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Pontins championships 2001:
Third section review and dodgy predictions

4BarsRest will be there to try and provide coverage of the weekends action. We we will be providing a retrospective look at each performance in the Championship class and our own judgement on each of the performances within 24 hours of the contest.

We will try and get the full results of all the sections to you as soon as possible.

The Adjudication Panel consists of:
Derek Broadbent, John Maines, David Read, Stanley Lippeatt, Major Peter Parkes and Goff Richards.

The Competing Bands:

All Sections are subject to a pre–draw (details not available at the present time).

Third Section:
Test Piece: Partita (P. Wilby)

Saturday 27th October.

Audley Brass:
Bream Silver:
Cantium Brass:
Eatons Farnsworth:
Ebbw Vale:
Forresters Brass 2000:
Friendly Band Sowerby Bridge:
Lancashire Life Morecombe:
Langbaurgh Brass:
Malvern Hills:
Pilling Jubilee:
Rainford Silver:
St. Breward Silver:
Stourport on Severn:
United Norwest 2000 Brass:
Wardle and District Anderson Brass:
Whaley Bridge:

Third Section review:

Five of the bands that took part in the Preston Third Section Finals make their way to Prestatyn to try and win the top prize, with the National Champions Lancashire Life Morecombe very much the favourites to make it a double.   They were very good in Preston, although they tended to overblow in places, but they had a very young team of solo players and their confidence should be sky high.

Also with them are the bands that came 4th, 6th, 7th and 13th and it won’t be a surprise if all four of them come in the prizes.   Langbaugh under Tim Oldroyd deserved their placing in Preston and will be a force here, whilst we were very impressed by Bream, who for us were the only band to really try and play the dynamics at the Finals and who came 6th. Cantium have been a bit high profile of late and also performed well, whilst Forresters Brass who came 13th should also put up a good show.

Below that it’s hit and miss for us, but Rainford Silver and Linda Nicholason came 2nd here last year and should do well again, whilst Wardle and District came 5th and will also put up a good showing.   Three other bands that appeared in the finals last year return hoping to do better, with Stourport on Severn who came 9th, Norwest Brass 2000 who came 11th and Boarshurst who came 10th hoping for better things.

Timperly who won the 4th Section title here last year move up a section and should be hoping for a repeat of their triumph.   Of the others Audley came 3rd in their region, beating Malvern Hills (10th) and Whaley Bridge (4th), whilst Lympstone came 4th and St. Breward’s came 10th in South West.   Ebbw Vale came 6th in Wales, whilst The Friendly Band came home 9th in Yorkshire.   As for Eatons Farnsworth and Pilling Jubilee we haven’t much of an idea – sorry.

4BR Prediction:

Fairly straight down the line for us this time with the winners we think coming from the group that were in Preston, with Linda Nicholson’s band popping in there and the rest coming from the bunch that have been here before.   A bit predictable?   Bet you we get a more than a few wrong?

Lancashire Life Morecombe   
Forresters Brass 2000

Dark Horses: Timperly

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