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Waggaroos maintain narrow lead in Interclub

posted 13 May 2014, 04:20 by Alex Davey

Waggaroos and Albury fought out an exciting tie at the second of the Interclub Challenge events conducted last Sunday at Connorton.

The Interclub Challenge is based on points awarded according to places for an equal number of participants from each club.

The rock strewn property offered many route choice possibilities and challenged participants to retain contact with the mapped features while under the stress of climbing the steep slopes. In other areas the forest and paddocks were open and fast; too fast for several orienteers who overshot controls and had to backtrack.

Albury got off to a good start with Tony Perrott and Rob Simmons beating WaggaRoos John Oliver and Lorenzo Calabro on the 5km Hard course. Lorenzo had difficulties finding the first control. All chose to take the northern route across paddocks on the 1.1km second leg. John turned uphill a bit sooner and had to battle some rockier than expected area. This put the Albury orienteers ahead and a 7 points to 2 lead.

Wagga’s Debbie Davey clawed a point back by beating Liz Wood (A) on the 3.6km Hard course. Liz had chosen to tackle the long leg by taking the southern route which had some easier running on tracks but required negotiation of more gullies. Debbie took the northern route.

Zach Lederhose, in just his second competitive event, and a heavily pregnant Briohny Seaman squared the ledger for WaggaRoos by finishing first and second on the 2.7km Moderate course. They were well ahead of Albury’s Sue Lefoe and Robyn Banazek both participating in their first challenge events. This brought Wagga back onto level terms with Albury at 11 points apiece.

Rob & Deb McDougall won the 1.9km Easy course just ahead of Cameron McDougall who was doing well until flying off down a hillside in the wrong direction. Kath Oliver came third. There were no Albury participants on this course and no points were awarded making the event a tie.

After two events Wagga leads narrowly 20:18.

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