DROC Supports Love The Game


Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club has signed up to Love The Game.

Our club says no to sports betting sponsorship. We are proud to have joined hundreds of other sporting clubs across Victoria who #LovetheGameNottheOdds @responsiblegambling.  Watch the video

We encourage our junior members to take back the game. By understanding the risks of sports gambling, they can enjoy sport for what it really is, and love the game, not the odds.

Why We Care

Young men (18–24 years) bet on sport more than any other age group in Victoria, making up a third of all sports gambling.  Currently, one in five adults who experience serious harm from gambling began before they turned 18.

Young people feel enormous pressure to fit in. Like underage drinking and smoking, gambling becomes a real problem when kids see it as normal, because they assume that everyone’s doing it. Gambling ads aim to give betting the same sense of normality.

Gambling is now accessible 24/7 through smartphones and gambling applications. Smartphones put sports gambling at everyone’s fingertips, including kids, making it easier than ever for them to start.

The narratives of sports betting ads make it seem as though there’s no risk. Using ‘cash-back’ and ‘bonus-bet’ offers, getting involved at a lower risk becomes much more appealing for kids. If they’ve got nothing to lose, then why not?

Separate studies have found:

  • An average of 374 gambling ads are broadcast on free-to-air TV daily, with children under 12 the most exposed.
  • 73 per cent of Victorians aged 12–17 reported seeing gambling ads on TV in the past 30 days.

Our Love the Game Charter  and Gambling Harm Prevention Policy


Millennium Club Milestones for DROC Members

We’ve had a number of DROC members achieve Millennium Club milestones recently. The Millennium Club recognises outstanding participation achievements at Park Street orienteering events, since January 1 2000.

Congratulations to:

  • Mark Besley – 2000 events, achieving Vintage member status
  • Newbury Navigators – 1000 events, achieving Legend member status
  • Merv Trease – 1000 events, achieving Legend member status
  • Stuart McWilliam – 750 events, achieving Companion member status
  • Suzy Speirs – 750 events, achieving Companion member status

Find out more about The Millennium Club


MelBushO at Birdsland a Hit

What a perfect day for orienteering!  Our new start location at Birdsland was a hit.  From the start, it was downhill into the wetlands (aptly described) for some fast, flat legs around the lakes, along the boardwalks and bush tracks, and over the bridges. Once the blood was pumping, it was time for an abrupt change of pace, as all but the Easy course took to the steep contours of Lysterfield Park’s northern section.  Controls were on granite features, with route choice impacted by climb and vegetation.

Our thanks to Peter Dalwood, assisted by Pam King, for setting the courses; and to the DROC crew for ensuring a smoothly run event.

View the maps here

We’d love to see where you went – share your route via gpx upload to Livelox

Results     Splits

Photos – see our Gallery


High Hampton EndurO, June 26

On Saturday June 26, we have our first Park Street EndurO for two years, and the first to feature MapRun.  Yes, that means double the distance, double the time, double the controls, and double the fun!

Double up at High Hampton, a brand new map in Melbourne’s inner south east that’s begging to be explored. Starting from Peterson Street Reserve in Highett, you’ll receive a map with 40 controls.  Choose from a 120 min Run or Walk, or a 90 min Run.  This event is part of the regular Saturday Series competition, and payment is via Saturday Pass, MultiPass, or $5 cash. Start any time between 1.30pm and 2.00pm.

Parking: please head to the north east corner of the reserve, and park on Peterson or Telford Streets, or other nearby side streets. There is football being played on the western oval. Toilets are available. A reminder to make sure your phone or watch is fully charged up before you start!

There is no pre-entry required, but on arrival you’ll need to:

  1. Scan the Services Victoria QR code
  2. Enter the event using OTrack, our Park Street event entry system, by going to www.vicorienteering.asn.au/otrack. Add this page to your home screen, to speed up your entry!

DROC Juniors Shine at 2021 Secondary Schools Champs

The 2021 Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships were held at Hawkstowe Park, on a glorious autumn day. After a hiatus in 2020, the students were ready and raring to go as they vied for selection to the Victorian Schools Team, which will contest the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in Tasmania later this year.

James Love, representing Oxley College, was third in Boys 17A, while Samantha Love, also from Oxley, was second in Girls 14A. Amber Louw, from Wesley College, placed second in Girls 17A.  All three have been selected to the Victorian Schools Team, to represent their State at the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in Tasmania in September. Congratulations!



Melbourne City Race Weekend Results

The second Melbourne City Race Weekend was held in perfect conditions.  We welcomed competitors from ACT, NSW, Qld, Tasmania, and WA, as well as a strong contingent of local orienteers and a huge number of newcomers who wanted to be part of the action.

The Saturday Prologue saw competitors taking to the streets of Cremorne in Melbourne’s inner East; nestled between the Yarra River and Swan Street.  Barkly Gardens made a very picturesque arena.  The course held some tricks and traps for the unwary, and definitely required focus on the fine detail; the dreaded steps from the river up to road level got the blood pumping!

James Robertson, Ricky Thackray, and Toby Cooper were the top three on the Long course, with just 6 seconds separating first and second.  Fastest women on this course were Jayne Sales and Helen Walpole, who were only 12 seconds apart.  It was a Tassie invasion on the Medium course, with Euan and Sussan Best taking first and second, and local Ian Dodd in third.  Junior Maya Bennette held off JWOC honours team member Arabella Phillips, as the girls took fourth and fifth respectively.  On the Short course, John Gavens held off junior Joel Crothers by a tiny margin of 13 seconds, with Judi Herkes claiming third.

Our thanks to Eureka’s Bill Borrie for planning the courses, and to Bayside Kangaroos for loaning the map and equipment.

Results     Splits     Maps

Then it was on to the Main Event! The Port Melbourne race began fittingly from the northern lighthouse in Beacon Cove, with the bay in clear view.  Competitors took in Beacon Cove, Station Pier and the bayside trail, the Light Rail, Gasworks park, and the streets of Port Melbourne.  In true Urban race style, winning times were 30-40 minutes.   Congratulations to category winners Callum White, Tim Hatley, Alan Kuffer, Ashley White, Joel Crothers, Heather O’Donnell, Sarah Love, Sussan Best, Sonoka Miyake, and Lydia Stott.  Winners were presented with free entry to upcoming events in May, and all placegetters received a commemorative certificate.

Course planner Stuart McWilliam certainly found some interesting places to position controls, and a great mixture of short sharp legs where detail was important, and long legs where you just had to tough it out.  Again, reading the detail and planning ahead was needed in order to pick the best route choices.  Peter Dalwood produced another beautiful and highly readable full colour map at 1:6000 scale. Note that if you print it to use yourself, it is A3 size for all courses.

Results     Splits     Maps

Huge thanks to the team from Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club.  Planning is already underway for MCRW2022!

MapLink Initiative A Finalist in VicSport Awards

OV’s MapLink initiative, introduced in 2020 to provide a means for orienteers to continue with their sport during Covid lockdowns, has been announced as one of four Finalists in the VicSport Awards for 2020.  The category is Sport Initiative of the Year, sponsored by Sports Accounting Australia. Award winners will be announced at Marvel Stadium on June 3 2021

This award recognises the work of individuals, clubs, teams, groups or organisations who have succeeded in enabling more people to participate in sport activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new award for 2020 highlights the innovative work that sport has promoted to keep people active and connect with members.

For more information go to https://vicsport.com.au/2020-victorian-sport-award-finalists

This nomination is a fantastic recognition of the many orienteers who contributed maps and courses, designed scoring programs, set everything up in MapRun, and took part in MapLink over many months. There is no doubt that the rapid and successful return of Park Street orienteering events last summer was greatly assisted by MapLink; and we are delighted that a number of MapLink course setters will have their efforts recognised as we use their courses during the current Winter season.

While MapLink is hibernating for now, we’ve continued to publish all new Park Street maps for anytime use, as part of our extensive library of DIY maps.  MapLink remains ready for use any time there is a lockdown in Victoria which prevents orienteering events from going ahead. Find out more

Our Bio:

MapLink (DIY Orienteering) – Orienteering Victoria
At the commencement of lockdown, Debbie Dodd put out a call to the Orienteering Victoria community who produced a total of 138 new courses accessible in urban areas under a DIY initiative called MapLink. Available via MapRun (an app that allows users to upload, save and share their completed courses for virtual competitions), Facebook and Google Docs were also utilised to track a virtual scoring system. Between April and September 2020, 2,140 participants were recorded completing a course and the online activity enabled Debbie to ensure enthusiasm, fitness and entertainment levels remained high through lockdown while the use of technology has opened new avenues for the orienteering community.

Police Paddocks MelBushO Maps for Anytime Use

Police Paddocks Reserve was used for a MelBushO event for the first time last Sunday.  Despite the rain, competitors enjoyed a variety of terrain, from a complex network of tiny tracks, to open grassed slopes and lightly timbered spur/gully, and some more vegetated patches.  Tracks were generally faster than bush, but we were all in need of off-track practice after a year’s break!  Thanks to course planner Carl Stemp, and Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club, who introduced many newcomers to the joys of bush orienteering.

Results   Splits

If you missed out, we have good news!  The courses have all been set up in MapRun, for you to try any time.  You can download and print your own map.  Simply head out on foot or on your bike; take your phone or watch with MapRun loaded, go to the start as shown on the map, and look for one of the five courses in “Events Near Me”.  You can also try the “All Controls” map as a Score course, and see how long it takes to get the lot!

Police Paddocks Course 1

Police Paddocks Course 2

Police Paddocks Course 3

Police Paddocks Course 4

Police Paddocks Course 5

Police Paddocks All Controls

MelBushO is Back in March

MelBushO makes its long awaited and very welcome return, with a series of Sunday morning events in bush terrain near Melbourne. The series kicks off in March with three events:

In 2021, we require pre-entry via Eventor for MelBushO events, to follow our Covid Safe Plan. This means we can minimise queuing, remove the need for touch screens, and use pre-payment to avoid handling cash.  Controls will be in SI Air mode for contactless punching, and other covid safe measures will be followed.

Online entry and payment, using PayPal or POLI, is quick and easy. It means minimal queuing on arrival, a guaranteed map, and no need to worry about the wallet.  Entries close on the Thursday evening prior to the event.  Not used Eventor? Here’s how to create an account, and register for an event.

More about MelbushO in 2021.

2021 Park Street Champions

Congratulations to DROC’s newest Park Street Champions and Gold Medallists Helen Walpole (Womens Open); Ian Dodd (Mens Supervet) and Ian Greenwood (Mens Supervet PW); Silver Medallists Peter Hobbs (Mens Open), Sarah Love (Womens Open), Denise Pike (Womens Supervet) and Rosalind King (Womens Supervet PW); and Bronze Medallist Ian Davies (Mens Senior). Also contesting the Final were Andrew Hester, Damian Spencer, Andrew Perkins, Debbie Dodd, Mark Besley, and Peter Grover.

The Final was conducted on the Cavills Corner map on February 24. Pamela King was the course planner; Peter Dalwood was the event advisor, and Mark Besley was the scorer.  DROC were host club for the 2021 Champs.  Well done to all participants, and to the organising team!

Click here to see all the Results and the Competition Map