Bridon Tops The European Feeder Challenge

Eddie Bridon has won the individual trophy in the Van den Eynde Matrix European Feeder Challenge, helping his Drennan Barnsley Blacks team to 3rd place behind the Dutch and English national squads.


The competition saw 36 teams of five from all over Europe competing on the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal in Holland over two days. The event was fished to international rules, with roach, skimmers and bream the main target. Conditions were extremely challenging with strong winds and tall waves caused by the regular passage of ocean-going ships on this huge 32km venue with widths up to 200 metres.

Drennan Barnsley Blacks managed to win Day One convincingly with just 9.5 penalty points but couldn’t quite match that feat on Day Two. Their 57.5-point total was overtaken by the talented Dutch and Preston England national feeder teams who totalled 52 and 53.5 points respectively.

The Barnsley team consisted of Glenn Lawrence, Eddie Bridon, Jamie Harrison, Sean Cameron and Richard Vaughan. Well done to all!

Eddie managed a section-winning 3.72kg on Day One and 3.39kg for 2nd in section on Day Two to take top spot on the winner’s podium. He has already been tipped by many anglers as a potential future England team member and this can only help to strengthen that case.

Team Result:
1st Netherlands 52 points
2nd Preston Innovations England 53.5
3rd Drennan Barnsley Blacks 57.5

Individual Result:
1st Eddie Bridon (Drennan Barnsley Blacks)
2nd Thorsten Küsters (Germany)
3rd Jens Dirksen (Germany)