Published: December 31, 2012

Canterbury Cale ends year with New Zealand Square Day win

Palmerston North, New Zealand – December 8, 2012 – Palmerston North Square, four acres of park, in the centre of Palmerston North, was the scene for the annual Jenny Mair Highland Square Day Championship, and Canterbury Caledonian of Christchurch won first overall Square Day Championship, taking both Grade 1 events and the overall drumming prize, concluding a 2012 that included Canterbury winning their first ever New Zealand National Championship title earlier in the year.

The Square Day contests were started in 1980 and  are held on the second Saturday in December. The events have gained a reputation for being relaxed and well run, and generally regarded, especially at Grade 1 level, as the most important New Zealand contest outside of the annual national championship.

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

Judges: Iain Blakeley, Phil Mair (piping); Brendon Eade (ensemble), Glenn Rodgers (drumming)

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

Judges: Brian Switalla, Alastair Hanning (piping); Harold Gillespie (ensemble); Scott Birrell (drumming)

Grade 2
Manawatu Scottish #2 (uncontested)

Grade 3
MSR
1st Canterbury Caledonian RS (2,1,4,1)
2nd Whangarei County PB (2,1,3,5)
3rd City of Auckland (4,3,1,4) EP

Judges: Iain Blakeley, Phil Mair (piping); Brendon Eade (ensemble), Glenn Rodgers (drumming)

Grade 3
Medley
1st City of Hastings (3,2,2,2)
2nd Canterbury Caledonian RS (5,4,1,1) EP
3rd Whangarei County (1,1,5,4)

Judges: Brian Switalla, Alastair Hanning (piping); Harold Gillespie (ensemble); Scott Birrell (drumming

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