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Waggaroos extend lead in Interclub series

posted 25 Aug 2015, 03:46 by Alex Davey

Waggaroos have established a comfortable lead after a strong showing at the fifth of the Interclub Challenge events against Albury last Sunday.

Held on the Piney Ridge map, literally in the centre of Walbundrie, the terrain provides a variety of navigation challenges. The area consists of three large hills, one of which has an intricate contour network due to mining activities and the other two have numerous granite features. Some tracts are open and fast whereas others are covered in cypress pine is much more difficult to traverse.

In the Interclub Challenge points are awarded in each class according to places to an equal number of participants from each club.

Starting the day with a 4 point advantage, Waggaroos got off to an excellent start with Briohny Seaman and Alex Davey taking the quinella on the 4.9km Hard Course. Alex's performance earned him the handicap honours for the day. Albury’s Leigh Privett and Tony Perrott were not far behind and finished in 3rd and 4th position to score well for Albury. However when John Oliver (W) finished ahead of Rob Simmons (A), Waggaroos took a valuable 13:8 lead.

After her great success in Europe where she finished third in each of two multi-day events, Debbie Davey (W) hammered home the Waggaroo advantage by comfortably winning the 3.9km Hard Course. Her time was almost 12 minutes ahead of second placegetter Peter Mousley (A). Then the competition became tight and exciting. Wes Campbell (W), Liz Wood (A) and Dale Clegg (W) finished within 23 seconds of each other with Norm McCann (A) close behind but just off the pace. With a 1, 3, 5 Waggaroos obtained the lion’s share of the points and won the class 12:9.

The 2.5km Moderate Course was equally exciting. Albury’s Emma Flower had a great run to win just ahead of Waggaroo newcomers Lucinda Roper and Denbigh Burrows. The pair were participating in their first event and coped extremely well. Waggaroo regular Kath Oliver then held off Sue LeFoe (A) to split the points in this class 5 all.

Overall Waggaroos won the day 30:22 and lead the competition 97:85.  The final event in the series will start at 10am on Sunday 6 September at Connorton 5km south of Wagga on the Holbrook Road.

4.9km Hard Course (Wagga 13: Albury 8)                                                             

1       Briohny Seaman                                                                                WRN           0:46:25

2       Alex Davey                                                                                        WRN           0:48:41

3       Leigh Privett                                                                                      AWV           0:50:31

4       Tony Perrott                                                                                      AWV           0:57:39

5       John Oliver                                                                                        WRN           0:58:07

6       Rob Simmons                                                                                    AWV           1:04:36

7       Matt Flower                                                                                       AWV           1:06:29


3.9km Hard Course (Wagga 12: Albury 9)                                                             

1       Debbie Davey                                                                                    WRN           0:41:55

2       Peter Mousley                                                                                   AWV           0:53:12

3       Wes Campbell                                                                                   WRN           1:02:33

4       Liz Wood                                                                                           AWV           1:02:35

5       Dale Clegg                                                                                        WRN           1:02:56

6       Norm McCann                                                                                   AWV           1:08:08

7       John Ferguson                                                                                  AWV           1:07:36

8       Juliette Millbank                                                                               AWV           1:18:32

9       Bill Krautz & Vera McCluskey                                                            AWV           1:23:55

10     Hugh Cameron                                                                                 AWV           1:28:28


2.5km Moderate Course (Wagga 5: Albury 5)                                                    

1       Emma Flower                                                                                    AWV           0:45:46

2       Lucinda Roper & Denbigh Burrows                                                    WRN           0:48:36

3       Kath Oliver                                                                                       WRN           1:07:56

4       Sue LeFoe                                                                                         AWV           1:16:49

5       Will Jessup                                                                                        AWV           1:21:50


1.8km Easy Course (Wagga0; Albury 0)                                                                 

1       Nicholas Mousley                                                                             AWV           0:54:23