Mayberry’s fine furrowing at ploughing match

This year's ploughing match was held at Beachmenach Farm. Photograph: Michelle Mayberry.
This year's ploughing match was held at Beachmenach Farm. Photograph: Michelle Mayberry.

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Despite some changes to the format, competitors at this year’s Largieside Ploughing Match continued to produce fantastic results.

It was Michael Mayberry, winning three of the five trophies up for grabs including the best overall award, whose furrows proved the finest at this year’s competition, held at Beachmenach Farm, Muasdale, on Saturday July 31.

The committee decided on a simplified match this year, in line with restrictions at the time which allowed the smaller numbers on the field.

A spokesperson said: ‘Massive thanks to Malcolm and Marion McDonald who hosted the match yet again on a grand lea field.

‘Judges for the day were Alex and Duncan MacKinnon from Carradale to whom we also owe our grateful thanks.

‘We are delighted it was a success and look forward to our usual match next year with spectators and catering to make it more of a day out for everyone.’

Michael Mayberry, pictured with his grandson Bobby, won three of the five trophies up for grabs. Photograph: Michelle Mayberry.
Michael Mayberry, pictured with his grandson Bobby, won three of the five trophies up for grabs. Photograph: Michelle Mayberry.

Results: Class: 12 inch and under: 1 Michael Mayberry, 2 Gavin Reid, 3 Paul Newall, 4 Willie Reid, 5 Jim Hamilton, 6 Jock Somerville, 7 John Sivewright, 8 Iain McKendrick, 9 Ben Bannatyne, 10 Geordie Robertson, 11 Thomas Hannah. Special prizes: best break: Gavin Reid; best first six furrows: John Sivewright; best last six furrows: Michael Mayberry; best outs and ins: Michael Mayberry; straightest: Michael Mayberry; best finish: Willie Reid.

Class: reversible: 1 Mitchell Woodrow, 2 Richard McCrindle, 3 Lewis Anderson, 4 Drew McKendrick, 5 Robert MacDonald, 6 Fraser MacPhail. Special prizes: best break: Richard McCrindle; best first six furrows: Richard McCrindle; best last six furrows: Mitchell Woodrow; best outs and ins: Mitchell Woodrow; straightest: Mitchell Woodrow; best finish: Mitchell Woodrow.

General prizes: worst lot: Robert MacDonald; least assistance: Paul Newall; best maintained outfit: Willie Reid; best working plough: Michael Mayberry; hardest luck: Ben Bannatyne; furthest travelled: John Sivewright; first finished: Richard McCrindle; first on field: Thomas Hannah; oldest ploughman: Geordie Robertson; youngest ploughman: Ben Bannatyne; oldest tractor: Ben Bannatyne; newest tractor: Robert MacDonald; best looking ploughman: Robert MacDonald; best work by a trailed plough: Michael Mayberry; best work by an islander: Mitchell Woodrow.

Trophies: Mr & Mrs Holder Shield for best overall: Michael Mayberry; Largieside Challenge Cup: Michael Mayberry; Tayinloan Cup: Michael Mayberry; Glenside Tractors Trophy for best reversible: Mitchell Woodrow; Glenside Tractors Trophy for best work by a Kverneland plough: Paul Newall.