On the 13th and 14th of August the Western Australian State Championships were held 90km South East of Perth. The Australian University Championship was incorporated into this event, with eligible rogainers able to participate in both events concurrently. The Tasmanian team consisted of last year's defending University Champions Andrew Koolhof and Edward Doddridge and newcomer Cameron McDougall. The team was unable to retain the trophy, but spent an enjoyable weekend trying.
Apart from one very early mistake in which a compass was left in Tasmania, the team successfully navigated to every checkpoint they attempted, with no navigational errors or wasted time spent searching. Cameron, Edward and Andrew found the navigation to be more challenging than expected; the map was 1:50,000 with five metre contours. “Even the smallest of hills looked like mountains on the map, it made using contours to navigate much more challenging than in Tasmania,” said Andrew. The watercourses were also much harder to follow than in Tasmania, at least initially.
After a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday the clouds came over in the afternoon, and two hours after dark it began to rain. At first the rain was greeted with cautious optimism, “at least we knew where the creeks are now,” remarked Edward. However, as the rain continued the footing became more treacherous, and staying warm became a serious issue. The cold and wet were far from the sun-drenched expectations the team had held of Western Australia. Even the locals seemed unimpressed with the weather, with fewer than 20 of the 131 teams staying out overnight.
The team scored 1,730 out of a possible 4,580 points, to place third in the University division and 16th overall. The team was full of praise for the event organisers; according to Cameron, the event was, “superbly organised and very well run.”
Edward, Andrew and Cameron would like to thank Rogaining Tasmania for nominating them as the Tasmanian team and the Nigel Aylott Memorial Foundation for sponsoring their flights to and from WA.
A very enjoyable event was held on the scenic undulating to steep bush and farming country east of Campania.
The highest point scorers in the 8 Hr event were the promising Junior team of Louis Coad, Brodie Nankervis and Shaun McDonough with 1620 points. In the 4 Hour event, veterans Bernard Walker & Darryl Smith were the highest point scorers with 980 points.
Many thanks to course setters David & Christine Marshall who also allowed us to use their property. Also to the RT support team including Nick Bowden, Adele Winslow, Nicole Carpenter and Rod Bilson.
Veteran winner Darryl Smith sent in the following report:-
"Grant and I had a great time out there. The weather turned out to be perfect and the tracks were in pretty good shape. It was great to see so many people out there having fun. We had a plan to get the lot. We quite liked the plan, but had no Plan B. Consequently we did not use our last panicked time well. Mostly things worked out OK. I did the dibbing, and Grant worked out the route.
We overshot a few controls (235, 205); just missed seeing them. We went up a wrong track after 70. Our biggest hassles were stuffing around on some unmarked tracks near 33 and spending time on the track to the west of 222. We also lost a bit of time finding some of the junctions (35, 205, 217 and 210). Our route to 201 was a late change of mind, and not such a good idea. Missing 234 was not intended, but we were starting to run out of time by then. We probably should be a bit more careful at key points next time!
The overall winners Marc Gluskie and Tom Goddard did a great job. They went close to getting the lot. Many thanks to Mark Hey and his team for a great map and an excellent course. I hope to see lots of you at the forthcoming MTBO events."
Darryl and Grant's route can be seen here (1 MB) :- Darryl & Grants Route
Marc and Tom's winning route can be seen here (1 MB):- Marc & Toms Route
Many thanks to the event organisers Mike Gluskie, Jeff Dunn and Mark Hey. As well, other volunteers who helped with timing and control collection. Also Ride Bellerive for contributing spot prizes.
Photos below are from Jeff Dunn and Mark Hey.