County Armagh team secures YFCU machinery handling title

Pictured receiving their first prize  are County Armagh members Joseph Black and Thomas Chambers Collone YFC with YFCU President, Roberta Simmons and sponsor from Johnston Gilpin, Mr Robert Hewitt, Sales Director and Gethin Evans, Sales Advisor

Pictured receiving their first prize are County Armagh members Joseph Black and Thomas Chambers Collone YFC with YFCU President, Roberta Simmons and sponsor from Johnston Gilpin, Mr Robert Hewitt, Sales Director and Gethin Evans, Sales Advisor

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County Armagh members Joseph Black and Thomas Chambers, Collone YFC, were celebrating at this year’s Balmoral Show after winning the YFCU machinery handling competition.

The competition, held in association with long term sponsor Johnston Gilpin, saw a large crowd of spectators at the Cattle Lawn, where they cheered on their teams. All six counties took part to test their capabilities on a challenging course designed by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

Two members from clubs in each of the six counties, selected from county heats, made up the teams and the team who completed the course with the most points won the competition. Second place was awarded to County Tyrone which included members Adam Wilson, Cappagh YFC and Henry Giles, Seskinore YFC.

Points were awarded for successfully making it through the course and driving through the posts, however teams were penalised for a variety of reasons including if they did not comply with safety regulations, touching markers and unnecessary damage to the ground. This competition was designed to test both the drivers’ tractor skills and safety knowledge.

YFCU would like to thank Robert Hewitt and Gethin Evans from Johnston Gilpin for their continued sponsorship and support of this event. YFCU would also like to thank HSENI especially David Lowe and Paul Kelly as well as last years winners Michael Rodgers and Harry Thompson, Randalstown YFC for designing the course and conducting the assessment on the evening.