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Yorkshire Regional Championships

Third Section - Post Match Analysis

1 . Hebden Bridge (Walkleys Clogs) (I. Craddock) 182pts (drawn 5)
2. Oughtibridge (D. Moore) 180pts (12)
3. Frickley/South Elmshall (J. Wade) 179pts (1)
4. Wetherby and District (D. Lancaster 178pts (7)
5. Armthorpe Elmfield (H. Griffiths) 177pts (4)
6. Clifton and Lightcliffe (R. Collinson) 176pts (6)
7. Slaithwaite (K. Lever) 175pts (2)
8. Crofton Silver (R. Larder) 174pts (8)
9. Gawthorpe Brass '85 (J. Edward 173pts (3)
10. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (C. Caton) 172pts (9)
11. Maltby Miners Welfare (T. Clifford) 171pts (11)
12. Dearne Valley (G. Williams) 170pts (10)

Hebden Bridge (Walkleys Clogs) took the honours in the Third Section and were worthy winners under the baton of Ian Craddock, with a performance that was the most complete picture of Kenneth Downie's tricky and enjoyable, "St. Austell Suite". All three movements had real quality and their two-point victory over Oughtibridge and David Moore was decisive.

Both bands were well directed and even though they both had their moments of unease, they were really the only two that captured the sense of a "jaunt" in the first movement and the "Bandology" type verve of the third. Both book their tickets with confidence for Torquay.

Third and fourth places went to bands that produced a lot of quality in places, but couldn't quite maintain it through all three sections of the piece. Both Frickley and Wetherby produced fine moments, but they didn't quite do it all the way through and so couldn't really complain that they couldn't quite capture one of the two qualification spots. Hayden Griffiths and Armthorpe produced a well rounded performance, but individual errors accounted for them, as did Clifton in 6th spot, but both bands will take heart from good shows, whilst Slaithwaite in 7th and Crofton in 8th never really suggested that they could maintain their good starts and faded somewhat by the end of the last movement and their challenge fell away.

The last places from 9th to 12th were shared out amongst bands that never really got to grips with both the style and technical challenges of the music, but on another day may have come a bit higher. Gawthorpe had their moments and left their best playing to the last movement , whilst both Friendly Band and Maltby Miners had periods when they were on top of the music, rather than the music on top of them. Finally Derne Valley propped up the table, but in all honesty they could well have come a couple of places higher as they were no better or worse than the bands immediately above them.

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