Sun shines on Co Antrim YFC

Co Antrim members that took part in the Build It competition
Co Antrim members that took part in the Build It competition

Co Antrim Young Farmers kicked off their summer activities with a glorious evening at Ballymena Show on Friday 27th May.

Members from across County Antrim took part in competitions including Tractor Handling, Ladies Jeep Challenge, five-a-side hockey and the novelty competition. Results from the evening were:

Tug-o-war winners in action at Ballymoney Show, Straid YFC, at Ballymoney Show

Tug-o-war winners in action at Ballymoney Show, Straid YFC, at Ballymoney Show

l Tractor Handling: 1st Randalstown YFC, 2nd Finvoy YFC, 3rd Lylehill YFC.

l Ladies Jeep Challenge: 1st Lisnamurrican YFC, 2nd Ahoghill YFC, 3rd Straid YFC

l Novelty competition: 1st Finvoy YFC, 2nd Lisnamurrican YFC, 3rd Glarryford YFC.

l Junior Girls Hockey (under 18): 1st Glarryford YFC, 2nd Lisnamurrican YFC

Winners of the tractor handling competition, Randalstown YFC

Winners of the tractor handling competition, Randalstown YFC

l Senior Girls Hockey (18-30): 1st Gleno Valley YFC, 2nd Kilraughts YFC

l Boys Hockey: 1st Moycraig YFC, 2nd Ahoghill YFC.

The sun was still shining the following week for competitions to continue on the opening evening of Ballymoney Show.

Members showed off their skills in the ever competitive five-a-side football competition with Gleno Valley winning the girls section followed by Kilrea taking second place and Moycraig and Holestone taking joint third place.

Winners of the Co Antrim heat of the Build It competition, Kilraughts YFC with judge Robert Shaw (left) and a Tesco representative

Winners of the Co Antrim heat of the Build It competition, Kilraughts YFC with judge Robert Shaw (left) and a Tesco representative

Over 18 boys section results were first Kilrea YFC, second Gleno Valley YFC, third Curragh YFC.

Under 18 boys section was won by Kilraughts YFC, second Moycraig YFC, third Randalstown YFC.

Ballymoney show also saw the tug-o-war competition go from strength to strength; on the night Straid YFC team were victorious with Randalstown YFC and Finvoy YFC taking second and third place respectively.

With YFCU hosting the European Rally from 30th July – 6th August 2016, the theme for the week is Bridging Diversity, Growing Together. With this in mind it was decided the theme for this year’s Build It competition would be for members to build a bridge.

Ladies jeep challenge (left to right): Second Ahoghill YFC, first Lisnamurrican YFC and third Straid YFC at Ballymena Show

Ladies jeep challenge (left to right): Second Ahoghill YFC, first Lisnamurrican YFC and third Straid YFC at Ballymena Show

Wednesday 8th June saw Tesco car park in Antrim taken over by Co Antrim YFC members, armed with drills and saws in order to complete their task.

The sun shone once again as members sawed, sanded and painted their way to completion with judge Robert Shaw awarding Kilraughts YFC first place on the evening with Ahoghill YFC and Kells and Connor YFC also being placed.

Co Antrim committee wishes Kilraughts YFC all the best at the finals where they will have to build a display box for the well known European Rally Bell.

Thanks must also go to Tesco for their continued sponsorship of the competition and for the use of their car park on the evening.

A big thank you must also go to the judge for the evening Robert Shaw for giving up his time to come, along watch the members take part and have the tough task of deciding a winner.

The fun doesn’t stop there as members are eagerly awaiting Antrim Agricultural Show on Saturday 23rd July at Shane’s Castle, Antrim.

This sees the annual Co Antrim competitions day. Competitions will begin at 12.30pm if you would like to come along and support your local club.