Relay Winners; Victorian Schools Team Announced

It was a picture perfect weekend of orienteering at Glenluce over the June long weekend.  Day 1, hosted by DROC, offered middle distance courses set on classic spur-gully terrain on the Kookaburra Rises map.  The usual courses were augmented by an Extra Long 15 km option, which proved popular for those in serious training for the upcoming European season, or those who just wanted more miles under their belt.  Day 2 was the annual Club Relays, and while DROC stocks were depleted through travel and injury, the Newbury Navigators did themselves proud by completing all three legs of the D course, to take home first prize.  For the rest, well there were no mispunches, and some promising individual performances to give respectable results.

The highlight of the weekend was the announcement of the team selected to represent Victoria at the Schools Champs in September.  Heading to South Australia will be Sarah Davies (senior girls), Amber Louw (Junior Girls) and James Love (Junior Boys reserve).  All three have worked very hard and produced excellent results across the selection races, and are all very excited to be part of the team. Congratulations!

Sarah, Ian win OV Awards

Sarah Davies was announced as the 2017 Course Setter of the Year, for Race 1 of the Sprint Double at Yarra Valley Grammar School – not bad for a first go at course setting!  Sarah’s course made excellent use of the intricacies of the small but complex campus, and she set up a number of traps, creating an exciting race for competitors and spectators alike.  The event was also one of four finalists in the Event of the Year category.  Look out for Sarah’s next course at Candlebark Park, Eltham, in July.

Ian Dodd became the first person to receive Orienteering Victoria’s Services Award, which he held jointly with Debbie in 2013. This year he was the sole winner, in recognition of his tireless technical support of all clubs at Sprint Into Spring and Melbusho over the past few years; his enormous contribution year-round as Wednesday Park Street coordinator, and his financial work with the Board and Treasurer.

Juniors Star at Schools Champs

Congratulations to our juniors Sarah, Amber and James, who all competed at the Victorian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, one of the major selection trials for the Victorian Schools Team which will travel to South Australia in September for the national competition.  Sarah won the Open Girls category; Amber placed second in Girls 14A; and James was 6th in Boys 14A.

Selection trials, which began in March with the Melbourne Sprint Weekend, continued over May 19-20; the final trial is DROC’s event on Saturday June 9.

Queens Birthday Weekend Special

Treat yourself royally to a weekend of premium bush orienteering on June 9 and 10, at Glenluce in central Victoria on the “Kookaburra Rises” map.  The forest is lovely and open, very runnable and smooth underfoot; classic spur gully terrain with some gold mining and scattered rock.

On Saturday June 9, DROC presents Autumn Bush Series no 5, a middle distance event, but with two longer course options for those looking for additional distance – ideal training for those big races in the Northern Hemisphere. There is also a 6 km Power Walkers course.  Besides these extra courses, you can choose any one of the 9 regular courses – there is one to suit you!  Online entry is required, and closes on WEDNESDAY JUNE 6.  Entry and Info Flyer here

On Sunday June 10, MFR presents the 2018 Victorian Relays, always a highlight of the year!  Using the same arena, club teams will vie for glory and the Rockhopper trophy.  We want as many DROC members as possible out there, so plan now!  DROC will organise your entry and payment.  Further information here.

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Asha and Lanita off to World Uni Champs

Asha and Lanita Steer were rewarded for their recent stellar performances with selection to the Australian team to contest the World University Orienteering Champs in Finland this July.  After moving up into senior ranks, Lani has started to make her presence felt in national events, especially in Sprint distance.   Asha has had a brilliant year so far with two wins at the Melbourne Sprint Weekend, and a second at the Australian Easter 3-Days.

Both girls will have a busy week, with the program featuring Sprint, Middle and Long Distance races, plus a Sprint and Forest Relay.  Follow WUOC

Asha and Nick Take MSW Titles; Lanita Sets Up Victorian Relay Win

The Melbourne Sprint Weekend featured six incredible races, kicking off at Monash Clayton.  The spectacular new building which served as the backdrop set the tone for the race, which as you would expect featured numerous traps for the unwary.  Asha kept her head and claimed her first National League win; Lanita also ran very strongly for third in the senior Elite category – a good start for both as they embark on selection races for Australian teams.  Sarah also raced well in her first NOL race, keeping in touch with the pack and only a couple of minutes down on far more experienced campaigners.  Ian Davies had a great run for 2nd in the hotly contested M60 category, setting up a weekend rivalry which eventually saw him second overall on a countback, and Nick was a comfortable winner on M Open.  Peter Dalwood had the fastest time on M70 but as mapper he was unofficial, however his great form continued all weekend with podium finishes in most races.

The highly complex Caulfield Grammar map gave Asha and Nick their second wins, and Ian and Peter both grabbed second places.  Then it was on to Yarra Valley Grammar for the intensely exciting Relays. Lanita led out the no 1 Victorian team, running flat out to cross the line only one second behind the leading team, setting up a comfortable Victorian win.  In the Juniors, Sarah and Asha helped Victoria to fourth place. In the Individual, Sarah Love had her best result so far with third in W40, while Janine Steer came to the fore at Royal Park, in the head to head race that had everyone dizzy!  The final race at Keilor Downs saw Ian finally grab a well earned victory.

Overall winners and placegetters were Asha Steer and Nick Maddock (1st); Ian Davies, Andras Bogdanovits and Arika Bogdanovits (2nd); Lanita Steer, Peter Dalwood and Ian Dias (3rd).  Check out the Gallery for photos!

2018 Park Street Champs Medallists

Congratulations to Peter Dalwood, Ian Dodd and Phil Torode, all gold medallists and newly crowned Park Street Champions, after the final at the very tricky Valley Lakes event.  Also earning medals were Denise Pike and Damian Spencer (2nd), and Andrew Hester, Ros King and Ilze Yeates (3rd).

Get Tuned Up for MSW

Orienteers of all ages are invited to a special Sprint training session at Eltham College on Sunday March 4, starting at 10.30am.  As featured in “Australian Orienteer” magazine (Dec 2017), Peter Hobbs will put you through your paces in a fun, interactive workout for your brain. You’ll practice map and symbol interpretation, visualisation and simplification, then follow an actual course on the screen as you play “Where would you go?”  After practising your new skills on a real course, you’ll be well and truly MSW-ready!Entry is FREE, but for map printing and catering purposes, please  enter online by February 28 or email us.
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Summer 75 MTBO at Mt Evelyn, January 13

DROC is hosting the first of 2018’s Summer 75 MTBO events, at Mt Evelyn, on Saturday January 13.  Discover mountain bike orienteering on an evening bike ride. Explore the new map which will take you along the Aqueduct trail, and tracks and paths along Olinda Creek, on a course planned by Graham Wallis.

Riders have up to 75 minutes to visit as many controls on the supplied colour map as you can. You choose which ones to visit and which way to get there and back. Each control is worth 20 points. 10 points penalty per minute for returning late.Start times: 6:00 pm to 6:15 pmEntries: Enter on the day – register by 5.45pm. 
Fees: Adults $12, Juniors $6.Map boards and Sportident e-sticks:  available for loan.

BBQ and Drinks: Stay and socialise after the event. Sausages, cheese toasties and soft drinks available.

Directions: Mt Evelyn Reserve, Tramway Road, Mt Evelyn. Melway 120 B3

Cavills Corner Christened In Fine Style

The first Wednesday event for 2018 was a fitting time to hold the first event on the rechristened “Cavills Corner” map. For those querying the lack of an apostrophe, the map honours both Wally and daughter Sue – who was also a very keen orienteer, and who in fact dragged Wally along originally.

Wally’s other two daughters, Linda and Caroline, joined us for the event, as did 110 competitors, including some we havent seen for a while, and some new faces. We made a short speech and took some group photos, then as maps were handed out we quickly realised there was a shortage (thanks to the printers who misinterpreted instructions). In true Wally fashion, an on-the-fly solution was quickly found. People either photographed the map with their phones, or found a friend to share with, which made for a very convivial evening. There were lots of comments later about how much fun it was to “run with friends” – after all, that’s what the evening was all about. Wally would have loved it.

Oh, and next time you find yourself on the corner of Harold and Templeton Streets in Wantirna, find the second-from-the-right casuarina tree on the north side of the corner. Look up and see if you can spot a small silver plaque “Cavills Corner 2018”. Thanks Wally – you changed our lives for the better, and for that we will always remember you.

Visit our Gallery for photos from the event.