31st January 2019

The East Down Combine 2 Bird club held their Annual Dinner and Prize Distribution on January 25th  2018 and once again this year the event was held in the very popular Temple Golf & Country Club.
Chairman Joe McGreevy opened the evening by welcoming everyone especially the chief guest for the evening  Wesley Sawyers . After grace was said we all sat down to yet again a super meal for which the Temple Golf & Country Club is famous .
After the meal The chairman introduced the evening and started by thanking the staff of the Temple for the wonderful meal , he then congratulated the 2018 prize winners on their success .  He thanked the club sponsors  ,Robert & June Kirkwood, Cyril & Hilary Beattie, Wesley Sawyers Estate Agents Banbridge , Telford Bros of Down Patrick  . Thanks was also extended to Herbie Thorpe -Proudstown Breeding /racing stud (Co. Meath)  Jim Braniff (Shalimar Lofts), Roy Irwin , C & D Smyth & Sons , & Joe McGreevy for 2019 YB’s which Wesley auctioned after the Ballot was drawn .
Joe thanked all the club Secretaries for their help throughout the season and then he thanked Dorothy Smyth for all she had done throughout the year to ensure the smooth and efficient running of this excellent club and for once again organising the prize night and the club is indeed fortunate to have someone of Dorothy’s skill , enthusiasm and energy in it’s ranks .
Joe then asked Wesley to present the prizes and these were won as follows :
 Starting with the ever popular Leagues
LEAGUE  A    R Moore & son   26 points 
LEAGUE  B    Cowan & McCartney 30 points 
LEAGUE C     H McVeigh 26 points 
LEAGUE D     C Healy 28 points 
LEAGUE  E     R McVeigh & son 22points 
With 30 points Cowan & McCartney won the Gibson Cup for  being the overall points leaders, the other cups ,trophies etc , were won as follows ;
Old Bird Inland Average     R Moore & son 
Old Bird Skibbereen Derby J Young & ptnrs 
Mallow Derek Wishart Classic      R Irwin 
Old Bird Channel Average             M Foulis 
Old Bird Combined Average          R Moore & son 
Penzance                                               S Regan 
ST.Malo O/B Derby                             J & R Young
O/B of the Year                                    R Moore & son 
Old Bird K/O                                         J & R Young
1st Skibbereen YB Derby       G Lyttle
2nd Skibbereen YB Derby                       Mackey & Lockhart
Talbenny YB Derby      A Crawford  
2nd Thurles      M Foulis 
50th Anniversary Cup 
4th & 5th OB  and 5th & 6th YB      M Foulis
Young Bird Average                               Harper & Young 
Young Bird of the Year                          Harper & Young 
Combined Average                                    M Foulis 
Best Avg O/B Derby and 2 Y/B Derbies   J McGreevy
GOLD RING    1st Fermoy OB  2018
1st       A Crawford      £150
2nd      M Foulis      £  90
3rd       R Moore & son        £  60
2nd Thurles YB 2018
1st         Gordon Bros & sons £150
2nd        R Moore & son                   £  90
3rd         J Young & ptnrs    £  60 
After the presentation the format of this evening is that instead of music, members are free to chat to old friends ,a ballot is run and a small draft of 2019 Yb birds were auctioned and thanks here goes to Wesley Sawyers who was the auctioneer . All in all it was a most enjoyable evening UPCOMING EVENTS 
Reminder the 2 bird AGM will be held in the War Memorial Hall Crossgar on Monday 11th February 2019 .

Clifford Browne 


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