Paddy enjoys superb success in old bird race

Paddy McManus from Ahoghill had the best local bird from Fermoy, 1st MAC & 1st Sect B.
Paddy McManus from Ahoghill had the best local bird from Fermoy, 1st MAC & 1st Sect B.

The old bird 5 Bird Championship race was flown from Fermoy on Saturday, with just over 2,000 NIPA birds released.

The big early arrival locally was in Ahoghill for Paddy McManus timing his 3 year old Cheq w/f cock at 17.15hrs recording velocity 1371 for the 199 miles to The Croft Lofts in Ahoghill.

Paddy was best in Cullybackey Centre by several minutes, 1st MAC, 1st Sect B and a good 5th Open NIPA.

Ballymena & Antrim Clubs Fermoy

Ahoghill Flying Club 3/13 – Young McManus & Sons 1371, 1323, M/M Robinson 1320, 1319, J Smyth & Son 1251, Young McManus & Sons 1194, J Smyth & Son 1191, Young McManus & Sons 1185.

Harryville HPS – J Rock 1354, MDC Magill 1298, R H Clements 1265, MDC Magill 1258, 1258, R H Clements 1243, J Rock 1232, G Price 1224, R Service & Son 1222, G Price 1205. Jimmy won with a half-sister to his YB Nat winner Jacob x Pros Rosen timed at 17.21hrs flying 201 miles to Albert Place, 3rd Sect B & 24th Open NIPA.

Cullybackey HPS 5/25 – A Darragh 1334, 1333, 1326, Reid Bros & McCloy 1271, J & J Greer 1270, A Darragh 1260, 1252, Reid Bros & McCloy 1235, H & R McCloy 1229, J & J Greer 1228, 1178, 1177.

Kells & District HPS 8/37 – G McDowell 1323, Surgenor Bros 1311, 1297, G McDowell 1253, Tully Lofts 1251, B Swann & Son 1245, Tully Lofts 1238, Surgenor Bros 1234. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – G McDowell 1323, Surgenor Bros 1311, B Swann & Son 1245, Tully Lofts 1238, S Bell 1223, Tully Lofts 1215.

Broughshane & Dist HPS - The club has 100 surplus rings for sale which will be registered to the new owner please contact ring Sec. David Houston 07761 864032.

Mid Antrim Combine Fermoy 5B – Young McManus & Sons Ahoghill 1371, D Dixon Rasharkin 1363, Young McManus & Sons 1323, M/M Robinson Ahoghill 1320, M/M Robinson 1319, D Dixon 1291, H Cubitt Rasharkin 1281, T Kaczynski Rasharkin 1255, D Dixon 1254, W McFetridge Rasharkin 1253.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The Mid Antrim Champions League gets down to the last four, big contest to look forward to in the weekends race from Bude and there will be a new overall winner. Matches are F & G & J Dickey (Randalstown) v Young McManus & Sons (Ahoghill) and J & M Milliken (Rasharkin) v Mr & Mrs Robinson (Ahoghill).