Emus Online - 1 Feb 2006

Thanks for all of the kind comments about the return of Emus Newsletter and the move to online delivery plus availability via the website. While we will continue to deliver printed copies to members without internet access, online delivery allows us to provide a better service more cheaply. We'll endeavour to format the web pages for easy printing - so if you want a hard-copy, you just have to press the print button on your email program or browser.

In this edition of Emus Online . . .

Diary Dates

12 Feb 2006 VOA Policy Day To be held at Mount Macedon Primary School

Member News

Great Southern Bike Ride

The GSBT was a nice ride. Ron Frederick, Derek Morris, Helen Edmonds and I went both ways. Tom, Chris and Daniel Edmonds rode the first day to Toora approx 67 km and Robyn Sunderland and Helen Schofield were our support crew. Alice and Kate came along but only rode around Toora. We had a terrific meal at the pub, a swim and spa at the Toora Caravan Park and some visited the wetlands, Agnes Falls and the Wind farms.

Womens Coaching Weekend

Several Emus went to this training weekend last year - it provided a really informative and fun weekend away. This year the weekend will be held at Maldon between Friday 10th March and Sunday 12th March 2006. Starts with the evening meal on the Friday. (there will be an optional half day on the Friday afternoon for those who want to drive up early).

It is open to all women 18 years and over. If you are new to orienteering this is for you! Come and learn the basics of bush orienteering in a friendly and non threatening atmosphere. Orienteers will work in ability groups so whatever your experience you will be catered for. To date 16 women have booked in, so there are 9 spaces left (as of last week). Cost of the weekend is $127. The course is subsidised by a grant from VicHealth.

Deadline is February 24th, but it is first come first served! Email: voa@netspace.net.au or ring into the Office 9459 0853 to register. Full details and registration forms will be emailed/sent out once you register.

Peta Whitford
Orienteering Victoria 9459 0853

Recent Events

24 Jan - Boeing Reserve - Strathmore

Like so many of the recent evenings, this one was a tad warm Fortunately, the course setter had set a course that allowed all but about 300-400m to be in the extensive parklands in the area - great course setting. I particularly liked the somewhat perverse location of control 13 - at the top of a very long flight of stairs. Many of those that climbed the stairs were tempted to run to the other controls that were up on the plateau - but this proved to be their undoing as course lengths for those controls were much longer. Fells, Hudsons (with fit little nephew in tow), Alex and Lenore, Phil Giddings, Sue and Helen all made it out on the night.

25 Jan - Bennetswood Street-O

It was a warm night, but parking was under-cover and the start location was a park next to Gardiner's Creek. Rachel Johnson set the course for us and certainly set a demanding course - that tested most of the 140 that attended. Thanks the Johnson clan for setting the course and running the evening - it was good to see Erica again! Thanks also to those that pitched in to collect controls at the end of the evening. It was the perfect spot for a BBQ, made all the more pleasant by the availability of bread products from Peter Maloney - who regularly brings sacks of left-overs from work.

26 Jan - Australia Day - Greensborough

Turnout was a little disappointing - maybe it was the initial forecast of 41 degree heat or perhaps it was the torrential rain on the way to the event - but only 67 turned up on the day. This was a shame really - Greg Williams had set an excellent course on an upgraded map provided by Ian Stirling. As an added bonus, Schon and Lauris had made fruit salad and served this chilled after the event - it was scrumptious (and healthy too!). Thanks ladies!!!

Coming Events

Street Orienteering

01-Feb-06 Foot Street Eastern Series Wednesday Event 14 BK Studley Park Fairfield Yarra Bend Road, north of foot bridge 44 H4
02-Feb-06 Foot Street Northern Series Thursday Event 14 YV Research Research Research Primary School, Main Road 22 H2
06-Feb-06 Foot Street Southern Series Monday Event 15 AR Endeavour Greens Eumemmerring Robinson Reserve, Frawley Road 91 A10
07-Feb-06 Foot Street Western Series Tuesday Event 14 BK Moonee Ponds Junction NEW MAP Essendon Essendon Station car park, Rose Street - start opposite Miller Street 28 G4
08-Feb-06 Foot Macedon Macedon Series Macedon 4 CH Macedon Macedon Macedon Primary School, corner Macedon Street and Carrington Street 285 O9 VR
08-Feb-06 Foot Street Eastern Series Wednesday Event 15 NE Smiths Dell Hawthorn Car park, end of Robinson Road 59 E3
09-Feb-06 Foot Street Northern Series Thursday Event 15 BK Heidelberg Rosanna De Winton Park, Grove Road 32 B2
13-Feb-06 Foot Street Southern Series Monday Event 16 DR Notting Hill Mount Waverley Mayfield Park, entry from Mayfield Drive 70 B4
14-Feb-06 Foot Street Western Series Tuesday Event 15 NE Cairnlea  NEW MAP Cairnlea Deer Park Primary School, Furlong Road 25 H5
15-Feb-06 Foot Macedon Macedon Series Macedon 5 MFR Gisborne Gisborne Gisborne Reserve, opposite aquatic centre 197 E7
15-Feb-06 Foot Street Eastern Series Wednesday Event 16 DR Tunstall Junction Blackburn North Slater Reserve, Grosvenor Street 48 C5
16-Feb-06 Foot Street Northern Series Thursday Event 16 AR Bulleen Balwyn North North of Carron Street, near Singleton Road 32 G11
19-Feb-06 Foot Bush Club Event Season Opener YV Porcupine Ridge      
20-Feb-06 Foot Street Southern Series Monday Event 17 NE Camelot Rise (Score) Glen Waverley Capital Reserve, Capital Avenue 62 G12
21-Feb-06 Foot Street Western Series Tuesday Event 16 TK Teagardens Avondale Heights Canning Reserve, Canning Street 27 G8
22-Feb-06 Foot Macedon Macedon Series Macedon 6 CH Woodend Woodend Tourist Information Centre, Main Street, north of Forest Street 290 C8 VR
22-Feb-06 Foot Street Eastern Series Wednesday Event 17 YV Kerrimuir Kerrimuir Springfield Park, entry from Dorking Road 47 F7
23-Feb-06 Foot Street Northern Series Thursday Event 17 BK Darebin (Score) Bellfield Ford Park, Davidson Street 31 D4
27-Feb-06 Foot Street Southern Series Monday Event 18 BK Knoxfield Knoxfield R D Egan-Lee Reserve, entry from Wallace Road 73 B3
28-Feb-06 Foot Street Western Series Tuesday Event 17 BK Williamstown Beach Williamstown Osborne Street, start opposite Langford Street   BYO BBQ 56 B10

Mountain Bike Orienteering

05-Feb-06 Foot MTBO MTBO State Series State Series (MTBO) #1 BK Mirboo North  (Darlamurla)
11-Feb-06 MTBO MTBO MTBO Summer Series MTBO Summer Series #3    BK Emerald,
18-Feb-06 MTBO MTBO MTBO Summer Series MTBO Summer Series #4 MTBO TBA
25-Feb-06 MTBO MTBO MTBO State Series SS  2 &  MTBO Selection Trial EU  
26-Feb-06 MTBO MTBO MTBO State Series SS  3  Vic Mid. Dist. MTBO Champs & Selection Trial  Maryborough   NE  

MTBO Summer Series.

The events are intended as an introduction to MTBO or as a simple fun event that won’t take up too much time for competitors and organisers alike. All events will start at 6.00pm to avoid the heat of the day, should it be hot. The events are 75 minute score events, so competitors can choose which controls they visit and how long (up to 75 minutes) they wish to be out. Get there early (from 5.15pm) on the day to register and get organised. If you wish, stay around after for a BBQ (BYO food/drinks) and debrief with other competitors. These events will be a good training hit out for the first Vic State Series event at Mirboo North on Sunday Feb 5 and also for the Vic Middle Distance Champs/Aust Selection races and double-header state series events on Feb 25 & 26.

Sunday 5 Feb – Vic State Series # 1 – Mirboo North

The first event in this year's State Series on a great new area east of Melbourne. Directions: Take the Princes Freeway to Trafalgar. Turn right at the traffic lights (signs to Thorpdale and Mirboo North). Travel through Thorpdale and Thorpdale South and turn right towards Mirboo North at the Strzelecki Highway (B460) T intersection. Turn left after about 5km onto Darlimurla Road and follow O-signs. Enter on the day. Start times available from 11.00am to 1.00pm. Adults $18, Junior (under 21) $14, Family $45. O Vic Members: Adults $12, Junior $9, Family $30

Sat 11 Feb. – Summer Series # 3 – Emerald

Start location: Nobelius Heritage Park, Crichton Rd Emerald. Melways 127 G4. Enter on the day from 5.15pm to 5.45pm. Start at 6.00pm. Adults $5, Juniors (under 21) $2.50.

Sat 18 Feb 2006 – Summer Series # 4 – Silvan

Start location: Overflow car park, Silvan Reservoir Park (opposite main entrance) Stonyford Rd, Silvan. Melways 120 H11. Enter on the day from 5.15pm to 5.45pm. Start at 6.00pm. Adults $5, Juniors (under 21) $2.50.

Maryborough MTBO Feb 25/26:

If members were wondering about ever trying out a MTBO event, this is the one to start on. The tracks are not technically difficult and the area is quite flat, the flattest we use. It would be quite OK to use a standard road bike. We have map boards to loan out for free. Some of us are staying at the Maryborough Caravan Park in tents and cabins. You should book your accommodation as early as possible.

Bush Orienteering

Will start soon...things are traditionally quite quiet early in a year when we are preparing to run the Easter Carnival in Victoria. Planned events that I know of are:

19-Feb-06 Foot Bush Club Event Season Opener YV Porcupine Ridge
04-Mar-06 Foot Bush Rogaine 6 hour Rogaine VRA  
05-Mar-06 Foot Bush Rogaine 6 hour Rogaine VRA  
11-Mar-06 Foot Bush Club Event Junior Eureka Challenge     (Note 1.) EU Hepburn
12-Mar-06 Foot Bush Club Event Senior Eureka Chllge  St. Series #1 (Note 2)   EU Hepburn
19-Mar-06 Foot Bush Club Event Easter warm-up  1  /  EU Club Event  EU TBA
26-Mar-06 Foot Bush Club Event Long "O"  (Club) BK Mt Hickey

NE Events for 2006 from Rob Edmonds

Thank you to Ron and Cheryl for volunteering to course set the Maxi Course at Whroo. The VOA has left us with the August 13th date – no compromise here unless we go for Saturday Sept 2, which isn’t a great option when we have to consider setting up the courses, assembly area and catering. We are still looking for a controller for the Maxi; a course setter and an organiser for the MTBO event at Whroo on May 21; and an organiser and a controller for the You Yangs State Series event on July 9. Please get back to me asap if you can fill one of these roles.

In future, we will publish this information on the club website and publish a link and/or requests for helpers etc via the newsletter.

MTBO Series # 3, Saturday Feb 25

Mosquito Flat, Maryborough

Course Setter: Geoff Armstrong

Organiser: Rob Edmonds

Controller: Tim Dent                                                            Admin: Eureka  

We are also assisting Eureka with Sunday Feb 26 event at the same location next day.

Easter Saturday Day 1 April 15

New Map, Newstead

Course Setter: Rex Niven

Organiser: Ron Frederick

Website: Geoff Hudson

Controller: Peter Jackson (overall – Chris Norwood)         Admin: Eureka  

We are also assisting with the running of Day 2 and Day 3.

MTBO Series # 6, Sunday May 21


Course Setter:



State Series # 7 - Sunday July 9

You Yangs  (Updated Map on OCAD 8)

Course Setters: Stuart and Rob Fell




Maxi 3 Hour, Sunday August 13 or Sept 3


Course Setters: Ron and Cheryl Wescott

Organisers: Geoff and Schon Hudson

Entries/Publicity: Rob Edmonds

Controller: Geoff Hudson