ENG­LAND GIRLS FIN­ISH FOURTH IN SPAIN

Ladies side beaten to World Champs bronze as Poland storm to gold in Merida

Angling Times (UK) - - MATCH NEWS -

LADIES WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS (SAT & SUN) River Gua­di­ana, Merida, Spain (15 teams) ENG­LAND’S quest to be crowned Ladies World Cham­pi­ons ended in frus­trat­ing fash­ion as the girls fin­ished a red hot week­end in Spain in fourth place. They fin­ished 13 points from tak­ing bronze, well clear of the fifth-placed team, af­ter be­ing un­able to make a dent in the overnight lead­ers Spain and sec­ond-placed Poland who swapped places on day two.

Poland were crowned cham­pi­ons with host na­tion Spain in sec­ond and Italy third, leav­ing Eng­land, backed by tackle firm MAP, next best.

Man­aged by Dave Brooks, the team of Wendy Locker, He­len Dag­nall, Kayleigh Smith, Julie Ab­bott, Sam Sim and Abbi Ken­dall were ul­ti­mately just off the pace re­quired when faced with catch­ing masses of small car­ra­sio in the river.

“Fourth place is the worst place to fin­ish, but I feel a lit­tle sorry for the girls be­cause they had the tac­tics spot on. They fell down by per­haps not at­tack­ing the river enough,” said out­go­ing An­gling Trust in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions direc­tor Dick Clegg. “There were mil­lions of tiny caras­sio around 40g apiece to catch and it de­vel­oped into a bit of a fish race where you couldn’t af­ford to fall be­hind. In some sec­tions we were just 10 fish off scor­ing more points.

“There were also very few carp to catch as a get out of jail fish – 15kg was a great weight and if you could snare a 3kg carp you’d do a world of good. How­ever, they never showed all week or across the week­end.

“The team fished it spot on with a short line at 6m and then the whip to hand, aim­ing to catch a fish on ev­ery drop-in.”

The match also marked the end of an era for Wendy Locker, who re­tired af­ter 23 years.

Re­sult: 1 Poland, 33pts; 2 Spain, 35; 3 Italy, 39; 4 MAP Eng­land, 52; 5 France, 70; 6 Czech Re­pub­lic, 74; 7 Hun­gary, 76; 8 Bel­gium, 79; 9 Croa­tia, 95; 10 Fin­land, 97; jt11 Portugal and Nether­lands, both 101; 13 Rus­sia, 104; 14 Ser­bia, 113; 15 Slo­vakia, 131.

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