The Australian Bushrangers will take a good lead into the final two races in this test match series for the Aspin-Key trophy. After the Australian Middle Distance event the overall score is Australia 94 and New Zealand 86. In the individual classes the scores were:
M21E- NZ 23, Aus 22
W21E- Aus 24, NZ 21
M20E- NZ 24, Aus 21
W20E- Aus 27, NZ 18
There are two remaining events in this test match series- the Australian Sprint Distance Championships on Friday and Australian Long Distance Championships on Saturday.
Also over the next two events the Icebug National Orienteering League Individual winners will be determined.
In M21E Matt Crane is on 205 points with Simon Uppill on 204. As Ian Lawford is not running in these events, it comes down to a two way battle between Matt and Simon.
In W21E there is some very close points, with Krystal Neumann and Anna Sheldon, both Queendsland Cyclones on 195 points and the two Victorian Nuggets, Natasha Key and Aislinn Prendergast not far behind on 188 and 187 respectively.
In M20E the current leader Matt Doyle is competing in the M21E class over these two events so Patrick Jaffe who is 12 points behind is the likely winner.
In W20E Lanita Steer has a 22 point lead over Anna Dowling, with Winnie Oakhill a further 14 points back. So the placings in these two races will determine the winner in this class.
The teams point score will be finalised after the Australian Relays on Sunday.