Ballater piping royal decide: Canning, Midgley, Wilson

Published: August 8, 2013
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Ballater, Scotland – August 8, 2013 - Twenty turned out to compete in the senior solo piping at the annual Ballater Games in the shadow of Balmoral Castle, where Greig Canning, Derek Midgley and Greig Wilson won the Piobaireachd, March and Strathspey & Reel, respectively. Even though there are several adjudicators in the area who are on the “approved” list put together every year by the Joint Committee for Piping, the event nonetheless did not fully follow it. Midgley gained the overall trophy.

Piobaireachd
1st Greig Canning
2nd Jamie Forrester
3rd Derek Midgely
4th Steven Waterston
5th Alan Russell
6th Nicholas Theriault

Judges: Ronald Clarke, Norman Matheson, Duncan Watson

March
1st Derek Midgely
2nd Greig Wilson
3rd Alan Russell
4th Matt Pantaleoni
5th Eric Ouellette
6th Anna Kummerlow

Judges: Bill Fraser, James Hamilton

Strathspey & Reel
1st Greig Wilson
2nd Eric Ouellette
3rd Matt Pantaleoni
4th Derek Midgely
5th Alan Russell
6th Anna Kummerlow

Judges: Bill Fraser, James Hamilton

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