6th aMAZEing Ballarat 1 Dec 2012 – Event Report

27 intrepid teams took to the streets and parks of Ballarat on Saturday in near perfect weather to contest the 6th annual aMAZEing Ballarat, run by Eureka Orienteers.

One aspect was familiar, the start/finish point at the Ballarat Community Garden, but the rest remained a mystery until the start whistle was sounded.

Half the group were off to see if they could send a bowl within a meter of the kitty at the Victoria Bowling Club, while the others got stuck into clearing long grass at the Garden and gathering it into stooks. From there on the teams were able to choose their own order and try to outwit a boardgames master at a games shop, haul a ship’s rope 50m, make an origami box and work out a series of photo points.

As well they were kept busy amongst other puzzling matters trying to discover where was the “bunny-hop” line, Nag’s Head and Pencilmark Lanes, a Botanical Garden in the CBD and how many moustaches were being sported by a First World War division who had their photograph hanging in the RSL.

Not only were the competitors having a great time but they had at the same time raised around $1000 which was turned into sports and camping gear which was donated to Berry St, to allow them to run enhanced programs for Adolescents at Risk in the Ballarat community.

The organisers always look to find new ways of grouping the teams to spread the treasured aMAZEing prize mugs amongst the groups and this year was no exception. There was the Berry St Challenge for the staff competing from that institution, the Braggers Cup for the experienced/fit and serious, the Strolling Bone for the amblers, the SI Trophy for the orienteers and the Shepherd’s Pie for those leftover from the organiser’s classifications.

Winners were – Berry St A in the Berry St Challenge, The Mapgpies in the Braggers Cup, Ains and Pete in the Strolling Bone, I thought you said left in the SI Trophy and OnesNthrees in the Shepherd’s Pie.

AMAZEing Ballarat 7 will be on again on the first Saturday in December in 2013. Mark it in your diary now.


Berry St Challenge
Berry St A ​237.56​ 820
Berry St B​ 218.57​ 645

The Braggers Cup
The Magpies​ 237.03​ 875
Beep Beep Zip Tang​ 220.19​ 865
Life’s Swell over Bell​ 224.51​ 840
BalANZACtine ​221.01​ 830
XAXA​ 236.38 ​810
Slow Pokes​ 218.08​ 655

The Strolling Bone
Ains & Pete ​238.26​ 825
Stop Turning the Map​ 236.15 ​765
Witches in Britches​ 240.00 ​700
The Blackinerneys​ 233.42​ 605
Blak Cats​ 234.58​ 585
We’ll Just Follow Them​ 240.00​ 535
3 Saints & A Magpie​ 208.18​ 480

The SI Trophy
I Thought You said Left ​229.37​ 875
2Ps No Pod​ 238.24​ 785
The New Old ​230.12 ​820
Team JAG​ 220.45 ​785
Collins Class ​231.39 ​720
Starlight​ 233.33​ 695
Bismarck​ 236.26​ 595

The Shepherd’s Pie
OnesNthrees​ 231.43 ​950
The Clowns ​236.48 ​870
Nuts​ 221.18 ​845
TIZ​ 230.23​ 715
Cruise Control​ 230.19​ 690