Following the first day of the Annual OA Conference delegates from the states joined the OA Board in the OA Challenge. Given the conference was being within the ANU, it was the natural setting for the most important event on the orienteering calender. Two hagaby style courses gave an opportunity for some head-to-head racing which produced some good battles. Construction and locked gates frustrated some of the competitors but all enjoyed the afternoon tour of the ANU.
The field was strong in the Long course with 4 males in the top 20 competing. Some visiting SILVA NOL competitors also attended for some quality training which added to the buzzing atmosphere. Predictably Julian Dent destroyed the field but given he was not a conference attendee he attracted the standard 1hr time penalty. This gave Eric ‘Ecmo’ Morris the victory ahead of Victorians Bruce ‘Triple Champ’ Arthur and Blair ‘the Human Calculator’ Trewin. Jenny ‘Carn the Arrows’ Casanova was the solo female in the long and showed WA’s John ‘When’s the paddling?’ Toomey how it’s done with a snappy 7 minute margin over him. Andy ‘I’ll pretend to be busy and not compete’ Hogg saw the writing on the wall and did not take part.
OA HP Director, Mike ‘I’ll show the elites how it’s done’ Dowling’, added himself to WOC 2009 middle distance calculations sneaking in ahead of Ian ‘Another bloody trip to the east’ Dalton for a 24 second victory in the short.Christine Brown showed her class and took both third overall and the women’s title. Robin ‘this is a very Special Project’ Uppill was the second female and Liz Bourne third.
Eric Morris 28.46 Mike Dowling 25.21
Bruce Arthur 31.21 Ian Dalton 25.45
Blair Trewin 31.56 Christine Brown 27.55 (W)
Ian Dodd 37.07 Peter Mayer 29.02
Ben Rattray 37.17 Reid Moran 29.39
Jenny Casanova 37.28 (W) Robyn Uppill 34.05 (W)
Geoff Wood 43.05 Robert Spry 34.05
John Toomey 44.04 Liz Bourne 38.20 (W)
Paul Prudhoe 47.15 Craig Steffens 24.03 (one loop)
Julian Dent 25.20 Phoebe Dent 26.17
Lachlan Dow 34. 53 Jose Zapota 27.18
Paul Fischer 37.10 Hilary Wood 40.10
Kerrin Rattray 37.28