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Double-header Begins Lead Up to Australian Championships

This weekend’s double-header begins the lead up to the 2017 Australian Championships.  The events being offered are:

  • 2017 Saturday Metro & Junior League event # 11 at Remembrance Park, and
  • 2017 ACT League event # 8, a Bush Sprint Distance at Mt Taylor, which will be a good lead up event for ACT League # 10 Aranda Snow Gums on 27 August.

Saturday Metro & Junior League # 11.  Bushflyers course planner Peter Antcliff has prepared courses that provide a variety of leg lengths on the Orange courses with blend of short legs, interspersed with long legs offering route choices.  The course details are here. The Junior League standings after 9 rounds are here.

ACT League # 9.  Red Roos course planner Michael Burt has designed a menu of seven courses on a Sprint Distance map at a scale of 1:5000.  Of the four Red courses the Red 1, Red 2 and Red 3 courses involve loops. The Red 1 course uses a two sided map with a map flip part way around the course.  All Red course maps will be handed out at the start.  More details about the event are here.

2017 ACT League Standings.  The 2017 ACT League/Wehner Cup competition has passed the mid-point and competitors have only four more events to improve the standings, the current points table is here. The top five competitors, with their best four scores from six events are:

  • Zoe Melhuish (pictured with the Jim Sawkins Classic Shield for which she won Division 2 in 2017) 529 points
  • Tristan Miller 517
  • Matthew Crane 515
  • Ella Cuthbert 514
  • Tara Melhuish 513

The final scores will be based on competitors’ best six scores from 10 events, with the final event being the 2017 ACT Long Distance Championships at Glendale on Sunday 17 September.

ACT Schools Team.  The ACT team to contest the 2017 SSA Orienteering Championships has been named and congratulations to the 20 students who have been named to defend the title won by the ACT in 2016.