At the weekend we had a double bill of racing, the Premier YB Nat was flown from Talbenny in South Wales and we had a comeback race from Tullamore in County Offaly. The Tullamore birds were away first at 9.00am in calm conditions and a West NW wind en-route, winning birds made good time in this one. It was a bit different with the Talbenny Nat convoy, they were released at 10.15am in a Fresh NW wind which was the dreaded head-wind. It took its toll and while a number of local lofts scored well in the difficult conditions other were not as fortunate. Many birds were still missing when the clocks were checked around tea time. The big early local bird in Tullamore was timed by George McDowell in Kells & Dist giving him his first win with the young birds and well set for a good finish. His Blue hen recorded velocity 1580 for the 120 odd miles to finish 5th Section B 88/1690. Kells & District also had the best bird from Talbenny, Jeff Surgenor who had already won the MAC twice in the young birds timed at 15.36hrs to record velocity 1188 for the 217 miles. He finished 1st MAC, 1st Sect B and a good 8th Open NIPA 508/3585. Danny Dixon on velocity 1177 was next best, yet again winner in the Coleraine Centre.
Cullybackey Centre: Details for the Rosscarbery YB Nat race marking are as follows. Entry fees etc. with club cheque collect Wednesday 11th September from 8.30 – 9.30pm at the Cullybackey club rooms. Birds will be race marked in Cullybackey between 2.00 – 4.30pm on Friday 13th September. All clocks ready after lorry leaves Cullybackey. Fermoy 5 Bird race marking as usual at all the local clubs on Friday, with observers as per local club exchange arrangements. Race crate birds to be mixed, members not allowed own crates in this race. Cups and trophies should be returned ASAP to NIPA Secretary Fred Russell.
Mid Antrim Combine Talbenny YB Nat 71/435 – Surgenor Bros Kells 1188, D Dixon Rasharkin 1177, J Smyth & Son Ahoghill 1167, T Johnston & Son Harryville 1165, D Dixon 1153, S Millar Randalstown 1152, S Steele Cullybackey 1150, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1148, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1141, W Scott Cullybackey 1138, S Millar 1137, B Swann & Son Kells 1135, S Millar 1131, J Millar Randalstown 1127, S Steele 1126, S Steele 1126, T Johnston & Son 1123, D Dixon 1118, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1118, D Dixon 1114, D Dixon 1113, A Darragh Cullybackey 1112, J Ramsey Harryville 1111, W Scott 1109.
Mid Antrim Clubs Talbenny –
Kells & District 5/25 – Surgenor Bros 1188, B Swann & Son 1135, H Turkington 1068, B Swann & Son 1047, McFarlane & Agnew 1038, H Turkington 1033, McFarlane & Agnew 984, H Turkington 953. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – Surgenor Bros 1188, B Swann & Son 1135, 1047, H Turkington 984, T Shanks & Son 919.
Ahoghill Flying Club 7/74 – J Smyth & Son 1167, J Orr & Son 1079, J Smyth & Son 1028, 1023, Young McManus & Sons 939, 918, M/M Robinson 871, W Livingstone 864, M/M Robinson 764.
Harryville HPS 11/50 – T Johnston & Son 1165, 1123, J Ramsey 1111, J Rock 1024, R H Clements 987, D Mitchell 973, R H Clements 957, A McBride 873. Trevor Johnston wins his second young bird race, his Blue cock timed at 15.48hrs was Soontjen, the best bloodlines of A Cousins & Sons (Ballylesson).
Randalstown HPS 8/55 – S Millar 1152, 1137, 1131, J Millar 1128, D Logan & Son 1100, J Millar 1098, H Boyd 1033, Stewart Bros 1027, F J & G Dickey 985, 967.
Cullybackey HPS 13/129 – S Steele 1150, Reid Bros & McCloy 1148, W Scott 1138, S Steele 1126, 1125, A Darragh 1112, W Scott 1109, 1108, 1103, A Darragh 1103, J & J Greer 1097, Reid Bros & McCloy 1097, A Darragh 1096, D Robinson 1084, A Darragh 1077. Sammy Steele wins his third race on the trot, some flying.
Ballymena & District HPS 13/63 – Blair & Rankin 1141, W & J Smyth 1118, G & A Eagleson 964, J McNaghten & Son 955, G Gilmour 937, MDC Magill 905, M/M M Sempey 817. Another new winner in Ballymena & Dist, Blair & Rankin timed their Blue cock at 15.53hrs.
Rasharkin & District 9/49 – Steele & McNeill 1077, 1069, P McDonald 1048, W McFetridge 1013, McGowan & Maternaghan 957, W & J McLean 925. Danny Dixon – 1177, 1153, 1118, 1114, 1113.
Ballykeel Inv – M/M M Sempey 955.