McCready continues winning ways at Blair Atholl

Published: May 31, 2012
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Blair Atholl, Scotland – May 27, 2012 – Gordon McCready continued his winning ways by taking the aggregate award at the Blair Atholl Highland Games, where more than 60 pipers competed in the light music events. McCready earlier in the month won the overall prize at both the Highlands & Islands Festival and the Bathgate Highland Games. The B-Grade Piobaireachd was split into two heats, and six players battled for five prizes in the final. Young Connor Sinclair and Angus MacColl Jr. took home senior prizes in one of their first non-Junior competitions.

A-Grade Piobaireachd
1st Douglas Murray
2nd Innes Smith
3rd Andrea Boyd
4th David Wilton
5th William Geddes
6th Gordon McCready

Judges: Tom Speirs, John Wilson

B-Grade Piobaireachd
1st Robert Gray
2nd Greig Canning
3rd Angus MacColl Jr.
4th Michael Elder
5th Roddy Weir

Judges: Brian Donaldson, Andrew Wright

C-Grade Piobaireachd
1st Steven Leask
2nd James Gore
3rd Caitlan MacDonald
4th Connor Sinclair
5th Craig Martin

MSR
1st Gordon McCready
2nd Matt Wilson
3rd David Wilton
4th Connor Sinclair
5th William Geddes
6th Darach Urquhart

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Douglas Murray
2nd Gordon McCready
3rd Alan Johnstone
4th Greig Wilson
5th Mike Fitzhenry

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