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June Long Weekend Orienteering near Wilpena, Flinders Ranges

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Three days of orienteering were held in the Wilpena area over the June Long Weekend – the weather was mu8ch kinder than our last foray into this area in October 2020 when the events were held in hotter and in one case very dusty weather.

The Saturday afternoon event run by Onkaparinga Hills was held at Manawarra, where the complex knolls and creeks enable technical Middle Distance style course planning.  The courses set by Evelyn Colwell followed this style well and all course can be seen on Route Gadget. Course 1 below

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Sunday morning OY event was on the Wilpena Spurs map, off the Sacred Canyon Road with National Parks kindly allowing access to the area as this road is closed to the general public.    Courses were set by Phil Hazell with the event run by Tintookies.  Some controls on subtle topographic features added to the challenge to the runners. All course are available on Route Gadget

Monday morning used a start at the northwestern end of the Rawnsley Park map, with event by Tjuringa and courses by first time course planner Phil Hearnden.  The shorter courses were around the bush camping and adjacent areas, whilst longer courses went through the gap in the range returning the same way of having a leg over the ridge line.  All course are in Route Gadget.

For many photos from all days, see the Facebook weekend album here

All results can be found on Eventor or by the links on the Results page.

Cobbler Creek Foot & MTBO Event

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CobblerCreekYalanga Orienteers invite you to the first event on a brand new map at Cobbler Creek on Sun 6th June

Entries close on Wed 2nd June

https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/15510

Nigel Dobson has re-mapped the recreation park and surrounding areas to make an exciting new area for both Foot and MTB events. He has prepared two maps, one to ISOM foot orienteering standards, and the other to ISOM MTB standards which will be easy to read. 

Adjoining Golden Grove has a complex network of streets with beautiful creek reserves and a network of dual use trails. Many “no through roads” have connecting pathways so the car traffic is kept to a few main roads. Cobbler Creek has open vegetation that is fun to run and a lot of flowing single tracks to enjoy for MTB.

Remi Afnan and Ethan Penck have set a 60 minute score event to make the most of the terrain.

Peter Mayer has set 3 MTB line courses that include most of the single tracks with many route choices to consider, especially on the longer legs. Controls have been set to minimise disruption while riding the flow trails.

There is a separate category for E-bikes for each course.

Choose the course length to suit your pace and enjoy the new maps. 

SA School Championships at Wadmore Park

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Today (24th May 2021) the SA Schools Championships was held at Wadmore Park in Athelstone. There were 202 entries from 21 primary and secondary schools. Winners of the shields were as follows:

IMG 20210524 102234Primary Schools - Williams Trophy

1) Woodside PS with 37 points
2) Linden Park PS with 32 points 
3) Hawthorndene PS with 21.5 points 

Secondary Schools - Wale trophy-

1) Heathfield HS with 60 points
2) Glenunga International HS with 21 points
3) Marryatville HS with 16 points.

Full results and splits can be found on Eventor

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The event was organised by Tintookies Orienteering Club with much assistance from members of other orienteering clubs. The event would not be possible without this support. Thanks to all who assisted in any way. Thanks also to teachers and parents for the work in preparing and supervising the teams.

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Part of Course 1..the longest course!!

 

Three events in the Renmark area - ANZAC Long Weekend

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Three events were held in the Renmark area over the Anzac weekend, possible with a Monday public holiday in some states including SA.  Two of the events were National Orienteering League events, so many junior and senior elites attended.  In addition a number of interstate orienteers in other age groups attended, pushing the numbers for the Saturday and Sunday events over 200.

The Saturday afternoon event was a Middle Distance at Bunyip Reach, with the map extended from that used in 2018.  For elites this was also a World Ranking event, with juniors and seniors doing the same course. Steve Cooper set some challenging courses through the complex erosion gullies. The event was run by Yalanga Orienteers and the controller was Phil Hazell.  For results and splits see the links here. The M65A  W45A  W55A course:

Course 6

Sunday’s SA Long Distance Championships included a mass start loop race for the 4 NOL groups (senior men and women, junior men and women in classes 20E and 18A).  The 2 senior classes and junior men had a run through after a short first loop to collect the map for a longer challenging second loop.  Other classes used the traditional interval start.  All courses, which covered the more sublte terrain on the ridge top into the compelx erosion gullies flanking the ridge, were set by Simon Uppill, with the controller Jenny Casanova and the event by Onkaparinga Hills Orienteers.   For results and splits links here  Mass start for each of the 4 elite courses below, and the course for the a second loop of the M21E course.

Mass Start

Crooked Straigh M21E Map 2

Monday’s sprint event at the Renmark schools set by Lanita Steer with the event by Tintookies, was a more relaxed event to finish off the weekend.  Results and splits are here

For many more photos of the Sunday event see the Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=OrienteeringSA&set=a.4033129866754003

And other posts about the weekend events - https://www.facebook.com/OrienteeringSA

Crooked Straight course planner Simon Uppill competing at Bunyip Reach, and the event's controller Jenny Casanova with Bunyip Reach Course planner Steve Cooper (3rd in M55A at Crooked Straight)

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Southern DartsTraining Events

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For all younger juniors who have enjoyed the after school weekday orienteering events, weekend orienteering training activities are now planned from mid-June.

These activities come under the banner of the Southern Darts Training Squad, and are for the younger juniors who are new to orienteering. As they become more experienced they move to the Junior Arrows. For more information about the Darts - see this page:

https://www.sa.orienteering.asn.au/coaching-training/our-teams-and-squads/southern-darts

Training is sumarised in this flyer

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SA Orienteers at the Australian 3 Days near Orange

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The Easter Carnival was centred on Orange, NSW, this year after a twelve month deferral due to Covid 19.

The Sprint was held at Charles Sturt University, with excellent results from Olivia Sprod second, Abigail George third, and notable performances from Angus Haines, Joanna George, Jenny Casanova, Toby Cazzolato, Max Grivell and Ethan Penck.

Then it was into the rocks and bush of the Three Days, and what an orienteering test it was. Day One on Noah's Ark was a great introduction to what was to follow on the Gumble Pinnacles the next two days. Considering the number of " did not finish " and long course times, this map arguably certainly lived up to be one of the most challenging in Australia. To finish at all could be considered by some a success, (myself included), and I noticed many miserable participants wandering aimlessly around in a sea of large boulders. Many courses did not achieve the expected winning times, even when experienced orienteers had relatively mistake free runs, and many competotors chose to abandon their courses on Day 2 ( much greater number than normal for this early season event).

Nevertheless there were great performances from South Australians, being: Emily Sorensen first and Joanna George fourth in Women 20 Elite, Toby Cazzolato first in Men 18 Elite, Olivia Sprod second in Women 21 Elite, Lachlan Hallett first in the Sledge, Jenny Casanova third in W45A, and very good efforts by Abigail George, Teri McCoomb, Leila Henderson, Susanne Casanova, Ethan Penck, Steve Cooper, Dante Afnan, Angus Haines, Max Grivell, Andrew McCoomb, Robert Kriesl and Robert Smith.

All resutls are available in Eventor and you can view courss in the LiveLox link (although you need to be a subscriber to run full replays of those who have uplaoded their routes).

Photos of some SA orienteers by Evalin here - https://evalinmae.smugmug.com/Orienteering/NOL-2-SA-Orienteers/

Well done NSW - Rob Tucker President OSA

Auis 3 Days by 3

 

 

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