Pictured (L to R): Grant Bluett, David Stocks, Grace Crane
The 2021 ACT League ended with Grant Bluett and Matt Crane tied on 670 points, after the ACT Middle and Long Distance Championships were postponed for 12 months because of COVID-19 restrictions. The 2022 ACT League began with three events, two associated with National League races over the weekend of 2-3 April (at The Gib and Birkenburn) and the third on 1 May at Boboyan Divide, and again Grant Bluett is involved in a tie for first. The events on 2-3 April had 10 per cent loadings.
The results of the three events have been processed and the top five competitors on corrected times for each event are set out in the following tables.
The top five on corrected times at The Gib
|Darryl Erbacher||0.5080||8 min 41.02 sec|
|David Stocks||0.9400||8 min 54.09 sec|
|Robert Allison||0.5680||9 min 25.01 sec|
|Grant Bluett||0.8400||9 min 37.85 sec|
|Grace Crane||0.7600||9 min 43.15 sec|
Darryl Erbacher’s win is probably his first, although he has been close a few times in the past.
The top five on corrected times at Birkenburn
|Grant Bluett||0.8400||6 min 26.93 sec|
|Jenny Bourne||0.5216||6 min 38.80 sec|
|David Stocks||0.9400||6 min 53.40 sec|
|Ryan Stocks||1.0000||7 min 08.12 sec|
|Geoff Lawford||0.6640||7 min 18.79 sec|
The top five on corrected times at Boboyan Divide
|Jenny Bourne||0.5216||7 min 06.10 sec|
|Natalie Miller||0.7280||7 min 38.81 sec|
|Mark Gregson||0.9000||7 min 40.93 sec|
|Bruce Bowen||0.6280||8 min 05.95 sec|
|Eoin Rothery||0.6760||8 min 20.56 sec|
The return of Jenny Bourne and Geoff Lawford will add extra interest to the Wehner Cup competition, as when they previously lived in Canberra, Jenny won the title six times (thus far, the most by any competitor) and Geoff three. If Jenny’s performance in the first three events in 2022 is any guide, she could add to her total.
Photos (from the left) Darryl Erbacher, Jenny Bourne
The top five best five scores after nine events are:
- 273 Grant Bluett AO-A, David Stocks BS-A
- 266 Grace Crane AO-A
- 264 Ryan Stocks BS-A
- 262 Jenny Bourne AO-A
The full standings are here.
The next scheduled event is the Jim Sawkins Classic on Sunday 5 June, but it may be postponed. If that happens, the next events will be the QBIII 3-Days based in and around Wagga Wagga over the weekend of 11-13 June. Each event will have a 10 per cent loading, so the standings may be changed significantly by mid-June.