Daiwa Gordon League take coveted Sensas Challenge trophy while Lee Kerry wins individual title after tight finish.
Daiwa Gordon League have won the 2012 Sensas Challenge following an impressive display of skill in the final round held on the Gloucester canal.
Over the two-day competition fished to international CIPS rules, the dominant, five-man DGL squad posted a total of just 28 points, beating nearest rivals Kamasan Starlets into second with 33 points.
Despite less than perfect conditions, which thanks to the effects of high tides saw the canal moving the opposite way to normal all weekend, the bream on the Hempsted stretch still fed well and dominated at the weigh in.
Taking full advantage on day one was England Under 22 international and Ultimate Barnsley angler James Dent who netted six bream for 16lb 14oz from Peg 64 to lead the way. Although the most impressive effort of the day came from the unfancied Sainsburys stretch of the canal where French star Jean Desque weighed in a hard-earned 10lb 11oz of bleak!
It was day two that was to decide the overall outcome though, and the two men in contention were Ultimate Barnsley’s Lee Kerry and Kamasan Starlet’s Danny Ashington, both of whom slugged it out in the 60s pegs looking for the overall individual gold medal.
Following on from section wins for both anglers on Day One, they were neck and neck with both competitors targeting the canal’s bream on pole and bloodworm tactics. In the end though it was Lee who edged ahead, winning by just over a pound of fish on the day and by a single point overall.
Teams 1. Daiwa Gordon League 28 2. Kamasan Starlets 33 3. Kamasan Sensas Starlets 34 4. Sensas 28 France 36.5 5. Ultimate Barnsley 39
Individuals 1. Lee Kerry (Ultimate Barnsley) 2pts 30.10.8 2. Danny Ashington (Kamasan Starlets) 3pts 27.12.0 3. Steve Ford (DGL) 3pts 21.12.8 4. Mark Treasure (DGL) 3pts 18.13.8 5. Ade Whittle (Kamasan Starlets) 3pts 8.7.0