Published: June 30, 2008

Wilson, Switalla, Hawke in form at NZ Piping Championships

Dunedin, New Zealand – May 31, 2008 – Greg Wilson (pictured right), Brian Switalla and Richard Hawke took the major first-prizes at the annual New Zealand Piping Championships. The event brought in Scottish judges Tom Speirs and Colin MacLellan to help determine the prizewinners. 

Dunedin Gold Medal Open Piobaireachd (New Zealand Championship)
1st Greg Wilson, Taurango, New Zealand, “The Phantom Piper of Corrieyairrack”
2nd Brian Switalla Christchurch, New Zealand, “The Battle of Park”
3rd Marion Horsburgh, Christchurch, New Zealand, “The Stewart’s White Banner” Judges: Colin MacLellan, Tom Speirs

Dunedin Silver Medal B-Grade Piobaireachd (Otago Championship)
1st Harrison Hawke
2nd Bradley Guy
3rd Courtenay Williamson
Judge: Lewis Turrell

Aurora Energy Premier MSR
1st Richard Hawke
2nd Brian Switalla
3rd Lea Ahokava
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Lewis Turrell, Tom Speirs

Aurora Energy Qualifying MSR
1st Lea Ahokava
2nd Harrison Hawke
3rd Matt Fraser
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Lewis Turrell, Tom Speirs

The emerging Hawke piping family dynasty: Angus, Jamie, Harrison and Richard.
Open NZ Championship 2/4 March
1st Richard Hawke
2nd Brian Switalla
3rd Greg Wilson
Judge: Tom Speirs

Open NZ Championship Strathspey & Reel
1st Greg Wilson
2nd Richard Hawke
3rd Brian Switalla
Judge: Tom Speirs

Open NZ Championship Jig & Hornpipe
1st Brian Switalla “The Man from Skye”, “The Biddy From Sligo”
2nd Greg Wilson ” Pipe-Major George Allan”, “The Shaggy Grey Buck”
3rd Jamie Hawke ” John Walsh’s Walk”, “The Fiddler’s Rally”
Judge: Colin MacLellan

Judges Tom Speirs, Lewis Turrell and Colin MacLellan in between tunes.
Under-21 2/4 March (NZ Championship)
1st Jamie Hawke
2nd Matt Fraser
3rd Harrison Hawke
Judge: Colin MacLellan

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