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AROUND THE UP NORTH COMBINE

with Good Corn

Third Consecutive Combined Average Win for Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners

The joint 2016 prize presentation evening of Brotton Homing Society and the Brotton Six Bird Club held at The Spar Hotel, Saltburn once again proved to be a great success. I was invited along to present the silverware to the very worthy Brotton H/S members; I was joined by my sister Shirley and my Grandsons Hayden & Tyler. While my fellow Club mates Tich Richards & Alice Marsay, the winners of 1st Up North Combine young bird Peterborough National in 2016 presented the Brotton Six Bird Club silverware. Brotton H/S Secretary Terry Callan who will be completing his 40th year as Club Secretary in 2017 took to the floor to invite the members, family, friends and guests to the double header payout night and then he run through the format of the evening which started with the presentation of the Brotton H/S prizes and followed by the Brotton Six Bird Club payout. The Turkey or Beef dinner would take place next and this was to be followed by the prize raffle and the 2017 Breeder/Buyer Sale and that would be rounded off with the Scooby Doo Karaoke & Disco. Terry then gave a run down on the 2016 racing season with the lad naming the fanciers top performances throughout the year, then it was on with the presentation. Once again I wish to thank the Brotton H/S members for inviting me to present their silverware, thanks also for Carole, Shirley, Hayden & Tyler’s gifts. I have not to forget Terry’s good lady Cath who took the time to go around the tables with Christmas cake, Cheese and sweets. Well done Cath. Thanks also to Hayden for taking the Brotton H/S photos, by doing this, it helped me enjoy the night more as I’m usually taking up some of my time going around the tables taking photos of the winners.

The smile says it all, Reg Wilson of Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners, winners of the Old Bird Inland Average, Old Bird Combined Average, Young Bird Average and the Combined Average

Top prize winners for the third consecutive year was the loft of Reg Wilson, Ray Mole & Partners, with Reg & Ray being the winners of an outstanding 11 x 1st, 13 x 2nd, 11 x 3rd, 11 x 4th, 6 x 5th, 7 x 6th Clubs and a grand total of 227pts, which is a fantastic haul. Reg & Ray’s brilliant 2016 racing season saw them win the Old Bird Inland Average, Old Bird Combined Average, Young Bird Average and the Combined Average. The partnership was also the winners of the Two Hundred Miles Trophy, the Best Young Bird Trophy, Classic Average and the Bird of the Year Trophy and a host of other trophies that will take some cleaning.

Reg & Ray’s top class 2016 racing season got off to a good start after they timed no fewer than five of their squad at Bubwith, on the opening day of the new season to chalk up a notable 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, with their first three arrivals being timed within three seconds of each over. The duo hit the winners’ enclosure a week later at Newark (1), the replacement Worksop race when their red card winner went onto score 11th East Cleveland Federation when there were 2,354 birds competing. Race number three saw the partnership have three birds on the clock out of Oakham (1) to pocket 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club. The two lads returned to their winning ways at Peterborough (1) after no less than six of their entries were timed to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, with their first three timers going onto net 2nd, 13th and 18th Fed out of an entry of 2,037 birds. Win number two on the trot and win number three in five starts was achieved at the Rivenhall (1) disaster race when a couple of birds were on the clock to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 2nd and 10th Fed when there were 1,929 birds away. Reg & Ray who have enjoyed some very good years together winning numerous Club averages along the way, recorded their third consecutive win at the Eastbourne (1) National when three birds were clocked to win 1st, 3rd and 4th Club with their well-fancied winner going onto win a tremendous 1st Fed out of 490 birds, 1st £2 Fed Nom banking £49.00 in prize money, 2nd North Yorks & East Cleveland Section and 2nd Up North Combine winning a Combine Silver Medal from a convoy of 7,474 birds which was a top class achievement.

The inform Reg & Ray were flying a fantastic Pigeon winning 3 x 1st Clubs, 1 x 1st and 2 x 2nd Feds and a 2nd UNC from the previous three races but the winning and top performances never stopped there, Ho No, for the very had to beat Reg & Ray timed no fewer than five of the team the following week when the birds were at Oakham (2) to win a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, 7th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 20th Fed out of 1,456 birds. The following race the birds were at Burbure, the first of five channel races but with very poor weather in France the birds were held over, and with the weather forecast giving more poor weather in France for the following days the birds were brought back to English soil and liberated from Eastbourne which was the longest English race point available for the Combine. This resulted in Reg & Ray winning an awesome 1st Club, 2nd Fed out of 702 birds and 1st £2 Fed Nom pocketing £60.00. The saying goes “it’s not over until the fat Lady sings” well Reg & Ray were still singing a week later when no less than six of their inland team were timed out of Rivenhall (2) to win a eye opening 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 2nd, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th and 20th Fed when there were 891 birds competing to record their sixth straight win and seventh win from nine races. I’m rewinding back to the first time I presented the Brotton H/S prizes, which stretches back to 1995 and I believe I have missed one payout night in that time. And in all that time I can’t remember anyone having such a fantastic run at this stage of the season, Reg & Ray’s performances are what dream are made of and I take my hat off to the lads.

Reg & Ray recorded two young bird wins with their first win coming at the second race, Bubwith (2). A couple of birds were on the clock at Worksop (2) to lift 3rd and 4th Club; and this was followed up by timing a couple of more babies in the space of five seconds from Oakham to pocket a nice 2nd and 3rd Club, 15th and 17th Fed. A week later with the birds at Peterborough 4th Club was taken, and two birds were in the frame out of the Peterborough National to claim 4th and 6th Club, 122nd and 137th UNC. Reg & Ray rounded off their top class season in the winners’ enclosure after they timed no fewer than three of their Bubwith (3) entries to win a cracking 1st, 2nd and 6th Club, with their red and blue card winning youngsters that touched down together going onto score a most impressive 2nd and 3rd Fed when there were 797 birds competing.

Mick Smithies, runner up Old Bird Inland Average, runner up Old Bird Combined Average and runner up Combined Average.

The loft of Mick Smithies was the Clubs second highest prize winner after winning 6 x 1st, 4 x 2nd, 4 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 4 x 5th, 3 x 6th and 89pts,  with Mick being runner up Old Bird Inland Average, runner up Old Bird Combined Average and runner up Combined Average. Mick who is a previous top prize winner was also the winner of the Ted Shaw Memorial Trophy, Eastbourne Trophy, Chapman Cup, Melbourne Motors Trophy, Old Bird Retford Trophy and the Young Bird Grantham Trophy. Mick’s first points were netted from the second old bird race, Newark (1); when he had three birds on the cock to score a notable 2nd, 3rd and 5th Club with his blue and green card potters that were timed within one second of each other going onto claim 12th and 13th Fed. Mick won his first of four old bird races out of Oakham (1) the following week after a couple of his squad were timed to win 1st and 6th Club with the red card winner going onto net 17th Fed from an entry of 2,366 birds. After being out of the frame at Peterborough (1) a single bird was timed at Rivenhall (1) to notch up 5th Club. Onto Eastbourne/Burbure where a notable 2nd Club, 4th Fed was taken and this was followed up by pocketing 3rd Club Peterborough (2), before lifting 4th Club, 14th Fed Newark (2). Mick returned to the winners’ enclosure out of the Eastbourne National (2) when his chart-topper took 24th Fed from 848 birds. Win number three of the year was achieved at Peterborough (2) after a couple of Mick’s inland squad were on the clock to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club. Mick made it back-to-back wins from Oakham (3) the final inland race of the campaign after no less than a trio of birds were clocked to win 1st, 3rd and 6th Club, with the pole position winner and it’s green card scoring loftmate going onto win an outstanding 1st and 17th Fed when there were 1,010 birds competing. The following week with the birds at Burbure Mick potted 5th Club, 18th Fed and 111th UNC, the lad also timed a later bird to claim 153rd Combine.

After four old bird winning performances it was onto the young birds, with Mick potting 2nd Club from Worksop (2). Mick achieved his first of two young bird wins the following week when the birds were at Oakham when Mick timed two babies to win 1st and 6th Club, with his pole position winning youngster going onto score 11th Fed out of 1,764 birds. Mick made it two wins on the bounce from Peterborough when his red card winner that topped the Club charts by almost three minutes going onto chalk up an impressive 4th Fed from a convoy of 1,241 birds. Mick’s young bird performances have improved the past few years, which has helped him win the Combined Average a number of times. I’m sure the lad will be a force again in 2017.

Third highest prize winners for 2016 was the loft of Frank & Brenda Reilly & Son Wayne, who has recently become a dad again. Frank, Brenda & Wayne were the winners of 2 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 3 x 4th, 3 x 5th, 1 x 6th, 41pts and runners up Young Bird Average, with them also winning Old Bird Selby Trophy and the Young Bird Retford (1) Cup. Frank, Brenda & Wayne started the 2016 racing season in the winners’ enclosure when their chart-topper went onto score 20th Fed when there were 1,983 birds competing. They were back in the frame from Rivenhall (1) when 6th Club was taken, and this was followed up by netting 4th Club, 16th Fed Rivenhall (2). Frank, Brenda & Wayne achieved a cracking loft performance out of young bird Worksop (1) when no fewer than three of their squad were timed in the space of one second, with the second two timers touching down together to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 8th, 11th and 12th Fed when there were 2,131 birds, which was a good muster. A single baby was in the frame at Oakham to claim 4th Club, 21st Fed and this was followed up by timing no less than three birds out of Rivenhall to lift a notable 3rd, 4th and 5th Club, with the first couple of timers being clocked within nine seconds of each other. Frank, Brenda & Wayne were in the points again a week later when the birds were at the Peterborough National to notch up 5th Club and 124th Combine.

Dave “The Rooster” Storr in his first season back in the sport was the Clubs joint fourth highest prize winner after winning 2 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 2 x 5th, 2 x 6th Clubs and 31pts. The Rooster was also the winner of the Old Bird Bortner Cup and the Jimmy Arkless Memorial Trophy. Rooster first netted out of old bird Newark (1) when 6th Club was notched up, he followed that up by claiming 5th Club Eastbourne (1) National before potting a nice 3rd Club, 10th Fed and 3rd £2 Fed Nom pocketing £24.00 from the Eastbourne/Burbure race. The Rooster timed three of his young bird Worksop (1) entries in the space of three seconds to chalk up a useful 5th, 6th and 7th Club, 15th, 16th and 20th Fed. The lad recorded his first of two young bird wins at Rivenhall when his red card winning baby went onto pocket 11th Fed out of an entry of 1,161 birds. The Rooster booster notched up second win off the belt from the Peterborough National when two of his squad were clocked ten seconds apart to win a cracking 1st and 2nd Club, 20th and 22nd Fed when there were 1,043 birds away, 39th and 44th UNC from a convoy of 11,967 birds.

The partnership of Mr & Mrs Bob & Barbara Moore were joint fourth highest prize winners after winning 2 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 4 x 4th, 2 x 6th Clubs and 31pts, with Bob & Barbara also winning the Young Bird Selby (1) Cup and the Young Bird Retford (2) Cup. Bob & Barbara’s first chalk came at old bird Rivenhall (1) when 4th Club was taken. Numerous lofts suffered very, very badly form this race with many of them not recovering, which really knocked their season. With this resulting in the members being at an all time low, and with some of them not sending again for the rest of the old bird season. Next stop is the young birds where Bob & Barbara enjoyed getting off to a winning start after timing a couple of their young bird team out of Bubwith (1) to win a top-notch 1st and 2nd Club. Then a single bird was on the clock at Worksop (1) to pot 4th Club, 14th Fed; and a week later when the birds were at Worksop (2) Bob & Barbara recorded their second young bird win from four starts when they had two of their entries in the frame to win 1st and 6th Club. After notching up 142nd UNC out of the Peterborough National the duo claimed 4th Club, 23rd Bubwith (3).

The very hard working Club Secretary Terry Callan was the winner of 1 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 1 x 4th, 4 x 5th, 1 x 6th Clubs and 27pts, Terry also won the Brian Wattis Memorial Trophy, Moody Cup and the L Miller Trophy for Highest UNC Channel Bird Position. Terry hit the points trail at the second channel race, Roye; when he netted a useful 2nd Club. Terry was in the channel frame again out of Reims where he timed one of his water birds to lift a notable 3rd Club, 19th Fed and 137th UNC. Terry was in the channel points for the third time out of Burbure where he timed a well-fancied bird to win an outstanding 1st Club, 4th Fed out of 686 birds, 1st £2 Fed Nom pocketing £44.00 and 12th UNC from a convoy of 9,331 birds.  Onto the young birds where Terry took 5th Club out of both Worksop (2) and then Bubwith (3).

       

Wayne Reilly of Frank & Brenda Reilly & Son, receiving runner up Young Bird Average , the Old Bird Selby Trophy and the Young Bird Retford (1) Cup from Good Corn - Terry Callan, the winner of the Brian Wattis Memorial Trophy, Moody Cup and the L Miller Trophy for Highest UNC Channel Bird Position - James Waters of D & J Waters, receiving the Channel Average, Terry Callan Trophy and the Brotton Corn Store Cup from Good Corn

       

Golly Peirson of Mr & Mrs Peirson & Purver receiving the B & K Simpson Most Points Without A Win Trophy from Tyler - Good Corn presenting the Old Bird Peterborough (2) Cup to Shaun Ward of W & S Ward - The Right Honourable Vic Garbutt of Garbutt, Stone & McCormick, receiving prize card from Good Corn

Ricky Cush receiving his prize card from Good Corn

Darren & James Waters were the winners of 1 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd, 1 x 4th, 4 x 5th, 1 x 6th Clubs and 24pts, with Darren and his father James also being the winners of the Channel Average, Terry Callan Trophy and the Brotton Corn Store Cup. Pigeons have been in the Waters family blood for a great number of years, with the late Jim Waters flying with his Son James. The partnerships goal was to win Bourges, the longest race point in the UNC race programme. Jim & James reached that goal many times over the years with a number of memorable winning performances, not only in the Club but 1st Federation achievements which often went onto scoring some top Combine positions. As a schoolboy Darren raced by himself where he raced to a small back garden loft, he too like his father & grandfather’s aim was to win Bourges and in time he also reached his goal. Since Darren & James joined forces the Bourges winning ambitions were as strong as ever, so much so they won a top-notch 1st Club Bourges in 2014 winning the “Jim Waters Memorial Cup”, “Robert Wright Memorial Cup” and the “Colin Nicholson Shield, with their winner going onto win a brilliant 1st Fed and 44th UNC from a convoy of 1,611 birds. No Bourges win for Darren & James in 2016 as there was only four of the 88 Federation birds clocked in the three day race time, but the lads did enjoy a very impressive channel season where they scored in the other four water races. Although the Burbure birds were brought back and liberated at the substitute race point Eastbourne, Darren & James still timed a couple of their entries to net 4th and 6th Club with their yellow card potter going onto lift 11th Fed. Onto Roye where no less than three of their birds were timed to lift 3rd, 6th and 7th Club, with their second and third timers touching down together. Darren & James were all smiles at Reims when they won a brilliant 1st Club and 8th Fed when there were 259 birds away, with their pole position winner that won 2nd £2 Fed Nom pocking £25.80 going onto score a nice 54th UNC from a convoy of 3,794 birds. The boys were in the channel frame for the fourth time in five races out of Burbure when two of their squad were timed to chalk up a notable 2nd and 4th Club, 6th and 15th Fed, 14th and 98th UNC to round off a cracking channel season. Darren & James would have being over the moon with their channel average winning performances, which will put them in good stead for future cross channel races.

The partnership of Mr & Mrs Golly & Linda Peirson & Tubby Purver were the winners of 2 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd, 2 x 6th Clubs, 24pts and the B & K Simpson Most Points Without A Win Trophy. Golly, Linda & Tubby missed a number of old bird races due to a loft move, this is not the first time this has happened due to the continuing building work on various plots of land in Brotton the past few years. But after a lot of work in a very limited time the partnership had their lofts dismantled and erected at their new plot and the birds all settled at what they hope is their final move, racing finally got underway so far through the season. With Golly, Linda & Tubby first chalking out of Oakham (2) when 6th Club was potted. Golly, Linda & Tubby got their act together from the final four young bird races with their first points coming at Peterborough when a couple of youngsters were on the clock to net a useful 2nd and 3rd Club, 14th and 33rd Fed. Onto Rivenhall where 2nd Club, 21st Fed was taken and that was followed up by pocketing 3rd Club, 30th Fed and 63rd UNC Peterborough National. Golly, Linda & Tubby round off their season after timing another single baby at Bubwith (3) to score a nice 3rd Club, 12th Fed. I’m sure Golly, Linda & Tubby will be looking forward to the 2017 racing season, after missing a number of old bird races and racing with broken Pigeons, they will be hoping for better things throughout the 2017 racing season.

W & S Ward were the winners of 1 x 1st, 2 x 4th, 2 x 5th Clubs, 16pts and the Old Bird Peterborough (2) Cup. Bill and his Grandson Shaun’s first points were collected from old bird Newark (1) when 4th Club was potted; the duo took 4th Club again a week later when the birds were at Oakham (1). Bill & Shaun hit the winners’ enclosure from Peterborough (2) after a couple of their team were on the clock to win a cracking 1st and 4th Club, with their pole position winner going onto score 6th Fed when there were 1,353 birds competing. This was followed up by clocking a single bird out of Newark (2) to claim 5th Club, 15th Fed. The loft of The Right Honourable Vic Garbutt, the late Brian “Rusty” Stone & Brian “Mac” McCormick were the scorers of 2 x 2nd, 2 x 6th Clubs and 12pts. Vic & Mac got off the mark in a double swoop when they timed a couple of their entries out of the old bird Eastbourne (1) National to chalk up a nice 2nd and 6th Club, and this was followed up by taking 2nd Club from the Eastbourne (2) National. Andrew & Gavin Doe, John “Dillon” Swales & the late Sandy Sanderson were the scorers of 1 x 3rd, 1 x 4th, 2 x 5th, 1 x 6th Clubs and 12pts. The lad’s first points of the old bird campaign were achieved at Rivenhall (1) when a nice 3rd Club, 11th Fed was netted. That was followed up by taking 5th Club, 16th Fed out of Eastbourne/Burbure, before having a couple of birds in the fame from Roye when 3rd and 4th Club was potted. The partnership of Kevin & Merv Brown & Bill “Sacker” Cole were the scorers of 2 x 5th, 1 x 6th Clubs and 5pts, with the trio’s first points coming over the pond from Reims where 5th Club was notched up. The lads potted twice with the young birds after taking 5th Club Oakham and then claiming 6th Club two weeks later out of Rivenhall. Back in the sport Dave Jones & Kirsty Carkett were the scorers of 1 x 3rd Club and 4pts, with Dave & Kirsty’s green card being potted at young bird Bubwith (1). Mr & Mrs John & Cathy Richardson were the scorers of 1 x 5th Club and 2pts, while Ricky Cush was the scorer of 1 x 6th Club and 1pt.

That’s what I have on the Brotton H/S 2016 racing season and I have to say Reg Wilson & Ray Mole’s grand total of 227pts (20 points more than 2015) is an awesome muster, and I was wondering if this was a Club record or not. I don’t have all the full race results on hand but searching through them, the most Reg & Ray would not have scored in would be five races but that doesn’t  include Bourges as no birds were clocked in race time. This is a fantastic achievement by anyone’s standards and something to be proud of. No doubt the rest of the Club members will have given their all in 2016, and had Reg & Ray not had their birds on continuous song then things may well have been different. The 2016 racing season has gone but the 2017 racing season is a new beginning and no one knows what it holds, so good luck to the Brotton H/S members, I hope you enjoy your season. The Brotton Six Bird Club presentation evening report will appear in the coming weeks.

 

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