Day 3 of Easter concluded today with Julian Dent and Hanny Allston going through the formalities to win the elite classes. Allston dominated the race to beat Victorian Kathryn Ewels in 2nd. Jasmine Neve came 2nd on the day — not enough to overtake Ewels but sufficient to hold on to 3rd place in front of her elder sister Mace. Meanwhile, Dent tore around a tough course in under 5 min/km (in terrain where such speed should not be possible). The result was a deserved victory over Simon Uppill, with veteran Grant Bluett in 3rd.
But, as always, Day 3 of Easter belongs to the juniors, with the naming of the Australian team to compete in Italy in July. Josh Blatchford, who missed out on the team last year, made amends with a breakthrough victory over the 3 days ahead of Lachlan Dow. Max Neve – tied for 1st on the day with Leon Keely – finished in 3rd overall, while a strong finish from Callum Fagg was enough to ensure his selection.
Belinda Lawford sealed her 3 Day victory, but the action was taking place behind her in the placings. Sarah Buckerfield – whose big victory yesterday put her in 2nd place overall – couldn’t reproduce her feat, and Bridget Anderson overtook her to claim 2nd place.
The JWOC team is:
Reserves are Kurt Neumann, James Robertson, Catherine Hewitt and Brea Pearce.
The Silva National Orienteering League is shaping up to be an exciting contest. In particular, the women’s competition is a close battle between the Canberra Cockatoos (currently on 51 points) and the Victorian Nuggets (50). Tasmania is in 3rd place 10 points adrift. In the men’s competition the Canberra Cockatoos made up some ground on most of the field this weekend, but are still 33 points behind the NSW Stingers (63 points) who extended their lead with victory on every day and have a 100% record for the season. Southern Arrows are still in the hunt on 42 points, while Victoria is 3rd.