Manawatu regains Square Day Championship title

Published: December 31, 2011
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Palmerston North, New Zealand – December 10, 2011 – Manawatu Scottish regained the Square Day Championship, the second biggest pipe band event after from the New Zealand Championship. It was the tenth time in 11 years that Manawatu won the event, and 2010 winners, Aukland & District, settled for third overall. Manawatu won on an MSR preference, over Canterbury Caledonian, which won the Medley event.

Grade 1
MSR
1st Manawatu Scottish (1,1,1,1)
2nd Canterbury Caledonian (2,3,2,4)
3rd Auckland & District (3,2,4,2)
4th Pipeband Club (Australia) (5,5,3,3)
5th New Zealand Police (4,4,5,5)

Judges: Jim Wilson, Frank Jones (piping); Ian Ferguson (ensemble); Stuart Eeles (drumming)

Medley
1st Canterbury Caledonian (2,2,2,1)
2nd Manawatu Scottish (1,1,1,5)
3rd New Zealand Police (3,4,3,3)
4th Auckland & District (4,3,4,2)
5th Pipeband Club (5,5,5,4)

Judges: Alistair McKenzie, Brendon Eade (piping): Lance Turnbull (ensemble); Reid Maxwell (drumming)

Grade 2 (one band competed)
1st Manawatu Scottish No2

Grade 3
1st Auckland Police
2nd City of Hastings
3rd Pipes and Drums of Horowhenua
4th City of Wellington
5th City of Auckland

Grade 4
1st Red Hackle
2nd Hamilton Caledonian No2
3rd Kapiti Coast Pipes and Drums
4th Manawatu Scottish No3
5th Pipes and Drums of Thames Valley and District

Juvenile
1st Manawatu Scottish Juvenile
2nd Scots College (Wellington)

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