Published: July 31, 2009

Peel Police make clean sweep at Cambridge

Cambridge, Ontario – July 18, 2009 – Cool and overcast weather that threatened rain most of the day made conditions challenging for competitors at the well attended Cambridge Highland Games, which saw 29 bands competing through all grades. Both the Peel Regional Police and the Hamilton Police enjoyed straight first-placings from all judges in Grade 1 and Grade 2, respectively. The 78th Fraser Highlanders did not attend due to a member’s wedding. Alex Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,had a near-perfect day in the Professional solo piping, taking three of four first prizes.
 
Bands
Grade 1 (MSR, two competed)
1st Peel Regional Police (1,1,1,1)
2nd Toronto Police (2,2,2,2)
Best Bass: Toronto Police
Judges: Tom Anderson, Charlie MacDonald (piping); Michael Hunter (drumming); Andrew Berthoff (ensemble)
 
Grade 2 (Medley, two competed)
1st Hamilton Police (1,1,1,1)
2nd Niagara Regional Police (2,2,2,2)
Best Bass: Hamilton Police
Judges: Tom Anderson, James MacHattie (piping); Michael Hunter (drumming); Andrew Berthoff (ensemble)
 
Grade 3 (Medley, seven competed)
1st Great Lakes
2nd Toronto Police (Gr3)
3rd Rob Roy
Best Bass: Toronto Police
Judges: Tom Anderson, James MacHattie (piping); Michael Hunter (drumming); Andrew Berthoff (ensemble)
 
Grade 4 (March Medley, seven competed)
1st Hamilton Police (Gr.4)
2nd Paris/Port Dover
3rd Georgetown
Best Bass: Hamilton Police
Judges: Tom Anderson, James MacHattie (piping); Michael Hunter (drumming); Andrew Berthoff (ensemble)
 
Grade 5 (March Medley, 11 competed)
1st Hamilton Police (Gr5)
2nd Dofasco
3rd London Firefighters
Judges: Tom Anderson, James MacHattie (piping); Michael Hunter (drumming); Andrew Berthoff (ensemble)
 
Professional Solo Piping
Piobaireachd (eight competed)
1st Alex Gandy, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
2nd James MacHattie, Toronto, “Lament for the Dead”
3rd Kylie MacHattie, Toronto, “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
4th Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario, “Nameless – Hiharin dro o dro”
5th Michael Grey, Dundas, Ontario, “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart”
6th Calum MacDonald, Fergus, Ontario, “The Battle of Waternish”
Judge: Andrew Berthoff
 
March
1st Alex Gandy, “Father John MacMillan of Barra”
2nd Ian K. MacDonald, “Inveran”
3rd James MacHattie, “John MacFadyen of Melfort”
4th Michael Grey, “The Knightswood Ceilidh”
5th Kylie MacHattie, “Highland Wedding”
6th Johnny Bassett, “The Braes of Castle Grant”
Judge: Andrew Berthoff
 
Strathspey & Reel
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Michael Grey
4th James MacHattie
5th Kylie MacHattie
6th Johnny Bassett
Judge: Tom Anderson
 
Jig
1st James MacHattie
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Michael Grey
4th Johnny Bassett
5th Alex Gandy
6th Kylie MacHattie
Judge: John Elliott

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