Wins for McDonald and Dixon
Thursday, 24 November 2016
WITH another full house at the Templeton Hotel in Templepatrick the NIPA Chairman Alan Darragh welcomed all those attending and introduced the guests who included North Antrim MLA Robin Swann and his father, Brian. They were joined at the top table by NIPA President Robert Reid and family also RRRA Irish Region Secretary, and NIPA Vice Chairman Sammy Thompson. Also present the Secretary of The Irish National Flying Club Trevor Topping and family, and Mr and Mrs Beattie who sponsored the Fermoy Five Bird Championship this season.
The main sponsor for the 2016 season were Frazer Animal Feeds. Sammy Thompson said grace and following an excellent four course meal the NIPA Secretary and Assistant Fred Russell and Gregory McEvoy assisted at the big presentation. What a job they had in hand getting everything ready for the big night, invaluable work over many hours. "Fred has asked that all trophies and cups be returned in early August next year to enable an assessment to be carried out of their condition, especially the older ones. Great care needs to be taken with the cleaning of the cups, no wire wool or Brasso to be used," said a spokesperson.
In the far north which includes lofts in Ballymoney and Coleraine they again featured in the presentation with the King of Bushmills Trevor McDonald winning first Open NIPA in the opening race of the old bird season from Mullingar. At Ladies' Night the Coleraine Premier loft of T and J McDonald collected the Mulgrew Family Cup.
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