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2018 - A Quick Wrap

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The 2018 orienteering season ended on a cool overcast atypical summer evening at Glenelg for the final event before Christmas for the Twilight Series. See below for one of the courses. The series resumes on Jan 4 at the Paddocks map in Salisbury. Some of our juniors and their parents are currently orienteering at the OA junior camp in Victoria.

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The highlight of the year was the 2018 Australian Championships carnival – you can revisit all the highlights in the special edition of the newsletter – see link on this page. Also see the other newsletter this year for other highlights.

The SA Schools Team achieved their best results for some years, coming 2nd behind the ACT at the schools championships events in the carnival. Toby Cazzolato and Abigail George received the Sue Millard junior trophies, largely for their carnival performances.

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Another 2018 highlight was the June long weekend in the Flinders Ranges near Wilpena, with excellent courses in the Long OY event were recognised with Craig Colwell awarded course planner of the year for his courses. See Route Gadget to revisit the courses.

In August, the Southern Arrows club relays at Moonrocks saw the highest participation in the event, and the SA Long Championships were held at Mulga Valley.

 

Twilight Series 2018 - 19

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The 2018 - 19 Twilight Series starts on Friday 23rd November, with an event starting at 6 PM in the south eastern Adelaide Parklands. Each event will over 3 standard line courses (visit the controls in order) with distances around 2, 4 and 6 km (straight line distance). In addition a scatter course is available, where you choose the controls to visit and do so in any order.

All courses are available to runner and walkers, teams and individuals, and involve simple map reading techniques similar to reading a street map. Start times are between 6 to 7 PM, so you can start any time in that interval, provided you finish by 8pm when courses close.

For each event, pre-entry by the Tuesday evening before the event, at discounted fees is possible – see the event links on the right of this page. For SE Parklands event only, deadline has been extended to Wednesday evening. Directions to each event are in the event details.

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Carnival week ends with the Australian Long and SA Middle Events

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The Australian Championships carnival concluded with two contrasting terrains.  The Australian Long Championships at Gumeracha Gold Fields on Saturday Oct 6th was held on a mixed spur gully terrain with open fast pine forest, slower native forest and young pine plantation and some open areas with rocky detail.  Course planner was Vince Loye.  Winners of the elite classes were Natasha Key from Victoria and Henry McNulty from WA, his first senior open win at an Australian Championships

For all the resutls see the Results page, this page has links to some GPS tracking for the 4 elite classes.

Victoria was the winner of the OA shield.

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The SA Middle Championships at Keynes Gap was on terrain with complex rock detail in othewise open terrain.  Course planner Steve Cooper set some challenging courses for the final carnival event on Sunday October 7th.  A spectacular view to the rocky ridge from arena was even shared by those in the Finish tent.

All results are available.

The Natonal League results were also announced at the event, with Simon Uppill from SA 1st in M21E. Other winners were Natasha Key for W21E, Aston Key for M20E and Tara Melhuish for W20E.

Lots of pictures from all 8 events on the carnival Facebook page.

Orienteering SA would like to thank all our volunteers who have been working toward the carnival over the past 2 years or more. In particular Ken Thompson for all his work behind the scenes managing entries and all the queries from competitors.

View from the Finish tent at Keynes Gap by John Nieuwenhoven

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Australian Schools Championships 2018

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The Australian Schools Championships was held over three days from Oct 2nd to Oct 4th. The three events

  • Sprint Championships on a warm day at Keithcot Farm - complex school buildings with many stairs and different levels, courses by David George
  • Long Championships at Wirra Wirra - the day was much cooler for the competitors to navigate the at times low visibility pines, areas of complex rocks and a steeper section for the longer courses. Courses by Andrew Kennedy
  • Relay Championships at Mount Crawford, a mix of lower and more open pines and some eucalypt forest. Fantastic effort by the teams to avoid any mispunches. Courses by John Nieuwenhoven

The ACT won the interstate competition for the 3rd year in a row, with South Australia second, and New Zealand again won the Southern Cross Challenge

The honour team is

Senior Girls - Joanna George, Abigail George, Emily Sorensen, Ella Cuthbert (3 SA runners who dominated the senior girls events)
Senior Boys - Dante Afnan, Noah Poland, Aston Key, Patrick Miller
Junior Girls - Mikaela Grey, Justine Hobson, Nea Shingler, Lila Lehtonen
Junior boys -  Alvin Craig, David Stocks, Torren Arthur, Toby Cazzolato

All the event resutls are here.

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Super weekend for the Australian Championships in Renmark

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From a mild day for the first event the Australian Middle Championships at Crooked Straight, the weather became warmer to the high twenty degrees for the relays at Wiela - Bunyip Reach and the Australian Sprint at Renmark Schools.  At Crooked Straight, the sandier terrain at times produced some physically demanding courses set by Robert Smith, whilst at Wiela - Bunyip Reach the challenge for the courses set by Simon Uppill was to find your way through the maze of erosion gullies.  The sprint at Renmark schools was a super fast area, some temporary barriers added some technical complexity to the courses set by Robin Uppill.

Link to all the results can be found here.

And some fantastic photos of the three events on the carnival Facebook page.

Course maps for the Middle and Sprint here.

A courses from each day below

Crooked Straight - M21E

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Wiela - Bunyip Reach - W21 E Course - one variation

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Renmark Schools - M21E - Maps 1 and 2

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Aus Sprint Course 1 2

 

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