It was deja vu at today’s National Orienteering League events at Maryborough as Simon Uppill and Hanny Allston once again won easily, for the third time in as many events.
Uppill was three minutes clear of the field. His closest rival was Eric Morris, who had a disappointing weekend but came good in today’s faster and more open terrain. Craig Dufty completed the placings, matching the career-best National League result which he achieved on Sunday.
Allston was even more dominant, winning every split except the last and finishing six minutes ahead. Junior Laurina Neumann continued her excellent form to take second place, ahead of Susanne Casanova and Queensland duo Anna Sheldon and Bridget Anderson. Neumann was the leading junior, while Scott McDonald’s time from the Schools event was enough to make him the leading junior man, ahead of Oliver Mitchell.
Uppill’s win secured the individual National League title, whilst Jo Allison also wrapped up the title today without taking a step after Susanne Casanova failed to get the win she needed. Neumann is virtually certain to win the junior girls’ competition after her result today. The class in most doubt is the junior boys’, where Mitchell leads Geoff Stacey; Bryan Keely has a race in hand but may struggle to post another result after being forced out today by a recurrence of a foot injury.
The Canberra Cockatoos enjoy comfortable leads in both senior divisions and should be able to cover the likely absence of Dave Shepherd through injury this weekend. The Queensland Cyclones are equally dominant in the junior girls’, while the junior boys’ will come down to the relays with the Victorian Nuggets trying to hold on with a depleted team.
Results now available.