Scotland call up for Brechin teens

PIctured are (left) Jack Hamilton with the Scotland cap he earned earlier this year and Michael Craig who received the Philip Reid Memorial Trophy for the best newcomer this year.

PIctured are (left) Jack Hamilton with the Scotland cap he earned earlier this year and Michael Craig who received the Philip Reid Memorial Trophy for the best newcomer this year.

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Three youths from the Brechin Angling Club are set to represent Scotland in an international tournament next year.

Jack Hamilton, Michael Craig and Martin Runcie, all aged 16, qualified for the team two weeks ago during a tournament at Lake of Menteith.

Speaking about qualifying, Jack said: “It was a happy surprise for everybody really. It was a tough competition. We fished well and got good results on the first day. It was a good starting point for the second day.”

Michael, who recently won a best newcomer award, added: “We went in with confidence on the second day just knowing that we just had to catch a couple of fish to guarantee us a place. But you never know really, someone else could have a really good day.”

Martin, who qualified for the team last year alongside Jack, commented: “I always struggle fishing towards the end of the year. I didn’t know what to expect, so it was a case of fingers crossed.”

In the build up to the tournament, the boys are faced with the prospect of having to raise the funds to pay their way to Wales where the competition will take place.

Martin said: “I still have funds from last year. Me and Jack are fixed for equipment after last year, we only have to get funds for the trip. I think the main aspect we will have to concentrate on is fund-raising for Michael.”

Jack added: “We have been given a total for our trip to Wales in August. We will have training weekends and individual training throughout the year, starting in January. In total, for the training and Wales, it comes to around £550 plus equipment.”

Michael and Jack have already secured funding, with Jack receiving £25 sponsorship from Ron Mackie Motors and Michael being presented with £25 from Ian MacGregor Workshop.

The Scotland team took bronze in the 2012 tournament held in Ireland, and the boys are hoping to do better next year.

Jack added: “This year we have a lot of people who have experience of the last international so hopefully it will put the team on good grounding for next year’s competition.”

The boys have said they are excited about the competition, with Martin adding: “Me and Jack went last year and enjoyed it, but with the three of us together, it should be great.