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Bush season start at Pomingalarna

posted 19 Mar 2018, 02:25 by Alex Davey
Waggaroos juniors, Rob and Cameron McDougall, impressed in the orienteering event held at Pomingalarna.

The 1.9km Easy course proved popular with family groups being mainly along tracks with some opportunities to take short cuts through the open forest. Nine year old Rob McDougall ventured out on his own for the first time and did very well finishing in first place almost 12 minutes ahead of the Farquhar family. This was in spite of making a couple of mistakes but impressively he worked out what had gone wrong and corrected appropriately.

Fifteen year old Cameron McDougall also did very well winning a very closely contested 4.1km Hard Course. Deb Davey set an interesting course that twisted and turned within itself across the prominent east-west spur in the centre of the reserve. This meant lots of direction changes and careful of map-reading to identify the significant features that would lead to the control site quickly. Cameron out-orienteered his much more experienced competitors winning by 46 seconds from Alex Davey with Iain Crossett a 19 seconds further back in third place.

Julie Sunley was the only participant on the 3.6km Moderate Course which offered challenges in route choice more than map-reading. Participants had to decide whether to go straight and tackle the hills or run further and go around them.

John Oliver was the only finisher on the 5.5km Hard course when Joannah McDougall withdrew after the fourth control.

Next event will commence at 10am on Sunday 25 March at the Livingstone National Park and State Conservation Area. From Jubilee Park travel south along Holbrook Rd for about 19km. Just after crossing Little Sandy Creek turn left into O’Briens Creek Rd. After a further 6km turn right into Wrigleys Rd and follow the orienteering signs to the assembly area.

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