Carrick Advertiser, Larne/Ballyclare Gaz – 21/11/13

News Items 24 Nov 2013

Larne & District HPS – The local club held its 1st weekly show last Saturday 16th November and a fantastic 570 birds were penned, a great turn-out of both members and birds. The members of Larne & District HPS would like to thank all the judges for an excellent job they done with such a large turnout of birds. The judges were A & N Lewis, Syd Collins, Bob McMeekin who still has a good eye for the birds, Arnie Thompson, R Wilson and Chris Lowry, all from the Doagh and surrounding area, many thanks again.

Results:  Old Cocks T/W  – 1st W McWhirter, 2nd S & W Gray, 3rd McCormick & McCurdy, 4th & Commended G K & I Moxham VHC A S McNaghten,  HC W McWhirter.
Old Hens T/W – 1st  Beggs & Hall, 2nd A McCormick, 3rd A.S McNaghten, 4th Crawford & Robinson, VHC D & P Harvey, HC W McWhirter, C R Glass.
Old Cocks Handled – 1st W McWhirter, 2nd G K & I Moxham, 3rd N Ferguson & Son, 4th S & W Gray,  VHC Beggs & Hall, HC M Witherspoon, Commended A S McNaghten.
Old Hens Handled –  1st & Commended A S McNaghten, 2nd J & D McWhirter, 3rd McCormick & McCurdy, 4th W McWhirter, VHC A McCormick, HC Beggs & Hall.
Eye Sign – 1st & 2nd McCormick & McCurdy, 3rd, 4th & VHC W McWhirter, HC D & P Harvey, Commended W Ferguson & Partners.
Best in  Show was won by  A.S.McNaghten and Best Opposite Sex  by Willie McWhirter.
Larne & District HPS – The Annual Monster Show will take place in the clubrooms at Old Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim on Saturday 30th November 2013. Penning 10am – 1pm, Judging 2pm – 5pm, Prize Distribution 5.30pm. Entry Fee £1 per bird – Judges from Top Lofts.
Six Classes: Old Cocks, Old Hens, Young Cocks, Young Hens, Old & Young Bird Eye-sign (may be duplicated). Best In Show £100 and Best Opposite Sex £50.
Prizes For All Classes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd – Bag Of Feeding , 4th Feeding Trough, VHC Hormoform, HC Grit & Mineral, C Tin of Roses.
There will be a Monster Show Auction – On offer a select draft of youngsters donated by local fanciers – £1,000 Prize-money to be raced for from Rosscarbery National or equivalent race and open to all NIPA Members. Mr Ryan Barr (Pigeon Diagnostics) will be in attendance to carry out any throat swabs and dropping testing, Robert Kirkwood (Lisburn), and Gerald Delaney from Oroory Hill Stud.  Local clubs should let me have details of the show series and prize night details for publication.
Eastway HPS: The Winter Show Series commenced last Friday with Eye-sign classes for Old Bird & Young Bird, judge was Stephen Fegan. OB Eye-sign – 1st & Commended J Burrows, 2nd Whiteside Bros, 3rd M & A Pearson, 4th S Larkham, Reserve Grattan Bros. VHC G McKenna, HC J Dawson & Son. YB Eye-sign – 1st J Dawson & Son, 2nd & VHC Whiteside Bros, 3rd G McKenna, 4th & HC J Walker & Son, Reserve M & T Griffith, Commended J Burrows.
The latest two classes Old Cocks T/W & Handled were judged by Alan Lindores, many thanks. OC Handled – 1st, 3rd & Commended Whiteside Bros, 2nd J Burrows, 4th, Reserve & VHC Foster & Larkham, HC M & T Griffith. Old Cocks T/W – 1st & Commended J Burrows, 2nd R Francey & Son, 3rd J Walker & Son, 4th M & T Griffith, Reserve Whiteside Bros, VHC Foster & Larkham, HC M & A Pearson.
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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 & INFC. Watch out for the many articles/news items penned by HOMER.

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