Published: March 31, 2003

Manawatu Scottish Wins Third Straight New Zealand Championship

Christchurch, New Zealand – March 7-8,2003 – The Manawatu Scottish Society Pipe Band of Palmerston North, New Zealand, took its third consecutive New Zealand Pipe Band Championship here in an event that saw a total of nine Australian bands travel to the competition.

The runner-up prize in Grade 1 went to the Nunawading Pipe Band of Victoria, Australia, with Christchurch’s Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band coming in third. Six bands competed in Grade 1. Two judges, Nat Russell of Victoria, Australia, and Malcolm MacKenzie, Glasgow, were brought in to help adjudicate the event. Grade 2 was won by Speights City of Dunedin, New Zealand.

The New Zealand Nationals are run over two days. Grades 3 and 4 were held on March 7, and grades 1and 2 on March 8.

Manawatu Scottish are reportedly planning to release a recording in 2003 and travel to Glasgow to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships.

Grade 1 (6 competed)
1st Manawatu Scottish
2nd Nunawading (Australia)
3rd Canterbury Caledonian Society
4th New Zealand Police
5th City of Blacktown (Australia)
6th City of Wellington

Grade 2 (9 competed)
1st Speights City of Dunedin
2nd City of Invercargill
3rd City of Bankstown (Australia)
4th Champions of Otago
5th City of Auckland
6th Pipes & Drums of Horowhenua

Grade 3 (15 competed)
1st Hawthorn City (Australia)
2nd Marborough (Australia)
3rd St. Andrew’s College
4th Manawatu Scottish
5th Finns McCuhals Taupo
6th City of Hastings

Grade 4 (21 competed)
1st Haileybury College (Australia)
2nd Mataura Kilties
3rd P&D WWCT Regt
4th Scotch College (South Africa)
5th Marton & Districts
6th McAlpines North Canterbury

Juvenile (10 competed)
1st St. Andrew’s College
2nd Haileybury College
3rd John McGlashan College
4th North Otago

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