Match Report 21st August 2012

And then there were two-well not quite…….

Last Tuesday Lachie Dick and my good self held the fort. We had a tune, pie and pint, while the masses headed to Oban to hunt the big prizes. We thought we would have a job finishing the 6 pies on offer but Nick Keyden and Angus Lutton turned up to help us out. Only on the pie front mind you-no pipes!

So while we warmed up the pipe and charmed the barmaid others were ensconced in the Tartan Tavern in Oban catching up on piping times and looking forward to the two days pipe fest.

Perhaps a time to review our all year round policy as two things are inevitable?

One; the piping calendar is now so full that from time to time the Tuesday evenings will clash with significant piping events elsewhere with the bulk of our local membership heading off to compete or indeed judge? This is of course very pleasing as it is great to see the famous tie doing the rounds on the boards.

Two; people become fatigued/stale and need time to recharge the batteries and/or catch up with domestic bits and bobs? Perhaps a winter sabbatical is required?

The Audience

Time for another committee meeting I think? Gin free? Eh no, I don’t think so. That way we will make important decisions and not be able to remember them in the morning. All committees should try this at least once.

All that aside, the exodus to Oban turned out to be a happy hunting ground for the Eagles and the prize list is below

Senior Piobaireachd

1st Stuart Liddell, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”

2nd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”

3rd Murray Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland, “The Stewarts’ White Banner”

4th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Fingerlock”

5th Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia

Gold Medal

1st Finlay Johnston, “Farewell to the Laird of Islay”

2nd John Mulhearn, Glasgow, “MacIntosh of Borlum’s Salute”

3rd Glenn Bown, Glasgow, “MacIntosh of Borlum’s Salute”

4th Douglas Murray, Scotland, “The Daughter’s Lament”

5th James MacHattie, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, “Black Wedder’s White Tail”

Silver Medal Final

The Silver medal man.

1st Peter McCalister, “You’re Welcome, Ewen Lochiel”

2nd Craig Sutherland, Scotland, “Lament for Donald of Laggan”

3rd Decker Forrest, Scotland, “Salute to Donald”

4th Elizabeth Sheridan, Canada, “Catherine’s Lament

MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd

1st Angus J. MacColl “MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute”

2nd Sandy Cameron, “The Old Men of the Shells”

3rd Ursa Beckford, “MacGregor’s Salute”

Former Winners MSR

1st Gordon Walker

2nd Jack Lee

3rd Angus MacColl

4th Willie McCallum

5th Gordon McCready

A-Grade

March

The Marches man and the PM on tour-some time ago!

1st Cameron Drummond

2nd Alex Gandy

3rd Craig Muirhead

4th Alasdair Henderson

5th Andrew Carlisle

Strathspey & Reel

1st Alastair Dunn

2nd Ryan Canning

3rd Cameron Drummond

4th Callum Beaumont

5th Fred Morrison

B-Grade

March

1st Innes Smith

2nd Graham Drummond

3rd David Wilton

4th Ben McClamrock

5th Greig Wilson

Strathspey & Reel

1st Ben McClamrock

2nd Jonathan Graham

3rd Gavin Ferguson

4th David Wilton

5th Xavier Boderiou

Open Jig

1st Alex Gandy

2nd Alastair Dunn

3rd Gordon McCready

4th Andrew Carlisle

5th Ben McClamrock

The Cowal Highland Gathering has come and gone with Boghall taking their second Championship of the season. Congratulations. (Burnside-good effort. Are you ready for another Glenfiddich challenge with yer pal Drummond?). If you don’t know that story its worth finding out- a wee classic.

“Burnside, Drummond service please……………….”

Batman and Robin

Our next meeting is Tuesday 4th September just before the Northern Meetings in Inverness.

Hope to see you then.

Euan Anderson

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