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Silver lining for Lisa and Harry in biggest Irish medal haul

Rod & Line

By Vic Thomas

Published 19/11/2016

Delight: Irish team members celebrate World success in Wexford
Delight: Irish team members celebrate World success in Wexford
Lisa Gormley
Harry McKee

Three members of a Belfast family featured on the Ireland team that banked triple gold, two silver and a bronze at the World Shore Fishing Championships in Co Wexford!

Lisa Gormley, from Glengormley, was a silver medal winner on the ladies team that also included her mum, Janet, and manager by dad Jim Snoddy.

There were gold medals for both the mens and ladies teams and in the individual contests, Alan Mulcahy landed gold, Ulster anglers Harry McKee Jnr and Lisa Gormley both netted silver and Anne Whitty hooked bronze!

This was a fantastic result all round, especially for the Irish ladies who were fishing at this level for the first time.

Ireland's men finished ahead of silver medallists England with Spain third, Portugal fourth and Italy fifth while the ladies saw off the challenge of Croatia, in second place, Netherlands third, England fourth and Italy fifth.

Lisa Gormley took silver just behind new World Champion Anna Louw of South Africa while Harry McKee, from East Antrim Surfcasters SAC, beat Helio Chora of Portugal into third place. Overall placings for the other Irish ladies team members were: Jane Cantwell, ninth; Janet Snoddy, 26th and Pat Shortt, 36th. In the Men's event, Paul Tyndall finished 21st; Joe Byrne, 22nd and Martin Howlin 33rd.

Both Irish teams were at the top of their game throughout the four days of competition, winning more medals at a single World Championships than in any other branch of the sport of angling.

*Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched its Sponsorship Fund for 2017 which will support angling events and initiatives across the country.

The Fund aims to support large international competitions which showcase Irish angling and contribute to local economies plus novice angler events which encourage new participants.

It also helps initiatives which disseminate information to promote conservation and protection of the inland fisheries and sea angling resource and can include seminars, workshops and training. Support from the Fund can be either financial or resource support from Inland Fisheries Ireland staff members.

Applications are invited from angling clubs, associations or any local group organising an angling initiative, online at www.fisheriesireland.ie/funding.

Awards are subject to budget availability.

*The final qualifier will take place on February 15 at a lake venue to be decided nearer the date. For more details contact Jody Kiernan on 087 9886408.

The latest match in Erne Anglers Winter League was a tight affair won by Paul Eyers with 6.050Kgs from Cornagrade Low. Second was Wayne Fuller with 5.480Kgs, Cornagrade High; third, David Herron with 4.950Kgs, Derrychara and fourth, Francis McGoldrick, 4.940Kgs from Dolans Ring. Just outside of the top placings was Seamus Smyth who won the Bellinaleck section with 4.450Kgs.

Paul's win moves him to the top of the league, tied on 16 points with John Potters but ahead on overall weight of fish caught.

*Thirty nine anglers fished the sixth independent qualifying competition of the 2016/17 National Pike Championships on lake venues near Lough Egish, Co Monaghan, where they caught 62 small jack pike to 5lb 6ozs.

The seven qualifiers who now go through to fish the grand final in April are Fergal Bell, seven fish for 19lb 5ozs; Mick O'Connor, seven fish for 14lb 2ozs; Ben Moore, five fish for 12lb 8ozs; Rodney Gaynor, five fish for 11lbs; Jay Cooke, four fish for 10lb 11ozs; Pat O'Grady, four fish for 9lb 15ozs and Paul Martin Jnr, three fish for 8lb 13ozs.

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