Orienteers take to mattum Creek

DISCUSSING COURSE: Orienteer Dave Medlin (left) and Nick O’Connor (right) in discussion on how he went on his course. FINISH IN SIGHT: Coming into the finish with map in hand is Sequoia Munday (front), Nemayah Munday (middle) and Tonia Munday (right).

A total of 33 orienteerers participated in the Mattum Creek event on June 1, on a sunny but cool day, about 11 years after the last event held there in 2003.

Mattum Creek is an area on the road to Cleve, about nine kilometres from the Lincoln Highway just past Cowell and in 2006 fires resulted in burnt country.

But the land was in top condition this time with green hills in the north and rolling fields interspersed with low hillocks in the south.

The start area was on the top of a ridge and the sea could be seen in the distance as well as the competitors nearby, trying to get to their orange and white flagged check points.

The winners in the 6.6 kilometre course 1 were 1st, Jason Munday at 65 minutes, then second Kym Brougham at 102 minutes.

Course 2 was a distance of 4.8 kilometres and the winner was John Paterson in 107 minutes, second the Rossow/Pickert/Whittle group in 120 minutes.

Course 3 was a distance of 4.4 kilometres, the winner Craig McCormick at 85 minutes and second was the O’Connor family in 87 minutes.

Course 4 was a distance of 2.7 kilometres, the winner Zali Munday in 50 minutes, then close behind was first time participant Nick O’Connor in 56 minutes.

Course 5 was a distance of 2.3 kilometres and the winner was the O’Connor family in 61 minutes.

I’m sure all participants were glad to come and experience the area thanks to the property owners, being the Beinke family and event organiser Dave Medlin.

The next orienteering event will be at Salt Creek on Sunday, July 6.

The location is about 60 kilometres south of Whyalla on the road to Cowell and any queries can be made to John on 8645 9697.

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