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Woodlands Summer 75 #3 – Saturday Feb 18, 6 pm

Nillumbik Emus ran the event on a well loved Tuckonie map with the assistance of some TK members. With 53 riders gathered there was plenty of action around the assembly area. The Woodlands map has been updated with the 2 x 4 track system and some newly mapped areas. Keith Wade put a lot of thought into the course planning. Geoff and Schon Hudson set up the registration and results system on the clubs new computers. Geoff has developed a very user friendly and compact system with results going up on a screen and a small but powerful battery storage.

All was going well until John Gavens had a serious fall which required a rescue. Phil Giddings abandoned his course to assist and with another rider Gavin Thomas raised the alarm. Thank you also to Carolyn Cusworth for rendering assistance. Keith and Rob drove out and brought John Gavens back to base. He was driven to hospital but fortunately, though sustaining a badly strained shoulder, suffered no breakages or dislocations, as first feared.

Other club members present were Joyce Rowlands who got a bit lost finding the event site, Jim Glaspole who had a solid ride.,Jeff Hughes who assisted with packing up, Daniel Edmonds and Peter Maloney who collected some controls before dark after solid rides. Helen Edmonds helped put out controls and Ron Frederick helped set up and pack up. Phil collected some controls, getting in just before dark; but one control had to be collected next day. Thanks to Geoff and Schon for fetching it in.

Results of all Summer Series events Here

Woodlands results include Route Gadget

Rob Edmonds

Emus Online January 2017

joyce-with-broken-bike-ron-and-helenPictured above: Bill Johnson, Joyce and Russell Yeoman – Easter Day 2 near Warwick in Queensland in the 1990sCongratulations to Joyce Rowlands and Graeme Cadman on being recognised by the International Orienteering Federation for being the oldest Mountain Bike Orienteers in World Masters Competition, both being over 80 years old. Joyce is 84 and Graeme is nearly 86.

Pictured: Helen Edmonds, Joyce and Ron Frederick on the day Joyce lost the bike off the back of her car at Korweinguboora.

Nillumbik Emus – 2017 bush events (Foot and Mountain Bike)

Sat 18 Feb Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale Summer 75 MTBO
Sun 02 Apr Little Forest, Ballan State Series (middle)
Sun 18 Jun Eltham Lower Park MelBush
Sun 02 Jul Brimbank Park MelBush
Sun 30 Jul You Yangs double-header AM VicBush (BK)
Sun 30 Jul You Yangs double-header PM State Series MTBO (NE)
Sun 27 Aug Kimbolton, Eppalock Adventure Series, Maxi
Sat 04 Nov Pilchers Bridge, Lyell Forest Adventure Series, Night Event (NE)
Sun 05 Nov Pilchers Bridge, Lyell Forest Adventure Series, Score (BG)
Sun 12 Nov Muckleford, Maldon State Series MTBO

The Summer 75 MTBO series has kicked off with a well-attended event at popular Lysterfield. Our club is organising the Woodlands event. Rob Edmonds is the organiser and Keith Wade the course planner and Geoff Hudson is looking after the scoring and event entry using our new O-Lynx touchscreen software and computers. Woodlands Historic Park at Greenvale is a terrific location with its many fun trails to explore on a summer evening. The start is on Oatlands Road Common, just past the historic homestead. Please be there by 5 pm for a 6 pm start. Enter on the day – register by 5.45pm. Fees: Adults $12, Juniors $6

All Summer 75 MTBO events have a “score” format with riders having 75 minutes to visit as many of the 20 controls as they can (or want to). This year’s Summer 75 MTBO events will use SportIdent timing, so make sure you bring your SI stick. If you don’t have one, we will have loan SI cards available.

The first Victorian State Series event for the year will be held on April 2nd. It was planned to run the event on our new Blackhill map, near Kyneton, but we have run into permission issues. The event is now listed to run on our Bunjil map, an old favourite, at Little Forest, near Ballan. Rex Niven is course planner and Steve Bird is the event adviser. We have already applied for an event permit from DELWP and have permission to use private property abutting the forest.

Anyone prepared to take on the role of event organiser? Please contact Rob Edmonds

We are also looking for volunteer organisers and course planners for the other events on the above fixtures. Please contact Robert Edmonds if you are able to assist in these capacities.

Easter in New Zealand 

The major event of 2017 is the Easter Carnival and World Masters which are being held in New Zealand. The Oceania Championships and Middle Earth events will take place around Auckland and Rotorua from 14-20 April. Standard entry date closes on Feb 28.

The fun continues with the World Masters Orienteering Championships (at World Masters Games) taking place from 21-30 April. Registrations for the World Masters close on January 31. The events will be held close to Auckland.

Rogaining kicks off with the CBD-Gaine – Inner Melbourne – Sun Feb 12

The Peninsula Metrogaine &Cyclogaine on Sun Mar 5 will be a very popular event.

Other coming events include

Sat/Sun Apr 8 – 9: 2×6 Hour Bush Rogaine (Saturday twilight 4-10pm)

Sat May 13: 12 Hour Bush Rogaine

Sat/Sun June 24/25: 6 hour Rogaine (Schools/Scouts Championships)


‘Why is it the same price whether you order the hard copy of the magazine or the online copy?’

The $5 is an arbitrary amount that should be considered with the whole membership fee and OV budget. $30 of the adult club membership fee also goes to OV and helps pay for the magazine. Last year, only 44% of households ordered the magazine which represented less than 30% of individual membership.  This year everyone contributes to the magazine.

OV and NE membership fees 2013 – 2017
NE club fee in brackets
Adult & Mag Adult NO Mag Junior & Mag Junior NO Mag Family & Mag
2013 $74   ($5) n/a $37   ($1) n/a $105    ($5)
2014 $74   ($5) n/a $37   ($1) n/a $105    ($5)
2015 $60   ($5) $30   ($5) $31   ($1) $1   ($1) n/a
2016 $60   ($5) $30   ($5) $31   ($1) $1   ($1) n/a
2017 $35   ($0) n/a $6   ($0) n/a n/a

Membership is now cheaper than ever. NE/OV adult membership is $35 and junior membership (under 21) just $6. It includes a subscription to the AO quarterly magazine, with a choice of hard copy or online PDF only. For those who join OV, club membership is free. Second club membership remain at $5.

Social membership remains at $5. Social Members are generally long standing members who no longer take part in events but are happy to help at events, join in social activities or just keep in touch through our newsletters. They may be in a family with active orienteers, but not active themselves.

People who take part in any OV sanctioned events are now expected to join a club and OV. Members who participate in park and street, can’t be social members only.

Please pay social membership fee direct to the club treasurer, Schon Hudson or membership secretary, Rob Edmonds. Social membership is no longer available online through Eventor.


Copperfield Rocks

Don wrote: There were 64 entries at Copperfield Rocks. I was very happy with the turnout as many of our people don’t travel far out of the Williamstown-Yarraville comfort zone.

Navigating my way by car through the streets was one of the worst experiences of my life – comparable to losing contact with the map in the middle of The Cascades!

Fortunately, it was much easier for the competitors on foot.

Anne Robinson wrote: An interesting new map “Copperfield Rocks” in Delahey for the Tuesday Western Summer series. Don Fell’s course setting provided more route choices than obvious at first glance and there were some close finishes and much comparison afterwards. The complex street network with pedestrian and bike access paths was a challenge in some ways but allows the locals to get out and about. Several orienteers commented on the numbers that were in the streets and parks and many gave us a friendly greeting. Not always the case!


Western Summer Series event 10/01/2017

copperfield-pasWestern Sunset Series 10-01-2017 –  Copperfield Rocks   ***NEW MAP ***

Course planner and Organiser Don Fell

The Western Sunset Series event will be based from the Delahey Community Centre on a new map which is quite a-maze-ing. Come on out to Delahey tomorrow (Tuesday 10 January) for a run or walk on a great new map in the Western Summer Series. Take advantage of the school holidays’ lighter traffic too.

Start is at the Delahey recreation reserve, with access from Copperfield Dr, Delahey. Melways 13 D5. Very accessible (graded “A”) for prams, kids on little bikes and scooters etc. Usual mass start time of 7 pm.

The event start will be adjacent to the car park between the Delahey Community Centre and the Copperfield Senior College.

The Copperfield Rocks event is an a-maze-ing new area for park-street orienteering. The pattern of curved streets linked by frequent small reserves linked by access paths could make navigation more challenging than in most park-street events.

Toilets will be available at the Community Centre.

This is the only new map produced for this seasons summer series events.