Weekend weather was again difficult and the proposed very early liberation was not possible, strings were eventually cut at 9.45am and 20,000 NIPA birds including Mid Antrim were released into a Westerly wind which was to be stronger at the home end.
Winners again made light of the 180 odd miles to home lofts and in this 5th race of the young bird season the vast majority were home in good time. Another great call by the liberation team. Best in Mid Antrim was Houston Bros of Randalstown who recorded velocity 1575 followed by the top two in Kells & Dist Brian Swann and Scott & Clements and then Mr & Mrs Sempey who had the best two birds in Ballymena.
The winning Blue w/f hen was bred by Surgenor Bros of Kells the best of their Busschaert & Braspenning family and the runner up was bred by Tom McAlonan. This Dark Pied hen was Lambrecht, the McAlonan loft has the very best from Danny Dixon.
Race marking for Talbenny YB National –
The entry fees for the local clubs will be collected in the Cullybackey Centre on Wednesday 27th August between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Birds will be race marked in Cullybackey on Thursday 28th August between 4.00pm and 6.30pm. Clocks will be ready for collection after the transporter leaves Cullybackey.
Mid Antrim Combine Clonmel 86/2259 – Houston Bros Randalstown 1575, B Swann & Son Kells 1560, Scott & Clements Kells 1554, M/M M Sempey Ballymena 1553, M/M M Sempey 1551, T & M Morrow Kells 1551, R H Clements Harryville 1549, T Johnston & Son Harryville 1548, Blair & Rankin Ballymena 1548, McFall & McManus Ballymena 1547, B O’Rawe Ballymena 1547, M/M M Sempey 1547, J Rock Harryville 1544, R H Clements 1544, Percy Son & Murphy Randalstown 1543, R H Clements 1543, R H Clements 1543, R H Clements 1541, M/M M Sempey 1536, Surgenor Bros Kells 1536, J Rock 1535, W & J Smyth Ballymena 1534, W & J Smyth 1534, J & M Milliken Rasharkin 1534.
Mid Antrim Clubs Clonmel –
Randalstown HPS 10/224 – Houston Bros 1575, Percy Son & Murphy 1543, F J & G Dickey 1520, Percy Son & Murphy 1519, H Boyd 1483, F J & G Dickey 1482, Stewart Bros 1480, J Millar 1478, Houston Bros 1477, Stewart Bros 1475.
Kells & District HPS 10/252 – B Swann & Son 1560, Scott & Clements 1554, T & M Morrow 1551, Surgenor Bros 1536, 1530, B Swann & Son 1528, 1526, Scott & Clements 1523. Sizzlers 2 Bird Club – McFarlane & Agnew 1480, T Shanks & Son 1440, Surgenor Bros 1418.
Ballymena & Dist HPS 15/346 – M/M M Sempey 1553, 1551, Blair & Rankin 1548, McFall & McManus 1547, B O’Rawe 1547, M/M M Sempey 1547, 1536, W & J Smyth 1534, 1534, McFall & McManus 1526. Birds at 13.11hrs looked winners all the way for last season’s Top Prize-winners Martin & Elke Sempey, flying 182 miles into Ballykeel.
Harryville HPS 11/358 – R H Clements 1549, T Johnston & Son 1548, J Rock 1544, R H Clements 1544, 1543, 1543, 1541, J Rock 1535, L Mullan 1534, G Price 1530. Great result for Roy Clements with five early arrivals including the winner timed at 13.10hrs.
Rasharkin & District 12/277 – J & M Milliken 1534, 1490, H Cubitt 1489, Steele & McNeill 1482, W & J McLean 1482, 1466, H Cubitt 1458, Steele & McNeill 1452. J & M Milliken take the Red Card winning for the third time in young bird season. Danny Dixon: 1512.901, 1509.264, 1504.066, 1501.929.
Cullybackey HPS 10/431 – A Darragh 1533, 1529, Russell Bros 1526, W Scott 1499, D Robinson 1495, J & J Greer 1489, W Scott 1487, Reid Bros & McCloy 1485, 1482, Gibson & Dickey 1473.
Ahoghill Flying Club 12/284 – J Balmer 1533, J Smyth & Son 1530, Young McManus & Sons 1519, 1518, M/M Robinson 1514, J Smyth & Son 1512, A & N Young 1503, M/M Robinson 1492, J Balmer 1484, Young McManus & Sons 1482. Brooke Supplies 2 Bird Club – J Balmer 1533, J Smyth & Son 1530.
Broughshane & District 6/87 – J & N Simpson 1496, D Houston & Son 1496, J & N Simpson 1490, D Houston & Son 1468, Mrs M Smyth 1449, T & E Service 1403. Mrs Smyth wins the Gold Ring.