The longest race prior to France was flown last weekend with the NIPA birds released in Penzance at 7.10am in a Westerly wind, the race was flown on Sunday 19th June having been delayed for one day due to weather problems.
What a cross channel season we have had, Talbenny followed by the Yearling Nat Sennen Cove then Bude last week and finally Penzance. The weather has been poor over the last few weeks and returns were not as good or near as good as earlier in the year, many perches were empty last weekend and a good job the season is complete except for France where birds will have been especially set up for the three races including the Grand Nat Kings Cup to be flown on 1st July.
Claims for the RPRA (Irish Region) Meritorious Award for single bird performance Talbenny and Penzance should be made to Region Secretary Robert Reid within 14 days. The award is available in every NIPA Section and hopefully claims will be made from each area, for the best Overall Velocity the winner gets the Irish Region Trophy presented at the annual NIPA Ladies Night.
Homer will commence training with young birds very soon, collections will now be made in Ballymoney HPS, Rasharkin, Cullybackey, Galgorm/Cracehill, Ahoghill HPS, Randalstown, Antrim/Crumlin etc. Tel: 07538 238364 to make arrangements.
NIPA Sect B Clubs
Ballymoney 17/164 – D Dixon 1208, J Connolly 1201, 1171, S Laverty 1144, D Dixon 1143, D & H Stuart 1136, D Dixon 1118, B & I Stewart 1114, D & H Stuart 1092, Gage Bros 1068. Danny times the same bird that won the corresponding race last season, to make it two in a row.
Ballymoney West Combine 6/64 – B & I Stewart 1114, W Blair 1037, R J Elliott 1014, D Laverty 910, L Neill 874. Brian & Ian win in a very difficult race with a Roland Janssen cock sitting eggs.
Dervock RPS 7/50 – S Laverty 1144, D & H Stuart 1336, 1192, D Devenney 1065, D & H Stuart 1042, W & L McCaw 1037, D & G McMullan 919, A & M Boyle 794.
Rasharkin & District 11/91 – A C & T Tweed 1211, J & M Milliken 1113, Steele & McNeill 1103, J Robinson & Son 1101, J & D Surgenor 1077, W McFetridge 1055, J & D Surgenor 1039, H Cubitt 1033. A C & T Tweed win with a Soontjen hen feeding a big youngster. H Cubitt wins Knock-Out Cup.
NIPA Penzance OB Classic Results NIPA Sect B Clubs
Ballymoney 13/110 – D Dixon 1208, J Connolly 1201, 1171, S Laverty 1144, D Dixon 1143, D & H Stuart 1136, D Dixon 1117, D & H Stuart 1092, J Connolly 1051, D & H Stuart 1042. Danny times his good Blue cock that was 2nd Open in this race last season, winning Ballymoney again!
Ballymoney West Combine 5/40 – W Blair 1037, R J Elliott 1014, D Laverty 910, L Neill 874.
Dervock RPS 5/35 – S Laverty 1144, D & H Stuart 1136, 1092, 1042, W & L McCaw 1037, D & G McMullan 919, A & M Boyle 794.