MetrO League 2014

runners


 

Metro Final Cecil Hills 31 August 2014

WHO were hosting the 2014 Metroleague Final on a new map – ex farming land, which has now become a ‘green corridor’ near the M7. Visibility was excellent, the sun was shining and it looked to be a good day for orienteering. The grass was a tad long in some places but it was an enjoyable area to explore.

Our Div 1 team, after making the final, was up against a BF team on a five-year winning streak. Unfortunately today wasn’t the day to break the streak and BF showed far too much class to even give us a sniff. Still 2nd isn’t too bad.

The Div 3 team had been dominant all year and only stretched once by IKO Magnetrons, who had joined them in the final. In a very close affair, with a number of battles decided by only a few seconds, we came through with a win. WHO Div 3 – PREMIERSHIP!! Well done to everyone that contributed throughout the season.

Our Div 4 and 5 teams hadn’t made the final but both put in great performances to wrap up the season in the playoff for 3rd. Both divisions were facing undermanned opposition and comfortably dispatched GO Legless and UR-CC Kestrels to finish the year on a high.

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill (9 pts, 2nd in Div 1),

Benny Holmgren (10 pts, 4th in Div 4)

Marie Ringer (10 pts, 3rd in Div 4)

Jan Seeho (9 pts, 9th in Div 5) 

 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Division

Versus

Score

1

BF

21-34

3

IKO Magnetrons

29-27

4

GO Legless

36-13

5

UR-CC Kestrels

28-27

Bottom Line: 1 Premiership, a runner up and two 3rd places 


 

Metro 5 Beacon Hill 27 July 2014

Garingal were hosts for this, the penultimate round and they used the myriad of interconnecting tracks and numerous ‘bare rocks’ to great effect on Red Hill. This presented tough courses, with any mistake likely to result in lost minutes rather than seconds – definitely a course suited to those with better than average navigational ability. There were tales of woe in the WHO contingent even before the first starter. It seemed everyone had their own version of “been a bit sick and/or haven’t been able to run much lately” and we were short on runners as well. Fingers crossed…. 

A win against BF would send our Div 1 team into the final (also against BF). With a runner short, Graeme stepped up from Div 3 to guarantee we at least collected that vital last point. What a masterstroke! It ended up a draw – good enough…just. The Div 3 team was short three runners but with a finals spot already assured this round was a dead rubber for them. Unfortunately it resulted in their first loss of the season. No one likes to lose but next round is the important one. Our Div 4 team did brilliantly to comfortably dispatch GO Legless, catch them on the ladder and pass them on for/against, putting them in finals contention. However, GO Monitors (which I had forgotten), were also in the hunt and with their own resounding win, overtook both GO Legless and our Div 4 team (on for/against only) to steal, that’s right, steal our final’s spot. So close Div 4 but well played. Our Div 5 team, whilst not in the running for the finals did well against GO Geckos, beating them in a close affair by one point.

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill (10 pts, 2nd in Div 1),

Belinda Kinneally (10 pts, 1st in Div 4)

Richard James (9 pts, 2st in Div 4)

Nerise McQuillan (9 pts, 11th in Div 5) 

 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Division

Versus

Score

1

BF

27-27

3

BF

13-32

4

GO Legless

34-21

5

GO Geckos

28-27

Bottom Line: 2W, 1L and 1 Draw


 

Metro 4 Centennial Park 22 June 2014

Centennial Park was the playground for Round 4, with Uringa our hosts. A chilly morning and grey skies greeted the WHO contingent but this was good orienteering weather - just enough incentive to get moving! The wide open spaces hinted at courses favouring the runners but with extensive use of the  only 'bush' section in the park there was a good balance of nav/run. A number of controls were difficult to spot, with Uringa deploying their miniature flags, meaning navigational accuracy was paramount. 

Our Div 1 team tasted defeat for the first time this season, with the UR-CC Harriers a little too consistent for our top team. The Div 3 team remain undefeated despite missing a couple of regulars. They walloped UR-CC Kites, coming home with the three fastest times. Our Div 4 team performed admirably, to comfortably beat UR-CC Falcons and level their win/loss ratio for the season at 2W/2L. Unfortunately, once again, our Div 5 team struggled. It was a tight affair with only 3 points in it but the spoils went the way of the UR-CC Kestrels.

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill (10 pts, 2nd in Div 1),

Dan Smith (10 pts, 3th in Div 3)

Josh Braidwood (10 pts, 4th in Div 4)

Alex Stukov (9 pts, 12th in Div 5) 

 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Division

Versus

Score

1

UR-CC Harriers

24-31

3

UR-CC Kites

35-20

4

UR-CC Falcons

35-20

5

UR-CC Kestrels

26-29

Bottom Line: 2W, 2L


 

Metro 3 Oatley Park 25 May 2014

Round 3 for MetrO League 2014 was held at Oatley Park, surprisingly enough in Oatley, and hosted by IKO. Glorious autumn weather of sunshine and blue skies made for a perfect morning for a bit of orienteering. With the map featuring some roads and a number of tracks it looked like a day for the runners but a few technical rock features ensured it didn't all go the runners' way. 

Our Div 1 and 3 teams came into Round 3 on top of their respective tables, being undefeated. Both teams extended their winning streaks to three - a fantastic result mid way through the competition for our two top teams. The Div 1 team sent the Unis team packing, although it appeared a number of Unis regulars were missing. The Div 3 team had their toughest competition to date, with a narrow victory over the IKO Magnetrons. After copping a towelling in the first two rounds, our Div 4 team turned the tables and collected their first win for 2014 by soundly beating the IKO Lyrebirds. Unfortunately, our Div 5 team were no match for their SHOO counterparts and couldn't muster back to back wins. 

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill (10 pts, 2nd in Div 1),

Dan Smith (9 pts, 5th in Div 3)

Belinda Kinneally (9 pts, 4th in Div 4)

Nerise McQuillan (8 pts, 10th in Div 5) 

 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Division

Versus

Score

1

UNIS

35-20

3

IKO Magnetrons

28-26

4

IKO Lyrebirds

35-20

5

SHOO

20-32

Bottom Line: 3W, 1L


 

Metro 2 Aquatic Reserve 13 April 2014

Round 2 for MetrO League 2014 was held at Aquatic Reserve (Northern section of Manly Dam) in Allambie Heights and hosted by BN. Rain over the past few days ensured there were a few puddles about and a touch of drizzle in the morning made for a rather moist event. With a particularly ‘green’ map, track running was the order of the day, benefitting fitness over navigation.

WHO were up against GO in all divisions. The Div 1 team had a narrow victory against a depleted Goannas team and our Div 3 team comfortably did the job on the Skinks. WHO are looking good in Div 1 and 3 in 2014 with two wins from two rounds. Our Div 4 team remain winless, going down to the Monitors – better luck next time. The GO Blue Tongues were no match for our Div 5 team, who followed up round one’s narrow loss with a resounding victory to boost confidence for the rounds to follow.

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill (10 pts, 2nd in Div 1),

Darius Cartwright (10 pts, 3rd in Div 3)

Richard James (7 pts, 9th in Div 4)

Dmitry Stukov (10 pts, 4th in Div 5) – working his way back after injury

 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Division

Versus

Score

1

GO Goannas

29-26

3

GO Skinks

34-21

4

Go Monitors

21-34

5

GO Blue    Tongues

34-21

Bottom Line: 3W, 1L


 

Metro 1 Mt Annan 23 March 2014

The first MetrOLeague event for 2014 was held at the Australian Botanic Gardens in Mt Annan and hosted by SHOO. The terrain proved to be mostly open with some longish grass and pockets of bush.

WHO came away with a comfortable win in Div 1 against the newly promoted BN Bombers. While Div 3 started very strongly for a first up win against the GO Molochs. Despite our Div 4 team posting very respectable times they were up against a very good team in BN Booboks and were soundly beaten. WHO Div 5 team was beaten by the barest of margins, showing that they will be more than competitive in 2014. Hopefully their form will stay and their luck will turn for future rounds.

Top WHO results came from:
Andy Hill (10 pts, 1st in Div 1),
Daniel Smith (10 pts, 2nd in Div 3)
Josh Braidwood (6 pts, 7th in Div 4) – This was Josh’s first bush event. A very solid start!
Amy Harmer (8 pts, 6th in Div 5) 
 
 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Division

Versus

Score

1

BN Bombers

32-23

3

GO Molochs

35-20

4

BN Boobooks

19-36

5

BN Bullets

27-28

Bottom Line: 2W, 2L


 

 

Welcome to MetrO League 2014

The 2014 MetrO League Season is fast approaching and the reigns have been passed to me to steer the ship. OK, so that's enough mixing with the metaphors. The first event is Sunday Mar 23 @ Mt Annan - see below..

The MetrO League (for those uninitiated) is a team competition between the Sydney clubs. Each runner runs individually but their times/places accrue points for the team. The format is easy/moderate bush line courses, with starts from 10am and cost $10. Occasionally there are additional fees of ~$2 for parking/admin. Most competitors will take between 30-60 minutes. It's a great opportunity to give bush orienteering a crack.

WHO will have teams in the various divisions. 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). 

Cheers
James (Ph: 0402 032 419)

WHO Club Captain