Five of North Devon’s Petroc Academy of Beach Sports players were selected to take part in the first ever Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup at the Cardiff Beach Volleyball Centre.

Ellie Austin in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth PhotographyEllie Austin in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth Photography

The three-day event saw 128 athletes competing for the respective home nations and battling it out for medals.

There was a gold medal for Ellie Austin, silver medals for John Morgan and Zack Nettley, a bronze for Beth Morgan and a fifth-place finish for Kate Hill-Anning.

The competitions unique format saw teams splitting into two pairs and competing against each other, with a golden set deciding the match if the teams draw.

Austin paired with Katie Keefe in England One, coming up against the England Two pair of Charlotte Wittram and Holly Bentley. After winning 21-13, 21-13, they went into the golden set against the other England two pairing of Isabelle Tucker and Saskia Freitas, where they won 15-8.

Zack Nettley in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth PhotographyZack Nettley in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth Photography

Beth Morgan was in the third place play-off with England Three against England Five. Paired with Anna Keefe, they won 21-13, 21-15, and with their team-mates winning their respective match too, they sealed bronze without a golden set.

Morgan and Nettley, representing Wales, made it to the final, but lost 21-12, 21-12 to the England team.

Beth Morgan in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth PhotographyBeth Morgan in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth Photography

John Morgan in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth PhotographyJohn Morgan in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth Photography

Kate Hill-Anning in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth PhotographyKate Hill-Anning in action at the Home Nations Junior Beach Volleyball Cup. Picture: Sheena Ruth Photography