South Africa: 100 Guineas Contest Report

By Nicholas Taitz

I attach the results of the 100 Guineas as well as the Junior Hundred Guineas solo piping competitions held over the weekend of 30th and 31st March 2019 in Johannesburg and promoted by the Scottish Piping Society of Southern Africa.

The venue was, as is now customary, The View, which the Transvaal Scottish Regiment generously make available for solo piping events. The 61st Hundred Guineas saw a high standard of playing this year, with overall winner Joshua Hogg winning his sixth title.  

Guineas winner Joshua Hogg

Joshua presented a fine rendition of the Unjust Incarceration to win the piobaireachd, and almost took a clean sweep of all events, winning the March, Jigs, Former Winner’s March, Strathspey and Reel and coming second in the Strathspey and Reel to Richard Payne.



I heard his piobaireachd, and it was a very impressive performance indeed, as was his winning performance in the former winner’s event. 

Simon Workman was second overall in a welcome return to solo competing,  with former winner Richard Payne third this year and Sean Cameron in fourth overall. 

A welcome trend in recent years has been the entry by former winners of the 100 Guineas, some of whom have not been seen for many years. 

One such entry this year was from Rowan Martin, who had won the title in 1968, 1972 and 1976, the latter win being the last time he competed before coming back this year. 

Mr Martin was a pupil of Bob Brown and Bob Nicol, and took a number of prizes in Scotland in the late 60s, including third in the Gold Medal at Oban.   

It was a pleasure for younger members who had never met Mr Martin, but only seen his name on our trophies, to meet him and hear some of his stories of the old days, and to hear him play.    

Brian Mulhearn is a regular competitor at the 100 Guineas, and he was out again this year bringing an overseas element to the competition. 



Brian’s ‘Ayrefire’ chanter has proved quite popular in South Africa with three of these being played in the Open competition.    

Chris Mulinder played once again in the former winner’s MSR playing a number of his own compositions, and with his own characteristic musical style.  He also showed in Maggie Cameron that he retains excellent technique and a birl many would envy. 

Perhaps some older pipers still remember Rowan Martin who competed in Scotland from the then Rhodesia and had some notable successes at the big competitions
The 61st Annual Solo Highland Bagpipe Competition (100 Guineas)
Results
Senior Overall – L.M. Millar Memorial Trophy
1st Joshua Hogg
Senior Overall Runner Up – RF Martin Memorial Shield
2nd Simon Workman
3rd Richard Payn
4th Sean Cameron
Senior Piobaireachd – Dr M MacDonald  Bayne Trophy
Adjudicators : Geoff Irvine, Chris Terry
1st Joshua Hogg, Unjust Incarceration
2nd Simon Workman, Lord Lovat’s Lament
3rd Sean Cameron, MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament No.1
4th Thomas Fuller, Nameless (Campbell Canntaireachd Vol 2 Tune 42)
Senior Strathspey & Reel – The President’s Cup
Adjudicator : Roger Davies
1st Richard Payn
2nd Joshua Hogg
3rd Thomas Fuller
4th Jonathan Visser
Senior March – Eagle Pipers’ Society Silver Salver
Adjudicator : Roy Blevins
1st Joshua Hogg
2nd Richard Payn
3rd Simon Workman
4th Brian Mulhearn
Best Piper Under 30 Years – The Grahamstown Trophy:
Joshua Hogg
Captain D.M. MacLennan Past Winners’ March, Strathspey and Reel – Donald Morrison MacLennan Memorial Trophy
Adjudicators : Geoff Irvine, Chris Terry
1st Joshua Hogg
2nd Richard Payn
3rd Thomas Fuller
4th Brian Mulhearn
Junior Overall – Jack Gartly Silver Chanter
1st Sean Cameron
2nd Matthew Pollock
3rd Gordon Grossett
4th Arran Hepburn
Junior Piobaireachd – Dr M MacDonald Bayne Trophy
Adjudicator : Chris Terry
1st Sean Cameron, Lament for the Viscount of Dundee
2nd Matthew Pollock, MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart
3rd Arran Hepburn, MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart
4th Gordon Grossett, MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart’s Lament No.1
Junior Strathspey & Reel – The Strathspey & Reel Floating Cup
Adjudicator : Greg Lloyd
1st Matthew Pollock
2nd Sean Cameron
3rd Gordon Grossett
4th Michael Jeanrenaud
Junior March – The March Floating Cup
Adjudicator : Struan Young
1st Sean Cameron
2nd Matthew Pollock
3rd Gordon Grossett
4th Michael Jeanrenaud
Pipe Major A Watters Jig Challenge
Adjudicator : Andy Dippenaar
1st Joshua Hogg
2nd Thomas Fuller
3rd Simon Workman
4th Richard Payn
5th Jonathan Visser
6th Frans Coetzee
Pipe Major A Watters Jig Challenge – Best Junior:
Gordon Grossett
P/M A Watters Jig Challenge – Overall Winner 2018/2019
Sean Cameron
P/M A Watters Jig Challenge – Best Junior – Overall Winner 2018/2019
Sean Cameron
Intermediate Overall
1st Rosemarie Tarboton
Intermediate Piobaireachd
Adjudicator : Chris Terry
1st Rosemarie Tarboton, Field of Gold
Intermediate Strathspey & Reel
Adjudicator : Simon Workman
1st Rosemarie Tarboton
Intermediate March
Adjudicator : David Harris
1st Rosemarie Tarboton
Wallace Bagpipes Amateur Piping Contest – Overall
1st Richard Prall
2nd Louis de Kock
Wallace Bagpipes Amateur Piping Contest – Piobaireachd
Adjudicator : Chris Terry
1st Richard Prall, The Macintosh Banner
Wallace Bagpipes Amateur Piping Contest – Strathspey & Reel
Adjudicator : Simon Workman
1st Richard Prall
2nd Louis de Kock
Wallace Bagpipes Amateur Piping Contest – March
Adjudicator : David Harris
1st Louis de Kock
2nd Richard Prall
Wallace Bagpipes Amateur Piping Contest – Overall Winner 2018/2019 Season: Richard Prall
H W Kinsey Novice Challenge Overall
1st Bryton Crofton-Ball
2nd Llewellyn Cotty
3rd Piet Hoffman
4th Caitlin Campbell
H W Kinsey Novice Strathspey & Reel Challenge
Adjudicator : Simon Workman
1st Bryton Crofton-Ball
2nd Llewellyn Cotty
3rd Caitlin Campbell
4th Piet Hoffman
H W Kinsey Novice March Challenge
Adjudicator : David Harris
1st Bryton Crofton-Ball
2nd Llewellyn Cotty
3rd Piet Hoffman
4th Eduard Plint
H W Kinsey Novice Challenge – Overall Winner 2018/2019
Llewellyn Cotty (King Edward VII)
Chanter
Adjudicator : Struan Young
1st Ronan Burger
2nd Duncan McLachlan
3rd Christopher Myburgh
4th Adam Thatcher

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