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* FIRST TIME IN DUBLIN * ** SENSATIONAL AUCTION **
40 X STAR LOTS FOR ~ JEFF GREENAWAY ~
SEVEN TIMES N.I.P.A.
SECTION FANCIER OF THE YEAR
INCLUDING 2012 & 2013!
TOP PRIZEWINNER DROMORE HPS
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013!
SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2013
Viewing 1.30pm, Sale Starts 3.00pm Sharp
Venue: SARSFIELD RPC – Lally Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
FULL SALES LIST AVAILABLE ON
Commission Bids Contact
‘Homer’ 07538238364 or Adie 07921883997
Some Highlights 2012 & 2013
* 26 X 1st Club Dromore HPS (30 Bird Limit)*
1st NIPA Section D Roscrea 2,421 Birds
2nd NIPA Section D Clonmel 3,102 Birds
2nd Open NIPA Roscrea 21,803 Birds
1st Section & 2nd Open Rosscarbery Hen National
2nd NIPA Section D & 2nd Open Fermoy 5 Bird
1st NIPA Section D & 5th Open Penzance
1st NIPA Section D & 1st Open Penzance Classic
2nd NIPA Section D Tullamore
1st NIPA Section D & 1st Open Clonmel 21,269 Birds
2nd NIPA Section D St.Malo O/Bird National
1st NIPA Section D & 3rd Open Rosscarbery Yearling Nat
2nd NIPA Section D Talbenny
2nd NIPA Section D Tullamore 1,975 Birds
2nd NIPA Section D & 2nd Open Fermoy 11,000 Birds
2nd NIPA Section D Roscrea 2,987 Birds
2nd NIPA Section D Fermoy 2,125 Birds
2nd NIPA Section D Talbenny Y/Bird National
1st NIPA Section D & 1st Open Fermoy 11,404 Birds
Auctioneers Comment :- No fancier has raced more impressively over the last number of years in the Mighty NIPA than Jeff Greenaway of Dromore and just confirmed as NIPA Section D Fancier of the Year for the seventh time. Winner off 7 Awards in the NIPA 2013, last year was the winner of the famous Waring Cup in the NIPA for Best Average in All National Races. Many thought last year was his best, without any doubt 2013 has for sure been better. One of the outstanding results of the year included taking the first 18 positions in the Dromore HPS with over 600 pigeons competing and as well as winning the Section and Open in the same race Jeff had a further 15 pigeons in the first 32 of the NIPA Open with over 21,000 pigeons competing. This will without doubt be one of the Top Quality Sales of the 2013 calendar. Many references of success from fanciers all over Ireland and the UK over recent years with the Greenaway Bloodlines – come and see the quality for yourself!! Adie.
‘AWAY’ IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN !!!
This week I have decided to cover a loft flying within Section D of the Mighty NIPA, who I consider has earned this report. Now for you the reader outside the confines of the Mighty NIPA, Section D I would say has a radius of some 30 miles, within that area of competition we have over 140 lofts sending upwards of 3,800 pigeons per week. Like many lofts the first thing you want to do is win your Club, then hopefully have the best pigeon in your local area. Then you look for the Section which by no means is easy won, never mind the over-all NIPA Open. To be crowned Top Prize Winner in your Club is some achievement, to be crowned Section Fancier of the Year in the Mighty NIPA is something else. Section D of the NIPA for instance has 45 positions per race. It is now broke into two divisions Old Birds and Y/Birds as is the other Sections. Then the fancier collecting the most points out of the two prospective winning Sections is deemed the Over-all Section Fancier of the Year. Now the points system is as follows 1st Section = 45 points, 45th Section = 1 point. The Fancier in question I am profiling this week, firstly was Section D Y/Bird & Over-all Section D Fancier of the Year in 2012, this season and here is a very impressive statistic over 20 x NIPA Race’s, from the shortest to the furthest spread over O/Birds and Y/Birds this man averaged 39 points per race !!! He will no doubt be confirmed as the Section D O/Bird, Y/Bird and Over-All Fancier of the Year 2013 and this the Seventh Time he has won this prestige award !!. His Name Jeff Greenaway Dromore HPS !!
Many I’m sure will have already heard of the Masterful Jeff Greenaway, a couple of the scribes from here wrote and commented on his performances in 2012 and regarded that as one of his best years ever, that taken into consideration previously one year racing he finished 2nd Open NIPA on five different occasions. So to base last year better than that and who am I to compare or argue, what about this year ? It must surely be the defining moment in what has been a life time of racing exceptional pigeons and achieving subsequent exceptional results.
Jeff Greenaway you could say was born with the pigeon bug, inherited from his Grand-Father and Father respectively, both raced impeccably over the years with Jeff becoming involved from a young age in partnership with his father flying as W Greenaway & Son in Banbridge. I have had the privilege of meeting Jeff’s father on a few occasions and he celebrated his 70th birthday in February of this year. Still very much involved in helping Jeff on a daily basis with all the stock pigeons housed at his home in Banbridge and is for sure a guaranteed attendee at the racing lofts of son Jeff on any particular race day simply a fantastic charismatic gentleman.
For many years Jeff raced with the Hills & Maze HPS and a continual Top Prize Winner, then the challenge was to come in 2009 when he joined the Might of the Dromore HPS at the heart of the Mighty NIPA, with the official Secretaries office based in the town. The Dromore HPS hosts many powerful names in the sport of pigeon racing and some you may be acquainted with name wise they include the very much formidable partnership of P & J Boal, (Mr Jacobs) Gerald Delaney, Mo McCorriston, Wayne Doonan of the Cock Crow Stud to name one or two, a very very competitive Club !! Now look at the record of Jeff since joining in 2009 and something to take into consideration in the Dromore HPS you must nominate 30 pigeons on a Friday evening when sending so in a since a 30 bird limit for only the 30 nominated are applicable for Club Awards.
2009: Fancier of the Year Dromore HPS with 346 Points Jeff Greenaway followed by J Kelly & Sons, 295, P & J Boal 198, F Scott & Son 171, B & M McCorriston and Doonan & McGuinness on 127 making up the Top 6.
2010: Fancier of the Year Dromore HPS with 326 Points Jeff Greenaway followed by P & J Boal 309, Doonan & McGuinness 239, D & I Edgar 176, B & M McCorriston 171 and J Kelly & Sons on 112 making up the Top 6.
2011: Fancier of the Year Dromore HPS with 218 Points Jeff Greenaway followed by D & I Edgar 197, J Kelly & Sons 136, M/M G Delaney 135, Doonan & McGuinness 126 and J Vage & Son on 91 making up the Top 6.
2012: Fancier of the Year Dromore HPS with 590 Points Jeff Greenaway followed by Doonan & McGuinness 237, M/M G Delaney 200, D & I Edgar 162, J Kelly & Sons 139, and J Vage & Son on 118 making up the Top 6.
2013: Will without question be Jeff Greenaway at the top of the leader board once again, that’s 5 out of 5. On what can be considered his best season ever and without any doubt one of the best seasons ever put up by a fancier racing into Northern Ireland flying with the mighty NIPA with birdage topping 26,883 this year at its height.
Now I will identify Jeff’s race results in the NIPA Section D and NIPA Opens of 2013 plus the Irish National Flying Club performances :- Tullamore flown on 20th April 3rd Section against 1,795 pigeons finishing 37th Open NIPA with 694 members sending 14,733 on a velocity of 1994ypm. The following week from Roscrea the Greenaway loft finished 1st, 11th, 12th and 13th Section D 104 members sending 2,421 pigeons the loft over-all finished 2nd Open beaten to 1st Open NIPA by .2 of a decimal point, finishing 2nd, 27th, 29th & 30th over-all with 21,803 pigeons competing on a velocity of 1360ypm. Onto Clonmel with the distance increasing each week here the loft in unfavourable wind conditions finished 11st Section against 3,546 pigeons and 65th Open with 1052 members sending 26,833 pigeons on a velocity of 1768ypm. Staying with the O/Bird programme and Fermoy was next up flown on 11th of May here the loft had yet again another very consistent performance against 3,160 pigeons in the Section finishing 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th on a velocity of 1571ypm in the over-all NIPA Open the loft was to record 16th, 19th, 23rd, 41st Against 24,375 pigeons. Roscrea once again was to follow recording a winning velocity of 1342 ypm the loft finished 4th, 8th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 26th, 27th and 32nd Section against 1,517 pigeons in the Open result they finished respectively 16th, 35th, 58th, 84th, 86th, 99th, 117th, 123rd and 140th against 12,343 pigeons. Clonmel was to follow once again on the 25th of May the loft enjoyed yet another good race finishing 2nd, 9th and 11th Section against 3,112 pigeons and in the Open result they finished 74th, 140th and 167th against 23,494 pigeons on a winning velocity of 1771 ypm. The Nationals where next up for the Greenaway Loft and what a week, in the Rosscarbery National flown on the 17th June the loft was to record a finish of 13th and 21st Section and 47th and 113th Open with 6,212 pigeons competing on a velocity of 1214ypm prior to that the NIPA Hens Yearling National the loft was to record 1st Section D and 2nd National on a velocity of 1326ypm e once again Roscarbery and yet again from the same race point the loft enjoyed a stunning result finishing 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 21st Section against 1,164 pigeons and in the Open 7th, 13th, 19th, 20th and 91st against 8,631 pigeon.
One of the most fairest of the Racing calendar was next up that the Fermoy 5 Bird event, only 5 pigeons to be entered per loft, (level playing field) Jeff was to finish 2nd and 16th Section and 2nd and 17th Open beaten yet again to a 1st Open in .3 of a decimal point. Second time in one season. Next was Penzance in Cornwall. it’s a race that the NIPA incorporate a Famous Classic event into, Jeff was only to go and win the Classic finishing 1st Section D and 1st Open with a pigeon named “Gregory’s Girl” on a velocity of 1303ypm. The final race for the NIPA was planned for France but due to continual bad weather the birds where brought back to Portland after a few days on transit, Jeff was to time in a hard race recording 4th Section and 42nd Open on a velocity of 1034ypm.
Now for the Y/Bird programme, I just might add at this stage Jeff recorded no less than 13 x 1st’Clubs of the top of my head in the Dromore HPS over the 2013 seasons and upwards of at least 9 in a row !! When you look at the competition that is some racing.
First up was an Area Liberation from Mullingar, something put in place by the Mighty NIPA to familiarise Youngsters flying back to their designated Section Area in a group, the Greenaway loft was to finish 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 28th Open on a Velocity of 1267ypm. A bit further in distance the following week from Tullamore with a Liberation of Birds from Section D of the NIPA along with some of Section C, just a gradual mix up. With a winning Velocity of 1592ypm, the loft recorded in the Section first of all 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 29th and 43rd, in the Open result 7th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 36th, 37th, 40th and 59th. Tullamore was next on August the 3rd for the first of the mass liberations in the Section with 77 lofts sending 2,067 pigeons Jeff was to finish 8th, 9th, 11th, 21st and 32nd on a Velocity of 2013ypm in the over-all NIPA Open result some 814 lofts sent 21,283 pigeons, Jeff finished 24th, 28th, 32nd, 61st and 95th. Roscrea was next on the horizon on the 10th of August and the Youngsters where starting to flex there muscle with 90 lofts sending 2,627 pigeons in the Section the loft recorded 5ht, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 13th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 32nd and 47th. In the Open result with 917 competing lofts sending 24,557 pigeons Jeff was to finish 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 29th, 46th, 48th, 54th, 70th and 100th winning velocity 1732ypm. One that most defiantly stands out is the next race from Clonmel in the Y/Birds in the Club 14 members sent 665 pigeons Jeff took the first 18 positions. In the NIPA Section with 2,578 pigeons away he was to finish 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 23, 34th and 38th. In the Over-all Open with over 21,269 pigeons competing he had 16 pigeons in the first 32 of the Open result. Including 1st, 6th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 29th, 31st and 32nd. Winning velocity 1619ypm. Next was back to Fermoy yet again on the 24th of August with 78 competing lofts in Section D sending 2,153 pigeons Jeff finished 7th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 23rd, 33rd, 42nd, 48th and 49th. In the Open result with 801 lofts sending 19,390 pigeons he recorded a superb 23rd, 25th, 62nd, 69th, 98th, 111th, 112th, 152nd and 153rd Open. The first of the cross channel events was next up with the Talbenny Y/Bird National a week later. The loft was to finish an impressive 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th Section and in the over-all National result with 3,585 pigeons competing the loft recorded 37th, 39th, 64th and 82nd Open winning Velocity of 1170ypm. On the same day the NIPA also had a race organised from Tullamore Jeff was to have a team in it also, his top velocity 1715ypm. He finished 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th, 39th, 40th, 41st, 45th, 54th, 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th, 60th, 61st, 63rd, 64th, 65th, 67th, 69th and 72nd Section. In the Open Result with 7,858 pigeons competing he finished 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 41st, 52nd, 87th, 88th, 89th, 96th, 121st, 124th, 125th, 126th, 127th, 132nd, 135th, 140th, 141st, 145th, 149th, 155th and 165th. Mallow was next on the agenda and once again Jeff had a stunning result on a winning velocity of 1228 ypm. In the Section D result the loft recorded 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 31st, 34th, 35th, 41st, 42nd, 44th and 45th with 1,458 pigeons competing from 72 lofts. In the over-all Open result with 606 competing lofts sending 10,659 pigeons. Jeff finished 15th, 16th, 39th, 45th, 50th, 52nd, 53rd, 102nd, 109th, 119th, 148th, 149th, 151st and 152nd Open. In the Mallow 5 Bird event only Five Birds can be nominated per competing NIPA Loft. In the Section Jeff finished 7th and 11th with a finish of 42nd, 55th and 91st Open on a Velocity of 1167ypm. The Inland Y/Bird National from Rosscarbery was next up and once again the team excelled finishing 7th, 15th, 20th and 22nd Section in the Over-all National result Jeff was to finish 14th, 48th, 75th, 80th & 174th on a winning velocity of 1355ypm. With the INFC one of the testing races for youngsters is Penzance, the Y/Bird National from that location was flown on the 4th of September with 468 competing lofts sending 2,652 pigeon the loft finished 88th and 96th National on a velocity of 1325ypm. The final race of the complete programme was with the Irish National Flying Club and this the Inland Y/Bird National from Skibbereen, what a record Jeff has from this event this year he finished 5th, 84th, 89th, 174th and 177th Open with 325 members sending 2,804 pigeons on a velocity of 1820ypm.
Now with such an outstanding year and as I put the finishes touches to this report on Sunday evening the NIPA have just announced the winners for this year, Jeff has been crowned NIPA Section D Fancier of the Year for a Second Year on the Trot and now a fantastic seventh time, winning both best fancier in the O/Birds and Y/Birds further more out of all the NIPA Sections coving Northern Ireland, Jeff Greenaway accumulated the most points out of all the winning fanciers, and that’s competing against all the Main Players so to speak !!! Also Jeff collects the W V Troughton Cup for 1st Open Clonmel; Surgenor Cup for the Best Average Talbenny 2, Bude and Penzance; Agar Cup for the 1st Yearling Recorded in the O/Bird Classic; J. H. O’Neill Cup for 1st Open Penzance Classic. Plus will pick up awards for the NIPA Section D O/Bird Fancier of the Year and NIPA Section D Y/Bird Fancier of the Year.
All in all a year to remember for Jeff some would argue the last few years have been years to remember, simply Jeff has created a team of pigeons that without hesitation do the business from the shortest to the longest races, something that is a must if you want the big awards, your team of pigeons must compete from the 1st race to the last and regardless of velocity, speed or wind direction they have to be there, such is the ferocity of the competition. Jeff would be the first to diminish his possibilities any week due to unfavourable conditions, second best you don’t set out to achieve at the start of any year, but also in the same breath he will tell you himself many many hours of hard work have to be put in each week, to achieve excellence week in week out, any fancier can specialize his team for a specific race looking for the big performance, but when you have to plan for success in every race for the whole season it’s a different ball game. Jeff will be the first to admit that success cant just be expected even with the best pigeons, they are the basis on top of that you have your work to put in and the harder you work the more you learn. Without any doubt Jeff is there as far as success goes year in year out producing the big results and each year has just got bigger and better. Even with the success of this year, he has the utmost respect for the competition and he is fearful every week of the excellent fanciers flying just not in the Dromore Club or the NIPA Section D but over-all in the NIPA and has huge respect for the hard working fanciers who week in week out are putting him to the test.
You only have to look at Jeff’s record from Rosscarbery and Skibbereen since 2009 the furthest flying points in Ireland to appreciate his family of champions !!
2009 Rosscarbery Yearling Cock Nat 1st, 2nd, 11th & 16th Sect D 47/205 and 13th & 16th Open NIPA 346/1,337 vel 1364; Rosscarbery Yearling Hen Nat 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 12th & 15th Sect D 42/171 and 9th, 12th, 23rd, 55th & 67th Open NIPA 327/1,141 vel 1374. Rosscarbery Nat Y/Birds 2nd, 6th, 10th, 18th, 19th & 20th Sect D 61/560 and 6th, 21st, 55th, 89th, 91st, 92nd, 118th & 136th Open NIPA 529/4,399 vel 1281. Irish Nat FC: Skibbereen YB Nat 411/3,118 3rd & 123rd North Sect and 3rd & 125th Open INFC , vel 1547 flying 235 miles
2010 Rosscarbery Nat O/Bird 2nd, 15th, 19th & 24th Sect D 78/634 and 40th, 128th, 173rd, 210th & 284th Open NIPA 846/6,681 Rosscarbery Nat Y/Bird 4th, 20th, 21st & 22nd Sect D 57/624 and 6th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 152nd & 171st Open NIPA 554/5,054 vel 1564. Irish National FC: Skibbereen OB Nat 2nd, 7th, 18th, 56th & 230th North Sect and 10th, 19th, 32nd, 82nd, & 283rd Open INFC 489/3,754 vel 1198, flying 235 miles. Skibbereen YB Nat 27th, 70th, 71st, 116th & 203rd North Sect and 111th, 166th, 167th, 220th & 307th Open INFC 450/3,927 vel 1157 flying 235 miles.
2011 Rosscarbery Yearling Cock Nat 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 6th Sect D 54/269 and 2nd, 4th, 8th, & 19th Open NIPA 387/1,937 vel 1670; Rosscarbery Yearling Hen Nat 3rd Sect D 50/244 and 5th Open NIPA 372/1,699 vel 1632; Rosscarbery Y/Bird National 2nd, 6th, 13th, 14th & 16th Sect D 35/330 and 17th, 25th, 57th, 82nd & 94th Open NIPA 448/3,823 vel 1250. Irish Nat FC: Skibbereen OB Nat 60th & 87th North Sect 534/4,442 vel 1695 flying 235 miles. Skibbereen YB Nat 50th North Sect & 176th Open INFC 350/3,037 vel 1220, also 68th, 99th, 130th & 165th North Sect flying 235 miles.
2012 Rosscarbery Yearling Hen Nat 3rd & 7th Sect D 34/155 and 18th, 29th & 53rd Open NIPA 305/1,310 vel 1334; Rosscarbery Yearling Cock Nat 1st & 7th Sect D 44/213 and 3rd & 22nd Open NIPA 341/1,548 vel 1429; Rosscarbery O/Bird Nat 7th Sect D 56/473 and 44th, 328th & 385th Open NIPA 714/6,175 vel 1539; Rosscarbery Y/Bird Nat 5th, 6th, 7th, 22nd & 30th Sect D 51/648 and 8th, 9th, 10th, 43rd, 59th, 107th, 165th, 197th & 274th Open NIPA 520/4,643 vel 1688;
Irish Nat FC: Skibbereen OB Nat 16th, 36th, 121st, 218th & 219th North Sect 331/3,245 vel 1614 flying 235 miles. Skibbereen YB Nat 3rd, 26th, 35th, 37th, 59th, 65th, 67th, 102nd, 152nd & 178th North Sect 295/2,600 vel 1503 flying 235 miles.
2013 Rosscarbery National flown on the 17th June the loft was to record a finish of 13th and 21st Section and 47th and 113th Open with 6,212 pigeons competing on a velocity of 1214ypm prior to that the NIPA Hens Yearling National the loft was to record 1st Section D and 2nd National on a velocity of 1326ypm once again Roscarbery and yet again from the same race point the loft enjoyed a stunning result finishing 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 21st Section against 1,164 pigeons and in the Open 7th, 13th, 19th, 20th and 91st against 8,631 pigeon. In the Y/Birds The Inland Y/Bird National from Rosscarbery the team excelled finishing 7th, 15th, 20th and 22nd Section in the Over-all National result Jeff was to finish 14th, 48th, 75th, 80th & 174th on a winning velocity of 1355ypm. The final race of the complete programme was with the Irish National Flying Club and this the Inland Y/Bird National from Skibbereen, what a record Jeff has from this event this year he finished 5th, 84th, 89th, 174th and 177th Open with 325 members sending 2,804 pigeons on a velocity of 1820ypm.
That in itself is something of a record only from a couple of race points over the last five years, I think without question Jeff Greenaway has without doubt earned the title as One of the BEST !!!!.