Issue 11/15

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 11/15. Wednesday 8 April, 2015

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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Lost SI stick. I lost my red SI stick at the event at Newer St Mongo. It was last seen at the trailer late in the day just before pack up. If any one finds it please let me know. I will be at the Mandurang event this weekend: Campbell James

Going to a worthy cause. As a further step in my ‘tidy-up’ at home, I have approximately 60 plastic map bags 450mm by 340mm. If someone wants to collect them from me please let me know, otherwise I can donate them to something. PeterC

Note change of meeting date (repeat). Note that due to limited availability of the meeting venue our next club meeting previously re-scheduled for April 14th, will now be held on MONDAY 13th APRIL. Club members are encouraged to attend, please forward any items you would like discussed to the secretary with a short description (to assist arranging the agenda). Please also make sure you view the discussion paper ‘proposed realignment of Bendigo Orienteers General and Committee meeting arrangements’ (sent out with the previous email) this will be discussed at the next meeting.

Note change of location: The Sedgwick event on 18th April has changed location to Mandurang.

Coming Events. Saturday 11 April, 2015. Bush Classic

Map: Mandurang.

Course Setter: Bryan Keely. Organisers: Katherine and Viv McMillan

Start: 12.30 to 2.00 pm

Format: Bendigo Bush Classic – five courses: 1 difficult, 2 shorter difficult; 3 shorter still, difficult; 4 Moderate and 5: easy.

Directions: From Bendigo: Travel along Mitchell/Carpenter Streets through Spring Gully/Mandurang to Sedgwick. At the Hall (red brick on the left) turn right into Springs Road and a short distance on right again into Hogan’s Road. Continue along Hogan’s Road to Kerr’s Road and look for O signs to the start area.

From Castlemaine: Travel via North Harcourt to Sedgwick and at the Hall turn left into Springs Road, then as above for Bendigo.

Next Bulletin 15 April, 2015

Issue 10/15

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 10/15. Wednesday 1 April, 2015

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

If you wish to unsubscribe from this bulletin, please click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email. If you would like this Bulletin to be emailed directly to you, please email bendigo.orienteers@gmail.com.

Note change of meeting date. Note that due to limited availability of the meeting venue our next club meeting previously re-scheduled for April 14th, will now be held on MONDAY 13th APRIL. Club members are encouraged to attend, please forward any items you would like discussed to the secretary with a short description (to assist arranging the agenda). Please also make sure you view the discussion paper ‘proposed realignment of Bendigo Orienteers General and Committee meeting arrangements’ (sent out with the previous email) this will be discussed at the next meeting.

Note change of location: The Sedgwick event on 18th April may need to change location to Mandurang since there is a planned burn in the Sedgwick area. Please check the latest event information on our web page.

Easter. We wish safe travel and satisfactory performances to all our people travelling to South Australia for the Easter 3 Day.

Victorian Secondary Schools Championships, Friday 15th May 2015. Entries now open for all secondary students from Year 7 to year 12. Deadline for entries is Thursday 30th April. Location : Bullengarook (Near Gisborne)

Course Setters and Helpers Needed (repeat):

Thank you to all our great volunteers who have taken on a course setting or event helper role for 2015. As far as I know at this stage, there are still a few gaps that need filling; please consider. Saturday 25th April La Trobe Sprint (helper), 23rd May Fiddlers Green (course setter/helper)

Membership Details (repeat):

Club members please remember to update your contact details in Eventor if these change. It is important for us to contact you from time to time, so please make sure we have your correct contact details including at least one phone number (mobile or landline) and a correct email address.

Coming Events. Saturday 11 April

Map: Mandurang.

Course Setter: Bryan Keely, Organisers: Katherine and Viv McMillan.

Start: 12.30 to 2.00 pm

Format: Bendigo Bush Classic – five courses: 1 difficult, 2 shorter difficult; 3 shorter still, difficult; 4 Moderate and 5: easy.

Directions: From Bendigo full details in the next Bulletin or check Coming Events on our Website

From Castlemaine:

Next Bulletin 08 April, 2015

Popular Newer St Mungo map

The second event of the Bendigo Orienteers Bush Classic season took place on Saturday on the popular Newer St Mungo map. The weather was spectacular as were the courses set by Daryl Fleay. Competitors took advantage of the slightly shorter distances with 19 electing for a course 1 and few competitors choosing the 1.4km or 1.9km courses.

With some many competitors choosing the longer courses it meant lots of people got controls in the south west of the map and with thick vegetation there were plenty of battle scars, mispunches and dnfs.

Places 2 through 5 were close on course 1, but Bryan Keely was a clear winner 6 minutes ahead of Richard Goonan with Ben Goonan coming third. The big spread in times for course one showed how important it was to be spot on with technique with so much vegetation.

The fastest runner on course 2 was Glenn James in just over 40 minutes with Lachlan Cherry and Jenny Bourne close together for second and third. Course 3 had a big field of competitors, but only 3 seconds separated Rueben Cameron in first and Peter Prime in second.

Runners on course four were few, but there was no lack of competition between first and second with Karina Cherry getting the goods on Caitlyn Steer in the end. The fastest time on course 5 was Lil & Jan Baxter.

Good luck to all the teams competing in the relays at Eppalock on 29th of March and in South Australia over Easter. The Bush Classic continues on the 11th of April in Mandurang.

Results and HERE Splits are HERE Check how you are going in the overall standings. Best 11 of 20 scores to count

Glenn and Lachlan at last years Australian Schools Champs

Jason Carter

Issue 09/15

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 09/15. Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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Urgent – urgent – urgent

We need a course setter for the Mandurang event on 11th April — please.

Course Setters and Helpers Needed:

Thank you to all our great volunteers who have taken on a course setting or event helper role for 2015. The event calendar is available here for club members to nominate as course setters and event helpers, there are still a few gaps that need filling, please consider. Most urgent are 11th April Mandurang (course setter), 25th April La Trobe Sprint (course setter/helper), 2nd May Castlemaine (helper), 23rd May Fiddlers Green (course setter/helper)

Membership Details:

Club members please remember to update your contact details in Eventor if these change. It is important for us to contact you from time to time, so please make sure we have your correct contact details including at least one phone number (mobile or landline) and a correct email address.

Golden Sandshoe. Congratulations to Jack Wigney who took out the Golden Sandshoe trophy for 2015. Congrats are also in order to Glenn James placed second after a count back from Henry Cameron. Good to see our JSquad people starting the season with good performances!

Coming Events. Saturday 28 March

Map: Newer St. Mungo.

Organisers and Course Setters: Daryl Fleay and Jason Carter.

Start: 12.30 to 2.00 pm

Format: Bendigo Bush Classic – five courses: 1 difficult, 2 shorter difficult; 3 shorter still, difficult; 4 Moderate and 5: easy.

Directions: From Bendigo At the Fountain travel roughly west up View Street and thence along Eaglehawk Road and through Long Gully. Before reaching California Gully, turn left into Taylor Street. Travel for 500 metres then turn right into Rose Street. The assembly area is at the children’s playground in Rose Street

From Castlemaine: Travel on the Calder to the Bendigo Fountain, then for Bendigo as above.

Next Bulletin 01 April, 2015

Golden Sandshoe

Bendigo Orienteers took to the bush and streets at Guys Hill on Saturday for the Club’s annual Golden Sandshoe Trophy. This is an aged based handicapped event – orienteering’s equivalent to horse racing’s weight for age events.
In orienteering, younger and older competitors are given a weighting.

12 year old Jack Wigney took out the Trophy for 2015. Glenn James was runner-up after a countback from Henry Cameron.

Course setter Andrew Cameron awarded bonus points to competitors who completed the course by alternating between odd and even numbered control points. Only three were able to do it – Jim Russell, Craig Feuerherdt and Derek Morris.

With more than 60 competitors the event is growing every year. Results are HERE, Number in the Club area, is your points

For details on next week’s event, go HERE. Newcomers are welcome to come and have a try at the beginner’s courses.

To get the ‘Bonus’ 20% extra, you had to go odd, even, odd even, etc. How would you do it?

Bob Cameron

Issue 08/15

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 08/15. Wednesday 18 March, 2015

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

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Victorian Schools team update (from the OV weekly bulletin)
This year Orienteering Victoria will again select a team of up to 20 high school students to compete in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships. Some refinements are in progress regarding the selection process. This year participation and commitment from our juniors will be essential to the selection of the team.

Orienteering Victoria is very keen to encourage all potential team members to participate in the major events coming up here in Victoria, e.g. all State Series events and State Championships. Participation in major interstate events such as Easter is also encouraged. More participation from our juniors will further improve their skills. Commitment is also a key factor, so again Orienteering Victoria is encouraging our juniors to attend the upcoming Junior Development training camps and other training events.

The selection criteria will be finalised soon, however in the meantime come along to the training events and camps, and get along to State Series events and Easter, and do your best. Bruce Arthur.

Course Setters NEEDED We are still looking for Course Setters and Organisers for our events. We have events in April to fill, please check the Calendar

The Victorian Relay Championships 2015

FREE ENTRY FOR PAID UP 2015 CLUB MEMBERS

WHEN: Sunday 29th March at Eppalock South.

NOTE: You do not enter the Relays individually, If you want to run in a team for Bendigo Orienteers email richard.goonan@optusnet.com.au indicating your preferred course and team members

Entries close on Monday 23rd March (Yes this is less than 2 weeks away).

Course distances are: A – 7.5 km, B – 5.0 km, C – 3.0 km, D – 2.1 km, E (1 x B, 1 x C, 1 x D)

Note: Where possible event organisers recommend you carpool!

Final instructions: will be added to Eventor after the closing date on 23rd March.

Go Team Bendigo!!

Coming Events. Saturday 14 March

Map: Guy’s Hill Road.

Organisers and Course Setters: Louis and Solomon Cameron. (It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Cameron household?)

Start: 12.30 to 2.00 pm

Format: One hour scatter course with age based handicap to see who can take out the coveted Golden Sandshoe.

Directions: From Bendigo At the Fountain travel north toward Echuca along Pall Mall for one block. Turn right at the Shamrock Hotel and continue along Williamson Street. You will cross the railway line, cross the creek and go through a major roundabout towards Strathfieldsaye. Then, from the last traffic lights at Strathdale (Reservoir Hotel) proceed 4 km towards Strathfieldsaye. Turn right at Saxby Dr and then 500m. to right fork on to Arthurs Cr. to parking area.

From Castlemaine: Travel on the Calder to the Bendigo Fountain, then for Bendigo as above.

NOTE: please park responsibly in this residential area.

Next Bulletin 25 March, 2015

Orienteers kick off Bush season

Bendigo Orienteers kicked off their Bush Classic season on Saturday. Despite the warm weather 67 competitors took to courses of the ever growing club. Course setter Andrew Cameron used the terrain at Diamond Hill as the scene for the opening event.

Ben Goonan took out top honours in the 7.0 km Course 1. His normally competitive twin brother, Richard, was evidently weighed down with administrate responsibilities as new club president. Laurina Neumann showed her strong form as the winning female to Lanita Steer.

The scene is set for a competitive year with a group of young guns moving to the top course, including Louis Cameron, Glenn James and brothers Nic and Lachie Cherry.

Meanwhile Martin Steer took out the 5.3 km course 2 from Stephen Bird.

After a two year absence Peter Hill returned to competition winning the 3.1 km Course 3, with Lawrie Edwards and Jack Wigney not far behind.

Newest Club member Tim Gentle didn’t waste any time making his mark, taking out the 2.8 km Course 4 from Zac MacDonald and Serryn Eenjes.

Jacob Storey won the 1.6 km Course 5.

Results and splits are on our Results page Check how you are going in the overall standings. Best 11 of 20 scores to count

Bendigo Juniors at last years Australian Schools Champs

Bob Cameron

Issue 07/15

The weekly e-newsletter of

Bendigo Orienteers Inc.

Issue 07/15. Wednesday 11 March, 2015

Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: luddcreely@impulse.net.au (Ph. 5443 1975)

Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au

If you wish to unsubscribe from this bulletin, please click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of this email. If you would like this Bulletin to be emailed directly to you, please email bendigo.orienteers@gmail.com.

Shoulder bags. When our Space Racing program started way back when, we were given a quantity of calico shoulder bags that we used as ‘show bags’ for promotional purposes. I have at my place about 200 hundred of these; approximately 60 of them have ‘Bendigo Orienteers Inc/Space Racing’ logos printed on them, the rest are blank. If anyone can think of a use for any of these within the club could you please let me know (ASAP, say by 20 March – I need the space!), otherwise I will give the blank ones to an op shop and dispose of the rest. Thanks, PeterC

‘Daddy’s Orienteering Adventure with Bendigo Orienteers’. If you haven’t checked out Tim Gentle’s video on our web page, you’ve gotta do it now! It’s wonderful. Great stuff!

Course Setters NEEDED We are still looking for Course Setters and Organisers for our events. We have events in April to fill, please check the Calendar

Another reminder— membership. Would everyone please ensure that they renew their membership before the start of the Bush Classic season (this coming Saturday 14 March, Diamond Hill North– details below). This will make it easier on the event organisers and on your pocket (cheaper entry fee!).

And another reminderlate entries for the Australian Three Days in South Australia at Easter close this Friday March 13th at midnight. There are currently 18 Bendigo members going

The Victorian Relay Championships 2015

FREE ENTRY FOR PAID UP 2015 CLUB MEMBERS

WHEN: Sunday 29th March at Eppalock South.

NOTE: You do not enter the Relays individually, If you want to run in a team for Bendigo Orienteers email richard.goonan@optusnet.com.au indicating your preferred course and team members

Entries close on Monday 23rd March (Yes this is less than 2 weeks away).

Course distances are: A – 7.5 km, B – 5.0 km, C – 3.0 km, D – 2.1 km, E (1 x B, 1 x C, 1 x D)

Note: Where possible event organisers recommend you carpool!

Final instructions: will be added to Eventor after the closing date on 23rd March.

Go Team Bendigo!!

Coming Events. Saturday 14 March

Map: Diamond Hill North.

Organiser: Bob Cameron

Course Setter: Andrew Cameron

Start: 12.30 to 2.00 pm

Format: Bendigo Bush Classic – five courses: 1 difficult, 2 shorter difficult; 3 shorter still, difficult; 4 Moderate and 5 easy.

Comments: Diamond Hill is old gold mining on spur gully. The map has recently been updated by Chris Creely and with Andrew Cameron as course setter it should be a real ‘Bush Classic’. (It’s Andrew’s ‘home ground’!)

Don’t miss it.                                            Directions:

From Bendigo: From City centre travel south on Mitchell Street (it becomes Carpenter St). At the Cemetery turn left into Spring Gully Rd, then after some few hundred metres, right into Autumn Gully Rd. (O-signs from here). Then left into Faugh-A-Ballagh Rd. Parking along Faugh-A-Ballagh Rd.
From Castlemaine: Travel on the Calder to centre of Bendigo, then as above. Alternatively travel towards Bendigo via North Harcourt, Sedgwick and Mandurang. Note the One Tree Hill Hotel on the right as you enter Spring Gully and about a kilometre on turn left into Autumn Gully Road, then as above.

Next Bulletin 18 March, 2015

Second newcomers and training event

The Bendigo Orienteers second newcomers and training event was again well attended with both novice and experienced orienteers challenging themselves to try something new. The mix of courses and training activities which included key hole and corridor courses, beginners courses, model area and a scatter ‘O’ format, meant that people were able to find something suited to their preference. As a low key pre-season event, people enjoyed trying the novel course formats that they may not have done before and some may have even discovered interesting new ways to get (momentarily) geographically embarrassed – but that’s all part of the fun! It was also great to see new club member Tim Gentle out with his children, see this fun short video about their orienteering map adventure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n6QYdRQjkk&feature=youtu.be

Richard Goonan

Newcomers Welcome

Around forty people turned out for the Bendigo Orienteers first pre-season event held at Brown’s Reef near Kangaroo Flat. A selection of courses and training activities were available. Several budding orienteers were able to try their first ‘bush’ course and navigate their way around a range of different map features.

Taking advantage of the opportunity to their develop skills, many of the club’s junior members also come out to try some training activities. The model map area set up for newcomer map familiarisation provided a micro sprint warm-up race, and other options included keyhole and corridor courses. Activities also catered for experienced orienteers and several people completed a 1hr scatter O course or longer more difficult keyhole and corridor options.

The newcomers/training event runs again next week (March 7th) from the same location (start between 9am and 1pm) with a variety of activities available to suit (challenge) all skill levels.

Richard Goonan


photos by Judy Fitt