England ladies retain Anglo-Welsh crown!
A first for West Midlands Police, PS 8398 Ellen Beedham was selected to represent England at the Anglo-Welsh Carp Cup.
Ladies Carp Team England successfully defended their Anglo-Welsh Carp Cup title with a narrow victory over the Welsh at White Springs Fishery near Swansea. The match produced just five carp in total, but England took the win thanks to their greater combined weight, giving them their second successive Clifford Cup.
Following a slow start to the match, England landed the first fish, a 12¼-pounder, on the Saturday morning to give England the lead, followed a few hours later by the capture of Hobhob at 38lb. Later that afternoon, England added a second fish of 15lb 14oz to increase England's advantage in the section to 66lb 2oz, which was increased with another fish later in the day.
With no further action in the night and the majority of the Sunday morning, it looked as though England were set to retain their title unopposed, but with seconds of the match remaining, a welsh buzzer sounded. The rules allow 15 minutes for a fish to be landed after the hooter, the venue's biggest common, Bruno, was guided to the net with minutes to spare.
England will defend their title on home soil next year, but before then, both they and Wales will compete in a tri-nations event, alongside the Netherlands, at Wraysbury in June
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