England’s Home Nations Shore teams, Men’s, Youth and
Juniors, fished the surf less but usually very surfy beaches of Rossbeigh and
Inch in the wonderfully beautiful county of Kerry in Ireland from 3rd
– 6th July 2019.
The fishing was not as expected due to the
exceptionally and pretty unheard of calm conditions, meaning the main quarry
were mainly small flounders and turbot. A couple of mullet and small plaice
also put in an appearance but the anticipated bass fest failed to materialise
and none were caught in the matches due to the lack of rolling surf.
Luckily this did not deter the England teams who
worked their way to victory in all three categories to claim team golds which
is a fantastic achievement.
SALC Men’s Home Nations Shore Championship
The Men’s team consisted of; Ben Arnold, Ian Bowell,
Andrew Dugdale, Henry Randell, George Smith, Kenny McCoy (Assistant Manager)
and Ian Golds (Manager) who battled back from last place on the first day,
although it was very close with only three points between all teams, to win by
three points and only dropping two points on the second day.
Top England man with a 1st and 2nd
in his zone was Ben Arnold who also caught the most fish, 18, and biggest, a
flounder of 41cm. Henry Randell was second in the team also with a 1st
and 2nd .
This was a very hard fought competition, and they all
had to work very hard for each and every fish by twitching baits every few
minutes to attract the few fish that were there, as at times the local shrimp
and crab population did their best to munch every bait leaving empty hooks in
no time at all. The team plugged away each and every cast, never gave up and
they certainly made the three lions on their shirts and in their hearts, roar.
A real battle of a victory and England at last have
their hands on the rather large trophy again for the first time in nine barren
years. Ireland were 2nd, Champions for
the last two years with Scotland in 3rd and Wales 4th.
Ian Golds, England Men’s Manager stated
“An absolutely brilliant performance and result by all three teams. You have
made your managers, country, parents and the Angling Trust proud of each and every one of you. Well done one and all.”
SALC Youth Home Nations Shore Championship
The England Youth team were; Joe Cook, Ben Eggleton,
Adam Howard, Daniel Parker, Owen Strange, Malcolm Stote (Assistant Manager) and
Mark Howard (Manager).
The England Youth team had a similar result winning
both days and also by an impressive eight points overall. Daniel Parker and Owen Strange both won their
zones each day with Daniel top rod in the team and overall. Scotland came 2nd and Ireland 3rd.
Mark Howard, England Youth Manager said, “This
is my first role as a manager for the England Youth Team, after being a parent
helping at previous Home Nation Championships I stepped in late with the
technical assistance of Malcolm Stote.”
“We had three days of hard practice to find the best options for
catching fish ready for two days of hard competition fishing. Day one saw the
team win four zones and a second, day two the fish did not want to play. The
team dug deep and managed two zone wins and three seconds, a quick check on the
other team scores and the Gold medal had been won.”
“A very big thank you to the IFSA for hosting a smooth and very well-run
championship, the stewards who gave up their time to walk miles measuring and
recording the fish. A great time was had and new friendships formed. It was a
privilege to work with a great team.”
SALC Junior Home Nations Shore
Huge congratulations also go to the England Junior
team who were; Dylan Ballantyne, Samuel James, Riley Price, Tom Ryder, James
Slater, Kelly Price (Assistant Manager) and Shane Inman (Manager) on a very
strong performance and result winning both days and overall by an impressive
James Slater and Samuel James won their zones on both
days with James being top rod of their team and Championships. Young Samuel was
a close second overall. Overall results
were; Scotland 2nd, Ireland 3rd and Wales 4th.
Shane Inman, Junior Manager stated
“This being my first Championship in charge of the U16 England Team I couldn’t
have asked for a better group of talented young anglers, from pre-championship
preparations, practice days, to the final seconds of the last match they have
given everything. The work rate from them has been truly outstanding and it’s
been a pleasure and privilege to work with them. They really have done
themselves and their country proud.”
The Angling Trust would like to offer their
appreciation and thanks to the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers for hosting such
a well organised SALC Home Nations Shore Championships this year. Congratulations to all the England teams on such
a tremendous performance and their superb achievements at winning team gold in
all three categories.