Hard work in Kooringal streets

Post date: Feb 28, 2014 10:54:22 AM

Deb Davey and Geoff Breese were the major winners at the Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering event last Thursday evening but it was the newcomers Pip Dalley, Ed McDougall and Martin Griffiths who impressed.

Starting from the park in Walana Cres Kooringal participants had a choice of 30 or 45 minutes to find the answers to questions about the Kooringal area. Answers carried different points value and points were deducted for exceeding the time limit. 26 questions were on offer with total score of 260 possible. The irregular layout of the streets did not make it easy for participants to plan a logical route. After finding a few clustered in reasonable proximity suddenly there was a need to double back or face a long run to the next answer. Most started to the north where higher scores were possible but they were further away.

On the 45 minute course Geoff Breese amassed a very good 160 points but suffered a 10 point time penalty for being 90 seconds late. Nonetheless this was good enough to relegate Alex Davey to second place with 130 points.

Martin Griffiths tried orienteering for the first time and impressed by scoring 120 points to finish equal third with Pip Dalley, who was equally impressive considering she was competing with the club for just the second time. TRAC student Kade Mavroudis was not far behind scoring a good 100 points. Joannah McDougall flirted with the time finishing with 49 seconds to spare and 75 points just ahead of Julie Gooding who pushed her 5 month old son around in his pram.

Angela Farrell again participated on her mountain bike and equalled Geoff’s score of 150 points despite losing a bolt as she approached the finish.

On the 30 minute course it was much closer. Deb Davey finished first with a well-earned 70 points with Catherine Holland just behind on 60 points.

Wagga High student Ed McDougall impressed by finishing with over 6 minutes to spare and a score of 55 points. A bit more running could have seen him challenge for the lead. Gary Bussenschutt scored 30 points after having some hard earned points deducted after exceeding the time limit by 79 seconds.

The penultimate event in the Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering will be in the Civic Theatre precinct starting in Tarcutta St opposite Cross St at 6pm next Thursday 6 March. This will be followed on Sunday March 9 by the first of the winter program events starting at 10 am on Willans Hill from the car park near the Music Bowl.