England manager speaks following final day results over in Belgium.
Speaking exclusively to Match Fishing magazine following the results of the 2012 World Feeder Champs, England manager Tommy Pickering reveals his feelings about his team’s performance in this year’s competition.
“I fish for gold medals and we, as a team, fish for gold medals! We’ve finished third and it’s disappointing not getting gold, but it would have been an injustice if we didn’t get a medal at all. In reality though we were only three points off a silver medal and just eight points off gold,” said Tommy.
“This year we’ve really competed. Last year, in Italy, I didn't feel we did. This year the results were so close it really was hard to call where we’d finished overall – I actually felt physically sick! Usually you get a good idea about how you’ve done, but it was just so close as the final hooter sounded.
“It was noticeable in some areas, E Section for example, that fish had moved from pegs where they’d been caught the day before. Similarly some pegs that didn’t produce on Day One threw up on Day Two.
“All in all it has been a fantastic event that has been very well organised and run. This is what I’d call a ‘proper fishing venue’ that rewards hard work and good tactical decisions.
“To see Phil Ringer with a straight box and eight rods set up is incredible – even his own father couldn’t recognise him on the bank! That's the sort of attitude and dedication you need to succeed at this level. All of the team has put a lot of hard work in to give us the best chance possible of securing a medal.
“I’d also like to say thanks to our sponsors – the Angling Trust, Preston Innovations and Sensas, as well as a huge thank you to all of the spectators and supporters, and the rest of the members of the ‘next generation’ feeder squad that have made the journey over to run sections and pass information on.
“Next year South Africa is hosting this event – that’ll be an altogether different ball game!”