Pigeon round up by Homer

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THE race from Pilmore Beach was flown on Friday 27th May, the change of plan due to the weather situation and the decision made not to travel to Talbenny in South Wales.

The Committee took the safe choice and rightly so, not so many years back we lost half the convoy in Talbenny. Maybe its time to look again at the programme, to satisfy those interested in the cross channel and distance events keep all races in the programme as it has been since the formation. Give the choice of a land race at the same time and nothing to stop those running through to early July when some small number of the membership compete in the France races over three weeks.

From Pilmore Beach the best local bird was timed by A & R McAuley flying in Ballymoney and the loft situated just outside Portrush. Doing velocity 1408 they were followed by the big guns in the Coleraine Premier Diamond Bros and Leslie Madden, Darren Tosh is 1st in the Colerainr & Co Derry (1381) and E & J McGarry are 1st in Windsor Social (1364.

NIPA Sect B Clubs

Ballymena & Dist 12/190 – W & J Smyth 1469, 1448, Richmond Bros 1436, 1400, G & A Eagleson 1398, J Devlin 1392, G & A Eagleson 1374, McAlonan Bros 1364, M/M M Sempey 1344, G Barr 1338.

Ballymoney 26/603 – D Dixon 1441, 1441, A & M Boyle 1432, 1431, A & R McAuley 1408, D & H Stuart 1392, J Connolly 1389, D & H Stuart 1387, J Connolly 1383, D Laverty 1380. Danny notches up his 4th win of the old bird season timing a 3 year old Blue cock Sumo/Verschelde a grandson of his Skibbereen National winner.

Ballymoney West Combine 8/174 – D Laverty 1380, R J Elliott 1379, J McDowell & Sons 1377, Curry & Gilmore 1373, L Neill 1306, B & I Stewart 1292.

Dervock RPS 9/252 – A & M Boyle 1432, 1431, D & H Stuart 1392, 1387, D & G McMullan 1363, 1357, S Laverty 1355, D Devenney 1349, 1346, W & L McCaw 1336.

Rasharkin & District 12/232 – W McFetridge 1400, A C & T Tweed 1399, J & M Milliken 1383, H Cubitt 1358, W McFetridge 1354, Milliken & Barkley 1352. William McFetridge wins with a Van Reet, A C & T Tweed are runner-up. Nom A C & T Tweed. D Dixon: 1441.698, 1441.610, 1439.934, 1412.113, 1396.196, 1395.699. Race sponsored by Leck NI Ltd (Ballymoney).

Club Results INFC Skibbereen

Ballymena & Dist – M Graham 1606, B O’Rawe 1539, M Graham 1533, 1521, 1511, B O’Rawe 1491, 1440, M/M Sempey 1401.

Ballymoney – A & M Boyle 1549, D Dixon 1542, 1519, D & H Stuart 1514, A & M Boyle 1506, D & H Stuart 1505. A & M Boyle wins the first of the big national races. Their winning two year old Cheq cock was bred from a brother of Superior Van De Weyer bloodlines, and the Dam was Joop Koch from the late Eddie Wright.

Dervock RPS – A & M Boyle 1549, D & H Stuart 1514, A & M Boyle 1506, D & H Stuart 1505, 1470, A & M Boyle 1465.