DAVID GILL, Hillsborough, captured the last Championship of the Field in 2012, at the annual event organised by Coleraine and District Tractor Ploughing Society, held on 29th December, on the lands of Barry and John Barr.
There was a good turnout of just under 40 ploughmen.
The judges were Des Wright MBE, Coleraine; Lawrence McMillan MBE, Dundonald; William King MBE, Macosquin; Tom McCracken, Craigantlet; Harold Simms, Carrickfergus; Don Wright, Magherafelt; Dermot O’Hanlon, Tandragee; William Hood, Ahoghill; William Purcell, Limavady, Wilson Holden, Killyglen and David Wallace, Muckamore.
The awards were presented in the field.
Class 1 12 inch World Style, Open: 1, David Gill, Hillsborough; 2, Gary Simms, Donegal; 3, Rodney Crawford, Moneyrea; 4, Matthew Simms, Donegal; 5, Brian O’Neill, Moy; 6, Allen McAnally, Ballyboley.
Class 2, 12 inch World Style, Confined: 1, John Barr, Coleraine; 2, Tom Stewart, Garvagh; 3, Andrew Nevin, Coleraine.
Class 3, Reversible: 1, Thomas Cochrane, Coleraine; 2, David Wright, Magherafelt; 3, Adrian Jamison, Ballycastle; 4, Ronnie Coulter, Hillsborough; 5, Martin Stewart, Garvagh; 6, Robert Brown, Moneymore; 7, James Coulter, Hillsborough.
Class 4, Vintage Trail: 1, Neil Scott, Portavogie; 2, Alex McLaughlin, Limavady; 3, Alan McLaughlin, Limavady; 4, David Grattan, Banbridge; 5, Gary Grattan, Banbridge.
Class 5, Vintage Lift Senior: 1, James Adair, Ballycorr, Ballyclare; 2, Edwin Murphy, Upperlands; 3, Frankie Davidson, Raloo Village; 3, Jack O’Brien, Enniskillen.
Class 6, Vintage Lift Novice: 1, Robin Jenkins, Ballyboley; 2, Steven Weatherup, Magheramorne; 3, Jackie Williamson, Limavady; 4, Sam Loughrey, Limavady.
Class 7, Horses: 1, Victor Scott, Limavady; 2, Bertie Faulkner, Garvagh.
Best work by a competitor residing in County Londonderry: Thomas Cochrane, Coleraine.
Best work by a member of Coleraine and District Tractor Ploughing Society: Thomas Cochrane.
Championship of the Field: David Gill, Hillsborough.
A spokesperson for the Coleraine and District Tractor Ploughing Society expressed thanks to Barry and John Barr for the use of their lands, the judges, competitors and everyone who helped in any way to make the event a success.