THERE were a stunning four out of five section winners for Drennan Team England in the first day of the 2013 World Angling Championships on the Zeranski Canal near Warsaw.
This means defending World Champion Sean Ashby,and indeed any of the England side, are well poised for medals individually, as the team aim for the main prize and follow-up golden achievements in recent weeks by the Under-18s and Ladies.
This is the scorecard for England on the first day: Sean Ashby 2.420 Kg (1 point – first in section); Steve Hemingray 4.350 (1); Des Shipp 5.575 (3); Will Raison 3.300 (1); Alan Scotthorne: 3.200 (1).
Our man in Poland, Dave Johnson, reports: “On a venue which came to Drennan Team England like steel to a magnet, the team swept to an emphatic 7-point victory over local favourites Poland, who managed a creditable 14 points.
“England’s approach was typical of many of the canals back home, something seldom seen on the continent of Europe.
“With a 7-point cushion, it seems that only an horendous draw can rob this team of a justified victory.
“We keep our fingers crossed for a repeat performance on Sunday.”
The first day was not so successful for other home nations with Weston Tri-Cast Wales 12th, Daiwa Scotland 20th, Tubertini Ireland 29th and Sensas Channel Islands 26th.
Full reports and post-match analysis, plus great pictures from the 2013 World Championships, will be in Angler’s Mail magazine.
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