MetrO League 2020 - Club Captain's blog. . .

Venues and Dates

Round Date Venue Organising Club
ML1 27 March Castle Hill Big Foot
ML2 26 April Western Sydney Regional Park Western and Hills
ML3 24 May Manly Dam Bennelong
ML4 21 June Lansdowne Uringa
ML2 26 July Manly Vale Bennelong
ML3 16 August Smiths Creek SHOO
ML4 4 September Scheyville Garingal
ML5 5 October Lansdowne Uringa

Round 2 - Metro League 2020 Manly Vale

Its seems like an eternity since Metro 1 at Castle Hill back in March, but Metro League season 2020 finally resumed at Manly Vale on July 26. And we were greeted with a downpour, making for muddy tracks and slow times. The southern side of Manly Dam is a nice patch of bushland with some tricky boulder patches to trap the unwary.

Unfortunately victory was elusive for WHO with the notable exception of our ever-dependable Div 5 team, the WHO Rahs who triumphed against Garingal 31-23. There were some good performances in Div 5, with Anthony Saunders our best taking out 9 points and coming 7th overall. That also means the WHO Rahs are our only team to remain unbeaten at this early stage of the comp. Well done team!

All of our other head-to-heads were also against Garingal, except we came off second best in the other divisions.  Even so, there were some good performances worth highlighting:

Div 1 - James McQuillan was our best taking out 8 points and coming 12th overall.
Div 3 - Belinda Kinneally earned the WHO Rays 7 points coming in 19th overall
Div 4 - Karen Langan topped the WHO Doos with 7 points coming in 14th overall

Thanks to everyone who came out in the pouring rain for a great day of orienteering. Round 3 will be on August 16 at Ruse, hosted by SHOO. Mark this in your diaries and get your entries in.

Josh Braidwood
Club Captain

Josh's update 15 July 2020

Hi everyone

It seems like an eternity since Metro League 1 at Castle Hill way back in March! Well finally Metro League is ready to resume, so it's time to dust off your running shoes.

Bennelong will be hosting the next Metro League on Sunday 26th July at Manly Vale. The assembly location is Manly Vale Public School at the corner of Sunshine and Gibbs Street in Manly Vale. Details can be found on Eventor.

Of course, although orienteering events have resumed, it is critical that we observe COVID-19 protocols when at these events.

Anyone who intends to enter this event (or any other orienteering event) should read the ONSW Covid-19 safety plan which can be found on the ONSW website - a copy of the current version is attached:

Some highlights to be aware of:

  • You must practice social distancing at all times at the event (1.5m)
  • There will be no results display at the event
  • You must bring your own water and snacks - there will be no water supplied
  • You must bring your own hand sanitiser / soap
  • If you are unwell DO NOT ATTEND THE EVENT

Please also keep in mind that guidelines may change at short notice. Please ensure you are at the event in sufficient time to hear the organisers briefing and that you observe all COVID-19 protocols that have been laid down for this event.

So - mark the date in your calendar and get your entries in (via Eventor). Please let me know if you are able to enter so that I can assemble teams for the event. And remember even if you are a beginner or have never entered Metro League before, we’d love you to come and have a go - there’s a suitable course for everybody.

Closer to the event I’ll advise team allocations and start times.

Drop me a line if you have any questions.

Josh Braidwood
Club Captain

Metro League 1 - Castle Hill

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!

Josh Braidwood

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 to register your interest or if you have any questions.

Hear from you soon!

Josh Braidwood 
Club Captain

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