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Victorian Championships weekend

The Victorian Middle and Long Distance championships were held on the weekend of 16-17 September in forest close to Creswick.  Both events featured a mixture of terrain types, with detailed gold-mining terrain providing some serious navigational challenges.  Due to rain on the preceding Friday, Slaty Creek was flowing freely and everyone got wet feet …

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Spring Gully, 25 June

Hania Lada set the courses for Yarra Valley’s state series event on Sunday 25 June at Spring Gully, near Fryerstown (south of Chewton). Despite a worrying weather forecast, the rain held off until everyone was on their way home. …

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Australian 3-Day event, Wagga

Brody in action at Aust 3 days 2017Brody in action at Aust 3 days 2017

During the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June this year, 30 Yarra Valley members ventured north of the border to take part in the Australian 3-Day event.  The first two days’ courses were held in forest some distance from Wagga, but the final day was a sprint event in Wagga, partly in the Charles Sturt …

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Yarra Valley Club Championship 2017

The 2017 Club Championship was held on Sunday June 4th at Irishtown on the unattractively named “Deadman’s Flat” map.  It is an area of detailed remnant gold-mining terrain with sections of scrubby vegetation and not many tracks.  And Yarra Valley’s 2017 club champion by a wide margin is the evergreen Alex Tarr who used …

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Mill Park Lakes park & street event

South Morang scouts 13 May 2017South Morang scouts 13 May 2017

Mill Park Lakes was the venue for event 6 of the Saturday afternoon  park & street orienteering on 13 May.  Amongst the crowd preparing for the 2pm start was the South Morang Scout Group with about 40 scouts, leaders and parents, about to tackle orienteering on their “home ground”.  Ted van Geldermalsen won the …

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Good turnout at Yellow Gum Park

Yello Gum Park 7 May 2017Yello Gum Park 7 May 2017

Despite a rather cool day, there were plenty of experienced and new orienteers at Yarra Valley’s Mel Bush-O event on Sunday 7 May.  In total, 183 individuals or groups were pretty evenly spread across the two Hard, one Moderate and one Easy navigation courses.  Full results and lots of photos can be found on …

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YVOC in New Zealand at Easter

Mel Gangemi, W35 Sprint winnerMel Gangemi, W35 Sprint winner

This year there was no Australian Easter 3-Day event as the Oceania Championships and World Masters Games were being conducted in New Zealand’s North Island over Easter and the following week. A contingent of Yarra Valley Orienteers made to journey to compete in some or all of the 11 events across 16 days. The types […]

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Victorian 2017 Relay Championships

Vic Relays 2017 course 2 winnersVic Relays 2017 course 2 winners

This year’s Victorian orienteering Relays were held at Darebin Parklands in Alphington, organised by the Melbourne Forest Racers club. Despite being a small area, Darebin Parklands provided some serious navigational and physical challenges, with some steep hills and patches of rough vegetation amongst the delightful parkland setting. Yarra Valley fielded eight teams across …

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Park & Street ‘O’ championships 2017

As the 2016-17 summer Park & Street Orienteering season draws towards a close after 96 events, the 2017 Park & Street Championships were held at Bellbird Dell in Vermont South on Wednesday 1 March. There was a large turnout of 197 runners and walkers including 12 from Yarra Valley. Brody McCarthy took …

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Mountain bike orienteering at Westerfolds Park

MTBO at WesterfoldsMTBO at Westerfolds

Yarra Valley Orienteers hosted the final Saturday summer evening mountain-bike orienteering event at Westerfolds Park on February 25th. The weather was warm and fine and 58 cyclists went out to find checkpoints on the course set by Peta Whitford. This was the highest attendance for the series of 4 Saturday evening MTBO …

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