Northern Ireland competitor Tom Cochrane wins European Reversible Ploughing Contest

Last week’s European Reversible Ploughing Contest resulted in a Northern Ireland winner, and a fourth placing for Liam O’Driscoll, representing the Republic of Ireland.

Well established as one of the North’s top ploughmen, Tom Cochrane from Coleraine has a runaway victory at Geel in Belgium, on his Claas tractor with a Kverneland plough, scoring 421 points.

Runner-up Roel Cuyvers, representing Belgium, scored 406, having got within three points of Cochrane’s opening day top score of 213 points.

Niels Marien, also of Belgium, was third, with 390 points.

Liam O’Driscoll from West Cork was third with 383 points.

France’s Matieu Cormoreche was fourth.

His Irish team colleague, Jer Coakley, also a West Cork ploughman, was placed 12th of the 21 competitors, with 339 points.

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