The first young bird race of the season was flown last weekend from Mullingar, liberation was at 9.45am in a Lt NW wind.
The birds took longer than expected and quite a number were still missing at clock checking. Rasharkin & Dist dominated the local results, winners Mr & Mrs Tweed had 1st MAC and 1st in the NIPA Open. In Ballymena Allen McBride had 1st Harryville HPS (1198) and Old Hand Charlie McManus had 1st Ballymena & Dist (1161).
Mid Antrim Combine Mullingar (1) – A C & T Tweed Rasharkin 1251, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1249, F Barkley Rasharkin 1249, J & M Milliken 1245, W & J McLean Rasharkin 1226, W & J McLean 1223, D Dixon Rasharkin 1220, W & J McLean 1212, D Dixon 1199, A McBride Associate 1198, A McBride 1190, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1188, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1184, J & M Milliken 1179, McFall & McManus Ballymena & Dist 1161.
Sect B & Part Sect A Mullingar (1) Area Lib 9.45am 92/2698 – A C & T Tweed Rasharkin 1251, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1249, F Barkley Rasharkin 1249, D Devenney Ballymoney 1246, J & M Milliken 1245, W & J McLean Rasharkin 1226, M/M McSeveney & Son Coleraine Prem 1223, W & J McLean 1223, D Dixon Rasharkin 1220.
Over the holiday period we had the sad news that Jackie Millar from Cromkill had passed away suddenly at Antrim Area Hospital, he had health problems over the last year. J Millar & Son were long time members in the Harryville HPS and also had a spell racing in Kells & District.
Over the years they won many positions and usually timed winners up to and including Penzance which was probably the lofts favourite point.
Jackie was a dedicated worker in the club over the many years of membership, and a dedicated member of Mid Antrim Combine.
Sincere condolences to his son Derek, who is a member of the partnership, and his other children Rodney and Elaine, and the wider family circle.
There was a large attendance at the funeral to Ballee New Cemetery last Friday and donations in lieu of flowers if desired should be made payable to Chest Heart & Stroke Association c/o Alan Francey Funeral Services, 94 Toome Road, Ballymena. BT42 2BU.
Antrim & Ballymena Clubs Mullingar
Harryville HPS 7/164 – A McBride 1198, R H Clements 1192, A McBride 1190, K & K Kernohan 1145, 1145, A McBride 1143, R H Clements 1142, L Mullan 1134, A McBride 1129, 1128. Allen McBride timed the best bird in town at 12.14hrs recording velocity 1198 for the 101 miles. His Blue hen was from Blue Star 1st Sect Rosscarbery Ylr Cock Nat and 2nd Sect Pilmore Beach paired to a Blue Hartog hen that had won 5 x 1sts.
Randalstown HPS 5/115 – Stewart Bros 1188, 1116, J Millar 1061, 1060, 1060, Stewart Bros 1058, Houston Bros 982, H Boyd 977.
Kells & District HPS 5/136 – C & D Jackson 1188, Surgenor Bros 1158, C & D Jackson 1155, 1154, 1136, 1135, 1135, A Barkley & Son 1126. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – Surgenor Bros 1065, C & D Jackson 1042. Winner bred by Derek Parr.
Cullybackey HPS 9/272 – A Darragh 1181, McAlonan Bros 1153, C & R McIntyre 1141, 1140, A Darragh 1137, Des Robinson 1102, 1099, M/M M Sempey 1092, 1084, N & S Anderson 1044, C McDowell 971, C Donnelly 971.
Ballymena & District 5/104 – McFall & McManus 1161, Blair & Rankin 1150, McFall & McManus 1140, 1136, W & J Smyth 1128, Blair & Rankin 1125, J Eagleson & Sons 1124, G Bell 1115, McFall & McManus 1099, 1096.
A top race for 92 year old Charlie McManus taking 3 of the top 4 positions including the winner in Ballymena & Dist on 1161. Charlie had a bad trap but managed to time at 12.17pm for the 100 mile fly. All three birds were bred by his son Paddy McManus form Ahoghill. A well-deserved win for Charlie who has been knocking on the door all season.
Ahoghill Flying Club 6/137 – T & G Balmer 1103, J Orr & Son 1101, M/M Robinson 1099, Young McManus & Sons 1097, M/M Robinson 1094, J Orr & Son 1087, T & G Balmer 1067, Balmer T Young & Son 1066, C Moore 1026, 970. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – C Moore 970.
Broughshane & District – J Getty 943, 926, M Neilly 925, 911.
Rasharkin & District 10/275 – A C & T Tweed 1251, J & M Milliken 1249, F Barkley 1249, J & M Milliken 1245, W & J McLean 1226, 1223. D Dixon – 1220, 1199. Congratulations to A C and T Tweed on winning the Area Lib yesterday, Tommy was secretary of Ballymoney HPS for a lot of years then he took a break from the sport on starting up he joined Rasharkin HPS.