Post Match Analysis:
London & Southern Counties Regional Championships 2002
Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
Saturday March 16th
Adjudicator: Roy Sparkes
1. Castleton Brass (D. Eves): 11 182
2. Yiewsley and West Drayton (C. Cole): 12 181
3. East London Brass (A. Caldon): 9 180
4. Bradwell Silver (B. Keech): 10 179
5. St. Albans City (W. Rumford): 13 178
6. St. Sebastian's Wokingham (B. Gentry): 7 177
7. Hitchin (G. Carney): 2 176
8. Croydon Brass (M. Hackett): 3 175
9. KM Gillingham Concert Brass (T. Andrew): 8 174
10. Heath (D. Phillips): 4 173
11. Stantonbury Brass (J. Jenkin): 5 172
12. Chinnor Silver (D. Pegram): 1 171
13. Amersham (A. Fawbert): 6 170
Top two qualify
Just to show that we know even less about Third Section London
banding, Castleton Brass took the title with a very impressive win
from the number 11 draw, just a point ahead of Yiewsley and West
Drayton who followed them on stage and came a point behind them
for their troubles. Both were worthy qualifiers in a section that
yet again was beset by tuning problems (especially in the basses)
and the propensity for many bands to sacrifice clarity to speed.
We had tipped Yiewsley for 4th spot in our preview, so we werent
too far out, but Castleton were a bit of a surprise for us and made
a huge leap up from the 7th place of 2001. Third place went to East
London Brass who just missed out on the qualification bus ride by
coming third, but showing that their recent good performance at
the Folkestone contest in the higher section was a worthy indicator
of their talents.
Bradwell Silver were another band that took a huge leap forward
by improving from 13th in 2001 to 4th this time around, whilst St.
Albans City also bettered last years outing by leaping from
8th to 5th. St. Sebastians Wokingham made a leap in the right direction
by improving from 15th to 6th, whilst our dark horse bet, Hitchin
edged up the table by two places to come 7th.
We tipped Croyden to come 2nd and KM Gillingham Concert Brass to
win the contest, so to come 8th and 9th was a bit of a disappointment
to them both, whilst Heath came 10th a leap of four places from
2001. The bottom three were Stantonbury Brass, Chinnor Silver and
Amersham, who we tipped to come 5th, 6th and 3rd! Sorry to one and
all, and we hope that our kiss of death can be shaken off in time
for next years assault.
Well done to Castleton and Yiewsley and West Drayton (does East,
South and North Drayton have a band?) They travel to Torquay as
strong contenders and should be confident of doing well.