Interclub #1 to Waggaroos

Post date: Apr 25, 2018 11:11:16 AM

Waggaroos won the first event of the Interclub Orienteering Challenge against Albury with a convincing 56 points to 19.

The event was conducted in the Livingstone National Park and State Conservation Area near Burrandana last Sunday. Wes Campbell set courses that challenged participants mentally and physically. Route choices were generally between going straight and battling the scrub to avoid the steeper climbs or running wider to tracks and accept the climb to avoid the scrub. The pits left from early mining days provided good navigational check points along the way.

Waggaroos win was set up when John Oliver and Stuart Young took the quinella on the 5.9km Hard navigation course ahead of Albury’s Matt Flower. John had a steady run and was always in the lead. Stuart lost some time when he ran past the first control which allowed Matt to assume second place. When Matt seriously missed the second and fourth controls Stuart was able to move into second place and retained it for the rest of the course. When Waggaroos Phil Roy and Lauren Edmanson finished ahead of Albury’s Wayne Bajenoff, the locals had a strong 18:8 lead.

Briohny Seaman, Alex Davey and Deb Davey then consolidated Waggaroos position with a trifecta on the 3.5km Hard navigational course. The trio finished almost 14 minutes ahead of Albury’s first finisher on that course. Briohny had an excellent run with no major errors. Alex lost significant time at the second control which should have been a straight forward up and over a ridge into a small gully. However he drifted significantly and ended up in the wrong gully system. Despite being well behind most other participants at that point a series of good legs helped him claw his way to second place. Albury’s Rick Armstrong was always in contention but a couple of navigational errors towards the end of the course along some very rocky slopes saw him slip from second to fourth place. When Albury’s Bill Krautz finished fifth and Waggaroos had a handy 36:13 lead.

Albury did have some success when Alex Sutherland and Josh Roy won the 3.0km Moderate navigation course quite comfortably from Waggaroos Bowen-Wilson family group despite having considerable trouble finding the second last control. While this gave Albury some valuable points from the Moderate course Waggaroos were able to score freely in the 1.2km Easy navigation course which had no Albury participants. The Judd family had fastest time finishing just ahead of Oliver & Carolyn Hatherly with Ryder Seaman in third place

This gave Waggaroos a resounding 56:19 points win.

Event 2 in the Interclub Challenge will be held near Chiltern on Sunday 29 April and there is no doubt Albury will be out in force to redress this loss.

Totals: WaggaRoos 56; Albury 19