ON Saturday Gauteng Pigeon Union liberated the pigeons from two race points for the final races of the season.

These were Three Sisters in the Eastern Cape and Beaufort West in the Western Cape. The skies were clear and there was no wind from both race points when the pigeons were liberated at 6.15am.

Riverpark Pigeon Club’s results for the Three Sisters race saw Doves Nest Guest House (Gawie Botha) having the only bird through on the day before the hours of darkness (clocks closing) came into effect. This was also Doves Nest Guest House’s first win for the season.

At the time of going to the press, Gawie was in 17th position in the GPU results.

The rest of the results were:

Doves Nest Guest House (Gawie Botha) 1st, 7th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 24th; Sky Lofts (Corrie Moller) 2nd, 6th, 10th, 17th, 21st, 26th; Blackie Swart 3rd, 8th; Hilton Pitout 4th, 5th, 13th, 22nd; Tallies Lofts 9th, 23rd; Pieter van den Broeck 11th, 29th; Le Roux Lofts (Pieter le Roux) 18th, 27th; Flip van Staden 19th, 28th and G&E Lofts (Graham Cheary & Elaine Russell) 25th and 30th.

The Beaufort West race saw no pigeons through on the day with the pigeons only arriving from early on Sunday morning. The first member of Riverpark to clock a pigeon was Tallies Lofts (Johan Taljaard) and 26 minutes later Pine Pienaar.

At the time of going to the press, Tallies Lofts were in 17th position in the GPU results.

The rest of the results were:

Tallies Lofts (Johan Taljaard) 1st; Pine Pienaar 2nd; Beano Daschner 3rd; Doves Nest Guest House 4th, 7th, 13th, 19th, 28th, 30th; Blackie Swart 5th, 8th; Sky Lofts (Corrie Moller) 6th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 24th; Connie Coertse 9th; Flip van Staden 14th; Pieter van den Broeck 10th, 15th; G&E Lofts (Graham Cheary & Elaine Russell) 17th, 22nd, 23rd, 25th; Le Roux Lofts (Pieter le Roux) 20th, 21st, 29th and Hilton Pitout 26th and 27th.

Riverpark’s long-distance champion and club champion for 2017 is Blackie Swart. Flip van Staden’s SOTV 2015 2850 Blue Bar Hen is the best long distance pigeon in the club.

The 2018 pigeon racing season will kick off on June 2 when the first race will take place from Theunissen.


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