Dixon claims victory in final race of NIPA season

Pictured at the Cullybackey Centre were local fanciers Alan Darragh (Cullybackey) and George Connolly (Ballymena & Dist).
Pictured at the Cullybackey Centre were local fanciers Alan Darragh (Cullybackey) and George Connolly (Ballymena & Dist).

The final race of the NIPA season was the Young Bird Inland National flown from Rosscarbery in County Cork.

Fog and mist in the release area and on parts of the route delayed the liberation, strings were finally cut at 12 Noon with the birds released in a Lt South East wind.

Cullybackey Centre leading lofts were all club winners, Alan Darragh 1st Cullybackey, Stewart Bros 1st Randalstown, Connolly & Purvis 1st Ballymena & Dist, Jimmy Rock 1st Harryville, Surgenor Bros 1st Kells, Paddy McManus 1st Ahoghill and J & M Milliken 1st Rasharkin & Dist.

In MAC it was another win for Danny Dixon of Dunloy winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th with the winner doing velocity1345.

Cullybackey Centre Rosscarbery YB Inl Nat 44/307 – A Darragh Cullybackey 1321, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1318, Connolly & Purvis Ballymena 1318, J Rock Harryville 1315, J Rock 1307, Surgenor Bros Kells 1301, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1301, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1298, Russell Bros Cullybackey 1296, Surgenor Bros 1291.

Mid Antrim Combine Rosscarbery YB Nat 46/325 – D Dixon Rasharkin 1345, D Dixon 1344, D Dixon 1334, D Dixon 1334, A Darragh Cullybackey 1321, Stewart Bros Randalstown 1318, Connolly & Purvis Ballymena 1318, J Rock Harryville 1315, D Dixon 1309, J Rock 1307, Surgenor Bros Kells 1301, Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1301, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1298, Russell Bros Cullybackey 1296, D Dixon 1294, K Wilkinson & Son New Antrim 1292, Surgenor Bros 1291, J & M Milliken 1289, J & M Milliken 1285, Connolly & Purvis 1281, J & M Milliken 1280, J & M Milliken 1277, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1266, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1260.

Mid Antrim Combine Clubs Rosscarbery

Cullybackey HPS 3/34 – A Darragh 1321, Russell Bros 1296, A Darragh 1238, Russell Bros 1214, 1207, A Darragh 1201, 1197, Russell Bros 1177, 1177, A Darragh 1170, 1169, Russell Bros 1157.

Randalstown HPS 5/30 – Stewart Bros 1318, F J G Dickey 1246, Houston Bros 1200, H Boyd 1153, 1151, Percy Son & Murphy 1137, Houston Bros 1137, Stewart Bros 1126, 1066, Percy Son & Murphy 1065.

Ballymena & District HPS 10/70 – Connolly & Purvis 1318, 1281, Blair & Rankin 1260, J Harris 1254, McFall & McManus 1246, Connolly & Purvis 1245, J W Reynolds 1212, McFall & McManus 1195, Blair & Rankin 1181, J W Reynolds 1179.

Harryville HPS 8/37 – J Rock 1315, 1307, 1246, T Johnston & Son 1225, J Rock 1211, R Service & Son 1188, J Rock 1142, A McBride 1136, L Mullan 1083, J Millar & Son 1075.

Kells & District HPS 6/48 – Surgenor Bros 1301, 1291, T & M Morrow 1238, Scott & Clements 1215, A Barkley & Son 1213, B Swann & Son 1202, 1189, A Barkley & Son 1177, B Swann & Son 1172, A Barkley & Son 1151. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – B Swann & Son 1172.

Ahoghill Flying Club 6/41 – Young McManus & Sons 1301, J Smyth & Son 1300, Young McManus & Sons 1250, 1250, 1250, 1203, 1172, J Smyth & Son 1161, 1151, J Balmer 1148. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – J Smyth & Son 1300.

Broughshane & District 2/12 – D Houston & Son 1138, J & N Simpson 1094.

Soon be time about thinking of making claims for the various awards, NIPA is a fortnight after the final race from Rosscarbery. See the Year Book for all information, a big list of awards. The RPRA (Irish Region) details are listed in the recent BHW, all claims by 4th October. Mileage Awards are as usual – 0-250 Miles, 251-450 Miles, Over 450 Miles, Best Single Bird Performance OB or YB, Young Fancier for any of the above 8-16yrs racing on own. Finally Club Secretary to submit claims for Single Bird Performance Talbenny (2) & Penzance. No claim yet from Sect E. Application Forms available from Region Secretary with SAE to M/M Reid, 131 North Road, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. BT38 7QJ.