|ML1||27 March||Castle Hill||Big Foot|
|ML2||26 April||Western Sydney Regional Park||Western and Hills|
|ML3||24 May||Manly Dam||Bennelong|
There was a big turnout from WHO for the opening of the Metro League season at Fred Caterson Reserve in Castle Hill on March 22
Although hosted by Big Foot this is WHO home territory and a map many club members will be familiar with. The weather was perfect, but a sense that this may be one of our last events for some time hung in the air - and so it proved to be. The absence of the usual score board left us in suspense to find out the actual scores, but in the end there were some notable performances from WHO.
In Division 1, WHO went down to hosts Big Foot 22-33. James McQuillan was our best picking up 9 points, and it was pleasing to see good results from Niamh and Vivien who found themselves promoted to Div 1 this year.
The tables were turned in Div 3, with WHO beating Big Foot 28-26. Belinda Kinneally was our best performer picking up 8 points for the team.
WHO took out the honours in Div 4 as well, beating an understrength UR-CC 27-22. Paul Sweeney romped home with a nicely earned 10 points.
Div 5 was a continuation of the WHO success story, where we overcame the odds to beat a full strength UR-CC 24-21. Will Kay topped the division and sent a clear signal to his competitors, picking up 10 points on the way to lead us to victory. A great performance from Metro League debutant Anthony Saunders as well who brought home 9 points to seal the deal.
Finally, our inaugural attempt at the new Div 6 saw us go down to Big Foot 20-29, but on the back of lower numbers in this team (in fact we originally weren't looking like we'd be able to field a team in Div 6 at all so this was actually a good result). Lachlan Coady did the team proud bringing home 8 points with a great time.
Normally this is the point I'd be telling everyone to get the next Metro League date in their diaries, but sadly it may be some time before we're back for more. But we will be, so watch this space!
Hi WHO Club Members
As we approach the end of the summer orienteering season its time to turn our attention to one of the highlights of the Sydney orienteering calendar - Metro League!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Metro League or are new to the club, its a fun way to get a taste of orienteering in the bush without having to venture too far from home. There are five competitive divisions ranging from moderate to hard levels of navigation difficulty. There are also easier courses to enter on the day for younger orienteers or those still building their confidence (and for that matter you can enter-on-the-day on one of the harder courses without needing to be in a team if you want to test it out). In other words, there is something for everyone and it is a great day out in some beautiful areas usually on the outskirts of Sydney. Its also a great way to get to know other club members in a relaxed atmosphere.
At each event, our team in each division goes head to head with another club’s team in the same division, with all runners contributing to the overall point score. Last year we fielded a team in 5 divisions, with our Division 5 team making the finals.
Make sure you mark the Metro League dates in your calendar (see above).
We’d love to be able to field a team in as many divisions as possible again this year, so please let me know if you’re interested in taking part. You don’t have to attend each event - even if you’re only able to get to a couple of events I’d love to hear from you. New members are most definitely welcome - and if you want to find out more I’m happy to answer any of your questions (and remember, you don’t have to be available for every round to be part of a team).
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest or if you have any questions.
Hear from you soon!