FMM wins European Championships in Belfast
Belfast – July 30, 2011 – Field Marshal Montgomery continued its undefeated season with a third win at the the third major RSPBA Championship, the European, held in Belfast in beautiful conditions. 2010 World Champions St. Laurence again settled for second, while Inveraray & District continued its ascent, cracking the top-three for the first tinec since being promoted to Grade 1 after the 2009 season. Despite winning the drumming, House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykeheade found itself out of the list, finishing eighth overall.
Grade 1 (Medley, 11 entered)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole
3rd Inveraray & District
5th Fife Constabulary
6th Boghall & Bathgate
Drumming: House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
Judges: John Wilson, Harry Stevenson (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)
The Grade 1 result determined the pre-qualifiers for the Grade 1 Finald competitoion at the 2011 World Championships, and the eight bands going through on the merit of the RSPBA’s league table system and non-RSPBA bands that gained a top-six placing at last year’s World’s are:
Boghall & Bathgate
Field Marshal Montgomery
Inveraray & District
Simon Fraser University
St. Laurence O’Toole
2nd Seven Towers
3rd Grampian Police
4th Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary
6th Buchan & District
Drumming: Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary
Judges: Winston Pollock, John Moles (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); Denver Cardwell (ensemble)
Does this mean Strathclyde and Shotts now have to pre qualify for the main event? Mmm interesting.
Inverary and District’s breakthrough to the top 3 at a major! Congrats! Inverary’s medley this year is fantastic.
Strathclyde pre-qualified. They took 5th at the British.