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Carnival week ends with the Australian Long and SA Middle Events

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The Australian Championships carnival concluded with two contrasting terrains.  The Australian Long Championships at Gumeracha Gold Fields on Saturday Oct 6th was held on a mixed spur gully terrain with open fast pine forest, slower native forest and young pine plantation and some open areas with rocky detail.  Course planner was Vince Loye.  Winners of the elite classes were Natasha Key from Victoria and Henry McNulty from WA, his first senior open win at an Australian Championships

For all the resutls see the Resultspage, this page has links to some GPS tracking for the 4 elite classes.

Victoria was the winner of the OA shield.

OA Sheild

The SA Middle Championships at Keynes Gap was on terrain with complex rock detail in othewise open terrain.  Course planner Steve Cooper set some challenging courses for the final carnival event on Sunday October 7th.  A spectacular view to the rocky ridge from arena was even shared by those in the Finish tent.

All resultsare available.

The Natonal League results were also announced at the event, with Simon Uppill from SA 1st in M21E. Other winners were Natasha Key for W21E, Aston Key for M20E and Tara Melhuish for W20E.

Lots of pictures from all 8 events on the carnival Facebookpage.

Orienteering SA would like to thank all our volunteers who have been working toward the carnival over the past 2 years or more. In particular Ken Thompson for all his work behind the scenes managing entries and all the queries from competitors.

View from the Finish tent at Keynes Gap by John Nieuwenhoven

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Australian Schools Championships 2018

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The Australian Schools Championships was held over three days from Oct 2nd to Oct 4th. The three events

  • Sprint Championships on a warm day at Keithcot Farm - complex school buildings with many stairs and different levels, courses by David George
  • Long Championships at Wirra Wirra - the day was much cooler for the competitors to navigate the at times low visibility pines, areas of complex rocks and a steeper section for the longer courses. Courses by Andrew Kennedy
  • Relay Championships at Mount Crawford, a mix of lower and more open pines and some eucalypt forest. Fantastic effort by the teams to avoid any mispunches. Courses by John Nieuwenhoven

The ACT won the interstate competition for the 3rd year in a row, with South Australia second, and New Zealand again won the Southern Cross Challenge

The honour team is

Senior Girls - Joanna George, Abigail George, Emily Sorensen, Ella Cuthbert (3 SA runners who dominated the senior girls events)
Senior Boys - Dante Afnan, Noah Poland, Aston Key, Patrick Miller
Junior Girls - Mikaela Grey, Justine Hobson, Nea Shingler, Lila Lehtonen
Junior boys -  Alvin Craig, David Stocks, Torren Arthur, Toby Cazzolato

All the event resutls are here.

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ACT WInners

 

 

Super weekend for the Australian Championships in Renmark

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From a mild day for the first event the Australian Middle Championships at Crooked Straight, the weather became warmer to the high twenty degrees for the relays at Wiela - Bunyip Reach and the Australian Sprint at Renmark Schools.  At Crooked Straight, the sandier terrain at times produced some physically demanding courses set by Robert Smith, whilst at Wiela - Bunyip Reach the challenge for the courses set by Simon Uppill was to find your way through the maze of erosion gullies.  The sprint at Renmark schools was a super fast area, some temporary barriers added some technical complexity to the courses set by Robin Uppill.

Link to all the results can be found here.

And some fantastic photos of the three events on the carnival Facebook page.

Course maps for the Middle and Sprint here.

A courses from each day below

Crooked Straight - M21E

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Wiela - Bunyip Reach - W21 E Course - one variation

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Renmark Schools - M21E - Maps 1 and 2

Aus Sprint Course 1 1

Aus Sprint Course 1 2

 

Australian Championships Long Distance and Relay

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The carnival returned to Hill End this weekend for the final 2 events, the Long Distance and the Relays.

Australian Long Distance Championships

The Long Distance was held on a map with open forest on spur gully terrain with areas of complex mining detail in some creek lines. Most hard courses had some long legs with more technical sections in the mining areas.

SA Club Relays at Flinders University

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Flinders University was the venue for the 2017 SA Club Relays, run again by the Southern Arrows. Courses were set by 2 of the junior Arrows, Nick Congedi and Angus Haines, with Simon Uppill as the controller.

The plaza area of the university was used as the assembly area, with a spectator run through on all courses. These started by a loop  through the campus buildings south of the lake, with a run through and a second loop on the complex multi-level area of buildings with several quadrangles north of the lake. The format followed the 2 person team, with each person running two legs, except for the easy course where each team member ran only one leg.

All clubs were well represented, and took up the option to expand their teams by having a club member team up with a non-club member. Some very close completion resulted for the club championship, and Onkaparinga Hills looked to have ruined their chances with some team mis-punching. However a sprint finish by Zara Soden against junior Emily Sorenson giving the team of Bridget Anderson and Zara the win in the Course 1 women’s group, helped OHOC to just pip Yalanga for the club trophy.

Results and splits are here.

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