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East Down Combine News - 20-08-21

East Down Combine News

with Clifford Browne

WEATHER FURTHER DISRUPTS PROGRAMME

As mentioned last week the poor weather for pigeon racing was the reason that the East Down Combine made the decision to replace the scheduled 7th of August race from Tullamore with a race from the shorter race point of Mullingar but even that was fraught with weather problems which meant that the race could not actually be flown until Tuesday August 10th ,this was followed the next week by a return to the scheduled programme with a race from the Horse & Jockey but again poor weather conditions on the Saturday & Sunday led to the race being flown on Monday August 16th and we will look at this in the next article. Meantime as I write word has just come through that the 2nd Horse & Jockey race scheduled for August 21st has now also been replaced by a return to the shorter racepoint of Mullingar again because of the very unsuitable weather we have been experiencing and a quick look at the forecast does not make pleasant reading for that weekend either so with all this in mind the rest of the Scheduled programme is under review by the committee . I must say that in all my years connected with the sport I don’t recall such a prolonged period of unsuitable weather for pigeon racing .

Right, now to the results of the race to hand Mullingar. Liberation took place on Tuesday August 10th at 10am into a light SW wind and the birds recorded velocities in the 1400’s . 1st and 2nd open were recorded to Tony Smith of Killyleagh Central with clubmate Clifford Healy at 3rd Open . 4th open went to Bob Connolly of the nearby Downpatrick Premier club and then it was Cloughey members through Gordon Bros & Sons ,Harper & Young &C & H Cully taking the next 10 places and then it was back to Downpatrick and again and it was Bob Connolly with the next 3 places which meant the that the top 17 open places were to East Section lofts .Top two in the West section were to McCartan & Woodsides of Crossgar who in fact had 11 of the top 12 West section places including the first eight . The full result Open Section and nominated was :

East Down Combine

10/08/2021 Mullingar Open

94 Members Sent: 2665 Birds in a South West Wind

Pos

Name Club Velocity

1 T.Smith Killyleagh Central HPS 1479.161

2 T.Smith Killyleagh Central HPS 1477.738

T Smith 20 08 21

3 C J Healy Killyleagh Central HPS 1474.885

Clifford Healy 20 08 21

4 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1473.812

5 Gordon Bros & Sons Cloughey HPS 1469.861

6 Gordon Bros & Sons Cloughey HPS 1469.647

7 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1469.555

8 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1468.950

9 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1468.749

10 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1468.547

11 C & H Cully Cloughey HPS 1466.686

12 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1466.535

13 C & H Cully Cloughey HPS 1466.485

14 C & H Cully Cloughey HPS 1466.485

15 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1466.331

16 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1466.099

17 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1465.634

18 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1464.339

19 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1463.878

20 K Rooney,Son&Dtr Annalong HPS 1463.825

21 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1463.647

22 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1463.416

23 K Rooney,Son&Dtr Annalong HPS 1462.367

24 K Rooney,Son&Dtr Annalong HPS 1460.912

25 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1457.219

26 G & P Brown Annsborough HPS 1455.165

27 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1453.343

28 Young, McCormick & Angus Portavogie 1452.621

29 P Byrne & Son Crossgar HPS 1450.574

30 P Byrne & Son Crossgar HPS 1450.118

31 P Byrne & Son Crossgar HPS 1449.890

32 Gordon Bros & Sons Cloughey HPS 1448.644

33 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1448.476

34 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1447.682

35 J & R Young Portavogie 1445.574

36 Ambrose & Kelly Portavogie 1445.358

37 F.Black & Sons Downpatrick Premier 1445.295

38 F.Black & Sons Downpatrick Premier 1441.006

39 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1440.722

40 Ambrose & Kelly Portavogie 1439.312

East Section Top 20

56 Members / 1598 Birds

1 T.Smith Killyleagh Central HPS 1479.161

2 T.Smith Killyleagh Central HPS 1477.738

3 C J Healy Killyleagh Central HPS 1474.885

4 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1473.812

5 Gordon Bros & Sons Cloughey HPS 1469.861

6 Gordon Bros & Sons Cloughey HPS 1469.647

7 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1469.555

8 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1468.950

9 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1468.749

10 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1468.547

11 C & H Cully Cloughey HPS 1466.686

12 Harper & Young Cloughey HPS 1466.535

13 C & H Cully Cloughey HPS 1466.485

14 C & H Cully Cloughey HPS 1466.485

15 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1466.331

16 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1466.099

17 R Connolly Downpatrick Premier 1465.634

18 K Rooney,Son&Dtr Annalong HPS 1463.825

19 K Rooney,Son&Dtr Annalong HPS 1462.367

20 K Rooney,Son&Dtr Annalong HPS 1460.912

West Section Top 20 38 Members / 1067 Birds

1 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1464.339

McCartan 20 08 21

2 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1463.878

3 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1463.647

4 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1463.416

5 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1457.219

6 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1453.343

7 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1447.682

8 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1440.722

9 A & A Cheevers Crossgar HPS 1426.394

10 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1423.939

11 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1423.067

12 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1421.978

13 P & C McComb Killyleagh Central 1419.656

14 A & A Cheevers Crossgar HPS 1418.184

15 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1416.557

16 A & A Cheevers Crossgar HPS 1413.900

17 R Hunter Ballynahinch HPS 1408.151

18 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1404.139

19 McCartan & Woodsides Crossgar HPS 1403.503

20 W & L Robinson Comber Social HPS 1388.398

 

Open (Nominated)

Position

Member

Club

Velocity

Points

1

R Connolly

IHU21N15134

Downpatrick Premier

1473.81

20

2

F Black & Sons

IHU21N15011

Downpatrick Premier

1441.00

19

3

Ambrose & Kelly

GB21V69175

Portavogie

1439.32

18

4

F Black & Sons

IHU21N15010

Downpatrick Premier

1436.53

-

5

F Black & Sons

IHU21N15041

Downpatrick Premier

1434.83

-

6

P Byrne & Son

GB21A22592

Crossgar H P S

1430.09

17

7

P Byrne & Son

IHU21N12250

Crossgar H P S

1429.87

-

8

Ambrose & Kelly

IHU21N19360

Portavogie

1420.52

-

9

K .Rooney,Son & Dtr

GB21A22677

Annalong HPS

1419.93

16

10

B & J Donnan

IHU21N19207

Portavogie

1404.86

15

11

D Shaw

IHU21N05764

Bangor RPC

1377.90

14

12

G Young

IHU21N06811

Dundonald HPS

1361.71

13

13

G Young

IHU21N06814

Dundonald HPS

1361.35

-

14

Cowan & McCartney

IHU21N11615

Dundonald HPS

1360.94

12

15

C & D Smyth & Sons

IHU21N00607

Ballylesson HPS

1359.77

11

16

D Shaw

IHU21N05778

Bangor RPC

1357.25

-

17

Cowan & McCartney

IHU21N11602

Dundonald HPS

1355.74

-

18

D & L Jackson & Dtrs

IHU21N10510

Belmont

1351.1

10

19

B Anderson

GB21V46708

Belmont

1344.18

9

20

W & L Robinson

IHU21N16015

Comber Social HPS

1342.23

8

East (Nominated)

Position

Member

Club

Velocity

Points

1

R Connolly

IHU21N15134

Downpatrick Premier

1473.81

10

2

F Black & Sons

IHU21N15011

Downpatrick Premier

1441.00

9

3

Ambrose & Kelly

GB21V69175

Portavogie

1439.32

8

4

F Black & Sons

IHU21N15010

Downpatrick Premier

1436.53

-

5

F Black & Sons

IHU21N15041

Downpatrick Premier

1434.83

-

6

P Byrne & Son

GB21A22592

Crossgar H P S

1430.09

7

7

P Byrne & Son

IHU21N12250

Crossgar H P S

1429.87

-

8

Ambrose & Kelly

IHU21N19360

Portavogie

1420.52

-

9

K .Rooney,Son & Dtr

GB21A22677

Annalong HPS

1419.93

6

10

B & J Donnan

IHU21N19207

Portavogie

1404.86

5

West (Nominated)

Position

Member

Club

Velocity

Points

1

G Young

IHU21N06811

Dundonald HPS

1361.719

10

2

G Young

IHU21N06814

Dundonald HPS

1361.359

-

3

Cowan & McCartney

IHU21N11615

Dundonald HPS

1360.94

9

4

C & D Smyth & Sons

IHU21N00607

Ballylesson HPS

1359.776

8

5

Cowan & McCartney

IHU21N11602

Dundonald HPS

1355.747

-

6

D & L Jackson & Dtrs

IHU21N10510

Belmont

1351.1

7

7

B Anderson

GB21V46708

Belmont

1344.18

6

8

W & L Robinson

IHU21N16015

Comber Social HPS

1342.231

5

9

C & D Smyth & Sons

IHU21N00612

Ballylesson HPS

1338.368

-

10

Mackey & Lockhart

IHU21N17386

Ballylesson HPS

1331.19

4

Around the Combine Clubs

Annalong

K .Rooney,Son & Dtr 1463.825 , K .Rooney,Son & Dtr 1462.367

K .Rooney,Son & Dtr 1460.912

Annsborough G & P Brown 1455.165 , G & P Brown 1416.23

G & P Brown 1374.932

Ballylesson C & D Smyth & Sons 1362.351 , P & C Johnston 1361.997

C & D Smyth & Sons IHU21N00607 1359.776

Ballynahinch R Hunter 1408.151 ,R Hunter 1236.079 , R Hunter 1235.743

Ballywalter

W McMaster & Son 1334.885 , S Regan 1325.886 , S Regan 1319.819

Bangor

D Shaw IHU21N05764 1377.908 , Burgess & Brennan 1376.752

D Shaw IHU21N05778 1357.25

Belmont D & L Jackson & Dtrs 1365.42 , W & R Evans & Leahy 1361.48

W & R Evans & Leahy 1357.05

Cloughey

Gordon Bros & Sons 1469.861 , Gordon Bros & Sons 1469.647

Harper & Young 1469.555

Comber

W & L Robinson 1388.398 , J Crockard & Son 1376.455

W & L Robinson 1365.584

Crossgar McCartan & Woodsides 1464.339 , McCartan & Woodsides 1463.878 McCartan & Woodsides 1463.647

Donaghadee

Ferguson & Wilkinson 1384.041 , A & P Trimble & Sons 1362.555

A & P Trimble & Sons 1362.555

Downpatrick Premier R Connolly IHU21N15134 1473.812 , R Connolly 1466.331 R Connolly 1466.099

R Connolly 20 08 21

Dundonald

Mr & Mrs S Brown 1364.189 , Mr & Mrs S Brown 1363.647 Myles, Kincaid, McCann & Auld; 1361.9

Dundrum

S Foster Connor & Parry 1338.043 , E & A Rogan 1336.956

E & A Rogan 1336.081

Killyleagh Central T Smith 1479.161 , T Smith 1477.738 ,C J Healy 1474.885

Newtownbreda

S Casement & Son 1361.323 ,B & H Marshall 1360.377

W White & Son 1357.023

Portavogie Young, McCormick & Angus 1452.621 , J & R Young 1445.574

Ambrose & Kelly 1445.358
 

East Down2bird News

Tullamore 31st July 2021

1st Gordon bros & sons 1397 pools £10 nom £30

2nd Sam Regan 1197

3rd T Horner & sons 1166

4th J Young & ptrs 1153 pools £7 50

5th Lambert & Stewart 1088 pools £5

6th J& T Palmer 1075

7th A & A Cheevers 1000

8th W R Evans & Leahy 979

9th R J Conlane 968

10th J Trimble & g/son 913

11th D L Jackson & dtrs 875.61

12th Cowan & Mc Cartney 875.37

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RONAN McVEIGH

Once again it is my sad duty to inform the fancy of the death , after a period of illness, of another well-known and popular fancier Ronan Mc Veigh of Newcastle who raced in partnership with his son Connaire in the Dundrum club . I first got to know Ronan when I met him along with his great chum and this year’s King’s Cup winner Liam McCall at the INFC annual dinner when I had been doing a report on one of Liam’s earlier successes with his great Hall of Fame pigeon “Red Laddie”. Each year thereafter I always had a chat with Ronan’s table at the annual dinner and what a gentleman he was and let me tell you that Ronan & Connaire could also race a successful pigeon and Ronan was competing right to the end with his last visit to the loft being for the INFC Yearling National this year in June when he was delighted to clock in from that event to finish 46th Open and just prior to this it was a 3rd East Section Talbenny for the loft . On behalf of all who had the privilege of knowing Ronan I extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Sheila, Connaire and the entire family at this sad time and I have included a couple of Photos of Ronan with son Connaire and the McCalls.

Ronan McVeigh 20 08 21    McVeigh McCall 20 08 21

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Well that is it for this week as I said at the start the Combine is going back to Mullingar this week .