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.
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).