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Emus Online April 2010

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EASTER 2010 HAPPENINGS

Good Friday Prologue: When I arrived at the Royal Australian Defence Academy in Canberra, you would have thought that orienteers had mounted a surprise attack. They were everywhere and no defence forces in sight. What a great venue for park orienteering!

Day 1 – Gudgenby Homestead: This area of the Namadgi National Park is sub-alpine; absolutely beautiful! The assembly area was at the historic Gudgenby Station. The terrain is a mixture of complex granite with fire regrowth, providing for sections of extremely technical orienteering. A part of the map is open grassland with some scattered granite. The courses were set a bit longer than expected and most runners had problems at some stage in the rock. A good get together dinner at the Kingston Hotel Bistro in Griffin was organised by Lauris Stirling.

Day 2 – Kowen East: The Kowen Forest is near Queanbeyan. We were blessed with another beautiful day. Once again Ron Frederick gained the prime viewing spot for the club gazebo. Kowen East has a mixture of open and lower visibility pine forest and an extensive track network. It is undulating to steep with generally good runnability, slowed by trimmings in some areas. There are many small clearings and log piles, some scattered rock and erosion detail.

In the afternoon, Rob and Helen rode around Lake Burley Griffin (just over 30 km) before visiting the French Masters Exhibition at the National Art Gallery. The Fells went the next day. Despite ominous reports there were no problems with crowding or queuing.

Day 3 – Collector Hill: Another terrific day; a bit warmer. Collector Hill is an unusual area and courses included areas of interesting rock ridge with large cliff lines, hill-sides with termite mounds and an old mining area. Runnability was highly variable from open running farm paddocks and open eucalyptus forest to areas of significant fallen timber and low visibility Casuarina.

Club members didn’t figure highly in the placings, but there were several interesting tussles between members, e.g. W55A: Fiona Fell, Pam King, Helen Edmonds and Laurie Niven. Unfortunately, Fiona had a DNF on Saturday because she had to attend to an injured person about three quarters of the way around her course. Helen didn’t register a punch on Day 1 and Laurie ended up taking the honours. Another good battle took place in M55A: Alan Watts, Rex Niven, Don Fell, Geoff Hudson and Rob Edmonds.

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Emus Online March 2010

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A Message from Sweden

By Anders Thulin

Thanks a lot for your caring about us during our stay in Australia and still via your emails. The dinner we were invited to 3 years ago, together with some of the orienteering club members, meant a lot to us and made us feel very welcome to Australia!  We loved our stay there with lots of very nice and happy memories and since July 2009 we left Eltham for Sweden again because of the job contracts. 

Nowadays we live in Kungalv about 20 minutes north of Gothenburg on the west coast and we are still settling in. Almost every day we talk about our time in Australia. Anyway, if possible I’d love to continue to be on your send list and by that keep some contacts with Victoria and Melbourne.

In November this year we are coming back for a 4 week stay to catch up with all our friends. Maybe I’ll try to do some orienteering as well then. Better later than never…

If you are in Europe some time don’t hesitate to contact us. I’m joining Kungalvs OK here in town and I plan to run the O-ringen in Orebro in July. Maybe we can have some kind of friendship exchange between our clubs in the future!

Best regards from Anders Thulin with family (Mia, Tilda 8 and Agnes 5). Enclosed are some pictures from our very snowy winter with lots of skating and skiing for a change. Say hello to everyone in the club from us!!!

Coxy’s Big Break

The recent filming at the You Yangs with Coxy and the crew from Coxy’s Big Break went well. Thank you to club members Robin Sunderland, Geoff Armstrong, Kevin Maloney and Don Fell for helping out.

The filming took place at the Lower Picnic Ground and around the north-east side of Flinders Peak at the Branding Yards. The local ranger, David Roberts, also did some filming with Coxy at Big Rock and the Turntable.

Other orienteers you may see featured are VOA President, Ian Dodd, Peter Yeates, Kath Copland, Ewen Templeton, Paul Elam, Mike Hubbert, Peter Lada, Peter Edmonds and Mick Mutton.

Rob Edmonds coordinated the undertaking

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Emus Online February 2010

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Marion and Bill Johnson

After some 20 years, Marion and Bill have decided to retire from bush orienteering. They intend to continue with the Street series including Wally Cavill’s Tuesdays. It is remarkable how Bill and Marion have continued to go to bush events into their 80’s. Their contribution to the organisation of events and their participation will be sadly missed. Their daughter Erica Johnson continues to look after club equipment and trailer in her garage. Other daughters, Janet and Rachel are also often seen at street events

Phil Giddings

Phil has been putting in a huge effort into his bike riding. He rode the 250 km Bright-Mt Hotham-Omeo-Anglers Rest-Falls Creek-Bright endurance event recently in 14 hours and he will be tackling the Odyssey MTB 100 km Classic in the Otways on Feb 20. Phil won the M50 category of the DuO held at Ballarat on Australia Day. He will be setting the courses for the Victorian MTBO Champs in July on our Muckleford map.

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Emus Online September 30, 2009

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Victorian Teachers Games Monday 21st September

The VTG Orienteering was a highly successful event held at Bullumwaal, north of Bairnsdale with 49 entries, including many newcomers. Beautiful weather with a 24o C day. …. Wish we had that on Sunday. Rob and Helen together with Pam King were flat out with coaching. Helen won the Gold medal and Pam King Silver in the female section. Helen followed up with Silver in the mountain bike Enduro next day. Next year the games go to Bendigo.

Maxi Sunday 13th September

Another great event and a top day for orienteering on Creswick Diggings. We eventually reached about 100 entries. Ian and Lauris’s courses were well received and provided a great challenge for those trying to complete the whole course and route selection. Peter Mallen and Phil Giddings showed great stamina to complete the course. As usual, the event format suited all standards of orienteering ability and the soup kitchen was a hive of activity. There were a good number of newcomers. Once again Schon, Joyce, Gordon were making sure everyone was well fed. What a great value event!

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Emus Online September 5, 2009

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Rockhopper Trophy

Nillumbik Emus have moved up into second place after strong showings at the relays and Butterfly Jim. Bendigo has a strong grip on the lead but we should be able to hang onto second placing.

This year the VOA has brought in the claim form for extra Rockhopper points. Our club needs to identify instances when points can be claimed. Completed Claim Forms will be called for after the Victorian Long Distance Championships. Rob Edmonds will be completing the Claim Form. Please let Rob know of any claims that should be made on your behalf. The claim form is attached to this mail out. This matter will be on the agenda at our next committee meeting.

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Emus Online August 2009

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All teams finished and scored Rockhopper Trophy points. We had a first with Helen, Rachel and Celeste in the D Course. This team were outright winners as well as winning all female team. There were also 2 teams which finished second and 2 teams which finished third in their respective classes.

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Emus Online July 2009

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Xmas in July: It was a fun and very sociable evening with a great menu and company. Fiona unveiled the new club running top, Helen won the baby photo competition, Janice won the marbles in the jar competition as well as taking home the much sort after squeaking chicken from the present giving and stealing. There were some very surprising presents.

Big thanks to Lauris, Schon and Joyce for working on the preparation and to Ian and Lauris Stirling for hosting the shindig

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Emus Online June 2009

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Emus Online May 2009

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First Relay in Victoria since 2004! MTBO Maryborough

There is nothing like the “electricity” of a relay as you wait for your partner and then after the touch, have to solve the navigational problems that this great area presents. Those that made the trip up to Maryborough in October 2004 will remember the greatest relays ever ridden by the Aussies – two Bronze Medals! Well here is your chance!

Be part of history and ride the final leg of the 2004 MTB WOC Relay on Saturday – twice! The 2-person relay that Blake has designed has all the fun of a relay – mass start, short run to the maps, then to the bikes, then the crowd of about 50 (we hope) sets off for the complex terrain just east of the Jack Pascoe Reserve. But there’s more – a “flying SI stick transfer” from leg 1 rider to leg 2 rider. After the 2nd leg rider completes their leg and do the “AJ finish control sprint”, they hand the SI stick back to their Leg 1 rider who goes out for a second chance for glory!

How many times have you wished you could just have another go? Well this relay will give every rider gets two legs (separated by about 30 minutes to recover, get hydrated, and plan how to do the last legs of the course). And to add interest we will try to combine the 30 crack Kiwi riders – over here for the Australian MTBO Champs (the next weekend in Mt Gambier) – with local Aussie talent so we have an international flavour to the fun event of the year. We hope that the relay format will be improved on and used in 2010.

On Sunday, Phil Giddings has designed 4 great courses with plenty of route choice and a third chance “to get it right” at Mosquito Flat! It should be a hoot – so send your details to Geoff NOW so we can make maps for you for either two days or one – if you can’t make it on Saturday.  Not since the 2004 WOC Relays has Australia had an exciting relay. The terrain is relatively flat, the network is quite detailed and the tracks are fast – so all we need is you to make it a great weekend.

How did the crazy orienteer find her way through the forest?

She followed a psychopath.