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September 2013

NSW Championships

The NSW middle distance and long distance championships were held on the weekend in the Newcastle area. The courses were good and the weather was perfect but a little on the warm side. Check out some photos on our Facebook site here.

Congratulations to Bennelong place-getters:

  • Peter Thomason 1st in middle and 2nd in long in mens Open B
  • Michael Halmy 1st in long in M45AS
  • Marina Iskhakova 3rd in middle and long in W21A
  • Darren Slattery 3rd in middle and long in M21AS
  • Gordon Wilson 3rd in middle and Long in M60A
  • Terry Bluett 2nd in long, 3rd in middle in M65A

The NSW sprint championships will be held on 13th October at Pyrmont, entries don't close for another week or so. I'd encourage any of our members who haven't done a State league yet that this is one to give it a go.  It is in Sydney, not too much traveling on a new and exciting inner city area. You can enter through Eventor

Next week the Australian championships start, best of luck to all our club members who have entered.

Club Meeting

Time for a club meeting to discuss the upcoming Sydney Summer Series events and other preparations looking forward to the Christmas 5 Days and next year's bush events. All members are welcome. The meeting will be at Gordon's place in Ryde. Please RSVP if you are coming. If  you have missed the email with the full details let me know at

Thornleigh Event Results

Times and splits for this morning's event are now online on the Results page.

Come And Try It/Junior League - Orienteering at Thornleigh Oval

Interested in orienteering but yet to give it a go? Looking for something fun to do on a Sunday? Need a motivational push to get outside? Bennelong Northside Orienteers is hosting a Sunday morning event in the Lane Cove National Park/Pennant Hills Park area, starting from Thornleigh Oval. This is both a Junior League series event and a club event; It's all about fun and everybody is welcome! There will be courses of several difficulties and lengths on offer for entry on the day:

MetrO League Finals - Cataract Scout Park

Illawarra Kareelah hosted the MetrO League final, in round 6 at the Cataract Scout Park near Appin. Used to host the Scout Jamboree, the park has around ten very large clearings, each with access roads, shelters and amenities blocks. The course setter was particularly dastardly and began all courses to the north and in to some tricky rock formations with four controls all along one rock line. Looking at the splits this is where most people came unstuck; It does wonders for the confidence when it takes 20 minutes to find the first control! D'oh! After that the courses stuck mostly to the clearings and the trick was to hold your line across the clearing to hit the other side in the right spot and get on to the right track. That was also a bit tricky, with a lot of tracks coming off each clearing and therefore lots of opportunities for misadventure! Some eager orienteers trying to cut the corner off between controls stumbled across the Scout's obstacle course: swings, rope climbs, balance beams, mud crawls! 

With a few regular speedsters away and some gaps to fill a lot of members had to run up a division and they didn't disappoint. There were a few blowout times on both sides which made things pretty even. Special congratulations go out to the Division 2 team, winning against the unbeaten Uringa-CC team to take first place. Under the MetrO League rules that means our team will be promoted to Division 1 next year. Unfortunately we didn't win our other matches on the day, but we did achieve second place all of our other divisions: 3, 4 and 5. That's and outstanding result and demonstrates the cunning wit and sly fitness of both our long term and freshman members!

  Division 2          
  Win! Bennelong Northside 31 Uringa-Central Coast 24  
  Division 3          
  Loss Bennelong Northside 22 Southern Highlands 22  
  Division 4          
  Loss Bennelong Northside 37 Big Foot 17  
  Division 5          
  Loss Bennelong Northside 32 Garingal Legless 20  

Ariadna, sans training wheels, has the boys chasing her already! Watch out Marina and Fedor, this one has an O-Ringen 2014 shirt and excellent running form!

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