NSW Ninja League – Season 1 – Round 1

NNL Season 1 Round 1 - Nat Deegan

Article written by Nat Deegan

NNL Season 1 Round 1 OCRS

The NSW Ninja League series kicked off this weekend at Obstacle Racing School in Tuggerah hosted by Mick Gleeson for their Ninja Tournament. On Saturday (Sep 2nd), 20 ninjas entered the competition and attempted stage 1 of the course. A great turn out with some familiar faces and some exciting new local talent.


Stage 1:

Obstacles in order :

quintuple steps (final step to a bar catch), 

unstable bridge

monkey bars to A-Frame bar

lache jump

balance beams

Cannon ball alley “mixed” (cannon balls, ropes & nunchucks) and

the small warped wall


Competitors were allowed 3 attempts at all obstacles on this stage. All male competitors finished stage 1 but the standout was Scott Campbell who completed the course in 1:10s, closely followed by Mick Gleeson and Josh O’Sullivan.

There were 5 female competitors in the event with Gemma Rolfe setting the pace to finishing the course in 3:05s, followed by Zoe Featonby also making it up the warped wall, Betsy Burnett and Nat Deegan both had near misses on their 3rd warped wall attempts, and Steph Marigos putting up a huge fight almost making it through cannon ball alley.


Stage 2:

Obstacles in order :

Tarzan rope swing to ring toss grab

lache jump

bungee ropes

balance “alley” – which included beams

a spinning log and unstable steps

traverse wall

nunchuck alley

big warped wall


12 competitors went through to this stage: 9 Males and 3 Females.


Competitors had one chance only on obstacles for this stage, excluding the warped wall with the standard 3 attempts allowed.

The stand out for stage 2 was the Tarzan rope swing – all competitors said this was fun. The upgraded spinning log was the ninja killer and proved to be difficult for a few favorites throwing them off and taking them out of the competition. The bungee ropes also took it’s fair share of victims.

 This stage decided the female podium with Zoe taking first, Gemma very close behind in 2nd; both going out on the bungee ropes, and Betsy in 3rd just behind missing the bar lache catch. There were no finishers of stage 2, with Matt Walker making it the furthest despite… well, this video says it all:


Stage 3:

Obstacles in order :

Hanging doors

Devils Steps to Cliffhanger

Pegboard, Salmon Ladder

Pole Grasper

Rope Jungle (basically a grip burner from start to finish)


6 competitors went through to this stage, once again only one attempt was allowed for each obstacle.


There were 3 finishers – the male podium places being Josh Sullivan in 1st, Pat Teylan in 2nd and Josh H (an OCR school local) claiming 3rd.

NNL - Season 1 - Round 1 - Top make finishers

This was followed by Matt Walker going down on the Salmon ladder, and Mick Gleeson and Scott Campbell on the pegboard.

 The female podium placers being the fantastic Zoe Fentonby, 2nd place going to Gemma Rolfe and the Disco Ninja herself Betsy Burnett coming in 3rd.

NNL Season 1 Round 1 - Top female finishers

Well done to everyone who competed.  We’ll be updating this page as soon as results come through:  NSW Ninja League Results

From all the competitors, a huge thanks to Mick and his crew from OCRS for putting on this event; and hopefully NSW ninjas get involved in the remaining 3 events in this first season of the league.






1 Comment

  1. Sheenobree

    Great write up Nat! It sounds like it was an awesome competition!

    Those damn warped walls though.

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