The N.I.P.A. were in Clonmel for the fourth old bird race of the season. The birds were liberated on Saturday at 10.45am into a light North East wind. The weather conditions were very good and the race was another tight event with the leading velocities touching 1375 ypm.
Another super race for the Ligoniel club, topping the section for yet another week and lifting 10th Open against 28.688 birds for good measure.
This week’s winner of the Hottest Club In The Section is Billy Campbell, whose latest winner is a super two-year-old blue cock, flown roundabout, which won the corresponding race last season. He is a winner also of 2nd Section, 15th Open Tullamore and was also in the prizes in last season’s 5 Bird Championship. Breeding: Luc Van Hoeke x Nells Van De Poel (via Joe Watt – Ligoniel).
Ballycarry: 9/180 1st 2nd A. Cooke 1345, 1342, 3rd JC Reid 1324 , 4th Arthurs & George 1322, 5th 6th A Cooke 1313, 1304, 7th Lynch Bros & Thompson 1297.4, 8th Arthurs & George 1297.2, 9th 10th A Cooke 1291, 1278.
Ballyclare HPS: 22/700 1st S Rodney & Son 1325, 2nd B & M Gilmore 1320, 3rd G & R Lawrie 1318, 4th B & M Gilmore 1318 , 5th A Agnew 1316, 6th G & R Lawrie 1302, 7th S Rodney & Son 1296, 8th 9th Horner Bros & Son 1289, 1283, 10th PR Wilson 1279.
Carrick & Dist HPS : 14/263 1st Elliott Bros 1300, 2nd Mr & Mrs R Reid 1296, 3rd T Creighton & Son 1290, 4th Mr & Mrs R Reid 1279, 5th Elliott Bros 1279, 6th 7th 8th T Creighton & Son 1278, 1272, 1267, 9th D Elliott & G/Son 1264.4, 10th Elliott Bros 1264.2. Billy just keeps on winning.
Carrick Social: 19/510 1st D & J Armstrong & Son 1331, 2nd T Peel 1330, 3rd Mr & Mrs Robinson 1319, 4th D & J Armstrong & Son 1316 , 5th Mr & Mrs Robinson 1316, 6th T Peel 1308, 7th D & J Armstrong & Son 1302.9 , 8th Mr & Mrs Robinson 1302.4, 9th J McAllister 1302.4, 10th J McMaw 1296. Three wins out four for D & J Armstrong & Son
Doagh & Dist HPS: 18/429 1st Mr & Mrs B McNeilly 1341, 2nd J & A Wilson & Sons 1336, 3rd Mr & Mrs B McNeilly 1335, 4th A & N Lewis 1326, 5th J & A Wilson & Sons 1323, 6th W Cowan 1307, 7th J Blair 1306, 8th 9th S & A Leitch 1295, 1295, 10th W Cowan 1294 . Brian and Elaine top the Club this week again with their Van Rijns. This week’s winner was 1st club Tullamore 2011 and 2nd Club Pilmore Beach, beaten by loft mate. Their second bird is a brother to last week’s winner.
Eastway HPS: 16/538 1st M & T Griffiths 1350.9, 2nd Gratton Bros 1350.7, 3rd 4th 5th D & J Campbell & Bigger 1341, 1340 , 1336, 6th J & K Gourley 1335 .
Glenarm & Dist HPS : 10/158 1st G McWhirter 1331, 2nd 3rd 4th 5th O O’Neill & Son 1304, 1280, 1279, 1270, 6th G Ferguson & Dtr 1259, 7th N O’Boyle 1254, 8th McKillop & McKinley 1249.
Horseshoe HPS: 11/341 Rea & Magill 1338, 2nd 3rd C Campbell & Son 1305, 1305, 4th 5th 6th B Smyth 1304, 1303, 1303, 7th Rea &Magill 1301, 8th 9th C Campbell & Son 1300, 1299, 10th H & I Agnew 1296 . Top result for the partners this week timing top bird into the area. Their latest winner was bred by their good friend Brian McCammon .
Kingsmoss: 16/303 1st Knowles & Hill 1322, 2nd J Dawson & Son 1316, 3rd Knowles & Hill 1304, 4th J Dawson & Son 1303 , 5th DJ Connor 1300, 6th R Lillie & Son 1300, 7th J & S Graham 1295, 8th Knowles & Hill 1289, 9th Connor Bros 1281, 10th W Gault & Son 1281 . Billy timed a Delaney Grondelear Special to take the honours from Clonmel and lift the nomination as well.
Larne & Dist HPS: 46/1126 1st D & P Harvey 1332, 2nd R Mills & Son 1323, 3rd D & P Harvey 1314, 4th 5th R Mills & Son 1312, 1311.9, 6th L & S O’Neill & Sons 1311.7, 7th 8th R Mills & Son 1311.6, 1311.2, 9th B McCammon 1310.3, 10th D & P Harvey 1309.7 . Top spot this week for the brothers David and Paul, just edging last week’s victors with both lofts taking the top four positions against massive birdage and club record for an old bird event. This week’s winner is a cheq yearling hen, flown natural, and a sister to winning stock. Breeding: Busschaert via stock purchased from the maestro Gerry Clements of Manchester. Their 3rd-placed bird was bred off a pair of bred by Fernlea Lofts ( D & J Campbell & Bigger) and is a grandchild of Fernlea Squadron Leader.
Ligoniel & Dist HPS: 34/656 1st W Campbell 1353, 2nd Bingham & Seaton 1350, 3rd Hanna & McClurkin 1347, 4th Gregg bros & McCandless 1337 , 5th Bingham & Seaton 1336, 6th G & M Atcheson 1335, 7th B McClurkin 1327, 8th 9th Gregg Bros & McCandless 1326, 1326, 10th Bingham & Seaton 1324 .
Springvale Social : 1st T & L Davidson & Son & T Cotter 1290, 2nd 3rd I Horner 1288,1288, 4th T & L Davidson & Son & T Cotter 1280, 5th I Horner 1266, 6th V Montgomery 1245