African Skye makes it six for six

Published: July 1, 2014
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AfricanSkye_logoPretoria, South Africa – June 28, 2014 – Weather was chilly and cloudy with intermittent sunshine at the Cornwall Hill College Gathering , where African Skye continued its dominance in Grade 2 making it six of six with the Transvaal Scottish and Benoni MacTalla edging closer and closer into the last leg of the South African season. The regional finals on July 12th and the South African Championship Gathering is on July 26th. The drum corps of the African Skye disrupted the Transvaal Scottish’s clean sweep by taking the overall drumming title on Saturday. Benoni MacTalla won the piping in the MSR with two firsts. The Transvaal Scottish won the medley event but MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue took the drumming prize.

Grade 2
Medley
1st Transvaal Scottish (1,2,2,2)
2nd African Skye (2,1,3,3)
3rd Benoni MacTalla (3,3,4,1)
4th MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue (4,4,1,4)
Judges: Craig Herwill, Geoff Irvine (piping); Duncan Tee (drumming); Ewen Gilchrist (ensemble)

MSR
1st African Skye (2,2,1,1)
2nd Benoni MacTalla (1,1,3,2)
3rd Transvaal Scottish (3,3,2,3)
4th MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue (4,4,4,4)
Judges: Roger Davies, Adrian Haddow (piping); Clinton Miles (drumming); Thomas Fuller (ensemble)

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