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  • Entries are now open for the SA Schools Championships on Mon 24th May at Wadmore Park. Entries close on Mon 10th May. Helpers needed on the day. Please let Fi Pahor (organiser) know of your availability email1 and any  preference for tasks.Because Wadmore Park is open to the public, many ‘pink hat’ volunteers would be welcome.
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Three events in the Renmark area - ANZAC Long Weekend

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Three events were held in the Renmark area over the Anzac weekend, possible with a Monday public holiday in some states including SA.  Two of the events were National Orienteering League events, so many junior and senior elites attended.  In addition a number of interstate orienteers in other age groups attended, pushing the numbers for the Saturday and Sunday events over 200.

The Saturday afternoon event was a Middle Distance at Bunyip Reach, with the map extended from that used in 2018.  For elites this was also a World Ranking event, with juniors and seniors doing the same course. Steve Cooper set some challenging courses through the complex erosion gullies. The event was run by Yalanga Orienteers and the controller was Phil Hazell.  For results and splits see the links here. The M65A  W45A  W55A course:

Course 6

Sunday’s SA Long Distance Championships included a mass start loop race for the 4 NOL groups (senior men and women, junior men and women in classes 20E and 18A).  The 2 senior classes and junior men had a run through after a short first loop to collect the map for a longer challenging second loop.  Other classes used the traditional interval start.  All courses, which covered the more sublte terrain on the ridge top into the compelx erosion gullies flanking the ridge, were set by Simon Uppill, with the controller Jenny Casanova and the event by Onkaparinga Hills Orienteers.   For results and splits links here  Mass start for each of the 4 elite courses below, and the course for the a second loop of the M21E course.

Mass Start

Crooked Straigh M21E Map 2

Monday’s sprint event at the Renmark schools set by Lanita Steer with the event by Tintookies, was a more relaxed event to finish off the weekend.  Results and splits are here

For many more photos of the Sunday event see the Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set?vanity=OrienteeringSA&set=a.4033129866754003

And other posts about the weekend events - https://www.facebook.com/OrienteeringSA

Crooked Straight course planner Simon Uppill competing at Bunyip Reach, and the event's controller Jenny Casanova with Bunyip Reach Course planner Steve Cooper (3rd in M55A at Crooked Straight)

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SA Orienteers at the Australian 3 Days near Orange

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The Easter Carnival was centred on Orange, NSW, this year after a twelve month deferral due to Covid 19.

The Sprint was held at Charles Sturt University, with excellent results from Olivia Sprod second, Abigail George third, and notable performances from Angus Haines, Joanna George, Jenny Casanova, Toby Cazzolato, Max Grivell and Ethan Penck.

Then it was into the rocks and bush of the Three Days, and what an orienteering test it was. Day One on Noah's Ark was a great introduction to what was to follow on the Gumble Pinnacles the next two days. Considering the number of " did not finish " and long course times, this map arguably certainly lived up to be one of the most challenging in Australia. To finish at all could be considered by some a success, (myself included), and I noticed many miserable participants wandering aimlessly around in a sea of large boulders. Many courses did not achieve the expected winning times, even when experienced orienteers had relatively mistake free runs, and many competotors chose to abandon their courses on Day 2 ( much greater number than normal for this early season event).

Nevertheless there were great performances from South Australians, being: Emily Sorensen first and Joanna George fourth in Women 20 Elite, Toby Cazzolato first in Men 18 Elite, Olivia Sprod second in Women 21 Elite, Lachlan Hallett first in the Sledge, Jenny Casanova third in W45A, and very good efforts by Abigail George, Teri McCoomb, Leila Henderson, Susanne Casanova, Ethan Penck, Steve Cooper, Dante Afnan, Angus Haines, Max Grivell, Andrew McCoomb, Robert Kriesl and Robert Smith.

All resutls are available in Eventor and you can view courss in the LiveLox link (although you need to be a subscriber to run full replays of those who have uplaoded their routes).

Photos of some SA orienteers by Evalin here - https://evalinmae.smugmug.com/Orienteering/NOL-2-SA-Orienteers/

Well done NSW - Rob Tucker President OSA

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February Feast of Scintillating Sprinting

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The Southern Arrows delivered the most successful Snap Sprint Series of the past 10 years, on Friday nights during February. This was the 10th edition of the series, which started in 2012 as a fundraiser for South Australia’s elite orienteering squad (subsidising uniforms and entries for National Orienteering League races) and which provides orienteers with opportunities to socialise and compare splits, I mean undertake essential practice for the SA Sprint Championships.

Events and attendances were:

Flinders University – 92 competitors
Underdale – 68 competitors (experiencing a flooded River Torrens, thanks to the weir’s outflow, including a flooded bridge to the start)
Belair – 112 competitors (many of whom enjoyed the Escapegoat MTB café afterwards)
Semaphore Park – 69 competitors

All courses can be seen on Route Gadget - http://ospot.xyz/gadget/rg2/

Underdale Start

The Arrows would like to thank Onkaparinga Hills Orienteering Club for the use of their maps and Snap Printing for subsidising the printing, and of course we thank everyone for turning up each Friday.

Wallaringa Orienteers hosted the South Australian Sprint Orienteering Championships on February 28th, using a new map at Roseworthy Agricultural College thanks to the University of Adelaide, mapped by David George for Tintookies Orienteers. 100 competitors appeared to enjoy Jenny Casanova’s crisscrossing courses – including controls ‘hidden’ inside the stables, planted into a hay bale, and at the top of the stairs in the oval grandstand; if you haven’t uploaded your route (chosen or inadvertent) yet, it’s not too late to do so at: http://ospot.xyz/gadget/rg2/#219

M21A was won by Angus Haines in a time of 15:13, his first victory at senior level, while Lanita Steer and Olivia Sprod tied for first place in W21A and Bridget Uppill powerwalked the W21 course at 37 weeks’ pregnant! 21A Placegettes are here:

21 Wunners

Full results here: https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/ResultList?eventId=11049&groupBy=EventClass Event Organiser Tony Roberts plus Controller Aylwin Lim (TJ) ensured that the event ran smoothly, and it was pleasing that so many orienteers stayed around for the presentations in the hope of receiving Fruchocs from WA president Tyson Hillyard.  Wallaringa is a small club, but we punch above our weight, and even the 3-year-old volunteered to collect controls afterwards 😊

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