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Post Match Analysis:
North of England Regional Championships 2002

Second Section:
The Dolphin Centre
Saturday 16th March
Adjudicator: David Horsfield
Commences: 10.00am


1. Langbaurgh Brass (T. Oldroyd): 2 184
2. Cockerton Prize Silver (G. Catherall): 9 183
3. York Railway Institute (D. Warley): 1 181
4. Flimby Saxhorn (tba): 3 179
5. Pride Valley Brass (R. Morton): 5 178
6. Felling (R. Poole): 4 176
7. GT Group Peterlee (B. Holden): 7 175
8. Carlisle St. Stephen (tba): 6 174
9. Ferryhill Town (S. Robson): 8 170

Top two bands qualify

The rise and rise of Langbaurgh Brass continued apace with a super performance to win the second section in some style, and give Tim Oldroyd yet another success to add to those that they won in the third section last year.

This was a band that performed very well indeed and covered all the basics required of them with a certain amount of ease, whilst retaining a fine rounded and balanced band sound. Tim Oldroyd conducted with sense and left no stone unturned, as small details of the piece were revealed to gain them extra points in our, and David Horsefield’s notepad. It was a fine win, even though they were pushed very close to the tape by Cockerton Silver, who we thought would come 6th in our preview, but who played with a fine sense of style and plenty of grit and determination to secure their qualification. Both performances were a clear head and shoulders above the rest of the field on the day.

Third place went to our pre match choice York Railway Institute who played well off the dreaded number one slot and set the marker for the contest early on. The winners came on after them whilst the runners up were last band on, so they could feel just a might disappointed not to have secured the second qualification spot. We think however that they should be promoted to the higher section for next year following their 2nd place of 2001 to go with their 3rd this time.

Fourth place went to Flimby Saxhorn, who we thought might come 5th in our pre match review, and who improved a place from both 2000 and 2001, whilst 5th place went to Pride Valley Brass, who we thought may have come in the qualification spots prior to the contest, but who had to be content with 5th this time. The last of the top places went to Felling, who we tipped for 4th in our review but still but in a solid show to improve two places from 2001 and come 6th.

Below that it was a bit of a scramble, with our dark horses, GT Group Peterlee coming home 7th and Carlisle St. Stephens taken 8th spot, which was an improvement of one place from 2001. However, we gave the kiss of death to our pre match favourites didn’t we, as Ferryhill Town could only manage last spot off the number 8 draw, after two successive promotions? Sometimes things equal out, but they will surely be a stronger contender next time around.

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