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tNIPA - Bird of the Year 2004 - Terence McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry RPS.
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Following the old bird programme of last season the winner of Bird of the Year was never in any doubt. A two year old Chequer cock racing on widowhood won a host of titles for his very proud owner Terence McCrudden who races with the Coleraine & Co Derry RPS. Racing with the NIPA Champion Oisins First won the Surgenor Cup for best average Talbenny (2), Bude & Sennen Cove. He also won the Major Lewis Cup for best average in all races from England & Wales. When the tally was done it was no surprise that the bird was to win the J Moreland Memorial Trophy for NIPA Old bird of the Year in 2004. He took the RPRA (Irish Region) Meritorious Award for Sect A and was the overall winner in the NIPA recording velocity 1233. All these awards were presented at NIPA Ladies Night. Better was to come when Oisins First won Best Bird in GB title at 251-450 Miles in the RPRA and brought back to Northern Ireland the highly sought after Preston Challenge Cup. This had been presented in January during the BHW Show of the Year weekend in Blackpool.


"Oisins First"
Best Bird in GB title at 251-450 Miles in the RPRA

Following the old bird programme of last season the winner of Bird of the Year was never in any doubt. A two year old Chequer cock racing on widowhood won a host of titles for his very proud owner Terence McCrudden who races with the Coleraine & Co Derry RPS. Racing with the NIPA Champion Oisins First won the Surgenor Cup for best average Talbenny (2), Bude & Sennen Cove. He also won the Major Lewis Cup for best average in all races from England & Wales. When the tally was done it was no surprise that the bird was to win the J Moreland Memorial Trophy for NIPA Old bird of the Year in 2004. He took the RPRA (Irish Region) Meritorious Award for Sect A and was the overall winner in the NIPA recording velocity 1233. All these awards were presented at NIPA Ladies Night. Better was to come when Oisins First won Best Bird in GB title at 251-450 Miles in the RPRA and brought back to Northern Ireland the highly sought after Preston Challenge Cup. This had been presented in January during the BHW Show of the Year weekend in Blackpool.

Some of the seasons top results included.

1st Club, 1st Sect A & 50th Open Talbenny (1) 1,289/17,358 doing velocity 1335. From Talbenny (2) 1,152/13,337 he had 1st Club, 1st Sect A & 34th Open NIPA doing velocity 1758. In the hard Bude race he scored 1st Club, 1st Sect A & 3rd Open NIPA 1,042/9,840 doing velocity 1114 for the 310 miles. On the fourth week on the trot from Sennen Cove in another hard one 1st Club, 1st Sect A & 6th Open NIPA 1,032/8,450. In the duplicate OB Classic he took 1st Club, 1st Sect A & 6th Open NIPA 563/3,295 collecting approx. £640. Terence McCrudden had indeed a season to remember and Oisins First put together a list of results that would be hard to equal. Thanks to Bannsider for the pic of Oisins First.

Liam O Comain  -
by: Homer

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