Victorian Sprint Champs Bring Success

We had a great day out at Kardinia International College at Geelong, venue for the 2019 Victorian Sprint Champs.  Last used in 2016 for the Melbourne Sprint Weekend, everyone was looking forward to testing their sprint skills at this complex campus.  Reading fine detail and keeping map contact were more important than speed, as tiny cut throughs offered the shortest route choices.

Congratulations to our many members who took a place on the podium:

Winners and Victorian Champions: Sarah Davies, Janine Steer, Peter Dalwood

2nd Placegetters: Sammy Love, Helen Walpole, James Love, Martin Steer

3rd Placegetters: Sally Barlow, Asha Steer, Sarah Love, Pamela King, Stuart McWilliam

Check out some great action shots in our Gallery.


Sprint Into Spring Race 6, Oxley College, Saturday November 16

Don’t miss the next Sprint Into Spring race at Oxley College in Chirnside Park on Saturday November 16!  Sarah and James have planned the courses, and this small but deceptive campus is sure to challenge you.  The series is getting to the pointy end and those all-important jersey points are up for grabs.  Head to the Sprint Into Spring website for all the details!

Sprint Into Spring 2019

Melbourne City Race Highlights Video

Check out this incredible footage from the 2019 Melbourne City Race, highlighting all the action and featuring many club members in starring roles! Share the link with everyone you know: Melbourne City Race Highlights

The Melbourne City Race Weekend will be back in 2020 – stand by for an announcement of dates and venues!


Joel Wins Big at Primary Schools Champs

Joel Crothers had a convincing win at the Southern Zone Primary Schools Orienteering Championships, held at Police Paddocks in Rowville. He blitzed around his course in 15 minutes, well ahead of all other competitors.  This comes on top of receiving the Best New Junior award at the recent Melbourne City Race at Docklands, where Joel took second place in just his third Sprint competition.   When he’s not competing, Joel is busy planning courses and updating maps, with his second undertaking coming up early next year at Dingley.


Melbourne City Race Weekend

Wow – what an amazing weekend of urban racing we’ve just had!  The Melbourne City Race Weekend kicked off with our first Friday “Sunset Sprint”, at Edgewater.  Locals lined up with interstaters and internationals; world champions raced against newcomers.  A fantastic terrain mix of campus, park and street, kept everyone well and truly on their toes.  In City Race style, courses were longer than usual, with winning times at 20-25 minutes.

Asha Steer was an outstanding 2nd place in a red hot field of top female sprinters, on Mo Women; while Peter Hobbs also had a fantastic result with 9th on Mo Men, in another very strong lineup.  Ian Dodd, Damian Spencer and James Love were all in the top 10 on Sally Men, while Helen Walpole was 7th on Sally Women.

We’ve been itching to sprint at Kensington for ages, and now was finally our chance; not surprisingly there was a record turnout. This urban maze lived up to its reputation, with many coming unstuck in the cluster of controls in the stockyards. The hill climb leg was not just a test of leg strength; route choice was also important.  And the final legs kept us thinking as hard as we were running. Simon Rouse was 15th on Mo men, while DROC filled four of the top 10 spots on Sally Men with Ian Davies, Ian Dodd, Damian Spencer and James Love. Hel;en Walpole and Amber Louw were 7th and 8th on Sally Women. Joel Crothers was 10th on the Usain course.

Then it was finally time to race at Docklands, on Peter Dalwood’s brand new map.  The course, planned by Jayne Sales, featured multiple levels as we took in the sights of Victoria Harbour, Waterfront, and Southbank.  It was a true City Race with a European flavour as we mingled with the crowds around Polly Woodside.  Podium placegetters were James Love, Joel Crothers and Sarah Davies (all 2nd), with top 10 results from Peter Hobbs, Simon Rouse, Ian Dodd, Sarah Love, Sally Barlow and Asha Steer.

Click here for results, splits and maps.

Success at Vic and Aus Champs

A big contingent of DROC members competed at the Victorian and Australian Championships.  The Victorian Long Distance Champs were held at Linton, near Ballarat, on September 22.  Our podium finishers were:

  • First place: Joel Crothers, Damian Spencer, Sarah Davies, Ryan Davies
  • Second place: Amber Louw, Janine Steer
  • Third place: Wayne Love, Peter Hobbs

Then it was off to Wagga Wagga and Beechworth for the Oceania and Australian Championships week, starting on September 28.  Simon Rouse had the standout performance of the week with no less than four podiums in the highly competitive M40.  But he wasn’t the only one.  Our winners and placegetters were:

  • Oceania Sprint Distance – 3rd place Simon Rouse
  • Australian Long Distance – 2nd place Peter Hobbs, 3rd place Simon Rouse
  • Oceania Relays – 1st place Simon Rouse (M35 team)
  • Oceania Long Distance – 3rd place Sarah Love
  • Australian Middle Distance – 2nd place Simon Rouse

By all accounts it was a tough week – hot weather, and physically and technically challenging courses. Everyone who took part had their highs and lows, and will bring home plenty of stories.  Congratulations to all who took part, and survived!

Check out the Photo Gallery for lots of pictures, and read a full report in the latest issue of Punchline.

Melbourne City Race Weekend

The Melbourne City Race Weekend kicks off another fantastic season of Sprints!  On Friday Oct 11, experience Melbourne’s coolest suburb, Footscray (as named by Time Out magazine). For Sprint Into Spring Race 1, the updated and extended Edgewater map takes in the VU campus, Footscray Park, the river’s edge, and the urban streets.  On Saturday afternoon Oct 12, SIS Race 2 heads to Kensington, an area that’s been crying out to be sprinted on!  It’s a brand new map featuring all that this amazing venue has to offer.  Then on Sunday morning Oct 13, don’t miss the chance to race on our shiny new Docklands map, in the first ever Melbourne City Race!  You’ll see the city in a whole new way, as you race from Docklands Park.

Choose your own course and start time at all three events; and bring your SIAC stick, as SI Air will be enabled (don’t have a SIAC yet? Contact Ian Dodd while he has them in stock –

Announcing some great PRIZES!  The winners of each class will receive a free entry to one Sprint Into Spring 2019 race of their choice.  We have a fantastic award for the best junior newcomers (male and female) to be eligible you must be 16 or under, and in your first year of orienteering – these awards are sponsored by YARRA VALLEY VANS, and we thank the Love family for their encouragement of junior orienteers.  We’ll also have some fabulous, fun and frivolous random draw prizes for anyone who pre-enters online by October 8 – but you must be there to claim.

Don’t miss out on your chance!  Online entry closes on TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 – just ONE WEEK from now.  We strongly recommend that you enter one, two or all three races online via Eventor – why?

  • Save money – the discounted entry fee for all three races only applies to online entries
  • Save time – no messing around with payment at Registration
  • Win big – be in the random prize draw on Sunday!

You can enter on the day at each race, but maps may not be available for every course.  So head to Eventor now and get your entry in!

Summer Series Orienteering

Finally some warm weather has arrived in Melbourne, and to celebrate, Summer Series kicks off on October 7.  You can orienteer up to four nights a week, right through the daylight savings period!  Check out the calendar on the Orienteering Victoria website, and also on Eventor; or pick up a printed fixture at an event.

Season tickets will be on sale in the first few weeks to Orienteering Victoria members. Save up to $40 per series – that’s more than the price of a club membership!  Click here for Summer Series prices.

Haven’t joined yet?  It’s the perfect time – if you sign up as a new member after September 30, you get 15 months membership at the 2019 rate – AND you can buy a Park Street season ticket!  Find out more about clubs, and how to become a member. It’s quick, easy, and saves you money!

Overseas Success for Club Members

Two of our veteran members have tasted success in Europe!  Peter and Ilze Yeates completed a two month orienteering extravaganza, taking in events in Latvia, Scotland, and Iceland during their travels.  Pete placed third overall  in the Icelandic Fire and Ice 3 days, in Reykjavik, after three consistent, error free performances in the lava fields.

Meanwhile, Ian and Debbie Dodd took part in events in Switzerland and Germany.  Ian came second in the sprint race in Brugg, losing by a mere 2 seconds!  He backed up the following weekend with a third place in the double header Sprint in Darmstadt, part of the German Park Tour.

One of the great things about orienteering is that you can easily compete overseas, and even plan your holiday around it. It’s a great way to make new friends and see places you may otherwise never visit.  Go for it!

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MelBushO at Yellow Gum, Sunday July 14

We’re heading back to the original MelBushO venue – the always popular Yellow Gum Park in Yan Yean, on the northern and eastern side of Plenty Gorge.  To get there, turn west off Yan Yean Road at Memorial Drive. Turn south at Goldsworthy Lane, then follow Orienteering signs to parking. We have a new arena this year, so please park as directed, and allow a bit longer to walk down to the toilets.

Once out on the course, you’ll enjoy a bit of everything – open or sparsely treed slopes, forest terrain with numerous tracks and some steeper hills; and some erosion features.  All nestled in next to the Plenty River. Yellow Gum Park is a great place for a picnic and for kangaroo spotting.

Course lengths are as follows:

Course 1 (Long Hard) – 6.7 km

Course 2 (Medium Hard) – 4.2 km

Course 3 (Short Hard) – 3.4 km

Course 4 (Moderate) – 3.8 km

Course 5 (Easy) – 2.1 km

Choose any of these courses, and start any time between 10am and 12 noon. Pay on the day at Registration – $12 for adults and $6 for juniors (u-21).  We’ll have coaches on hand for newcomers, and will lend you Sportident timing sticks and compasses if needed.  A great way to spend your day!  Find out more at