Sammy Porbeagle Trophy

Awarded annually for the best Porbeagle shark of the season

The original Porbeagle trophy was donated to the club by Pat Case and accepted at a committee meeting on the 9th January 1954. The minutes of the committee meeting on the 8th November 1958 record Pat Case’s decision to withdraw the trophy as, “it had had no winner since it was accepted by the club“.  (more about the Pat Case trophy at the bottom of this page)

Since the club had ownership of the trophy the secretary was instructed to write to Pat Case “in the strongest terms”. This was to no avail as the minutes of the committee meeting of 3rd January 1959 note that Pat Case had not changed his mind and the trophy was returned.  The club response was that they would replace the trophy and that its replacement would be called the Club Porbeagle Trophy.

At the committee meeting on the 25th April 1959, Mr F A Mitchell-Hedges, who was the club President at the time, donated a trophy to replace the one removed by Pat Case. This was to be called the Sammy Porbeagle Trophy. The reference to Sammy was to his adopted daughter, to whom he had given that nickname.

There was no trophy available for the 1958 season but from 1959 onward the winners have been awarded the Sammy Porbeagle Trophy

 

Year Name Species Estimated Weight
2018 Billy Evans & Pete Overton Porbeagle Billy 140lbs & Pete 107lbs
2017 John Crotty Porbeagle 177lbs
2016 John Crotty Porbeagle  170lbs
2015 No award    
2014 No award    
2013 David Morris Porbeagle 102lbs
2012 P Wickham Porbeagle 170lbs
2011 David Morris Porbeagle 152lbs
2010 M Davies Porbeagle  
2009 P Woodward Porbeagle  217lbs
2008 No award    
2007 K Wilkinson Porbeagle 214lbs
2006 D Bell Porbeagle 266lbs
2005 M Mitchell Porbeagle  
2004 J Edward Porbeagle 281lbs
2003 D Vokins Porbeagle 230lbs
2002 P Wickham Porbeagle 130lbs
2001 M Shipp Porbeagle  
2000 P Wickham Porbeagle  150lbs
1999 D Vokins Porbeagle  190lbs
1998 M Mitchell & J Edward Porbeagle 255lbs
1997 J Edward Porbeagle 232lbs
1996 J Kimberley Porbeagle 194lbs
1995 No award    
1994 No award    
1993 C Bennett Porbeagle 199lbs
1992 No award    
1991 D Vokins Porbeagle 259lbs
1990 R J Cowley Porbeagle 126lbs
1989 J Kimberley Porbeagle 223lbs
1988 D Pottinger Porbeagle 376lbs
1987 G Clarke Porbeagle 240lbs
1986 I Bunney Porbeagle 416lbs
1985 I Bunney Porbeagle 274lbs
1984 Dr. G Beaumont Porbeagle 308lbs
1983 I Bunney Porbeagle 246lbs
1982 P J De Prez Porbeagle 436lbs
1981 I Bunney Porbeagle 300lbs
1980 A Young Porbeagle 250lbs
1979 J Potier Porbeagle 295lbs
1978 R I Cottrell Porbeagle 450lbs
1977 I A Bunney Porbeagle 250lbs
1976 P J White Porbeagle  404lbs
1975 D Cockram Porbeagle 238lbs
1974 R J Smith Porbeagle 206lbs
1973 R Spraggs Porbeagle 246lbs
1972 J Weedon Porbeagle 210lbs
1971 R Spraggs Porbeagle 262lbs
1970 Mrs P Smith Porbeagle 369lbs
1969 T Pailes Porbeagle 302lbs
1968 T Prince Porbeagle 306.5lbs
1967 No award    
1966 F Junius Porbeagle 244lbs
1965 G Swan Porbeagle 166lbs
1964 S H Richardson & S Hill Porbeagle 184lbs
1963 S H Richardson Porbeagle 194lbs
1962 L J Hawkins Porbeagle 195lbs
1961 B D Phillips Porbeagle 227lbs
1960 No award    
1959** J J Holmes Porbeagle 114lbs
1958 No trophy available    
1957 Mrs Eathorne Porbeagle 271lbs
1956 Mrs D Case Porbeagle 91lbs
1955 Mrs Eathorne Porbeagle 352lbs
1954 C Miles Porbeagle 230lbs

The Pat Case Trophy

Awarded annually for the best Porbeagle shark of the season

The Pat Case trophy was the original Best Porbeagle Trophy and was donated to the club by Pat Case and accepted at a committee meeting on the 9th January 1954. The minutes of the committee meeting on the 8th November 1958 record Pat Case’s decision to withdraw the trophy as,  “it had had no winner since it was accepted by the club“.  This is strange as the trophy has winners engraved on it for each year since it was donated. These are shown in the table below. The 1955 trophy engraving records Mrs H Eathorne’s fish as a 352lbs Mako although the relevant newsletter lists the fish as a Porbeagle. There is no record of Mrs Eathorne catching a Mako of notable size during that season so the assumption is that this was either an engraving error or that an incorrect instruction was given to the engraver.

The other strange trophy engraving is the 1967 winner which is shown as a 9lbs 8oz Porbeagle caught by Mrs D Case.  The relevant newsletter does not list any Porbeagles in the notable fish list which suggests that any Porbeagles caught during that season were under 100lbs. If the engraving is correct then the assumption must be that the best, and possible the only, Porbeagle caught in 1956 was the very small one by Mrs Case. The other piece of information we have is the 1967 engraving on the Sammy Porbeagle trophy which records the weight of the fish as 91lbs which is more likely to be correct.

Although the minutes state that the reason Pat Case withdrew the trophy was. that it had no winner since it was accepted by the club, the trophy engravings dispute that. What is clear though, is that the club and/or the engraver managed to get two of the four years it was in the clubs ownership significantly wrong. The trophy is solid silver with three handles so its quite unique and undoubtedly expensive.  Its easy to imagine Pat’s disappointment when he realised his trophy had been incorrectly engraved and we are left to wonder if this was part of the reason, or indeed the reason, he withdrew it from club ownership.

Year Name Species Estimated Weight
1954 C Miles Porbeagle 230lbs
1955 Mrs H Eathorne Porbeagle* 352lbs
1956 Mrs D Case Porbeagle  9lbs 8ozs*
1957 Mrs H Eathorne Porbeagle 271lbs