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Post Match Analysis:
Welsh Regional Championships 2002


Third Section:
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
Saturday 16th March
Adjudicator: Colin Hardy
Commences: 11.30am

Results:

1. Blaenavon Town (B. Davies): 3 183
2. Briton Ferry (M. Faro): 2 181
3. Ynyshir Welfare Stack of Tiles (A. Gibbs): 4 180
4. Royal Buckley (D. Roberts): 7 178
5. Trefor (G. Jones): 8 177
6. Pontypool Brass (M. Jones): 1 176
7. Ebbw Vale (C. Thomas): 9 175
8. Newbridge Celynen (K. Gibbs): 5 174
9. Harlech (H. Evans): 6 173

Top two qualify


Lets hear it Blaenavon Town Band! One of the best run and progressive outfits in South Wales have made significant progress on the upward ladder in recent times and this win (their first at the Championships in any section since 1975) was very well deserved.

Their conductor, Bryn Davies has been a popular and hard working MD and the band is now starting to really make a mark both locally and nationally. They performed with a real sense of style and purpose and it came as no surprise that they took the title by a clear two point margin from Briton Ferry.

They came second for the second year running (although last year it was in the Fourth Section) and they thoroughly deserved their trip to Torquay as runners up after giving a very solid and competent performance under Mike Faroe. Briton Ferry were drawn second and set out their stall well, but Blaenavon, who followed them on were just a bit more powerful and technically secure and deservedly took the top spot.

Ynyshir Welfare Stack of Tiles came third and gave a very musical performance under the guidance of Alan Gibbs, that only lacked security in some of the quieter moments and had a few too many slips to really pressure for a qualification place, but it was a very solid effort nonetheless.

Below the top three came the two contenders from North Wales, with Royal Buckley coming 4th and Trefor winding up 5th after giving two decent performances that just lacked the consistency throughout the three movements that could have got them higher. Pontypool played well enough off the number 1 spot to secure 6th place, whilst Ebbw Vale came 7th. The final two places went to Newbridge Celynen who were conducted by Kevin Gibbs (so father beat son on this occasion) and Harlech who propped up the field in 9th place.

The bands in the lower places just couldn’t overcome the technical as well as musical problems that the “St. Austell Suite” asked of them, but they all made game attempts and have plenty of raw talent to work with for next year.

So well done to the hometown band of 4BarsRest and their fine win. Colin Hardy remarked to us that he felt that the overall standard was a little variable, but that the winning band and the runners up gave good quality readings and performances of a pretty tricky work. He knew what he was looking for and both Blaenavon and Briton Ferry responded. Perhaps we can cadge a lift to Torquay on the Blaenavon bus?


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