This Sunday (Sep 28) we are putting on a free demonstration event as part of the Cumberland Forest Fair at Castle Hill.
Every two years orienteering gets access to this lovely forest (Australia's only metropolitan forest) for an informal event.
It's a lovely day out with loads of family activities, music and stalls where you can buy jam, honey, plants and much more.
We'd also love to have a few helpers man our stall for an hour or two. It's a good chance to advertise the West Sydney Summer Series and promote our sport in general. Email Ian Jessup (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can assist.
Regulars are welcome to have a walk or run (bush bashing not allowed) but the main aim of our presence is to show newcomers just how easy and enjoyable orienteering is at a beginner's level.
The fair runs from 10am-3.30pm. Entry is free and via Castle Hill Road.
Our State League competition concluded with two wonderful events on the edge of Wagga Wagga, where keeping up with the Jones family from Uringa proved a difficult task.
It was great to see lots of runners from ACT and Victoria in action, no doubt getting valuable practice for the Aus champs in WA in a fortnight.
Uringa's Ron Pallas reports: "Pomingalarna, a stone's throw west of town and neighbouring one of Wagga's two golf courses, hosted Saturday's middle distance event. The area was spur gully with a vast array of erosion control banks which led to you doing a lot of counting: 'That is three I have crossed;only two more to go.'
The courses all travelled through an area which contained more than its fair share of pits and depressions making navigation quite tricky. Toss in a complex labyrinth of mountain bike trails and mistakes were easy to make. All courses crossed a central hill that boasted a spectacular wildflower display. The courses were well set by Briohny Seaman."
Sunday was the NSW middle distance champs at Connorton - another terrific 'salt and pepper' map much beloved by our bush enthusiasts.
It is a complex granite area with a light cover of vegetation.
The Jones family - Sophie, Georgia, Lawrence and Ian - accounted for 4 titles to go with their three firsts and a second the day before.
Thanks to Waggaroos (and friends as snapped by Patrik Gunnarsson, see right) for a superb two days. Could all attendees please fill in the brief course setter surveys?
Final State League standings will soon be available on the web page.
The Sydney Junior League is drawing to a close for 2014, with the final event at Willoughby on Saturday 20 September. All juniors are encouraged to attend and start early. Starts are from 9.30am. Bring a picnic and stay on for Series presentations and random lucky draw prizes for juniors (which you must be there to claim) at 11am. Once again, ONSW extends a huge THANK YOU to long-term supporter AussieOGear who donate prizes for the Series.
As an added bonus, the 20 September event is part of the Willoughby Spring Festival and all participants will receive a free entry to the Willoughby Leisure Centre (can be redeemed at a later date).
Development Officer Barbara Hill reports: this year the Series has comprised 11 events with the 5 best events of competitors counting towards season end awards. Congratulations to Terence Chiang (Garingal) and Angus Leung (Garingal) who have participated in 9 of the 10 events to date. It is pleasing to see that many others have had 8 runs. In all, almost 150 students have had runs in Junior League events.
A number of classes are tight and will come down to the final event to determine the winner. The Very Easy boys class looks as though it will be fought out by Donovan Roberts (Garingal) and William Nolan (Uringa). If neither is available though, Lachlan Coady (Western & Hills) might just sneak in for the win. Nea Shingler (Big Foot) has been outstanding all year in the girls division and will take out this class.
On the Easy course, the action will be focused on the girls. On the back of strong performances at the NSW Schools Champs, Tiia Marsh (Big Foot) is leading however the highly talented Claudia Petrie could sneak in for a win if she runs strongly at Willoughby. Promising GO junior Holly Roberts could also be up with the leaders if she posts a good time. Nicholas Tse (Garingal) is a clear winner in the boys Easy class and looks set to challenge on the moderate courses in 2015!
On the longer courses, Ewan Shingler (Big Foot, left) has the Short Moderate wrapped up and Joanna Hill (Garingal) leads the girls division. Sophie Jones is in with a shot of levelling with Joanna though.
Consistent runs all winter have secured wins for Georgia Jones (Uringa) and Duncan Currie (Garingal) on the Long Moderate course. However Toby Wilson (Garingal) may level with Duncan if he is the quickest on the course at Willoughby.
We would also like to thank Colin Price at Aussie O Gear for his donation of prizes.
The teams with running order - NSW Teams
Some changes have been made as Sat, 13th Sept. Please let Hilary Wood know if there are any issues.
Big Foot added another notch to their heavyweight belt by taking out MetrO League Divisions 1 and 2 in stunning weather on a new map at Cecil Hills on Sunday.
It was the first double in ML history in the top two grades, and even more impressive when you consider that Australia's champion orienteering club was without at least two of its gun runners. And... 4 of the 5 Divn 1 runners are over 50. What athletes !
The Divn 1 victory over WHO 34-21 made it six premierships in a row for the Feet and belied their draw in round 5 at Beacon Hill. ONSW president Greg Barbour led the way with the fastest time of the day of just under 30 minutes.
In Division 2 Big Foot also had a comfortable win, 33-22 over the Garingal Dragons who were missing three regulars. GO youngster Duncan Currie was fastest in 31.18.
WHO at least enjoyed some success with a tight 29-27 win over IKO in Division 3. WHO benefited from an extra point when Graeme Hill and Tim Perry both finished in 42.33, and Ian Froude (IK) was left ruing the three seconds he finished behind Daniel Smith. That's how close it was.
Bennelong Northside took out Division 4, 31-24 over the Garingal Monitors - but lost Division 5 (30-25) to SHOO's Golden Oldies.
Thank you to WHO for a great new area in Sydney, and to Robert Bradley - the 2013 ONSW Course Setter of the Year - for his excellent courses.
Congratulations to our winners for 2014:
Divn 1: Big Foot. Indiv medal: Andrew Hill (WHO)
Divn 2: Big Foot. Indiv medal: Angus Shedden (SHOO)
Divn 3: WHO. Indiv medal: Alex Karavaev (IKO)
Divn 4: Bennelong Northside. Indiv medal: Lewis Redner and Tania Kennedy (GO)
Divn 5: SHOO. Indiv medal: Samuel Tsang (BN)
We thank all clubs for their wonderful spirit in 2014 and look forward to the 2015 season.
The 2014 Goanna, the third year of this goat racing format, had a distinctly international flavour as it moved into the winter calendar on the Macquarie Uni map.
Craig Ogilvie, a member of the Rand OC executive in South Africa, was here on holidays, saw the event on the calendar, and entered. And a late starter on the GeckO course was Aco Stamenkovski from Macedonia. Dobra work !
The mass start format saw many of the 67 runners remain at the big green flag for 30-60 seconds while working out the optimal route to the first control on each course, and perhaps their 'skip'.
With following allowed and permission to skip one control (two on the Goanna), it was worth planning ‘the skip’ early on to avoid possibly losing time in the green or from a climb.
The two longer courses had plenty of climb and crossed Lane Cover River twice. Fortunately the week’s rain meant only the shoes got wet, although Maggie Jones (UR) found a way to cross back via the weir waist-deep! “It was lovely, I needed cooling off,” she reported.
First finisher was Garingal club captain Tania Kennedy on the GeckO (4.3km) course. Tania skipped #5. When she entered Christie Park she cut straight across the oval to #6 (187), and finished in 32 minutes exactly. She was followed by four outstanding juniors in Ewan Shingler (runner-up for the second year), Finn Mackay, Jonathan Koruga and Tania’s youngest son Tom.
Waggaroos have comfortably retained the annual Interclub trophy after a draw with Albury-Wodonga in the final round.
Round 6 was conducted in the hilly terrain at the northern end of Livingstone State Forest. The courses challenged participants to choose the best way to avoid unnecessary climb while also avoiding the scrubbier sections and making sure control sites could be sensibly attacked.
Points are allocated based on equal numbers of participants on each course, similar to the Sydney-based MetrO League.
Joshua Roberts (NC) was the standout performer on the day, whipping around the 5.3km hard course in just under 49 minutes and almost 15 minutes ahead of Wagga's John Oliver. John’s performance gave the hosts a good start but Albury hit back with Wayne Bajenoff and Leigh Privett finishing ahead of Dale Clegg (WR) to tie this course 5 points all.
Sue LeFoe pushed Albury into the lead with a good win on the 3.1km Moderate Course. Ed McDougall, fresh from his success at the NSW schools championships in Newcastle the previous weekend, finished second to close the gap for Wagga. When Julie Gooding finished close behind Ed and ahead of Bill Krautz (A), Wagga had caught up and tied the points on this course too.
As a result WaggaRoos and Albury tied the day at 10 points all and WaggaRoos won the series 93-77.
Uringa orienteers advise with great sadness that their good friend and valued club member, Arthur Durham, passed away in the early hours of Monday after a long illness.
President Linda Sesta penned this tribute: "First introduced to orienteering in 1976 by Frank Assenza, Arthur initially joined Bennelong Occasional Orienteers before joining Uringa in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
He contributed enormously to our club and regularly made himself available to help out at events: with Enter on the Day, registration, taking money, minding the children and shadowing many of the kids on their courses. He did a tremendous job for over a decade as Uringa treasurer and was made a life member in 2011.
While Arthur was an active orienteer for many years, he started to experience ill health in the late 1990s. Unfortunately over the past few years his participation in club activities was very limited due to his worsening health.
Arthur will be remembered fondly by all those who were lucky enough to have him touch their lives."
His funeral will be in Melbourne on Aug 22 (Friday). He will be buried at Rockwood cemetery in Sydney at a later date and the Sydney memorial service will take place sometime in September. Details will be made available on the Uringa blog. If any orienteer would like to contribute a eulogy at the memorial service, could you please contact Nick Wilmott on 9567 6932.