AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD
JAS. W. SHAW’S KILTIES
THE winners of the New Zealand Championship March, Shaw’s Kilties (Hastings) hold an impressive record of performances since the team commenced competition in 1944, when in December of that year they tied for first place in the Hastings marching contest.
The following year, December, 1945, in Hastings, all honours went to Kilties – Best Leader, Costumes, Sports and Aggregate. This was followed by the team securing second place to Pringle’s (Pahiatua) at the North Island Championships held at Pahiatua, while the leader, Miss M. Wright, was awarded most points for champion leader. The team then travelled to Timaru to contest the New Zealand title. Here the team were runners-up, being beaten one point by Manahuna, Timaru, the champions of the previous year. Miss M. Wright tied with Miss L. Bezzant, Manahuna, for N.Z. Champion Leader.
December, 1946, saw the start of a wonderful season of success. The team were winners of Hastings, Southern Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa Championships. This was followed by the annexing of the North Island title at Masterton as well as the award for Best Leader. It is ﬁtting that a team who have worked so hard should annex the New Zealand title, while their leader was only 3/8 of a point behind the winning leader, Miss C. Hawker, of Blair Atholl, Dunedin, and the team’s success reﬂects great credit on their coach, Drum-major E. A. Mosley, who also won the award for the coach of the champion team at the recent New Zealand championships.