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Team Wales Men and Juniors bring back bronze from Shore Home Internationals in Montrose

Montrose played host to this year’s SALC Shore Angling Home Internationals and it was a memorable few days on the east coast of Scotland for our Men’s and Juniors – with both teams bringing medals home.


Particularly notable was the performance of the Welsh Junior (Under 16) team, which included three new caps in the five-strong line-up.


They overcame challenging conditions on tough beaches around the Scottish town of Arbroath and city of Dundee to bag a brilliant bronze medal.


Managed by Clive Pearce, the team included Harri Williams and Morgan Owen, who were joined by the trio of Josh Moyle, Max Worsey and Josh Badham – all earning their first caps for Wales.



The Junior team of Max Worsey, Harri Williams, Jaden Moyle, Morgan Owen and Josh Badham with team manager Clive Pearce.


Strong winds certainly tested the competitors over the two days of competition at Elliot Beach and Riverside Drive, with anglers catching a variety of species throughout the event.


The Wales quintet sat third after day one with 11 points, putting themselves in a great position heading into day two.


They then went even better on day two, with 13 points putting them second and cemented the bronze medal position with 23 points.


England recorded a total of 33 points to take the title and make it a hat-trick of wins at this event, ahead of the hosts Scotland on 26 points. Scotland finished with 18 points.


And, while there were no individual medals for this event, Wales’ Morgan Owen and Jaden Moyle were third and fifth respectively in the standings.


Meanwhile a strong second day also confirmed an overall bronze medal for the Wales Men’s team which, managed by Ivor Smith, featured Mike Hughes, Chris Jenkins, Andrew Withey, Phil Jehu and Ben Edwards – with Craig Maddock as reserve.





The team were sat in the bronze medal position heading into day two after 11 points on the opening day and 13 points on day two – the second highest – gave them a total of 24 points for bronze.


Ireland grabbed gold for the second time in three years, on fish numbers countback after a tie on 27 points with Scotland – who had outscored Ireland 14-12 on day two.


England had to settle for fourth overall on 21 points.


Andrew Withey was second overall individually with seven points in total, one behind Scotland’s Mike Kyle.


This year’s Home Nations event, which also saw the Women’s and Youth (Under 23) events run simultaneously, was organised by the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers, in association with the Sea Anglers Liaison Committee (SALC).


Over 600 fish were caught, ranging from flounder, dabs and bass, with plaice, coalfish, codling, wrass and rockling among other array of specifies for teams to target.


Congratulations to all of the teams who competed across all four competitions on both days this week.


Results


Men’s:


1st Ireland 27pts (fish numbers countback)

2nd Scotland 27pts

3rd WALES 24pts

4th England 21pts

 

Junior (Under 16):


1st England 33pts

2nd Ireland 26pts

3rd WALES 23pts

4th Scotland 18pts

 

Women’s:


1st Ireland 21pts

2nd Scotland 19pts 

3rd England 18pts

 

Youth (Under 23):


1st Scotland 23pts

2nd England 20pts

3rd Ireland 17pts

 

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