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Bush Sprint at Willan's Hill

posted 20 Jun 2015, 01:03 by Alex Davey   [ updated 20 Jun 2015, 01:05 ]

Rebecca Scott participated in her first Waggaroos orienteering event at Willans Hill last Sunday and excelled, winning her class and handicap honours for the day.

Courses were of a sprint format meaning they were shorter than usual with lots of controls and directional changes. The idea is to encourage running fast while navigating. The challenge is being able to absorb the detail from the map to tackle the shorter than usual legs between controls at pace. A small mistake becomes proportionally more costly in time lost. Starting from the Music Bowl participants were sent up and down and to and fro along the hillside looking for small depressions and rock faces while trying to keep track of the many tracks and contour banks in the area.

A pleasing aspect of the day was that almost half of the total participants were junior orienteers.

TRAC student Rebecca Scott’s only previous competitive orienteering experience was in the recent Riverina Schools Orienteering Championships where she won the Girls 12-13 age-group. On Sunday she first participated on the 1200m Easy course which she won very comfortably and then tackled the more difficult 1800m Moderate course and came second. This was an excellent effort considering her inexperience. 

The 1800m Moderate Course was won by Amanda Billett and St Joseph’s student Cameron McDougall came third.

The 2800m Course was similar in design to the 1800m Moderate Course and involved an extra climb over the main ridgeline. Competition was close as might be expected with shorter courses. The veterans held their own with Debbie Davey winning in good style and John Oliver finishing second just over a minute behind. Junior orienteers Will Cronk, Kade Mavroudis and Lachlan Billett showed their level of improvement by filling three of the next four places.

The next local event will commence at 10am on Sunday 28 June at Pomingalarna Reserve. The assembly area will be at the western entrance off Sturt Highway about 800m past the Kapooka Rd turnoff to San Isadore.


2.6km Moderate Course                           

1              Debbie Davey                            25.11

2              John Oliver                                26.43

3              Will Cronk                                  30.41

4              Kade Mavroudis                         34.28

5              Ian McDougall                            37.35

6              Lachlan Billett                            39.22

7              Wes Campbell                           44.33

8              Dale Clegg                                 46.00

9              Ed McDougall                            56.25

10            Crossett Family                          61.03


1.8km Moderate Course                           

1              Amanda Billett                           27.30

2              Rebecca Scott                          42.20

3              Cameron McDougall                  44.23

4              Joannah McDougall                   47.30

5              Kath Oliver                                69.32


1.2km Easy Course                                  

1              Rebecca Scott                          12.46

2              Sheree Scott                            17.54

3              Rob & Deb McDougall               23.40

4              Beryl Latham                             41.20