Minsthorpe anglers make a splash on national stage

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MINSTHORPE Community College proved it has some of the best young anglers in the country as three of its teams competed well in the NFA Schools National Angling competition.

The college sent three teams of five anglers to compete in the annual event at Hallcroft Fishery in Retford and they returned with impressive results.

Out of 21 teams involved, the Minsthorpe trio finished a respectable 4th, 6th and 7th.

It was an impressive performance given many of the Minsthorpe anglers had only seen the Hallcroft waters for the first time on the same morning.

Jordan Hall was the highest placed angler from Minsthorpe , finishing 6th out of 105 anglers.

The college’s C team, that finished 4th, consisted of Jordan Hill, Danny Flavell, Arron Oxley, Jo Stevenson and Tommy Owen.

Minsthorpe’s B team, that finished sixth, consisted of Harrison Tucker, Jake Westwood, Ben McMichael, Rhyan Davis and Joe Barratt.

The A team, that finished 7th, consisted of Jordan Hall, Jack Jones, Lewis Collis, George Scarott and Tom Whalley.

All anglers won their places thanks to top performances at Owl Barn Fishery over the last ten weeks.

Up to 24 anglers had been training and competing each week at Owl Barn and coaches Barrie Spencer and Kevin Armstrong had to narrow that number down to 15 for the national event.

All anglers will be eligible to compete in next year’s competition and they will also be invited to fish in the senior match every Wednesday during the school holidays. Draw takes place at 9am and fishing takes place between 10am-3pm.

lSunday’s match at Owl barn saw Andrew Clarckson return to winning ways when he took top place with 35lb 15oz.

Second place went to Paul Crossland with 33lb 10oz from peg 25 and third place went to Ben Griffiths with 27lb 3oz.

Kevin Turner also fished well and came in fourth place with a haul of 27lb 2oz.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.