African Skye relishes Amanzimtoti

Published: May 5, 2014
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African SkyeAmanzimtoti, South Africa – May 3, 2014 – The South African Pipe Band circuit circuit continued on the south coast near Durban, at the Amanzimtoti Gathering at Hutchinson Park, with sunny, warm weather for one of the biggest and most popular competitions. In Grade 2, African Skye continued its winning streak, taking the overall championship. African Skye won the MSR, but Transvaal Scottish won the Medley event. Benoni MacTalla was one point behind in third. Grade 3 saw the return of the Cape Town Highlanders to the competition arena, but Sandton Scottish were able to maintain the top spot yet again, denying their challengers Glen Allen. Grade 4, fielding the largest number of bands, was very competitive. Knysna & Districts Pipe Band, under P-M Steve Collins and D-S Kevi Levin, made a clean sweep winning both the March Selection and the MSR, as well as winning the best drum corps. In the Juvenile grade, Pretoria Boys High School maintained its top spot as did Jeppe High School Pipe Band in Novice Juvenile.

Grade 2
Medley (P1, P2, E, D)
1st Transvaal Scottish (4,2,1,1)
2nd African Skye (2,1,2,5)
3rd Benoni MacTalla (1,3,3,4)
4th 1 Medical Battalion (5,4,4,2)
5th Richmond Avenue (3,5,5,3)

MSR (P1, P2, E, D)
1st African Skye (2,1,1,2)
2nd Benoni MacTalla (1,2,2,3)
3rd Transvaal Scottish (3,3,3,1)
4th 1 Medical Battalion (4,4,4,5)
5th Richmond Avenue (5,5,5,4)

Knysna & Districts Pipe Band looking quite pleased after winning the Grade 4 event at the 2014 Amanzimtoti Gathering in South Africa.

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