Sensas AC leave rivals green with envy by lifting Bobby Smithers Cup
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Well done to the boys in green — BSI Sensas Angling Club are now the proud holders of the Bobby Smithers Cup and the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland Club Champions.
Two Sensas Ireland teams — Green and Black — represented the club in the All-Ireland Club Championships on the Grand Canal at Daingean, Co Offaly.
This two-day match also served to select the team to represent Ireland at the World Club Championships and was therefore fished to FIPS-ed rules.
The Sensas Ireland-sponsored Leinster-based club had a great time with the Green team of Damien Maddock, Pat Bartley, Conor Browne, Fint Brennan and Matt Kemmy landing the title and the Black team finishing as runners-up.
Gavin Walsh, team manager and sponsor, knew it was going to be a tough match with end pegs almost guaranteed to be section winners and he was proved right with both end pegs winning A and E sections on both days.
The team’s plan consisted of feeding one ball of ground bait the size of a golf ball with a pinch of pinkies and caster with chopped red worm fed on two lines. Hemp was fed at 13 metres to look for the better quality fish.
This worked on the first day when there was a wind blowing up the canal but not in the flat calm conditions of day two.
Sensas Green took the honours with 19 points; second were Sensas Black, 26 points; third, Tubertini MC, 32 points; fourth, Kingfisher AC, 36 points; and fifth, Fermoy AC, 38 points.
A magic result for the BSI Sensas club which was originally formed by Bobby Smithers who sadly passed away in 2008.
The larger than life Bobby, Ireland’s only World Championship gold medalist in coarse angling, created the club, which is still run in his honour today, and therefore the cup brings with it special meaning for the winners.