World Club Champs Dork­ing win!

Ital­ian favourites are de­feated on their home patch

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

DAIWA Dork­ing have lifted the World Club Cham­pi­onships in San Marino – the first English club to be crowned cham­pi­ons since Es­sex County back in the 1980s.

They did it in style on San Marino’s Ostel­lato Canal, win­ning both days of ac­tion against 27 other teams from around Europe to fin­ish on 23 points, four in front of Ital­ian lo­cals and red hot favourites Lenza Emil­iana Tu­ber­tini.

Eng­land men Wil­liam Rai­son, Des Shipp, Si­mon Willsmore, Cal­lum Dicks and Dar­ren Davies, plus Welsh in­ter­na­tional Lee Ed­wards, went all out for bream and skim­mers in sear­ing 40ºC heat, leav­ing boss Steve San­ders burst­ing with pride. “We were third a few years back, but this is the one we so badly wanted to win,” he said. “The team were awe­some, pro­fes­sional and full of con­fi­dence.

“The fish­ing was very phys­i­cal and I doubt that many an­glers could do what was re­quired,” he con­tin­ued.

“In the 10-minute pre­bait­ing pe­riod we fed a crazy amount made up of 12 litres of ground­bait made into 17 balls and thrown in, then six more cupped in, topped off with 20 balls of leam pot­ted in, all at 13m. We man­aged this with around five sec­onds re­main­ing!”

Dork­ing had worked out how to catch both small and large fish by feed­ing just the once. The ground­bait would catch small skim­mers for the open­ing few hours, be­fore the leam kicked in to pick off the bonus skim­mers and bream.

“As ever on in­ter­na­tional matches, end pegs in the sec­tions seemed to be best, so when we got five mid­dle pegs on day one, I feared for us – but the lads were phe­nom­e­nal. To fin­ish three points out in front was a brilliant re­sult,” Steve en­thused.

“Day two gave us bet­ter pegs, but on many sec­tions there wasn’t much in it. Cal­lum caught a cat­fish to nick the sec­tion from the Ital­ian and Lee was strug­gling un­til his leam kicked

in and he went from hav­ing 300g with two hours to go to weigh­ing over 7kg for good points.”

Joker, cast­ers and hemp went into both the ground­bait and heavy, sticky leam mixes, each an­gler top­ping up when the bites faded with a small ball. The sig­nal to try for bet­ter fish came when a big skim­mer was caught, of­ten around 90 min­utes to two hours into the match. That would see three or four blood­worms fished overdepth.

Added Steve: “The Ital­ian side knew the venue well and didn’t prac­tise prop­erly in the first few days but we were emp­ty­ing the place, catch­ing up to 30kg. They saw this, got back on their boxes and started to take it se­ri­ously.”

Re­sult: 1 Daiwa Dork­ing, 23pts (11 12); 2 Lenza Emil­iana Tu­ber­tini, 27 (14 13); 3 MMX Tu­ber­tini, 44; 4 RS Crazy Boys Maver, 50; 5 Sen­sas 28, 52; 6 Sen­sas Ntra Sra Del Prado, 54; 7 Triple A Milo, 56; 8 Dren­nan, 57; 9 SPS Ser­ravalle Maver, 59; 10 Fish­ing Tackle Max, 61; 11 Team Du­naev, 67; 12 Maver Zam­mataro, 70; 13 Fish Dream, 71; 14 DGBF Bel­gique, 78; 15 Lem­paalan KK Colmic, 78; 16 Su­madija, 80; 17 SRZ Powazska Bistrica Sen­sas, 81; 17 Pes­nica-Sen­sas Sloven­jia, 81; 19 Corvin Hune­doara II Trabucco, 83; 20 Eko Fish­ing, 86; 21 Vir­tus Fish­ing Team Sen­sas, 88; 22 SRD Rak-Rak­tje, 90; 23 Con­stel­la­tion Stock­holm, 95; 24 Clube de Pesca de Com­pet­i­cao, 102; 25 US RGD Je­lah Te­sanj, 104; 26 Tu­ber­tini Team Ire­land Fer­moy CA, 109; 27 Sport­fescherverain Stadt­bred­imus, 123; 28 Odense Sports­fisker Klub, 131.

Done it! Daiwa Dork­ing cel­e­brate their epic win.

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