African Skye marches on at Pretoria

Published: June 17, 2014
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AfricanSkye_logoPretoria, South Africa – June 14, 2014 – It was another dry and sunny winter’s day for the second Major Championship of the South African season, the Pretoria Boys High School Gathering. The Grade 2 African Skye made it five out of five in a very close contest. Transvaal Scottish won the MSR, but African Skye maintained the overall title because of an MSR ensemble tie-breaker.

Grade 2
MSR
1st Transvaal Scottish (1,3,1,3)
2nd African Skye (3,2,3,1)
3rd Benoni MacTalla (2,5,2,2)
4th 1 Medical Battalion (4,1,5,4)
5th MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue (5,4,4,5)
Judges: Roy Blevins, Geoff Irvine (piping); Dennis Tewson (drumming); Ewen Gilchrist (ensemble)

Medley
1st African Skye (1,1,2,3)
2nd Transvaal Scottish (2,3,1,2)
3rd Benoni MacTalla (3,2,4,1)
4th 1 Medical Battalion (5,4,3,5)
5th MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue (4,5,5,4)
Judges: David Harris, Roddy Watters (piping); Kevi Levin (drumming); Roger Davies (ensemble)

Grade 3
1st Sandton Scottish
2nd Glen Allen
3rd Cape Town Highlanders

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