Matthew in a field of his own

Matthew in a field of his own
WINNING LINE-UP: Judges Robert Brown, Coagh, and Herbie Stevenson, Donegal, right, judges, with William Purcell, chairman, congratulating 1st place prizewinners at the Coleraine and District Tractor Ploughing Society annual ploughing match. Matthew Simms, Donegal, won Class1 Elite and was Champion of The Field; Lee Simms, Donegal, won Class 2 Confined, Adrian Jamison, Ballycastle, won Class 3 Reversible, and Sam Loughery, Limavady, won the Vintage Class.

MATTHEW Simms, Donegal, was the Champion of the Field at the annual match organised by Coleraine and District Tractor Ploughing Society, on the lands of Jim McElwee, Ballyquin Road, Limavady.

Matthew won the 12 inch world style open class, just edging out brother Gary. Meanwhile, in the Reversible, World Champion Tom Cochrane, in his ‘home match’ was pushed into second place by Adrian Jamison, Ballycastle.

The judges were William Hogg, Moneyrea, Herbie Stevenson, Donegal, Sam Bowman, Magherafelt and Robert Brown, Moneymore;


Class 1, 12 inch world style open; 1, Matthew Simms, Donegal; 2, Gary Simms, Donegal; 3, Andrew Gill, Saintfield; 4, Allen McAnally, Ballyboley.

Class 2, 12 inch world style, confined; 1, Lee Simms, Donegal; 2, Harry Mallon, Donegal; 3, Ivan Simms, Donegal; 4, Tom Stewart, Garvagh.

Class 3, Reversible; 1, Adrian Jamison, Ballycastle; 2, Thomas Cochrane, Coleraine.

Vintage; 1, Sam Loughrey, Limavady; 2, J Rolston, Donegal.

Horses; 1, Walter Milliken, Garvagh; 2, Victor Scott, Limavady.

Champion of the Field; Matthew Simms, Donegal.

A spokesperson for the Coleraine and District Tractor Ploughing Society expressed thanks to the McElwee family for the use of the lands; the judges, competitors and everyone who helped in any way to make the event a success.


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