Newry & District land early arrivals

The Wright team receive DTW from Lurgan Social chairman Kevin Henderson
The Wright team receive DTW from Lurgan Social chairman Kevin Henderson

The third race of the old bird season was again a success despite birds having been released in a Lt Northerly wind. Just short of 27,000 birds were competing.

For the second week the Newry & Dist had the early arrivals with B Wood & Son 1st Open, J J McCabe 2nd & 3rd and Ron McKelvy 4th.

Ian Stewart best in Randalstown and 1st in Mid Antrim Combine

Ian Stewart best in Randalstown and 1st in Mid Antrim Combine

Next week the birds will be in Fermoy followed by Corrin.

1st Roscrea Old Birds 23rd April 2016

924 Members sent 26,890 birds liberated at 10.30 in a Northerly wind

Sect A 65/2028, Sect B 143/4140, Sect C 182/5134, Sect D 108/3175, Sect E 185/6042, Sect F 67/1724, Sect G 82/3156, Sect H 92/1491.

David Booth, of Mourne & Dist, 1st & 2nd Sect H Roscrea

David Booth, of Mourne & Dist, 1st & 2nd Sect H Roscrea

NIPA Roscrea Open 924/26,890 – 1-1G B Woods & Son Newry & Dist 1377, 2-2G J J McCabe Newry & Dist 1376, 3-3G J J McCabe Newry & Dist 1370, 4-4G R McKelvey 1366, 5-1E N Weir Loughgall 1365, 6-5G Delaney & McCambridge Harmony 1354, 7-1D L Magee & Son Lisburn & Dist 1354, 8-6G J Smyth & Sons Drumnavaddy 1354, 9-7G R Williamson Newry & Dist 1354, 10-8G R Williamson 1353, 11-9G R Williamson 1353, 12-10G Sands & Rice Ballyholland 1352, 13-11G O Markey Ballyholland 1352, 14-12G R Williamson 1350, 15-13G Sands & Rice 1350, 16-2E D Thompson & Son Laurelvale 1349, 17-1C M/M B McNeilly Doagh & Dist 1349, 18-14G Sands & Rice 1349, 19-15G H Walsh & Son Millvale 1348, 20-2D A T & J Houston Lisburn & Dist 1348.

Section A 65/2028 – G & S Smith Cookstown 1311, G & S Smith 1311, G & S Smith 1305, S Hughes Coalisland 1295, W Bleeks & Son Cookstown 1294, Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1288, Hanson & Harpur 1288, G & S Smith 1286, G & S Smith 1286, G & S Smith 1285.

Coalisland & District 13/543 – S Hughes 1295, K Murphy 1278, 1269, 1267.

Coleraine Premier HPS 20/664 – Hanson & Harpur 1288, 1288, 1267, A McDonnell 1246. Congratulations to Jimmy Hanson winning again from Rosscrea on another good head wind day. Winning pigeon is Dean Pallet van lint. This hen was 3rd Open for Jimmy last year when he took 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the NIPA Open. She has now won three races. She was timed at 14.06hrs flying 159 miles.

Davy Devenney 1st Sect B from Roscrea with loft man Robin McIntyre

Davy Devenney 1st Sect B from Roscrea with loft man Robin McIntyre

Coleraine & County Derry - T McCrudden 1245, 1226, Mrs B McCrudden 1209, S Thompson 1122.

Cookstown Social – G & S Smith 1311, 1311, 1305.

Castledawson – Lynn & Leacock 1229, 1225, 1224.

Dungannon – S McConnell 1236, J & J Sampson 1224, 1211.

Windsor Social 19/495 – A & M Boyle 1262, T Scott & Son 1259, A & M Boyle 1254, B & R Watton 1250.

Section H 92/1491 – D Booth Mourne & Dist 1238, D Booth 1237, R Adams Omagh 1231, K Armstrong Omagh 1227, D Booth 1226, D Booth 1225, D Booth 2018, R Adams 2017, D Booth 1210, D Booth 1210.

NIPA Sect H Clubs

Amelia Earhart 13/135 – L McCloskey 1147, W & D Hamilton 1141, L McCloskey 1140, 1135.

Derry & District 14/198 – A McCrudden 1198, 1197, 1196, J & G Ramsey 1186.

Foyle RPS – P Maxwell 1202, P Maxwell Jnr 1210, P Maxwell 1178, B Page 1178.

Londonderry PRS 8/94 – L Flanagan & Son 1174, B Houston 1144, 1140, M McCloskey 1114.

Maiden City 13/132 – R & G Martin 1195, P & M Healy 1192, R & G Martin 1159, 1148.

Mourne & District 5/196 – D Booth 1238, 1237, 1228, 1228.

Omagh & District – R Adams 1231, K Armstrong 1227, R Adams 1217.

Strabane & District 11/153 – J Gamble 1183, R McAteer 1169, D Mullan 1163, R Monteith 1160.

Section B 143/4140 – D Devenney Ballymoney 1308, Fleming Bros Crumlin 1299, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1296, Thompson Bros Crumlin 1292, Surgenor Bros Kells 1288, Surgenor Bros 1283, Surgenor Bros 1281, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1277, Reid Bros & McCloy 1276, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1275.

NIPA Sect B Clubs

Ahoghill Flying Club 13/455 – Young McManus & Sons 1266, 1258, 1256, 1255. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – J Smyth & Son 1219, M/M Robinson 1208.

Ballymena & District HPS 19/501 – J Eagleson & Sons 1275, 1273, 1263, McFall & McManus 1258.

Ballymoney HPS 20/767 – D Devenney 1308, J Connolly 1261, 1259, A & M Boyle 1255.

Dervock RPS 6/308 – D Devenney 1308, A & M Boyle 1255, J Hutchinson & Son 1253, A & M Boyle 1249.

Ballymoney West Combine 10/337 – J Hutchinson & Son 1253, J McDowell & Sons 1218, D Gage 1217, Curry & Gilmore 1197.

Broughshane & District - J Simpson 1256, 1247, T & M Morrow 1239, A Purvis 1232. Broughshane club would again like to thank Bob Wylie who sponsored this race.

Cullybackey HPS 14/452 – Reid Bros & McCloy 1277, 1276, A Darragh 1259, 1259.

Crumlin & District – Fleming Bros 1299, Thompson Bros 1292, G Grant 1272.

Harryville HPS 12/335 – MDC Magill 1245, L Mullan 1241, 1241, J Rock 1241. The winner was son of the good frill Soontjen cock and a Gaby Vandenabeele hen, same way bred as last week’s winner. They timed at 1.55pm flying 145 miles to Drumtara.

Kells & District HPS 12/298 – Surgenor Bros 1288, 1283, 1281, B Swann & Son 1272. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – J Millar & Son 1237, B Swann & Son 1235, T Shanks & Son 1231, B Swann & Son 1211, G McDowell 1202.

Muckamore HPS 8/312 – A & E Bell 1260, T Fleming 1256, 1256, D J Thompson 1255.

New Antrim Amalgamated – McFall & McManus 1258, 1233, 1231, 1217.

Randalstown HPS 11/347 – Stewart Bros 1296, 1243, 1242, Houston Bros 1238.

Rasharkin & District HPS 12/403 – A C & T Tweed 1252, F Kaczynski 1251, J & D Surgenor 1251, J & M Milliken 1248. Danny Dixon 1232, 1221.

Section E 185/6042 – N Weir Loughgall 1365, D Thompson & Son Laurelvale 1349, J Douglas & Son Lurgan Soc 1345, J Whitten & Son Edgarstown 1342, Allister & Kruger Monaghan 1342, C J & B Ferris Wilton Cross 1338, S O’Brien Monaghan 1337, N Weir 1337, N Weir 1334, C Duke & Sons Laurelvale 1333.

NIPA Sect E Clubs

Annaghmore 15/703 – B & M McGilly 1308, 1308, A McMullan 1306, T McClean 1298.

Armagh HPS – D C & P McArdle 1317, D Gallagher & Son 1317.

Beechpark Social – D Mawhinney & Son 1319, 1319, G McEvoy 1314, K Downey 1310. Beechpark 2 Bird Club – D Mawhinney & Son 1319, S & J McCullough 1294, D Percy & Son 1271.

Blackwatertown HPS – J Brown 1320, 1319, Collins & Douglas 1317.

Bleary – T Wilson 1302, R Adamson 1293, D McBride 1289.

Bondhill – D Calvin 1329, 1329, 1318, 1317.

Edgarstown 16/590 – J Whitten & Son 1342, 1321, G & C Simmons 1315, T & A Ford 1308.

Gilford & District – Fitzpatrick & Hyde 1314, T Wilson 1312, Fitzpatrick & Hyde 1300.

Laurelvale – D Thompson & Son 1349, C Duke & Sons 1333, S Fiddis 1332, Dowey Bros 1327.

Loughgall – N Weir 1365, 1337, 1334, 1320.

Lurgan Social – J Douglas & Son 1365, E Wright & Son 1316, J Douglas & Son 1305.

Markethill 8/246 – A Humphries & Son 1331, 1325, 1304, 1302.

Monaghan – Allister & Kruger 1342, S O’Brien 1337, Cooney Bros 1280.

Portadown & Drumcree 16/448 – M Livingstone 1328, 1311, Hagan & Rowney 1305, A McDonald 1299. Portadown & Drumcree 2 Bird Club – Hagan & Rowney, A McDonald.

Wilton Cross – C J & B Ferris 1338, D Cooper 1302, G Douglas 1297.

Borough of Ballymena: The best local bird at the weekend from Roscrea was Stewart Bros who fly to The Grange just outside Ahoghill. They had 1st Randalstown on velocity having timed the winner at 13.40hrs flying 140 miles in a headwind. Surgenor Bros had the top three in Kells, Reid Bros & McCloy the top two in Cullybackey, J Eagleson & Sons top three in Ballymena. Paddy McManus has won all three races into Ahoghill and MDC Magill are tops in Harryville for the second week. Don’t forget the Eye-sign sale for the late Len Russell will be in Chimney Corner this Thursday at 8.00pm, more information contact Auctioneer Ken Wilkinson Tel: 07701 000652.

In the Antrim area the best bird was in Crumlin & District with Fleming Bros recording velocity 1299 from Roscrea in a Lt Northerly wind. Stewart Bros with the top three in Randalstown were best in Mid Antrim and Surgenor Bros had 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Kells & District.

MAC Update: Mid Antrim Combine birds were in Roscrea for the third race of the old bird season and for the second week on the trot they had a headwind, birds released at 10.30am in a Lt Northerly wind. Stewart Bros who fly in Randalstown had the big early bird flying to The Grange just outside Ahoghill. Their 2 year old Blue Pied hen was a Causeway bred Staf van Reet, the hen was timed at 13.40hrs flying 140 miles. Next best were J Eagleson & Sons who won Ballymena & District and had another fantastic card followed by Young McManus & Sons, Paddy has won all three races in Ahoghill. Teams for the Champions League are as follows. Ballymena & Dist – Blair & Rankin, W & J Smyth, George Connolly and McFall & McManus. Ahoghill – Young McManus & Sons, C Moore, M/M Robinson and J Smyth & Son. Randalstown – Stewart Bros, F & G & J Dickey, Hugh Boyd and D Logan & Son. Rasharkin – Danny Dixon, Steele & McNeill, J & M Milliken and J & D Surgenor. Don’t forget the Eye-sign sale for the late Len Russell will be in Chimney Corner this Thursday at 8.00pm, more information contact Auctioneer Ken Wilkinson Tel: 07701 000652.

Mid Antrim Combine Roscrea – Stewart Bros Randalstown 1296, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1275, J Eagleson & Sons 1273, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1266, J Eagleson & Sons 1263, Young McManus & Sons 1258, McFall & McManus New Antrim 1258, Young McManus & Sons 1255, Young McManus & Sons 1255, A C & T Tweed Rasharkin 1252, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1251, J & D Surgenor Rasharkin 1251, Young McManus & Sons 1249, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1248, Young McManus & Sons 1248.

North West Review: For the second week we had a headwind, local birds were released in Roscrea at 10.30am in a Lt Northerly wind. Hanson & Harpur have the top three places in the Coleraine Premier and also Coleraine Triangle. Davy Devenney who races mostly Alan Darragh birds was best in Ballymoney, and won 1st Section B. Tommy and Annie Tweed were best in Rasharkin & Dist and well placed in Mid Antrim.

Coleraine Triangle Roscrea - Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1288, Hanson & Harpur 1288, Hanson & Harpur 1267, A & M Boyle Windsor Soc 1262, T Scott & Son Windsor Soc 1259, A & M Boyle 1254, B & R Watton Windsor Soc 1250, T Scott & Son 1248, A McDonnell Coleraine Prem 1246, G Donaghy Son & Grandson Windsor Soc 1245, T McCrudden Coleraine & Co Derry 1245, Diamond Bros Coleraine Prem 1244, D Coyles & Son Coleraine Prem 1242, E & D Tosh Coleraine Prem 1240, B & R Watton 1238.