NOL / NSL sportclass + regional leaderboard 2022/23

You do not need to dig through pages of NZ orienteering event results for checking ranking ever again. The top New Zealand orienteering athlete sportclass leaderboard does all the hard work of analysing combined performances on one page. The National Orienteering League (NOL) and National Sprint League (NSL) points will all be here in a sports class leader table.

What was called the Superseries for several years, has been renamed the National Orienteering League (NOL) and National Sprint League (NSL) sportclass over the the last few years. The NOL and NSL is a season-long series for New Zealand’s fastest navigators with races in a range of terrain on both sides of Cook Strait. 

Regional pride is on the line, as athletes earn points and we can see the male and female champion in elite and junior elite grades, as well as a champion 35 & 40 on same course as 20 & 18.
The NOL will be joined by the National Sprint League (NSL), a similar format series, but with a focus on sprint orienteering events next year.
The regional team leaderboard for the season added below has been calculated by Scott Smith. An epic new O season has started. Booyah!

How does the NOL scoring work?

The NOL/NSL is contested in M/W21E (open men’s/women’s) and in M/W17-20E (under 21 men’s/women’s) grades at nominated events. Points are awarded based on time behind the winner in each event.

  • Only one NOL table for men, and one for women
  • 21E get points based on 100 for the winner of a race (as at present)
  • 20E get points based on 80 for the winner unless 20E is on the same course as 21E when they get points based on 100 for the combined winner
  • 18A, 20A, 21W get points based on 60 for the winner. If any of these classes are on the same course (e.g. 20A and 21A) the points get calculated on the combined winner
  • At KB the school senior classes would also be included
  • At the end of the NOL there are winners in 21E, 20E and Sport in terms of position on the overall table
  • Total score based on best 4 scores from ONZ and KB combined plus best 3 others
  • We’ll add in 35 and 40. M40 is on same course as 21A (course 3) and M20 and 18 are both on C4. Women are split between 3 (21E), 4 (20E), 5 (40) and 6 (18, 20 and 21) but we can cope with that.

2022/23 Sportclass National Orienteering League leaderboard

Red – 20E points (different courses to 21E so 80 down).
Blue – 18, 20, 21, 40A points (some are combined as they were on the same course, others not, but 60 points max).

(last updated 25 Oct 2022)

NOL Leaderboard events:

LW1 +LW2 | Labour weekend Day 1 &2 – Tūāraki Northern & Auckland Champs | 22 / 23 October 2022
SI22L + SI22M | Taitonga South Island Long & Middle Champs, Canterbury | 12 / 13 November 2022
SI23L + SI23M | Taitonga South Island Long & Middle Champs, Nelson | Sat 28 Jan 2023 – Sun 29 Jan 2023
ONZL + ONZM | Nationals / NZ Orienteering Champs, Napier / Hastings | Fri 07 Apr 2023 – Mon 10 Apr 2023
KB1, KB2 + KB3 | Kings Birthday | Sat 03 Jun 2023 – Mon 05 Jun 2023

Regional team points update

The newly revamped teams competition for the 2022/23 season sees the  Northern Knights (Kaitaia to Rotorua), Central Scorchers (Taupo to Wellington) and the Southerly Storm (South Island) compete for regional supremacy across each of the NOL rounds. All competitors in M/W18A,20A,20E,21A,21E, and 40A can score points for the team’s competition. Points are scaled for the grades, 100 for 21E winner, 80 for 20E winner, 60 for all other winners with other runners in each grade being scaled based on their time behind the winner. The team score is calculated as the combined score of the top 5 men and women, plus an additional point for each finisher in the eligible grades. 

Labour Weekend marked the first of this revamped competition with a strong Northern Knights team taking on smaller Southern and Central teams across the two days of NOL races. Top performances from recent convert Lizzie Ingham, plus South Island regulars Matt Ogden and Zefa Fa’avae weren’t quite enough to put the Southerly Storm at the top after the first round as the Northern Knights proved too strong on their home terrain. A consistent team performance featuring many 20E and 40A runners, plus a whopping 61 bonus points, puts them in first position. The Central Scorchers will be ruing their lack of male runners in the NOL grades as their women, led by Piret Klade, fought hard to secure good points but end up in third position overall.

These standings are likely to swing towards the Southerly Storm’s favour with the next two rounds on their home turf in November and January. But with the double-points round at National Champs and the season finale at King’s Birthday both taking place in the North Island next year there’s still a long way to go yet before we have a clear leader!

Points are calculated as the combined score of each team’s top 5 Men and Women across all the points scoring classes (21E/20E/21A/20A/18A/40A), plus an additional point for each finisher not included in the team’s top 5.

Club abbreviation guide:

Northern regionCentral regionSouthern region
AK AucklandHB Hawkes BayDN Dunedin
CM Counties ManukauHV Hutt ValleyMB Marlborough
NW North West / WhangareiRK Red Kiwi / ManawatuNL Nelson
BP Bay of PlentyTK TaranakiPP Peninsula & Plains
TP TaupōWR WairarapaSD Southland
WK WaikatoWN Wellington

Orienteering NZ NOL Sports Class Leaderboard 2022-2023 MEN

Orienteering NZ NOL Sports Class Leaderboard 2022-2023 Women