What a great day we had on Friday with our annual schools orienteering carnival. The rain that was threatened to arrive at 12 pm did not come until late afternoon so we were very fortunate weatherwise. We had 675 students from 9 schools attending, including 63 secondary students.
Congratulations to The Armidale School on reclaiming the PSSA trophy for best overall primary school performance. The PSSA trophy scores achieved by each school on the line and score courses were
Place getters in the various divisions of the line courses were
Green years 5-6
|2||Aidan Taylor | Sabian Craigie||MGPS||27:40|
|3||Marley Doak | Brayden Grieve||ACPS||33:55|
Green years 7-8
|1||Ryan Simpson | Sam Graham||OCC||29:23|
|2||Will Wood | Ben Jones||OCC||38:27|
|1||Zeke Johnstone | Eli Layton||OCC||28:59|
|2||Isabella Kennedy | Chloe Gray | Bethany Rhode||OCC||29:44|
|3||Bonnie Woods | Courtney Reeves||OCC||34:00|
Orange years 7-8
Orange years 9+
|2||Bailey Pattison | William Fittler||DHS||26:27|
|3||Declan Rich | Luke Wilson||DHS||27:56|
Sixty mm of rain in the previous week meant there was a good flow of water in the creek, so a score course format was chosen for this event with all controls on one side of the creek. However Alec Watt (at least) deemed the creek crossable and chose that option between two of the controls.
Several people managed to collect all controls within the 1 hour time limit. In spite of losing 3 minutes on one short leg, Don Barker still managed to beat Peter May by 5 seconds, with a big gap then to Michael Smart in third place.
We were pleased to welcome newcomers Peter Dennis and the Conroy family.
Results can be viewed here.
An easy area for newcomers to try orienteering close to Armidale and Guyra.
The Sunnyside TSR is approximately 15 km north of Armidale on the New England Highway. The turn off into Sunnyside Road is well sign posted, also look out for the Orienteering signs - take care when leaving and re-entering the highway.
This will be a 1 hour score event, so please bring a watch or phone to keep track of time.
Start anytime between 10.00 and 12.00 noon.
Bush n Beach Event invite you to their third winter event for 2017 on Sunday 18th June.
Starts are from 10 am - 12 pm, course closure at 1 pm
Directions from Armidale: Take the Armidale - Grafton Road and as you enter the outskirts of Grafton, note the Orara Way coming in on the right. Shortly afterwards, turn right onto Lilypool Road, then right onto Old Lilypool Road. Follow this past the main entrance to Bom Bom State Forest and travel a further 500m to the Oppy's Road entrance (O signs). The assembly area is 200m along this dirt road that should be fine for 2WD vehicles.
Event Format: Line Event. There will be HARD, MODERATE, EASY and VERY EASY courses on offer - something for everyone!
SUITABLE FOR FAMILIES, CHILDREN & BEGINNERS
Cost: Members - Adults $6, Children $3, Family $15
Non-members - Adults $10, Children $5, Family $25