The Friendly Games in the Forest Village
When: 2nd Saturday in August, 10 am to 5 pm (approx)
Where: Nethy Bridge Games Field, PH25 3DA
Cost: Adult £8.00 | Child £4.00 | Family £20.00
Games Day Report
Games Chieftain for 2018 was Dr Peter Grant, well known to locals as their local doctor.
In the Heavy competition, always a draw for spectators, local athlete Conan Quinn set a new Games record in the shot putt of 12.2m, while in the Juniors (17 – 19), Murdo Masterson set a new Games Record of 42.16m for the Scots Hammer. In the Open section, a strong field of 11 athletes competed, the best entry for several years.
The 10 Mile Road Race set off with an entry of 72 runners who made their waythough the pine woods of Abernethy, courtesy of the RSPB who also sponsor the event. First home was Robbie Paterson of Moray Road Runners in 58.01, followed in 58.58 by Paul Rogan of the same club. Paul was also the fastest Vet. First Female and also First Female Vet was Megan Wright of Hunters Bog Trotters in 68.03.
The Piping Judges, Graham Brown and Duncan Watson of Aberdeen, themselves former competitors at the Games, congratulated Abernethy Highland Games Committee on providing one of the most welcoming and hospitable piping competitions anywhere in Scotland. They welcomed and commended the increased number of competitors for their high standard of play. 8 pipers took part in the Pibroch competition, the winner being Ed MacIlwayne of Vancouver Canada, winning the Lord Strathspey Cup. In the March, Strathspey and Reel, and Jig competitions, Alan Clark of Aberdeen won the Gordon Cup for the competitor with the most points from the Senior Piping Competition.
A record breaking entry of 13 competitors in each competition treated a good crowd of spectators to displays of skilful drumming. Such were the skills that the Judge, Alasdair Dowling, found the placings very close. The growing popularity of this event was evident by the significant increase in entrants and growing numbers of spectators. The winner of the Junior section was Hollie Chalmers of Turriff and District Pipe Band, and in the Seniors the winner was Ieun Johnson, Strathisla & District Pipe Band.
To their great delight, the prize went to Portsoy Pipe Band who were formed only 5 years ago and who the judge commended as the most improved band taking part.
Judges were June Hislop, Laurencekirk and Lynne Lawrence, Aberdeen; the hard working pipers were John Whyte, Keith, Owen Chalmers, Banff and Tom Bisset, Nethybridge.
The overall winner in the Beginners’ section was Evie Jones of Inverness with Niamh Hogg, Elgin the Overall Novice winner.
The Overall Premier Highland title was a tie between Innes MacKenzie, Fearn and Suzanne McDonald, Elgin. Innes MacKenzie also won the Overall Premier National and the Overall Premier placings. Best Local Dancer 12 years and Under was Lucy Grant, Dufftown, and Best Local Dancer 13 years and over was Rhianne Smart, Craigellachie. TheTeachers Trophy went to the Claire Bryce School.
In Closing the Games, Chairman Neil Sutherland paid tribute to the members of the Games Committee and the many volunteers in the village who had come forward to set up the field and to plan and run the many events that took place during the day. Particular thanks went to the Bin Squad who kept the field litter free throughout the day. Thanks again went to Announcer Graeme Allan who throughout the day kept the crowd informed and entertained, and the many officials and judges who ensured the smooth and timely running of all the events.
Once again the Friendly Games lived up to their reputation.
Abernethy Highland Games – Results 2018
We have created a full list of this years results, of all competitions, at all levels here - includes athletics, heavy events, dancing, piping competitions and more, plus the RSPB Road Race results.
Abernethy Highland Games Association
Abernethy Highland Games and Clan Grant Gathering are held on the playing field in the centre of Nethy Bridge on the second Saturday of August. These are one of the oldest traditional games in Scotland. Known as the “Friendly Games” they are renowned for the stirring sound and spectacle of the Massed Pipe Bands, of around 150 musicians.
A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Registered charity number: SC 042969