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“The Original” Around The Up North Combine

By Good Corn


The final race of the Up North Combine 2019 racing season took part from young bird Wakefield on Saturday 28th September, the birds were scheduled to race from the Newark Showground but the very poor rain conditions the members were suffering at the home end held things up. As the morning worn on the fanciers were sure we were going to get a race that day as the weather at the home end was improving all the time, but as we got into the afternoon the weather started to deteriorate at the race point so Chief Convoyer Peter Maw decided to move the birds closer to home where he did get a liberation from Wakefield when Groups 1, 4 and 6 (East Cleveland Federation) were liberated at 1.40pm flying into a west wind which was going to push the youngsters on and achieve high velocities. Groups 2 and 5 (Teesside Federation) were up and on their way home 20 minutes later at 2pm.        


B & K Simpson of Skinningrove H/S, chequer Louis Cooreman hen winner of 1st Club, 4th East Cleveland Federation Wakefield from an entry of 591 birds.


Starting at Skinningrove H/S where seven members sent 224 birds which saw the loft of B & K Simpson recording their second young bird win from nine races after timing eleven of their team to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club, 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th East Cleveland Federation from a 26 members entry of 591 birds with vels of 1674.1 (2), 1673.7, 1671.7, 1671.3, 1666.5, 1666.1, 1665.3 (2), 1664.9 and 1664.5. With pole position being won by a chequer Louis Cooreman hen bred out of a home-bred cock out of a direct Louis Cooreman pair when paired to a direct Louis Cooreman hen. The blue card was awarded to a blue pied Dirk Van Den Bulck cock who touched down with the winner and was bred by Clubmates the late Gordon “ Shang” Peirson & sons Sack & Jim and loft helpers Trevor & Bobby McConnell for the Silksworth Breeder/Buyer. One second behind the red and blue card scorers in the green card position was a blue Dirk Van Den Bulck natural hen bred out of a race pair bred by good friend Bob Fenech of Norfolk fame.



Five seconds later came brothers Brian & Keith's fourth timer a chequer pied Louis Cooreman hen bred by Bob Fenech. Another one second later was a blue Dirk Van Den Bulck hen bred from a stock pair bred by Gary Hodkinson. The next two timers that were clocked one second apart were Dirk Van Den Bulck nest-sisters a chequer and a well-fancied dark hen who wins the Club £5 Nom and the previous potter of 3rd Club, 12th Fed Bubwith (3) the week before when beaten by a loftmate who chalked up 2nd Club, 6th Fed. The chequer and dark hen are bred out of a race pair bred by Bob Fenech with their Dam winning 1st Club, 4th Federation in 2018 and scoring 2nd Club, 2nd Fed Oakham and 4th Club, 9th Fed Chelmsford this season when beaten by a loftmate. Two seconds after the sisters came a chequer Louis Cooreman cock bred by Bob Fenech who is chalking for the second race on the bounce after netting 2nd Club, 6th Fed Bubwith (3). A chequer Dirk Van Den Bulck cock bred out of a pair of racers bred by Bob Fenech touched down the same time as the chequer Louis Cooreman cock. And a second later came a chequer Louis Cooreman hen bred by Bob Fenech that potted 9th Fed, 81st Up North Combine Maidstone National from a convoy of 9,020 birds. Another one second later came a chequer Dirk Van Den Bulck cock bred from a race pair bred by Bob Fenech to round of a very good loft performance after timing eleven birds in the space of 24 seconds.     



Mike Prokopowicz & son Lee timed a couple of their entries 17 seconds apart to pocket 4th Club, 7th and 11th Fed on 1673.4 and 1666.7. The partnership of Tich Richards & Alice Marsay chalked up 5th Club, 8th Fed on 1672.2; while Stafford & Wilson notched up 18th and 19th Fed on 1656.1 and 1655.4.



Moving onto the Brotton 6 Bird Club where we see the partnership of Mr & Mrs Bob & Babs Moore return to their winning ways to record their third win of the young bird campaign. Bob & Babs who have flown a very good young bird for a number of years scored in all nine young bird races giving them a total of 3 x 1st, 4 x 2nd, 2 x 3rd, 1 x 4th, 3 x 5th and 1 x 6th Clubs. Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne had a couple of their entries on the clock to lift 2nd and 3rd Club with their green card potter being the previous winner of 1st Club Newark Showground. Frank, Brenda & Wayne chalked in eight of the young bird races only missing out on the first race out of Bubwith (1) winning 3 x 1st, 3 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd, 2 x 4th, 3 x 5th and 2 x 6th Clubs. Mr & Mrs Golly & Linda Peirson & Tubby Purver netted 4th Club with a chequer hen through Arthur Morland & Jimmy Elliott of New Brancepeth x Soderlund & Maddison “Dino” bloodlines, with their yellow card lifter scoring for the second time after winning 1st Club, 5th Fed Bubwith (1) from a convoy of 1,354 birds. Bill Ward & grandson Shaun of the W & S Ward partnership are in 5th spot winning the “K Adamson Trophy” with their timing netting for the third time after taking 3rd Club Bubwith (1) and 4th Club Bubwith (3). Bill & Shaun notched up six young bird position scoring 1 x 3rd, 4 x 4th and 1 x 5th Clubs. The Newton Family in their first season with the young birds are in 6th place picking up 1pt, the partnership have scored three times throughout the young bird season winning 1 x 1st and 2 x 6th Clubs with their first point coming from the first race Bubwith (1) and their cracking win being achieved at the fourth race Oakham. The loft of Andrew & Gavin Doe John “Dillon” Swales and the late Sandy Sanderson pocketed three young bird positions scoring 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd and 1 x 5th Clubs. Ricky Cush scored four times netting 1 x 3rd and 3 x 6th Clubs; while Vic Garbutt, the late Brian “Rusty“ Stone & Brian “Mac” McCormick potted once taking 1 x 6th Club with that coming at Oakham (1).     



The Brotton H/S partnership of  Frank & Brenda Reilly & son Wayne have really hit top form the past two races for the trio won a brilliant 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 10th Fed Bubwith (3) the previous week out of 816 birds. This week Frank & Brenda & Wayne achieved their second winning performance on the belt after timing five of their squad to win an outstanding 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Club with the red card winner knocking out a vel of 1654 for 20th Federation. Mr & Mrs Golly & Linda Peirson & Tubby Purver stopped the dry rub by taking 3rd Club. 



Onto Skelton Green where two members entered 22 birds in the race with Tommy Welford timing three birds to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club; while Eion Richardson followed up his previous weeks winning performance out of Bubwith (3) where him and Tommy sent to time a trio of youngsters to chalk up 4th, 5th and 6th Club. Both Tommy & Eion are lifelong members of the sport with both fanciers enjoying their share of success over the years with much of their winning performances being achieved from over the channel. The two back-over races have given Tommy & Eion a chance to give their youngsters a couple of extra races. A lot of fanciers make the Maidstone National their last race of the season either because they believe their birds have had enough for the season or the babies are too far in the moult. At the end of the day fanciers are going to send if they want too, fanciers are not going to send their birds if they are not right.   


Tommy Welford of Skelton Green winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd Club Wakefield.


Next stop is the Teesside Federation and starting at Haverton Hill where the loft of Jappa Appleton & Paul Longstaff timed four birds to win 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Club out of 30 birds to rack up their third young bird win of the season. With the lads red card winning blue cock achieving a leading vel of 1526 which was enough to pocket 8th Fed; while the duo's blue card potting blue card lifter making 1508 to claim 12th Fed. The inform Stuart “Lewie” Lewis, Amber & Coby McCabe had a couple of their entries in the points to take 3rd and 6th Club with the partnerships green card potter being a blue hen doing 1493 for 14th Fed.



Butto Bell & Weedall timed three of their six entries at the Billingham T U H/S to win 1st, 2nd and 5th Club from a Club entry of 19 birds to record Butto's second young bird win of the campaign with the well-fancied pole position cock achieving a vel of 1521 to go onto score 10th Fed and winning the Fed Nom. The very popular Butto who is a lifelong member of the sport blue card scoring cock racked up a vel of 1481 to pocket 18th Federation. Butto was the only Billingham T U H/S member to send to the first young bird race out of Pontefract (1) but he outwitted the rest of the Federation field to win a top-notch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th. 6th, 16th, 17th and 20th Federation from an entry of 289 birds with Butto's green card potter winning the Fed Nom. Steve Wilson had a couple of birds on the clock to pocket 3rd and 4th Club.



That’s the 2019 race reports done and dusted for another year; I would like to thank the fanciers who took time to give details of their timers throughout the racing season. Any news to Good Corn 6 Boulby Drive Loftus Saltburn Cleveland TS13 4JN. Tel: 01287 643624 or Email goodcorn@talktalk.net




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