Surprise results open up race to Wales League title
THE second contest of the three Welsh League Championship competitons for 2017 took place at the Memorial Hall, Burryport on Saturday, October 7, and there were some surprising results which has opened up the race for the title of Champion Band of the League of Wales.
The two bands who were placed 5th and 6th in the May contest, namely Ebbw Valley and Goodwick, overturned the form book with Goodwick (M Jenkins) taking the first prize with 196 points which was one point better than 2nd placed Ebbw Valley (G Ritter).
Llwydcoed (C Turner) are still favorites for the title, but are now in a more vulnerable position as they finished in third place with co-favourite, Tylorstown in 4th place.
The final Welsh League contest on November 25 at Merthyr Tydfil will be a very interesting affair.
Similarly in Section 1 Lewis Merthyr (C Roberts) who finished a lowly 4th out of four bands last May, put in an excellent performance to beat strong favourites Abergavenny (S O’Neill) into second place.
The Champion band of
Best Performance of the Day – Rhondda Fach Youth
Best Section Award – Rhondda Fach Youth Percussion Section
Best Instrumentalist – Lawrence Savage, Cornet, and Best Soprano Ellen Waite, both Ebbw Valley
Best Percussion – Goodwick Brass Section 1 should probably lie between these two bands, but Ammanford, who had a bad day on Saturday and finished fifth of five bands, could still cause a possible upset.
Section 2 Champion band could already be decided as Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda (A Gibbs) have won both this year’s Welsh League contests and are really in an unassailable position, unless, for some unknown reason they fail to turn up in November, or they are there and have an awful day and finish in the last two places, which would certainly not be
Best Instrumentalist – Zoe Alexander, Flugel, Lewis Merthyr
Best Instrumentalist – Robert Burnett, Euphonium, Mid Rhondda Band expected! The fight for the Champions title in the third section is a very close affair with Upper Rhondda (Jayne Thomas) just slight favourites from Cwmtawe Youth (W Pedrick) and Usk Brass (J Jones).
It has been a very disappointing year for the Fourth Section competition as only three Welsh bands have been involved.
Oakdale Silver (K Bowden) has won both contests and the band is a firm favourite to take the title over Phoenix Brass (L Jenkins) and Gwaun Cae Gurwen (J Hutcherson).
Best Instrumentalist – Geraint Barnes, Soprano Cornet, Oakdale Silver
Oldest Player – John Walters, age 90, Upper Rhondda Brass
Youngest player – Noah Davies, age seven, Ynyshir.
There were six young bands taking part in the Youth/Junior section and they each presented their own 15-minute programme.
Adjudicator Nigel Seaman congratulated all the young players on their efforts.
Burry Port Junior (M Thorne) was awarded a Bronze Certificate, Gwaun Cae Gurwen Junior (D Lewis) also Bronze, Melingriffith Youth (C Flannery-Davies) a Gold Certificate, Milford Haven Junior (B Parratt) Silver, Rhondda Fach Youth (N Bertram) Gold, Upper Rhondda Junior (B White) Silver Certificate. Markham & District Colliery Band with Treharris Male Voice Choir present a Remembrance Concert at Blackwood Methodist Church, High Street (rear of Argos), on Saturday, November 11, at 7.30pm. The concert will be attended by local community representatives, veterans’ associations, the deputy mayor and the local MP. Tickets cost £6 on the door.
It’s smiles all around for Rhondda Fach Youth Band
Nigel Seaman and Rhondda Fach Youth Band with evidence of their successful day