Waggaroos Noos


Summer Series #3, Lake Albert

posted 6 Dec 2020, 19:25 by Alex Davey

Julie set an interesting challenge for Summer Series #S3 at Lake Albert evidenced by:
  • participants all starting in different directions;
  • there were plenty of hard decisions to be made with many opportunities to just pop over there for those higher valued points or do I deviate a bit and get that smaller valued one on the way; and
  • many confessed to getting into the wrong street and not being able to make sense of the question to be answered. Bob was the most effective at this and finished several minutes over time.

The Farquhar family judged their time the best finishing with just 7 seconds to spare – thanks to a hard finish sprint by Alexander. Pauline, though needs more work on her sprint finish; she was 5 seconds overtime, but did take the handicap honours for the day! Good to see the Earl family at their 3rd consecutive event!

John scored best on the 45-minute course and Deb took the honours on the 30-minute course.


Results:

Time

Points

Penalty

Score

30 Minute Course

1

Deb Davey

0:24:23

100

100

45 Minute Course

1

John Oliver

0:44:08

175

175

2

Andrew, Hayden, Nathan Earl

0:44:05

130

130

3

Pauline Moore

0:45:05

120

5

115

4

Farquhar family

0:44:53

85

85

5

Bob Moore

0:52:39

110

35

75

6

Jarrah & Eltan Mestan

0:40:05

35

35

Small turnout in Glenfield

posted 3 Dec 2020, 18:02 by Alex Davey   [ updated 3 Dec 2020, 18:05 ]

There was a disappointing small turnout in Glenfield but all participants did the 45 minute course.

Although the warm day (even at 9am) was not conducive to comfortable running, it was the strong wind that made the effort difficult – particularly when trying to run into it, as most had to do on their return to the finish.

Remarkably everyone went different ways. From the start John and Debbie headed south and went in different anti-clockwise loops. Andrew and Nathan started west and went clockwise finishing from the east. Julie and Jarrah started east and then went anti-clockwise finishing from the south. Andrew and Nathan were the only ones back late after becoming just a bit geographically misplaced in the unfamiliar streets. 

Results:

                                                                     Time                     Points     Penalty          Score

1     John Oliver                                           0:44:37                    135          0                 135

2     Debbie Davey                                       0:34:46                    120          0                 120

3     Andrew & Nathan Earl                          0:45:40                    105           5                 100

4     Julie Gooding & Jarrah Mestan              0:43:02                    55             0                 55

Next event: Sunday 6 December, 9-10am. Lake Albert start/finish adjacent to the Football facilities block in Angel Street.

Summer Series starts in Tatton

posted 25 Nov 2020, 16:35 by Alex Davey   [ updated 25 Nov 2020, 16:40 ]

Wonderful to see so many children participating in today's event which was held around Tatton where the hills and the cul-de-sacs required some planning to score well. Unfortunately some home owners decided to rearrange their front garden ornaments or trim the roses which made some questions difficult to answer!

Welcome to the Saffery family participating for the first time. Jordan Saffery could not have had a better start to an orienteering career winning the 30 minute course in style.

Bob Moore had a win on the 45 minute course, and also picked up handicap honours for the day, by skirting along the flatter eastern side of the suburb and picking up some big scores.  The Earl family decided to climb to the higher value controls but just failed to catch Bob’s excellent score.

Results:


Time

Score

45 minute course

1

Bob Moore

0:43:09

135

2

Andrew, Hayden, Nathan Earl

0:44:37

125

3

Pauline Moore

0:45:14

95

4

Lisa & Yarrul Saffery

0:40:15

40

30 minute course

1

Jordan Saffery

0:27:59

75

2

Kerri Miller & Asher McNellie

0:33:14

45

3

Elijah Kellaher

0:31:05

35

3

Felix McNellie

0:31

35

Wet underfoot at Rawlings

posted 21 Oct 2020, 01:49 by Alex Davey

For our final "Winter" calendar event, could you get more variety in terrain than at Rawlings Park? One minute participants were sprinting across the lovely flat turf of soccer fields, then splashing through sheets of water left after yesterday’s rain, then running through open woodland, then pushing through shoulder high wild oats, then sliding across the mud on the bush tracks and, on the longer courses, dodging cars on asphalt roads.

The 1.7km Easy course was primarily across the soccer fields with a couple of controls in the well-grassed semi-open area to the south of Angel St. As per the classic hare and tortoise fable the slow but sure octogenarian tortoise Wes Campbell beat the fast running sub-junior hares, Logan, Ryder and Jarrah.  Ryder decided he was old enough to try a course on his own and he did very well, reading the map whilst splashing through creeks and fighting through long the grass.  Jarrah, as a perfect gentleman should, allowed mum, Julie, to keep up until the last control – then he showed her a clean pair of heels.

The Moderate courses also started across the soccer fields but then explored more of the bushland reserve to the south east. Asher McNellie recorded fastest time on the 2.8km Moderate course just ahead of Kerri Miller and Oliver Seal.  On the 4.0km Moderate course Briohny Seaman had a very comfortable win ahead of her mum Deb Davey, John Oliver and Phil Roy/Loren Edmanson.

Our focus now switches to our Sunday Summer Series, starting on 22 November in Tatton.  Full details will be posted on the website in the near future but these events are held around suburban Wagga Wagga, primarily on park and street, and use a score format where competitors attempt to get as many controls as possible within 30 or 45 minutes.

Results:

1.7km Easy Course

Wes Campbell

0:21:33

 

Logan Seaman & Briohny Seaman

0:23:56

 

Ryder Seaman

0:26:13

 

Jarrah Mestan & Julie Gooding

0:28:10

 

Kath Oliver

0:32:47

 

 

2.8km Moderate Course

Asher McNellie

0:44:45

 

Kerri Miller

0:44:52

 

Oliver Seal

0:45:03

 

Felix McNellie

0:51:33

 

Matilda Seal

0:54:42

 

Farquhar Family

0:59:09

 

 

 

 

4.0km Moderate Course

Briohny Seaman

0:26:54

 

Deb Davey

0:35:11

 

John Oliver

0:40:16

 

Phil Roy & Loren Edmanson

0:42:00

 

All over the hill at Willan's

posted 9 Oct 2020, 01:52 by Alex Davey   [ updated 9 Oct 2020, 01:54 ]

A score event that provided plenty of variety: hard climbs, steep descents, fast open areas, undergrowth with hidden rocks and logs, interesting control placements and not a control flag to be seen.

There were some very good scores on both courses. Alex Davey’s 230 on the 60 minute course and Kerri & Matilda’s 140 on the 45 minute course were excellent efforts.  James Gray’s 200 and Tadeus Davenport’s 180 on the 60 minute course and Pauline Moore’s 125 and Shani Rajasekera’s 100 on the 45 minute course were also highly commendable efforts.

Pauline took handicap honours for the day.

Half the field on each course overestimated their ability and incurred point deductions for exceeding their time limit.  Best of these worst efforts in respect of points lost were from Wes Campbell and James Gray who conceded 55 points each. On a percentile basis Don MacIntyre did even better losing almost 60% of his points.

Results:

Time

Points

Penalty

Score

45 Minute Course

1

Kerri Miller & Matilda Seal

49:51:00

170

30

140

2

Pauline Moore

43:03:00

125

125

3

Shani Rajasekera

35:54:00

100

100

4

Felix McNellie

50:38:00

95

30

65

5

Wes Campbell

55:08:00

120

55

65

6

Kath Oliver

44:39:00

50

50

60 Minute Course

1

Alex Davey


43:52:00

230

230

2

James Gray

69:40:00

255

55

200

3

Tadeusz Davenport

57:09:00

180

180

4

John Oliver

62:16:00

170

15

155

5

Ellena & Greg Halloran

55:04:00

150

150

6

Camilla & Rachelle Halloran

50:32:00

140

140

7

Finn Brodie & Asher McNellie

66:04:00

140

35

105

8

Don MacIntyre

65:16:00

60

35

25

Another good turnout despite the rain at CSU

posted 28 Sept 2020, 02:42 by Alex Davey   [ updated 28 Sept 2020, 02:48 ]

A sprint event at CSU that turned out to be a rather slow sprint.

Starting at the top of the stairs near the Yindyarmarra Reconciliation site on the SW edge of the map all courses traversed the very grassy hillside for approximately 50% of their length before snaking their way back between the campus buildings.

The 1500m Easy course was able to follow a recently mown path but had a tough 100m climb in the first 400m of the course. Well worth the view from the top if you could see between the misty showers but at least it was all downhill from there.

The 2300m Moderate course similarly had substantial climb in the first section but did have some options to contour around the hillside rather than go right over the top.

The 3400m Hard course circumvented the main hill and although visibility was good, it did require considerable physical effort getting through the long, wet grasses that obscured the small rocks and logs that litter the area.

It was a good day for the Halloran family. Greg & Camilla won the Easy course finishing almost 6 minutes ahead of Jarrah Mestan and Julie Gooding while Ellena and Rachelle won the Moderate course finishing 4 minutes ahead of Pauline Moore.

Briohny Seaman had a comfortable win on the 3.4km Hard course well ahead of Jack Janetzki. Briohny was clearly getting across the hillside quickly - her time would have placed her first on the Moderate course and second on the Easy course.  And  having completed her course she trotted off for a casual 10km lap of the University!

Results

3.4km Hard

1

Briohny Seaman

0:31:03

2

Jack Janetzki

0:36:39

3

Deb Davey

0:37:45

4

John Oliver

0:47:22

5

Chontelle Dailey & Izzy Hutchinson

1:25:34

2.3km Moderate

1

Ellena Halloran & Rachelle Ward

0:34:04

2

Pauline Moore

0:38:05

3

Bob Moore

0:41:01

4

Asher McNellie

0:50:08

5

Matilda Seal

0:50:13

6

Felix McNellie

0:50:39

1.5km Easy

1

Greg & Camilla Halloran

0:29:28

2

Jarrah Mestan & Julie Gooding

0:35:15

3

Kath Oliver

0:37:26

4

Stuart, Alexander & Nicholas Young

0:43:09

5

Ryder & Logan Seaman

2 controls

Spring-like weather at Burngoogee

posted 30 Aug 2020, 03:23 by Alex Davey

A lovely sunny day in a lovely open forest. The Hard courses largely contoured around the major hills challenging participants to find specific rock features on the way. Then a stiff climb towards the end challenged their physical condition.  The Moderate course was contained within the flatter areas and provided track alternatives to the cross-country direct route if desired.

The rocks and orchids must have been too distracting for most. Briohny Seaman ran the longest course and recorded the fastest time overall and hence the best min/km rate. Pauline Moore, on the other hand, recorded the best min/$ entry fee rate; although husband Bob challenged strongly.  Alex and Debbie Davey chased Briohny around the 5.6km Hard course and eventually made it a family trifecta.

There was another excellent turnout of family groups. Most did the Easy course which was won by the Bowen family - an excellent effort on their first orienteering event.

Wes Campbell had a good win on the Moderate course as did the Sunleys on the Short Hard course.

Results:

2.6 km Easy

Club

Time

Gareth, Tara, Cadel, Amalie Bowen

1:08:53

 

Julie Gooding, Jarrah, Eddie, Eltan Mestan

WRN

1:18:42

 

David, Veronica and Nicola Smith & Craig, Loch, Whittaker Wealands

1:43:58

 

3.4 km Moderate

Wes Campbell

WRN

0:56:27

 

Ellena Halloran & Rachelle Ward

1:10:20

 

Bob Moore

WRN

1:50:57

 

Greg & Camilla Halloran

mp

 

4.1 km Hard

Julie & Sean Sunley

WRN

1:26:41

 

Pauline Moore

WRN

1:56:05

 

5.6 km Hard

Briohny Seaman

WRN

0:51:11

 

Alex Davey

WRN

1:05:35

 

Debbie Davey

WRN

1:11:31

 


Numbers on the rise!

posted 19 Aug 2020, 03:38 by Alex Davey

A wonderful turnout on a coolish day at Wolfram: 37 participants - our highest number for quite a while at a local Wagga event. Organiser Deb did an excellent job pre-arranging time slots so we did not breach the NPWS restrictions on gatherings numbers.

And she did an equally excellent job with the courses.  On the Hard courses route choice decisions were paramount - climb the steep hill or contour around, go through the scrub or circumvent it.  The Moderate and Easy courses were ideal for our newer orienteers. Much of the forest was open with many wildflowers and orchids just opening up which provided a very enjoyable and pleasant Sunday morning experience, although those wildflowers did prove to be a serious distraction for a few.

Competition was pretty close on all courses. Alex Davey recorded the biggest winning margin by far - just over two minutes on the 6.7 km Hard course; Stuart Young finished just 40 seconds ahead of Jack Janetzki on the 4.6 km Hard course; Shane and Robyn McMullen were just 23 seconds behind Bob Moore on the 3.9 km Moderate course; and Matilda Seal just scraped home by a mere 2 seconds from Felix McNellie. Well done all.

Results:

Long hard  6.7 km

1

Alex Davey

1:14:23

2

John Oliver

1:16:27

3

Phil Roy & Loren Edmanson

2:13:34

Short Hard  4.6 km

1

Stuart Young

0:50:14

2

Jack Janetzki

0:50:54

3

Shani Rajasekera

1:03:04

4

Sean & Julie Sunley

1:33:00

5

Pauline Moore

1:58:28

Moderate 3.9 km

1

Bob Moore

1:06:02

2

Shane & Robyn McMullen

1:06:25

3

Wes Campbell

1:09:52

4

Chontelle Dailey & Izzi Hutchinson

1:11:12

5

Greg & Ellena Halloran

1:11:41

6

Angela Farrell

1:16:08

Easy  1.9 km

1

Matilda Seal

0:24:17

2

Felix McNellie

0:24:19

3

Elijah Kelleher

0:25:04

4

Kerri Miller

0:25:30

5

Duncan, Emily, Ella & Alexander Farquhar

0:35:11

6

Melanie Bradley & Alexander & Nicholas Young

0:41:50

7

Jarrah & Eltan Mestan

0:41:53

8

Rachelle Ward & Camilla Halloran

0:42:18

9

Julie Gooding & Eddie Mestan

0:43:13

10

Kath Oliver

0:43:34



Good turnout at Pommy

posted 11 Aug 2020, 16:35 by Alex Davey   [ updated 11 Aug 2020, 16:36 ]

7 individuals and 8 groups (32 warm bodies) including 2 new families participated in lovely sunny conditions in Waggaroos last event at Pomingalarna.

The forest was resplendent and many kangaroos (appropriately socially distanced) lined the hillsides to watch the event.

The courses generally enabled participants to work their way around the hillsides following the contour banks or cycle paths but all involved a steep climb at some point.

The 2 km Easy course was very popular with the family groups. The Roberts family (Andrew, Julia, Ruby and Michael) trying orienteering for the first time recorded the fastest time finishing just over 2 minutes ahead of Tom Janetzki.

The Miller-McNellie family group, also trying orienteering for the first time had a good day. Firstly they just edged out Greg & Camilla Halloran to finish third on the Easy course and then attempted the 3.2 km  Moderate navigation course finishing second. Rachelle Ward and Ellena Halloran won he Moderate course and Wes Campbell finished third.

Jack Janetzki recorded the best km rate of the day completing the 3.5 km Hard course at a very good 9½ min/km considering the number of steep pinches that needed to be negotiated.

John Oliver won the 6.5 km Hard course ahead of Phil Roy.


Results:

6.5 km Hard

Club

Time

1

John Oliver

WRN

1:05:22

2

Phil Roy

WRN

1:27:42

3.7 km Hard

1

Jack Janetzki

WRN

0:35:00

Chontelle Dailey

WRN

mp

3.2 km Moderate

1

Rachelle Ward & Ellena Halloran

0:54:59

2

Kerri Miller, Matilda &  Felix McNellie

1:00:31

3

Wes Campbell

WRN

1:07:17

 

Don MacIntyre

WRN

mp

2.0 km Easy

1

Andrew, Julia, Ruby, Michael Roberts

0:22:03

2

Tom Janetzki

WRN

0:24:22

3

Miller-McNellie group (Kerri, Matilda, Megan, Asher, Felix)

0:28:20

4

Greg & Camilla Halloran

0:28:31

5

Seaman family (Briohny, Ryder, Logan)

WRN

0:28:38

6

Farquhar family (Duncan, Emily,Ella, Alexander)

WRN

0:36:49

7

Eltan & Jarrah Mestan

WRN

1:07:29

Local orienteering returns

posted 19 Jul 2020, 03:34 by Alex Davey   [ updated 19 Jul 2020, 03:36 ]

Waggaroos resumed competitive orienteering on a superb winter's day last Sunday with an event at Rocky Hill, Kooringal, albeit with several changes to the usual event protocols to ensure Covid safety. The changes did not trouble participants who adapted quickly to the revised systems.

Starting from the eastern end of Mount St the 1.5 km Easy navigation course proved popular with family groups. It followed some of the paths and tracks around the north-western end of the area requiring a steep descent and an equally steep ascent challenging participants to find particular thickets and boulders along the way.

Times were quite close. Melanie Bradley and her two young sons Alexander and Nicolas had the fastest time just ahead of Julie Gooding and son Jarrah. The Farquhar family group of Emily, Alexander and Ella finished a competitive third. Visiting from Leeton, first time orienteers Rachelle Ward and her daughter Camilla Halloran were a little off the pace and finished fourth but thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The Hard courses wound around the steep hillside having participants locate specific rock features and the occasional small gully. Although visibility was excellent, the steep ascents, difficult descents and profusion of grassy regrowth following the recent rains made the courses physically demanding and relocation difficult if navigation was not perfect. Missing a control site meant some more hard scrambling across the hillside and significant time loss.

Stuart Young scrambled particularly well winning the 3.2 km Hard navigation course comfortably, finishing more than 10 minutes ahead of the rest of the field. His was an excellent run in the deceptively difficult terrain. John Oliver finished second with Phil Roy and Loren Edmandson in third place.

Sharni Rajasekera similarly had a comfortable win on the 2.3 km Hard course finishing more than 10 minutes ahead of Pauline Moore who had a few navigational problems on the first half of the course.

The other half of Leeton visitors and newcomers,Greg and Ellena Halloran certainly enjoyed their introduction to the sport, winning the 2.0 km Moderate navigation course. Despite making a few mistakes, none were serious enough to allow veteran Bob Moore to sneak past.

Results:

3.2 km Hard

Stuart Young

WRN

0:43:52

 

John Oliver

WRN

0:54:38

 

Phil Roy and Lauren Edmandson

WRN

1:05:41

 

2.3 km Hard

Shani Rajasekera

WRN

1:01:44

 

Pauline Moore

WRN

1:15:32

 

2.0 km Moderate

Greg and Ellena Halloran

0:44:43

 

Bob Moore

WRN

0:50:40

 

1.5 km Easy

Melanie Bradley and Alexander & Nicholas Young

WRN

0:28:38

 

Julie Gooding and Jarrah Mestan

WRN

0:32:34

 

Emily, Alexander and Ella Farquhar

WRN

0:34:42

 

Rachelle Ward and Camilla Halloran

0:43:05

 


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