Foot­baller tack­les pip­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

For a bag­piper, Jeremy Brockie makes a heck of a good foot­baller.

The Wellington Phoenix player was on hand last week to check out the Wellington Red Hackle Pipe Band’s new kilts and to give pip­ing and drum­ming a go.

Brockie is an am­bas­sador for the For Ev­ery­one Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, which gave the Tawa-based pipe band $4865 for new kilts.

‘‘He gave pip­ing a go but it was a bit beyond him,’’ Red Hackle mem­ber An­gus Camp­bell said. ‘‘He was game, so full credit to him.’’ The band had al­ways worn Black Watch tar­tan but the mills that wove this tar­tan were now closed, Camp­bell said. The newly cre­ated Red Hackle tar­tan rep­re­sented another chap­ter for the group, he said.

‘‘It’s about us mov­ing on and the Red Hackle tar­tan is very sim­i­lar to the older tar­tan we had. We’re re­ally glad to have the new kilt, thanks to the [ For Ev­ery­one] foun­da­tion.’’

The Red Hack­les’ mem­ber­ship con­tin­ues to grow – it is about 50 now – and they are inside the top 20 pipe bands in the coun­try. There is also a de­vel­op­ment band for newer mem­bers.

The band will com­pete in Grade 3 at the na­tion­als in Nel­son in March and be a part of the re­gion’s WWI com­mem­o­ra­tions next year too.

The For Ev­ery­one foun­da­tion, founded by Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ali Wil­liams, helps fund projects that cost $5000 or less. Go to forevery­one.org.nz.

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