Vic Autumn Series 2019

The Victorian Autumn series caters for competitors of all levels and ages, from the under-10s to the over-80s.
We’re thrilled to announce some exciting new prizes up for grabs at this series! There are prizes for course/class winners and the fastest sprint finish split on each course, plus a chance of a spot prize if you pre-enter the events.
This year the inter-club competition for the Rockhopper Trophy has been revamped, and now includes the Vic Autumn Series performances and participation, as well as Victorian Relay Champs results.

Vic Autumn Series 2019 – It’s all over

Thank you to everyone for contributing to make this series a success. We had a great group of course planners who all took on it board to offer us great courses, plus event organisers and helpers who made sure each event ran smoothly.

Thanks also to:
Jim Russell for the live results and overall IT support at each event.
Stuart McWilliam for our logo, art work and certificates.
Laurie Niven for negotiating permits.
Haydn Tang for designing and implementing the Interclub competition scoring system (Rockhopper Trophy)

Overall Winners

Congratulations to all the Overall Winners for the series

1M         Richard Goonan
1W         Aislinn Prendergast
2M         Bruce Paterson
2W         Liliia Glushchenko
3M         Darren Eenjes
3W         Victoria Greenhan
4M         Greg Palmer
4W         Jocelyn Watts
5M         Neo Kozma
5W         Angelina Kozma
Score     Andrew Hunter

The Rockhopper Trophy – Interclub Competition Winner

After six Vic Autumn Series events and the Vic Relay Champs, Melbourne Forest Racers have won the Interclub competition for 2019.
Bendigo Orienteers placed second and Yarra Valley Orienteers third.
Congratulations to all!

Course 2 Junior Prize Winners

 VJ Orienteering Shoes
Serryn Eenjes

Orienteering gear voucher
James Love

Winner of the Lucky Draw for the STR8 Thumb Compass

Libby Meeking

Vic Autumn Series Events

Sun 24 February – Event 1: Bunjil (Bungal Forest)
Sun 10 March – Event 2: Petticoat Gully, Creswick
Sun 24 March – Event 3: Nerrina, Ballarat
Sun 5 May – Event 4: Eppalock South
Sun 26 May – Event 5: Irishtown, Vaughan
Sat 8 June – Event 6: Creswick Diggings

Photos – Overall Winners

Event Reports and Results

Sun 24 February - Event 1: Bunjil

Results

WinSplits

Thank you to Nick, Joe, Nathan and  the Victoria schools team for putting on a fantastic event today.

The sun shone and people stayed to chat, enjoy the atmosphere after their runs, and to see if they had won any prizes. For the first event of the series it was great to see such a large turnout with 149 entries – thank you to everyone for coming along and supporting our Victoria schools team fundraising.

This year, at every Autumn Bush Series event for people who have pre-entered there is a spot prize draw for the return of their entry fee (one adult entry fee). Our first winner is Helen Alexander.

There is also a major spot prize for the series for people who pre-enter 5 or more events for a STR8 compass.

Winners of courses

1 W: Aislinn Prendergast; Natasha Key (Tie)
1 M: Brodie Nankervis
2 W: Carolyn Jackson
2 M: Teemu Karjalainen
3 W: Paivi Karjalainen
3 M: Brody McCarthy
4 W: Sophie Arthur
4 M: Alexander Rowlands
5 W: Julie Francis
5 M: Reynah Tang
Score: Andrew Hunter

Winners of the Sprint Finish

1 W: Aislinn Prendergast
1 M: Archie Neylon
2 W: Sarah Davies
2 M: John Steer; Damien Spencer (Tie)
3 W: Victoria Greenhan
3 M: Peter Hill
4 W: Milla Key
4 M: Alexander Rowlands
5 W: Clementine Neylon
5 M: Reynah Tang

Fastest Sprint finish of the day

Bragging rights go to Archie Neylon. Not only was Archie the fastest, he managed this at the end of the 8.2 km Course 1.

Sun 10 March - Event 2: Petticoat Gully

Results

WinSplits

This week our thanks goes to Jenny Bourne for her superb course setting within the gold mining area at Petticoat Gully, and to Eureka for running this event.

The positioning of the finish chute provided good spectating and the sun shone long enough for people to relax and talk after their runs and to take part in the prize giving.

This week, the spot prize draw for participants who have pre-entered went to Suzanne O’Callaghan.

At each event there will be a spot prize draw for participants who have pre-entered with the major prize being the return of their entry fee (one adult entry fee).

Plus is also a major spot prize for the series for people who pre-enter 5 or more events for a STR8 compass.

Winners of courses

1 W: Belinda Lawford
1 M: Pat Jaffe
2 W: Clare Brownridge
2 M: Ian Dodd
3 W: Judi Herkes
3 M: Bill Vandendool
4 W: Sue Trazise
4 M: Anttijussi Karjalainen
5 W: Rebecca Neylon
5 M: Oscar Wallis
Score: Rod Gray

Winners of the Sprint Finish

1 W: Tash Key
1 M: Archie Neylon
2 W: Heather O’Donnell*
2 M: Bruce Paterson; John Steer (Tie)
3 W: Victoria Greenhan
3 M: Dale Taverna
4 W: Sue Trezise
4 M: Andy Black
5 W: Eleanor Williams
5 M: Oscar Wallis

* Josie Yeatman was 1 sec faster but finished after the presentations.

Fastest Sprint finish of the day

Bragging rights go again to Archie Neylon. This week Archie took the overall win by one second, with Bruce and John hot on his heels.

Just a reminder
To receive your ‘winners’ and/or ‘sprint finish’ prize you must be there for the prize giving which is held at 1pm at each event. This also means that you need to finish by this time to be eligible for these two prizes.

Sun 24 March - Event 3: Nerrina

Results

WinSplits

The Nerrina Arena

What a nice setting for the arena today at the Little Bendigo school centred around what must be Australia’s smallest athletics track.  The hotly contested Sprint Finish competition featured half a lap of the track which made for entertaining viewing.

Thank you to course setter Patrick Jaffe and the Victoria High Performance team for putting on such a fantastic event today.

Patrick set some great courses, which were in a middle distance style on a very technical area of the Nerrina map, and involved a challenging mix of intense map reading, route choices and direction changes.

Today the spot prize draw for Participants who have pre-entered went to Jenny Bourne.

The Victoria High Performance team, in recognition that it is much easier on the organisers if participants pre-enter, added free entry to the next event to Jenny’s prize.

In addition to the spot prize draw for ‘participants who have pre-entered’ with the prize being the return of their entry fee (one adult entry fee) at each event, there is also a major spot prize for the series for people who pre-enter 5 or more events for a STR8 compass.

Winners of courses

1 W: Belinda Lawford
1 M: Bruce Arthur
2 W: Jenny Bourne
2 M: Callum White
3 W: Erdenetsetseg Choijinsuren
3 M: Blake Gordon
4 W: Sue Trazise
4 M: Anttijussi Karjalainen
5 W: Eleanor Williams
5 M: Ashley White
Score: Rod Gray

Winners of the Sprint Finish

1 W: Belinda Lawford
1 M: Bruce Arthur; Ben Goonan (Tie)
2 W: Sophie Taverna
2 M: Glen White
3 W: Wendy Taverna
3 M: Dale Taverna
4 W: Zoe Fleming
4 M: Anttijussi Karjalainen
5 W: Eleanor Williams
5 M: Ashley White

Fastest Sprint finish of the day

Bragging rights this week go to Glen White who raced to the finish in 20 secs.

 

Sun 05 May - Event 4: Eppalock South

Results

WinSplits

Our good luck with the weather continued at Eppalock South with perfect conditions for running. Thank you to course planner Glen White and Yarra Valley Orienteers for hosting the event this weekend.

The terrain was very different from the last two events with its very subtle gully spur and although at first sight the courses looked easily achievable, Winsplits shows that a number of competitors were challenged in finding their controls at least once on their course. Maybe next year we should introduce an additional competition – for the competitor who manages to get fewest pink cells on Winsplits for the entire series.

The positioning of the finish chute again provided good spectating and to everyone’s delight was a downhill leg. This event nearly saw a first sprint finish tie breaker with Geoff Adams and Darren Eenjes tied for first on course M3. However Darren did not stay for the tie breaker run off and forfeited the winner title to Geoff.

Remember that at each event there is a spot prize draw for participants who have pre-entered with the winner receiving their entry fee back (one adult entry fee) plus a few other goodies. This week’s winner was John Chellew.

At the end of the series the names of people who pre-entered 5 or more events will go into a draw for a STR8 compass

Winners of courses

1 W: Linnea Karjalainen
1 M: Ben Goonan
2 W: Liliia Glushchenko
2 M: Martin Steer
3 W: Paivi Karjalainen
3 M: Darren Eenjes
4 W: Sophie Arthur
4 M: Anttijussi Karjalainen
5 W: Deb Sutherland
5 M: Matthew Layton
Score: Marie Platt

Winners of the finish sprint

1 W: Linnea Karjalainen
1 M: Archie Neylon
2 W: Heather O’Donnell
2 M: John Steer
3 W: Victoria Greenhan
3 M: Geoff Adams
4 W: Sophie Arthur
4 M: Luke Feuerherdt
5 W: Angelina Kozma
5 M: Matthew Layton

Fastest finish sprint of the day

The overall winner of the finish sprint was again Archie Neylon who has now gone fastest at three of the four events to date. Archie’s time was 25 secs. Next closest was John Steer with 28secs.

Sun 26 May - Event 5: Irishtown

Results

WinSplits

The weather forecast was not looking ideal for Sunday and organiser Greg Tamblyn came along with a few extra tents just in case they were needed. However the series luck continued and although it was on the cool side, there was no rain. Thank you to course planner Andrew Hunter and Bayside Kangaroos Orienteers for hosting the event this weekend.

On picking up the map at the start there looked to be an awful lot of contours and climb. However closer inspection of the map revealed that the contour interval was 2.5 metres rather than the usual 5 metres. Still a lot of climb on the courses though.

Most courses stayed on the spur gully terrain, with courses 1 and 2 also getting a  taste of some gold mining in the north of the map. The Irishtown map does not have many tracks, which meant that Andrew had to get creative for the easy course. From all accounts the course 5 participants loved the use of the water channels as “pseudo” tracks.

In the unofficial “No Pink Cells in Winsplits ” competition Natasha, Patrick, Toph, Artem, Liliia, Margi, Martin, Mark B, Paivi, Deb S, Suzanne, Torren, David R, Darren, Peter Y and Oscar have no pink cells indicating clean runs.

The winner of this event’s prize draw for pre-entering was Anttijussi Karjalainen. For the final event at Creswick we are changing the rules – the prize draw winner will need to be at the Event 6 presentations to win the prize. If they are not present we will draw out another name. The draw for the STR8 thumb compass for people who pre-enter 5 or more events will run the same way. You will have to be present at the series awards presentation to be held after the Vic Middle Champs to be in with a chance of winning.

Event 5 Course Winners

1 W: Natasha Key
1 M: Patrick Jaffe
2 W: Liliia Glushchenko
2 M: Martin Steer
3 W: Paivi Karjalainen
3 M: Bruce Arthur
4 W: Milla Key
4 M: Lachlan Feuerherdt
5 W: Angelina Kozma
5 M: Oscar Wallis
Score: Rod Gray

Winners of the finish sprint

1 W: Natasha Key
1 M: Archie Neylon
2 W: Liliia Glushchenko
2 M: Damian Spencer
3 W: Amber Louw
3 M: Eric Louw
4 W: Sarah Love
4 M: Lachlan Feuerherdt
5 W: Angelina Kozma
5 M: Oscar Wallis

Fastest finish sprint of the day

Archie Neylon continues to cement his place as the series fastest finish sprinter, having now been the fastest at four of the five events. Archie’s time was 24 secs. Next closest was Amber Louw in 29secs.

Series Standings

Updated series standings after five events are HERE.
Series results will be determined from your best five scores.

Sat 8 June - Event 6: Creswick Diggings

Results

WinSplits

The Vic Autumn Series has now finished with the last event being held on Saturday at Creswick Diggings, which was also part of the Pure Gold! QB3day. Course setter Dion Keech did not give us an easy finish with some challenging courses that had a mix of fast open running and steep detailed and sometimes scrubby gully lines. He even managed to find some very deep holes, masquerading as erosion gullies, to place controls in on courses 1 & 2 that took some thought on how to get in / out of. Then finally we reached the most gnarly finish chute of the series. Archie Neylon once again aced the finish chute sprint with a time of 17 secs.

The event also saw its first sprint finish run off, after brothers Lachlan and Luke Feuerherdt tied for the sprint finish on course 3M with a winning time of 24 seconds. The run off was very close with Lachlan finishing just ahead of Luke by launching his body forward over the finish line. Thank you to Lachlan and Luke for participating in the run-off.

Event 5 Course Winners

1 W: Aislinn Prendergast
1 M: Kerrin Rattray
2 W: Clare Browhridge
2 M: Callum White
3 W: Sophie Taverna
3 M: Ian Dodd
4 W: Sally Barlow
4 M: Greg Palmer
5 W: Annie Gruby
5 M: Joshua Feuerherdt
Score: Rod Gray

Winners of the finish sprint

1 W: Aislinn Prendergast
1 M: Archie Neylon
2 W: Serryn Eenjes
2 M: Callum White
3 W: Sophie Taverna
3 M: Lachlan Feuerherdt
4 W: Amber Louw
4 M: Greg Palmer
5 W: Sammy Love
5 M: Joshua Feuerherdt

Fastest finish sprint of the day

Archie Neylon cemented his place as the series fastest finish sprinter, taking out the finish sprint in 17 secs. Next closest was Callum White in 22secs.

Interclub Competition Results – Rockhopper Trophy

Series Results

Series Results after Event 6

Event Maps

The maps from each event will be posted below after each event

Sun 24 February - Event 1: Bunjil Maps

Sun 10 March - Event 2: Petticoat Gully

Sun 05 May - Event 4: Eppalock South

Sun 26 May - Event 5: Irishtown

Sat 8 June - Event 6: Cresswick Diggings

Courses

Six Courses on offer

Six courses are offered at each event, making it easy to find a course to suit all abilities and fitness levels.  Newcomers are very welcome and there are always easy and moderate courses available, together with equipment hire and coaching. Pre-entry via Eventor is the preferred entry system for these events. Courses: You can choose any of the six courses offered, regardless of your age or gender. Course 1 is the longest, and Course 5 is the shortest.

  • Course 1 is Hard navigation, 7.0 – 8.5 km
  • Course 2 is Hard navigation, 4.5 – 6.0 km
  • Course 3 is Hard navigation but shorter and physically easy for the less agile
  • Course 4 is Moderate navigation and physically moderate
  • Course 5 is Easy navigation and physically moderate
  • 2 Hour Score Course – as hard or easy as you like

Prizes

On-The-Day Competitions

  • Prizes for course/class winners (such as chocolates or local produce)
  • Headbands for the fastest sprint finish split on each course
  • An exciting prize drawn at random from people who pre-enter
  • Course / Class Winners
  • Fastest Sprint of the Day

Look HERE for more detail and qualifying criteria

Series Competitions

  • 1st-3rd Placegetters on each course
  • All children under 12 who complete at least 3 events and are OV members
  • A Str8 Compass drawn at random from people who pre-enter at least 5 events!
  • VJ Orienteering Shoes for the highest placed Junior on Course 2M/W!
  • A most improved award based on km rates
  • And more tbc!!

Look HERE for more detail and qualifying criteria

08 June – Creswick Diggings Photos

Event 6 Winners
Event 6 Finish Sprint Winners

26 May – Irishtown Photos

Some of the winners at Irishtown
Finish Sprint winners
Natasha and Liliia both won their respective courses plus finish sprint

05 May – Eppalock Photos

Course Winners
Finish Sprint Leg Winners

24 March – Nerrina Photos

10 March – Petticoat Gully Photos

24 February – Bunjil Photos

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