Weather problems for the second week in Talbenny (South Wales) resulted in another hold over with the race flown on Sunday, the NIPA released just over 10,100 birds at 9.00am in a Lt Easterly wind.
Many lofts had very good returns although a lot of birds were still missing at the various clock strike-off. Cross channel racing is a lot different to down the land. One thing that don’t change is that the top lofts in the various clubs are ever present and a number of those had outstanding results at the weekend. Pride of place from Talbenny goes to the evergreen Billy & Joe Smyth of the Ballymena & Dist, 1st Club, 1st MAC, 1st Sect B & 57th Open NIPA. Mr & Mrs Robinson had another big result in the Ahoghill Flying Club.
MAC Talbenny (2) – W & J Smyth Ballymena 1264, M/M Robinson Ahoghill 1255, Balmer T Young & Son Ahoghill 1254, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1238, M Graham Ballymena 1237, J Rock Associate 1237, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1237, M/M Robinson 1236, J & M Milliken 1235, J Rock Associate 1234, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1232, R Service & Son Ballymena 1232, J Eagleson & Sons Ballymena 1227, Young McManus & Sons 1226, J & M Milliken 1225.
The latest news in Mid Antrim firstly the Knock-Out semi-final where Stewart Bros of Randalstown were successful against Allen McBride and then the high flying J & M Milliken from Rasharkin beat Bertie Blair in a close finish. The final for the Old Bird Knock-Out will be flown from Penzance Stewart Bros v J & M Milliken. The knock out part in the Champions League was at Talbenny (2) and the next stage at Bude will feature W & J Smyth (Ballymena) v Young McManus & Sons (Ahoghill), and J & M Milliken (Rasharkin) v M/M Robinson (Ahoghill),
Cullybackey Centre arrangements - Money for Yearling Cocks & Hens Rosscarbery National collected in Cullybackey Clubrooms on Tuesday 12th June 8 30 to 9 30pm. 3 cheques required 1 for each Nat and 1 for Cullybackey HPS. Birds will be race marked Friday 15th June 3 00 to 5 30pm, all ETS cleared all races, T3 clocks ready after lorry leaves Cullybackey. Two members from each club required to assist with race marking and checking. Please note money collected Tuesday.
Antrim & Ballymena Clubs Talbenny
Ballymena & District 10/92 – W & J Smyth 1264, M Graham 1237, B;lasir & Rankin 1232, R Service & Son 1232, J Eagleson & Sons 1227, G Bell 1224, J Eagleson & Sons 1220, M Graham 1172, W & J Smyth 1164, McFall & McManus 1144. William & Joe Smyth have the winner from Talbenny in Ballymena & Dist and also the best bird in the town after timing at 2.07pm for 220 miles. Winning Blue yearling widowhood cock is Koopman from Jackie Traynor of Co. Durham and is a steady racer with good prizes.
Kells & District 7/95 – C & D Jackson 1257, 1187, Surgenor Bros 1187, 1177, B Swann & Son 1177, 1163, A Barkley & Son 1162, C & D Jackson 1156. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – C & D Jackson 1257, McFarlane & Agnew 943. The top two birds for Davy Jackson were bred by Derek Parr.
Ahoghill Flying Club – M/M Robinson 1255, Balmer Young & Son 1254, Young McManus & Sons 1238, M/M Robinson 1236, Young McManus & Sons 1226, J Orr & Son 1224, M/M Robinson 1221, J Smyth & Son 1193, Young McManus & Sons 1184, J Smyth & Son 1181.
Cullybackey HPS 13/135 – A Darragh 1251, 1226, G Gibson 1224, A Darragh 1210, C & R McIntyre 1209, N & S Anderson 1184, A Darragh 1183, 1181, D Robinson 1168, A Darragh 1165, J & J Greer 1165, G Gibson 1154.
Harryville HPS 9/87 – J Rock 1237, 1234, MDC Magill 1224, R H Clements 1220, MDC Magill 1185, J Rock 1182, MDC Magill 1163, R H Clements 1161, MDC Magill 1160, 1160.
Randalstown HPS 9/113 – F & G & J Dickey 1219, 1204, Stewart Bros 1192, J Millar 1174, F & G & J Dickey 1167, J Millar 1157, Stewart Bros 1147, J Millar 1147.
New Antrim Amalgamated – McFall & McManus 1144, 1140, 1122.
In Mid Antrim the big early bird from Fermoy was timed by W & J McLean of Rasharkin and wins the Mid Antrim for the second time this year winning previously from Fermoy. This time he finished a good 1st Sect A & 4th Open NIPA, big early bird as well for T & M Morrow of the Broughshane & District, runner-up in Mid Antrim, 1st Sect B & 11th Open NIPA.
MAC Fermoy 5 Bird – W & J McLean Rasharkin 1465, T & M Morrow Associate 1450, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1440, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1427, M/M Robinson Ahoghill 1422.
Ballymena & Antrim Clubs Fermoy
Broughshane & District – T & M Morrow 1450.
Kells & District HPS 4/20 – Surgenor Bros 1445, 1444, B Swann & Son 1392, Surgenor Bros 1387, C & D Jackson 1370, B Swann & Son 1345, 1345, C & D Jackson 1316. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – Surgenor Bros 1444, C & D Jackson 1370, B Swann & Son 1345, G McDowell 1095.
Ballymena & District HPS 9/38 – Blair & Rankin 1427, T R Alexander 1372, M Graham 1340, R Service & Son 1338, W & J Smyth 1333, 1324, M Graham 1322, J Eagleson & Sons 1316, 1309, 1305.
Ahoghill Flying Club 4/16 – M/M Robinson 1422, 1378, Young McManus & Sons 345, J Smyth & Son 1328, M/M Robinson 1317, Young McManus & Sons 1297, 1297, 1288, T Young & Son 1264. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – M/M Robinson 1422.
Harryville HPS 6/30 – R H Clements 1410, 1409, J Rock 1381, 1374, J Millar & Son 1370, MDC Magill 1370, J Millar & Son 1370, J Rock 1367, A McBride 1362, R H Clements 1359.
Cullybackey HPS 10/43 – A Darragh 1391, 1358, G Gibson 1356, Reid Bros & McCloy 1347, A Darragh 1332, M/M M Sempey 1324, A Darragh 1310, G Gibson 1310, 1295, J & J Greer 1274.