Cockatoos, Nuggets take out 2016 National League

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The Canberra Cockatoos and Victorian Nuggets have taken out the senior team titles in the 2016 National Orienteering League. The Nuggets wrapped up the women’s honours before the weekend, but the men’s competition went down to the wire. The Cockatoos led the Nuggets by only three points going into the season’s final weekend, but they had their strongest team of the season at the Australian Long and Middle Distance Championships and never looked like losing, scoring by seven points in the end. The Cockatoos’ women also had a good weekend to edge defending champions the Queensland Cyclones out of second.

Simon Uppill also wrapped up the individual title on Saturday with his second place there, joining Natasha Key as an individual winner. Key, who had four wins between 1997 and 2004, joins Rob Walter as the only people to win the National League five times, while Uppill, who has been first or second every year for the last decade, took his fourth title.

Lanita Steer secured the junior women’s title with a winning double on the weekend, joining Matt Doyle who was already assured of victory. Both successfully defended titles from 2015 with Doyle making it three in a row. The Nuggets (men) and Tassie Foresters (women) had already wrapped up the team points.

Final scores are available via the National League pointscore page.