For the opening races of the 2013 young bird season the NIPA held a series of Area Liberations, first birds released in Tullamore and Mullingar at 8.15am and the final one in Navan at 11.30am. Bit of a sore head for the Liberation team and it has been hard to work out an alternative arrangement.
The Mid Antrim Sect B clubs and Coleraine were released in Navan at 10.30am in an Easterly wind and the result was dominated by the lofts at the top end. Jason Campbell broke Novice Status a new member in the Coleraine Premier and he will remember 1st Club, 1st Coleraine Triangle and 1st Open NIPA where 2,661 birds were competing. His Chequer cock now called Lucie Locket after his daughter raced on Darkness also winning Pools and DTW of £92.The winning pigeon was bred by good friend Jimmy McSeveney out of his good Hongaloot cock Charlie. Hanson & Harpur had a good card and were well placed with five early birds. Steele & McNeill had 1st & 2nd in Rasharkin & Dist and topped Mid Antrim Combine with new member Tomasz Kaczynski a good 3rd. In the Antrim Area Chairman Brian Swann had 1st & 2nd in the Kells & District (1396) and also 1st in the Sizzlers 2 Bird Club. Sam Murphy had a fantastic 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Randalstown with the winner doing velocity 1377.
Navan Part A & Sect B 120/2,661 – Lib 10.30am, wind Easterly
J Campbell Coleraine Prem 1497, Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1495, Hanson & Harpur 1494, Hanson & Harpur 1494, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1493, Hanson & Harpur 1493, Hanson & Harpur 1492, L McSeveney Coleraine Prem 1492, S Laverty Ballymoney 1487, L McSeveney 1482, Steele & McNeill 1480, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1478, W McFetridge Rasharkin 1478, T & J McDonald Coleraine Prem 1478, J L Madden Coleraine Prem 1475, D Devenney Ballymoney 1473, R McAlary Coleraine Prem 1471, J L Madden 1468, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1463, T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1462.
Mid Antrim Combine Navan 69/1407 – Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1493, Steele & McNeill 1480, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1478, W McFetridge Rasharkin 1478, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1463, M/M M Sempey 1458, D Dixon Rasharkin 1457, D Dixon 1456, McFall & McManus Ballymena 1454, MDC Magill Ballymena 1452, W & J McClean Rasharkin 1449, D Dixon 1445, D Dixon 1444, D Dixon 1444, T & E Service Broughshane 1444, D Craig Ballymena 1443, L Mullan Harryville 1431, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1429, Young McManus & Sons 1428, C Young Ahoghill 1428, D Robinson Cullybackey 1422, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1419, McFall & McManus 1419, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1417. MAC has just 24 Positions now.
Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Navan –
Rasharkin & District 12/248 – Steele & McNeill 1493, 1480, T Kaczynski 1478, W McFetridge 1478, W & J McClean 1449, J & M Milliken 1417, H Cubitt 1416, Steele & McNeill 1416, J & D Surgenor 1413, W McFetridge 1410. Steele & McNeill take 1st and 2nd in the first young bird race, the winner one of their Frans Zwols, the runner up a Lambrecht. D Dixon: 1457.860,1456.768,1445.081,1444.866,1444.437. Race sponsored by Stevensons Mace, Kilrea.
Ballymena & District 12/257 – M/M M Sempey 1463, 1458, McFall & McManus 1454, MDC Magill 1452, D Craig 1443, Blair & Rankin 1419, McFall & McManus 1419, Blair & Rankin 1416, D Craig 1412, 1412. The members have been saddened to learn that long time member Jack Balmer has passed away following a period of illness, although he did not race he was a valued member during the winter shows and over the years won a number of Red Cards and had great success in the local area winning a host of BIS, BOS and Most Points in Show at the big local events. He will be sadly missed especially on a Monday night in Ballymena where he rarely missed. We extend our sincere condolences to wife Lily, daughter Susan and the wider family circle. Sad to report as well the passing of Kathleen Smyth the wife of Bobby at Martha Court Nursing Home, she had been in poor health for some time. Again we extend sympathy to Bobby and the family circle.
Ballykeel Invitation – M/M M Sempey 1463, 1458.
Broughshane & District 4/47 – T & E Service 1444, J & N Simpson 1366, D Houston & Son 1282, T & E Service 1277, J Getty 1271, J & N Simpson 1254. Tom wins the opening young bird race with one of his new Jacob strain.
Harryville HPS 9/189 – L Mullan 1431, 1385, 1384, 1384, 1384, 1383, 1382, 1382, 1381, 1343.
Ahoghill Flying Club 6/174 – Young McManus & Sons 1429, 1428, C Young 1428, J Smyth & Son 1381, A & N Young 1373, J Smyth & Son 1346, 1345, J Orr & Son 1319, C Young 1266, Balmer T Young & Sons 1204.
Cullybackey HPS 11/172 – D Robinson 1422, A Darragh 1416, Gibson & Dickey 1406, A Darragh 1386, H & R McCloy 1367, 1367, Russell Bros 1363, W Scott 1339, D Robinson 1336, W Scott 1328. The local members were sad to learn that Jack Balmer of the Ballymena & Dist had passed away and they extend their sympathy to the family circle at this sad time. He showed his birds in the local club since the start, going back to the Orange Hall and that was even before my time. Jack will be sadly missed at the weekly show on a Saturday night.
Kells & District 9/177 – B Swann & Son 1396, 1392, Gregg Bros 1377, B Swann & Son 1354, Gregg Bros 1351, T Shanks & Son 1342, A Barkley & Son 1327, G McDowell 1311. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – B Swann & Son 1392, Gregg Bros 1377, B Swann & Son 1303, G McDowell 1129, 1071.
Randalstown 6/143 – Sam Murphy 1377, 1376, 1376, 1372, F & J & G Dickey 1367, 1366, Stewart Bros 1360, F & J & G Dickey 1358, 1358, Stewart Bros 1356.