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Post Match Analysis:
North of England Regional Championships 2002

First Section:
The Dolphin Centre
Saturday 16th March
Adjudicator: Roy Roe
Commences: Approx 1.00pm


1. Gateshead Brass (tba): 4 189
2. Harrogate (D. Lancaster): 9 188
3. Westoe STHCT (J. Smith): 11 187
4. BAE Systems Marine (D. Broadbent): 8 185
5. Boldon Colliery (C. Bentham): 7 183
6. Easington Colliery (D. Dye): 3 181
7. Horden Colliery (J. Beddell): 6 179
8. Kirbymoorside Town (J. Woodward): 1 178
9. Aunt Bessie's EYB (M. Davison): 5 177
10. Flookburgh (J. Iveson): 2 176
11. Spennymoor Town (P. Cutler): 10 175

Withdrawn: Barnard Castle

Top two bands qualify

What a good scrap this was. Three performances in particular caught the fancy of adjudicator Roy Roe, and to be fair, there was a strong case for each of them to be given the top spot, as all of them had full command of the Lloyd work and all gave quality performances.

In the end though he plumbed for Gateshead Brass under Robert Morton, and the band formally known as the Northumbria Police were worthy winners in their first year back in the First Section. There was plenty of good things about their performance, and they did sound a championship outfit in all but name so they will surely be one of the favourites come Torquay.

Joining them there will be Harrogate and David Lancaster who showed what a good quality outfit they are with a committed and very musical performance that possibly didn’t quite have the depth and breadth of tone and sound of the winners, but nonetheless a fine rendition of the Lloyd work. Last year winners have plenty of quality about them and will also go to Torquay as strong contenders.

The unlucky band on this occasion though was Westoe STHCT, who were last band on and who gave a very muscular and detailed account of the set work, that perhaps was a little too strong on dynamics at times and didn’t quite have the finesse of the two bands that just pipped them. Still it was a fine account and showed that our tip for them of 6th place in our preview was well off the mark and showed that the three promotions in the past four years have been achieved on no little commitment and talented players.

Fourth spot went to BAE Systems Marine, who improved by four places from last year’s outing to just miss out on a podium place, whilst Boldon Colliery (our tip for 2nd spot prior to the contest) came 5th, which was still an improvement on the 7th place they got here last year. The final place in the top six went to Easington Colliery under David Duye, who showed further improvement to gain three places from last years result.

Outside the top six, the bands fell into order quite easily as Horden Colliery came 7th in their first year in the section following their promotion from the second section, whilst Kirbymoorside Town were 8th – a drop off three places from 2001, and three down on our pre match tip.

The bottom three read, Aunt Bessies EYB, who we had tipped to come 4th, but had to settle for 9th and a drop of six places from 2001, Flookburgh who returned to the contest stage for the first time since 1999 to come 10th, and Spennymoor Town who dropped a place from last year and could find themselves dropping down a section for 2003.

A great contest and a fair result with three very good performances indeed from the top three, with the qualifiers strong bands, and good bets for Torquay.

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