Euro Champs 2018 Raison in form as Drennan Team England Secure Team Bronze.
WILL Raison turned in two classy performances in the Euro Champs 2018 on the River Sava at Radece, Slovenia to lead Drennan Team England to the bronze medal position.
The picturesque river venue saw a fantastic two day team effort from the Italians to grab the gold medal. They had 29 points ahead of a solid Hungarian outfit on 35 and England on 42.
After Day one England were in fourth as the five-man team Will Raison, Sean Ashby, Des Shipp, Matt Derry and James Dent posted a 24 points return. This was an average of 4.8 points per angler. Italy led with a superb 15 points averaging 3rd in section and Hungary were close with 19.
Day two saw England make up ground and climb into the bronze medal place. Will posted a section win, a feat shared by day two substitute Cameron Hughes. They were ably backed-up with section 4ths, from both Des Shipp and Matt Derry plus a section 8th for Sean Ashby.
However Italy made no mistakes and went even better than the first day posting 14 points seal the deal. England's day 2 effort saw France drop out of the top three into 5th. Meanwhile a consistent Slovakia team also edged up into 4th.
Will Raison tied on points with the 2nd and 3rd placed anglers but missed out on an individual medal on weight. His 17,401 kg two day tally just 1 kilo 100 grams short of bronze & just under 5 kilos short of silver. However there was no catching individual winner and reigning champion Italian Prandi Giuliano.
The experienced Des Shipp returned a consistent 8 points thanks to two section fourths for 24th overall. Matt Derry showed his growing consistency at this level with section fourth and fifth for 9 points and 31st overall. Former Euro individual champion Sean Ashby started with a section second adding section 8th for 10 points and 36th overall.
Catching The Eye
Catching the eye was Cameron Hughes who stepped in on the second day for James Dent o recored a superb section win from sector E peg 1 with 8.188 kg catching 65 fish. James scored 11 points on the first day with 3.788 kilos from B sector 6.
During practice Will said it was hard but enjoyable fishing. Reflecting on the result he said: 'we finished third as a team, I was fourth overall, second in the section on the first day and won the section on the second day. Congratulations to Italy for winning.'
We will have a deeper insight into how Will prepared and fished the event in a forthcoming eMag and video.
Drennan Team England Day 1 Results
A Des Shipp 4 pts, 7.828 kg, 74 fish, peg 22.
B James Dent 11 pts, 3.788 kg, 20 fish, peg 6.
C Matt Derry 5 pts, 6.559 kg, 134 fish, peg 29.
D Sean Ashby 2 pts, 11.121 kg, 51 fish, peg 16.
E Will Raison 2 pts, 10.549 kg, 58 fish, peg 11
Top 4 Teams Day 1
Drennan Team England Day 2 Results
A Matt Derry 4 pts, 3.847 kg, 43 fish, peg 25.
B Des Shipp 4 pts, 5.737 kg, 37 fish, peg 8.
C Will Raison 1 pt, 6.852 145 fish, peg 25
D Sean Ashby 8 pts, 2.524 246 fish, peg 1.
E Cameron Hughes 1 pt, 8.188 kg, 65 fish, peg 1.
Final Top 4 Teams Day 2
Final Top 4 Teams
Italy 29 (15, 14)
Hungary 35 (19, 16)
England 42 (24, 18)
Slovakia 47 (24, 23)
France 50 (21, 29)
Gold: Prandi Giuliano, Italy, 2 pts, 24.721 kg, 115 fish.
Silver: Siptsov Youry, Russia, 3 pts , 22.325 kg, 114 fish.
Bronze: Csoregi Balazs, Hungary, 3 pts, 18.509 kg, 211 fish.
4th: Will Raison, England, 17.401 kgs, 203 fish.