Sunday 26 June 2016 - Lapstone - A belated "welcome, good luck and congratulations" for the Garingal members who made their MetrO League debuts at Lapstone in Round 4.
Isaac Bray and LJ Taylor (running for Bennelong in Division 5), Angus van Schaik and Vickie Lee (running for the Geckos in Division 5), Heidi van Schaik (running for the Monitors in Division 4) and David Dash (running for the Molochs in Division 3) all completed their courses to make for a successful outing on the tricky track network of Darks Common. (map)
While none of our fair 'maidens' tasted victory, their success in finishing is worth shouting about - especially when experienced orienteers such as BC and MJ (names deleted to protect the guilty!) mispunched. (And can you spot the GO member looking for the finish control in the photo?)
Division 1 slipped up by only drawing with WHO, missing the chance to go top on goal difference after Big Foot lost to a UR-CC team with three ring-ins.
The Dragons were flogged in Division 2 but a win in the last round will earn them a rematch with SHOO-IKO.
The GO Legless side remains unbeaten in Division 4 and has a tricky double header against Bennelong and WHO in the last round. A win will be enough for a spot in the final, but a slip-up could let the fast-finishing Monitors through. Carolyn Davies is the new leader in the race for the Division 4 individual medal despite coming off second best in a psychological battle with Ian Jessup as the GO teams squared off.
In Division 5 the Blue Tongues had a win and a draw thanks to Riley Grainger scarpering around in sub 34-minutes.
All fun and games. If you have done summer series or sprints and are looking for the next adventure, come along to a MetrO League and do enter on the day. Then come and join a team. The next round is on a new map at Mulgoa on July 31.
Club Training - is on extended school holiday break. See you again on August 2 at North Ryde RSL - 6pm to 7pm. Meet by the oval behind the club.
Sunday 29 May 2016 - Botany - Another great day of inter-club competition yesterday with Uringa hosting the Metro League races at Sir Joseph Banks Park map.
The event was held on the sand dunes of Botany and there were some really quick times with most of runners finishing in under 35 minutes.
There was a big win to the Garingal Dragons in Division 2, with Michael Ridley Smith scoring the 10 points and Jamie and Alex Kennedy teaming up with 8 and 7 points respectively.
There were also wins for the Garingal Monitors, Legless and Geckos.
Results and splits are on the ML web page.
The Great Nosh - is on this Sunday - don't forget to enter - or you can always enter on day - www.bennelongnorthside.com.au. The Great Nosh is a 15 km run through northern sydney bushland almost entirely on bush tracks.
Club Training - is on every Tuesday afternoon at North Ryde RSL at 6pm to 7pm. Meet on by the oval behind the club.
Beacon Hill - Sunday, 8 May 2016 - Garingal is hosting the annual GOANNA at Beacon Hill this Sunday 8 May 2016 with a mass start at 10am for the 3 moderate courses.
The GOANNA is the local name for the US style "goat race". Goat races are a wacky form of line orienteering in which:
* there is a mass start (10am)
* following is allowed (this is usually a no-no)
* you may skip a control (yippee!)
* there are forked controls (you go to 'a' or 'b')
* in the boxed section you visit the controls in any order
This novelty event is the brainchild of GO member and ONSW marketing and communications officer Ian Jessup, who wanted to offer something unusual but still an O challenge in its own right.
There are 3 course lengths (GeckO 3.8km, DraGOn 5.3km and GOanna 7.2km), with the standard varying from moderate to hard depending on where you are on the course.
Have a look at a previous Goanna to see what you are confronted with.
Tactics have to be made up on the run - which control will you skip?, which fork will you take?, and in which order will you do 'the box'? The first two Goannas generated a lot of discussion about strategy, and great enthusiasm for the format. A 'fun' run in its own right.
Entries close midday on Fri May 6. Please note the Very Easy and Easy courses are Enter-on-Day and will have a start window of 10.15-11am.