Area liberations mark start of young bird season

Charlie McManus had the best bird in the Borough of Ballymena in the Area Lib from Mullingar.
Charlie McManus had the best bird in the Borough of Ballymena in the Area Lib from Mullingar.

The NIPA started the young bird season with a series of Area Liberations, with the poor weather a lot of lofts were unable to train and numbers across the country were well down and a number of clubs did not send.

The local birds in Mid Antrim were released in Mullingar. All Sect B and the Coleraine Area, liberation at 11.00am in a helping South West wind.

The Dickey team from Randalstown were 1st in MAC and 1st Open NIPA recording velocity 1596 while McFall & McManus on 1595 were best in Borough of Ballymena.

The ever successful partnership took the top spot in the first race of the young bird season with a velocity of 1595 and also 2nd Section. Blair & Rankin were second club and ninth section.

Also our member Nicola Gilbert recently took part in a charity cycle for Muscular Dystrophy UK and would like to thank those from the pigeon scene who supported her. The current total is £430 and rising.

Sect B & Part Sect A Mullingar Lib 11.00am 76/2118 – F J & G Dickey Randalstown 1596, McFall & McManus Ballymena 1595, Thompson Bros Crumlin 1575, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1554, A Darragh Cullybackey 1518, A Darragh 1518, A Darragh 1518, A Darragh 1515, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1505, Steele & McNeill Rasharkin 1504.

Antrim & Ballymena Club Results Mullingar

Ahoghill Flying Club did not produce a result as a mark of respect for the sudden death of their secretary Albert Young.

Randalstown HPS 7/196 – F & G & J Dickey 1596, Stewart Bros 1554, 1494, 1485, Houston Bros 1384, 1336, F & G & J Dickey 1335, J Millar 1319, H Boyd 1306, F & G & J Dickey 1301.

Ballymena & District 7/150 - McFall & McManus 1595, Blair & Rankin 1505, McFall & McManus 1493, Blair & Rankin 1482, 1481, McFall & McManus 1451, 1450, J Eagleson & Sons 1443, 1436, G Bell 1431.

Cullybackey 4/168 – A Darragh 1518, 1518, M/M Sempey 1495, 1486, C McIntyre 1482, D Robinson 1355, 1317.

Muckamore HPS 5/112 – T Patterson & Son 1407, 1393, A & J Steele 1371, D J Thompson 1271, D Young 1259, T Fleming 1243.

Broughshane & Dist HPS 4/65 – J Simpson 1390, 1389, G & S Johnston 1321, 1277, M Neilly 1157, 1156.

Kells & District 4/118 – A Barkley & Son 1378, C & D Jackson 1365, 1365, 1363, A Barkley & Son 1362, C & D Jackson 1349, H Turkington 1339, 1323. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – A Barkley & Son 1378, Gregg Bros 1307, C & D Jackson 1186.

Borough of Ballymena Mullingar - McFall & McManus Ballymena 1595, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1554, A Darragh Cullybackey 1518, A Darragh 1518, A Darragh 1518, A Darragh 1515, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1505, J Rock Harryville 1503, D Dixon Rasharkin 1502, D Dixon 1501, D Dixon 1501, D Dixon 1500, M/M Sempey Cullybackey 1495, Stewart Bros 1494, McFall & McManus 1493, M/M Sempey 1486, Stewart Bros 1485, Blair & Rankin 1482, A Darragh 1482.