Presentation of 2017 Awards -

Going forward into 2020 the Ballymena based MAC has the following clubs in membership. New Antrim Amalgamated, Ballymena & District, Ahoghill Flying Club, Rasharkin & Dist, Randalstown HPS and Kells & District. New officials are Chairman Robert Service from Ballymena & District and Secretary Willie Reynolds from Ballymena & District. President is Danny Dixon. All the latest news and results will be listed here, including Champions League and OB & YB Knock-out. Fees for 2020 subject to change are £3.00 for Clubs that includes all members. Associate membership is also £3.00.

Presentation of 2017 Awards -

Postby willie reynolds » Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:08 am

MAC Presentation held at Adair Arms Hotel in Ballymena –

For the first time in its long history the Mid Antrim presentation was made at one function, previously the awards were presented at the various clubs. MAC officials and members joined with the members of Ballymena & District at the function held in the Adair Arms Hotel in Ballymena the week prior to Blackpool. In the old day every local club had a dinner and prize presentation, now a number don’t. Away back at the start there was no awards at all, for a long time we just published results. The late Davy Campbell gathered up all the results and wrote out by hand the leading 30 to 40 top lofts in the weekly races which were a lot fewer then that what we have now. It was a time when the shorter lofts racing in Sect B dominated each week, be it either in Crumlin, Muckamore or Antrim who had three clubs. Good birds in the Ballymena Area where we had six clubs competing with several thousand birds had to be content with a good position at the top of Sect B - but nothing for the winners or best bird.

In those days no meetings, no membership, and no fees nothing at all except a list of positions published for each race. Except for a few minor disturbances and disagreements it run for many years and gave great enjoyment to the vast majority of the local fancy, I have been trying to get back to that. Ballymena & Dist lofts dominated the most recent racing season, 12 x 1sts in the MAC and 6 of those won by the clubs top flyers J Eagleson & Sons. After taking a short period away from the sport the team have been Highest Prize-winners for the last two seasons, in their heyday they had done this many times in both Ballymena & District and Harryville HPS and had won 1st Open in both the NIPA and INFC plus winners of the NI Fancier of the Year award.

Chairman Jackie Steele thanked the members of Ballymena & District for hosting the presentation and Danny Dixon who for the second year sponsored the engraving of the cups and trophies and printing of the winning Diplomas. He congratulated the winners including those who won the new Knock-Out competitions for old birds and young birds. Thanks also to James Harris who produced the weekly results and sorted out all the various winners, also running the Champions League open to all member clubs with Rasharkin & Dist winning four in a row and a record 4 wins by Danny Dixon. Last season for the first time a Knock-Out competition was run and involved every member. Associate Members Gibson & O’Neill were Old Bird winners and Danny Dixon won the Young Birds. Leslie Mairs Cup O/B Fancier of the Year Cup was won for the first time by Young McManus & Sons from Ahoghill Flying Club. Danny Dixon presented the cups and trophies and Mrs Pat Ramsey presented the winning Diplomas, one each to winning lofts. In the old birds Martin Graham had the only bird home in the very difficult race from St Malo in France while J Eagleson & Sons who are former winners had the only bird in the Talbenny YB Nat and this same bird also won Penzance.

Old Bird Inland Average won by J Eagleson & Sons Vel 1580, Cross Channel Average won by Martin Graham Vel 813, Old Bird Ave Not Won, McIlhagga Cup for 1st MAC St Malo won by Martin Graham Vel 441, B Eagleson Memorial Cup best average Talbenny (1) & (2), Bude and Penzance won by W & J Smyth Vel 1366, T Shanks & Son Cup Old Bird of the Year won by Gibson & O’Neill (GB16C-00694), Les Mairs OB Fancier of the Year won by Young McManus & Sons 242 Points, Young Bird Ave won by McFall & McManus Vel 1330, New North Cup best average Bude & Talbenny YB won by W & J Smyth Vel 1436, Combined Average Not Won, and Young Bird of the Year won by J Eagleson & Sons (GB17R-18608).
Club Points Shield for Old Birds won by Ballymena & Dist, Young Birds was won by Rasharkin & Dist. Champions League won by Rasharkin (D Dixon) runner-up Rasharkin (J & M Milliken). INFC Points Cup won by D Dixon. Old Bird Knock-Out won by Gibson & O’Neill, Young Bird Knock-Out won by D Dixon.

Race winners were as follows:

Old Birds – Mullingar Gibson & O’Neill 1667, Tullamore Young McManus & Sons 1571, Gowran Park (1) McFall & McManus 1284, Gowran Park (2) W J McLean 2097, Corrin J Eagleson & Sons 1168, Fermoy Comeback Young McManus & Sons 2037, Rosscarbery Nat F & G & J Dickey 2046, Talbenny (1) W & J Smyth 1429, Talbenny (2) Young McManus & Sons 1330, Fermoy 5 Bird Championship J Eagleson & Sons 1290, Rosscarbery Ylr Cock Nat F & G & J Dickey 1860, Rosscarbery Ylr Hen Nat Gibson & O’Neill 1787, New Bude Hugh Boyd 1600, Corrin (2) Young McManus & Sons 1691, Fermoy J & M Milliken 1715, Penzance D Dixon 1443, Penzance Classic D Dixon 1443, St Malo Nat M Graham 441.

Young Birds – Mullingar (1) J & M Milliken 1478, Mullingar (2) J & M Milliken 1267, Tullamore McFall & McManus 1819, Roscrea J Eagleson & Sons 1551, Gowran Park D Dixon 1293, Fermoy (1) T & M Morrow 1571, Talbenny Nat J Eagleson & Sons 1327, Roscrea Comeback F & G & J Dickey 1560, Fermoy (2) D Dixon 1921, Fermoy 5 Bird Championship N Bradley 1874, Rosscarbery Nat Young McManus & Sons 1234.

Irish Nat FC – Skibbereen Old Bird Gibson & O’Neill 1546, Sennen Cove Ylr W & J Smyth 1316, St Allouestre Kings Cup Grand Nat G & A Eagleson 851, Penzance Young Bird Grand Nat J Eagleson & Sons 1024, Skibbereen Young Bird J Eagleson & Sons 1064.

The AGM will be held in the middle of March 2018 as in previous years.

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The prize winners attending the presentation of MAC held in the Adair Arms Hotel in Ballymena.

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MAC Chairman Jackie Steele (l) presents Champions League award to Danny Dixon,
winner for record 4th time and Rasharkin & Dist have won four in a row.

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Danny Dixon presents the OB Points Shield to Ballymena & Dist Chair-person Nicola Gilbert.

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W McLean (l) collects the YB Points Shield for Rasharkin & Dist from Danny Dixon.

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Mrs Pat Ramsey presents the Individual Loft Knock-Out Diplomas to Gary Gibson and Danny Dixon.

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Danny Dixon presents the Les Mairs Cup for OB Fancier of the Year to Paddy McManus.

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Martin Graham from Ballymena won the McIlhagga Mem Cup, and Cross Channel Average.

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Billy & Joe Smyth from Ballymena won Eagleson Mem Cup, and New North Cup.

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Johnston Eagleson from Ballymena won OB Inland Ave, and Young Bird of the Year.

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Gary Gibson Associate Member won the T Shanks & Son Cup for Old Bird of the Year.

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Charlie McManus from Ballymena won the Young Bird Average.

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Norman Bradley from Rasharkin won the Fermoy 5B Championship in the Young Birds.

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The Cups and trophies display for Mid Antrim Combine members.

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The Montage of the MAC winners for J Eagleson & Sons, Ballymena & District
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