MetrO League 2018

Venues and Dates

Round Date Venue Organising Club
ML1 25 Mar Pennant Hills Park Bennelong Northside
ML2 15 Apr Mitchell Park Garingal
ML3 27 May Ropes Creek Western & Hills
ML4 24 Jun Will Howe Southern Highlands
ML5 22 Jul Lapstone Big Foot
Finals 26 Aug Boggabilla Uringa

Metro 3: Ropes Creek            27 May 2018

WHO unveiled a brand new map in the heart of Western Sydney for round 3. Ropes Creek was mapped by Barry and Janet and featured large expanses of flat, open parkland. However, a narrow strip of bush adjacent to the creek surprised many and created some balance to the fast open grassland.

Despite this being a ‘home’ event with WHO hosting, results didn’t go our way. The WHO Evers were up against SHOO-IKO. They were strengthened by the Meyer brothers and we were missing our captain, who was setting the courses for the day. Nevertheless they only beat us by a point. The WHO Rays had the double match up against UR-CC and SHOO-IKO but unfortunately were soundly beaten by both. Likewise the WHO Doos in Div 3 had a double match up as well. However we came out on top in both tussles. The WHO Doos now sit equal top of the competition ladder. SHOO-IKO made sure the WHO Rahs didn’t collect any points this round with a comfortable win. Once again, our star team - the WHO Hahs - showed the rest of us how to do it. They remain unbeaten in 2018, easily accounting for SHOO-IKO.

See the ONSW MetroLeague page for complete results

Div Team Competition Score Front Runners
1 WHO Evers SHOO-IKO 28-27 L Andy Hill - 10pts, 2nd
2 WHO Rays UR-CC 
GO Dragons
L18-37 L
Matt Hackett - 7pts , 16th
3 WHO Doos UR-CC 
33-22 W 
29-26 W
Josh Braidwood - 10pts, 6th
4 WHO Rahs SHOO-IKO 22-33 L Steve Dunlop - 8pts, 16th
5 WHO Hahs SHOO-IKO 34-21 W Karen Langan - 10pts, 2nd

Metro 2: Mitchell Park            15 April 2018

Garingal hosted the second Metroleague event of the year on the Mitchell Park map. This is a top quality map with numerous rock features and very runnable terrain. Some would argue that it is the best map in Sydney and they wouldn’t be far wrong. Sydney weather came to the party too - a superb autumn morning of blue skies and sunshine. Where else would you want to be on a Sunday morning?

Again WHO came away with some mixed results. Despite a solid performance from Andy, the WHO Evers in Div 1 weren’t much competition for the traditionally strong BF. The WHO Rays in Div 2 were bolstered by our latest recruit - Rei from Brazil. Unfortunately the rocks and open bush were a bit of a baptism of fire for Rei, as he is more used to lush jungle forests with multitudes of tracks. We’re pretty sure he’ll be back though! GO Frill Necks had no trouble with the WHO Rays and now both the WHO Evers and WHO Rays will head into Round 3 without a win. Belinda had a superb run for the WHO Doos in Div 3, claiming 10pts (and 3rd overall), which spearheaded a narrow 1pt victory over the GO Skinks. The WHO Rahs in Div 4 had snuck a victory last round but not this time. Ted led the charge once again, in vain as they were comfortably dispatched by GO Monitors.The WHO Hahs managed the double against Garingal teams - 2 wins from 2 starts. They did just enough, winning by a single point over the GO Blue Tongues.

See the ONSW MetroLeague page for complete results

Div Team Competition Score Front Runners
1 WHO Evers GO Goannas 23-32 L Andy Hill - 9pts, 4th
2 WHO Rays BF 27-38 L Dan Smith - 7pts, 20th
3 WHO Doos Go Legless 28-27 W Belinda Kinneally - 10pts, 3rd
4 WHO Rahs BF 24-31 L Ted Mulherin - 8pts, 8th
5 WHO Hahs GO Geckos 28-27 W Nerise McQuillan - 10pts, 7th

Metro 1: Pennant Hills Park     25 March 2018

The first Metroleague event for 2018 was at Pennant Hills Park and hosted by Bennelong. This map is notoriously steep and VERY green, so we expected a lot of track work. Surprisingly, many legs didn’t provide any track options and headlong into the green we went. Consequently the finishing times were very long, with more than 50% of runners posting a time of more than an hour and more than a handful of DNFs littered the field.

Unfortunately WHO didn’t fare too well in the tough conditions. The WHO Evers in Div 1 were easily beaten by the Garingal Goannas. The WHO Rays in Div 2 were cleaned up by BF. GO Legless turned the tables on the round 1 2017 match and dispatched the WHO Doos in Div 3. The WHO Rahs in Div 4 snuck home in a nailbiter against BF and in Div 5, the WHO Hahs managed a convincing victory over the GO Geckos. The WHO Hahs made the final last year and with some new blood in debutant, Martine Valais, look to once again feature at the pointy end of the season in 2018.

See the ONSW MetroLeague page for complete results

Div Team Competition Score Front Runners
1 WHO Evers GO Goannas 23-31 L Richard Morris - 9pts, 4th
2 WHO Rays BF 20-32 L Vivien de Remy de Courcelles - 8pts, 8th
3 WHO Doos Go Legless 23-31 L Josh Braidwood - 8pts, 5th
4 WHO Rahs BF 25-24 W Ted Mulherin - 8pts, 9th
5 WHO Hahs GO Geckos 30-22 W Steve Holloway - 9pts, 5th

Welcome to MetrO League 2018

The 2018 MetrO League Season is fast approaching and it's time to turn your minds to line courses and a bit of bush!

As Club Captain, I love the MetrO League. It's an opportunity to get stuck into a bit of traditional orienteering without venturing too far from home. Most competitors are home in time for Sunday lunch. It's a team competition between the Sydney clubs. Each runner runs individually but their times/places accrue points for the team. The format is usually moderate bush line courses, with starts from 10am and cost approx. $12. Most competitors will take between 30-60 minutes.

It's a great opportunity for newbies to give bush orienteering a crack.

WHO will have teams in all 5 divisions for 2018. The final team setup depends on your interest and support. There is a spot - just waiting for you! I would love to have you on board for one, two or even the whole six events.

Please confirm your availability/interest (or non-availability) by emailing/phoning me (if you haven't already). 

WHO Club Captain: James McQuillan. Ph: 0402 032 419, email.