MetrO League 2015

2015 Venues and Dates

Round Date Venue Organising Club
ML1 May 10 Macquarie Fields SHOO
ML2 Apr 26 West Syd Parklands WHO
ML3 Jun 14 Centennial Park Uringa
ML4 Jun 21 Cataract Scout Park IKO
ML5 Jul 26 Manly Dam Bennelong
Finals Aug 23 Nurragingy Big Foot
Metro Final Nurragingy 23 August 2015

Overcast skies and the threat of a downpour greeted runners anxious for a good performance in the final metro outing of 2015. The weather held out and whilst a tad cool, was great for running.

Nurragingy Reserve is a map built for runners – virtually flat, lots of open areas and a relatively simple track network through the green. Nevertheless there were a number of route choices required and hesitation proved to be costly.

The Hahs in Div 5 were up against UR-CC Kestrels for the title. Unfortunately the Kestrels were a little too strong leaving the Hahs to rue what could have been.

The Roos competed well in Div 1 with three runners placing in the top six. This was their best performance of the year and augers well for next year.

The Rays were up against the winless GO Frillnecks in the battle for the Div 2 wooden spoon. We won it! Relegation may be in order. On the bright side, Amanda debuted with a solid run and no doubt will be back next year for more action.

UR-CC Falcons gifted the win to the WHO Rahs by only fronting up with two competitors. The Rahs ran well regardless and would have been hard to beat anyway. The shining light this season has been Marie. She was the Rahs top performer in three of the six events and not far behind in the others. She deservedly won the Individual Medal (equal with Tom Kennedy) for best runner in Div 4, 2015. Well done Marie.     

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill – Roos (1st in Div 1),
Josh Braidwood - Rays (7 pts, 17th in Div 2)
Marie Ringer – Rahs (10 pts, 5nd in Div 4)
Jay Seeho - Hahs (9 pts, 5th in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div Versus Score
1 WHO Roos v all 2nd=
2 WHO Rays v GO Frillnecks Loss 22-33
4 WHO Rahs v UR Falcons Win 36-13
5 WHO Hahs v UR Kestrels Loss 24-3

 

Metro 5 Manly Dam 26 July 2015

Whilst last Metro outing resulted in grins and bragging rights, Metro 5 was the complete opposite. All WHO teams tasted defeat at Manly Dam with the Hahs our only team to make it through to the final, despite their last start royal trouncing.

Manly dam is renown for thick bush, mixed with numerous muddy tracks and slippery rocks. There was plenty of running required and some tricky navigation in the bare rocks to keep everyone honest.

A depleted Roos team ranked 3rd, with only three runners and one of them was a MP! James led from the front and chalked up a convincing outright win, more than 2 mins clear of second. Unfortunately that was the end of the victories for WHO. The Rays weren’t much competition for BF in Div 2, although they put up enough of a fight to ensure BF will miss the final. The Rahs did slightly better with another strong run from Belinda but couldn’t match the table topping KNOX team. In Div 5, the GO Geckos pummeled the Hahs. Kudos goes to Linda, running in her first Metro event and collecting 6 points for the team. Despite the loss, other results went our way and the Hahs will compete for the Div 5 trophy against the UR-CC Kestrels. WHO Hah! WHO Hah! Good luck for the Final.

 

Top WHO results came from:

James McQuillan – Roos (1st in Div 1),
Darius Cartwright - Rays (9 pts, 5th in Div 2)
Belinda Kinneally – Rahs (9 pts, 2nd in Div 4)
Philip Ringer - Hahs (7 pts, 13th in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div Versus Score
1 WHO Roos v all 3rd
2 WHO Rays v BF Loss 22-32
4 WHO Rahs v BF KNOX Loss 25-30
5 WHO Hahs v GO Geckos Loss 18-36

 


 

Metro 4 Cataract Scout Park 21 June 2015

Win! Win! Win! What a day for WHO! Great team efforts. Spectacular individual performances. Bask in the glory – at least until Metro 5! 

With a week of rain in Sydney leading up to the weekend we might have been in for a rather damp event. Not to be! The sun was out and whilst it was cool it looked like perfect conditions for a bit of a run in the bush. The Scout Park is predominantly flat with a number of open areas interspersed with patches of green. Towards the edges of the map were a few more contours and rocks to keep things interesting. 

The Roos came in 2nd for their best performance of the season, edging Garingal into 3rd and only falling 10 points shy of Big Foot. Andy returned to form taking the outright win. The Rays chalked up their first win of the season led strongly by Darius returning from injury. They put the depleted Garingal Frillnecks to the sword. Belinda had a blinder for the Rahs – blitzing the opposition and recording the fastest time for the course. A strong effort from the rest of her team ensured that the Garingal Monitors had no chance. Jan just sneaked in front of Steve D to claim the 10 points for the Hahs and beat the Garingal Blutongues. Both the Rahs and Hahs are now 2-2 and in a good position as we head closer to the finals.

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill – Roos (1st in Div 1),
Darius Cartwright - Rays (10 pts, 5th in Div 2)
Belinda Kinneally – Rahs (10 pts, 1st in Div 4)
Jan Seeho - Hahs (10 pts, 2nd in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div

Versus

Score

1

WHO Roos v all

2nd

2

WHO Rays v GO Frillnecks

Win 33-19

4

WHO Rahs v GO Monitors

Win 30-25

5

WHO Hahs v GO Bluetongues

Win 30-19

Metro 3 Centennial Park 14 June 2015

It was a ripper of a day at Centennial Park on Sunday. We were treated to cool but sunny conditions and a map that was sure to suit the speedsters. Sure enough, it suited the Club Captain who had victory in Div 1 in the bag until a costly error (3 min) on leg 14 relegated him to 7th. The Roos finished 4th, well behind Big Foot and Garingal. We lack depth in Div 2 and consequently the Rays struggled losing convincingly to Bennelong Bandits. Marie posted another quality run in Div 4 to collect 10 points for the Rahs and spearhead a strong team effort to beat the Bennelong Boobooks. In Div 5, Belinda smoked around the course, showing us all that her injury is behind her. With great support from Jan and Phillip, the Hahs managed a win by a single point for the second time this season!

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill – Roos (6th in Div 1),
Josh Braidwood - Rays (7 pts, 17th in Div 2)
Marie Ringer – Rahs (10 pts, 10th in Div 4)
Belinda Kinneally - Hahs (10 pts, 2nd in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div

Versus

Score

1

WHO Roos v all

4th

2

WHO Rays v BN Bandits

Loss 21-34

4

WHO Rahs v BN Boobooks

Win 35-20

5

WHO Hahs v IKO Lyrebirds

Win 28-27

Metro 1 Simmo's Beach 10 May 2015

It may well have been a bright and sparkly day for all the Mums out there (Mother’s Day – today) but it was definitely a day to forget for the WHO Metro teams. All divisions tasted defeat and in some cases, quite the trouncing. We were up against it from the get go, with a number of regulars unavailable due to Mother’s Day commitments and a couple of last minute withdrawals testing our depth. Looks like we failed that test!

The Roos actually fared slightly better than last outing with an overall 3rd but well off the pace of BF and GO. The Rays brought up the rear in Div 2 with five of the slowest eight times recorded and gifting the win to GO Dragons. The under-manned Rahs in Div 4 lost by a similar margin to UR-CC. However it was in Div 5 that things really got ugly. The Hahs conceded a maximum 40 points to their UR-CC rivals to mark their heaviest defeat in memory. 

Simmo’s Beach, a newly mapped pocket of bush in Macquarie Fields, on the edge of the Georges River provided a great network of tracks, relatively open bush and boulders to explore. SHOO hosted this rescheduled meet and despite WHO’s fairly average performances it was a good enjoyable area for orienteering. 

 

Top (well, not so disgraceful) WHO results came from:

James McQuillan – Roos (2nd in Div 1),
Josh Braidwood - Rays (6 pts, 23th in Div 2) – elevated from Div 4 and finished in front of the rest of the team!
Marie Ringer – Rahs (8 pts, 7th in Div 4)
Nerise McQuillan - Hahs (5 pts, 19nd in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div

Versus

Score

1

WHO Roos v all

3rd

2

WHO Rays v GO Dragons

Loss 20-35

4

WHO Rahs v UR-CC Falcons

Loss 20-34

5

WHO Hahs v UR-CC Kestrels

Loss 14-40

Metro 2 West Sydney Parklands 26 April 2015

WHO were the hosts for our first Metro outing of 2015, with Metro 1 being rescheduled to May 10. Due to torrential rain in the previous week and an unprecedented hail storm the day before, the ground was understandably damp. This combined with many areas of very long grass made the courses physically demanding.

2015 sees the introduction of new team names for the WHO contingent. WHO Roos (Div 1), WHO Rays (Div 2), WHO Rahs (Div 4) and WHO Hahs (Div 5). Division 1 has a new scoring system – cross country method. This will negate the need for a bye. Runners are ranked and the winning team has the lowest total sum of their best five runners. All other divisions retain the traditional head to head system. 

The Roos, clearly still warming up, came 4th (there are only five teams). The Rays didn’t fare any better, being soundly trounced by SHOO in Div 2. WHO Rahs and WHO Hahs both snuck home by a solitary point to start the season off on the right foot. 

 

Top WHO results came from:

James McQuillan – Roos (4th in Div 1),
Matt Hackett - Rays (8 pts, 5th in Div 2)
Josh Braidwood – Rahs (8 pts, 5th in Div 4)
Jan Seeho - Hahs (10 pts, 2nd in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div

Versus

Score

1

WHO Roos v all

4th

2

WHO Rays v SHOO

Loss 22-33

4

WHO Rahs v GO Legless

Win 28-27

5

WHO Hahs v SHOO

Win 28-27