Angling: Class acts reel in rivals to land world bronze medal

Browning's Paul McBrinn with his first-ever Ure double.
Browning's Paul McBrinn with his first-ever Ure double.
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Drennan Team England showed pure class last week – pulling a bronze medal from a seemingly impossible position.

The 2015 FIPSed World Nations Championships, held over two days on Slovenia’s River Sava, produced one of the tightest finishes ever for individual glory, and a stunning back-from-the-brink team performance from England.

A poor first-day draw placed three of England’s five-man team on the unwanted shallower pegs of their designated sections which culminated in the team mustering only 33points for a disappointing ninth place out of 37 teams.

The one-point section win from Barnsley’s five times world champion Alan Scotthorne and the two-point section second for Dorking’s Will Raison showed that tactics and methods were bang on, just a better deep-water draw was needed on day two.

England joint manager Mark Addy didn’t disappoint at the draw bag for the second day.

Putting some anglers on pegs up to eight metres deep at the pole limit distance of 13.5m, the team responded and produced a brilliant performance to win the day with a 13.5-point total.

This gave them a competition total of 46.5 points and a world bronze behind runners-up Hungary on 40.5 and Italy, with the gold medal, on 37points.

Individually, another perfect section-winning performance from Scotthorne brought thoughts of an unprecedented sixth world title,.

His 15kg catch of vimba, with a few late barbel and a four kilo carp, gave him a two-day total weight of 24.343kg with a maximum two points.

Two other anglers also scored perfect section points and had higher overall weights, pushing the Barnsley man into the bronze-medal position. Hungary’s Tamas Walter took silver with 27.445, and Yuri Siptsov, of Russia, became world champion for the first time with 36.930.

Nearer to home, the World Pairs Championships –held on the wild water lakes of Northern Ireland – also threw up a finish and result that will be talked about for years to come.

Superstar brothers Steve and Phil Ringer placed second going into the final day behind Michael Buchwalder and Roddy Scott. Travelling to their sections the brothers were involved in a major car accident. Steve was, thankfully, not seriously hurt but missed the match and spent the morning in hospital.

Phil was passed fit by paramedics and arrived at his peg on the deep section of Maho. He fished what some described as the perfect match, winning the day individually with 131 roach for 28kilo.

This earned him the £1,000 and Diawa Cup but, more importantly, his weight was more than good enough to cover for his missing brother and they also lifted the pairs title and £10,000 winners purse!

Over the past few months it’s been obvious while reporting river Ure and Ouse match results that barbel have made a significant comeback on sections that were not that long ago almost devoid of the species.

Only a few weeks ago I decided to see for myself if things were as good as I was hearing.

And, after dusting the cobwebs and cleaning the baked-on fishmeal crud and pellets from my rods and reels, it was time to have a few serious sessions on the venue’s barbel pegs that were popular to the match men decades ago.

I will let you know how things go over the next few weeks, but early indications are of some spectacular sport for those willing to cut in the pegs and put in the hours.



World Championships 2015. River Sava, Slovenia, Teams: 1, Italy 37pts; 2, Hungary 40.5pts; 3, Drennan Team England 46.5pts; 4, Poland 48pts; 5, Czech Republic 52pts. Individuals: 1, Yuri Siptsov, Russia 2pts 36-939kgs; 2, Tamas Walter, Hungary 2pts 27-447kgs; 3, Alan Scotthorne, England 2 pts 24-424kgs; 4, Will Raison, England 4pts 26-390kgs.

Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Irish Pairs: 1, S Ringer/P Ringer 123-055kgs; 2, P Keeley/L Addy 115-785kgs; 3, R Scott/M Buchwalder 111-890kgs; 4, B Nudd/D Davies 103-800kgs.

Diawa Cup Result: 1, P Ringer 68-330kgs; 2, R Scott 60-850kgs; 3, L Addy 59-560kgs; 4, G Miller 57-225kgs.

Leeds & District Charities, Nun Monkton, River Ouse: 1, Tony Hewson 7-10; 2, Dean Grace 4-09; 3, Dave Miles 4-06; 4, Jim Jordan 4-02.

Lower Swale Championships, Asenby-Myton: 1, I Swarbrick, North Allerton 18-12; 2, N Smith, Aireborough 11-10; 3, S Newns, KL Tackle 8-10; 4, J Jordan, Leeds 6-14; 5, S Edson, Otley 6-08.

Bradford No 1 AA, River Nidd, Cowthorpe: 1, J Vickerman 17-11; 2, J Leyland 11-10; 3, H Foster 9-15; 4, A Baker 9-06.

Mirfield AC, Middle Calder Championships: 1, G Scollick 23-09; 2, A Bradley 19-06; 3, D Topham 18-06; 4, E Wright 18-00; 5, M Highe 17-06.

Leeds & District, Moor Monkton Pools: 1, Paul Cromie 122-10; 2, Dave Wright 97-10; 3, Kev Armitage 90-04.

Leeds & District, Moor Monkton Pools: 1, Lee Myers 175-14; 2, Lee Smith 170-08; 3, Alex Warren 154-02.

Kippax Park Open, Lapwing: 1, Andy Barker 73-08; 2, Paul Cromie 73-02; 3, Trev Bailey 68-13.

XGates AC, Altofts/Walton: 1, M Johnson 5-03; 2, A Stainton 4-14; 3, T Atkinson 2-08.

Leeds Angling Centre, Leeds/Liverpool Canal: 1, Richard Thorne 4-03; 2, Roger Movely 3-14; 3, Bill Mason 3-08; 4, Barry Lowethian 1-13.

Yorkshire Ambulance, Moor Monkton Pools: 1, S Cooper 96-00; 2, R Varty 94-10; 3, J Gough 64-00.

Robin Hood AC, Syke House: 1, S Simmons 206-13; 2, S Fotheringham 149-06; 3, J Hooks 124-05.

Dave Ellerker Memorial, Poppleton: 1, M Cox 122-07; 2, H Clark 96-14; 3, B Clark 96-10; 4 S Wilson 88-00.

Leeds Postal, Poppleton Railway: 1, D Shaw 81-10; 2, J Marshal 40-10; 3, P Woods 38-12.

Wharncliff Arms, Poppleton: 1, I Hitchmoor 69-10; 2, A Ainsworth 51-12; 3, A Turner 39-14.

Fulford Gate, Poppleton: 1, Gav Peake 188-10; 2, Roy Holmes 59-12; 3, Andy Hattie 57-08.

Viking Saturday Open (Deer Pond): 1, R Scott 53-00; 2, M Shipley 33-14; 3, A Smith 31-14.

Floorstore AC (Viking Hawk): 1, S Phelan 45-10; 2, D Watson 42-10; 3, K Richardson 33-03.

Harehills WMC (Viking Deer): 1, D Robinson 56-15; 2, D Parker 50-00; 3, D Turner 48-02; 4, M Robinson 43-01.

Rodley Barge, Carpvale – Cyprio: 1, S Dodsworth 93-00; 2, E Holmes 68-08; 3, L Hook 51-14; 4, G Bennet 45-00.

Match Diary


Birkwood Farm Fisheries: Emily’s or Oscars draw 8.30, contact 01924 892251.

Woodlands: 72 Pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 Pegs, tickets £17.00, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Kippax Park: 27 Pegs, tickets £20, contact 07967000746.

Moorfields Farm: 54 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 07710817150.

Fleets Dam: 50 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Birkwood Farm: 60 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01132 80609.

Viking, Hawk Pond: 30 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01405 860764.

Tollerton Ponds: Open Match all ages, (Kingfisher 20 pegs, Coot 18 pegs, Heron 32 pegs) contact 01347 838115.

Listerhills AA, Leeds/Liverpool Rodley: £12 contact Eddie 07984597328.

Viking Saturday Open: At Hawk Pond, 30 pegs, £16, contact 01405 860764.


Leeds Angling Centre: Ian Smith Memorial (Leeds/Liverpool, Armley) 27th September; Contact Richard Thorne 0113 2639333.

Leeds Angling Centre: Canal Open Matches (Leeds/Liverpool). Contact Roger Movley 0113 2772215 or Richard Thorne 0113 2639333.

Woodlands: 72 Pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 Pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 Pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Oak Tree Leisure: 50 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 810686.

Leeds DASA: Moor Monkton Pools, contact 07967000746.

Poppleton Sunday Open: 50 Pegs draw 11am Cafe, contact 07425 146677.


Woodlands over 50s: 30 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01845 520110.

Langwith Lakes over 60’s: 30 Pegs, tickets £10, contact 01904 431874.

Tollerton Ponds over 50’s: tickets £16 contact 01347 838115.


Kippax Park: 27 Pegs, tickets £10, contact 07967000746.


Birkwood Farm Fisheries: Emily’s or Oscars draw 8.30, contact 01924 892251

Woodlands: 72 Pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110

Fleets Dam: 50 Pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579

Tollerton Ponds: Open match, all ages, contact 01347 838115

Glen AC: Ouse Thrash, contact D Miles 01133 910570.


Kippax Park: 27 Pegs, tickets £12.00, contact 07967000746.

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