Di­vi­sion One Na­tional Full re­port from the big event on the River Trent

Dren­nan set to make his­tory af­ter sev­enth win

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DREN­NAN Barns­ley Blacks swept to vic­tory in this year’s Angling Trust Di­vi­sion One Na­tional on the River Trent.

The York­shire out­fit had to be con­tent with third place in 2015 but they set­tled the score this time around, walk­ing away with the ti­tle thanks to an im­pres­sive 380-point to­tal.

Con­di­tions lead­ing up to the event had been ideal but the weather took a turn for the worse come match day, with the 450 en­trants forced to bat­tle against gale-force winds.

Peior to the match hours of prac­tice had been put in by the teams to try to de­velop a win­ning plan, but Barns­ley Blacks cap­tain Glenn Lawrence ad­mit­ted that ev­ery­thing they had learned went out of the win­dow on the day.

“We had been do­ing a lot of float­fish­ing on the river, but the wind was so bad that we knew there was go­ing to be hardly any fish caught on the pole, wag­gler or stick float as pre­sen­ta­tion would be nigh on im­pos­si­ble.

“We only caught one fish on the float be­tween us!” he said.

Rather than en­force a strict team plan, the de­ci­sion was made to al­low the squad – which in­cluded such big names as Alan Scot­thorne and Lee Kerry – to fish their pegs as they saw fit.

That trust­ing ap­proach paid div­i­dends, with ev­ery mem­ber fin­ish­ing in the top 15 of their 45 peg sec­tions, with Will Free­man and Matt God­frey among their best per­form­ers.

“Ev­ery peg on the River Trent is dif­fer­ent and when you have an­glers of that cal­i­bre you know that they are go­ing to be able to come up with a plan that will give them the best chance of do­ing well.

“That is ex­actly what hap­pened and we are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have won the Di­vi­sion One Na­tional.”

Barns­ley’s suc­cess leaves them one step closer to mak­ing their way into the his­tory books, with the team now just one Na­tional win away from match­ing the eight ti­tles recorded by the

le­gendary Leeds DASA side.

The vic­tory also gives them the chance to rep­re­sent the UK in the 2017 World Club Cham­pi­onships, the venue for which will be re­vealed in the com­ing months.

Sev­eral other star teams, in­clud­ing the for­mi­da­ble Daiwa Dork­ing, were on show at this year’s Na­tional, but lo­cal knowl­edge proved key to land­ing the fram­ing spots.

Lin­coln & District AC took the run­ners-up spot af­ter they ac­cu­mu­lated 367 points, with Scun­thorpe back in third on 345 points.

Re­sult: 1 Dren­nan Barns­ley Blacks, 380pts; 2 Lin­coln & District AC, 367; 3 Scun­thorpe Tackle, 345; 4 Daiwa Dork­ing, 341; 5 Der­byshire Angling Fed, 326; 6 Brown­ing Hotrods, 314; 7 Star­lets AC, 308; 8 Lincs County, 300; 9 Daiwa Gor­don League, 293; 10 Win­ter­ton AC, 290.

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