Pigeons: Danny has top three arrivals

Danny Dixon had the top three arrivals in the Coleraine Centre from Rosscarbery, but the best into Coleraine was yet again Hanson & Harpur of the Coleraine Premier, doing velocity 1577 with the early bird they took the top four places in the Coleraine Triangle.

Other club winners well placed included G Donaghy Son & Grandson 1st Windsor Social (1522) and W & W Murdock 1st Coleraine & County Derry (1487).

Coleraine Triangle Rosscarbery - Hanson & Harpur Coleraine Prem 1577, Hanson & Harpur 1573, Hanson & Harpur 1527, Hanson & Harpur 1526, G Donaghy Son & Grandson Windsor Soc 1522, G McLaughlin Coleraine Prem 1488, W & W Murdock Coleraine & Co Derry 1487, Diamond Bros Coleraine Prem 1479, S & B Cummins Coleraine Prem 1473, Diamond Bros 1440, Hanson & Harpur 1419, R McAlary Coleraine Prem 1416.

NIPA Sect A Clubs

Coleraine Premier 13/105 – Hanson & Harpur 1577, 1573, 1527, 1526, G McLaughlin 1488, Diamond Bros 1479, S & B Cummins 1473, Diamond Bros 1440, Hanson & Harpur 1419, R McAlary 1416.

Coleraine & County Derry – W & W Murdock 1487, J Mullan 1400, W & W Murdock 1392, K Darragh 1368, D Dysart 1365.

Windsor Social 4/11 – G Donaghy Son & Grandson 1522, Horner & Scott 1358, R & J Parke 1108, 1094.

Limavady 3/12 – R Witherow 1359, J McCool 1265, R Witherow 1195, J McCool 1183, R Witherow 1169.

NIPA Sect B Clubs

Ballymena & Dist 8/40 – Blair & Rankin 1670, B O’Rawe 1632, M/M M Sempey 1627, 1573, 1566, 1510, J McNaghten & Son 1504, D Craig 1501, B O’Rawe 1493, D Craig 1484. The race was very kindly sponsored by J S Foods (Poultry) in Randalstown.

Ballykeel Invitation – M/M M Sempey 1627, 1573, 1566, 1510.

Ballymoney 9/83 – D Dixon 1631, 1631, 1630, J Hutchinson & Son 1605, 1603, J Connolly 1597, J Hutchinson & Son 1582, D Dixon 1582, 1577, 1576. Danny Dixon gets three Lambrechts with a light to take the first three in the club and the first three in the Coleraine Centre. His winning Blue Cheq cock has already won one of the shorter race at the beginning of the y/b season.

Ballymoney West Combine – J Hutchinson & Son 1605, Brown & Stewart 1492, Curry & Gilmore 1095.

Dervock RPS 4/35 – J Hutchinson & Son 1605, 1603, 1582, 1476, A & M Boyle 1462, 1450, R McIntyre 1203, 1040.

Rasharkin & District 5/47 – H Cubitt 1549, Steele & McNeill 1512, H Cubitt 1495, W McFetridge 1493, Steele & McNeill 1437, W McFetridge 1359. Harold Cubitt wins again with a Koopman/Patrick Bros to top off a fine young bird season, also winning the Young Bird Knock-out. Nom: H Cubitt Danny Dixon: 1631.792, 1631.213, 1630.923, 1582.442, 1577.281, 1556.096, 1551.106 Race sponsored by Greer’s of Antrim Volvo.

Mid Antrim Combine Rosscarbery 50/374 – Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1670, G McDowell Kells 1668, B O’Rawe Ballymena 1632, D Dixon Rasharkin 1631, D Dixon 1631, D Dixon 1630, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1627, G McDowell 1596, D Dixon 1582, D Dixon 1577, Reid Bros & McCloy Cullybackey 1574, M/M M Sempey 1573, A Darragh Cullybackey 1568, M/M M Sempey 1566, A Darragh 1561, R H Clements Harryville 1558, D Dixon 1556, A Darragh 1554, G McDowell 1551, B Swann & Son Kells 1551, D Dixon 1551, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1549, G McDowell 1546, B Swann & Son 1545, A Darragh 1539, A Darragh 1536, A Purvis Broughshane 1533, J Millar & Son Harryville 1527, J Ramsey Harryville 1526, J & N Simpson Broughshane 1524.

Ballymena & District HPS will be holding a Pigeon Moot with top guests at the Ballymena United Social Club, Warden Street on Thursday 25th October at 8.00pm Supper at Half-Time followed by a small sale of top quality late-breds from well known lofts, and other friends of the club. Pay at the door, just £4.00. For details contact Chairman Tom McAlonan Tel: 07561 417232 or Secretary Willie Reynolds Tel: 07538 238364.

Mid Antrim Combine Secretary George McDowell has requested claims for the season’s cups and trophies, winners from last season should return same as soon as possible to allow time for engraving etc. Old Bird Inland Ave, Cross Channel Average, OB Average, B Eagleson Memorial (1st 3 cross channel races), YB Average, Combined Average O/B & Y/B, Bird of the Year, New North Cup Best Ave Bude OB & Talbenny YB Nat. All claims to George before Saturday 29th September, and do please return all cups, write to 14 Shankbridge Road, Ballymena BT42 3DJ.

Kells & Dist HPS have another Social Evening planned to take place in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim on Friday 26th October, pay at the door. Prior to the main event the Kells & Dist HPS will present the prizes for the year. More details later.

At the end of the season members need to claim for the various awards, deadline is two weeks after the final race flown last weekend from Rosscarbery, that is on or before Sat 29th September, no late claims will be entertained. Bookings now being taken for tickets to the Annual Ladies Night to be held at the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick on Friday 9th November. NIPA Secretary Fred Russell has requested that all cups and trophies are returned ASAP, and in a clean condition.