County Fermanagh Championships, Enniskillen

By Gilbert Cromie

Here are the results from the County Fermanagh Championships held at Enniskillen yesterday. There was an entry of twenty three bands including half a dozen from the Irish Pipe Band Association and thirty two drum majors.

While it was a dull day it stayed dry enabling a decent crowd to enjoy the competition which was held on the spacious Broadmeadow grounds of the Lakeland Forum Leisure Complex against the background of Enniskillen Castle. 

Grade 2 British Champions Closkelt lifted the Grade 1 title unopposed whilst they beat off a challenge from the Grade 3A Matt Boyd Memorial in Grade 2.

Battlehill won Grade 3A thanks to two perfect piping scores while Quinn Memorial won the drumming. Local band Clogher & District pushed them close to take second place. McNeillstown won both the band and drumming prizes in Grade 3B while in Grade 4A Augharan were the winners with Gransha taking the drum corps trophy. 

In 4B it was IPBA band Carlow that had a five point winning margin taking the drum corps prize as well. Mountjoy lifted second place on ensemble preference over the William Kerr Memorial whose pipe corps had an excellent day scoring two ones.

World Champion Drum Majors Emma Barr [Adult] and Jamie Cupples [Juvenile] had their first wins of the season while British Champion Louis Anderson [Junior] made it a treble having won at Paisley and Newtownards. Carys Graham [Novice] had her first win of the season.

The full results were as follows: Bands: Grade 1: 1stCloskelt [also Best Pipes, Drums, Bass Section and M&D].

Grade 2: 1st Closkelt [also Best Pipes, Drums and Bass Section], 2nd Matt Boyd Memorial [also Best M&D].

Grade 3A: 1st Battlehill, 2nd Clogher & District, 3rd Quinn Memorial, 4th Matt Boyd Memorial.

Grade 3B: 1st McNeillstown [also Best Drums and Bass Section], 2ndCleland Memorial [Best M&D].

Grade 4A: 1st Augharan, 2nd Kildoag, 3rd Cloughfin [also Best Bass Section], 4th Arklow. Best Drums: Gransha. Best M&D Derryclavin.

Grade 4B: 1st Carlow [also Best Drums and Bass Section], 2nd Mountjoy, 3rd William Kerr Memorial [also Best M&D], 4th Syerla.

Drum Majors: Novice: 1st Carys Graham, 2nd Mia Buckley, 3rd Harry Mills, 4th Jorja Turkington. 5th Katie Clark.

Junior: 1st Louis Anderson, 2nd Leanne Crooks, 3rd Louise Smiton, 4thBenjamin Walker, 5th Jamie Livingston.

Juvenile: 1st Jamie Cupples, 2nd Abigail Wenlock, 3rd Kathryn Mc Keown, 4th Jason Nicholl, 5th Katie Bicker.

Adult: 1st Emma Barr, 2nd Andrea McKeown, 3rd James Kennedy, 4th Jason Price, 5th Joanne Graham.

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