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Turvey Park hills

posted 7 Feb 2016, 03:02 by Alex Davey
Julie Gooding and Alex Davey continued their winning ways in event 5 of the Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering conducted around Turvey Park and Mt Austin last Thursday evening.

Commencing at the Botanic Gardens near Blamey St participants had a choice of 45 minutes or 30 minutes to find the answers to a series of questions about the local area such as identifying phone numbers on signs, power pole numbers and the colour of letterboxes at specific addresses. Each correct answer scored points and points were deducted for exceeding the time limit. 24 questions were on offer for a total of 245 points.

There were some high value points to be gained at the eastern end of Mt Austin if participants were prepared to take on the hills. There were also high value points towards the western ends of both Mt Austin and Turvey Park which afforded some pleasant downhill running on the way out but a bit of a slog when returning. Judging the time to return became important so as not to forfeit the points gained by exceeding the time limit.

On the 30 minute course Julie Gooding put in another solid performance scoring an excellent 95 points to win comfortably from the Crossett family group (65) and Wes Campbell (50). Julie’s effort also won her the handicap honours for the evening and shot her to the top of the OY table.

On the 45 minute course Alex Davey also continued his good form from the previous week amassing a very good 190 points well ahead of John Oliver (170) and Kade Mavroudis (160). Dale Clegg finished fourth with 120 points.

The Punctuality Award for finishing closest to the time limit without exceeding it went to Julie for finishing just 12 seconds before her 30 minute time limit.

The Big Blow Award went to Kade for exceeding his time limit by 1:09.

The next event in the series will commence at 6pm in the Victory Memorial Gardens near the corner of Morrow and Peter Sts.
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