Summer success for City of Derry

City of Derry success TD Farm
NEWBIES: Members at the new members night at Benone Beach.

MEMBERS of City of Derry YFC were on the go over the summer as they attended BBQs and competitions.

The club kicked off with a jam packed June with members taking part in the County Londonderry Build it Competition heats held on Tuesday, June 26, at Swatragh Livestock Market.

PREPARATIONS: Lynne Montgomery and Jemma Gamble helping clean up and prepare Lisahally Market for Stock at the Docks event.

The task this year was to build a Bug House. City of Derry YFC came out with top marks gaining 1st place for the third year in a row. Well done to Cameron Nutt, Gordon Crockett and Lynne and Emma Montgomery who progressed to the next round at Castlewellan Show.

Next on the agenda members were preparing for their big event Stock at the Docks held at Lisahally market on Friday, June 29. Huge thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a success. Thanks to everyone who donated items and also to the keen bidders.

As the week drew to an end members of City of Derry YFC didn’t slow down. On Saturday, June 30 members helped out at Country Comes to City. Their job was to collect tickets at the gate and go round with collection buckets. A great evening was had by all and even the weather stayed dry as the public jived the night away.

As July approached the club successes did not fail to impress. On Saturday, July 14 four members ventured off to Castlewellan Show to participate in the Northern Ireland Final of the Build Competition. The task was to build a Barn Owl House in the space of 90 minutes.

Huge congratulations to City of Derry YFC as they took the gold medal at the NI Final for the second year in a row. Well done to Cameron Nutt, Gordon Crockett, Jemma Gamble and Emma Montgomery for retaining the title for another year. Emma Montgomery also took part in County Down YFC Ladies Quad Handling at Castlewellan Show.

The County Londonderry Sports’ Night held in Aghanloo Showgrounds saw a few members attend and take part in the Girls Football, Home Industries Competition and Home and Farm Safety Competition. On Saturday, July 21 City of Derry YFC pulled off another successful day at the County Londonderry and Limavady Show.

Congratulations must go to all members who participated in the Fencing Competition, Tug O’ War, Digger Challenge, 4X4 Ladies Handling, PRO Poster Competition and the Home Industries. Great results all round from all members.

Well done to the Ladies Tug O’ War team who retained their title for the fourth year running. Also well done to the boys team who came 3rd in the Tug O’ War. A special thanks to Anne Montgomery who helped coach the teams.

Congratulations to the boys team who took part in the Fencing Competition and came 1st.

The team consisted of Gordon Crockett, Mervyn Magee and Thomas Rankin.

Ladies 4×4 Handling – Lynne Montgomery came 2nd. PRO Poster Competition – Emma Montgomery came 1st. Home Industries section – Lynne Montgomery got Highly Commended in the Wheaten Bread section. Thanks to all members who helped steward the livestock also. Team work makes the dream work.

On Thursday, August 30, three members, Gordon Crockett, Lynne

Montgomery and Emma Mont-gomery, headed to the YFCU Dunbia Live to Dead Tour in the Dungannon Factory where they were taught how to value and score the grade of different variations of beef cattle.

Later that evening County Londonderry YFC held its County Fun Night at Foyle Hov Activity Centre in Ballykelly.

Nine members of City of Derry YFC had an enjoyable evening by getting to do Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Laser Tag, Archery and Football Golf. To finish off the evening after all the running about at Foyle Hov, a chippy was well deserved.

As the summer came to an end members travelled to Benone Strand Beach on Friday, August 31 for a New Members/Fun Night to end the summer antics and for new members to get to know one another.

At the beach members played Tag Rugby, Rounders and Tug O’ War and even some members braved the cold and entered the sea for a dip. To round off an enjoyable evening there was a BBQ.

GAME ON: Kyle Wilson, Matthew McCorkell, Tom McCorkell, Adam Foster, Russell Kelly and Matthew McLucas prepared for a game of Tag Rugby.

The club also collected a cheque of £1,392.10 from Country Comes to City during the summer. Thank you for the generous donation.

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