The Icebug National Orienteering League is set for a grandstand finish after the two weekend rounds. With two individual rounds remaining plus the Australian Relays, all titles potentially remain up for grabs.
The senior women are providing the closest competition, both team and individual. The Victorian Nuggets had a bad day on Saturday, collecting only two points to drop behind the Queensland Cyclones, but bounced back to regain the lead by two points after Sunday. Eight points cover the top four, with Krystal Neumann and Anna Sheldon tied at the top, and Aislinn Prendergast and Natasha Key hot in pursuit.
Matt Crane leads the senior men’s competition by a single point from Simon Uppill. With Ian Lawford not contesting the remainder of the week’s events, they will fight out the individual award. The Canberra Cockatoos, having seen their lead shrink to five points, expanded it again to fourteen over the Nuggets. They are warm favourites, although the loss of Lawford will not help.
Matt Doyle and Lanita Steer have the inside running in the junior competitions, although Anna Dowling’s two convincing wins on the weekend give her a chance if she can maintain her winning streak, and Winnie Oakhill and Patrick Jaffe could also contend if they can win twice. Both team titles are being fought out by the Victorian Nuggets and the Tassie Foresters. The Foresters’ junior women are ten points clear which should be enough, but the junior men’s, where the Nuggets lead by four, will probably come down to relays day.