Thursday, January 20, 2011


Note that SSS event 19 on 9 February at Dundas, has had to move the assembly spot to Dundas Park from Sir Thomas Mitchell Reserve, due to other sporting (is there such a thing?) commitments. The new venue is at the corner of Yates and Quarry Roads, with the change having virtually no impact on the quality of the event. Street parking is reasonable and toilets are nearby. Make it a date - especially if you have never run 'The Quarry'. It has been dormant for some years and will be given a fine restart by Garingal V8 champ Dave 'The Babysitter' Stitt.

A big night at Mosman Bay, with several runners going the bucket full - and one of our favourite mares putting up a zero! A classic result from the nags on the nibble at this scenic venue. Whilst not sure of exact numbers, exhausting the 250 maps printed by 6.20pm tells the story of another big one in this years Sydney Summer Series stakes. It looks like another twenty or so maps were recycled, giving a good indication of a record roll up or a 'close to'. A beautiful evening, a great location, a challenging course, and plenty of doggies chasing tennis balls, as owners felt a tinge of tummy guilt as competitors roared off in all directions in their midst. Amazing and vigorous scenes.

First glimpse at Michele 'Jim Morrison' Dawson's course revealed a Cremorne Point bias, and looked a doer - especially given the 1:7500 map scale. Included were two circles actually overlapping - probably a first for the SSS - and a good puzzle along the Point. Despite the course having 600 written all over first impressions, this proved not to be the case - with just four bag men on the night. The in-outs and differences in elevation (28/17), combined with the Point fun, denied us in the end - although for many (including the elderly Pork Pieface) this was their highest ever SSS scores. Five hundreds lined up like toy soldiers.

The Cremorne Point street grids are an area that is very difficult to navigate in tidy circular fashion, and Michele had exploited this perfectly. Checkpoint 21 spoilt the edge run, as did 11 and 12. Numero uno was thrown in for good measure to further complicate the plans of the ferris wheel runners. All good stuff that resulted in many takes on the best route. That is, the peninsular route after working out how to begin! It all looked so easy at first glance, until you looked closer at the pots close to the start. How to add #20? 16 and 23 looked a given, then the bridge, and maybe 9 in/out. Try for 10 and 20 later perhaps? A whirlpool start best exampled by Glenn's 16-23-10(!)-20-9-19. Many shook their heads at all this (I'll worry about all this later was the cry) and chuffed off south, and for many straight into trouble at the beguiling small building (#17). Ahhh!

The north west had lots on offer, with most running 13-29-15-18 on the way to 21. The casualty here was #14, although James 'Broad Guage' Lithgow made up for this common omission but clunking his bonce on a low tree here and revealing the claret well before dinner. I liked 21-22-12 (cunning, up on the elevated path)-24-4 and return on the eastern side, with #25 and it's magnificent outlook, only for the speedy. Scooting back via 26-5-6-27 etc was a blast - a bit like the Bakerloo Line with views.

So, a top night on the flog with big scores and runners (and walkers) everywhere. Lonely pot? I'd guess #1, although Grandad Ron popped by to give it some hope of an eventual bridal waltz. Thanks Ronald. And how did everyone else see the evening? Let's light the pipe and have a browse.

In the Juniors, the Pieman has to ask - are these kids really juniors? The scoring was sensational here. How about Matthew 'The Spokeshave' Hill with 580! And Aidan with 520. Jeeze, this is seriously good running, well backed up by Adam Halmy 'Friend The Witch Doctor' pulling 470 and young Dunk with 450. Just so you don't think this was an all bloke night, how about JW star Rachel Noble whacking down a cool 510 to be up there with the Open birdies. Sister Deb popped 470 and Em 'Tracy' Prudhoe 480, although the flash money were all fivers (Gill 'Sans' with 570, Lisa Grant flying in with 560 and Sue leaving one blank - again! - for 510). I noted Clare Murphy downing a classic Riesling for 400 and Rose 'To Her Feet' Todd enjoying 340 in the OW's, and similar funsters in the OM's. Andy 'The Ankle' was 600 in 43.20 to head Mark Schaefer's 570, Tommy Joss 'Stick' - smoking for 550, and Pete 'Dennis' Hopper interring 500. The 'Put Put' was seen with 490, Laurent Billot invoiced a mean 400 and Brendan 'Dry Red' Flanagon drained a cool 360 - possibly a bit much of it before the start!

In other age classes, the Masters powered on with great style. In addition to Glenn's winning 600 in 42, Richard did the same in 44.30 to claim from Tim 'Tam' (580), Pete Annetts and Richard Morris (570) and Kar-Soon a half head back with 530. Dmitry 'The Divebomber' Stukov put on 470 to shade Mac (460) and many others in this competitive class. Jussi 'The Pearlfishers' Vero sang beautifully for 230, and promises more. Annette 'The Trilogy' Larsson was of similar mind with 280. Other MW's noted were 'The Bedroom Curtin' with 490 - a tenner annoyingly behind 'The Log Cabin' and 'The Apartment Development' (both 500's). Linda Sesta and 'I'm' Sellin 'You Buyin?' both held hands with 400 to complete the tidyness we see her.

In the Vets, the Burt ran six to take up the slack from Larry (520), Malcolm (550) and Tony Hill (510 in a rare but welcome appearance on the Bent). Dan caught the 4.60pm from Redfern, leaving Keith 'The Dunny' Povah (400) and Bob Morgan (370) waiting for the next service. In the veteran ladies, Karin impressed with 440, shading Robin Cameron's 400 and Airdrie's 390. Lisa was checked out wide with 350, whilst Karen Kool 'Mint' had the lolly jar handy for a modest but enjoyable 220. Sue Froude was also noted on the board with a tidy 250. Not sure about Wendy, probably another blinder, although I think she had a spot of bother with a couple. Score pending!

The Supers were up to their usual tricks, with the Flickster taking the points with a strong 530 - and the sash from Doctor Waz's 520. Gordy and Rosscoe shared 1,000 between them to shade Ian 'Of Cameroon' and Paul 'The Mauler' Prudhoe's 480's. Ian Miller had a good night with a strong run for 400, well clear of usual rivals Dave Bowerman (380), Davy Dash and Teddy Woodley in their drainpipes with 370, and The Duke (310). 'Gatwick Airport' was very quiet with 270 and must have been distracted - probably by Connie 'The Beacon' McNamee, back with us at last and flaming the course with an initial 180. Carol looks like she took this one, posting 380, to claim from Dale and Dr Judy (350's), and Jai 'I Do' with 340. Nice to see Thommo working up the board at last.

In the Legends, we have already mentioned Ronny was off after a dud oyster, surrendering, it appears, to a top run (at last!) from Teddy Mulherin. Ted's 460 had clear air from Heiko (440) and a strong finish from Malcolm (410?). Kenny Jacobson was also a 410 pony, and had plenty in hand from Tim Cox (370) and Dave Stitt (360). Bryony kept the family in the dough however, carding 350 to hold the ton over Sue Thomson's 320. Sue will probably be happy with this smaller than usual differential, her score being well clear of Janet 'Of Watsons Bay' (350) and the mysterious score from Angela alluded to in tonight's report title - a perfect zero!!??

The Power Walkers were out in force, including Gail 'The Banana Boat Song' Barr - out for her second event and putting up 210. Holding her hand against Julie 'Speedo' Cossell (100), but being well zapped by Kathryn Cox (280). Ruth jacked up the 120Y but hopes for a new car soon. Mel Cox was clean bowled by Jim Merchant - 370 to 400, with young Chris 'Py Bacon' Brown also doing it in four four time. Some very strong scoring from these walking dudes, beating many of the runners as you can see.

Looks like lots of groups out on the paddock last night, including Luke, Matt and Dave posting a friendly 190, and Bruce & Robyn Gold going for the same, but 'only' getting half way at 300. Oh well, there is always next week. Also noted are the Spath girls, Tania and Michelle, both holding 60 pages of poetry reading, and hoping for royal appointment.

A top night. Many other excellent scores, with the Garingal magnetic boards struggling to cope. Whooppeee dooopee do! Next week should be a cracker on a brand new map at Balmain/Birchgrove. Matt Peters is in charge and will put on a feast of the senses. Parking might be at a premium, so vote early and vote often - or something like that! Unfortunately, Pork will be away and will miss the event. A huge miss for the old goat, but grandad duty calls. I look forward to reports by other on the blog. Enjoy!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


A beautiful Sydney summer evening in the breezy eastern suburbs tempted over 200 of the faithful to catch the Watto tram and head on down to Parsley Bay for Baz and Janet's 'Gap Map' tribute run. This area had been used in the late 80's but has been dormant for many a long moon, and proved a very popular revise last evening - especially with it's one sided hill profile (high in the east, water level in the west) providing runners with a most unusual planning conundrum. Richy Green claimed the night with a full pot and 600 points, while Jennifer Noble walked to fame and fortune - and a perfect zero! Such is the rich tapestry and appeal of the Summer Series.

Most arriving SSS competitors were initially unsure of the exact spot - but resisted the 5 year olds party in the park and found the yellow banner. Upon producing the coin, a yellow confection awaited, with a good scatter of pots and a friendly 1:7500 map scale. Barry had even mapped many features in sprint map style (steps, tracks etc), so the detail was there for the most discerning Wednesday addict.

So what was to be seen? A distraction in the south west with an extendable loop to the north and east appeared to be the go. Checkpoints 17,28 and 21 added a bit of middle, but from there on it was basically a circle game with a nice mid score cut off at 13-5, or the extra 90 points on offer further north for the young guns. The southern group was to add 'if time permitted' - and caught many short, none worse than Anthony 'I Shrunk The Kids' Petterson running across the bridge against the clock to 29 and 8, and forgetting to write the 29 code down. Oh cruel world!

Many runners took off clockwise on the lower contour and would have enjoyed the wind at their backs coming home past the lighthouse. Others, including correspondent Pork Pie, wanted to get the damp tee look happening early and took off via the cliff end at 26 and the stairs up via 7 and 28. Once height was gained here it was basically a down hill flog with a flat finish - much like a good coffee. Glenn 'The Moon' Horrocks always likes a full bag, and went clockwise after beginning 26-7-3. His run finished via 10,1,19,8,29 across the bridge to 30 and then the kids party and #20 for two minutes over and 580. Richard 'Yards' Green went one better, clearing the course in a sensational 43.41 minutes. Not sure of King Dick's route, but what a run.

Some rumblings of hidden controls, with the #11 bush and the two seats at #30 coming in for a few grumbles, but mostly the pale WHO yoghurt tubs fell easily to the scribbling 2B. And how good were some of the views from the high ground. 27, 15, 14, 6, 11 all rewarded if you had time to pause. And checkpoint #12, below the old tram line cutting, and no doubt included for all us train and tram buffs (thanks Janet).

So, we have a perfect 600 from Robin Hood, but how did the rest fair?

Steve Ryan led the OM's with another 580, having left off #7 and home plus one. The opens had a couple more fives, with Phil 'The Dill' Harding going the knuckle for 530, Mark 'Ing Time' Schaefer clearly not doing this for 510, and Neil Lefevre and 'Brother' Jeremy Fowler not needing the doctor with 500 apiece. Kar- Soon was limless with 510 in MM, twenty back from Graeme 'Tarzan' McLeod (530) and some excellent running from the older stallions. Try Michael 'The Milky Way' Burton returning to spoil the Vets party with 560, a tenner in front of Mal Bradley. Other fives of note were Dr Warwick with 510, Wendy (VW) with 540 and Gil Fowler (OW) the same. In the mares and fillies, only Sue Davis came close to this with a strong 490, and the silver plate, from Lisa Grant's 460 bronze.

Battle royals are becoming a feature of the junior classes this season - especially in JW where Michele and Rachael are rarely more than ten points apart, and have been competing like this for many weeks. Last night 'Sun Screen' got up but the 'Copter' will do the ton next week as the course setter. Come to think of it, Rach might win again, so nothing changes! Amazing scenes. The young guys looked to Adam Halmy for inspiration, but were found wanting. The 'Apple' put up 410, to pip Luke Petterson's 390 and a couple of well compiled 350's from Toby 'I'm a Star' Wilson and young Dunk 'In Doughnut' Currie.

Things are also interesting at the other end of the age bracket, with LW star Bryony Cox up at Killers leaving the way open for Sue Thomson (230) to claim. That's if Angela didn't rack up a bundle (Irish eyes was a late starter, so no info folks). In the men, Ron went to New Zealand and was late back for 280, one of his weakest results this summer. The Tedster also ran modestly for the same, so maybe it was Heiko or Mal. Malcolm put on 380, but I'm not sure what the Hitch Hiker did (apart from jet skiing back to Gosford to watch his beloved Mariners pull off a great draw with the Brissie boys). The results will tell all in this battle of the seniors card. Legend in more ways than one, Dave Lotty should have creamed this, but only carded a 330. He probably needed an early night after overdoing it on Monday.

The Super Vets always provide some spirited running, with Jai once again shading Dale (380/350) in the SVW's and James 'I Do' Lithgow just passing the age test in SVM with a nice snow free 480, and the silver behind Wazza (let's not mention his bloomin 510 again - aaaahhh!!). President Paul ran with the hand of god and made a tidy 460 to post the bronze. There were plenty on 380 (Terry 'The Blue Bag', Gordy, Dave Bowerman, Stuart 'Of Cycling' McWilliam amongst them), while Neil Hawthorne recovered from beginning without a pencil to card 420. Rod 'No' Parkin was handy with 320, Ian Miller ground out 270 and Steve 'The Retread' Dunlop flew for a very nice 410, and a bob's worth of chips.

Paula Shingler and Karin Hefftner were both in demand for post race interviews after scoring 440's, and keep the chocs well hidden from Lisa Lampe (330), Airdrie (320) and Barbara 'Ossa' Dawson - in the wars with 250. The 'Lace' Curtin looked the goods in the Masters with 460, well clear of Linda Sesta and Rachel Merton (380/320), and most of the open girls. Deb Noble (410), Alice 'The Crescent Wrench' Prudhoe (400) and the Poor Claire Nuns (Winnick and Murphy) with their 380's. Also good to see John Morris on the nibble in MM with 390, Mel Cox redfaced with 480 (VM) and Wiz in top gear for 430. But how about 82 year old Sean Rothery scoring 60 points to take the M80 crown. Super stuff Sean, take a bow!

Finally, how about the intriguing 'Rachel & Rachelle' scoring 100. Very neat girls. I also note the 'Family Phillips' with 150, also rather good stuff. Go the groups. In the walkers, Lloyd worked the hills early for 170. Porkie seems to have failed to note others - apologies to all.

So, thanks to the WHO gang for another beauty out east. A top roll up, better than expected I'm sure.

Next week, we are off to Mosman Bay for more SSS action. Expect great things from 'The Ukelele' and some top harbour view to boots. It will be a ripper.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Note that next Monday's Sydney Sprint Series event (#2) is at Bicentennial Park NOT Olympic Park. Enter the park off Australia Avenue, Homebush Bay.

With a record 256 entries, and around 286 ponies on the paddock (after including all within the Group category), Davy Gatwood and the Big Foot crew put up a monster last night to claim the SSS attendance crown. With the Aussie bowlers toiling at the Gee, it was welcome relief to flick them, get out the joggers and play a little contour tango at this favourite location - this time with the Kooyong start. This was the second outing with the e-stick scoring, with results being almost instantly available. So quick has this rendered event reporting, that Porkus Delectacus cannot now forget who won - it's all up on the website before he has fired up the 2B!

Anyway, let's have a looksee at what young David gave us. First up, no Linley Point. This was the focus two years ago, so nice to be different here. The Tannery looked valuable, as did an intriguing collection of pots south of Iggies. There was a wide run for the guns to the east and a tempting one and a half K flog to the north west (11,22,1) - and also the puzzle of 21 or 15. This latter pearler was just annoying enough for the loopsters to pause and scratch, with 21,12,5 perhaps working harder than 15,5 alone.

Most runners seemed to obey the clock taking off to the north and the dim search for the dunny pipes. The bush would have been getting very dark here for the later starters, so nice to have controls on distinct features here. The other exit point seemed straight up to 15, with the 'puff-o-meter' engaged very early in the piece. Generally, there were fairly simple loops on offer that didn't require too much agonising - 19,14,10,30 20 was a nice connector to a bit of Iggies and a bit of Tannery. If you had the steam, the eastern loop vis 25,26,16 was rewarding, although the track running would have been slower. A start to 21,12 and then sweeping Iggies (nice rotunda!) before the haul uphill to 10,14 worked for correspondent 'X' - who rather amazingly ran straight past #28 !! - a classic parallel error with #7 and 28 both being beside small buildings - easy then to make the transposition. There was always the Longueville to make up for it afterwards.

So overall, a very nice evening out on the dance floor - nothing too controversial, very little in-out work, good control sites, and with only a couple of tenners chasing the lonely pot. My nod would be for #6 over #9 in the LP stakes. Yep, I think the six pack would have been it, and in for a very lonely night.

Looks like David got the spread almost perfect, with 580 being the top scores, and 500 scoring in many categories - including the amazing 550 and 540 from juniors Marcus and Erik (both Vikings from Sweden no doubt, and enjoying a bit of Sydney fun as a warm down from the Five Days). At the other end of the scale Gavin 'Lefty' Wright and the Thomas's graced the board with perfect zero's to shade John & Jeremy Rotenstein's ten points in the group category. Most competitors seemed to get amongst the runs this week, with very few modest scores - even the walkers were well into the two's and three's, with WM's Jimmy Merchant and Chris 'The Rainbow' Brown working the seniors card hard for 330 apiece.

In the Open Men, it was good to see Andy Hill 'Not Ill' back on the track and doing battle with Steve Ryan. 580 each by a nose to Adrian 'The Ball' White (570), Dave 'The Hedge' (560), 'The Inkbottle' (550), Mark Schaefer (540) and 'The Hatstand (530). It was only then that a few other nags bunched on the rails, with several 520's and 510's. All in all, fifteen Open's kicked the bucket with a five - not bad eh! Gill and Lisa (540/530) did likewise in the OW's to lead the field of 34 fillies. Carolyn Haupt just missed with 490, but still pipped great runs from Sue Davis and Tracy (480's) and rising star Claire 'The Chocolates' Winnick (460). Deb Noble, back from a year overseas, put up 410, and will need to try new tyres to return to prior form. Catherine Murphy also had a quiet night, going down to sister Claire by a ten (370/380). Often it's the other way round.

The Masters had a ball with eight holding five's. Greenbottle led the charge with 580 (equal top score with our two OM's), to just pip Tim 'Tam' Rogers nibbling the biscuit for 560. In turn we see Peter Annetts working a loose rein with 550, Richard Morris going the whip for 540 to shade David Bray's well composed and executed 530. Graeme, Timbo and 'The Fallowfield' all were five's, with 'The Stanley Steamer' holding ten over 'Dicko' and 'The Pepperpot' (470/460). Mary Fien just missed a five, with her winning run of 490 enough to post a hundred over Alison 'The Peeping Tom' Curtin's 470. Rachel ran a 420, Margaret 'The Grocer' Jones put on 380, with the balance of the field doing mostly low three's. In the Vets, Mal Bradley had 20 points over another Swedish visitor, Per Magnusson, to win this one (530,510), with Chris Cunningham '& Bacon' the best of the rest with 470. Pete Hibberd was quiet with 300, whereas Red Danfern looked good with a strong 430. Webmaster David 'Yes' Noble had a late run, but a strong one, with 450 going up on the board - shading our man from the Hair Curler by ten.

Once again, Wendy Stevenson ran the VW's off their feet, with a staggering 550 points, well clear of Paula's impressive 510, and a world away from Karin Hefftner's 410. With Julia 'King' Prudhoe on the board at 280 in this same category, the field here is stretched indeed. Airdrie put on 340 to go mid field, and ten over 'The lampost' - back from Perth and raring to run! The Super's had a tie, with Gordy and Wazza posting 480's. Chris Wilson 'Parking' carded 440, Neil posted 420 and Terry Bluett, fresh from the Five, put up a nice 420. Methinks the Tezza is coming good! Michael 'The Royal Family' managed a tidy 400 on the bike, and Steve Flick put on 260 with the pram - Liam giving the orders! Most of the other SV's got away from Judge Murphy, who was uncharacteristically quiet with 230. Might have been an injury. Also good to see Selwyn Roper back after injury (bushwalking!) and posting a quiet 260. Slowly, slowly Selwyn - it will heal.

The SVW's worked hard, with Jai claiming the ton with her 400. Carol J gets 93 points for her 370, with Helen 'Ruler' Murphy a 73 with her 290. Cheryl, bless her, enjoyed the grandchildren - and the event, for a tidy ten. In the elderly horses, Ron once again won the money with 430 over Chippy and Heiko's tidy 400 apiece. Ken's 380 was too good for Mal's 360, in turn claiming from Tim Cox with a 350. Tim is saving something for Sunday's bash at Norah Head no doubt, where he will once again be up against Bryony (last night winning with 330) and the mad aries will to win. Twenty points Timbo, I've a feeling BC is not going to let you forget this one.

In the war to end all wars, Michele held a tenner over Rachael Noble in the JW's - 450 to 440. Both fantastic runs from these two stars. Young Bethany Halmy suprised with 420 to be the best of the rest. In the Walking stakes, we have already mentioned the blokes out front, but note Ted 'The Tearaway' Mulherin walked last night (for 260), presumably still something not right with the fetlock. The Members are all hoping Teddy will be back amongst the LM action soon - and giving 'The Christmas Tree' something to think about. Jo Sinclair and very small baby walked to fame and fortune in the WW class to share 230 points with Alison Pearce, and deny Kathryn Cox (210) another hundred. Also good to see Barb 'The Eyes Have It' Junghans amongst us and walking for 150 tidy points. Twenty six groups complete the picture, but none with funny names. You know what you have to do to get on the Porkie blog folks - be weird, very weird!

So, that's just about a wrap. A top night and a record attendance. This is our first time over 250 actual entries, something to celebrate. Come to think of it, we did! Yes, the apres O dinner was notable for the clinking of Resch's glasses in salute of another chapter in the race of the century.

Next week we go to the eastern suburbs, and Parsley Bay Reserve. This should be a fantastic event, bringing back early summer series memories when we ran her on the old 'Gap' map. This is a complete redo, and I'm sure it will be a ripper. Janet 'Phone Home' Morris is our course setter extraordinaire and the WHO crew will be there to collect the coin. What a combination! Please note previous advice about parking being very limited, and to use adjacent streets.

Finally, please rest assured that the entry price for this season's Sydney Summer Series will remain at $10/8 for the full series that ends on March 30. We are encouraging competitors to join orienteering clubs to support our sport, and will have a two tier fee system for the 2011/2012 series, and for minor orienteering events in Sydney in 2011. We will try to get a membership form onto the SSS website to facilitate things soon.

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