Wagga extends lead in Interclub

Post date: Aug 13, 2016 12:50:20 PM

Waggaroos had another solid 28:21 win in the Interclub Challenge against Albury last Sunday.

Conducted at Pomingalarna Reserve the courses took participants around the hillsides looking for particular contour banks, track corners, and trees. Points in the Interclub Challenge are awarded according to placings for an equal number of participants from each club on each course. A special feature of the event was a mountain bike orienteering course. In mountain bike orienteering participants must stay on the tracks. Route planning is very important to minimise distance and climb.

A few hardy souls completed their foot orienteering race and then went out on the mountain bike course. Rick Armstrong (Albury) chose his routes well and had fastest time on most legs. He was particularly strong towards the end of the course where a couple of steep climbs found other participants tiring.Leigh Privett (A) was never far behind but did wane in the latter stages. Waggaroo Iain Crossett, who had never done mountain bike orienteering before, did very well on his first outing and finished in third place. Iain was in the mix until the ninth control when he followed the wrong track and lost time. Nonetheless he earned a valuable point for Waggaroos.

Waggaroos set up their win on the 5.5km Hard course. Albury's Matt Flower powered up the first hill and was the fastest into the first control. Alex Davey (W) was quickest to the second control and assumed the lead. But when he and Matt faltered at the third, Briohny Seaman (W) grabbed a two minute advantage at that point and was not headed thereafter. Waggaroos had Briohny first, Alex second and Debbie Davey fourth to snare the major share of the points and win the 5.5km course 22:14.

On the 4.3km Hard course points were shared 5:5. Waggaroos Julie Gooding and Iain Crossett both started well and led the field through the first two controls. Then Iain had difficulties finding the third and fourth controls and Julie struck problems at the fifth and the ninth controls. Albury’s Rick Armstrong was steady throughout and eventually had a comfortable win. Julie and Iain finished on 22 seconds apart in second and third places respectively with Albury’s Emma Flower fourth. Iain’s effort earned him handicap honours for the day.

Will Cronk (W) won the Moderate course despite running to the last control before realising his error and heading off to correctly find the first control. An error finding the fourth control did allow the Farrell family to sneak past but by the sixth control Will was back in front and stayed there. There were no Albury participants on this course so no points were awarded giving Waggaroos a win for the day and a healthy 162:108 lead after seven event. The last event in the Interclub Challenge will be held just north of Albury at Mt Terrible on Sunday September 4.

Results: 5.5km Hard Course: Briohny Seaman (W) 47.12; Alex Davey (W) 49.55; Leigh Privett (A) 55.27; Debbie Davey (W) 57.01; Rob Simmons (A) 62.04; Matt Flower (A) 63.26; Kade Mavroudis (W) 70.36; Norm McCann (A) 97.39. 4.3km Hard Course: Rick Armstrong (A) 51.20; Julie Gooding (W) 70.16; Iain Crossett (W) 70.38; Emma Flower (A) 96.27. 3.2km Moderate Course: Will Cronk (W) 41.26; Farrell Group (W) 61.24. 2.3km Easy Course: Kath Oliver (W) 45.11. 6.4km MTBO Course: Rick Armstrong (A) 66.25; Leigh Privett (A) 72.05; Iain Crossett (W) 89.06; Will Jessup (A) 109.59; Graeme Jessup (A) 111.54.