The weekly e-newsletter of
Bendigo Orienteers Inc.
Issue 07/14: 26 February, 2014
Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: email@example.com (Ph. 5443 1975)
Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au
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Reward points. How about we bring in a rewards system where people earn points for things they do for the club. Thus you could earn X points for course setting an event, or Y points for helping out at our CATI’s and so on. These points could then be put towards cancelling out any Black Crow nominations you may receive. What do you think? JMT.
SS1 Mt. Baw Baw 9 March. (repeat): Entries are now open via Eventor. Normal entries close midnight 1st March 2014.
A Big Weekend (repeat) of orienteering in NE Victoria is coming up on 22-23 March.Saturday on Rowdy Flat at Yackandandah. Courses set for this event are set by the original mapper. And Sunday back to Kangaroo Crossing near Eldorado.
Both events are National Orienteering League events (and Sunday is a World Ranking Event) so the best Australian orienteers will be there. But careful note has been taken by the course setters of the needs of the younger and older competitors. There will be good orienteering for everyone
The Closing Date is approaching fast: 8th March. (We need this earlier-than-usual date to organise things for the NOL and WRE so we’re hoping that everyone else can also get organised early!). Entries via Eventor, Saturday or Sunday There will be only limited opportunities for entering on the day, so please plan ahead and do your entries online.
Fiddler’s Green (15 March) is gently undulating to very flat, with a lot of old mining detail. One of our older maps, it was created in the days when we traced the base map from contour maps obtained from (the then) State Rivers and Water Supply Commission (now Coliban Water). There was very little other detail, mostly only major roads and tracks. The area was subsequently remapped to a high standard by Chris Creely.
I originally found the name on a very old mining map of the area. One of the many explanations of FG is that it is a legendary, supposed afterlife where there is perpetual mirth, fiddles that never stop playing and dancers that never tire, thought to be inspired by the mythical Greek Elysian Fields. It is mentioned a lot in nautical terms: nautically it is at the bottom of the ocean and sailors supposedly go there if they die through drowning at sea. Whatever, I find it all very interesting — I’ll leave it to you. It was also the scene of a very high standard Black Crow nomination back in the day!
Come and Try It. Please, don’t forget our CATI’s. It is important that we have enough people in attendance to ensure that any new people are well looked after. A lot of effort has gone into the preparation – course setting, publicity so let’s make an effort (don’t forget your Bendigo tops). I also look forward to our JSquad people helping to look after newcomers out in the forest – as they did last year – good training and a chance for Bendigo to show off our very talented kids (in their JSquad tops, weather permitting of course).
AGM. Tuesday 4 March. Athletic Centre (LUBAC), Retreat Road Flora Hill at 7.30 pm. You will receive more info on this in the very near future (if you haven’t already).
Coming Events. Saturday 1 March.
Come and Try It, Day 1
Map: Guy’s Hill Road (on the eastern side of One Tree Hill)
Organiser: Peter Creely et al
Course Setters: Julie Flynn and Terry Davidson
Start: 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon
Courses: Three courses: Cse. 1 Easy; Cse 2 Moderate (both for Newcomers); Cse. 3 Difficult.
If Bendigo members come out, it is expected that you give priority to assisting Newcomers before your own run. You are most welcome to have a run (I recommend Course 3) but a lot of work has been put in to allow new people to have an enjoyable experience in orienteering: please remember this and put in a bit of time for your club!
Directions: Travel out Condon Street/Strathfieldsaye Road. Approximately 2 kms past the Reservoir Hotel (Kennington Reservoir) turn right into Guy’s Hill Road (O sign). After 1.8 kms (at the end of the bush/beginning of the housing estate on the left), turn left into Brentwood Drive (O sign) and follow the O signs.
15 March – Bendigo Bush Classic
Bendigo Orienteers’ Bush Classic series gets back underway on Saturday March 15th. Come and see why plenty of orienteers regularly travel from Melbourne and Ballarat to take part in these friendly and high quality bush events. The opening event is on the Fiddlers Green map, a fast open map with subtle contour detail and a scatter of gold mining detail. This is a map where many will run faster than they can navigate. Start times are from 12.30 to 2 pm. Enter on the day.
Course setter Warwick Williams.
Courses:1, 7.1 km hard 2, 5.1 km hard3, 3.2 km hard 4, 2.9 km moderate5, 2.3 km easy
Directions:Travel to Bendigo and then out to Eaglehawk. From the traffic lights in the middle of Eaglehawk continue north west and take the second right onto the road towards Mitiamo andPyramid Hill (C336). Follow the C336 for 4.7 kilometres, then turn right into Janaway Road and look for orienteering signs.
NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT OF A DAY OF TOTAL FIRE BAN IN THE NORTHERN COUNTRY REGION ANY EVENT SCHEDULED FOR THAT DAY WILL BE CANCELLED.
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