Secretary George McDowell has released the list of top awards won in the past racing season in Mid-Antrim Combine.
What a year it was for Danny Dixon of Rasharkin & District. He lifted most of the cup and trophies including all the average awards. Old Bird Inland Average vel 1566, Cross Channel Average vel 993, Old Bird Average vel 1293, Eagleson Memorial Cup best average Talbenny, Bude, Thuro and Penzance vel 1008, New North Cup best average Bude & Talbenny YB vel 1332, Young Bird Average vel 1407 and finally Combine Average vel 1493.
On top of that in one of the best results for the loft the William McIlhagga Memorial Cup for the best bird from St Malo. Danny Dixon with a bird early on the second morning finished 1st Club, 1st MAC, 1st Sect B & 2nd Open NIPA St Malo OB Nat 404/1304 recording velocity 842 with “Danske Kid”. No surprise he was also the winner of the Leslie Mairs Old Bird Fancier of the Year collecting 618 Points.
Rasharkin & District win the Club Shield for Old Birds with 100 Points and Ballymena & District with 65 Points win the YB Club Shield for the second time in three seasons. Steele & McNeill won the Champions League for Rasharkin & District and this loft also had Old Bird of the Year with GB13R-18121. Jimmy Rock from Harryville who won the Talbenny YB Nat for Mid Antrim had the Young Bird of the Year with “Rockies Boy” GB14H-12939.
While out and about recently I paid a visit to Norrie Sharpe. After a break from the sport Norrie restarted a couple of seasons ago with his sole aim to fly the distance events. In his hey day , Norrie won everything that was possible to win at the sprint to middle distance events and on restarting he decided that he would concentrate on the long distance races.
Unfortunately Norrie’s health has not been great recently and with much reluctance he has decided that he must give up his beloved sport. With this in mind, a complete clearance sale will be held in two parts. Part (1) Saturday 11th October - Venue: Chimney Corner Football Club, Auctioneer Steve McGarry Tel: 07737 275820.
Kells & Dist HPS have another Social Evening planned to take place in the Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim on Friday 24th October, pay at the door. Included Raffle and small Charity Sale, always a great night. More details closer to the time.