East Antrim ploughmen are cream of the crop

PRESIDENT of the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association William King paid tribute to the significant input of members of Kilroot Agricultural Ploughing Society, while speaking at the east Antrim group’s annual presentation dinner dance at the Knockagh Lodge.

Mr King said of one of the oldest ploughing societies in Northern Ireland: “Their input over the years into the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association has been immense, with five or six members on the central committee. Kilroot also currently provide us with the vice-chairman of the association and I’d like to thank Wilson Holden for all his efforts. There’s also Tom Hay, who’s a member of the finance committee anda great worker for the Kilroot society.”

William added that he was pleased to see James Ross, one of the oldest members of the association, at the awards ceremony. James is a member of the Islandmagee Ploughing Society, who held their annual match earlier that afternoon.

Kilroot’s 102nd annual match took place in November, attracting 34 competitors to the lands of Mr and Mrs Ernest Porter, Trenchill Road, Ballyeaston.

Among the prize winners were Ballyboley man Allen McAnally, winner of the Ian Simms Challenge Cup in the world-style confined class.

Other results:

Maybin Land Drainage Perpetual Cup 1, James Adair, Ballycorr; 2, Raymond Clifford, Larne; 5, Frankie Davidson, Raloo Village.

Vintage intermediate - 3, John Robinson, Ballyalbanagh; 4, Drew McAnally, Carrickfergus; 5, Robin Jenkins, Ballyboley.

Novice - 1 and WJB Wilson Perpetual Cup, Jonathan Cowan, Carrickfergus; 3, Steven Weatherup, Magheramorne; 4, Marc Gamble, Ballynure.

Beginners - 1 and Carrickfergus Borough Council Shield, Andrew Clyde, Ballyboley; 2, Matthew Meharg, Ballyboley.

Classic - 1 and E & J Cowan Perpetual Cup, Alan Beggs, Kilwaughter.

Specials:

Muckamore Challenge Cup, for the best opening in classes 5 - 10; James Adair, Ballyclare.

William Hood Perpetual Cup for the best finish in the vintage classes; James Adair.

John McCready Perpetual Cup, for the best maintained vintage tractor and plough; John Robinson, Ballyalbanagh.

James Orr Memorial Perpetual Cup, for the best work by a competitor under 20 years; Andrew Clyde, Ballyboley

Robert Boyd Perpetual Cup, for the best work by a competitor under 17 years; Andrew Clyde.

Twyford Seeds Perpetual Cup, for the youngest competitor; Andrew Clyde.

Beattie Marcus Perpetual Cup, for the best work by a competitor residing in County Antrim; Ian Simms, Carrickfergus.

Isaac Hay Memorial Perpetual Cup, for the best work by a member of Kilroot Agricultural Ploughing Society; Ian Simms.

Ralph Patterson Car Sales Perpetual Cup for the Vintage Championship, James Adair.