A HILLSBOROUGH man has won a place in the Northern Ireland team
due to compete at the European Vintage Tractor Ploughing
Championships next Autumn.
Mercer Ward will compete at the event in
Wales along with Jackie Moore from Bangor and Wilfred Gill from
Crossgar. Mr. Ward won his place on the team at the 12th annual
Northern Ireland Vintage Tractor Ploughing Championships which
took place in his home village last Saturday.
There was also success for veteran ploughman
Tommy Anderson of Annahilt who took the TEC Cup for best Co Down
competitor using a trail plough only weeks after two months
hospitalisation following a major orthopaedic operation.
The event which was hosted by Raymond McKee
and family drew entries from Scotland, the Republic and all six
counties of Northern Ireland.
It was sponsored by NFU Mutual and McKee
Transport Services. The overall results were:
Class One and the Farm Week Cup won by
Jackie Moore with Wilfred Gill runner up ahead of third
placed Frankie Davidson. Co Antrim ploughman Ian Simms came
Intermediate Class: First and Turkington
Cup Fred Dunn, Fermanagh; 2, Jack Williamson, Londonderry;
3, Andrew Maybin, Antrim.
Class 3 and NIVPA Cup: 1, Sean Boyle; 2, Eamon Cusack; 3,
Miss Leigh Savage. James Heslip won the Junior Class and
In the classic class David Percy took
first and the NIVPA Cup with Jim Somerville second ahead of
third placed Robert Kidd.
Mercer Ward again dominated the
Reversible Class with James Fitchie second. John McGirr made
the long trip from Fermanagh worthwhile by taking first in
Class Seven to head home with the Ferguson Cup and Rea
Family Cup. Second place went to Eric Sherlock with John
Leatham coming third.
The crowd pulling Horse Class was won by
the only lady taking the reins Lyndsay Hanna of Saintfield
with Victor Scott runner up and Derek Espie third. Special
Prizes: Robinsons of Hillsborough 4WD Cup for best opening
in class one, Wilfred Gill; Graham Skips Cup for reserve
champion W Gill; George Galway Memorial Cup for best Co Down
competitor J Moore; Ballyeaston Vintage Club Cup for best Co
Antrim competitor Frankie Davidson; Northern Leasing Cup for
best NI competitor in Class One J Moore; Lenaghan Cup for
best visitor in class One Sam Allen, ROI; Co Down TEC Cup
for best Co Down entrant using a trail plough T R Anderson;
Bill Garden Tankard for best finish in class one by a NI
competitor W Gill.
The NI Vintage Tractor Ploughing Association
prize giving dinner is on Friday, November 23 in Hilden Bowling
Club, Lisburn with music by Housty.
The Hillsborough Ploughing Match will take place on Saturday