70lb net wins top spot in prestigious Cofton Cup Fishing Competition

South Devon’s highly regarded coarse fishing destination, Cofton Holidays, has crowned Andy Everill as winner of its autumn Cofton Cup Fishing competition.

A keen fisherman, this is Andy’s third consecutive Cofton Cup title and his fourth overall having previously won Cofton Cup II, V and VI. The multi award-winning holiday park, hosted the seventh competition on its Mamhead Match Lake over five days of intensive fishing. The field was narrowed down from 44 anglers in the opening rounds to 22 in the final, with the remainder battling it out for the Plate competition.


Young Inspirational Star from Exeter Wins Premiership Rugby National HITZ Award

Exeter Chiefs’ Callum Pope has seen his outstanding commitment to bettering his life through the club’s HITZ programme recognised by winning the 2021 HITZ Young Achiever Award.

At what was an emotional event at The Stoop, further intensified after a two-year absence due to COVID-19, the achievements of 12 outstanding individuals, including Callum, were recognised at the Awards hosted by former England and London Irish Winger Topsy Ojo.

Supported by Wooden Spoon, the Young Achiever Award recognises and rewards a young person who, by overcoming a range of challenges, has...

How can Leeds turn their poor form around in the Premier League?

Authored by Frank Parker
Posted: Wed, 11/17/2021 - 11:16pm

The start of the season has been tough for Leeds United. Coming up last season as a breath of fresh air to the Premier League, Marcelo Bielsa’s side simply haven’t been able to replicate the results that saw them defy their relegation odds from Betdaq and sore to the extraordinary heights of a ninth-place finish after a 14-year absence from England’s top flight. The Yorkshire outfit have suffered a dip in form this season, something that needs to be urgently fixed if they are to avoid flirting with a relegation battle.

You only need to look at the likes of Huddersfield Town and...

Manchester United are a ticking time bomb under Ole Gunnar Solskjær — how much longer will he get?

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Wed, 11/17/2021 - 11:09pm

It’s fair to say that when Manchester United cruised past Leeds 5-0 on the opening day of the Premier League season, many thought the good times had returned to Old Trafford. There was that feel good factor back around the place, further emphasised by the homecoming of Cristiano Ronaldo, signed unexpectedly after leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.

Losing the Europa League final was a tough blow for United, who had already secured Champions League football due to their league position, but were without a trophy since winning the Europa League in 2017. With a financial war-chest at...

Junior football team Cranbrook United FC​ gets Purple boost

Exeter’s grass-root community under 13’s football team, Cranbrook United FC, has been sponsored by Purplebricks, Britain’s biggest estate agent brand*, ahead of its new season.

The Purplebricks logo now appears on the team’s new home shirts, funded by the tech-led estate agent. With many players outgrowing their previous kits, the team are delighted to have new shirts to wear to training and matches this season. Without the support from Purplebricks, the children would not have a kit to play in.

The club, run entirely by volunteers, has suffered a significant loss of...

The world’s best racecourses

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Mon, 11/15/2021 - 6:19am

England is a paradise for fans of horse racing. From Epson Downs in Surrey to Aintree in Liverpool; Ascot in Berkshire to the almighty Cheltenham. Of course, other countries have beautiful racecourses too, but many of these are modelled on Britain’s best courses – as they say, there would be no Kentucky Derby without THE Derby – the Epson Derby.

If you are a horse racing fan, you owe it to yourself to visit these courses during your lifetime – your best days at the races could well still be ahead of you.

The United Kingdom’s Best

We just mentioned the names of England’s...

Premiership Rugby: This is the most influential team on Instagram

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 11/14/2021 - 1:27pm

As Premiership Rugby is in full swing, fans are flocking to watch the exhilarating games after last year’s cancellation. Rugby players starring on the field are also celebrities in their own right when they are not tackling and scoring tries.

With searches for “Owen Farrell Instagram” up 80% in the past week, sought to discover which rugby team was the most influential Instagram by analysing their combined following.

The results:

Premiership Team

Combined team following

Most followed team member

No. of...

Major boost to special partnership between the University of Exeter and Exeter City Football Club 

The University of Exeter and Exeter City Football Club have marked the continuation of their special relationship at a recent ceremony.

Having forged the unique partnership a decade ago, the University and Football Club signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday, November 11 designed to further support and benefit members of the local community.

The partnership has already created several initiatives since it began in 2011. Following the success of Dr Rachel Fenton’s (UoE Law) Intervention Initiative, the first evidence-based bystander programme for preventing...

Exeter sports fans like to bet on their passion

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Tue, 11/09/2021 - 3:02pm

Exeter has a rich sports life, and cycling, as well as rugby and football, are huge topics in the city. That makes for a lot of dedicated sports fans, who love to geek out about Exeter Chiefs, Exeter City and the biggest cycling clubs. Furthermore, they like to bet on their passion!

Sports betting is one of the most popular activities online. Sports fans of Exeter also like to visit the gambling platforms to place their bets, and for many, this is a way to deepen the passion for their favourite sports.

This is how Exeter sports fans bet online

You can bet on a lot of...

Exeter Chiefs star supports Devon Carers

Exeter Chiefs Winger, Tom O’Flaherty, is working with Devon Carers to raise awareness of the vital role unpaid carers play in helping their family, friends and neighbours across Devon.

His involvement is part of a new unpaid carer campaign, commissioned by Devon County Council and run by FamilyCarersNet, that will be reaching out to people who may not see themselves as an unpaid carer, so they become aware of the tailored help and support available from Devon Carers. Tom O’Flaherty, Exeter Chiefs, spoke of his support: “It’s great to be involved with Devon Carers and raising...

Michael Taylor ready to race at Paratriathlon World Championships

Michael Taylor from Barnstaple and who studies and trains in Bristol, is set to pull on the British trisuit and compete at the World Triathlon Para Championships in Abu Dhabi on Friday 5 November.

Taylor, who races in the PTS4 classification, will take on the world’s best on Friday at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The event is based around the Yas Marina, with the route taking athletes around the marina circuit.

Having competed at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo earlier this year, Taylor will be looking to build on that experience in what will be his first world championship race...

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