Last weekend the NIPA birds were transported to Roscrea in preference to Gowran Park which it was thought might take the birds out over Dublin Airport in the high winds forecast for Saturday. As it turned out the NIPA were the only organization to hold over on Saturday due to unfavourable conditions, Sunday was due to be better and many were predicting a Blow Home. Liberation was delayed till 12 Noon with conditions improving all the time and the birds were released in a helping southerly wind. Winners were again on time but the convoy experienced problems over the route and by clock checking at the local clubs very few had more than half their entry home. Not the result we were looking for so early in the old bird season. Our 2.00pm rule for liberations ruled out a later release.
Overall winners were Danny Coyle and son Bobby from the Coleraine Premier, a Van den Brande Mealy hen three year old raced Roundabout and bred by clubmate Anthony McDonnell a former Kings Cup winner. Bond & Diamond from the same club were runner-up followed by W & J Smyth of Ballymena & Dist and three early arrivals in Ahoghill Flying Club.
NIPA Roscrea Open 702/18,761 –
1-1A D Coyle & Son Coleraine Prem 1540, 2-2A Bond & Diamond Coleraine Prem 1537, 1-1B W & J Smyth Ballymena 1531, 4-2B Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1514, 5-1E E Grew Coalisland 1512, 6-3B M/M Robinson Ahoghill 1512, 7-2E David Calvin Bondhill 1508, 8-4B J Smyth & Son Ahoghill 1505, 9-3E S Curran Lurgan Soc 1504, 10-1C McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1492, 11-3A J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1490, 12-4E G & C Simmons Edgarstown 1488, 13-2C J Mowbray & Son Abbey Soc 1487, 14-5E G & A Campbell Armagh 1487, 15-6E D C & P McArdle Armagh 1484, 13-3C Rea & Magill Larne & Dist 1484, 17-1G Lyons & Kennedy Hills & Maze 1483, 18-7E D Scott Glenavy 1483, 19-1D Jackson & Muckain Glen HPS 1482, 20-4C M/M Robinson Carrick Soc 1481.
Best in each NIPA Section:
Section A 55/1516 – D Coyle & Son Coleraine Prem 1540, Bond & Diamond Coleraine Prem 1537, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1490.
Section B 106/2823 – W & J Smyth Ballymena 1531, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1514, Mr & Mrs Robinson Ahoghill 1512.
Section C 137/3448 – McMurray & Anderson Ligoniel 1492, J Mowbray & Son Abbey Soc 1487, Rea & Magill Larne & Dist 1484.
Section D 98/2429 – Jackson & Muckain Glen HPS 1482, G McEvoy Beechpark Soc 1480, K Downey Beechpark Soc 1469.
Section E 124/4015 – E Grew Coalisland 1512, D Calvin Bondhill 1508, S Curran Lurgan Soc 1504.
Section F 52/1158 – Gordon Bros & Son Killyleagh Cent 1444, Gordon Bros & Son 1444, McCartan & Woodsides Killyleagh & Dist 1393.
Section G 64/2291 – Lyons & Kennedy Hills & Maze 1483, R Williamson Newry & Dist 1459, P & C Shields Newry & Dist 1442.
Section H 66/1081 – D Booth Mourne & Dist 1397, D Booth 1369, D Booth 1369.
Roscrea Co Tipperary 28/04/19 – Lib 12 Noon, wind Lt Southerly
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