England win World Feeder Champs!

England have triumphed in the World Feeder Champs following a nail-biting final day, with England team member Mick Vials claiming individual bronze and Phil Ringer just missing out on a medal on overall weight in one of the closest finishes ever witnessed in international match angling.

Held on the tough Ghent-Terneuzen Canal in Holland, the fifth instalment of the hotly contested feeder-only competition saw England pip France to the top spot by just half a point over the two-day event to claim back-to-back titles, following victory in Ireland last year.

The team, consisting of Guru-sponsored 2014 World Feeder Fishing Champion Steve Ringer, Phil Ringer, Dean Barlow, Mick Vial and Adam Wakelin, overcame tough draws, challenging conditions and strong competition from the likes of Hungary and France, with all three teams finishing the first day in joint first place on 14 points.

But a tremendous team effort on the final day, which saw Phil Ringer land a big bream in the final hour to move into individual first place and Steve Ringer avoiding a blank with a brace of perch, clinched the title by the narrowest of margins with a total of 13 points to France’s 13.5 and Belgium’s 17-point total.

The venue was expected to be tricky, with numerous big boats and barges adding to the challenge of targeting the resident ide, perch, bream and roach on the deep-water canal.

But the ever-versatile England boys made the most of their draws and avoided costly blanks, with just the odd fish making a massive difference in terms of section points, to claim consecutive wins under the management of veteran Tommy Pickering.

Individual gold was taken by Portugal’s Jose Evangelista, who just piped England’s Phil Ringer to the top spot in the dying minutes of the match.

More info, photos and an interview with Steve Ringer will follow in the next few days on this website.

Final result:
1) England – 13 points – 8.161kg final day total weight
2) France – 13.5 points – 8.709kg
3) Belgium – 17 points – 6.977kg
4) Russia – 20 points – 14.521kg
5) Hungary – 25 points – 6.057kg
6) Portugal – 26 points – 12.388kg