After a week of orienteering at the Oceania Carnival, taking into account the combined scores of the Queen’s Birthday and Carnival, the Australian Bushrangers have beaten the New Zealand Pinestars by 395.7 to 394.4. NZL were relatively well beaten on Australian soil scoring only 3 class wins over the 5 races – the W20E’s in the Australian Long Distance Championships and the W21E’s in the Oceania Relay and Long Distance Championships. Nevertheless there were some strong individual performances with Tessa Burns taking out the Australian Long in W20E, Katie Cory-Wright winning the Oceania Long in the same class, and Gene Beveridge finishing 2nd in the same race in M21E. Stand out performer, however, was Lizzie Ingham in W21E who won all 6 individual races she ran (including all 3 Oceania titles) as well as anchoring the Pinestars W21E relay team to their win.
Final Test Match scores for the Carnival were as follow:
M21E: NZL 32.5 AUS 61.4; W21E: NZL 47.0 AUS 51.8; M20E: NZL 36.1 AUS 60.8; W20E: NZL 43.5 AUS 56.5; Overall NZL159.1 AUS 230.4.
After QB2019 NZL led AUS by 235.3 to 165.3.
In the Southern Cross Challenge, held at the Australian Schools Championships during the week,the two NZL teams finished first and second over the Australian state teams, while Australia convincingly won the age-grade ANZ Challenge.