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Summer Series moves to Sundays!

posted 17 Nov 2019, 01:54 by Alex Davey   [ updated 17 Nov 2019, 01:58 ]

Waggaroos have changed the day and timing for their Summer Series of park and street orienteering, with this season's events to be held on Sunday mornings, with starts between 9:00 am and 10:00 am.

The move away from Thursday evenings has been made for a number of reasons. It is hoped that the morning time slot will enable events to be held in cooler temperatures, with a number of past events having to be cancelled due to extreme afternoon temperatures. The move to Sunday will allow more competitors to attend without the demands of work and the conflict with Thursday night shopping.

The format remains unchanged, with a choice of either 30 and 45 minutes to visit as many controls and gather the correct answer to a multiple choice question. Controls are worth either 5, 10 or 20 points, so competitors need to decide on the best route choice to enable the highest possible score. A penalty of 5 points per minute applies to competitors exceeding their time limit.

Newcomers - walkers and runners, singles and groups - are most welcome. There will be experienced club members on hand to give assistance.  No fancy equipment is needed, just walking or running clothes plus a hat and some water.

The first event will be held on Sunday 24 November at Lake Albert, with the start and finish in Ron Wheeler Park. The full calendar of events can be found in the menu on the Home page.


Rocky Hill ends bush season

posted 23 Oct 2019, 02:25 by Alex Davey

Tom Janetzki, Phil Roy and Stuart Young were the big winners at the Waggaroos orienteering event at Rocky Hill last Sunday.

Starting from the eastern end of Mount St in Kooringal the 1.9 km Easy navigation course followed some of the paths and tracks across the top of Rocky Hill challenging participants to find particular boulder clusters and cliffs along the way.

Tom Janetzki, with the experience of the recent Oceania Carnival, had an excellent run winning by just over two minutes from the improving Imogen Metcalfe. Zoe Metcalfe came third a further 2 minutes back.

The Hard courses wound around the steep hillside having participants locate specific boulders, cliffs and thickets. Although visibility was excellent, the steep ascents, difficult descents and profusion of wild oats made the courses physically demanding and difficult to re-locate if navigation was not perfect. Missing a control site meant some more hard work and significant time loss. It did not seem to concern Phil Roy who won the 2.4 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. Trent Seaman finished second with John Oliver a further 2 minutes in arrears.

It was much closer on the 3.2 km Hard navigation course with less than four minutes separating all participants. Stuart Young was spurred into action by a brown snake just near the start and did not look back finishing just ahead of Alex Davey. Junior orienteer Jack Janetzki finished third with Deb Davey rounding out the field.

This was the final bush event for the year and Waggaroos will commence their Summer Series of Orienteering in late November. The summer series will use a score event format in which participants will have a time limit (30 or 45 minutes) to find the answers to questions about the locality in which the event is held. Points are awarded for correct answers and points are deducted for exceeding the time limit.

The first event in the Summer Series of orienteering with commence at 9 am on Sunday 24 November on the eastern side of Main St, Lake Albert alongside Crooked Creek.

Rocky Hill results:

3.2 km Hard

Time

1

Stuart Young

0:40:49

2

Alex Davey

0:41:27

3

Jack Janetzki

0:43:03

4

Deb Davey

0:44:17

2.4 km Short Hard

1

Phil Roy

0:46:41

2

Trent Seaman

0:57:00

3

John Oliver

0:59:38

4

Pauline Moore

1:24:35

5

Bob Moore

1:25:00

6

Steve & Elena Franklin

DNF

1.9 km Easy

1

Tom Janetzki

0:16:45

2

Imogen Metcalfe

0:18:48

3

Zoe Metcalfe

0:20:13

4

Ryder Seaman

0:22:07

5

Brendan & Iona Judd

0:28:44

6

Franklin family

0:29:47

7

Talia Franklin

0:35:11

8

Kath Oliver

0:43:16

9

Eltan & Jarrah Mestan

0:47:04

Oceania Carnival and Rawlings Park wanderings!

posted 7 Oct 2019, 03:56 by Alex Davey   [ updated 7 Oct 2019, 03:58 ]

Waggaroos Deb Davey has been selected in the Australian team to contest the Australia-New Zealand Challenge during the Oceania Orienteering Carnival to be conducted in and around Wagga in a fortnights time. The event has attracted just on 1000 entrants including Australia’s best orienteers as well as orienteers from New Zealand, Hong Kong, New Caledonia and Europe. The 9-day Carnival will include the Oceania Championships, the Australian-New Zealand Challenge, the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships and a three-day public event.

The Carnival will commence at CSU on Saturday 28 September with the Oceania Sprint Distance Championships and National Orienteering Championships. Then it will move to Bethungra for the Australian Long Distance Championships and Relay Championships in a new area comprising rugged rocky outcrops.

On Tuesday October 1 it will return to Wagga for the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships. 160 school children from across Australia and New Zealand in representative state and national teams will compete in sprint distance, long distance and relay races over three days. The sprint distance will be held at Kildare Catholic College on Tuesday 1 October, the long distance at Connorton on Wednesday, and the relay at Pomingalarna on Thursday. Associated with these events will be the Riverina Run, a 3-day public event that has attracted over 500 entries including Olympic marathoner Martin Dent and Australia’s oldest orienteer, 95 year old Herman Wehner from Canberra.

The carnival will conclude on the following weekend with the Oceania Middle Distance and Long Distance Championships near Beechworth.

Deb Davey’s selection is just reward For her consistent performances at national and international level for the past 3 years. Deb will team with Ballarat’s Jenny Bourne and Newcastle’s Hilary Wood in the W60 age-class and should be too classy for the New Zealanders. Deb is also the day organiser for the Schools Long Distance Championship at Connorton.

On the local front Waggaroos conducted a sprint orienteering race at Rawlings Park last Sunday. On the 4 km course in the early part of the race Stuart Young and Jack Janetzki were just a few seconds apart to each control. However in the middle part of the course as the race moved from the ovals to the bush land Stuart was able to navigate a bit better and eventually won by 5 minutes. Deb Davey came in third a further minute behind.

On the 2.9 km course Imogen Metcalfe ventured out by herself for the first time and excelled. Laura Shelton started very well and after 3 controls had built up a 3 minute advantage. Imogen had started more slowly but as her confidence built she started to catch up. Laura made a navigational error between 7 and 8 allowing Imogen to take the lead which she maintained despite a miss at the 9th control. Wes Campbell came in third. 

Elena and Tahlia Franklin and Charli Speers tried orienteering for the first time. They sensibly tackled the 2km Easy course first and enjoyed it so much they then completed the 4km course.

4.0 km Long Course

Stuart Young

0:25:13

 

Jack Janetzki

0:31:26

 

Deb Davey

0:32:31

 

Elena Franklin

1:03:27

 

Talia Franklin & Charli Speers

1:05:01

 

 

2.9 km Short Course

Imogen Metcalfe

0:33:10

 

Wes Campbell

0:38:45

 

John Oliver

0:39:18

 

Laura Shelton

0:51:11

 

Kath Oliver

1:00:55

 

 

2.0 km Easy Course

Elena Franklin

0:24:28

 

Talia Franklin & Charli Speers

0:24:41

 

AWOC regain the Interclub trophy after 7 years

posted 26 Aug 2019, 03:21 by Alex Davey   [ updated 26 Aug 2019, 03:54 ]

Waggaroos won the final event in the Interclub Orienteering Challenge against Albury last Sunday but lost the series by just 13 points. It is Albury's first win since 2012.

In the Interclub Orienteering Challenge points are awarded to participants for participating and completing their course and to the placegetters in each course. The points earned by placegetters are weighted in favour of the longer and harder navigation courses.

The event was conducted in the northern part of the Livingstone National Park and State Conservation Reserve where the broad steep hills are prickly scrub are unforgiving when navigational errors are made. Time was easily lost if route choice was not carefully made.

There was an excellent turnout with almost 50 people including several family groups participating. Waggaroos started the day 44 points in arrears and despite some good performances could not completely wipe of the deficit.

On the 5.7 km Hard course although Matt Flower (A) finished second behind ACTs John Scown and scored valuable bonus points for the Albury club, Waggaroos Stuart Young and Tadeusz Davenport were just seconds behind and by finishing ahead of crack Albury trio Raf Freire, Leigh Privett and Rob Simmonds helped Waggaroos take a slight 3 point lead.

Then Waggaroos junior Jack Janetzki and veteran Alex Davey finished first and second respectively on the 4.5 km Hard course ahead of several Albury orienteers to increase the Waggaroos lead to 7.

Albury reduced the deficit when Emma and Indiana Flower won the 3.5 km Moderate course but a succession of Waggaroos finishing before the next Albury orienteer ensured Wagga won this course and slipped out to a 15 point lead.

This was extended on 1.8 km Easy course where Wagga were unchallenged by Albury.

At the end of the day Waggaroos won the event 63:32 but Albury won the series 376:363 in what was the closest competition for a number of years.

The next local event will be conducted at Rawling's Park on Sunday 15 September starting at 10 am from the eastern end of Angel St, Lake Albert. Newcomers are welcome.

Results:

5.7 km Hard Course

1

John Scown

AOA

1:01:33

2

Matt Flower

AWV

1:08:27

3

Stuart Young

WRN

1:08:48

4

Tadeusz Davenport

WRN

1:09:37

5

Raf Freire

AWV

1:24:03

6

Leigh Privett

AWV

1:25:38

7

Rob Simmons

AWV

1:29:51

8

Phil Roy

WRN

1:34:07

9

Sean Sunley

WRN

1:40:20

4.5 km Hard Course

1

Jack Janetzki

WRN

0:48:48

2

Alex Davey

WRN

0:56:09

3

Josh Roy

AWV

0:59:19

4

Peter Mousley

AWV

1:02:06

5

Rick Armstrong

AWV

1:10:02

6

Norm McCann

AWV

1:23:03

7

Shani Rajasekera

WRN

1:27:06

8

Ann Scown

AOA

1:31:29

3.5 km   Moderate Course

1

Emma & Indiana Flower

AWV

1:20:35

2

Metcalfe family

WRN

1:21:35

3

Wes Campbell

WRN

1:27:34

4

Judd family

WRN

1:36:47

5

Julie Sunley

WRN

1:38:58

6

David & Debbie Murray

WRN

1:42:17

Nick Mousley

AWV

DNF

1.8 km Easy Course

1

John Oliver

WRN

0:36:57

2

Farquhar family

WRN

0:43:28

3

Kath Oliver

WRN

1:02:35

4

McMullen family

WRN

1:04:06

5

Mestan family

WRN

1:12:03

AWOC build a big lead at Tabletop

posted 12 Aug 2019, 00:36 by Alex Davey   [ updated 26 Aug 2019, 03:42 ]

Despite competing well Waggaroos got swamped; 12 participants from Waggaroos against 24 from Albury and we got beaten by weight of numbers! They won the day 75: 40 and now have a very nice 44 point lead with just one event to go. After 7 events AWV lead 344:300.

·        AWOC President Peter Mousley advises that there were 61 participants in total - many children - making it one of the bigger Interclub events ever.

There were some fine performances by Waggaroos:

·         Deb and Alex Davey completed the quinella in the Short Red; and Jack Janetzki came 4th .... and we still lost that course!

·         Stuart Young did very well in the Long Hard course.

·         Great to see that Nick Mousley (AWV) and Tom Janetzki (WRN) teamed up and ran together on the Orange course. Apparently Peter Mousley had suggested to Nick last year that he should run with one of the other kids to help get confidence on a harder course. So yesterday he teamed up with Tom and they came second! It is what Tom needs too - a bit of confidence in the forest. As Peter said: From their course time they should have been doing it long ago!  (I have agreed with Peter to give each 3 bonus points each rather than splitting the points between them - they deserve the points for their effort and although it makes no difference to the relative points tally, we had better not lose by less than 1.5 points after the next race).

·         Julie, Jarrah and Eltan came second on the Easy course.

  • Lovely to see that Nicola Smith made the trip with her family; and for Road Runner Nicola Wunderlich and her two children to pop along to what I think was their first event even if it was a rather slow wander.
Results:


Tabletop

Novice course – 2.1 km, 35  m climb

1

Emma  Joyce and kids

AWV

40:56:00

2

Matt, Erin and Zoe McNab

AWV

58:39:00

3

Julie, Jarrah and Eltan Mestan

WRN

59:04:00

4

Steve Clark,  Lauren  Naldrett and kids

AWV

61:42:00

5

Nicola  Smith and kids

WRN

66:56:00

6

Jo, Josh and Dylan  Cave

AWV

84:03:00

7

Nicola,  Kolby  and Pia Wunderlich

WRN

111:15:00

Orange Course – 3.2 km, 100 m climb

1

Josh Roy

AWV

36:17:00

2

Nick Mousley (AWV) and Tom Janetzki (WRN)

A+W

37:28:00

3

Emma  Flower

AWV

40:03:00

4

Cathy McNab

AWV

45:54:00

5

Dale Clegg

WRN

53:23:00

6

Bob Moore

WRN

53:39:00

7

Pauline  Moore

WRN

62:28:00

8

Wes Campbell

WRN

68:44:00

9

Jeff and Matt Cave

AWV

76:15:00

10

Chris and Howard Smith

AWV

80:54:00

11

Steve, Mark,  Aiden  and Corby

AWV

108:15:00

Short Red  Course – 3.5 km, 220 m climb

1

Deb Davey

WRN

47:35:00

2

Alex Davey

WRN

51:49:00

3

Liz Wood

AWV

58:10:00

4

Jack Janetzki

WRN

60:27:00

5

Wayne  Bajenoff

AWV

68.4

6

Tony  Perrott

AWV

75:54:00

7

Matt and Indiana Flower

AWV

81:15:00

8

Rick Armstrong

AWV

81:36:00

9

Andrew Campbell

AWV

97:27:00

10

Ronice  Goebel

AWV

114:26:00

11

Hugh  Cameron

AWV

129:15:00

12

Rose Campbell

AWV

DNF(4 ctls)

Long  Red  Course – 4.9 km, 370 m climb

1

Peter Mousley

AWV

67:00:00

2

Warwick Williams (Ballarat)

EUV

72:03:00

3

Stuart Young

WRN

74:45:00

4

Leigh  Privett

AWV

78:37:00

5

Michelle Privett

AWV

79:11:00

6

John Neame  and Jack Dovell

AWV

154:50:00

7

Tony McDiarmid

AWV

DNF (11 ctls)

Albury score away win

posted 24 Jul 2019, 03:51 by Alex Davey   [ updated 24 Jul 2019, 03:54 ]

Despite Waggaroos winning the Easy and Moderate courses and tying the Short Hard, Albury dominated the Long Hard and won the day by 10 points. With two events to go Albury now has a nice little 9 point lead. Exciting stuff!

From all accounts Jack Janetzki did a great job organising his first bush event.

The 1.9 km Easy course was a close affair with Waggaroos 12yo Tom Janetzki winning by a mere 54 seconds from his 12yo Albury counterpart Nick Mousley.

Alburys Josh Roy did very well to win the 3.o km Moderate course but with Dale Clegg and Wes Campbell filling the minor places Waggaroos just sneaked ahead to win that course.

A rather innocuous depression on the two long courses was not as innocuous as it appeared and several participants lost time there; Waggaroos fared worse allowing Albury to do better in the two Hard courses.

Despite Alex Davey comfortably winning the 3.6 km Hard course and scoring valuable bonus points, Albury had Liz Wood and Hugh Cameron came in ahead of the next Waggaroos participants and the course was tied.

Albury dominated the 4.8 km Hard course with Leigh Privett, Matt Flower and Peter Mousley filling the first three places before Waggaroos Stuart Young and Briohny Seaman finished.

On the day Albury had a nice 10 point win 47:37 and after 6 events lead 269:260. There are two events to go, with the next being at Tabletop, just north of Albury, on 4th August.

Wolfram full results:

Easy 1.9 km

1

Tom Janetzki 

WRN

19.14

2

Nick Mousley

AWV

20.08

3

Jarrah Mestan, Julie Gooding and Eltan Mestan

WRN

47.54

4

Smith family group

WRN

85.05

Moderate 3.0 km

1

Josh Roy

AWV

43.36

2

Dale Clegg

WRN

58.55

3

Wes Campbell

WRN

73.34

Emma Flower

AWV

DNF

Short hard 3.6 km

1

Alex Davey

WRN

47.32

2

Liz Wood

AWV

71.41

3

Hugh Cameron

AWV

93.05

4

Phil Roy, Loren Edmanson and Brandan Roy

WRN

96.16

5

Bob Moore

WRN

129.34

Pauline Moore

WRN

DNF

Steve McDougall

AWV

DNF

Long hard 4.8 km

Leigh Privett

AWV

57.26

Matt Flower

AWV

57.40

Peter Mousley

AWV

60.20

Stuart Young

WRN

60.42

Briohny Seaman

WRN

63.51

Tony Perrott

AWV

70.26

Debbie Davey

WRN

73.37

Wayne Bajenoff

AWV

DNF

Albury win at 9 Mile Hill

posted 17 Jul 2019, 04:35 by Alex Davey   [ updated 17 Jul 2019, 04:36 ]

Despite a good roll-up of Waggaroos, AWOC had a good win in Interclub #5 at 9 Mile Hill just north of Albury. On the day, the scores were 48:36 and AWOC made excellent inroads to Waggaroos overall lead. Wagga now lead by a mere 1 point: 223:222 so it is getting exciting… only three more events to be conducted.

Alex Davey and Jack Janetzki carried the banner for Waggaroos with good wins on the Long Hard and Short Hard courses. Dale Clegg’s third place on the Short Hard was also commendable. Well done to all Waggaroos who attended and helped our cause.

The next event is Interclub #6 at Burrandana on the Wolfram map on Sunday  21 July, starts between 10:00 am and 12 noon.

Results 9 Mile Hill

2.6 km Moderate Course
Josh Roy AWV 38.41
2 Cathy McNab AWV 51.35
3 Wes Campbell WRN 51.55
Smith Family AWV 75.51

5.5 km Long Hard
Alex Davey WRN 54.25
Rob Simmons AWV 61.00
Peter Mousley AWV 64.08
Deb Davey WRN 64.25
Tadeusz Davenport WRN 79.02
Tony Perrott AWV DNF
Jeff Cave AWV DNF
2
1.5 km Easy
Nick Mousley AWV 17.52
Jarrah Mestan & Julie Gooding WRN 41.47
Naldrett Family AWV 65.31

3.6 km Short Hard
Jack Janetzki WRN 48.14
Liz Wood AWV 54.49
Dale Clegg WRN 63.46
Shani Rajasekera WRN 73.27
Hugh Cameron AWV 80.50
Julie & Sean Sunley WRN 89.55
Juliette Milbane AWV 111.40
Steve McDougall AWV DNF
Harry Smith AWV DNF

Visitors and newcomers dominate at Pommy

posted 2 Jul 2019, 16:08 by Alex Davey   [ updated 2 Jul 2019, 16:11 ]

Kelly Munyard tried orienteering for the first time and did well enough to win her course at the Waggaroos orienteering event at Pomingalarna Park last Sunday. Kelly participated on the Easy navigation course which allowed participants to follow various linear features such as paths and watercourses. With numerous bike tracks in the area the main challenge was ensuring the correct one was followed. Kelly’s winning time was almost 10 minutes ahead of the Hatherly family who finished second. Kath Oliver finished third.

The 3.3 km Moderate navigation course did enable linear features to be followed but also provided options for cutting across country to pick up major catching features that led into the target feature. Target features included a number of the earth walls and earth mounds that populate the hillsides so the challenge was in keeping track of which earth wall you were following or crossing. Iona Judd, Melissa Comrey and Lauren Edmonson teamed up together to tackle this course and enjoyed a leisurely wander through the forest.

The 3.7 km and 5.1 km Hard navigation courses looped and zig-zagged across the hillsides in a way that made strict following of linear features difficult. Participants had to move from one set of linear features to a second or third in order to find the target features. On these courses the target features included many point features such as small patches of rocky ground, or isolated pits, and knolls.

On the 3.7 km Hard course Waggaroos John Oliver held on to win from ACT’s Ann Scown with Alex Redhead finishing third.

The 5.1 km Hard course was dominated by ACT orienteers. Grant McDonald won comfortably ahead of John Scown and Mary McDonald. Waggaroos Phil Roy was off the pace but did well to finish fourth.

Next Sunday the Interclub Challenge Series against Albury resumes with event 5 at 9 Mile Hill commencing at 10 am. Drive to Gerogery along the Olympic Way and turn right at the Gerogery Hotel into Main St towards Jindera. 9 Mile Hill is about 18 km along this road on the left.

Results:

1.5 km Easy

1

Kelly Munyard

WRN

0:14:52

2

Hatherly family

WRN

0:23:20

3

Kath Oliver

WRN

0:26:19

4

Smith-Wealands group

0:41:58

3.3 km Moderate

1

Lauren Edmanson, Iona Judd, Melissa Comrey

WRN

1:47:47

3.7 km Hard

1

John Oliver

WRN

0:47:15

2

Ann Scown

AOA

0:56:30

3

Alex Redhead

WRN

1:01:15

5.1 km Hard

1

Grant McDonald

AOA

0:42:08

2

John Scown

AOA

0:50:05

3

Mary McDonald

AOA

1:02:52

4

Phil Roy

WRN

1:27:15

5

Brendan Judd

WRN

mp

Strong home win for Waggaroos

posted 18 Jun 2019, 04:44 by Alex Davey   [ updated 18 Jun 2019, 04:50 ]

The extended Seaman family led Waggaroos to a comfortable victory in event 4 of the Interclub Orienteering Challenge at Connorton last Sunday.

Seven year-old Ryder Seaman won the Easy course; his father, Trent, won the Moderate course; his mother, Briohny, won the long Hard course; and his grandmother, Deb Davey, won the short Hard course to guide Waggaroos to a 52:38 victory for the day and consolidate the overall lead in the Interclub Orienteering Challenge.

The first part of the 1400 m Easy Course involved a nice downhill section along a well formed track, then led participants along a small path before a long uphill climb across semi-open farmland along a watercourse. Ryder Seaman coped admirably winning by almost 10 minutes and gain handicap honours for the day.  There was a good tussle for second place with the Hatherly family group just gaining the ascendancy over Kath Oliver by a mere 9 seconds. Six year old Jarrah Mestan finished fourth. Because there were no Albury representatives on this course Waggaroos amassed a valuable 14 points.

The 2.8 km Moderate Course alternated between the farmland and woodland that had numerous discrete rock features. As well as testing navigational ability across the hills it also involved a couple of steep climbs that tested physical abilities as well. Trent Seaman did an excellent job for Waggaroos winning the course finishing almost five minutes ahead of Josh Roy, Albury’s first orienteer to finish. ACT’s Ann Scown finished in third place. Waggaroos Dale Clegg and Wes Campbell then held off Albury’s John Trevivian to ensure Waggaroos won the Moderate course 14:7.

The hard courses took participants into some complex rock terrain and across numerous steep hills. Participants had to be careful not to get too far off their line because relocating proved to be difficult and invariably required another steep climb. One control site in particular proved to be the undoing of several orienteers possibly because of its location half way up a hillside and with many of the nearby attack features appearing to be similar enough to cause confusion. It was those who found this control site quickly who did well.

On the 3.5 km Hard Course Waggaroos Deb Davey found it quickly and had a very comfortable victory, winning by almost 11 minutes. In the context of the Interclub Challenge points this course was a much more even affair. Rick Armstrong finished second to score valuable points for Albury. John Oliver (W) then managed to finish third ahead of Albury’s Liz Wood and grab the remaining bonus points and give Waggaroos a slight advantage. This was enhanced when Shani Rajasekera (W) finished and the remaining three Albury orienteers failed to finish giving Waggaroos a 14:11 win on this course.

Albury did have some success on the 4.9 m Hard Course. Waggaroos Briohny Seaman had a strong win but then four Albury participants finished before Waggaroos Tadeusz Davenport and Lachlan Campbell to give Albury a 20:10 points win on this course.

On the day though Waggaroos prevailed with a 52:38 point win and at the half way point Waggaroos lead the series 187:174.

Event 5 in the Interclub Orienteering Challenge will be conducted on Sunday 7 July at 9 mile Hill near Albury.

The next local event will be on Sunday 30 June at Pomingalarna Park commencing at 10 am. The start will be at the western entrance to Pomingalarna Park about 500 m west of Kapooka Rd (San Isadore turnoff).

Good turnout at Willan's Hill

posted 10 Jun 2019, 03:54 by Alex Davey   [ updated 10 Jun 2019, 04:08 ]

The Matthews family had an excellent day at the Waggaroos orienteering event on Willan's Hill last Sunday with successes on both the Easy and Moderate navigation courses and winning the handicap for the day.

The lovely sunny morning attracted a number of family groups many of whom were attempting orienteering for the first time.

Starting from the south west end of Willan's Hill off Mimosa St, the 1900 m Easy navigation course enabled participants to make use of the numerous track and paths in the area although one leg required following a long earth wall through the scrub.Times were quite close and competitive despite many newcomers. Phoebe and Simon Matthews were quickest around finishing just over a minute ahead of Jarrah Mestan and Julie Gooding. Freya Matthews was not far off the pace and finished well in third place. The Farquhar males, Duncan and Alexander, finished just ahead of the Farquhar females, Emily & Ella.

Following their successful completion of the Easy course the Simon, Freya and Phoebe Matthews then teamed up to attempt the 2.2 km Moderate navigation course. Laura and Suzy Shelton did similarly.

Although the distance is only slightly longer than the Easy course the Moderate course challenges participants with options for cutting across country through the scrub whereas the Easy course is more constrained to obvious track and path options. On Willan's Hill there are numerous earth walls that are relatively easy to follow particularly when the forest floor is as open as currently.

Both groups coped very well with the step up in navigation and the Matthews family added to their Easy course successes recording the quickest time on the Moderate course.

Alex Davey had a convincing win on the 3.8 km Hard navigation course. Both Hard navigation courses included a number of control sites north of Baden Powell Dr that involved some steep uphill and downhill climbs. Alex finished well ahead of newcomer Stuart McDougall with Bob Moore managing to grab third place ahead of Dale Clegg.

On the 5.4 km Hard course Briohny Seaman finished a strong 12 minutes ahead of John Oliver.

Results:

1.9 km Easy Course

1

Simon & Phoebe Matthews


0:19:00

2

Julie Gooding & Jarrah Mestan


0:20:18

3

Freya Matthews


0:23:54

4

Duncan & Alexander Farquhar


0:24:24

5

Emily & Ella Farquhar


0:28:49

6

Laura & Suzy Shelton


0:32:14

7

Pauline Moore


0:33:42

8

Kath Oliver


0:34:45

9

Bridgette Poulton & Amy Ziesing


0:37:51

10

Smith & Wealands family group


1:04:10

2.2 km Moderate Course

1

Simon, Freya & Phoebe Matthews


0:44:50

2

Laura & Suzy Shelton


1:13:14

3.8 km Hard Course

1

Alex Davey


0:38:27

2

Steve McDougall

0:55:43

3

Bob Moore


1:26:03

4

Dale Clegg


1:32:26

5.4 km Hard Course

1

Briohny Seaman


0:48:32

2

John Oliver


1:00:26

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