs. It is to be fished over a series of five matches starting in October, after the final of the Prince of Wales Trophy (which will be decided in September).
2. Pairs may be formed by any two members whether Junior or Senior and must be listed by the first match in October to qualify to fish the series.
3. The points system to decide the winners will be the same as that for the Club Championships. This will be an entirely separate competition with the points relevant to the pair being lifted from the Match Secretary's sheet after every match.

                              The Challenge Cup

1. This competition open to all Senior and Junior club members will be a knockout competition as follows:
a) Round 1 - Qualifier: The top eight members with the highest weights from Match Day One will enter the ‘Quarter Final’ draw.
b) Round 2 – Quarter-Final: The eight qualifiers from ‘Round 1’will be drawn into four pairs. The member from each pair with the highest aggregate weight from the two Club matches fished in July and August shall qualify for the ‘Semi-Final’.
c) Round 3 - Semi-Final: The four ‘Quarter-Final’ winners will be drawn into two pairs. The member from each pair with the highest aggregate weight from the two Club matches fished in September and October shall qualify for the two-legged Final.
d) Round 4 - Final: The two ’Semi-Final’ winners will fish November and December Club matches.
2. The winner shall be the member with the highest aggregate weight from the two ‘Final’ matches.
3. In the event of both members of a pair in round 2 (Quarter-Final) and round 3 (Semi-Final) having an equal aggregate weight, the qualifier for the next round will be selected by a draw.
4. In the event of a one member of a pair failing to fish both Club matches in rounds round 2 (Quarter-Final) and round 3 (Semi-Final), then the other member of the pair shall qualify for the next round.
5. If both members of any pair fail to fish both round 2 (Quarter-Final) Club matches, then neither member of the pair(s) shall qualify for the next round. Then the beaten ‘Quarter-Finalist(s)’ with the highest aggregate weight will claim the vacant Semi-Final place(s).
6. If both members of a ‘Semi-Final’ pair fail to fish both ‘Semi-Final’ Club matches the winner of the other ‘Semi-Final’ will win ‘The Challenge Cup’ by default. In this event the final will be null and void.
7. The winner will be awarded a trophy to be retained for one year.

                              Denis Read Trophy

1. This trophy shall be awarded to a club member who in the opinion of the Club Management Committee has made a significant contribution to the organisation of the club or the promotion of club activities.
Trophies
1. All of the above trophies will be awarded at the June meeting or a separate meeting in June set aside for such purpose. All trophies must be returned by the following April meeting. Members contravening this rule will be considered to have lapsed membership and will have to re-apply.

                        COMPETITION RULES

1. Club Matches will be fished as 'Pegged Down Matches' only.
2. The draw will commence one hour prompt before the match stating time.
3. The Match Secretary, or his nominated stewards, shall conduct the draw for pegs. Further, the Match Secretary or his nominated stewards shall start and end all matches by the sound of a whistle.
4. Matches
a) Any competitor wishing to move to a vacant swim on a match venue may do so but any fish caught by that competitor will not count in that competition.
b) Each member participating in the competition will draw a number and fish at the peg corresponding to that number for the duration of the match.
c) A redraw will be granted only in the case of a peg being declared unfishable by the match secretary and at least one other witness. Application for a redraw must be made within one hour of the start of the match.
5. Definition of a swim. Commencing one yard upstream of the peg and terminating a yard above the downstream peg. On still waters and canals the swim shall be deemed to be midway between the competitor’s peg and the pegs on either side.
6. A pegging fee plus optional pools will be collected by the Match Secretary on all club matches as required. Pools are to be entered before making the draw with the exception of late-comers who must enter the pools, if required, before commencing fishing.
7. Pools pay-outs will be limited to £25 for first place, £15 for second place, and £10 for third place. All surplus pools money collected by the match secretary will be paid into club funds. Should no weights be recorded the appropriate pools money will be retained as free entry to the pools of the following match. Any angler not fishing the following match will forfeit his pools money.
8. The water must not be broken before the start of the match except for soaking of ground bait, plumbing the depth by float tackle only and the positioning of a keep-net.
9. There will be no restriction on fishing from the bank, anglers may wade or use a platform if required but must be within one meter of bankside.
10. The match will start and finish at a signal from the match secretary or his appointed deputy.
11. All fish will be weighed in at the anglers swim by means of the official club scales.
12. All fish, excluding trout, salmon, and pike shall be eligible for weighing in.
13. Any infringement of the preceding rules may render a member liable to disqualification.
14. The Match Secretary's decision on all disputes will be final.
Notes:
Club members who have pre-booked to fish a club match will have preference at the draw when the number of pegs is restricted (e.g. when the number of anglers at the draw exceeds the number of available pegs).
Club members and their guests wishing to fish the Christmas match must pre-book at least one week in advance of the event.
Guests shall not be eligible to compete for prizes and trophies.
Guests may enter the pools run by the match secretary.
Any club member can fish a water booked by the club after matches.
Pegging fees will be charged to all non-club members participating in club matches.