Wet underfoot at Burngoogee interclub

Post date: Jul 3, 2016 11:57:21 AM

Waggaroos narrowly won Event 5 of the Interclub Challenge Series against Albury 5 points to 4 last Sunday.

The cool weather possibly deterred some from attending but in the forest temperatures were ideal for running. However running was somewhat restricted because the Murraguldrie State Forest was literally flowing. Participant had to give some consideration to how they traversed the hillsides to cross the many flowing streams and pools of water lying in lower areas.

John Oliver got Waggaroos off to a good start by winning the 5.6km Hard course ahead of Albury’s Leigh Privett. On the shorter legs the two had very similar times. However, John was more effective on the longer legs and managed to build his 3 minute winning margin with superior route choice. Debbie Davey (W) also lost time on the long leg to the 8th control and finished in third place.

Dale Clegg continued Waggaroos winning ways with a very comfortable victory on the 3.6km Hard course despite spending over 20 minutes looking for one control. However, Albury’s Hugh Cameron and Norm McCann had even more troubles at a number of controls and both finished well behind Dale.

Albury did have some success when Ronice Goebel won the 3.9km Moderate course. Her Albury teammate Helen Jerome finished in second place less than two minutes behind. Kooringal Public School student, Harriet Priest, who came third in her age class at the recent Riverina Schools Orienteering Championships, did very well on her first Moderate course to finish in third place and score one point for the Waggaroos.This was after having won the 2.1km Easy course in a very quick time and well ahead of the Crossett family and Farquhar family groups. Because there were no Albury club members on this course no points were awarded.

The final result for the day was Waggaroos 5 to Albury 4 and after five events Waggaroos lead the competition 114:70.

Event 6 in the Interclub Challenge will be conducted on July 24 near Gerogery.