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SRCY retain Trinity Shield in National Devon Call change challenge

After a year's break, the National Devon Call Change Competition took place on the 19th of September, 2009. This year the format was slightly different, in that there were two "legs" to the competition, a 6-bell competition held at Drewsteignton and an 8-bell competition held at Chagford.

As we had not entered an 8-bell competition before there was some practice that was needed before the main event. We held the occasional practice at the end of the normal Wednesday night practice, and when we arrived on the Friday we had a practice at Ilsington, followed by three more towers on Saturday. This ensured we well and truely ready for the competition.

We found Chagford quite a challenge, and with the help of some local knowledge in advance we found a strapper for the tenor would not be a bad idea. Fortunately Ian VJ Smith was ringing for another team and was able to help us out for the raise. Fortuantely for us, all the other teams found Chagford a bit of challenge as well, but as we had to shoot off to Drewsteignton we didn't know at the time how some of the other teams would fair. Some of us had been to Drewsteignton in the past, so when we got there and rang the 6-bell peal we got in to our rythmn very quickly and we were very happy with the ringing we produced. But would the judges think the same?

After heading back to Chagford for the results we found out how the competition was going to work - the results of the 6-bell and 8-bell competitions would be read our seperately, but the overall result would be a cumlination of faults scored from both competitions. After a very quick service the judges from each competiton came out and gave the results as follows:

6-bell competition results

Placed

Team

Faults

1

Eggbuckland

37

2

Society of Royal Cumberland Youths

40 *

3

Exeter St Petrock

43 1/2

4

South Brent

44 1/2

5

Exeter Cathedral

49 1/4

6

Burrington

49 1/2

7

Stoke Gabriel

54 1/4

8

Hamshire West

54 1/2 *

9

Moorland Ringers

73 1/2

8-bell competition results

Placed

Team

Faults

1

Eggbuckland

52 1/2

2

Society of Royal Cumberland Youths

107 1/2 *

3

Exeter Cathedral

113 1/2

4

Stoke Gabriel

142 1/2

5

Exeter St Petrock

155 1/2

6

Burrington

156

7

Hamshire West

162 *

8

South Brent

178

9

Moorland Ringers

255

Overall results

Placed

Team

Faults

1

Eggbuckland

89 1/2

2

Society of Royal Cumberland Youths

147 1/2 *

3

Exeter Cathedral

162 3/4

4

Stoke Gabriel

196 3/4

5

Exeter St Petrock

199

6

Burrington

205 1/2

7

Hamshire West

216 1/2 *

8

South Brent

222 1/2

9

Moorland Ringers

328 1/2

* These teams also qualified as non-Devon bands and competed for the 'Trinity Shield'.

Needless to say we were very happy to come second in the competition, and how close we were to Eggbuckland for the 6-bell competition. As we were the higest placed non-Devon team we also retained the Trinity Sheild.

Many thanks to Ian Fielding for organising the SRCY entry in to the competition, as well as for all the practices leading up to it.

The SRCY 6-bell band
The 6 bell competition band (clock-wise from front-right): Ian Fielding, Shirley McGill, Cath Merlane, Ian Mills, Olly Cross, Peter Harrison.
The 8-bell competition band also had Jason Turnock and Tom Waterson.

The bands:
6 bell (Drewsteignton)
1 Ian Fielding
2 Shirley McGill
3 Cath Merlane
4 Ian Mills
5 Olly Cross
6 Peter Harrison

8 Bell (Chagford)
1 Ian Fielding
2 Shirley McGill
3 Cath Merlane
4 Jason Turnock
5 Tom Waterson
6 Ian Mills
7 Olly Cross
8 Peter Harrison