- Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 18:55
NSW stopped Queensland's eight-year winning run in State of Origin earlier this year, and in our MetrO League the question is: Can WHO likewise wrest the trophy from Big Foot in Division 1 on Sunday?
The Feet have triumphed the past five seasons and will again start firm favourites in the final after dropping only a point this year - when they were a runner short in the last round draw against WHO at Beacon Hill.
Big Foot are out to make it a double when they take on the Garingal Dragons in the Division 2 final. This match looks very even and may come down to who's available on the day.
In Division 3 it's WHO against an IKO team looking for their first premiership in nine years.
In Divisions 4 and 5 Bennelong will take strong line-ups into their title matches against the Garingal Monitors and SHOO respectively.
Don't forget there are still individual points up for grabs for all runners. Andrew Hill (WHO) has the Divn 1 medal sewn up after five straight 10-pointers, while in Division 2 Angus Shedden has a 5-point lead over SHOO team-mate Doug Jay.
IKO's Alex Karavaev is nine points clear of team-mate Ross Barker in Divn 3, and in Divn 4 it's a tie between GO stablemates Tania Kennedy, fresh from a win in the GeckO on Sunday, and young gun Lewis Redner. Bennelong's Samuel Tsang has four rivals at his heels in Divn 5.
The finals are at Cecil Hills - as it's an 800m walk from the car park to the assembly we ask that everyone please allow plenty of time to get there. Approach via Twentyseventh Ave, not via McIver Ave.
Good luck to all participants.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:56
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.
- Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 16:39
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.