Updated: Draw for Grade 1 World's Qualifier announced
Published: July 25, 2009
Following the 2009 European Pipe Band Championships' Grade 1 result, the RSPBA determined the qualifying bands and the order-of-play for the World Pipe Band Championship on August 15 in Glasgow.
The UK-based bands that pre-qualified from results of the previous three major championships are
Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
Robert Wiseman Dairies-Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
These bands join Simon Fraser University of Canada and Ireland's St. Laurence O'Toole, the only non-British - - or "overseas," as the RSPBA calls them - - bands that made the prize list of the 2008 World's and pre-qualify as a result.
Fifteen Grade 1 bands will thus vie for the remaining spots in the Final round at the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships. The Final generally comprises a total of 14 bands, so six spots would be open in 2009.
The draw for the Qualifier at the World's:
Ballycoan (Northern Ireland)
Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
Oran Mor (USA)
78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
Peel Regional Police (Canada)
Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
Fife Constabulary (Scotland)
Australia Highlanders (Australia)
Lothian & Borders Police (Scotland)
Los Angeles Scots (USA)
Alberta Caledonia (Canada)
Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)
Pipeband Club (Australia)
Dowco Triumph Street (Canada)
Tayside Police (Scotland)
Following the Grade 1 MSR Qualifier competition at the World's, the draw for the Grade 1 takes placce. The RSPBA decided in October 2008 that a new system would be used for the order-of-play for the Grade 1 Final, whereby all Grade 1 bands would be part of the draw in advance of the contest. The original draw selection will be applied to all bands in the qualifying round and those that pre-qualified.
It is not known when the RSPBA made the information about the new system public.
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