Minsthorpe make history in National Schools Fishing competition

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MINSTHORPE Community College made history when competing in the School National Fishing Competition last week.

The college entered two teams into the event and they took the top-two spots - the first time teams from the same school have claimed the positions in the same year.

The competition was held at Halcroft Fishery and 25 teams competed.

Minsthorpe finished fourth and sixth last year but claimed the title of best angling college in the country with marked improvements to sweep aside all their opponents this year.

They were helped by a favourable draw but Minsthorpe anglers were still at the top of their game to take the top-two positions.

Their team of Jordan Hall, Tom Whalley, Jack Jones, Danny Flavell and Patrick Jones gave Minsthorpe a winning total of 114 points, handing the college the title for the first time in six years.

The ‘B’ team of Matthew Dixon, Nile South, Josh Wathey, Elyse Dixon and Dale Shields all impressed to see the team home in second with 106 points, making it a great day for the college.

Barrie Spencer and Kevin Armstrong, of Owl Barn Fisheries, put in the hard work in coaching the talented youngsters. Minsthorpe would also like to thank sponsorship from South Kirkby Colliery AC, South Elmsall AC, Pretoria AC and Upton Fishing Club.

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