CROSS CHANNEL OB SEASON: Talbenny start for the Irish on 1st June
The Pigeonnetwork.com International Quiz Nights are gathering huge momentum around the country and there is hardly a place I travel to that somebody doesn’t approach me and ask for tickets, this is probably going to be one of the biggest and best respected Quiz Panels ever in Ireland, already confirmed is Henk De Weerd from Belgium a renowned and well respected vet admired around the world also Mr Peter Fox, Syndicate Lofts this will be Peter’s very first time on a Quiz Panel and one of the most knowledgeable and respected stock men currently around the world. The calibre of pigeons for the auction is what you all have come to expect, absolute awesome all 2008 bred pigeons these will be listed around 2 weeks before the events with a separate Auction of Birds planned for both the North and South of Ireland. The Northern Ireland Fancier of the Year Award will also be presented along with many other awards, many more details to follow. The dates for your diary are Friday 24th October in Ballyclare Comrades Football Club and Monday 27th October at the Sarsfield RPC, Ballyfermot Dublin the tickets are priced at £5 per head including a light buffet. Your entrance ticket will also include you into a free draw on the night.
Another night more sooner is a Bricon ETS demo in the Kingswood HPS Clubrooms in Belfast on Thursday 12th of June after the Bude birds are dispatched, a large crowd is expected with Joe Galbraith Junior sorting everything out these boys know how to organise a nights craic so if you have nothing else booked in after the Bude birds go work your way over to the Kingswood HPS, all info if you require any from Joe, all members welcome from all organisations.
All other organisations in Northern Ireland and a lot of the ones from the South of Ireland were in massed in Talbenny South Wales for what was hoped to be a Saturday liberation, and although Wales and Ireland basked in glorious sunshine with temperatures reaching 23c it just wasn’t warm enough to burn of the fog that was lingering on the channel, and Talbenny as we are all aware can be tricky enough given a clear route never mind visible obstacles. So after much waiting by most they all opted individually to hold over, with early Sunday morning looking the most likely time for liberating. The NIPA released at 7.30am with both countries once again enjoying glorious sunshine, the wind was a South Westerly and haven sat most of the afternoon in the garden doing a loft profile on the computer the wind seemed to pick up after lunch-time and at times was quite blustery so perhaps a good decision to liberate early, and going by report many have enjoyed excellent returns. With racing from Talbenny the birds can enter Ireland from a number of points down the coast and many surprise velocities can pop up anywhere in the country, as I go to press the leading one that I have at hand is Nelson Weir of Loughgall doing 1302 ypm. I have scrambled around and can’t find any other fancier doing 1300ypm, excellent flying as a team for Nelson as he has a pile of other good pigeons in behind that one and will knowdoubt be well placed with them all. Another loft with a good velocity is Micky Hamilton over in Coalisland, Micky finished 3rd Open in this very race last year and looks to have a good one once again this year although it is early days, it would be no surprise because a more dedicated fancier just not for himself but the Club included you will find hard to match, I have spent a bit of time in Coalisland this year and their is a great level of togetherness with the boys at the Club, Micky Hamilton I also did a loft profile on over the last few weeks, this one and any others can be read anytime by logging onto www.pigeonnetwork.com .
NIPA Sect A & A West Clubs Talbenny (1)
Coalisland & District 12/179 – M & R Hamilton 1277, J Devlin 1253, K Carolan 1250, 1233, 1224, G Stringer 1219.
Omagh & District – A Hall 1261, A Kelly 1177, A Hall 1160, 1146, A Kelly 1144, 1137.
Cookstown Soc 9/122 – Speirs & Campbell 1231, V Thom 1217, G Marshall 1212, Marshall & Harkness 1212, K Morton & Sons 1196, Speirs & Campbell 1170.
Coleraine & County Derry – T McCrudden 1216, A McCorriston 1207, K Macauley 1170, D Platt 1138.
Coleraine Premier HPS – J L Madden 1206, Diamond Bros 1172, 1168, 1168, I Frame 1156.
Strabane RPC 7/32 – Quinn & Harper 1192, 1165, B Gamble 1106, T Ferguson & Son 656.
Castledawson 6/69 – M Lynn 1182, Gilmour & Watson 1175, 1163, M Lynn 1158, T Leacock & Son 1153, Savage Bros 1140.
Windsor Social 9/50 – G Donaghy Son & Grandson 1164, 1163, Horner & Scott 1162, R McAlary 1160, F McIlreavy 1150, Horner & Scott 1129, K Glass 1120, A Newton 1116, J Allen 1085, R & J Parke 1082. J & S Brennan 1017.
Limavady RPS 6/36 – J McCool 1123, R McIlmoyle 1102, J McCool 1065, G Kearney 1048, R McIlmoyle 905.
in Wales was the venue for the first channel race of the programme
a distance of 245 miles to most members in the City of Derry.
After a one day hold over due to dense fog on the channel the
birds were released early on Sunday morning. Making it back to
back Derry Fed wins with the same pigeon is Robbie Gallagher,
Londonderry RPS, definitely a super racer either on land or water;
this pigeon has now chalked up 4 wins three of which are on the
channel. Eamon Quigley also has a great race with two in the frame
for 2nd & 6th Fed. Dunne & Quigley are in again with 3rd
spot while Tommy McDaid in 4th. Paddy & Martin Healy have
four in the result taking 5th, 8th 10th & 16th.
City of Derry Federation Talbenny (1) 50/246 – R Gallagher Londonderry 1164, E Quigley Maiden City 1133, Dunne & Quigley Maiden City 1130, T McDaid Foyle 1091, P & M Healy Maiden City 1087, E Quigley 1084, M Concannon Maiden City 1072, P & M Healy 1067, M Jones Foyle 1063, P & M Healy 1042, L Hegarty & Son Foyle 1038, D Kelly Londonderry 1038, A McCrudden Foyle 1035, C McConomy & Son Foyle 1033, T Mullan & Son Foyle 1032, P & M Healy 1032, T Mullan & Son 1030, A Funston Londonderry 1029, Maguire & McDevitt Foyle 1024, A Funston 1019.
Coleraine Triangle Talbenny (1) – T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1216, A McCorriston Coleraine & Co Derry 1207, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1206, Diamond Bros Coleraine Prem 1172, K Macauley Coleraine & Co Derry 1170, Diamond Bros 1168, Diamond Bros 1168, G Donaghy Son & Grandson Windsor Soc 1164, G Donaghy Son & Grandson 1163, Horner & Scott Windsor Soc 1162.
In a season of weather problems we have had five race delays out of the last six races, the INFC Skibbereen Nat was flown on Friday having been delayed since Wednesday and poor conditions on the channel had the birds delayed in Talbenny (South Wales) for one day, released on Sunday ay 7.30am in a Light NE wind.
Arrangements for race marking the Mallow 5 Bird is that the entries and club cheques will be collected at Cullybackey on Thursday 12th June between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Race marking at Cullybackey on Friday 13th June between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. A Ballymena loft has had his youngsters attacked by the dreaded hawk that are giving problems in all parts of the country. Ring numbers are between GB08B10181 and 10200. If you get a 08B Rung bird in please Tel: 077613 23459. Lost in Larne a stock bird GB07N 36180, Tel: (028) 28 270981 and some young birds lost in the Ballymena area between GB08K 05101 and 05120. For this Tel: (028) 25 652770.
Mid Antrim Combine Talbenny (1) 117/1,523 – J Devlin Ballymena 1230, C Shaw Randalstown 1227, H Boyd Kells 1222, C Tweed Rasharkin 1221, Russell Bros Cullybackey 1218, A & N Young Ahoghill 1218, D Dixon Rasharkin 1218, T McMillan Randalstown 1217, S Steele Cullybackey 1212, S Steele 1210, Richmond Bros Ballymena 1208, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1206, J Orr & Son Ahoghill 1205, Russell Bros 1204, D Dixon 1201, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1201, Richmond Bros 1200, G Gibson Cullybackey 1199, C Young Ahoghill 1199, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1198, R H Clements Harryville 1198, G Connolly Broughshane 1193, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1193, J Millar & Son 1192, J & C Letters Harryville 1191, J & N Simpson 1190, J Balmer Ahoghill 1189, C Shaw 1188, J Millar & Son 1188, D Lowry & Sons Ahoghill 1187.
NIPA Sect B Clubs Talbenny (1)
Ballymena & District HPS 11/142 – J Devlin 1230, Richmond Bros 1208, 1200, J Harris 1185, J Devlin 1178, J Harris 1165, W & J Smyth 1159, W & J Smyth 1138, M Graham 1137, Smyth Bros 1135.
Randalstown HPS 11/186 – C Shaw 1227, T McMillan 1217, Stewart Bros 1193, C Shaw 1188, Stewart Bros 1178, T McMillan 1176.
Ballymoney HPS 20/226 – D & H Stuart 1225, D Dixon 1218, 1201, D Laverty 1199, D Dixon 1181, 1179, 1179, W Blair 1175, A & M Boyle 1175, D & H Stuart 1172, 1172, Gage Bros 1169.
Dervock IPS 6/86 – D & H Stuart 1225, A & M Boyle 1175, D & H Stuart 1172, 1172, 1145, A & M Boyle 1142, S Laverty 1140, D & H Stuart 1136, 1136, W & L McCaw 1135.
Kells & District HPS 13/154 – H Boyd 1222, Surgenor Bros 1183, H Turkington 1179, W McClure 1175, Surgenor Bros 1168, 1164, Scott & Clements 1153, B Swann & Son 1147. Gold Minute (40) won by Alan Shanks.
Rasharkin & District 14/141 – C Tweed 1221, 1187, Milliken & Barkley 1185, 1171, W Davidson 1171, W McFetridge 1166, Milliken & Barkley 1162, W Davidson 1160. Nom C Tweed. D Dixon – 1218, 1201, 1180, 1179, 1179. Race sponsored by Base Scaffolding Ballymoney. The race winner for young Christopher Tweed was a Soontjen/Van Reet from Tom Marshall.
Cullybackey HPS 20/306 – Russell Bros 1218, S Steele 1212, 1210, Russell Bros 1204, G Gibson 1199, Reid Bros & McCloy 1198, 1186, B Herbinson 1186, D Robinson & Son 1183, Reid Bros & McCloy 1176, G Gibson 1174, Reid Bros & McCloy 1173. Gary Gibson won the Hayes Garage Sponsored £50.
Ahoghill Flying Club 14/189 – A & N Young 1218, Young McManus & Sons 1206, J Orr & Son 1205, A & N Young 1201, C Young 1199, J Balmer 1189, D Lowry & Sons 1187, Balmer young & Sons 1185, C Young 1178, Young McManus & sons 1177. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – A & N Young 1218, J Orr & Son 1205.
Muckamore HPS 16/360 – M/M A & E Bell 1204, Thompson Bros 1190, G Magill 1186, J White 1180, 1176, A Mitchell & Son 1176, 1173, G Magill 1172.
Broughshane & District 11/150 – J & N Simpson 1201, G Connolly 1193, J & N Simpson 1190, D Houston & Son 1176, C Kennedy 1167, G Connolly 1166, G & A Eagleson 1160, D Houston & Son 1154.
Ballymoney West Combine – D Laverty 1199, W Blair 1175, D Gage 1160, A Hill 1155, L Neill 1149, J McErlain & Son 1116.
Harryville HPS 15/169 – R H Clements 1198, J Millar & Son 1192, J & C Letters 1191, J Millar & Son 1188, J Rock 1187, A McBride 1185, 1183, 1177, J Millar & Son 1174, J Rock 1161. The 2 year old hen was paired to another hen sitting eggs 12 days. Sire is a brother to Champion Heartbreaker and the dam the Tommy Beckett hen, the pair have produced winners including 18th Open Portland.
Crumlin & District 10/145 – J & A Galloway 1179, Fleming Bros 1160, J & N Lamb 1152, J Harkness 1149.
New Antrim Amalgamated 8/95 – M/M F Clarke 1170, D Jackson & Son 1143, T Picken & Son 1136, C McDowell 1136, C Magill 1134, C McDowell 1125, C Magill 1125, R McFall & Son 1120, McFall & McManus 1108, R McFall & Son 1099.
Talbenny (1) Matches in Mid Antrim Combine were: K & K Kernohan (Harryville) v R H Clements (Harryville), A Darragh (Ahoghill) v Young McManus & Sons (Ahoghill), D Houston & Son (Broughshane) v T & M Morrow (Kells), Surgenor Bros (Kells) v T & G Cotter (Ahoghill), J & N Simpson (Broughshane) v G Gibson (Cullybackey), H Boyd (Kells) v C Tweed (Rasharkin), G & A Eagleson (Broughshane) v A McBride (Harryville), G McDowell (Kells) v Milliken & Barkley (Rasharkin). The next round to be flown from Talbenny (2) is R H Clements (Harryville) v Young McManus & Sons (Ahoghill), D Houston & Son (Broughshane) v Surgenor Bros (Kells), J & N Simpson (Broughshane) v H Boyd (Kells) and A McBride (Harryville) v Milliken & Barkley (Rasharkin).
Loughview Combine Talbenny (1) 49/701 – D & J Campbell & Bigger 1172, D & J Campbell & Bigger 1164, W Corbett & Sons 1163, Gregg Bros & McCandless 1158, Bingham & Seaton 1156, McMurray & Anderson 1156, Watt & Miskimmon 1155, McMurray & Anderson 1154, McMurray & Anderson 1154, D & J Campbell & Bigger 1152, Gregg Bros & McCandless 1151, McMurray & Anderson 1149, D & J Campbell & Bigger 1148, R Gordon & Sons 1148, G & L Simpson 1147.
NIPA Sect C Clubs Talbenny (1)
Springvale Social 9/102 – Turkington Bros 1205, R Davidson & Sons 1201, 1193, 1185, R Scott & son 1167, 1164, Turkington Bros 1160, A C McGrugan 1158, R Scott & Son 1155, R Davidson & Sons 1149, Turkington Bros 1146. Race sponsored by East Antrim Mini Mix.
Muckamore HPS 16/360 – A & E Bell 1204, Thompson Bros 1190, G Magill 1186, J White 1180, 1176, A Mitchell & Son 1176, 1173, G Magill 1172.
Kingsmoss 11/153 – D J Connor 1200, 1196, T Lillie 1189, J Graham 1179, 1170, R McMeekin 1159, R Gray 1140, Cully & Cosby 1136.
Ballyclare & District - S Rodney & Son 1195, 1189, Horner Bros & Son 1175, J & R Blair 1170, 1157, V Thompson 1150, B & M Gilmore 1149, Horner Bros & Son 1136, M/M C Hayes 1134, P R Wilson 1131.
Doagh & District HPS 16/173 – A & N Lewis 1187, J Blair 1157, S & A Leitch 1156, J & A Wilson & Sons 1155, 1152, M/M D Suitters 1151. The winning bird was a yearling Blue Cheq hen, daughter off the cock which won Pilmore (1).This is three generations of winners coming down off 'Le Premier' the lofts racing Champion.
Ballynure & District 8/83 – Davidson & McIlroy 1181, 1136, Rea & Magill 1120, 1117, B Rowney 1103.
Horseshoe HPS 20/243 – R & M Robinson 1180, Hamilton & Clements 1162, Marshall & Wilson 1156, 1149, R Mills & Son 1146, Marshall & Wilson 1144, 1141, Hamilton & Clements 1133, R Mills & Son 1131, 1130. R & M Robinson takes the Red Card this week from Talbenny. Bertie timed a 2 year old cock flying natural. This cock actually won from Talbenny last year. The breeding is Soontjen from Roger Morton of Yorkshire.
Larne & District HPS 43/441 – L & S O’Neill & Sons 1176, G K & I Moxham 1143, Beggs & Hall 1141, Marshall & Wilson 1156, 1149, Beggs & Hall 1146, R Mills & Son 1146, A S McNaghten 1144, Marshall & Wilson 1144, Beggs & Hall 1143, Marshall & Wilson 1141, L & S O’Neill & Sons 1134. After a one day delay due to mist on the channel the birds were released on Sunday in a North Easterly wind. The race was won by hard working Secretary Stephanie Liam and sons who have been knocking at the door for the past few weeks. The Moxham team were runner-up with their all pooler and Beggs & Hall were 3rd. Also well done to G K & I Moxham who timed the first bird into East Antrim from the INFC Skibbereen Nat on Friday, the loft have won this race before in 2005.
Glengormley HPS 6/100 – D & J Campbell & Bigger 1172, 1164, T Cairns & Sons 1089, G & C Lowry 1040, G Kincaid Son & Daughter 1005, 944.
Glengormley HPS have decided to opt for a Gold Ring competition during 2008 rather than the usual Breeder & Buyer event. It will be open to all competing lofts in the NIPA and will have a guaranteed 1st Prize of £1,000. The overall prize list will be determined by the entry, rings will be £40 each. Race will be the Rosscarbery YB Inland National, and the closing date for entry is 30th June. All ring Numbers must be supplied by 19th July. Contact any of the following members for further information Hugh Bigger Tel: 07796 848484, David Campbell Tel: 07886 451205, Tommy Gratten Tel: 07831 678910.
Ligoniel & District 33/404 – W Corbett & Sons 1163, Gregg Bros & McCandless 1158, Bingham & Seaton 1156, McMurray & Anderson 1156, Watt & Miskimmin 1155, McMurray & Anderson 1154, 1154, Gregg Bros & McCandless 1151, McMurray & Anderson 1149, R Gordon & sons 1148.
Carrick Social RPC 25/281 – G & M Irvine 1157 ABCD, Nom & DTW, D & J Armatrong & Son 1148, M/M Robinson 1126, E Gilliland 1120, W R McClean 1119, D & J Armstrong & Son ABCD, D McAtamney 1112, W R McClean 1100, 1100, J & A Rankin 1089, M/M Robinson 1088, T Peel 1087. The all pool winner was G & M Irvine who timed at 5.15pm recording velocity 1157 for the 209 miles, collecting just over £400.
Carrick & District HPS 19/200 – D & J Armstrong & Son 1148, Elliott Bros 1140, Degnan & McKee 1139, Elliott Bros 1138, S Beattie & Daughter 1121, R McIlroy & son 1120, D & J Armstrong & Son 1118 ABCDEF & Nom, W & A Hamilton 1115, D McAtamney 1112, Elliott Bros 1097, W & A Hamilton 1096, J & A Rankin 1089. J Robinson 1086 ABCDE, J & A Rankin 1073 F. D & J Armstrong & Son special won by Elliott Bros. Winning Minute (47) won by H Harvey c/o Robert Reid.
Eastway 11/200 – Whiteside Bros 1143, Grattan Bros 1143, M & T Griffith 1141, G McKenna 1140, Grattan Bros 1139, Whiteside Bros 1138.
Glenarm & District 8/98 – G McWhirter 1140, 1128, R Robinson & son 1123, G McWhirter 1119, Thompson Bros 1113, R Robinson & Son 1109, O O’Neill & sons 1109, R Robinson & Son 1108.
Ballycarry & District 10/151 – J C Reid 1136, Lynch Bros & Thompson 1130, Arthurs & George 1125, B McCammon 1124, Arthurs & George 1124, B McCammon 1119, Arthurs & George 1116, J C Reid 1111, B McCammon 1097, M Delaney 1089.
Club Results Section D NIPA Talbenny
Dromore West End – M & F Russell 1210, looks like the M & F Russell team have yet another Section winner. No more info as yet, we do endeavour to cover them all, the Club List is now getting near 150.
Dromore HPS 10/281 – D & I Edgar 1196, B & M McCorriston 1189, B & M McCorriston 1189, B & M McCorriston 1183, P & J Boal 1182, P & J Boal 1182, D & I Edgar 1177, D & I Edgar 1167, D & I Edgar 1162, J Kelly & Son 1162. Last years Rosscarbery National winners Derek & Ian Edgar coming back into form just about the same time well done boys.
Glenavy & District HPS 16/218 – J Courtney 1188, J Courtney 1183, K Carson & son 1168, D & M Shimmons 1160, D Scott 1160, H McKeown 1154, D Coulter 1153, H Mallen & Sons 1152, J Ross 1149, K Carson & Son 1146. Welldone to Jame Courtney on winning his first race of the year not bad for a man who just got them started last week.
Lisburn & District HPS 24/315 – Spence Bros 1182, S G Briggs 1175, S G Briggs 1172, R Topping & Son 1157, M Laffin 1156, M Laffin 1155, Spence Bros 1154, M Laffin 1151, S McAllistar & Son 1149, S G Briggs 1139. Brian & Roy out in front this week closely followed by Sammy Briggs who has 3 in the result, Trevor and young Rab are racing very well this year in both the National flying Club and the mighty Lisburn & District.
Colin HPS 9/159 – John Gregory & Sons 1181, J & J Neeson 1174, J Fusco & Son 1149, O & M Monaghan 1145, J & J Neeson 1143, P Elliott & Sons 1134, O & M Monaghan 1125, J Gregory & Sons 1121, J Gregory & Sons 1119, Mr & Mrs G Braniff 1116. The Gregory Boys just keep the winning streak going.
Largymore Inv HPS 14/168 – G Smyth 1167, G Smyth 1148, A Hughes 1135, G Smyth 1135, D Irvine 1134, Milliken & McCartney 1134. The members would like to thank George’s Fish & Chip shop on the Low Road for this weeks sponsorship this chip shop is owned by Tom Marshalls daughter so if your ever in Lisburn give it a go. Well done to Gary Smyth this years new member on a very good result, excellent flying. Gary won the loft nom with Milliken & McCartney picking up the pools.
Derriaghy & District HPS 7/144 – Ian Gibb & Sons 1162, Moulds Bros 1146, Ian Kennedy 1141, Ian Kennedy 1138, W Ringland & Son 1131, R & M McAleenan 1131. A perfect weekend for the Gibb boys topping the Club from Talbenny and Skibbereen National and also finishing 2nd Open in the 3 Bird Dundonald Challenge.
Kingswood 9/180 – T Plant & Son 1157, J Galbraith & Sons Jun 1123, W Willis 1119, E Burton 1117, T Plant & Son 1116, E Burton 1107. An ETS demonstration will be hosted by the Kingswood HPS at 259 Albertbridge Road, Belfast on Thursday the 12th of June at 8pm, visitors very welcome.
Dunedin HPS 8/140 – Paul McClean 1124, A & J Brown 1121, Tom McConnell & Son 1119, Paul McClean 1101, Tom McConnell & Son 1093, Tom McConnell & Son 1090, Tom McConnell & Son 1089, Tom McConnell & Son 1085, A & J Brown 1085, Tom McConnell & Son 1079. Paul McClean takes the red card this week now we have entered the cross channel events.
Club Result NIPA Section E Talbenny
Loughgall HPS - N Weir 1302, 1286, 1266, 1266, 1257, 1242. That is a very impressive card indeed and likely to be the Provisional NIPA Open Winner at this stage.
Bondhill Social - R Williamson 1276, 1271, 1269, 1263, W Neill 1262, R Williamson 1252. Rocket Ronnie Williamson with a good card also which will figure highly in the NIPA Open
Williamson & Calvin Training every Tuesday and Sunday from Laytown or Balbriggan. Birds can be hampered night before and up to 7.45am morning of toss at 23 Farra Road. Tel: (028) 38 339320 or Mobile: 07841 762399. Same collection points as usual Annaghmore Clubrooms 8.00am, Ballyoran Hill 8.20am, Edgarstown 8.40am, Laurelvale Clubrooms 9.00am, Markethill Corner 9.30am and Armagh Clubrooms 9.50am.
Annaghmore HPS – R D Calvin 1276, Calvin & Calvin 1263, A McMullan 1262, P Boyd 1261, R D Calvin 1256, R D Calvin 1246, G Calvin & Son 1244, Calvin & Calvin 1243, G Buckley & Son 1241, M Buckley 1239. Excellent flying by R D Calvin and one that’s likely to figure well at the top of the NIPA open.
Edgarstown 12/193 – E Matchett & Sons 1266, E Matchett & Sons 1252, O Forde 1233, T & A Ford 1224, E Matchett & Sons 1214, R & J McCracken 1214. Well done to the Matchett family and all those distance ones you showed me are starting to shine now the programme has reached the water.
Tandragee HPS – Dillon & Morrow 1261, Dillon & Morrow 1250, Dillon & Morrow 1205, A Graig 1201, A Graig 1186, A Graig 1183. Alan many thanks for the info and look forward to getting the result each week.
Charlemont HPS 11/131 – Patrick Grew 1258, Eamon Grew 1254, Eamon Grew 1254, Eamon Grew 1253, McGreary Bros 1220, Sam McConnell 1211, Eamon Grew 1204, McGreary Bros 1199, Eamon Grew 1198, Sam McConnell 1182. Well done to Patrick and thanks to Sonya for all the info and photos.Our new member Kieran Shannon joined Charlemont HPS at the start of this years racing season after leaving his old club Dungannon Kieran has been racing pigeons for eighteen years and for the first time he has won Rosscarberry Old Bird Inland National, 1st Club, 2nd Section A and 4th Open. Kieran had just received his new ETS System two nights before this race. Kieran lost 5 minutes with this Blue Chq cock as he hadn’t the ETS system set up in the trap in which the pigeon choose to enter. This Blue Chq Cock took 1st Tullamore 2007, 3rd Fermoy 2007 and 3rd Rosscarberry 2007. This cock is bred from a Sire of Mr S Rice, Belfast and the Dam is from Mr D Mawhinney, Dollingstown. Kieran also took second place in the club with a Black Pied cock. In race number seven; our second Pilmore Beach Kieran took 1st Club and 1st Section A with a Blue Hen.Congratulations to Kieran from all the members of Charlemont HPS.
Wilton Cross – G Douglas 1256, Cooper & McGrath 1247, McCarron Bros 1233, Cooper and McGrath 1222, Toland & Lynch 1216, M Rice 1216, G Douglas 1207, Toland & Lynch 1202, McCarron Bros 1202, M Wilkinson 1191, Well done to Geoff Douglas on a good looking velocity won’t be to fat away that one.
Markethill HPS – Muldrew & Cummings 1255, Muldrew & Cummings 1231, K & R Black 1230, B & P Baird 1196.
Portadown Inv 11/147 – R & G & G Donaldson 1249, A Fearon 1229, M Livingstone 1205, D Love 1199, M Livingstone 1181, M Livingstone 1168. Roy and the boys have them going well once again.
Lurgan Amateurs FC – Metcalfe & Donaldson 1236, G & F Hall 1218, R Bothwell 1215, D McBride 1201.
Moira HPS 11/160 – E Russell 1213, E Wright & Son 1200, E Russell 1196, H Lynch & Son 1192, Turner Bros 1185, E Wright & Sons 1180.
Monaghan HPS – Cooney Bros 1287, S O’Brien 1263, Cooney Bros 1255, R Mulligan 1252, P Tierney 1242, R Mulligan 1221.
Armagh HPS 17/253 – G & A Campbell 1267, 1266, E & M Curran 1254, D & C McArdle 1241, G & A Campbell 1237, Hawthorne & Prescott 1236, E & M Curran 1230, D Gallagher & Son 1228, G & A Campbell 1214, M Shaw 1212. 2 Bird Club – M Shaw, R Parkes & Son, G & A Campbell, M Hughes.
Lurgan Social – J Curran 1227, B McNeice 7 Sons 1200, 1298, Higginson & Johnston 1194, Furphy Bros 1184, J Douglas & Son 1183.
Northern Ireland Channel Fed Talbenny (1) - G & C Simons 1277 ABCN, Donnelly Bros 1260, E Matchett & Son 1252, T & C Ritchie 1237 ABC, T A Ford 1224 ABC, C Hughes 1223, W G Neill 1221 D, E Matchett & Son 1214, H Beattie 1211, J Douglas & Son 1207, J Dowey & Son 1198, Sloan & Reid & Sons 1192 D, R Bothwell 1162 D, Buckley & Buckley & Craig 1131, Toman & Hamill 1123, Gillis & Radcliff 1106, F McCann 1079, J Serplus 1018. Congratulations to G & C Simons, winning 1st Northern Ireland Channel Fed.
Orchard Combine – Nelson Weir 1302, Cooney Brothers 1287, Nelson Weir 1286, Nelson Weir 1269, G & A Campbell 1267, Nelson Weir 1266, G & A Campbell 1266, Stephen O’Brien 1263, Patrick Grew 1258, Muldrew & Cummins 1255. What a result for Nelson Weir and looks favourite at the minute of topping the NIPA Open.
Club Results NIPA Section F Talbenny
Comber Central 9/99 – Massey Bros 1091, Massey Bros 1084, P & C Johnston 1083, Massey Bros 1058, N Thompson 1056, D Harvey 1042, G Marshall 1031, D McQuade 1030, W Gabby 1021, G Marshall 1009.
Ards HPS – W Cleland 1085, J & I More 1081, McGimpsey Bros 1075, J & I Moore 1066.
Corrigs & District 6/69 – C McManus 1080, Benson Bros 1076, R Shaw 1066, Benson Bros 1035, C McManus 1033, R Shaw 1027, R McVeigh & Son 950, B Houston 918.
Killyleagh & District HPS – J & P Rice 1069, K Murray 1060, J & R Quinn 1053, S McLaughlin 1041. Well done to Patsy was down with him over the weekend with an ETS system he timed a bird from good friend John Gordon at 12.32 flying 183 miles.
Portavogie & District HPS 28/247 – W & N Cully 1052, W & N Cully 1049, J Bunting 1035, H & J Kelly & Sons & Palmer 1032, H & J Kelly & Sons & Palmer 1030. Great flying by the W & N Cully team this there 3rd win of the season.
Downpatrick HPS – P Lue & Sons 1051, Bob Connolly 1048, P Lue & Sons 1034, P Lue & Sons 1030. Thanks once again to Sean for the info keep it up buddy.
Club Results NIPA Section G Talbenny
Newry City HPS – 1st Donnelly Bros 1260, this is the only one that I knew of after phoning Richard not about this but getting some info on their pigeon that finished 3rd Open in the INFC Skibbereen National. Although its not a result I generally get, if one of the Club members would care to give me a ring or email me with it each week. Well Done to John and Richard on a good weekend all round.
Newry & District HPS – R McKelvey 1213, R McKelvey 1173, R McKelvey 1157, M Maguire & Son 1146, R McKelvey 1133, SCurran 1130, S Curran 1126, R McKelvey 1124, Mark Maguire & Son 1123, L Falloon & Son 1120. Ron McKelvey is knocking them into the clock very steadily over the last few weeks well done.
Drumnavaddy HPS – J McFadden 1200, S Ogle 1172, S Ogle 1150, L F & B McGrath 1138. Many thanks Brendan for he result by text on the mobile, we are starting to receive info everyway now.
Bessbrook Pigeon Club – Hamilton & Hanna 1175, R Black & Son 1149, Cowan Bros 1138, R Cromwell & Son 1112.
Had the Banbridge result guys but have misplaced it will do my best to have it for next week Kenny and Deno Mallen are keeping me up to date with all at Club level and their training schedule he will be transporting pigeons on a Sunday and a Tuesday to Balbriggan and a Monday and Wednesday to Castlebellingham all the normal pick-up points and further info give him a ring.
OPEN DELIGHT FOR GEOFF AND STAN
The Fanciers Combine were in Pilmore on Saturday for their Open Race which was won by Geoff and Stan McMullen of Donacloney, Geoff and father Stan are great guys and very dedicated fanciers, O/Bird specialists as far as racing is concerned but Geoff tells me with introduction of new stock last year this year should see better and bigger things with the youngsters, well done to you both. The Fanciers Combine big Open Race which was sponsored by Edwin May Auto Sales in Portadown Geoff and Stans winning velocity was 1389 and the same loft took the top prize in the Breeder & Buyer event. The 2 Bird Average prize was sponsored by Matt Murphy Builders and the £400 prize won by M/M C & G Gibson from Corcreeney, others with two early arrivals included G & S McMullan, P & J Boal and Robert Major.
The Fanciers Combine Pilmore Beach – G & S McMullan 1389 £250, R Major 1386 £150, M/M C G Gibson 1381.3 £100, M/M C G Gibson 1381.0 £50, P & J Boal 1370 £50, P & J Boal 1369 £30, G & S McMullan 1364 £30, Cooper & McGrath 1363 £20, E Mallen & Son 1358 £20, R Major 1356 £20.
Breeder & Buyer – G & S McMullan £500, M/M C G Gibson £300, M/M C G Gibson £200. The club would like to thank the sponsors Edwin May and Matt Murphy and congratulate the winners including race winners G & S McMullan from Donacloney who collected £750 in total and Mr & Mrs Gibson from Corcreeney who won the 2 Bird Average plus £1,050. Many thanks to all those who supported the race, its appreciated. And thanks to all the loyal helpers as well.
East Down Combine Results Talbenny
Hillfoot 9/113 – D Flynn 1163, M McClure 1142, H Flynn 1125, T Farlow 1109, H Flynn 1091, D & T Brennan 1086, M McClure 1085, M McClure 1084, J Scates & Son 1071, Mr & Mrs E Spence 1064. Well done to Davy met the Flynn boys at Hillfoot the other evening, Davy has a good one in this and might not be to far away from the open.
Ballylesson & Dsitrict 13/189 – F Keery 1147, F Keery 1128, J Patterson 1125, H Patterson & Son 1124, John Patterson 1122, Mackey & Lockhart 1116, C & D Smyth 1115, W White & Son 1115, C & D Smyth 1115, C & D Smyth 1114. Excellent to see Fleming at the top, always like to see the prizes going around.
Dundonald HPS – M Foulis 1144, M Foulis 1141, S Brown & Sons 1127, S Brown & Sons 1120, S Brown & Sons 1114, B & E Foulis & Gill 1105, B & E Foulis & Gill 1102, S Brown & Sons 1102, J Young & Partners 1100, J Young & Partners 1099. Mark has a couple of good ones finally getting the move over brother Brian.
Annsborough 334 birds – Micky Croskery 1136, M Croskery & Son 1133, D Croskery & Son 1132, D Croskery & Son 1131, D Croskery & Son 1129, M Croskery & Son 1122, Micky Croskery 1119, Micky Croskery 1113, D Croskery & Son 1105, Prichard Bros 1103.
Drumaness Mills HPS – G Morrison & Daughters 1129, C Lavery 1124, G Morrison & Daughters 1105, P Burns 1076, G Morrison & Daughters 1072, G Morrison & Daughters 1065, P Burns 1063, C Lavery 1060,C Lavery 1040, P Burns 1037.
Crossgar HPS 9/126 – McCartan & Woodsides 1113, J McGreevy 1098, McCartan & Woodsides 1093, J McGreevy 1087, B Palmer & Son 1085, B Palmer & Son 1080, J McGreevy 1075, McCartan & Woodsides 1075, McCartan & Woodsides 1065, T Horner & Sons 1060. Paul and Darren top of a super weekend after finishing 5th in the INFC Skibbereen National.
Killyleagh & District – B & D Grieves 1110, B & D Grieves 1079, B & D Grieves 1062, B & D Grieves 1062.
Ballynahinch Social – M Hunter & Sons 1091, R Hunter 1086, J Gillespie & Sons 1080, R Hunter 1054, M Roberts 1053, R Hunter 1053, J Gillespie & Sons 1047, H Wallace 1038, R Hunter 1013, M Hunter & Sons 1001.
Dundrum HPS 6/78 – B Chambers 1086, J Ringland & Sons 1071, B Chambers 1061, B Chambers 1055, J Ringland & Son 1050, S Foster & Connor 1049, B Chambers 1047, J Maguire & Partners 1042, B Chambers 1024, B Chambers 1009.
Irish South Road Federation Talbenny
Ballymun – Tom Nelson 1249, Tom Nelson 1191, Tom Nelson 1186, Brian Hoey 1176, Peter Kelly & Son 1162, David Fagan 1160, Brian Hoey 1154, Harry McCann 1143, Harry McCann 1140, Mr & Mrs Emerson & Son 1137. What a season Tom Nelson is having including with pigeons in the North of Ireland.
Bray Inv 16/200 – Cowap & Buckley 1184, Cowap & Buckley 1124, J Cowap 1117, Cowap & Buckley 1114, S Hornan 1074, Hackman & Cox 1065, Cowap & Buckley 1058, Hackman & Cox 1053, Brendan McGaw 1038, Cowap & Buckley 1038.
Ballymun PFC Mallow – Tom Nelson 1377, Tom Nelson 1376, Tom Nelson 1374, Brian Hoey 1370, Mr & Mrs Emerson & Sons 1368, James Kelly 1354, Harry McCann 1353, Mick Fagan 1353, Mr & Mrs Emerson & Son 1350, Kavanagh & Farrell 1332.
Bray Inv Mallow 19/249 – Bill & Sara Davis 1344, Healy & Glynn 1323, J Cowap 1307, Hackman & Cox 1294, J O’Toole & Sons 1292, Hackman & Cox 1289, P & D O’Toole 1276, Cowap & Buckley 1274, J Cowap 1273, E Egan & Son 1271.
Jennings Loft Tops The Ulster Fed
The Ulster Federation birds were in Talbenny South Wales for the first of the cross channel races, it was the seventh race of the old bird season. Yet again the weather had a major part to play with fog on the coast and channel a liberation on Saturday was not possible. The strings were finally cut and the convoy released at 7.45am on Sunday 1st June in a light Northerly wind. With most of the results in its congratulations this week to Harry Jennings & Son of the Lagan Valley RPS in Lisburn topping the Ulster Federation recording velocity 1166. Clubmate Alec Benson had two early arrivals to take 2nd & 3rd Open doing 1160 and 1156 and J Milliken & Son were to make it a Lagan Valley Top 4 doing velocity 1155. We move up to North Belfast to find 5th Open the top West Belfast HPS loft of Billy McIntyre doing 1152 followed by Danny McShane & Son of Lagan Valley doing 1151. Its back again to West Belfast for 7th Open won by the in form loft of Jackie Lindores Son & Nicolson doing 1148, this loft topped the Ulster Federation earlier from Fermoy. Wee Tony Curran & Son of the Britannia HPS in East Belfast take 8th Open on 1148 followed by the Fortfield winner P Phillips on 1147. Paddy had a super race taking 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th Club. The happy Painter of the Grosvenor Tony Drumm finished 10th Open on 1147, Blackie & Co are still in a state of shock! Looking down the results I see it was a Matt Day in the Alexandra with Matt Hamilton 1st & 2nd and Matt Murphy taking 3rd and 4th. Paddy Elliott tops the Andy Town yet again and Tiny Tears Boyle is the runner-up. J Pullins has the Red Card in South Belfast and J J Dillon 1st Glen Invitation followed by Pat Copeland. Any news get in touch with PO Joe Flood Tel: (028) 90 225999 of Fax: (028) 90 200848.
Ulster Federation Clubs Talbenny (1)
Lagan Valley RPC 21/257 – H Jennings & Sons 1166, A Benson 1160, 1156, J Milliken & Son 1155, D McShane & Son 1151.
West Belfast HPS 19/196 – W McIntyre 1152, J Lindores Son & Nicolson 1148, Bell & Foye 1137, J Lindores Son & Nicolson 1136.
Britannia – T Curran & Son 1148, M Kelly & Son 1138, P Reid & Son 1080, M Kelly & Son 1074.
Fortfield HPS 15/135 – P Phillips 1147, 1145, A & S McConville 1144, P Phillips 1141.
Grosvenor HPS 29/303 – A Drumm 1147, A & A Ferran 1147, J Maguire 1147, J & L Smyth 1140, 1136, 1136.
Alexandra 8/108 – Hamilton & Davison 1136, 1129, M Murphy 1115, 1094.
South Belfast – J Pullins 1131, T G Casement 1084, R Fear 1072, J Pullins 1058.
Glen Invitation – J Dillon & Son 1128, P Copeland 1100, S Middleton & Son 1094, J Dillon & Son 1090.
Andersonstown RPC – P Elliott & Son 1109, G Boyle & Son 1102, J P McKeown 1084, P Elliott & Son 1074.
East End HPS 4/74 – W Willis 1101, H & DJ Bell & Sons 1076, F Mudd & Son 1075, 1047.
Sydenham – J & J Scates 1038, 994, J Carson 946, J & B Carson 935.
Ulster Fed Prov Top 10 Talbenny (1) – H Jennings & Sons Lagan Valley 1166, A Benson Lagan Valley 1160, A Benson 1156, J Milliken & Son Lagan Valley 1155, W McIntyre West Belfast 1152, D McShane & Son Lagan Valley 1151, J Lindores Son & Nicolson West Belfast 1148, T Curran & Son Britannia 1148, P Phillips Fortfield 1147, A Drumm Grosvenor 1147.
Ulster Federation Fermoy Open 316/3,420 – J Lindores Son & Nicolson West Belfast 1347, Smyth & Townsley Shankill & Dist 1346, J Maguire Grosvenor 1345, F Robinson & Sons West Belfast 1345, R Fear South Belfast 1344, P & K McCarthy Grosvenor 1343, S & J Williamson & Son West Belfast 1342, J & D Braniff Wheatfield 1340, Harvey & Black West Belfast 1339, J & L Smyth Grosvenor 1338, F Taggart & Son Lagan Valley 1337, A & A Ferran Grosvenor 1337, Reynolds & McCafferty Alexandra 1337, J & L Smyth 1335, R Fear 1335, V Cooney & Son Andersonstown 1335, W Gilmore Shankill & Dist 1332, Smyth & Adams Lagan Valley 1330, W Gilmore 1323, P & K McCarthy 1309, J Ferrin & Sons Wheatfield 1309, R McCullough Fortfield 1309, J & D Braniff 1309, J Lindores Son & Nicolson 1308, McGann Bros Britannia 1308, P & K McCarthy Grosvenor 1307.
NIPA Pilmore Beach (2) Total Result 1,168/21,745 –
1-1E R Williamson Bondhill 1233, 2-2E Hagan & Rowney Drumcree 1223, 3-3E R Williamson 1220, 4-1G C McArdle & Son Banbridge Soc 1217, 5-4E G Calvin & Son Annaghmore 1213, 6-5E G Douglas Wilton Cross 1211, 7-1C J White Muckamore 1207, 8-6E M/M C G Gibson Corcreeney 1205, 9-1D Brown & Shaw Dromore 1204, 10-2G C Quinn Milltown 1202, 11-2D D & M Shimmons Glenavy 1201, 12-2C D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1201, 13-7E N Weir Loughgall 1201, 14-3C B & M Gilmore Ballyclare 1197, 15-1B Surgenor Bros Kells 1197, 16-3G O Markey Ballyholland 1196, 17-8E G Buckley & Son Annaghmore 1194, 18-9E P Dunlop Edgarstown 1194, 19-10E S O’Brien Monaghan 1191, 20-11E R D Calvin Annaghmore 1190, 21-12E S O’Brien 1190, 22-13E M Hughes Armagh 1189, 23-14E R Williamson 1189, 24-1A K Murphy Coalisland 1188, 25-15E N Weir 1187, 26-16E M Livingstone Portadown Inv 1186, 27-17E M/M C G Gibson Corcreeney 1186, 28-2A K Shannon Charlemont 1186, 29-4G L & F & B McGrath Drumnavaddy 1185, 30-18E G Buckley & Son Annaghmore 1183, 31-19E H Beattie Laurelvale 1183, 32-5G W McDowell & Son Milltown 1182, 33-20E R Williamson 1181, 34-3D J Fusco & Sons Colin 1181, 35-2B D Robinson & Son Cullybackey 1180, 36-21E T McClean Annaghmore 1180, 37-6G R Adamson Corcreeney 1180, 38-7G C McArdle & Son Banbridge 1179, 39-22E R Parkes & Son Armagh 1179, 40-23E D Mawhinney & son Dollingstown 1179, 41-24E P Grew Charlemont 1179, 42-3A G Donaghy Son & Grandson Windsor Soc 1179, 43-4D S G Briggs Lisburn & Dist 1178, 44-25E P Caughlin Monaghan 1178, 45-26E M Hughes Armagh 1177, 46-4C G McWhirter Glenarm & Dist 1176, 47-3B S Steele Cullybackey 1175, 48-27E M Hughes Armagh 1175, 49-5C S & A Leitch Doagh & Dist 1175, 56-6C G McKenna Eastway 1174, 51-5D D & M Shimmons Glenavy 1173, 52-28E G Buckley & Son 1172, 53-29E C White Lurgan Amat 1172, 54-4B J Connolly Ballymoney 1171, 55-4A Diamond Bros Coleraine Prem 1170, 56-30E Capper Bros Bondhill 1170, 57-31E T Wilson Gilford 1170, 58-7C J White Muckamore 1169, 59-32E Calvin & Calvin Annaghmore 1169, 60-33E G O’Dowd Gilford 1169, 61-34E Simmons & Simmons Drumcree 1169, 62-5B Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1168, 63-8G R McKelvey Newry & Dist 1168, 64-35E Higginson & Johnston Lurgan Soc 1168, 65-6D J Gregory & Sons Colin 1168, 66-36E J Robinson Drumcree 1168, 67-37E G Douglas Wilton Cross 1167, 68-38E A Fearon Portadown Inv 1167, 69-39E G & T Ritchie Drumcree 1167, 70-5A K Murphy Coalisland 1167, 71-40E J Dowey & Sons Laurelvale 1167, 72-41E C White Lurgan Amat 1166, 73-42E R Williamson 1166, 74-43E R Kennedy Moira 1166, 75-6A K Murphy Coalisland 1166, 76-7A M & R Hamilton Coalisland 1166, 77-7D D & I Edgar Dromore 1166, 78-8A M & R Hamilton Coalisland 1166, 79-44E R Williamson 1166, 80-9A M & R Hamilton 1165, 81-8D M & F Russell Dromore WE 1165, 82-9D D & M Shimmons Glenavy 1165, 83-45E R Williamson 1165, 84-46E J & H Muldrew & Cummings Markethill 1165, 85-10D J Aberneathy Dromara 1165, 86-8C B & M Gilmore Ballyclare 1164, 87-9C J & A Wilson & Sons Doagh & Dist 1164, 88-1H A Hall Omagh 1164, 89-47E A Craig Tandragee 1164, 90-10C McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1164, 91-6B S Steele Cullybackey 1164, 92-7B A McBride Harryville 1164, 93-48E C & J Ferris Wilton Cross 1164, 94-9G Donnelly Bros Newry City 1163, 95-10G E Courtney Donacloney 1163, 96-8B Surgenor Bros Kells & Dist 1163, 97-11G Donnelly Bros 1162, 98-49E A Mallon Lurgan Soc 1162, 99-9B D & H Stuart Ballymoney 1162, 100-50E Cooper & McGrath Wilton Cross 1162, 101-11C D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1162, 102-11D D & M Lilley & Withers Glenavy 1162, 103-12G M Conlon & Sons Banbridge 1162, 104-51E T Greenaway Gilford 1162, 105-10A M McLaughlin Coalisland 1162, 106-52E G Buckley & Son 1161, 107-10B Milliken & Barkley Rasharkin 1161, 108-13G A McAteer & Sons Ballyholland 1161, 109-53E G Buckley & Son 1161, 110-54E S Curran Lurgan Soc 1161, 111-55E G & F Hall Lurgan Amat 1161, 112-12D P McGarrity Glenavy 1161, 113-56E R Telford Annaghmore 1161, 114-11B A & M Boyle Ballymoney 1161, 115-57E S Green Corcreeney 1161, 116-11A M McPhillips Coalisland 1160, 117-13D J Greenaway Hills & Maze 1160, 118-58E N Weir Loughgall 1160, 119-14G C Quinn Milltown 1160, 120-14D H F Browne Lisburn & Dist 1160, 121-59E N Weir 1160, 122-12C McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1160, 123-2H A Hall Omagh 1160, 124-15D J Greenaway 1160, 125-15G Donnelly Bros 1160, 126-12A K Carolan Coalisland 1160, 127-127-12B T & M Morrow Kells & Dist 1160, 128-16G J Carson & Son Corcreeney 1160, 129-13B A & M Boyle Ballymoney 1159, 130-60E T McClean Annaghmore 1159, 131-17G W Jones Millvale 1159, 132-61E R Russell Dollingstown 1159, 133-13A P O’Connor Coleraine Prem 1159, 134-16D B & M McCorriston Dromore 1158, 135-62E R Telford Annaghmore 1158, 136-14B H Smyth & Son Broughshane 1158, 137-15B K & K Kernohan & Sons Harryville 1158, 138-63E Calvin & Calvin Annaghmore 1158, 139-64E R Moffett & Son Gilford 1158, 140-65E Furphy Bros Lurgan Soc 1158, 141-13C D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1158, 142-18G Donnelly Bros 1158, 143-17D A Crawford Comber Cent 1158, 144-66E Calvin & Calvin 1158, 145-67E R Major Corcreeney 1158, 146-14C Grattan Bros Eastway 1157, 147-68E G & A Cam pbell Armagh 1157, 148-69E S Curran Lurgan Soc 1157, 149-70E Furphy Bros Lurgan Soc 1157, 150-15C Whiteside Bros Eastway 1157, 151-16B A & M Boyle 1157, 152-16C D & J Campbell & Bigger 1157, 153-1F Irvine Bros Killyleagh Cent 1157, 154-19G J Smyth & Sons Drumnavaddy 1157, 155-14A B & S McConnell Cookstown 1157, 156-71E M Robinson Bondhill 1156, 157-17C J McIlheron Carrick Soc 1156, 158-20G J Smyth & Sons 1156, 159-18D H F Browne 1156, 160-21G P Murtagh & Son Ballyholland 1156, 161-17B T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1156, 162-72E D McBride Lurgan Amat 1156, 163-18C Marshall & Wilson Horseshoe 1156, 164-19C R McMeekin Kingsmoss 1156, 165-20C Degan & McKee Carrick & District 1155. The Open & Section Result will follow as usual.
After a quick lunch we headed off to the Waterloo Road for the ring making of the Irish National Flying Club birds competing in the Skibbereen Inland O/B National.
The attendance and birdage was down on the previous year which had seen a 33% rise but this was reverted back to normal, the reports of dodgy weather mid week didn’t help and the uncertainty as to whether they would seek to liberate on Tuesday as they had previously done the last couple of years left many wondering what way to feed, really the weather was very unpredictable during the course of the whole week and this resulted in holdovers on both Wednesday and Thursday, with the race controller holding the faith and nerve on Friday with the convoy of 2,413 birds presented by 354 fanciers from all over Ireland being liberated in Skibbereen at 12.30pm in a East/North East Wind. Many of the experienced war horses knew how long it would take with the wind conditions and also taking into consideration the birds had been in the Geraldy built tranpsorter from Monday tea time. Many I spoke to were spot on with their timings.
Overall winner by .08 of a yard was the loft of Davy Hutchinson for those of you excluding the fanciers from Ireland who are readying this and saying to themselves I know that name, well last week in the RP a loft profile was published on this very same fancier after he topped the NIPA National from Rosscarbery last Monday, so back to back National with two different organisations in the O/Bird racing programme, I put Hutchinson Brothers down as the first to ever accomplish this fate although I stand to be corrected as always. The winning pigeon very similar to the last weeks National success, yet again a Blue Yearling Hen racing on the Widowhood system, coming down from the excellent family of Soontjens sourced from Tony Marden all those years ago, (refer to last weeks loft profile for further info). This National winning hen “Unbelievable” was clocked at 17.41pm flying 234 miles, sire is a direct Luc Guernhix when mated to a pigeon carrying the bloodlines of two fantastic racers namely ‘Impreza’ she is 99 bred and has produced countless winners year in year out including 2 x 1st Section winners including 4 x pigeons over a 4 year period that competed in the NIPA Five Bird Mallow race they finished 1st Section, 2nd Section, 2nd Section and 4th Section, she herself has won over 16 X NIPA Open Positions as well as 8 x 1st Club’s and 2 x 1st Sections some of the highlights of her incredible racing career included 5th Open against 6,256 pigeons, 16th Open against 18,277 pigeons, 8th Open against 21,704 pigeons, 29th Open against 25,163 pigeons and 95th against 16,768 pigeons. In 2006 a son of this hen won the Dromore National Centre by 115 yards out of the Mallow 5 Bird race, and finished 12th Open. ‘Leo’ is the other outstanding pigeon on the Sire’s side of things and what a pigeon he is also again 8 x 1st Clubs to his name and 2 x 1st Sections he is also Sire of the pigeon that finished 2nd Open Mallow Five Bird Race last year the one that Davy was beat by decimals for the Open. As you can see decimal points are a thing for the Hutchy loft but this time they favoured the right side, very well done to Davy, Annette and daughter Leanne.
Second open and you must feel so sorry for a pigeon coming so close beat by the second decimal point, this is the loft of Doonan & McGuinness of Dromore they timed a couple of good arrivals first one at 5.43pm flying 236 miles with the next one landing at 6.03pm. Only a couple of months back 75 year old Rowan Doonan suffered the loss of his racing partner of 20 years 81 year old John McGuinness who was an inspiration about the garden on a race day, many quoted to me his bark was worse than his bite, a more dedicated fancier and friend you will search long to find. Together they raced impeccably into the Dromore town topping the NIPA Open in no less than 3 occasions namely from Mallow 17,165 birds, Fermoy 1247 birds and Rosscarbery O/B Derby 7,949. We will not even mention the section positions as their were many, John passed away in April of this year and Rowan decided to continue to race in the name that had brought much success over the long enjoyed 20 year period, assisted by son Wayne who has set about establishing a stud in the Dromore Town by the name of Cock Crow Breeding Stud. The Doonan & McGuinnes partnership clocked a Blue 2 year old widowhood cock of Janssen/Van Loon breeding what a racer he is previously winning 1st Club, 27th North Section, 56th Open Skibbereen O/B National; 1st Club, 6th Section D, 23rd Open Mallow 5 Bird; 1st Club 3rd Section D, 28th Open Roscrea and 2nd Club, 20th Section D, 112th Open Rosscarbery Inland O/B National. Bred at the new breeding Stud by young Wayne himself. Now the Sire is a super racer himself a Van Loon named “Rambo” winner of 1st Club, 1st Section D, 17th Open Mallow 5 Bird; 1st Club, 2nd Section D, 3rd Open Mallow 5 Bird; 1st Club, 6th Section D, 19th Open Mallow 5 Bird; 1st Club, 5th Section D, 18th Open Carnsore Point; 3rd Club, 10th Section D, 100th Open Barleycove 60th Anniversary Race winning £1,000. To put the icing on the cake for the Doonan boys, the Dundonald HPS decided to run a 3 Bird Challenge at the start of the season, you had to nominate 3 pigeons before the end of April priced at £50 each these birds would then compete against each other come the O/B Skibbereen Inland National, Rowan’s pigeon was one of the nominated birds and will lift the newly presented glass cut Gibb & Byrne trophy plus a cool cheque for £2,500. Very well done to Rowan and son Wayne.
3rd North Section and 3rd Open goes to a partnership of brothers who are no strangers to the big stage namely Donnelly Brothers of Newry City, they clocked their 2 year old Roundabout Blue Bar Cock at 5.29pm flying 224 miles of the top of my head, this cock was timed previously in the Yearling National finishing 9th Open and finished in the top 20 from the Rosscarbery Y/B National, he is a direct son of the 1st Open Bude winner “Ballybay Destroyer” bred by Tom Nelson of Dublin what a class pigeon of the Donnelly’s and one to look for in the future.
4th North Section and 4th Open is the East Down Combine maestro John Patterson, what a record this man has and at the age of eighty still going strong some say stronger than ever, called to see him on Saturday afternoon to arrange a loft profile very soon, this will cover some pages when completed so keep an eye for that one. Anyway back to the task on hand John timed a 2 year old Soontjen Cheq Hen flying on the Widowhood system at 6.11pm flying 250 miles. She has been a very steady racer over the last couple of season and was a Glenavy Gold Ringer a couple of seasons ago finishing 7th Open, she is bred down from the famous ‘33’ hen who has bred a stack of Combine winners of the years, I do believe Ronnie Johnston is in the process of doing a piece on this magnificent breeder.
5th Open another loft who are no strangers to the limelight Paul McCartan & David Woodside of Crossgar this loft won the Y/B version of this race a couple of seasons ago finishing 1st North Section and 12th Open. This time they finish 5th North Section and 5th Open with a Soontjen Smokey Blue Yearling Cock flying on the roundabout system. They timed their winner at 6.04pm flying 243 miles. The Dam of this cock is a class pigeon in her own right, she is the lofts representation in this year Single Bird Challenge organized by David Black previously she has finished 75th Open Kings Cup, 24th National Portsmouth and will certainly be battling her way home this year trying to complete the treble. She is carrying the best of the Frank Sheadder bloodlines coming down from the lines of the ‘601’. The Sire is an exceptional pigeon also who has 2 credible red cards to his name before being put to stock, well done boys.
Lisburn bound for 6th Open again no strangers to success the One Loft Maestros Ian Gibb & Sons of Derriaghy, they timed their Blue W/F Cock at 6.08 flying 246 miles and this pigeon was also nominated in the Dundonald 3 Bird Challenge winning the second cut of the prize money so a cool payout of £1,000. This yearling widowhood cock is already a prize winner at Club level and should have been setting nicely at the top of the NIPA Open a couple of weeks ago having arrived home early with a stray and flew around and around as they do losing close to 7 minutes (didn’t fly around so much this time). He is bred from a Van Loon hen of Kevin Lawson breeding when mated to one of the partnership’s own Soontjens this particular stud cock has already sired 4 winners. The Gibb lofts boast one of the most impressive families of the Soontjen strain probably in Europe. The boys sent five pigeons and I was present with them for most of the evening including at the Hillfoot clocking centre, they had four of the five home before we left for the centre and the first three home were the 3 nominated in the 3 Bird Dundonald Challenge how’s that for picking. The Gibb & Byrne team have a pretty impressive Stud catalogue out and well worth a look if you get the chance.
7th Open shifts down the road a couple of miles and like the Gibb Family Tom Marshall & Son are also very well organised and supported feed merchants. Tom Marshall & Son David have a very impressive set up and equally impressive birds, seen Tom at the Hillfoot clocking centre and as always was working very hard, the boys timed a very well experienced 3 year old Blue Cock flying on the Widowhood system again of Soontjen breeding, just look how many Soontjens are in the top ten of this result one of the most consistent families of pigeons to ever come into Ireland and as proved by McCartan & Woodside who finished 5th Open they have timed them from France. Tom & David Marshalls experienced cock arrived at 6.06pm flying 244 miles and this pigeon was 6th Open in the East Down Combine result last week, Tom tells me that he is absolutely bouncing and is only now starting to hit peak form no surprise really as this is were Tom Marshall seems to take over when others start to fall back, the loft having a quick count have 6 in the money, great team work obviously by a loft of birds in tip top form.
8th Open takes us back down to Crossgar and to the loft of Sammy Duke racing as S & K Duke, the team are racing very well and it is a name I am often typing each weekend flying with the East Down Combine. Sammy timed his Blue Yearling Widowhood cock at 6.08pm flying 245 miles, a very good pigeon on the day and having been clocked in the East Down Combine Y/B Derby Result last year looks the makings of a real good pigeon a full brother of him finished 9th Open East Down Combine from the same Race point last weekend. Sammy is currently taking on the role of stand in Secretary for the East Down Combine and is doing a great job.
9th North Section and 9th Open goes to the consistent Joe Vage Junior. Was talking with Joe on Sunday and made enquires about his father Joe Senior but Joe junior tells me there has been very little change but he is still taking an interest in the pigeons and that is often the topic of conversation when he visits him. Joe sent four pigeons to this race and got 3 recorded arrivals in the space of 22 mins with the 4th arriving before he left for the Banbridge Clocking Centre, the first one home at 17.56pm was a Dark Cheq Yearling Widowhood cock flying 236 miles, this pigeon was the 3rd pigeon to the loft last year from the Rosscarbery Y/B National and the nest mate of it has already scored a 1st club, 2nd Section D and 15th Open from Fermoy. The breeding is Soontjen on the Sire’s side when mated to a Van Den Bosche hen. Well done Joe and pass on my regards to your father.
To round up the Top 10 we are back down the country a bit to the lofts of John Dowey & Son of Tandragee. John is having a smashing season this year and I think this makes it his 7th Club success already in 2008. The Dowey loft timed a 2 year old Cheq Cock at 5.43pm flying 226 miles this pigeon has been a steady racer every week this year but pulled out all the stops to beat the rest home this time he is bred of pigeons obtained from the late Cyril Fletcher son of the Late Bertie Fletcher not surprising then that the bloodlines are FVW and Zantboer, very well done John and keep up the good flying. Well that’s a quick round-up of the top ten in the First INFC National of the year and with the Yearling National due to be flown next Wednesday it won’t be to long before you will be reading yet another National round-up. The final feature on this race will include the various area winners and photos etc, big winners not already covered should make contact ASAP, some brief details and a photo if possible.
INFC Skibbereen OB Nat 354/2,413
North Sect – Hutchinson Bros Ashfield 1324.38 IJKLM £740, Doonan & McGuinness Dromore 1324.30 IJKLMN £814, Donnelly Bros Newry City 1300 IJKLMN £663, J Patterson Ballylesson 1287 IJKLM £365, McCartan & Woodside Crossgar 1284 KLM £271, I Gibb & Sons Lagan Valley 1278 IJKLMN £379, T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda 1278 IJKLMN £347, S & K Duke Crossgar 1277 LM £165, J Vage & Son Dromore 1275 IJKLMN £278, J Dowey & Sons Tandragee 1269 £80, Gordon Bros & Sons Killyleagh Cent 1258 IJKLM £152, A & E Bell Muckamore 1267 £44, T Mooney & Son Millvale 1265 KLM £111, M/M G Mallen Banbridge Soc 1265 IJKLMN £201, M/m G Mallen Banbridge Soc 1264 £44, C McArdle Banbridge Soc 1263 IJKLM £120, L Magee & Son Lisburn & Dist 1263 IJKLM £116, R Adamson Corcreeney 1260 £44, McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel & Dist 1260 IJKLMN £196, R Williamson Bondhill 1260 £44, Gordon Bros & Sons Killyleagh Cent 1259 IJKLM £102, G Buckley & Sons Annaghmore 1258 LM £83, T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda 1258 IJKLMN £182, H Jennings & Sons Hills & Maze 1257 IJKLMN & NOM £305, R & A Gore Lagan Valley 1255 IJKL £69, E McAlinden & Sons Drumnavaddy 1255 IJKLMN £166, McKitterick Bros Corcreeney 1253 IJKL £69, T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda 1253 IJKLM £102, Donnelly Bros Newry City 1252 IJKLM £102, J McErlean Alexandra 1250 LM £83, M/m G Delaney Dromore 1249 IJKLMN £166, M Murphy & Daughter Alexandra 1249 £30, R Hunter Ballynahinch Soc 1249 LM £83, McKitterick Bros Corcreeney 1247 IJKL £69, Doonan & McGuinness Dromore 1245 IJKLM £102, T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda 1244 IJKLM £102, G K & I Moxham Larne & Dist 1243 IJKLMN £155, C Quinn Milltown 1243 £30, G Buckley & Sons Annaghmore 1243 LM £73, C & E Mallon Hills & Maze 1242 L £40, McGann Bros Britannia 1242 IJKLM £91, E McAlinden & Sons Drumnavaddy 1242 IJKLMN £123, E McAlinden & Sons Drumnavaddy 1241 IJKLMN £123, D & R Topping Ballynahinch 1241 £30, D & B Lyness Lurgan Soc 1241 IJKL £54, R Topping & Son Lisburn & Dist 1240 IJKLMN £118, S Curran Lurgan Soc 1238 IJKLMN £114, J Harkness Crumlin 1238 £30, Grattan Bros Eastway 1237 IJKLM £66, J Adamson Gilford 1237 M £46, J Cleland Annsborough 1236 £22, J Young & Partners Dundonald 1235 IJKMN £95, R McMeekin Kingsmoss 1235 IJKM £47, A Cousins & Sons Ballylesson 1234 IJKMN £95, T & K Mawhinney Donacloney 1233 IJKM £47, R McDowell & Son Annsborough 1233 IJK £31, Rafferty & Toman Gilford 1232 £22, J McErlean Alexandra 1232 £22, R Adamson Corcreeney 1231 £22, Capper Bros Bondhill 1229 K £26, J Greenaway Hills & Maze 1229 £22, A Darragh Cullybackey 1228 £22, B & M McCorriston Dromore 1228 IJ £26, Hutchinson Bros Ashfield 1228 IJ £26, M Murphy & Daughter Alexandra 1226 IJN £74, M/M G Delaney Dromore 1224 N £70, Connor Bros Kingsmoss 1223 £22, J Cleland Annsborough 1223 £22, T & K Mawhinney Donacloney 1223 £22, T Marshall & Son Newtownbreda 1222 £22, A Galloway Lisburn & Dist 1222 £22, R McMeekin Kingsmoss 1222 £22, McCartan & Woodside Crossgar 1222 £22, M Hughes Edgarstown 1221 £22, M McDowell & Son Markethill 1221 £22, M/M G Delaney Dromore 1219 £22, Turner Bros Moira 1218 £22, A Darragh Cullybackey 1218 £22, A Darragh 1216 £22, Hutchinson Bros Ashfield 1216 £22, S S Cairns Gilford 1216 £22, R Williamson Bondhill 1216 £22, R Williamson 1215 £22, E McAlinden & Sons Drumnavaddy 1215 £22, D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1215 £22, Hutchinson Bros Ashfield 1214 £22, J Vage & Son Dromore 1214 £22, M/M C Hayes Ballyclare 1214 £22, N Murtagh Millvale 1213 £22, Grattan Bros Eastway 1213 £22, Burgess & Brennan Bangor 1213 £22, G Douglas Wilton Cross 1213 £22, P & K McCarthy Grosvenor 1212 £22, Rafferty & Toman Gilford 1211 £22, E Murtagh & Sons Armagh 1211 £22, P & K McCarthy Grosvenor 1211 £22. End of Prizes. G Benson Lisburn & Dist 1211, Rafferty & Toman Gilford 1210, C McArdle Banbridge Soc 1210, Rafferty & Toman Gilford 1209. The full result inc. South Sect will follow. Tauris ETS Nom won by Gordon Bros & Sons 1268.
South Sect – G O’Mara & Family Ind South 1256 OPQR & NOM £227, Dobbs Bros Wexford Utd 1240 OPQR £150, Dobbs Bros 1239 OPQ £102, R & M Hillis Wexford Utd 1238 OPQRST £180, P Caughlan Monaghan 1235 OPQRT £125, J Graham Monaghan 1232 £35, G Furlong Wexford N & S 1210 £35, Dobbs Bros 1207 OPQR £60, B Cullimore Wexford N & S 1206 OPQRST £125, P Arthur Jun Boyne Valley 1193 OPQRS £79. J Reilly Drogheda Inv 1187 £27, Dobbs Bros 1166 OPQRS 66, M Driscoll Wexford Utd 1164 £27, G Furlong 1163 OPQRST £98, Dobbs Bros 1157 OPQR £46, Dobbs Bros 1135 £27, B Martin Boyne Valley 1134 OPQRST £84, E Matthews Enniscorthy 1130 OPQR £38, P Rock & Son Skerries 1123 £27, Byrne & Mooney Stillorgan 1119 £27, B Cullimore 1116 £27, Byrne & Mooney 1116 £27, E Campbell Balbriggan 1112 £27, J Graham 1108 £27, Dobbs Bros 1105 £27. End of Prizes. R Mulligan Monaghan 1105 OPQRST £39, L Donnelly & Son Finglas 1095 OPQRST £39, Dobbs Bros 1083 R £5, W & M Hore Wexford N & S 1073 S £11, Harris Bros Bray South End 1059 S £11, P Byrne & Son Dundalk South End 1056 S £11, B Cullimore 1049 ST £23, T Madden Malahide & Dist 1019 S £6, G Furlong 1017 S £6, F Fanning Wexford Utd S £6.
Muckamore Centre Skibbereen – A & E Bell Muckamore 1267, McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1260, G K & I Moxham Larne & Dist 1243, J Harkness Crumlin 1238, Grattan Bros Glengormley 1237, R McMeekin Kingsmoss 1235, A Darragh Cullybackey 1228, Connor Bros Kingsmoss 1223, A Galloway Lisburn 1222, R McMeekin 1222, A Darragh 1218, A Darragh 1216, M/M C Hayes Ballyclare 1215, D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1215, Grattan Bros 1213, P & K McCarthy Grosvenor 1212, P & K McCarthy 1211, G Benson Lisburn 1211, Fleming Bros Crumlin 1209, S G Briggs Lisburn 1208, J Scott Crumlin 1207, W Ringland & Son Derriaghy 1206, D Dixon Rasharkin 1203, D Lowry & Sons Ahoghill 1203, N Armstrong Ligoniel 1203, R Duddy Ballyclare 1202, P & K McCarthy 1202, Connor Bros Kingsmoss 1202, L & S O’Neill & Sons Larne & Dist 1201, Fleming Bros 1200, D Lowry & Sons 1200, McFarlane & Agnew Kells 1199, A & N Young Ahoghill 1197, M Simpson & Sons Shankill & Dist 1196, S Rodney & Son Ballyclare 1195, J Burrows Eastway 1190, G K Porter Glenavy 1188, S G Briggs 1185, McDonald & Wilkinson Chimney Corner 1182, Milliken & Barkley Rasharkin 1179, R Duddy 1178, R McMeekin 1178, N Armstrong 1177, Grattan Bros 1177, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1175, S Rodney & Son 1174, J Burrows 1173, S Rodney & Son 1172, R Duddy 1172, G Grant Crumlin 1171.
Mid Antrim Combine Skibbereen OB Inl Nat - A Darragh Cullybackey 1228, A Darragh 1218, A Darragh 1216, D Dixon Rasharkin 1203, D Lowry & Sons Ahoghill 1203, D Lowry & Sons 1200, McFarlane & Agnew Kells 1199, A & N Young Ahoghill 1197, Milliken & Barkley Rasharkin 1179, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1175, D Dixon 1166, D Dixon 1159, D Dixon 1153, Milliken & Barkley 1146, D Dixon 1125, Richmond Bros Ballymena 1109, D Houston & Son Broughshane 1106, D Houston & Son 1099, G McStravick New Antrim 1097, G & A Eagleson Broughshane 1077.
East Antrim Combine Skibbereen OB Inl Nat - A & E Bell Muckamore 1267, McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1260, G K & I Moxham Larne & Dist 1243, Grattan Bros Glengormley 1237, R McMeekin Kingsmoss 1235, Connor Bros Kingsmoss 1223, R McMeekin 1222, M/M C Hayes Ballyclare 1215, D & J Campbell & Bigger Glengormley 1215, Grattan Bros 1213, N Armstrong Ligoniel 1203, R Duddy Ballyclare 1202, Connor Bros Kingsmoss 1202, L & S O’Neill & Sons Larne & Dist 1201, S Rodney & Son Ballyclare 1195, J Burrows Eastway 1190, R Duddy 1178, R McMeekin 1178, N Armstrong 1177, Grattan Bros 1177, S Rodney & Son 1174, J Burrows 1173, S Rodney & Son 1172, R Duddy 1172, J Burrows 1171, N Armstrong 1168, G K & I Moxham 1167, E Logan Ballyclare 1167, A Thompson Ballyclare 1164, Connor Bros 1157.
Northern Ireland Clubs Skibbereen Nat
Crumlin & District – J Harkness 1238, Fleming Bros 1209, J Scott 1207, Fleming Bros 1200, G Grant 1171.
Monaghan HPS – P Caughlin 1235, J Graham 1210, 1106, R Mulligan 1105, G Gormley 1053, Cooney Bros 1023. The winner had already won from Rosscarbery finishing 2nd Sect & 16th Open NIPA.
Cullybackey – A Darragh 1228, 1218, 1216.
Dundrum HPS – A Murray & Son 1209, 1171, J Maguire & Partners 1166, A Murray & Son 1155, J Maguire & Partners 1086.
Rasharkin & District – Milliken & Barkley 1179, 1146, C Tweed 830. D Dixon 1203, 1166, 1159, 1153, 1125.
Ahoghill Flying Club – D Lowry & Sons 1203, 1200, A & N Young 1197.
Ballymoney HPS 7/60 – D Dixon 1203, 1166, 1159, D & G McMullan 1156, D Dixon 1153, D & H Stuart 1141, A & M Boyle 1133, J McConaghie 1130, D Dixon 1125, D & G McMullan 1122, A & M Boyle 1120, J McConaghie 1106.
Kells & District – McFarlane & Agnew 1199, 1004.
Glenavy & Dist 6/30 – G K Porter 1188, D Scott 1145, G K Porter 1135, 1068, H Mallon & Son 1052, 960.
Newry & District – Mark Maguire & Sons 1185, 1179, M Maguire & Son 1170, 1157, K Byrne & Sons 1073, M Maguire & Son 1071.
Broughshane & District – J & N Simpson 1175, D Houston & Son 1106, 1099, G & A Eagleson 1077, J & N Simpson 1016, 1004, 946.
Dervock IPS 5/42 - D & G McMullan 1156, D & H Stuart 1141, A & M Boyle 1133, J McConaghie 1130, D & G McMullan 1122, A & M Boyle 1120, J McConaghie 1106, W & L McCaw 1102, A & M Boyle 1092, D & G McMullan 1080.
Ballymena & Dist – Richmond Bros 1109, W & J Smyth 1062, Richmond Bros 1038, B O’Rawe 1015. New Antrim Amalgamated – G McStravick 1097. Ballymoney West Combine – W Blair 1021. As usual can I thank Adie for help with this report, without this extra assistance the coverage would not be as extensive, time would just not allow for that.
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