Kells Loft 1st Mid Antrim Combine from Clonmel –
For the third race of the old bird season the NIPA birds moved on to Clonmel in County Tipperary, over 2,700 birds were sent in Mid Antrim. Kells & Dist topped the MAC for the second week, this time Scott & Clements took the top honours doing velocity 1740. The Broughshane Secretary Alistair Purvis was next best followed by Surgenor Bros who had 1st MAC last week from Roscrea, then Paddy McManus winning for the second week in Ahoghill and Alan Darragh winner of all the races so far in Cullybackey. All results and Champions League details are on www.pigeonnetwork.com
Cullybackey Centre: Details for the Rosscarbery Inl Nat race marking are as follows. Entry fees etc. with club cheque collect Wednesday 15th May from 8.30 – 9.30pm at the Cullybackey club rooms. Birds will be race marked 2.00 – 4.30pm on Friday 17th May. All clocks ready after lorry leaves Cullybackey.
Mid Antrim Combine Clonmel 106/2742 – Scott & Clements Kells 1740, A Purvis Broughshane 1738, Surgenor Bros Kells 1733, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1719, A Darragh Cullybackey 1714, G McDowell Kells 1712, Houston Bros Randalstown 1710, Young McManus & Sons 1709, Scott & Clements 1706, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1706, D Houston & Son Broughshane 1705, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1705, Gregg Bros Kells 1704, H Boyd Kells 1700, L Mullan Harryville 1700, Scott & Clements 1699, H Boyd Kells 1699, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1698, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1698, A McBride Harryville 1698, A McBride 1697, A Purvis 1697, J Rock Harryville 1697, Surgenor Bros 1697.
Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Clonmel –
Kells & District 14/311 – Scott & Clements 1740, Surgenor Bros 1733, G McDowell 1712, Scott & Clements 1706, Gregg Bros 1704, H Boyd 1700, Scott & Clemants 1699, H Boyd 1699. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – Gregg Bros 1704, H Boyd 1700, Surgenor Bros 1697, Scott & Clements 1685, G McDowell 1619. Scott & Clements timed the winner at 12.12hrs flying 180 miles. It was Delaney, Hybreght plus Jacob, 3rd win from Combine cock.
Broughshane & District 7/161 – A Purvis 1738, D Houston & Son 1705, J & N Simpson 1705, A Purvis 1697, J & N Simpson 1696, D Houston & Son 1665. The winner was timed at 12.20hrs flying 188 miles.
Ahoghill Flying Club 12/444 – Young McManus & Sons 1719, 1709, J Smyth & Son 1680, 1679, 1673, 1671, A & N Young 1671, J Balmer 1670, D Stevenson 1669, Young McManus & Sons 1667. Paddy wins with a Cheq Koopman hen that had previously won 1st MAC from Rosscarbery. His runner-up was a Van Mechelen yearling cock not raced as a youngster, the same cloodlines won 1st Club last week. Jimmy Smyth is keeping up the pressure with 4 quick ones, he wins the 2 Bird Club with the 6th placed pigeon, good picking Jimmy!
Cullybackey HPS 16/529 – A Darragh 1714, 1696, Reid Bros & McCloy 1670, H & R McCloy 1662, Russell Bros 1644, 1635, Reid Bros & McCloy 1635, B Herbison 1634, J & J Greer 1625, 1617. Well done to Alan Darragh, three wins on the trot with the same Cheq Pied yearling cock. Checking the NIPA Results I see the positions won, from Tullamore 20th Sect B & 106th Open NIPA, Roscrea 6th Sect B and then this week from Clonmel 11th Sect B.
Randalstown HPS 12/258 – Houston Bros 1710, Stewart Bros 1698, Houston Bros 1694, 1693, F J & G Dickey 1690, Houston Bros 1673, 1669, 1667, 1664, S Murphy 1650.
Rasharkin & District 10/225 – Steele & McNeill 1706, A C & T Tweed 1686, H Cubitt 1673, A C & T Tweed 1668, H Cubitt 1662, Steele & McNeill 1658, Milliken & Barkley 1651, W & J McClean 1649, 1615, Milliken & Barkley 1605. D Dixon – 1665.973, 1665.282. Steele & McNeill win with their good Verschelde/Lambrecht Widowhood cock “22” a winner from Fermoy last year and also 1st Comb, 1st Sect & 4th Open NIPA Rosscarbery OB Inland Nat. A C & T Tweed take the runner-up place.
Harryville HPS 15/388 – L Mullan 1700, A McBride 1698, 1697, J Rock 1697, R H Clements 1690, J & C Letters 1690, R H Clements 1686, 1685, L Mullan 1679, 1678.
Ballymena & District HPS 20/426 – M/M M Sempey 1698, M D C Magill 1695, 1694, G Gilmour 1692, M Graham 1690, G & A Eagleson 1679, W & J Smyth 1678, M D C Magill 1677, W & J Smyth 1677, 1677, M D C Magill 1670, Blair & Rankin 1670. A great win for the hard working partnership of Mr & Mrs Sempey who timed a late-bred yearling cock on Roundabout at 12.19pm recording a velocity of 1698 for 182 miles. With a record entry of 426 birds for the Bmena & Dist club. The breeding is Willy Jacobs, the partnership have been flying very consistent since the start of the season. Congratulations on your deserved win. The McAlonan transporter is paying off!!! Best birthday wishes to Old Hand Charlie McManus. On a sadder note the members extend their sympathy to the family of Billy Rankin, racing partner with Bertie Blair who is married to Billy’s sister Doreen. All the Rankin Family raced at various times, mostly with Harryville, they scored some fantastic results inc. 2nd Open in the Penzance YB Nat. They were next door neighbours and it was through them we first got involved with the birds, long time back.