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Cheshire and Merseyside Schools' League 2008-2009 Round-up

  • Winners - Sandbach School
  • Runners Up - Fallibroome School

Highlights

  • Sandbach School winning for second year running
  • Fallibroome second full season achieving second and third team placing
  • Electronic punching used at event 6
  • Over 200 competitors turning out for event 4
  • Competitor numbers up by 8%
  • 244 individuals (aged 11-18) competed in the senior Schools League

Second Half Review

Sandbach justified their position as favourites and won the league quite comfortably in the end, but they had to put in a good result in the final event to ensure the challenge from Fallibroome was not successful. Congratulations to Sandbach

The second half of the season started well with a big turnout at Colomendy. 214 runs recorded overall with all 12 runs on the white course being second runs as some competitor used the electronic punching trial conducted in anticipation of going fully electronic punching next season.

Problems were encountered holding events 5 and 6, Sutton Manor became unavailable late in the planning stage due to construction works and was switched to Hightown the proposed venue for event 6. To put on event 6, the date, venue and organising club had to be switched. We are very grateful to SELOC for hosting the final event at Three Sisters and Viridor Woods. Unfortunately the new date clashed with school holidays for two school's and the numbers were lower than expected, however, those that went were able to enjoy electronic punching.

Final Table (top 10 places)

Final Table (top 10 places)
Pos School Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 Event 5 Event 6 Total Points
1 Sandbach 1 24 25 25 25 25 25 149
2 Fallibroome 1 25 24 24 24 24 24 145
3 Fallibroome 2 23 22 20 23 20 23 131
4 Bridgewater 1 22 17 23 19 22 22 125
5 Wirral Grammar 1 16 23 22 21 19 20 121
6 Fallibroome 3 17 18 18 18 15 21 107
7 Merchant Taylor 1 19 19 21 22 23 0 104
8 Formby 1 21 21 19 20 21 0 102
9 Sandbach 2 20 16 15 12 18 19 100
10 Bridgewater 2 13 10 16 11 16 17 83

Medal Winners Chart 2008-2009

Sandbach School may have won the league but Fallibroome won the most medals. The medals were shared between 10 schools as the table below shows.

Medal Winners Chart 2008-2009
Place School 1st 2nd 3rd Total
1 Sandbach

4 1 2 7
2 Fallibroome High 3 3 4 10
3 Formby High 2 3 0 5
4 Helsby 1 0 1 2
=5 Alsager 1 0 0 1
=5 Priestly College 1 0 0 1
7 Bridgewater High 0 2 2 4
=8 Tarporley 0 1 0 1
=8 Calday Grammar for Boys 0 1 0 1
10 Pensby High for Girls 0 0 1 1

Role of Honour

The Role of Honour table below shows the first 3 places in the individual classes.

Role of Honour 2008-2009
Class First Second Third
Year 7 Girl
Boy
Maribel Esdaile (FHS)
R Townshend (SS)
E Wilkinson (Fal)
A Mansfield- Hickman (BHS)
B Barratt (BHS)
Michael Kayley (WGS)
Year 8 Girl
Boy
B Sloan (Fal)
Sam Pearson (SS)
Anna Harrington (Fal)
Sean Pickering (Tarp)
J Hodgeson (BHS)
Isaac Liptrot (Fal)
Year 9 Girl
Boy
Eva Smith (FHS)
Ollie Williams (SS)
Cerys Butcher (FHS)
Matthew Kemp (Calday)
Helen Elmes (Helsby)
Tom Williams (Fal)
Year 10 Girl
Boy
Ruth Townshend (Als)
Tom Horton (Fal)
Alana Jackson (Fal)
Chris Owens (BHS)
Alanah Birtwistle (Fal)
Oliver Harvey (Fal)
Year 11 Girl
Boy
Alice Jackson (Fal)
James Stops (SS)
Emma Brownlee (FHS)
Mike King (SS))
Hannah Irvine (PHSG)
Oliver Farren (SS)
Year 12/13 Girl
Boy
Eleanor Owens (Priestly)
Callam Crocker (Helsby)
Rachel Clarkson (FHS)
Chris Kayley (WGS)
Ceri Williams (Fal)
Paul Redstone (SS)

Participation

Participation at this years league is up by an average of 8% overall for all competitors. Colomendy had over 200 and Eaton Park had 199 competitors. This year I have also calculated the junior participation at 810 competitors for the six events or an average of 135 per event. The tables below show the participation for 2008/09.

Overall Participation Figures 2008-2009
Total Competitors Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 Event 5 Event 6 Total
White 2 2 1 12 0 5 22
Yellow 54 71 42 64 53 34 318
Orange 45 42 25 51 38 26 227
Light Green 37 38 29 32 29 28 193
Green (or Long LG) 47 46 26 55 36 35 245
Total 185 199 123 214 156 128 1005
Junior Participation Figures 2008-2009
Junior Competitors Event 1 Event 2 Event 3 Event 4 Event 5 Event 6 Total
White 0 2 1 12 0 5 20
Yellow 54 70 42 63 53 33 315
Orange 38 38 24 47 37 23 207
Light Green 33 30 28 25 26 24 166
Green (or Long LG) 22 20 15 17 13 15 102
Total 147 160 110 164 129 100 810
Breakdown of participations for the last three years (2006-2009)
Average White Yellow Orange L Green Green Total
2006/07 6 32 37 22 19 120
2007/08 11 48 44 25 28 155
2008/09 4 53 38 32 41 168

The higher numbers in the last two years has been brilliant but it does sometimes cause a strain on the organisation on the day and the calculating of the results and statistics. This will hopefully be made easier with electronic punching next year.

The number of entriess on the White Course have been disappointing and perhaps reflects the difficulty in attracting Primary Schools. Consideration will need to be given to whether it is worth continuing to provide a white course next year and primary school participation.

Electronic Punching for 2009-2010

The application for a grant of £4,600 from Sport England has been successful so together with funding of £1,000 from British Orienteering, Deeside Orienteering Club will be able to purchase 100 dibbers, 20 control boxes and other miscellaneous equipment to enable the league to use electronic punching for all next year's events.

There are many benefits to electronic punching but the main one for the competitors will be to see instant printouts of times and splits. After the event by visiting the Deeside web site competitors will have the opportunity to analyse the split times and results in detail together with using other programmes like routegadget and splitzanalyser for further analysis.

For those who are not familiar with Routegadget, it is a computer programme that allows competitors to draw the route they took on a map of the event and then compare their route with others who have also plotted their route. A table at the side shows the split times of the competitor's routes selected providing an excellent way to try to access which route is better or worse.

A lot of preparation will need to go into setting up electronic punching. New software will need to be written to process the results. A new entries system will be set up the will ultimately make registration simpler and quicker. Registration of schools league competitors will be done before the first event and held on a database. Additional SL competitors can also register at events by completing a simple form. Full details will be circulated to the schools and published on the Deeside website at the beginning of September.

2009-2010 Season

The planning of next years fixtures has started and possible dates and venues are being discussed. The provisional dates will be circulated as soon as possible. If you have any comments or suggestions I should be pleased to receive them together with any offers of help to plan, organise or control one of the three Deeside events.

With the introduction of electronic punching the target is to try to get the participation levels close to an average of 200 per event.

Finally I would like to thank the teachers, planners, organisers, controllers and all the helpers, too many to name individually who have made this years league a success.

Malcolm Irvine
Deeside Schools League Co-ordinator

Orienteering at Bickerton Hill Tom Beasant