Gill family’s double delight at annual plough match

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Kilroot Agricultural Ploughing Society’s 105th annual match delivered a Gill family double act with Andrew capturing the Championship of the Field and his father William crowned Vintage Champion.

Andrew, William and the rest of the prize winners will receive their awards at the society’s annual dinner dance, to be held on January 11.

The judges were William King MBE, Macosquin; David Wallace, Muckamore; David Percy, Randalstown; George Huey, Armoy and Martin Gill, Crossgar.

A spokesperson for Kilroot Agricultural Ploughing Society thanked Mr and Mrs Sam Currie for the use of their land on the Knockagh Road, Newtownabbey, the judges, competitors, caterers and everyone else who helped to make the event a success.

Results;

Class 1, 12” World Style Conventional; 1, Andrew Gill, Saintfield; 2, David Gill, Hillsborough; 3, Ian Simms, Carrickfergus; 4, Allen McAnally, Ballyboley; 5, Pat O’Donnell, Coalisland. Class 2, 12” World Style, Beginners; 1, Jonathon Crawford, Moneyrea; 2, Andrew Clyde, Ballysnod, Larne. Class 3, Vintage Open; 1, William Gill, Saintfield; 2, Raymond Clifford, Larne. Class 4, Vintage Intermediate; 1, Robin Jenkins, Ballyboley; 2, Dessie Sherlock, Annahilt.

Class 5, Classic; 1, Dai Kennedy, Listooder; 2, Pauline Davison, Killinchy; 3, James Fitchie MBE, Killinchy. Class 6, Novice; 1, Jeffrey Cush, Lurgan; 2, Marc Gamble, Ballynure; 3, RJ Weatherup, Magheramorne. Class 7, Vintage Trail; 1, Jackie Moore, Bangor; 2, David Grattan, Banbridge; 3, Mark Taggart, Cogry, Doagh; 4, Nigel Gamble, Ballynure; 5, William Steenson, Markethill. Class 8, Horses; 1, Lindsay Hanna, Saintfield; 2, John Weir junior, Ballyclare.

Specials; Best Opening in the Vintage Open and Intermediate Classes: Jackie Moore, Bangor. Best Finish in the Vintage Open and Intermediate Classes: William Gill, Saintfield. Best Opening in Class 1, 12 inch world style; Andrew Gill, Saintfield. Best Finish in Class 1; David Gill, Hillsborough.Best Ins and outs in Class 1; David Gill.

Best Work by a Competitor under 25 years; Andrew Gill, Saintfield. Best work by a Competitor residing in County Antrim: Ian Simms, Carrickfergus. Best Work by a member of the Kilroot Society; Ian Simms. Best Work by a Competitor under 20 years: Jonathon Crawford, Moneyrea. Youngest Competitor; Jonathon Crawford.

Best Maintained Vintage Tractor; Marc Gamble, Ballynure. Runner Up to the Vintage Champion; Jackie Moore, Bangor. Vintage Champion; William Gill, Saintfield. Runner Up to the Champion of the Field; David Gill, Hillsborough. Championship of the Field; Andrew Gill, Saintfield.

- Ballyeaston Vintage Tractor Club marked their 40th anniversary with a special celebration dinner held in Barnaby’s Restaurant, Ballyrobert.

Chairman Warwick Manson welcomed the large turnout of members and friends, thanking them for the support. He also extended thanks to the McKee family for supplying a special anniversary cake; Tony Magill, who was largely responsible for organising the event; and Barnaby’s for the delicious meal.

The cake was cut by brothers Hugh and Howard Taggart, and Hugo McConnaughie.