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Boghall Novice win Cowal to take Champion of Champions title!


Saturday 31st August saw the final major championship of the 2013 season and was the last time for the forseeable future that there will be a major held at the historic Cowal Gathering. With both the Novice and Grade 1 bands having had very strong seasons, both remained in contention for the band and drumming Champion of Champions titles and as such there was a great deal at stake for both bands. A few of our players had also competed at the solos on Friday and set the tone for a good weekend with some very strong results. Harry Richards took 3rd in the 15 and Under MSR and 4th in the Piobaireachd whilst Novice P/M Ali Scougall continued his excellent form with a 4th in the B grade march.

With the Novice band being drawn third it was an early start but this did not put off the parents or supporters and it was great to see a full bus despite the 6am departure.  The band knew that it would be a tough ask to win the Champion of Champions award as they started the day a couple of points behind George Watson’s College, so they knew that realistically they needed to win the contest to stand a chance of taking the overall title.

Despite variable weather conditions during the day, the Novice band escaped relatively unscathed and it was fantastic to see them produce what was widely considered to be their best performance of the season. After a long wait throughout the day, the Novice band were delighted to not only win the Cowal Championships, but also to be crowned Champion of Champions for 2013. Well done to P/M Ali Scougall, Assistant P/M David Burnside, piping assistant Gavin Burns, drumming tutors Tom Brown, Alan Irvine and Amanda Cook and most of all to all our young people on a fantastic season – we are all very proud of their achievements and we look forward to seeing them continue to progress over the winter and onto 2014!

Similarly the Grade 1 band had started the day knowing that mathematically they remained in contention for both the band and drumming Champion of Champions titles. Having produced a very consistent series of performances over the season the band were desperate to try to topple this season’s front runners Field Marshal Montgomery to take a championship win. Despite an excellent performance of the “Campbell’s Tartan Army” medley, the band could not quite beat FMM this time round and finished up in 2nd place. Well done to P/M Richard Parkes, L/D Keith Orr and all the players at FMM for their grand slam and another incredible season.

Despite being disappointed to end the season without a championship victory, the Grade 1 band will take great confidence from the level of consistency and quality of performance that the band has produced this year. Four 2nd places and a 3rd over the course of the season meant that the band finished with 24 points in the Champion of Champions table – the most points the band has accumulated in a single season in the 17 years of P/M Ross Walker’s leadership. This is a great testament to the quality of leadership and talent within the band and gives us a great platform to build from for the 2014 season.


Elsewhere, it was great to see our Grade 1 piper, P/M Iain Simpson lead his incredibly talented George Watson’s College band to yet another Champion of Champions title in the Juvenile Grade. 10 Champion of Champions titles in 13 seasons in a very competitive Juvenile grade is an incredible accomplishment and is a massive credit to Iain and his team – well done from everyone at Boghall.

With the season now finished both bands will take a short break before returning to a hard winter of practice in preparation for next year. There are still a number of events for the band this year – look out for us at the International Juvenile Solo Tenor Drumming and World Solo Drumming Championships in October and as always, we will be out playing at a number of local community events. Thanks again to all our players, committee members, families, friends and supporters for a fantastic season – here’s hoping 2014 is even better!

 

Posted by Andrew Ray on 09/03 at 09:14 PM in Homepage

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