SUCCESS FOR THE RUSSELL PARTNERSHIP.
NIPA Section D Fanciers of the Year in 2006 were the M & F
Russell partnership from Dromore, everybody in the NIPA should
know them as Fred is the long time Secretary of this fine organisation.
With many fine performances last year I was compelled to do some
sort of a loft profile on the partnership namely Fred brother
Martin and wife Heather. The consequence of a days work was an
article named the Come Back Kings & Queen of Dromore. A very
fitting headline for this weeks column as the partnership have
once again conquered the heights of Open success this time from
Pilmore Beach. Not surprising as this partnership are once gain
this season the one to beat in Section D of the NIPA. Martin has
them coming well with the assistance of wife Heather who I m sure
many of the fancy are aware is fighting a continual illness that
has her confined to bed many a day. Heather being the Heather
that I have known for some time she continues to think positively
and I only hope she continues to make the amazing recovery that
she so much deserves. Not only have the partnership topped the
NIPA but look likely for 3rd Open also with some 27,000 birds
competing in fact the 3rd Open pigeon should really be the one
taking the headline’s but once again a bad trap.
The partnership had one early enough last week to certainly put
them among the winning Open positions as did fellow competitior
in the Dromore Area Philip Boal of the P & J Boal partnership
but as Fred told me today it is great getting an early one home
but you have to get it over the finishing line. Derek & Ian
Edgar did just that last week wining the NIPA Inland National
and this weekend top the Dromore Club once again ahead of the
Boal Bros who yet again have a wonderful card that should see
them certainly in the top 30 of the NIPA Open for the third week
in succession. The M & F Russell winning velocity of 1612
sits at the top of the pile and for good measure their second
bird doing 1608 will be 2nd Sect D & 3rd Open NIPA. Their
winning bird was bred down from one of a kit of six obtained from
the top loft of Alan Darragh of Cullybackey who is featured on
this website. Martin & Heather rate Alan as the best fancier
currently in Ireland and this man is somebody I have had the privilege
of interviewing as you will read in the forthcoming Pictorial
not only is Alan capable of winning Nationals and Opens but he
can also set family’s up to do the same.
Now the M & F Russell’s winner is no fluke a 2 year
old Blue cock racing widowhood he has showed good form previously.
In the opening race of this year from Tullamore he was best in
the local area doing velocity of 1535 and would have won 1st Sect
D had there been a result and the next week from the same point
had 1st Club again doing velocity 2045 to finish 21st Sect D &
163rd Open NIPA with 25,350 birds competing.
Provisional top 5 in the NIPA Open from Pilmore (2) M & F
Russell Dromore West End 1612, T McKinstry Ashfield 1610 , M &
F Russell Dromore West End 1608, Hutchinson Bros Ashfiled 1602,
Smyth & Adams Lisburn & District 1599.
Press Officer NIPA..