MAC – Mallow 06/09/13

 

Danny Dixon from Dunloy, super Race Card from Mallow. Photo courtesy Ballymoney Times.

Danny Dixon from Dunloy, super Race Card from Mallow. Photo courtesy Ballymoney Times.

The penultimate race of the NIPA season was flown from Mallow, the race point was changed because of problems on the previous occasion at Fermoy. Due to a poor weekend weather forecast the race was also brought forward, birds race marked on Thursday and released on Friday 6th September at 10.30am in a North wind. It was as expected the hardest race to date, a number of birds missing at the clock checking but most have turned up. Some lofts made it look easy, best loft locally was Danny Dixon who races into Dunloy, he had 12 birds in the Top 20 including 1st MAC on velocity 1182 with just short of 1,000 birds competing. Next best Simon Millar had the Card of the Day in Randalstown, the Top 10 for the second week. Sammy Steele wins Cullybackey four in a row and Trevor Johnston & Son 1st Harryville (1145) have the best bird in Ballymena, a best ever young bird season for this loft racing to the Doury Road.

Cullybackey Centre: Details for the Rosscarbery YB Nat race marking are as follows. Entry fees etc. with club cheque collect Wednesday 11th September from 8.30 – 9.30pm at the Cullybackey club rooms. Birds will be race marked in Cullybackey between 2.00 – 4.30pm on Friday 13th September. All clocks ready after lorry leaves Cullybackey. Cups and trophies should be returned ASAP to NIPA Secretary Fred Russell.

Mid Antrim Combine Mallow 68/955 – D Dixon Rasharkin 1182, D Dixon 1182, S Millar Randalstown 1179, D Dixon 1169, D Dixon 1164, D Dixon 1163, S Steele Cullybackey 1150, D Dixon 1149, D Dixon 1149, D Dixon 1148, D Dixon 1148, Surgenor Bros Kells 1146, T Johnston & Son Harryville 1145, S Millar 1144, D Dixon 1144, D Dixon 1144, D Dixon 1144, S Millar 1142, S Millar 1140, A Darragh Cullybackey 1136, S Steele 1134, Surgenor Bros 1133, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1133, G McDowell Kells 1132.

Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Mallow –

Randalstown HPS 7/99 – S Millar 1179, 1144, 1142, 1140, 1129, 1129, 1120, 1116, 1110, 1108.

Cullybackey HPS 12/256 – S Steele 1150, A Darragh 1136, S Steele 1134, Reid Bros & McCloy 1128, S Steele 1117, Reid Bros & McCloy 1113, 1113, 1108, J & J Greer 1107, S Steele 1103, A Darragh 1098, 1088. Sammy Steele won the £50 Nomination sponsored by the Bridge Garage, he also won the old bird event.

Kells & District HPS 7/85 – Surgenor Bros 1146, 1133, G McDowell 1132, Surgenor Bros 1130, B Swann & Son 1108, 1103, 1101, G McDowell 1099, B Swann & Son 1066, G McDowell 1053. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – G McDowell 1132, Surgenor Bros 1130, 1048, B Swann & Son 1022, 1007.

Harryville HPS 12/157 – T Johnston & Son 1145, J Ramsey 1128, 1100, J Rock 1094, J Ramsey 1081, J Rock 1078, J Millar & Son 1066, K & K Kernohan 1064, J Ramsey 1060, K & K Kernohan 1059.

Ballymena & District 12/88 – W & J Smyth 1133, D Craig 1113, J McNaghten & Son 1108, D Craig 1106, M/M M Sempey 1097, McFall & McManus 1088, M/M M Sempey 1087, Blair & Rankin 1062, B O’Rawe 1057, J McNaghten & Son 1046.

Ballykeel Invitation – M/M M Sempey 1097, 1087, K & K Kernohan 1064, 1059, 1020, J W Reynolds 974.

Rasharkin & District 7/129 – Steele & McNeill 1125, 1084, A C & T Tweed 1041, 1030, H Cubitt 1012, 995, T Kaczynski 980. Steele & McNeill take the Red Card with one of their Lambrechts. Race sponsored by Stevenson’s Mace, Kilrea. Danny Dixon:1182.604, 1182.242, 1169.799, 1164.229, 1163.704, 1149.252, 1149.196, 1148.969, 1148.798, 1144.496, 1144.384, 1144.158.

Broughshane & District 5/44 – J & N Simpson 1080, D Houston & Son 1075, J & N Simpson 1054, A Purvis 1013, D Houston & Son 990, J Getty 952. This race and the final Rosscarbery National are sponsored by Hollies Sports Clinic, Room 27, Ballymena Showgrounds.

Ahoghill Flying Club 6/97 – Young McManus & Sons 1067, 1064, J Smyth & Son 1054, Young McManus & Sons 1051, J Orr & Son 1048, Young McManus & sons 1026.

 

 

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About the author

Willie Reynolds

Covering the sport in Ireland for several years, scribe for both BHW & RP and a number of local newspapers including the News Letter (Farming Life Supplement) each Wednesday. Secretary of Ballymena & District for a number of years and currently PO for the Mighty NIPA. Watch out for the many articles/news items penned by HOMER.

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