Division One National Championship

River Trent (Non-Tidal)

Saturday 13th August 2022

Teams will be invited to register their participation in early April 2022

The Division One National is a team event, consisting of teams of 10 anglers taking part with up to 10 reserves. Teams for the Division One National Championship are already selected each year via invitation due to promotion status.

To take part in the Division One National Championships clubs/organisations must have affiliated membership of the Angling Trust and all individuals within the teams named on the entry forms must be individual members of the Angling Trust.

Entry fee: £200 (plus optional pools available)
Closure of waters for practice: tbc
Draw: TBC
Fishing: 11:00am – 4:00pm (Duration 5 hours)
Licences: All competitors must be in possession of a current Environment Agency Rod Licence. Any competitor reported by the Environment Agency to the resulting team on the day of the match will be disqualified.
Keepnet: Minimum length of 2 metres
Bait bans: No bloodworm & joker. Other local rules tbc at a later date.
Refreshments: TBC
Eligible fish: All fish caught are eligible for weighing with the exception of Game fish, Pike, Zander & Crustaceans.
Procedures: All weighing in, and recording will be carried out by Senior Stewards who will be supplied by the organising club. Therefore no teams will need to provide stewards.
Presentation: TBC

1- Sensas Devizes MG  (Champions)
2- Barnsley and District 
3- Starlets AS
4- Tri-Cast Rochdale
5- Cadence Superteam Bait-Tech
6- Diawa Dorking
7- Colmic Northants
8- LTB Matrix Bait-tech
9- Browning Ossett
10- Drennan Bordon
11- Preston Innovations Sonubaits North West
12- Matrix Dynamite Image
13- Crewe M.G
14- Daiwa Doncaster D.A.A
15- Hull Works Sports Association
16- Wigan MG
17- Maver Milton Keynes AA
18- Browning Hotrods
19- Team Browning Wickford
20- Drennan Oxford 
21- Sensas Smithys MG
22- Matrix Halifax 
23- Colmic North West 
24- Preston Innovations Black Horse 
25- Drennan Leicester MVDE
26- Drennan RAF
27- Dynamite Baits Derby MG
28- Diawa Gordon League 
29- Scunthorpe Tackle
30- Team Army 
31- Sensas Mark One
32- Sensas North
33- Preston Innovations Thatchers
34- Lincs Match Squad
35- Dynamite Trentman
36- Colmic A4 MG
37- Newton-Le-Willows AA
38- Wellingborough AC
39- Sensas Lifestyle MG
40- Maver South East
41- Tri-Cast Calder (relegated)
42- Black Country AS (relegated)
43- Hull & District AA (relegated/DNF)
44- Lincoln & District AA (relegated/DNF)
45- Mirfield AC (relegated/DNF)
46- Mosella Bathampton (relegated/DNF)
47- Scunthorpe Dynamite (relegated/DNF)
48- Sensas Colemans Bait and Tackle (relegated/ DNF)
49- Sensas Manor Angling (relegated/ DNF)
50- Stoke City & District (relegated/DNF)

*DNF (Did Not Fish)


The Angling Trusts blue riband event was fished this year on the Grand Union Canal around Northampton with 42 teams competing.  In the run up to this match the canal hadn’t been fishing too well but a 2 week break for practice gave the fish a rest and it showed.  The canal fished reasonably well with some very good weights recorded, only 31 anglers failed to make 450gms (1lb) and there were no blanks which is all that can be asked for a small canal.

The Team result will surprise a few, with Sensas Devizes MG being crowned Division 1 National Champions 2021 and received the winners cheque of £1500.  But when you consider that the Devizes team live on the Kennet & Avon Canal in Wiltshire which is a very similar canal then really it should be no surprise at all.  Their total of 301pts was 15pts clear of the mighty Barnsley & District whom were runners up and will receive £500 for their 286pts and Starlets AS took the bronze medal position with 284pts.

Nigel Franks from Sensas Devizes added:

“The team adopted a simple approach of feeding two lines at the start in 2’6” of water. One was fed with 250ml of liquidised bread and the other with a ball of ground bait. Ground bait was a combination of Sensas 3000 canal noire, sensas magic and sensas formula supreme.

Knowing that the first 30mins was critical for catching the skimmers no time was wasted feeding anywhere else.
Starting on a 7mm punch we all tried to catch some decent fish early, fortunately, this worked for most of the team.
After the bread line died it was felt best to look on the ground bait line with maggot or worm and basically progressively start to feed other lines.
The rest of the match it was a case of making the most of your peg. Fortunately, with years of experience fishing a similar Kennet and Avon canal we all managed to find some additional fish for those important extra points.
We’d like to give a special thanks to Sensas Uk for the ongoing support.


On the Individual front Dave Brown (Preston Innovations Black Horse) needed 19.170Kgs to win the prestigious Division 1 Individual title.  Fishing at peg 30 on B Section at Weedon, Dave caught skimmers on bread punch from the off and added some better samples to 3lb mid-way through the match before his peg started to fade but he had done enough to win.  Stu Bird (LTB Matrix Bait Tech) must have thought he had a good chance of winning when he put 16.700Kg on the scales from end peg 1 on D Section at Furnace Lane but in the end he had to settle for the runner up spot.  3rd place went to Dale Malpas (Daiwa Gordon League) with 14.890Kg from peg 32 close to the winner at Weedon.

The full results breakdown can be found at

Next year’s Division 1 National will see us move back to the R. Trent (Non-tidal) around Nottingham.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Chris Howard and his team for their help and assistance in running this match and Northampton Nene for use of their waters.


Team Result;

1st          Sensas Devizes MG                                  301pts

2nd         Barnsley & District                                    286pts

3rd         Starlets AS                                                   284pts

4th         Tricast Rochdale                                       283pts (25.610Kg)

5th         Cadence Superteam Bait Tech              283pts (23.440Kg)

6th         Team Daiwa Dorking                               281pts


Individual Result;

1st          Dave Brown                    Preston Innovations Black Horse                                      19.170Kg

2nd         Stu Bird                            LTB Matrix Bait Tech                                                             16.700Kg

3rd         Dale Malpas                   Daiwa Gordon League                                                          14.890Kg

4th         Colin Mayor                   Preston Innovations Sonu Baits North West                   12.590Kg

5th         Barry Smith                    Colmic Northants                                                                   8.980Kg

6th         Richard Whitmarsh      Sensas Devizes MG                                                                8.400Kg



Match fishings’ premier team event took place this weekend on a revolutionary split venue format, across both the Aire and Calder and New Junction canals. In the run up to the Division One National weights across both venues had been a little inconsistent, however with an average weight of over two kilos per man, there was some phenomenal fishing on show.

Taking the match and retaining their crown from last year on the Trent, Drennan Barnsley Blacks stormed the match with a superb 392 points. Stand out performances in the team were Tom Barlow who won F section with a stunning 10kg 150g of roach on the pole. Frankie Gianoncelli in E section was third and James Dent and Lee Kerry were both fifth. Tactics across the team focused on a short feeder chuck and long pole for bream and then short pole fishing for roach and perch, with a lot of the anglers spraying squats and fishing pinkie.

Second place on the day were local side Hull and District Angling Association who carded an impressive 382 points, averaging tenth in section per man. Barry Howgate took the honours on K section with 7kg 520grams of roach, skimmers, and bream. Another stand out performance was Scott Risplin in H Section, Scott amassed 22kg 980g and was both second in the section and the match, with a good net of bream on the tip.

Rounding out the top three was another Drennan team in Drennan Oxford, Dan Varney was their stand out angler on the New Junction canal, netting 6kg 680g of roach on the pole for second in section. This was backed by a series of solid top ten placings from the rest of the team.

On an individual front it was Rob Jones from Preston Innovations Thatchers that put together an impressive 28kg 850g that took the honours. Rob was end peg on H section of the Aire and Calder and put together quality bream and skimmers on the tip.

Our thanks must go to local organisers Paul Caygill and Ian Hirst from the hosting clubs across the canals, to Mike Storey and the Angling Trust volunteer team for running the event. We believe this national is the best on record for average weight since the competitions inception and are thrilled by the support we’ve received from teams. Next year’s Division One National will be on the Grand Union Canal in Northampton.

Note: The 2020 Division One National was postponed to 2021.


1 Barnsley Blacks
392 points
56kgs 630grams

2 Hull & District AA
382 points
66kgs 330grams

3 Drennan Oxford
369 points
49kgs 400grams

4 Team Daiwa Dorking
349 points
52kgs 520grams

5 Wayne’s Tackle Matrix Southport
347 points
51kgs 870grams

6 Daiwa Doncaster D.A.A
343 points
56kgs 810grams

7 Preston Innovations Thatchers
336 points
65kgs 110grams

8 Preston Innovations Sonu Baits North West
321 points
44kgs 830grams
9 Scunthorpe Tackle
315 points
60kgs 170grams

10 Browning Ossett
315 points
40kgs 830grams


1 Rob Jones – Preston Innovations Thatchers
28kgs 850grams
2 Scott Rispin – Hull & District AA
22kgs 980grams
3 Steve Winter – Scunthorpe Tackle
20kgs 620grams
4 Sean Wright – Daiwa Doncaster D.A.A
18kgs 220grams
5 Peter Kitwood – Sensas North
17kgs 360grams
6 Craig Singleton – Sensas North
15kgs 950grams
7 Steve Cable – Preston Innovations Black Horse
13kgs 300grams
8 Carl Yeowell – Maver Milton Keynes AA
13kgs 200grams
9 Pete Duffy – Preston Innovations Sonu Baits North West
11kgs 910grams
10 Nigel Baker – Devizes AA
11kgs 600grams

View full results HERE.

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