This weekend was first and foremost about WOC selection. The timing is pretty much fixed around this weekend give or take a week or so. The next choice is what terrain. Two issues to consider. One is willingness of organisers. The other is terrain similar to the WOC terrain. Jim decided that Bendigo would organise the middle selection on Yorkshire Hill. That is a middle map. But the terrain for WOC is more brutal. Not the lovely Latvian sand dunes, but this.
Most similar terrain in Victoria was Blowhole. But Eureka wasn't keen on the map or organising. Map is too old (like so many of our maps these days). So next was Tipperary Springs. You can see the similarity still to WOC terrai. And BKV was kind enough to put their hand up. Given that, you might as well make the event a SS to raise a little more money. As I understand it, the Board vetoed this being a Long Champs.
So as you can see, season appropriateness was not a consideration.