Birds were released in Talbenny at 12.30pm on Saturday 4th June, it was a very hard fly and will be the turning point for the remainder of the old bird season.
In the testing conditions the winners were flying over six hours getting recorded well after tea time and until dark. Paul O’Connor from the Coleraine Premier was making it look easy with a super card in the local club and the best bird in the Coleraine Triangle doing velocity 1037.
Other local winners included A & R McAuley 1st Ballymoney (1028), T McCrudden 1st Coleraine & Co Derry (994), and R McCann 1st Windsor Social (963).
NIPA Sect B Clubs
Ballymena & Dist 13/168 – W & J Smyth 1044, 1032, J Devlin 1028, W & J Smyth 1014, 1014, 1002, Richmond Bros 1000, J Devlin 988, M Graham 987, Richmond Bros 974.
Ballymoney 26/472 – A & R McAuley 1028, D & H Stuart 1020, A & M Boyle 1013, D & H Stuart 993, J Connolly 976, 972, D Dixon 971, 970, A Wilson 970, W Blair 967. A & R McAuley lead the way from Talbenny, the winner was a 4 year old Blue Pied Soontjen hen the best of Ray Forbes and Frank Sheader bloodlines.
Ballymoney West Combine – W Blair 967, B & I Stewart 944, J McDowell & Sons 944, D Laverty 932, R J Elliott 930, D Gage 913, L Neill 890.
Dervock RPS 8/154 – D & H Stuart 1020, A & M Boyle 1013, D & H Stuart 993, W & L McCaw 961, S Laverty 959, A & M Boyle 953, R McIntyre 949, D & G McMullan 947.
Rasharkin & District 11/187 – Milliken & Barkley 1052, A C & T Tweed 1019, Milliken & Barkley 1018, Steele & McNeill 1013, H Cubitt 1002, J & M Milliken 1000. Milliken & Barkley take another Red Card from runner-up A C & T Tweed. H Cubitt Nom. Race sponsored by J F Car Sales (Ballymoney). D Dixon – 971, 970.