2008 Open, Oaklands Lake, New Ross- 31 August 2008

Match report  After a summer of rain the clouds moved away in time for the Portobello Open at the end of August. 39 anglers turned up on the day for what promised to be a close, hard-fought match. Although the carp failed to show in any numbers competition was tight for sections and the top three anglers were separated by little more than 1 kilo. Most fish were taken on long pole fished direct to a hook baited with pellet, corn or worm.

Carlow's Martin Rush made the most of a good draw in the corner beside the inlet to secure top spot - €350 and his name alongside Pat Bartley and Paul McBride on the club's perpetual trophy. Ken Ince and Wesley Slevin ran him close to collect €200 and €150 respectively. Sponsors, Henley Group, had generously donated a dozen spot prizes of jackets, hats and laptop bags so alongside 4 section winners there were plenty of smiling faces at the end of the day. Special thanks to the staff at Oaklands for hosting the event on such an immaculate venue.

Peg Member's Name Weight (kg) Prize
5 Gavin Walsh 4.480  
6 Val Brady -  
7 Damien Maddock 6.020  
8 Andy Bickley 3.520  
9 Vlad Radu 0.500  
10 Mark Walsh 1.460  
12 Anto Hendrick 6.820 (S) €100
13 Sean Campbell -  
14 Colm O'Gaora -  
16 Philip Fitzsimons 2.320  
17 Paul Mansbridge 3.960  
18 Jimmy Murray 1.120  
19 Dave Galvin -  
21 Danny Murphy 5.660 (S) €100
23 Alan Aphidean 1.200  
24 Alex Radu 3.680  
25 Gary McClelland -  
26 Dave Hill 2.920  
27 John Holmes 0.840  
29 Henry Norton 2.300  
30 James Foley 5.040  
31 Martin Rush 13.520 (1) €350
34 Mark Davis 6.360 (S) €100
36 James Bingham -  
37 Tommy Burke -  
38 Mick Carter 1.540  
39 David Hayes 6.250  
42 Eoin Byrne -  
43 Richie Keegan 5.970  
44 Declan O'Connor -  
45 John Bailey 8.700  
46 Wesley Slevin 12.430 (3) €150
48 Ferri Landfrasz 7.100  
51 Ken Ince 13.000 (2) €200
52 Costi Lucescu 4.370  
54 Fint Brennan 12.290 (S) €90
55 Norman Rothwell 1.540  
56 James Phelan 10.750  
59 Eoin Schweppe 3.950