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Post Match Analysis:
Scottish Regional Championships 2002

Second Section:
Motherwell Civic Centre
Saturday 9th March
Adjudicator: Nigel Boddice
Commences: 9.15am


1. Croy Parish Silver, Alan Friel, 188, 4
2. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass, Alan Ramsey, 185, 10
3. Clydebank Burgh, David Laughland, 184, 11
4. Selkirk Silver, Colin Kemp, 183, 1
5. Renfrew Burgh, Charles Keenan, 182, 9
6. Kilmarnock Concert Brass, Andrew Keachie, 181, 8
7. Annan Town, David Shanks, 180, 2
8. Tullis Russell Mills Band, Scott Barker, 179, 7
9. Newmilns & Galston, Craig Anderson, 178, 5
10. Irvine & Dreghorn Brass, John Boax, 176, 3
11. Turriff Silver, 174, 6

Withdrew: Greenhall

Top two bands qualify

Croy Parish Silver, conducted by Alan Friel took the honours in the Second Section with a performance that adjudicator Nigel Boddice stated was excellent. There were few in the audience who would have disagreed, as the band gave a wonderful rounded performance of the Ewald set test that revealed even the most innermost detail. Playing off the number 4 draw they set the mark for the rest to follow and it was no surprise that they secured a clear three point winning margin.

Second place went to Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass under the excellent direction of Alan Ramsey, who brought out a very musical and detailed reading of the score that was enhanced by some fine individual playing from his corner players. It wasn’t quite in the same league as Croy, but was still more than good enough to take the second qualification spot on offer. We had them for second spot in our pre match analysis and they well and truly played to form.

Third place went to Clydebank Burgh under David Laughland who followed Kirkintilloch and as last band on draw gave a very strong and powerful account of themselves and the music. It didn’t quite have the finesse of the two above, but it was still a very good show nonetheless. We had them booked for 4th place before the contest, but they showed plenty of character and deserved their podium placing.

Below the prizewinners came a group of solid performances that couldn’t quite push enough to secure a qualification place and Selkirk, Renfrew and Kilmarnock all had their moments when things were going really well. They also had their moments when things didn’t quite go as good. We tipped Kilmarnock for victory before hand, but on the day they couldn’t really complain about where they came. Below these came Annan in 7th place, Tullis Russell Mills in 8th and Newmilns and Galston in 9th, who we had picked for a 3rd place on the podium in our pre match prediction. They will certainly go home more than a little disappointed.

Finally Irvine and Dreghorn Brass and Turriff Silver made up the numbers in a contest that lived up to expectations and showed that in this section at least, Scotland has strength in depth.

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