The Angling Trust Preston Innovations England Feeder ‘A’ team and ‘B’ team proved without a doubt that they are squads to be reckoned with for the future.
The two teams crossed over the channel for the weekend of 14th/15th April to compete against 20 World teams in a European Friendly Feeder fishing Championship. The rowing course at the Water Sports Centre in Ghent is also the venue where the World Feeder Championships will take place on 7th/8th July 2012.
The teams consisted of ‘A’ team - Steve Ringer, Phil Ringer, Mick Vials, Darren Cox and Dean Barlow. ‘B’ team – Adam Wakelin, Rob Wootton, Kieron Rich, Adam Rooney and Alex Bones.
The England ‘B’ team was leading the way after the first day with the England ‘A’ team finishing in second place, but day two saw the England ‘A’ team bounce back to claim the team gold title with the ‘B’ team finishing in silver medal position.
Steve Ringer was in second place on the first day with 17.450 kg of bream and also went on to beat his section with 10.500 kg on the second day to give him the overall lead to take the gold medal position. In second place with silver medal position was none other than Adam Wakelin, and to really make England stand out Kieron Rich took the bronze medal position to finish in third place.
The venue proved that this suits the team’s style of Feeder fishing and the teams are unquestionably fired up now to compete in the World Championships in Ghent, Belgium in July.
Overall Results Individual Top 10
1st Steve Ringer, England ‘A’ Team 27.928kg - 3 points
2nd Adam Wakelin, England ‘B’ Team 22.390kg - 4 points
3rd Kieron Rich, England ‘B’ Team 17.191kg - 4 points
4th Kris Huybrechts, Belgium 14.053kg - 4 points
5th Darren Cox, England ‘A’ Team 17.881kg - 5 points
6th Marco Hofman, Netherlands 20.965kg - 6 points
7th Peter Van De Willik, Netherlands 13.517kg - 6 points
8th Michael Mayer, Germany 10.964kg - 7 points
9th Alex Bones, England ‘B’ Team 11.246, - 8 points
10th Jurian Bulten, Netherlands 29.597 - 9 points
England squad positions
1st Steve Ringer ‘A’ Team
2nd Adam Wakelin ‘B’ Team
3rd Kieron Rich ‘B’ Team
11th Dean Barlow, ‘A’ Team
18th Mick Vials ‘A’ Team
25th Phil Ringer, ‘A’ Team
32nd Rob Wootton, ‘B’ Team
36th Adam Rooney, ‘B’ Team
Glenn Lawrence, Angling Trust Preston Innovations England Feeder Coach said, “Steve Ringer was unbelievable in fishing the match, and every single one of the lads did a brilliant job over the two days to bring home the medals. I was really happy with their performance. This competition was to give the younger lads some international experience and we are looking forward to getting out there again for the World Championships.”
Dick Clegg, OBE International Events Manager said, “On paper the venue looked to be kind to favour England as they suit this style of Feeder fishing, and this particular venue has been used by the England Veterans and Juniors teams on previous occasions. I think the squads did a fantastic job and I applaud them and look forward to the World Feeder Championships to see them in action in July in Belgium.”
(Back row from left to right) Phil Ringer, Steve Ringer, Mick Vials, Darren Cox, Dean Barlow, Rob Wootton and Adam Rooney
(Front Row from left to right) Alex Bones, Adam Wakelin, Tom Pickering (Manager), Glenn Lawrence (Coach) and Kieron Rich