MetrO League 2016

Venues and Dates

Round Date Venue Organising Club
ML1 Mar 20 Mt Annan SHOO
ML2 May 1 Manly Dam Bennelong
ML3 May 29 Botany Uringa
ML4 Jun 26 Lapstone Big Foot
ML5 Jul 31 Mulgoa NEW MAP WHO
Finals Sep 4 Galston NEW MAP Garingal
Metro Final Galston 4 September 2016

Superb weather greeted Sydney’s orienteers for a new map at Galston. A short ‘sprint’ in the school was followed by some surprisingly technical orienteering in the bush to the west.

The Hahs in Div 5 were up against BN Bullets for the title. WHO Div 5 – PREMIERSHIP!! Congratulations to the all girls team that did the job at Galston. The Hahs were deserved finalists and clear winners, after one of their more fancied rivals mispunched.

Our three other teams were all battling at the other end of the competition ladder. The Roos in Div 1 comfortably beat a weakened UR team to wrap up 3rd place for 2016. On an individual note, Andy Hill won the Individual Medal for Div 1 – so congratulations Andy! In Div 2, the Rays lost by one point in a tight tussle against GO Frill Necks and collected the award that no one wants – the wooden spoon. Happier times in Div 4 with a last start win for the Rahs. They defeated UR-CC to stay a couple of rungs up the ladder.

We all had fun during the 2016 Metroleague competition and once again congratulate our Division 5 Champions – the WHO Hahs! We’ll all be back next year to try our luck once again.

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill - Roos (10 pts, 3rd in Div 1)
Benny Holmgren - Rays (8 pts, 18th in Div 2)
Marie Ringer – Rahs (10 pts, 3rd in Div 4)
Jan Seeho - Hahs (8 pts, 4th in Div 5) 

 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete team results. Individual results on Eventor I Splits

Div Versus Score
1

WHO Roos v UR-CC Harriers

Win 30-24
2

WHO Rays v GO Frill Necks

Loss 28-27
4

WHO Rahs v UR-CC Falcons

Win 33-22

5

WHO Hahs v BN Bullets

Win 30-22

 


 

Metro 5 Mulgoa 31 July 2016

Western and Hills had the privilege of hosting this event on a brand new map. This little known pocket of the Blue Mountains National Park is actually located on the Eastern side of the Nepean River, with quite commanding views down to it. This area proved to be quite the find and really rewarded good navigation. Many runners were found out and lost a significant amount of time out on the course.

With runners unavailable in every division it was always going to be a tough day for WHO. The Roos in Div 1 were completely depleted and consequently practically forfeited against BF. The Rays fielded a relatively strong team (for WHO) but weren’t able to overcome the experienced GO Dragons in Div 2. GO Legless were far too strong for the Rahs in Div 4 but we did get a win from the Hahs in Div 5. Despite only fielding four runners they did the job against SHOO and head into the final for the second year running. Best of luck WHO Hahs!

 

Top WHO results came from:

Helen Parker - Rays (8 pts, 14th in Div 2)
Steve Dunlop – Rahs (7 pts, 13th in Div 4)
Maria Stankova - Hahs (9 pts, 8th in Div 5) 

 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete team results. Individual results on Eventor I Attackpoint I Winsplits

Div Versus Score
1

WHO Roos v BF

Loss 9-40
2

WHO Rays v GO Dragons

Loss 23-32
4

WHO Rahs v GO Legless

Loss 18-37

5

WHO Hahs v SHOO

Win 27-22

 


 

Metro 4 Lapstone 26 June 2016

We definitely knew winter was here! Metroleague #4 at Darks Common was heralded by the coldest start of the year. But this freezing start turned into a glorious day and great temperatures for running. Big Foot were hosting this one and used the bush on both sides of the road to great effect. The northern side was an intricate maze of distinct and indistinct tracks, whilst recent controlled burning in the South made for some unexpected open running. The courses favoured navigation over speed and not many people got through without at least a couple of mistakes.

The Roos in Div 1 were one short of a full team but managed to sneak a draw against an understrength GO Goannas. The Rays continue to struggle in Div 2, losing to BN, but Helen and James showed glimpses of promise for the future. A BN team also cleaned up the Rahs in Div 4 also, ensuring that they won’t make th final this year. Once again our shining light were the Hahs in Div 5 having a tight win over BN Bullets. Many of the times were well over 60 mins but this was the case for both teams. So well done to the Hahs, who now sit equal top of the ladder.

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill – Roos (10 pts, 2nd in Div 1),
Helen Parker - Rays (6 pts, 17th in Div 2)
Marie Ringer – Rahs (8 pts, 3rd in Div 4)
Jan Seeho - Hahs (9 pts, 6th in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div Versus Score
1

WHO Roos v GO Goannas

Draw 27-27
2

WHO Rays v BN Bandits

Loss 24-31
4

WHO Rahs v BN Beasts

Loss 21-34

5

WHO Hahs v BN Bullets

Win 29-26

 


 

Metro 3 Botany Bay 29 May 2016

The last weekend of autumn brought a classic Sydney morning – cold to start with but beautiful blue sky and delightful in the sun. Uringa were hosting Metroleague #3 at Sir Joseph Banks Park and a unique 1:6000 scale map was on offer. The park is a narrow strip of land, less than 2km long and no more than 200m wide. It is all relatively flat with fast open developed park in the East and sand dunes and thickets to the West. Those that had experienced this map before were wary of the trap that the sand dunes might contain. However there weren’t too many surprises and the courses really suited the quickest runners.

The Roos in Div 1 collected their first win of the season, comfortably accounting for UR-CC Harriers. The Rays arguably put up their best team effort this season but it wasn’t enough to topple SHOO-IKO, who sit atop Div 2. The Rahs and Hahs in the lower two divisions both had double match ups, each versus a UR-CC and SHOO-IKO team at the same time! They both beat the UR-CC teams, making it a clean sweep for WHO against UR-CC. However SHOO-IKO were a little stronger in both divisions and despite the Rahs pushing them in Div 4 they were good enough to complete a clean sweep against us in Div 2, 4 and 5. But we are just warming up!

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill – Roos (10 pts, 4th in Div 1),
Belinda Kinneally - Rays (10 pts, 10th in Div 2)
Dmitry Stukov – Rahs (2nd in Div 4)
Maria Stankova & Jan Seeho - Hahs (9 pts, 11th = in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div Versus Score
1 WHO Roos v UR-CC Harriers Win 30-25
2 WHO Rays v GO Frill Necks Loss 39-16
4

WHO Rahs v UR-CC

WHO Rahs v SHOO-IKO

Win 36-19

Loss 26-29

5

WHO Hahs v UR-CC Kestrels

WHO Hahs v SHOO-IKO

Win 35-21

Loss 21-35

 


 

Metro 2 Manly Dam 1 May 2016

The 2016 Metroleague season continued at Manly Dam, hosted by Bennelong. Manly Dam is notorious for a bit of dampness under foot and with early morning rain wasn’t going to disappoint! Previous outings here have benefitted speed over navigation as the thick bush forced most controls and legs to utilize the track network. This time around it was a pretty good balance with the technical and wet tracks slowing down the speedsters.

With the Club Captain and a number of other usual Div 1 runners unavailable the Roos struggled to field a team. Runners across all divisions were pushed up to try and fill the holes. Congratulations to all those that ran ‘out of their comfort zones’ this round. Despite Andy running the fastest time of the day, the Roos were no match for BF. The Rays eked out a draw against GO Frill Necks in Div 2. In Div 4, the Rahs unfortunately weren’t much competition for GO Monitors. Stand-in-Captain, Anette, led from the front in Div 5, leading the Hahs to a 2-0 win-loss record for the season. The GO Blue Tongues didn’t have enough firepower to deal with our strongest team.

 

Top WHO results came from:

Andy Hill – Roos (10 pts, 1st in Div 1),
Josh Braidwood - Rays (10 pts, 6th in Div 2)
Anette Larsson – Hahs (10 pts, 2nd in Div 5)
Karen Langan - Hahs (9 pts, 3rd in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div Versus Score
1 WHO Roos v BF Loss 21-34
2 WHO Rays v GO Frill Necks Draw 27-27
4 WHO Rahs v GO Monitors Loss 23-34
5 WHO Hahs v GO Blue Tongues Win 33-22

 


 

Metro 1 Mt Annan 20 March 2016

The anticipation was palpable as we gathered for the opening event of the 2016 Metroleague season at Mt Annan Botanical Gardens. This weekend heralded the official start of the ‘bush’ season, which gets many of us really excited! It was a glorious day to be orienteering.

Mt Annan has some steep areas but is relatively open. We didn’t expect it to be too technical but a bit of strength would be needed for the long grass and reasonable climbs. The choices were whether to cut across the ‘rough open’ or skirt around on the tracks. The answer depended on your speed and in many cases your speed depended on your answer.

The Roos competed well, putting up the two fastest times of the day (James & Andy) but being short of runners cost them the overall win against an understrength GO Goannas team. A polished BF team in Div 2 outclassed the Rays. In Div 4, the Rahs finished a tight battle locked at 27 all against BF. The Hahs, our finalists from last season, were again the shining light for WHO with a comfortable win against the GO Geckos.

 

Top WHO results came from:

James McQuillan – Roos (10 pts, 1st in Div 1),
James Dunlop - Rays (7 pts, 22nd in Div 2)
Marie Ringer – Rahs (9 pts, 6th in Div 4)
Philip Ringer - Hahs (10 pts, 6th in Div 5) 

See the ONSW MetrOLeague page for complete results

Div Versus Score
1 WHO Roos v GO Goannas Loss 26-28
2 WHO Rays v Big Foot Loss 19-36
4 WHO Rahs v Big Foot Draw 27-27
5 WHO Hahs v GO Geckos Win 35-20