Eagleson tops in Ballymena & District –

Eagleson tops in Ballymena & District –

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Officials and prize winners at the dinner in the Tullyglass Hotel.

Officials and prize winners at the dinner in the            Tullyglass Hotel.


The big Ballymena & Dist HPS had another full house for the annual dinner and presentation of awards in the Tullyglass House Hotel on Saturday 14th January. Visitors attended from New Antrim Amal, Harryville, Randalstown HPS, Ahoghill and Cullybackey. Top prize-winner for the first time since his return to the sport was Johnston Eagleson & Sons who now fly the birds to lofts at the Cullybackey Road.

Cups & Trophies 2016 – Ballymena & District

J Eagleson & Sons – Harper Cup Highest Prize-winner, OB Inland Derby, Fermoy 5B, Yearling Hens, Talbenny (2), OB Inland Ave, OB Average, Bill Carney Rose Bowl Best Ind OB performance All Races (GB15B-03642).

Blair & Rankin won – Roger King Memorial 6th YB race, YB Inl Nat, YB Inland Ave, Best Individual Young Bird (GB16H-01693), Combined Inl Ave.

McFall & McManus – Bobby Law Mem 1st Ylr Penzance, Penzance Old Bird.

W & J Smyth won – Slemish Cup Talbenny (1), Carnvale Cup Ylr Nat, George Barr Challenge Cup St Malo, McDowell Challenge St Malo, Simon McCrory Talbenny (1), (2) & Penzance, Bude & Sennen Cove Ave, Mooney Bros Best Individual Bird (St Malo), A S Hughes Cross Channel Ave, St Malo 2B Ave, New Bude.

McAlonan Bros won – Ylr Cock National. J W Reynolds won – Vintage Cup YB Nat Talbenny, Ruddle Cup YB Nat Talbenny, Flamingo Cup Talbenny & Rosscarbery YB Nat Ave. Martin Graham won – Carney Shield Ave INFC Nat YB races, Smyth Bros Perpetual OB Classic & YB Nat, Penzane YB Nat, INFC Points Ave.

T R Alexander & Son won – Livingstone Cup 2B Ave Ylr Nat. George Bell won – INFC Skibbereen Old Bird.

Show Shield won by W & N Gilbert. Visitor Trophy won by Brian Herbison.

The total paid out was £1,025 and Top 10 lofts were – J Eagleson & Sons, Blair & Rankin, McFall & McManus, W & J Smyth, McAlonan Bros, J W Reynolds, M Graham, D Mitchell, G & A Eagleson, Richmond Bros.

INFC leading lofts – Martin Graham, Blair & Rankin, T R Alexander & Son, George Bell, W & J Smyth, G & A Eagleson, Billy Ramsey.

Over £200 was paid out in the Show Specials the money shared between McFall & McManus and W & J Smyth which included the Ring Noms for Rosscarbery Nat and Penzance.

Many thanks to all those who assisted with the prize night, J Harris, W Gilbert, W Smyth, R Alexander, and Nicola Gilbert who conducted the presentation, all those who brought prizes for the raffle and the sponsors who support us each year faithfully.

Ballymena & Dist will have an ordinary club meeting on Monday 6th February at 8.00pm in the clubrooms to mandate Delegates on the NIPA Resolutions and vote on the race programme for 2017. Ballymena & District HPS will hold the 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 13th February 2017 @ 8.00pm in the Clubrooms at Fountain Place, Ballymena. Resignations and Resolutions in writing to Secretary by Saturday 28th January 2017.

Ligoniel & District HPS will be having a moot on 3/2/17 to celebrate their 70th year as a club. On the panel will be Doley Croskey, EDC, with Gérard Delaney and Ron McKelvey from NIPA. It will be chaired by Ken Wilkinson and hopefully Neil Frazer if he is free at the time. Admission will be £5 at the door, this will include a buffet. Everyone welcome, Yours in Sport, Ligoniel HPS. starting 7.00pm.

Banbridge HPS will have their now annual Panel Supper Night & Auction on Friday 24th February starting at 7.30pm in Banbridge British Legion. Ace flyer from England Geoff Kirkland will be joined by local ace flyer Jeff Greenaway from Dromore who races on the Golden Mile and the seasons Kings Cup winner Roy Magill from the Muckamore HPS. Admission by ticket at £5.00, contact Wesley Sawyers Tel: (028) 406 26861 or Mobile: 17831 560399.

Photo Captions

The officer and top winners at the Ballymena & District prize night held in the Tullyglass Hotel in Ballymena.

Top Prize-winner Johnston Eagleson at Ballymena & Dist awards night.


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About the author

Willie Reynolds

Covering the sport in Ireland for several years, scribe for both BHW & RP and a number of local newspapers including the News Letter (Farming Life Supplement) each Wednesday. Secretary of Ballymena & District for a number of years and currently PO for the Mighty NIPA & INFC. Watch out for the many articles/news items penned by HOMER.

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