- Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 12:06
Schools champs competitors should enter in their age class. Results will also count for State League for those who wish to do so. Start times will be worked out early next week so please scan your form and email it if you cannot get it in the post in time.
For the MTBO champs, if you have entered, your children ride for free. Dungog Common is a fantastic area dedicated to mountain biking and bushwalking.
Organiser Greg Bacon reports: "There are over 200 acres of land with approximately 20km of mountain bike and 4x4 tracks. The area has been used for State MTB endurance races over the last couple of seasons. A full description of the courses is available on the bulletin posted on Eventor.
There is camping available at Dungog Showground on the Saturday night.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 18:01
In just four years the Sydney North schools champs have grown from 24 to 150 participants. Monday's event at St Ives Showground enjoyed perfect weather and welcomed more schools than ever (14).
Riverside Girls sent along 50 students in Years 7-10 and took out the champion high school, while new kids on the block West Pymble won champion primary school at their first attempt.
Noteworthy performances were from Clyde McGhee (year 5, Harbord PS) who came 2nd in the Boys 14-15A class and Tshinta Hopper (Year 7, Manly Selective) who won the Girls 14-15 A class.
Among the rookies it was great to see many of them trying the A courses which involved a little navigation through the easily runnable bush surrounding the showgrounds.
A huge thank you must go to Barbara Hill, the organiser on behalf of ONSW, and Andrew Mitchell from North Sydney Boys HS who co-ordinates the entries. We could not run these days without the fantastic pool of volunteer coaches and helpers who ensure the students get a positive introduction to our sport.
Around 90% have never done orienteering but they all come away with a great experience and eagerly looking forward to next year.
Speaking of which... if you have or know children at a public school, please let their PE head or sports organiser know about these schools championships - it's as much mental effort as physical and gets the students into our wonderful bushland and reserves.
In 2014 our total attendance at schools champs/gala days will top 2,000 - another record.
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 18:53
NSW Schools team members Toby Wilson, Alastair and Rebecca George and Tom Kennedy were among the 10-pointers as the last round of MetrO League ventured onto a new ML map at Beacon Hill.
Sydney Summer Series regulars accustomed to simple street and park running have found the dozens of MTB tracks around the 'Clay Pan' at Red Hill totally confusing the past two seasons, and Sunday resulted in many long times - even among bush veterans.
The thick bush made it impossible to see between the tracks which made it a true navigational challenge.
But it wasn't all fleet-afoot for Gen Y - the GO Legless team (Divn 5 champions last year) went down in Division 4 and thus missed the chance to go back to back.
There was plenty of drama too - Graeme Hill (father of Stinger Andy) filled in for WHO in Division 1. His 2 points, coupled with Big Foot being one runner short, meant a 27-27 tie - giving WHO a spot in the final against the Feet at the expense of the fast-finishing Garingal Goannas who thrashed UR-CC 36-19. It was the first point Big Foot have dropped in many years.
In Division 2 Big Foot downed the GO Dragons 30-25 to ensure a rematch in the final and knock SHOO out of contention.
In Division 3 IKO had a comfortable 32-23 win over the GO Molochs to book their place in the decider against the previously unbeaten WHO, who fielded only two runners against Big Foot. IKO filled their last spot in the team with Yelina Filippova, mother of lead runner Natalya. Yelina took almost two hours to finish her course. Russian - yes, rushin' - nyet! Welcome to Australia, Yelina.
Bennelong will go into the Division 4 and 5 finals as strong favourites after completing the rounds with 5 straight wins each. They'll take on the GO Monitors in Divn 4 and SHOO in Divn 5.
The finals, at Cecil Hills on Sun Aug 31, are:
Divn 1: Big Foot v WHO
Divn 2: GO Dragons v Big Foot
Divn 3: IKO v WHO
Divn 4: Bennelong v GO Monitors
Divn 5: Bennelong v SHOO
In the race for the individual medals, Andy Hill (WHO) has Divn 1 in the bag after his fifth straight 10-pointer. In Divn 2 only Doug Jay (33) can deny SHOO team-mate Angus Shedden (38) the medal. In Divn 3 the only threat to Alex Karavaev (IKO, 46) is WHO's Daniel Smith (42). Garingal duo Tania Kennedy and Lewis Redner are tied on 44 points in Divn 4; both would need to mp in the final for Belinda Kinneally (WHO) to make it a 3-way 'Brownlow'. In Divn 5 Samuel Tsang (BN, 37) has several rivals close behind.