EAST DOWN COMBINE
Reports by Clifford Browne
December 20th 2013
Show Season at Ballylesson
The Ballylesson club have started their 2013 Show season with 3 classes for Old Cocks Through the Wires, Handled and Eyesign and the cards were awarded as follows:
Old cocks through the wires
1st J Patterson, 2nd A Cousins & Sons, 3rd A Cousins& Sons, 4th C&D Smyth & sons.
Reserve Mackey & Lockhart, (V H C) A Cousins & Sons, (HC) A Cousins&Sons, (C) P&C Johnston.
Old cocks handled
1st A Cousins & Sons, 2nd A Cousins & Sons, 3rd C & D Smyth & Sons, 4th A Cousins & Sons.
Reserve C&D Smyth & Sons, (V H C) M & A Johnston, (H C) J Patterson, (C) C&D Smyth & Sons.
Old cocks eye-sign
1st C&D Smyth &Sons, 2nd J Patterson, 3rd J S Albert, 4th Mackey & Lockhart.
Reserve M&A Johnston, (V H C) S Casement, (H C). A Cousins &Sons, (C) J Patterson.
The Ballylesson club wish to thank the judges from Doagh - John Wilson and B & M Gilmore.
Before leaving Ballylesson the members send best wishes to John Patterson who is not too well at present. Get well soon John.
East Down 2bird News
The winners in the 2 bird club for 2013 were as follows starting with the leagues:
LEAGUE A Gordon bros & sons 28 points
LEAGUE B S & K Duke 26 points
LEAGUE C R Moore & Son 30 points
LEAGUE D McCartan & Woodsides 30 points
LEAGUE E R & G Thompson 24 points
LEAGUE F F Gilmore 26 points
This means that the Gibson cup for the league winners will be shared this year between McCartan & Woodsides and R Moore & son, both lofts scoring 30 points.
Other trophy winners were:
OLD BIRD INLAND AVERAGE - McCartan & Woodsides
OLD BIRD SKIB CLASSIC - M Croskery
PENZANCE CUP - R McDowell & son
ST.MALO CUP - S Brown & sons
CHANNEL AVERAGE - McCartan & Woodsides
OLD BIRD COMBINED AVG - McCartan & Woodsides
OLD BIRD KNOCKOUT - McCartan & Woodsides
OLD BIRD OF THE YEAR - M Croskery
1ST SKIBBEREEN YB - F Gilmore
2ND SKIBBEREEN YB - S Regan
TALBENNY YB DERBY - K & B McConaghie & son
2ND Mt. CHARLES - B Young
COMBINED AVGS - K & B McConaghie & son
YB of THE YEAR - M Croskery
BEST AVG OB DERBY AND 2 YB DERBIES - S Brown & sons
YB AVERAGE - Gordon Bros & sons
We will have more on these winners after the 2 bird dinner on February 21st 2014 and this is followed by the 2 bird AGM the following week.
Bangor Open Show 28th December
The Bangor club as mentioned in last week’s column are holding an Open New Year Show in the Portavogie clubrooms on December 28th 2013. Entry fee is £1 per bird and there will be the usual classes for Old, Young and Eyesign. Prizes for all classes plus a selection of 2014 YBs for auction. Birds penned from 1pm judging starts 3pm. See you there.
New Loft Manager for Newcastle partnership
The Newcastle partnership of Ronan McVeigh and son after a successful 2013 season have appointed a new loft manager in Ronan’s granddaughter Maisie who from our picture looks as if she is getting ready for the 2014 season.
On that happy note we bring 2013 to a close and can I wish all readers at home and abroad a very happy Christmas and a great 2014.