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Ulster Casting Club

Discussion in 'Casting' started by mgc, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. mgc

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    Cairncastle 5/6/2016 150g day



    Well the second round of the club league was today, it wasn’t that long after the first round but due to the lack of a venue for so long due to such a wet winter. It was a massive change today, even with long grass the ground was baked hard, if fact a few casts were discounted as the lead didn’t stay in the soil. It wasn’t going to be a day for massive distances as it was 1020mb of pressure, 21 degrees, casting uphill with barely any wind. When the breeze did blow it was cyclonic but refreshing. I know it sounds bad but as always we managed to enjoy it, well most of us, poor Bobby had a bad day, snap, snap birdie.



    Results for 5/6/16, 150g day


    MC = 198y

    Sean =195y

    Tommy =186y

    Benny =177y

    Bobby =NCR

    Scrab =DNC
     
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    This Sunday the 19th June is another field day, if the forecast stays as predicted then some fine distances could be recorded. Just my luck not being able to make it but after all it's my wee lads 7th birthday. Good luck and have fun.
     
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    With a couple of members not able to make this event you know it had to have been really bad conditions for half of who did turn up to leave again before the event even got under way! Yep - it was crap! The weather forecast was for rain all day turning heavy around lunchtime - it did. The wind wasn't very strong but for once it was blowing straight up the field, we failed to take advantage of it though. The problem with that was we were in the top field so had to cast across the slope. That meant rising ground behind and to the left side of the oche which demanded modified casting swings. The real killer though was the grass, it was knee high and soaking wet. It was also blown over which made trying to walk through it very tiring and heavy going. Also another reason for modified casts.

    In the end there were only three of us left to fight it out and as we were already soaked just getting into the field and setting the court up, we carried on and did the best we could - given the conditions. Surprisingly we only had the one snap-off and nobody hit the deck on the powerstroke! Impressive!
    Unfortunately the grass and the rain ground us down and as the casting / distances weren't improving we called a halt to it and headed home early. I think in the end we were just fortunate to get the distances we did. Lets hope the grass has been cut for the next event.

    Sean - 100g = 232y

    Tommy - 125g = 226y

    Benny - 100g = 207y
     
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    Todays event was meant to be the clubs 1oz and 18g plug casting day. But as usual it didn't go as planned. For a start we were in the same field as last time and the grass still hasn't been cut yet and is easily knee high with most of it laid over. This alone would make casting these weights a nightmare. The plugs would just bounce off the grass and we reckoned the 1oz weights would have real trouble getting through it as well. So the event was postponed until the grass has been cut. Casting across the slope of the field and a sloped oche rising behind us added to our misery. Our nice tournament style pendulum casts looked more like ugly swinging overhead thumps with a bit of side-swiping thrown in for good measure.

    Thankfully we managed to avoid most of the showers that were seen all around us, but the wind was well up to the task of making our day a real pain. It blew straight across the court all day and occasionally slightly back towards us and would have been a nightmare to cast the plug and 1oz in. Even using 100gs we were shifting nearly 300 yards of line just to cast 200 yards! Still with only three of us there to cast we turned the day into the "Profile Challenge" seeing as MC had his new birthday present with him and was dying to give it a thorough workout. It all went well until Benny was spotted using a Full Tournament in a vein attempt to gain a few yards - FAILED!!! He still came last! Served him right...

    Results are as follows :-

    Sean:- 100g = 234y

    MC:- 100g = 210y

    Benny:-100g = 194y
     
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    Nice one Martin,, and I feel your pain with the grass situation,, were in the same boat. Last day up on our venue the grass was up to the window an the jeep, nightmare!!
     
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    Did they finish the work that was getting done?
     
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    Yes all done,, just the grass now to be cut, Im hoping it will be this week
     
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    With the grass cut and what was forecasted a dry day, the hope was for a wind in a useable direction. The only field available for use was the upper slopping one and with the wind blowing in a southwestern direction, it was looking like it could be a good day. As the day progressed the wind became variable in strength, often blowing pure west (across court) which was fun with the 100g lead leaving big a big bow of line and a longer walk as the line was catching on the grass stubs. The better casts came earlier in the day before the heat made casting and walking back to the oche hard work. All in all it was a fun day with some nice casts from all members and a few burnt head too.

    Results

    Bobby 125g = 211y

    Benny 125g = 210y
    100g = 216y

    Tommy 125g = 223y
    100g = 212y

    MC. 175g = 212y
    150g = 244y PB
    125g = 241y
    100g = 226y
     
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    Great stuff lads,, and well done on the PB Martin.. ;)
     
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    With sheep dog trials coming up we were forced to use the first field by the road today. The breeze, what there was of it was of course blowing straight across the court towards the road. Thankfully it wasn't strong enough to blow the lines out on to the road. Another problem was that we had to cast from the north end meaning that we had to cast uphill and over the rise. That meant we lost sight of the court after about 50 yards out, which added some entertainment to the days proceedings. We also managed to miss out on the predicted rain for most of the day with only one shower finding us.

    It was never going to be a big distance day so most took the opportunity to refine their casts and work on their styles. There were 6 casting today with the twins, David and Alan having a "friendly" challenge. David wasn't feeling the best so sat out the first lot of rounds, that is until he heard what brother Alan had cast - red flag to a bull! He wasn't having that and set about reeling Alan in. The final result of this can be seen bellow.

    David - 125g=227y

    Alan - 125g=226y

    Tommy -125g=197y

    Bobby -125g=182y

    Scrab -125g=196y

    Benny -125g=190y
     
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    This Sunday the 14th of August is a fun day, well we will be laughing as its 1oz and plug day, hope to see you all there.
     
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    Hi what time does the casting start at
     
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    Normally around 10am lad
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Anytime mate, hope to see you soon
     
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    This was meant to be a fun day and we had a laugh but the casting was quite frustrating. Our usual venue was still packed with grandstands and equipment for the sheepdog trails, they were in the process of packing it away. By that I mean the sheepdog trails had ended on Saturday and the stuff was still there with someone looking over what had to be done. This meant the field beside it was out of bounds as it was used as an acces for the lorises, the other field was full of sheep. So this left us the side field which is only usable in one direction and guess which way the wind was blowing, that's right in our face. Good news is that it did go cross court or die off, for a short time but it was mostly in our faces. So we made the best of it and three members decided to take on the 18g plug and mighty 1oz lead. Unfortunately for Sean and Bobby injuries prevented them from casting but there's always next year, that's right lads this is now a yearly event.

    Results

    18g plug

    Benny = 79 yards
    Tommy = 76 yards
    MC. = 72 yards

    1 ounce challenge

    Benny = 139 yards
    Tommy = 113 yards
    MC. = 112 yards



    Well done to " miracle last cast" Benny on winning both events.
     
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    Next Sunday the 28th August 2016 is a field day and after having such fun with the micro leads/plugs then this Sunday is light line day. Bit of a surprise but the light line day was cancelled due to waterlogged venue earlier in the year so hope your looking forward it. Ps I hope you can all make it, if not please let me know
     
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    Light line day

    We had all the club members present this morning but with illness, injuries and hangovers only 5 of us competed in the annual light line day. The forecast was for the wind to blow in our favour but it was cross court most of the day, even dying off for the 50g round. The high pressure (air and caster) caused a few problems, as did the longish grass and uneven oche. Standing on a slope and casting slightly uphill may be an excuse for some snap offs and on the odd occasion the air turned blue( Tommy had a bit of a nightmare) but the heat soon got to some of us, well it did me. Once the event was over most of club members left but 3 of us stayed on and where rewarded with a good wind blowing straight down court resulting our biggest casts of the day but the lack of energy after a long hot day saw no records beaten.


    Results 100g
    MC = 206y
    Scrab = 196y
    Benny = 195y
    Tommy = 194y
    Bobby = 185y


    75g
    MC = 195y
    Scrab = 181y
    Benny = 180y
    Tommy = 168y
    Bobby = 165y


    50g
    Benny = 164y
    MC = 163y
    Bobby = 152y
    Tommy = 151y
    Scrab = ncr

    The aggregate of all three leads decides the overall position therefore the winners are

    1st = MC with 566y
    2nd = Benny with 540y
    3rd = Tommy with 513y
     
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    This Sunday the 11th of September is the 125g round of the club league, hope to see you all there.
     
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    Results for Sunday the 11th of September 2016

    Today was the clubs 125g round of the club league, we had great conditions for a change with a nice strong wind blowing mostly down court all day, with a few very strong gusts for good measure. We had a good turnout with all but one member there. Poor Thomas Mawhinney couldn't make it as he was in bed with a severe hangover, after all it was his stag do last night. We had a daycaster would found his mojo at the end of the day and was rewarded with a fine chuck, welcome back to the field Stevie Ratcliffe, great to see you again. With a few flu stricken members, others injured and one or two who just couldn't take advantage of the conditions(I couldn't hit the side of a barn if it was in front of me) Totally shattered now and sore, just hope this damm cold doesn't last another week. Big congratulations to Alan Millar who won today with a fine (lucky) last cast.

    Thanks to all who helped put up and pack away the court today, the help was greatly appreciated.

    Results for the 125g day

    Alan - 245y
    MC - 243y
    Sean -242y
    Scrab - 218y
    Benny - 210y
    Bobby - 206y
    David - dnc

    Daycaster
    *Stevie - 150g =260y
     
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