March 31, 2006

Manawatu defends New Zealand Championship with sixth straight title

Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand – March 10-11, 2006 – The Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band of New Zealand won the New Zealand Pipe Band Championship for the sixth year in a row, also extending its unbeaten streak in Australasia to six years.

The New Zealand Police and Dalewool Auckland & Districts bands finished in a tie for second, even though the contest had points-based system with each judge using 100 points and 3 piping, 1 ensemble and 1 drumming judge in each event.

Due to lack of funds, Manawatu Scottish will not be attending the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships. The New Zealand Police plans to make the trip, making it likely that four Australasian Grade 1 bands will compete in Glasgow in August. The other bands are the Australia Highlanders, Western Australia Police and City of Blacktown.

Joe Noble of Scotland and Bob Worrall of Ontario, Canada, were on the judging panel at the contest.

Grade 1
1st Manawatu Scottish
2nd Auckland & Districts; New Zealand Police
4th Canterbury Caledonian
5th Queensland Highlanders
6th City of Wellington
Drumming: 1st Canterbury, 2nd Manawatu

Grade 2
1st Hamilton Caledonian
2nd Temuka
3rd Speights City of Dunedin
4th Canberra Burns Club
5th City of Invercargill
6th Champions of Otago
Drumming: Hamilton Caledonian

Grade 3
1st St. Andrews College
2nd John McGlashan College
3rd University of Ballarat
4th Manawatu Scottish
5th Feilding and District
6th Canterbury Caledonian Royal Stewart

Grade 4
1st Golden City (Bendigo)
2nd Taranaki
3rd Southern City
4th City of Nelson
5th Canterbury Caledonian Royal Stewart Balmoral
6th Bellinger River District

1st St Andrews College (Christchurch)
2nd John McGlashan College (Dunedin)
3rd Canterbury Caledonian
4th St. Kentigern College (Auckland)
5th Southern City
6th Scots College (Wellington)


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