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Decathon ~ SATURDAY December 30 ~ 10 games ~ at Box Hill
The Bil Rose Aestival ~ SUNDAY January 14 ~ at Box Hill
Saturday Session 1 ~ SATURDAY February 3 ~ Venue to be advised
Melbourne Team Challenge ~ SUNDAY February 11 ~ at Box Hill
For full details of tournaments click HERE
VICTORIAN CLUB CLOSURE AND REOPENING DATES OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD 2017 - 2018
|CLUB||BREAKUP DATE||RETURN DATE 2018|
|Ballarat||Tuesday December 19||Tuesday January 2|
|Balwyn||Monday December 18||Monday January 8|
|Bentleigh||Wednesday December 18||Wednesday February 5|
|Essendon||Tuesday December 5||Tuesday February 6|
|FaNS||Monday December 18||Monday January 8|
|Frankston||Wednesday December 13||Wed 10 January, if temperature less than 34 degrees|
|Geelong||Saturday December 16||Saturday January 13|
|Golden Age||Wednesday December 13||Monday January 8|
|Gormandale||Friday December 15||Friday February 2|
|Greensborough||Tuesday December 12||Tuesday January 9|
|Langwarrin||Tuesday December 5||Tuesday January 30|
|Mt Martha||Tuesday December 19||Tuesday January 9|
|Nunawading||Tuesday December 19. Breakup
dinner at 6pm at the Mitcham Hotel
|Tuesday January 9|
|Paynesville||Tuesday December (Library Thursday Dec )
||Tuesday January (Library Thursday January)|
|Rosanna||Thursday December 14||Thursday February 8|
|Sunbury||Wednesday November 29||Wednesday January 10 at new venue: 5pm - 8pm Sunbury Youth Centre, 51 Evans St, Sunbury|
|Watsonia||Wednesday December 13||Wednesday February 7|
Vale Marianne Janssen (Clayton) 16 September 1938 ~ 16 November 2017
Marianne was also involved with the Victorian Travel Scrabble Group, enjoying time with friends and helping organise weekends away at various places, including a boat trip on the Murray River.
Recently Marianne developed cancer and passed away in November at the age of 79. In recent years Marianne still enjoyed family time and playing social games with friends, and will be missed by her family and friends.
Rest peacefully, Marianne.
SUNBURY TOURNAMENT & LUNCH on Saturday December 2nd, 2017
The playing area - Phil Moller, Peter Kougi, John Rider
and Alan Burn at the bar, with Kris Howat in the centre
Organiser Norma Fisher chats to Phil Moller, with
Barry Harridge and Peter Kougi in the background
Not having to pay rental for the use of the dining room and providing only tea, coffee and biscuits made for an inexpensive tournament ($10 plus $1 CASPA levy) plus $10 for a 2-course seniors’ meal or the Saturday Special of fish and chips for non-seniors. From all accounts the food was considered very good, though I think a better job could have been done of getting the meals to the right persons........will work on that next year!! After minimal expenses the total intake was returned as prizes.
ASHES group saw Natasha Podesser take 1st place (5 + 419), Peter Kougi 2nd place (5 + 337) – a very tight finish, and myself a couple of games behind (3 + 104) in 3rd place. Natasha also won the High Word prize for DISFAVOR for 101 and Carol Johnsen took the High Game prize with 517 points.
BRADMAN group was lead by John Metcalf, winning all 6 games with a margin of +374 with Dorothy Barraclough in 2nd place (4 + 323) and Kris Howat in 3rd place (4 + 44). John also won the High Game prize with a 462 game and Phil Moller played SEQUINS for 114 to take the High Word prize.
CRICKET group was won by a delighted Liz McKean (5 + 185) followed in 2nd place by Balada Catanchin (4 + 185) with Christiane McCann coming 3rd (4 + 172) – only 13 points separating these two positions! Liz also won the High Word prize for YAWNERS for 88 points and Marisa Nuccitelli had a 441 game winning her the High Game prize.
The ASHES Division: Carol Johnsen, Peter Kougi,
Norma Fisher and Natasha Podesser
The BRADMAN group: Dorothy Barraclough, Kris Howat,
and John Metcalf
CRICKET Division: Elizabeth McKean, Marisa Nuccitelli,
Christiane McCann and Balada Catanchin
My thanks to Carol for her computer wizardry (and for the group names – Sunbury being the home of the Ashes!), and a big thank you to Liz McKean who delighted us all with her yummy jelly slice! Norma Fisher.
Thanks for the report, Norma, and I'd like to mention those who made significant ratings gains: John Metcalf +73, Elizabeth McKean +33, Dianne Gibson + 33, and Natasha Podesser +32. Also, the Sunbury Club is meeting at a new venue in the New Year - from Wednesday January 10, from 5pm till 8pm, you'll find them at the Sunbury Youth Centre, 51 Evans Street. All are welcome, so don't hesitate to go along! To see the full results click HERE
The Victorian Matchplay concludes, and Andrew Fisher is the 2017 Victorian Matchplay Champion!Andrew played Trevor Halsall in the best of nine final, and was victorious five games to nil in the playoff. Here are the links to the first three games of the final, played at The Rose in Fitzroy:
Andrew 481 (PINDERS/REMBLING), Trevor 372 (INDITERS).
Andrew 456 (AXINITE, ROOTIES) Trevor 411 (AUSTERER, NEOTERIC, DENUDING).
Well done, Andrew and all the finalists, and thanks for organising it all, Nick Ivanovski.
The Inaugural FaNS Tournament, November 12 2017The Fairfield and Northcote Scrabble Club meet on Monday evenings from 7-9pm, at the Darebin U3A at 26 Railway Place, Fairfield. Drop in and see them for a game - all are welcome. Convenor Rob York organised a new tournament for the Victorian calendar, and 48 players arrived to play, including new player Val Wills who has been playing at FaNS for a while. Val enjoyed her day and handled the start to her tournament career very well, welcome and well done, Val! Rob also welcomed Harry Malcolm back from a break, and Shaun Donnelly whom we hadn't seen for a while.
The smart A Division winners: Peter Kougi,
Heather Long, Geoff Wright, Jenny Brysha
and Nick Ivanovski
The B Division clever people: Glen
Chandler, Peter Bauer and Noel Coulter
with a swag of prizes!
Division C - the cream of the crop: Ann
Goodwin, Elizabeth McKean, Angie Winkler
and Balada Catanchin
FaNS Club Convenor Rob York with his
assistant, Oscar, who loves a social game
of Scrabble when not helping.
Division A saw a fine performance from Geoff Wright, who won six of the seven games played, well done Geoff. Second and third places went to Peter Kougi and Heather Long respectively, both on five wins. The High Game prize went to Nick Ivanovski for his score of 528, and Jenny Brysha played CONTAINS for 131 points to win the High Game prize in A.
Division B was won by Glen Chandler, winning six games ahead of Peter Bauer and Noel Coulter who won five each. Well done, Glen and all, a great effort. The High Game award went to Noel Coulter for his score of 472, and Noel also won the High Word award for his play of BLUSHERS for 158 points.
Division C was tightly fought with Angie Winkler finishing on 5.5 wins, half a game clear of the field. Good effort, Angie. Second and third places went to Dorothy Hunt and Ann Goodwin, both on five wins - the Greensborough Club was well represented here! The High Game award was won by Balada Catanchin for her score of 452, and the High Word award went to Elizabeth McKean for her play of SQUIZZES for 130 points, well done all!
New player from the
FaNS Club, Val Wills
Happy to be here,
Serious play - Nick Ivanovski v Peter Kougi,
Harry Malcolm v Geoff Wright at rear
Front: Angie Pearse v Lorraine Thomas,
and Gwen Lampre plays John Rider
Barry Harridge plays Geoff Shepheard, and
Heather Long plays Katie Rowe at the rear
Rob would like to thank everyone who helped on the day, including Christie Godby who did a superb job with catering, Barry Harridge who sorted computer problems, Gwen Lampre for her help with taking entry money, and everyone who helped with packing up etc. I had volunteered for the Tournament Director's job, and was delighted with everyone's patience and demeanour on the day. Thank you all!
To check out the full results click HERE
The 2017 WESPA CHAMPIONSHIP, November 6 - 12, in Nairobi, KenyaThis exciting event consists of 32 rounds, followed by a best of 7 final on Sunday November 12. Nairobi is -8 hours c/f Eastern Daylight Time, and the Championship will get under way about 4.30pm our time here in Victoria, on Wednesday 8th November. There are several side-tournaments running concurrently, including a last chance qualifier and a Youth event.
Australia has thirteen players qualified for the Championship following a stringent selection process - to check out this process click HERE
Here are our four Victorian players who will compete in Nairobi - Andrew and Carol in the Championship, and Elize and Christiane in the side events.
The Aussies in Nairobi
Good luck to all!
The 2017 WESPA Champion - Akshay
Bhandarkar. Akshay won all 8 games on
the penultimate day to reach the final.
The final; Akshay Bhandarkar, Tournament
Director Wilma Vialle from Australia, and
Peter Moses from Nigeria
History: London in 1995;
Naween Fernando with
David Webb from England plays friend and former
Englishman, Australia's Andrew Fisher. These two
co-authored "How to Win at Scrabble"
Akshay was behind in the early stages but fought back to tie at three all after six games. In the final game Akshay played consecutive bingoes on his first two moves, making it difficult for Peter to wipe out the deficit. Akshay received US$20,000, and Peter collected $10,000 for his efforts. Congratulations to both, and on another note Victoria's Naween Fernando must feel somewhat as if his brother is the new Champ - Naween and Akshay grew up playing Scrabble together in Bahrain, and their parents took them to London to play in the world Scrabble Championship in 1995.
Australia's best placed finisher was Russell Honeybun from Western Australia, who finished in the prizemoney in 15th place, well done, Russ. Thanks to all who helped with the coverage, it was great to follow events as they unfolded.
Full details, including a great deal of information, can be found HERE
The Annual South Australia - Victoria Border Challenge, October 21-22nd 2017
The happy South Australian Team!
The Victorian diehards!
Seventeen South Australians and twenty-two Victorians travelled to the lovely town of Horsham (in Western Victoria, where everyone makes you feel very welcome) for this annual battle, and met at the White Hart Hotel on Firebrace Street where host Bruce cared for us very well.
South Australia were the tournament organisers this year and did a great job, thanks Paula and team, keeping us well fed with lovely fresh fruit etc. between games. Handling the computer pairings was quite a challenge, made more complex by the uneven numbers in the teams, and Adam Kretschmer and Oliver Jenner-O'Shea did a great job with some help from other team members. All South Australians played all their games against Victorians, with the spare Vics playing each other each round and ten of us having a bye.
Going into the second last round South Australia were ahead 74-62, with 34 games to play. However Victoria came home with a convincing run, winning the last two rounds 23 games to 11 and squaring the final game tally on 85 apiece. As it turned out, in spite of this amazing effort, South Australia claimed the perpetual shield as a result of their far superior margin of +679; congratulations to you all, you're a tough team to beat!
The winners: Adam Kauschke, Adam
Kretschmer, SA President Oliver
Jenner-O'Shea and Michael Cameron
Winners second rating band: Balada
Catanchin with Oliver, Khwanjai
Thammaping, and Glen Chandler
Oliver Jenner-O'Shea hands the
Perpetual Shield to the SA Team
Captain Paula Brown
The final game of the tournament,
with Bronwyn Piechnick from South
Australia playing Marisa Nuccitelli
The White Hart Hotel, scene of the
action, on the corner of Firebrace
Street and Roberts Avenue
Overall prizes were awarded for High Game and High Word - Michael Cameron scored 626 to take home the High Game cash, and Adam Kauschke played a nine-timer LEGALITY for 140 points to win the High Word award.
Impressive ratings gains were achieved by Balada Catanchin +70, Adam Kauschke +49, Glen Chandler + 46, Michael Cameron + 41 and Heather Long +40.
Well done to all who took part, it was a most enjoyable tournament and thanks again to the South Australian team for looking after us so well.
South Australian Adam Kretschmer
mans the computer
Players on the final day, with
a mix of state representatives
Local resident, Tim Guidera, with
his great prize for finishing last
The main street, Firebrace Street,
Looking south on Firebrace Street:
Horsham is a well-cared for town
The Geelong Tournament takes place in a new venue! October 14, 2017
Members of the Geelong Scrabble Club
It was good to see both Naween Fernando and Peter Kougi in attendance, and these two were pleased to take out first and second places respectively in Division ABLETT, followed by local player Mary McMahon, a game behind in third place. Naween claimed the High Game Award for his score of 529, and Peter collected the High Word Award for his play of TRAVERSE for 140 points.
In BARTEL Division Phil Moller continued his excellent start to his tournament career, placing first on five wins - well done, Phil! Second place went to Betty Egan, also on five wins, with Khwanjai Thammaping winning four to place third. (Thank you for the photos, Khwanjai!) Glen Chandler had a good day, winning both the High Game and High Word Awards for her game score of 533, and her play of FRITTERS for 149 points.
Star of the day, winning all six games, was Latha Weerakkody in Division CAMERON, a wonderful effort, Latha! Second place went to Angie Winkler on five wins, and in third place was the Geelong Scrabble Club Convenor, Marlene Ellis on three wins. The High Word Award also went to Marlene for her play of EQUALING for 101 points, and fellow Club Member Anne Menheere claimed the High Game Award for her game score of 473.
Notable ratings gains were achieved by Phil Moller +42 (Phil is still a provisional player, but having now played 46 games will move from the provisional zone at his next tournament), Latha Weerakkody +39, Angie Winkler +38, Betty Egan +37, Glenys Dettmann +35, Mary McMahon +34 and Balada Catanchin +31.
Winners in ABLETT: Naween Fernando, Peter
Kougi, Mary McMahon
The BARTEL winners: Betty Egan, Phil Moller
Glen Chandler, Khwanjai Thammaping
The clever ones in CAMERON: Latha Weerakkody,
Angie Winkler, Anne Menheere, Marlene Ellis
Old friends catching up: Don Marshall and
To see the full results of the Geelong Tournament click HERE
Vale John van der Schoor ~ 5th July 1937 ~ 8th October 2017
John in 2014
John is survived by a large extended family, including his five brothers who all reside in Australia, and their many descendants. A graveside service to celebrate John's life will take place at Western Cemetery (Minerva Road entrance) at 2.00pm followed by a Memorial Service at Tuckers Chapel, 68-74 Hope Street, Geelong West at 3.00pm. Rest peacefully, John.
The Seniors' Festival Social Day and Tournament, October 12 2017
The Winners on the day, with organisers Sita and Tam Dasika on the right
Prizes were awarded for the first place getter in each section, as well as some extra prizes for high game and high word.
Everyone enjoyed the lovely lunch and snacks provided, and the challenge of playing three competitive games of Scrabble against players of similar talents.
Tam thanked Norma Fisher, Carol Johnsen and Marj Miller for their ongoing assistance, and also thanked all his Club Members for their ongoing help.
This free day out is only possible due to the generous financial assistance of the Department of Health and Human Services through their Representative Officer Chris Reidy, as part of the annual Victorian Seniors Week Festivities.
Tam and Sita and all attendees are also grateful to the Golden Age Senior Citizens' Club for providing the venue free of charge, it is a welcoming and comfortable venue at which to host this popular annual event. The Golden Age Scrabble Club meets here (47 Miller Crescent, Mount Waveley, opposite the railway station) regularly on Wednesdays from 9.30 am till 3pm, and all are welcome to join the group.
Update on the 2017 Victorian Matchplay Event, October 10All rounds have now been completed, and Andrew Fisher will play Trevor Halsall in the final. This should be a great contest between these two talented players - more news will follow.
Norma Fisher plays her quarter final
Andrew Fisher versus Norma Fisher
Nick Ivanovski v Dilendra Nanayakkara
Carol Johnsen plays Trevor Halsall
SF - Nick just loses 3-4 to Andrew
The Essendon Tournament ~ October 1, 2017
The Essendon Scrabble Club Members: Barry Harridge, Doug Ristic,
Norma Engel, John Taylor, Rob York, John Rider, Glenys Dettmann,
Eloy Gardea. Seated: Lina Camilleri, Rod Casey, Janet Bau.
Play in progress, with Latha Weerakkody and
John Parker in the foreground
Rob welcomed all players to the Tournament, and in particular Michael Smitheram who is well known to contestants on the Melbourne Online Scrabble Players website. Michael enjoyed his day, finishing with four wins and a provisional rating of 820 points - well done, Michael, anything over 500 is good for your first tournament!
Rob had an excellent team of helpers, namely the Essendon members who supplied many delectable cakes and other goodies for our enjoyment, thank you all, our refreshments throughout the day were delightful.
Also helping in various areas were Norma Fisher, Carol Johnsen, Barry Harridge, and Lainie Mercieca who manned the computer for a good part of the day before slotting in to play when one of our players became ill. Many assisted in the final clean-up, and as always we were grateful for all help offered.
Players were divided into three sections for this event - Masters, Advanced and Intermediate.
The Winners in Masters:
Trevor Halsall, Norma Fisher, Nick Ivanovski
The victors in Advanced:
Betty Egan and Lorraine Thomas
The Intermediate gurus: Lynne Goodinson,
Elizabeth McKean, Angie Winkler, John Metcalf
Tournament Director and Essendon Club Convenor
Rob York with his trusty helper Oscar
ADVANCED saw a fine performance from Lorraine Thomas who won six games, followed by Siva Sivapalasundram on the comeback trail with five wins. Betty Egan won five games as well as the High Game Award, for her excellent score of 534. The High Word Award went to Siva for his play of LAZIEST, worth 109 points - well done, everyone! Carol Mascitti played in this section after some extensive travel in various places around the world and in Australia, its great to have you back, Carol.
In INTERMEDIATE Lynne Goodinson (also on the comeback trail) won all seven games, finishing with an excellent margin of +859 - well done, Lynne, you're getting back to your old form now! Second and third respectively were John Metcalf and Angie Winkler, both on five wins, and both very happy with their day's play. The High Game Award was won by Elizabeth McKean for her great score of 500 points, and the High Word Award went to John Metcalf for his play of ENACTING for 94 points.
Essendon's Janet Bau with new player Michael
Smitheram, and Helen Richards
Helen Richards with friend Rob York, looking very
Relaxing at lunchtime: Kris Howat, Marisa
Nuccitelli and Angie Pearse
Tidying up: Chris McCann with Norma Fisher,
and Carol Johnsen, Rob York and Barry Harridge
If you wish to play Scrabble on Tuesday evenings please visit the Essendon Club at the Essendon Senior Citizens Centre, 5 Kellaway Ave, Moonee Ponds at 7pm and Convenor Rob and the members will make you most welcome.
To see the full results of the Essendon Tournament in the National Scrabble Archive click HERE
Rest in peace, Nick Lindsay ~ June 13, 1943 ~ September 15, 2017
Nick on his 70th birthday, with Maria
This is from Maria's email to me this week: "We are all mourning the passing of Nick with sadness and will never forget the passion he had for scrabble. We came to recognise when a bingo was looming with a twinkle forming in his eye, then he'd take his time putting each letter down slowly in it's position, one at a time. Finally the sense of delight and achievement, that we all feel for a bingo, shone in his face. These memories...and many more, will remain with us forever and scrabble in Wangaratta will never be quite the same again."
I remember first meeting Nick in the early 2000's in Melbourne, and on a couple of occasions when dropping booklets and dictionaries in to him at his home when travelling through to Canberra. Nick always appreciated these fresh reference books as he liked to keep his group up to date with the latest word lists, and Maria mentioned to me that Nick christened the Scrabble Dictionary "Marj", and it was always referred to by this name - what an honour!
Nick will be missed by his daughters Fiona and Rebecca, grandchildren Lydia and Ben, family and his many friends.
Rest peacefully, Nick, many people will have happy memories of a life well lived.
The Peninsula Tournament, September 17 2017
The spacious playing area at the Mount Eliza
This was the first year for the ASPA committee-run Peninsula Tournament, formerly the Mt Martha Tournament which had been ably run by Julie Belle and the members of the Mt Martha Scrabble Club. The venue is very spacious and popular but it amazes me how people still get lost finding it! Three players who regularly attend each year had trouble finding it, with one of them only coming from Mornington - just up the road!
Thirty four players took part including standby player Pat Weston from Geelong who had come along to catch up with old friends at the tournament. Pat went on to win the C Section of the tournament and came away a very happy winner. Also of note in this section was Trish Magee's score of 529, well done, Trish.
In the A Section, local player Jane McDonnell proved a very formidable player - winning 4 games of 6 and gaining 51 rating points. We are certainly encouraging her to play in other tournaments but alas, not too successfully. Carol Johnsen's opponent's lament of "I've only had 1 blank all day" was not answered when in a seemingly blocking move to place an S in front of QUIZ, he had created the opportunity for her to have a triple-timer BEASTIES for 144 and highest game (with both blanks). Alan Burn was leading for most of the day but his last game was not fruitful and Gwen Lampre won through to take first place.
Relative newcomer to the Scrabble scene, Phil Moller, took out first place in B Section with 6 wins and a healthy gain of 118 rating points. He is keenly waiting for the Decathon where he can play 10 games in a day! Unfortunately, a player left after lunch due to illness and there were 3 byes, however these would not have affected the placings.
To see the full results click HERE
Division C: Balada Catanchin, Geoff Gittus,
and the winner Pat Weston
Division B high achievers: winner Phil Moller
and Glen Chandler
Division A: Carol Johnsen, Alan Burn and
first placed Gwen Lampre
Great concentration shown by Dianne Davis,
an important part of doing well in Scrabble
Go to the top
Andrew Fisher is the 2017 Australian Masters Champ, and Victoria wins the State Team Challenge!
September 9/10, in Adelaide, South Australia
Andrew Fisher with the Masters perpetual trophy, and
South Australian President Oliver Jenner O'Shea
Defending Champ and second placed Joanne Craig,
with Oliver Jenner O'Shea
Daniel Piechnick finished in third place, seen here
at Presentations with Oliver
Technical matters - Daniel Piechnick checking, with
Oliver Jenner O'Shea and Trevor Tao
The Champion State Team, from Victoria - Gwen
Lampre, Carol Johnsen and Norma Fisher
The top individual player in the Teams event, Edie
Mueller, a second time winner of this title
John Hamilton from the A.C.T. plays Norma Fisher
Play in progress - foreground - Ryan Sutton & Rod
Talbot, with Oliver Jenner O'Shea & Barry Harridge
The top Individual Player Award within the State Team Challenge event was won by Edie Mueller from Western Australia for her 14 wins from 18 games played, a great effort indeed. Second place went to Norma Fisher on 13 wins, with John Spaan from the A.C.T. placing third on 11 wins.
Thanks go to the whole team from South Australian Scrabble for organising this event so well, many people were involved behind the scenes - Oliver Jenner-O'Shea, Adam, Antony, Jacqui, Mel, Tony, Susan, Larrie, Margaret, Tracy, and many more who assisted with various tasks over the weekend - and Barry Harridge for directing the major events, and running the computers and website for the weekend. Well done everyone!
To visit the website click HERE
The 2017 Australian Masters and State Team Challenge - happening this weekend in Adelaide
The twenty top Australian players who have accepted their invitations to compete in the AM will play nineteen games against their peers in the Australian Masters, with ten games on Saturday and nine on Sunday. Last year's Masters Champion Joanne Craig from New South Wales will be very keen to take the title again this year but will have some extremely tough opposition.
The State Team Challenge runs concurrently, with teams of three selected players from each state vying for the coveted title of champion Australian State team. Western Australia were victorious last year here in Melbourne and will be trying hard to repeat their victory.
Andrew Fisher, the 2009 Masters Champion, is our sole Victorian representative in the Masters, and our Victorian State team comprises Gwen Lampre, Carol Johnsen and Norma Fisher. Good luck, everyone! The Webmaster for the event is Victoria's Barry Harridge, and Barry will provide regular updates over the weekend on the designated webpage - to keep up to date with results and other news click HERE
David Eldar from Victoria Australia is the new World Scrabble Champion!
Harshan Lamabadusuriya (Sri Lanka) and David
Eldar (Australia) at the conclusion of their
MSA representative Rachael presents the
trophy to David
The top 8: Elie Dangoor, Harshan Lamabadusuriya,
Neil Scott, Nigel Richards, Mark Nyman, Goutham
Jayaraman, Austin Shin and David Eldar.
Goutham Jayaraman from Singapore plays
Austin Shin from England in a quarter-final
2009: David with mentor Don Marshall,
Rod Casey & Barry Harridge behind
2010: David plays felllow Oz whiz kid
Anand Bharadwaj, with Bridget Halge,
Andrew Fisher & Helen Maurus-Hynes
In Nottingham, after winning 21 of the 35 games in the overall competition, a 2-0 win over the world's Number One player Nigel Richards in the Quarter Final, defeating Goutham Jayaraman 3-2 in a very tight Semi Final, and defeating Harshan Lamabadusuriya 3-0 in the Final, a very ecstatic and relieved David was declared the 2017 World Champion. Congratulations, David, this is a well deserved win after many years of competing at such a high level!
The A.G.M. Tournament, August 20, 2017This six game tournament was attended by 56 players, with the Annual General Meeting taking place after Game 4. Two members resigned from the Committee, and we thank both Rob York and Christiane McCann for their services to Scrabble in Victoria. All major positions were filled by the incumbents, namely President Carol Johnsen, Vice-president Norma Fisher, Secretary and Membership Officer Gwen Lampre, and Treasurer Rob Hutchinson. Members Christie Godby and Glen Chandler now fill the two vacant committee positions.
Winners in Division A: Kashi Thiris, Alan Burn,
Nick Ivanovski, Trevor Halsall
Division B winners: Dianne Gibson, Betty Egan,
Dorothy Rice, Oliver Podesser
The winners in Division C: Christiane McCann
and Elize Plaganyi
Division B was also keenly fought with Dianne Gibson finishing first on 5 wins, ahead of Oliver Podesser also on 5 wins, and Katie Rowe on 4.5 wins. The High Game Award went to Betty Egan for her score of 513, and the High Word Award went to Dorothy Rice for her lovely play of QUINTETS for 101 points.
Division C saw Elize Plaganyi with a clean sweep on 6 wins, the only player to win all 6 games - well done, Elize! Laura Khan placed second on 5 wins, followed by Christiane McCann on 4 wins. Christiane claimed both High Game and High Word Awards, scoring 501 points and playing REQUINS for 120 points, well done all.
Relaxing at lunchtime: Dorothy Rice,
Eileen Mills and Lorna Patching
Marjorie Clark, Lina Camilleri,
Dorothy Hunt and Fay Boxshall
Angie Winkler, Natasha Podesser,
Faye Leeder and Rod Casey
Enjoying the sunshine - Dominica
Krstic and Paula Messer
Full results of the AGM Tournament may be viewed in the archives - click HERE
The 2017 Victorian Country Championship ~ August 6, at Ballarat
The 2017 Champion, Sue Kyatt
The 2017 prizewinners, from left: Christiane
McCann, Carol Johnsen, Alan Burn, Sue Kyatt,
A nice break in the day, was to walk just 200m up the road to the local pub, Brown Hill pub, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch. We had ordered our lunches during the morning and they were able to be served when we arrived at the pub.
The new format for the Championship inviting all players to participate was successful in that it increased participation by 100% over that of 2016.
It was lovely to see the return of Sue Kyatt and Alistair Kane who now reside in San Remo and of course, to see Sue take out the 1st prize (6 wins) and the title of Victorian Country Champion. Sue remarked that it had been several years since she had participated in a tournament.
Carol Johnsen (5 wins) took 2nd place and Norma Fisher (5 wins) placed 3rd. Christiane McCann placed 11th winning the Highest Place (Under 1000 rating) with 4 wins. Alan Burn won High Game with 626 and Sue Kyatt won High Word with BROWNIES for 176 achieved in her game with Alan Burn where Alan was able to keep close with 3 bingos and the final scores were both in the 400's - a really good game.
Thanks to Norma Fisher, Carol Johnsen, Neville Hesketh, Val Martin, Ian Martin (standby player), Marjorie Clark and members of the Ballarat Club for their assistance in the organisation of the tournament.
To see the full results of the 2017 Victorian Country Championship click HERE
Anand Bharadwaj visits the Balwyn Club to raise money for Unicef's School-in-a-Box program!Once again the Balwyn Scrabble Club players welcomed Anand and his parents to this annual charity day to support Anand's favourite charity, which supplies educational goods to deprived areas of Africa. It was also Anand's 17th birthday, and we celebrated in style with a cake provided by Kannan and Lalitha.
To learn more about this charity visit the UNICEF website and experience the joy these educational boxes bring to disadvantaged kids - just click HERE
Four tables were set up and Anand played all members at some stage, with the balance of members playing social scrabble nearby on the dance floor. Members supplied some additional delightful afternoon tea, and all appreciated their efforts - thanks everyone, and thanks for your support on the day.
Players enjoying afternoon tea and birthday cake!
Balwyn stalwarts Marj and Rosie
Play in progress - Rosie, Barry, Anand, Kannan
Cheryle and David with Anand and Kannan
This year marked the fifth annual simultaneous Scrabble UNICEF fundraising event at Balwyn Community Cerntre, an event that was once again a resounding success, raising a total of $425 for UNICEF's School-in-a Box program.
I thank the Balwyn Community Centre for waiving the fee to use their facilities and the Balwyn Scrabble Club for their wholehearted support of this initiative. In particular, I am immensely grateful to Marj Miller, Norma Fisher, Barry Harridge, Carol Johnsen and Nick Ivanovski for publicising and promoting the event at tournaments and to Marj and the Balwyn members for their invaluable support in organising the event on the day.
All in all, it was a fun-filled afternoon, and I had a wonderful time celebrating my seventeenth with my Scrabble friends.
Lalitha had been to a wedding! Balada concentrating!
Elaine enjoyed the birthday cake
Paula, just finished her game
Rosie, Barry, Anand and Kannan
Dominica and Natasha, having fun
Matchplay Kickoff ~ July 17, 2017
The finalists, from left: Dilendra Nanayakkara, Trevor Halsall, Norma Fisher, Oliver Podesser, Carol Johnsen, Nick Ivanovski,
Natasha Podesser, and the overall winner on the day, Andrew Fisher.
The tournament prize structure allowed for prizes to not only go to the top eight who wanted to proceed but also three prizes in three ratings bands, meaning that 1 in 3 people who played on the day would end up heading home with a prize!
We welcomed Eloy Gardea back after a brief absence from tournaments and the Victorian Number 2 Andrew Fisher headlined a strong field of players.
In the end, Andrew went through the qualifier undefeated and moved into the knockout phase in style. Nick Ivanovski's final round 603 gave him High Game for the tournament.
The top eight players who wanted to proceed to the final stages were (in finishing order on the day) Andrew Fisher, Natasha Podesser, Norma Fisher, Carol Johnsen, Nick Ivanovski, Dilendra Nanayakkara, Trevor Halsall and Oliver Podesser.
Tournament Organiser and player Nick
Ivanovski, with Lorna Patching
Rating Band A Prizewinner
Rating Band A Prizewinner
Rating Band A Prizewinner
Rating Band B Prizewinner
Rating Band C Prizewinner
QF1: Andrew Fisher v Norma Fisher
QF2: Nick Ivanovski v Dilendra Nanayakkara
QF3: Natasha Podesser v Oliver Podesser
QF4: Trevor Halsall v Carol Johnsen
SF1: QF1 winner v QF2 winner
SF2: QF3 winner v QF4 winner
GF: SF1 winner v SF2 winner
The winner will take home $200 and the runner-up $100. Who will emerge victorious? Follow on this website or on Facebook. I hope everyone enjoyed the tournament and I am looking to make it bigger and better for 2018. Many thanks Nick.
Thanks to Nick Ivanovski for this report, and to see the full results of the Kickoff click HERE
This table will be updated as the knockout results come to hand, hopefully with some photos - good luck to all players, enjoy your finals!
The 2017 Victorian Scrabble Championship ~ June 10/11/12
The Winners - standing - Geoff Wright, Jane Taylor, Rod Talbot, Katie Rowe, Alan Burn, Noel
Coulter, Dianne Brumby. In front: Mythili Rudra, Jimmy Scarff, Trevor Halsall, John McNaughton.
The 2017 Champion Trevor Halsall with
TD Carol Johnsen. Well done, Trevor!
An initiative to run a concurrent event attracted insufficient numbers to make it viable, so generous Ratings Band prizes and extra High Word and High Game prizes were awarded within the Championship, and these were popular with the various winners.
This year's Champion is Victorian Trevor Halsall who had been victorious in Victoria in 2011, and more recently runner-up in the 2017 Australian Champs. Trevor was placed third at the end of Day 1, but led at the end of play on Day 2 and won six of his seven games on the final day, finishing on 19 wins with an excellent margin of +1440. Trevor was followed by three players on 16 wins - Jimmy Scarff (Victoria, margin +1153), Rod Talbot (NSW, +631) and Dianne Brumby (Tasmania, + 97). Jane Taylor from South Australia placed fifth on 15.5 wins, with a margin of +1108.
Joint winners of the Championship High Game Award were Alan Burn (Game 21), and Mythili Rudra (Game 22), both brilliantly scoring 613 points. The High Word Award went to Geoff Wright for his play of BRUNETTE for 140 points, well done, everyone.
The Ratings Band Prize for the best placed player rated 1201-1400 went to Victoria's Noel Coulter on 13 wins and 14th place overall, and New Zealand's John McNaughton was the best placed player rated below 1200, winning 12 games and finishing in 17th place overall.
High Game and High Word Awards for those rated 1400 and under were presented to John McNaughton for his great score of 569, and to Katie Rowe for her play of JESSIES scoring 110 points.
From left: Noel Barrett, Geoff Wright,
Barry Jordan, Rod Talbot
Elize Plaganyi, Marisa Nuccitelli,
Adam Kauschke, Paula Messer
The Admin staff - Barry Harridge with
TD Carol Johnsen
From left: Mythili Rudra, John Barker,
Karen Richards, Jimmy Scarff
Adam Kauschke, Latha Weerakkody,
Alan Burn, Paula Messer
To see the Top 20 Most Improved Players, and those who played the most games over the past 12 months click here
2016-17 Most Improved Player, Geoff
with Carol Johnsen
Trevor Halsall, Nick Ivanovski, Jane
Taylor, Dianne Brumby
Elize Plaganyi, Christiane McCann,
Jeff Chelton, Marisa Nuccitelli
Rob Hutchinson, Rob Marotta, Geoff
Shepheard, Glen Chandler
Some serious concentration - John
McNaughton plays Mark Tully
Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way over the weekend, as always your assistance was appreciated. This includes Norma Fisher whose contribution was enormous as always, and those who acted as reserve players, namely Christie Godby and Barry Harridge who played the final day, and also spent considerable time on improving technical matters.
To find the full results of the 2017 Vic Champs click HERE
The Cranbourne Tournament ~ May 28, 2017On a very cold morning 58 players gathered at Box Hill Community Centre for the Cranbourne Club's annual tournament on Sunday 28 May for the last warm-up before the Victorian State Championships. It was great to welcome Frances Adams from Tasmania. As usual I have to thank Barry Harridge for help with the computing program. I only use it once a year and have to be reminded of all the little tricks. Elaine Capewell, Livia Caulfield and Gayle Cameron provided a great array of snacks and comfort food all day as well as competing in the tourney. My best thanks again. This year spot prizes were awarded for words related to AUTUMN, SPORT, TRAFFIC, POLITICS, CURRENT AFFAIRS, and CLIMATE, with plenty of imagination demonstrated by players.
Recreation: Christiane McCann,
Elizabeth McKean & Rena Aitken
Inter: Kris Howat, Sylvia Galloway,
Dorothy Barraclough & Mal Eden
Advanced: Geoff Shepheard, Rod
Casy & Lainie Chojna
Masters players: Nick Ivanovski
& Natasha Podesser
Frances Adams, visiting from
Kris Howat won 1st prize in the Intermediate Section with the best margin (385) of five players all on five wins, ahead of Sylvia Galloway (margin 301) and Mal Eden (margin 270). Kris Howat also had the highest game score of 510, and Dorothy Barraclough scored 109 for SUNDECK to take the High Word award.
Geoff Shepheard had a great day winning 6 games to take out the top prize in Advanced Section, with Rod Casey in second place with 5 wins and Lynn Weaver third with 4 wins. Rod Casey had a massive High Game total of 577, and Lainie Chojna played JANGLED (98) for High Word.
In the Masters Round Robin Natasha Podesser pipped Nick Ivanovski to win with 5 games and a margin of 315. Nick was a close second with 4 games (margin 331) and Geoff Wright took out third place, also with 4 wins and a margin of 214. Nick Ivanovski walked away with both High Game (561) and High Word (MISRATED 140).
Elize Plaganyi plays Lauru Khan
Dianne Davis versus Alan Burn
Annette Casey plays Tim Whiting
Rob Hutchinson & Lorraine Thomas
John Metcalf with Gayle Cameron
To check the full results of the 2017 Cranbourne event click HERE
Victoria wins the Tristate Challenge! May 13/14, 2017
Serious play in progress at the Gundagai RSL, a pleasant venue.
In the foreground Tony Williams (ACT) plays Christie Godby (Victoria)
A different format was used this year, with the four highest ranked players from each state doing battle in Division A, and all other participants competing in Division B, with as many interstate games played as possible - thanks to John for devising the program, and keeping everything in order over the weekend.
Overall results saw Victoria win 56.19% of games played against the other states, New South Wales were second winning 47.03%, with the ACT close behind, winning 45.78% of their games.
Individually Bob Jackman (NSW) placed first in Div A, followed by Joanne Craig and Rocky Sharma, also from NSW, so it was a clean sweep to NSW in the top section. Joanne Craig's score of 526 won the High Game award in Div A, and Noel Barrett from the ACT played COWRIES to win the High Word Award.
Division B was won by Mark Tully from Victoria, with Barry Harridge (Vic) second and Sharon Sorenson (NSW) in third place. The High Game award went to John Barker (NSW) for his score of 566, and Rene Chelton (NSW) played MAGAZINE for 126 points to win the Div B High Word award. Well played, everyone.
Team New South Wales
The Australian Capital Territory Team
The famous Dog on the Tuckerbox at
Snake Gully, 5 miles from Gundagai
Organiser John Hamilton hard at work,
well done, John
Angie Pearse, representing Victoria,
plays Natalya Grace-Jones from NSW
Happy players Noel Coulter and Alan
Burn, both from Victoria
Arie Holla from NSW competes against
Balada Catanchin from Victoria
The Nunawading Annual Tournament, April 30 2017
The winners - Mythili Rudra, Diyath Visidagamage,
John McNaughton, Gayle Cameron, Elize Plaganyi,
Katie Rowe, and Mal Eden
The High Game and High Word Winners - Lorraine
Thomas: HG Sections A-D, Lynne Goodinson: HW
Sections D-H, Elize Plaganyi: HW Sections D-H,
Shirley De Silva: HW Sections A-D.
The Nunawading Club hosted a happy Round Robin competition on 30 April with 60 participants including 3 novices (Elaine McGinnes, Phil Moller and Diyath Visidagamage) and we also welcomed John McNaughton from New Zealand, and Shirley De Silva on his annual trip from Sri Lanka.
Winners for each section were Mythili Rudra, Diyath Visidagamage, Katie Rowe, Mal Eden, John McNaughton, Gayle Cameron and Elize Plaganyi. In the top divisions Shirley De Silva won the prize for High Word with TRANNIES for 131 and Lorraine Thomas won High Game with 528. In divisions F-H Elize Plaganyi won High Word with TAXLESS for 119, and Lynne Goodinson won High Game with 571, the highest game score for the whole tournament.
First time player Elaine McGinnes with
friends from the Balwyn Club, Lynn
Weaver and mischievous Rod Casey!
Good times at Scrabble - John
McNaughton from New Zealand, with
Diyath Visidagamage from Sri Lanka
New players Phil Moller and Elaine
McGinnes, who both play at the
Nunawading and Balwyn Clubs
Shirley De Silva
from Sri Lanka,
Friends from earlier WYSC events -
Diyath Visidagamage, Barry Harridge
and John McNaughton
Thanks again to Tournament Director and Computer Operator, Marj Miller, and Barry Harridge who gave invaluable assistance when there were some technical difficulties. The Nunawading Club again will host a Round Robin next year, and thank you to all players for supporting us this year.
To check the full results of the 2017 Nunawading event click HERE
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The National Champs & Plate, in Perth, April 15-17, 2017
The top three! Trevor Halsall 2nd, 2017 Champion
Russell Honeybun, Esther Perrins 3rd
The 2017 Plate winner, Susan
Roberts from South Australia
Sharvin, best performed
Junior player overall
Young players - Liana, Rahul, Kaustav, Radheya
and Sharvin, with Karen Richards
The lead changed several times early in the Championship, with Hubert Wee, Esther Perrins, Gerry Carter, Tim Mason and Russell Honeybun leading the field at various times, but from Game 15 onwards Russell Honeybun rose to the top of the table, and stayed there for the rest of the tournament, a brilliant effort indeed. This is the first time that a Western Australian player has been crowned the Australian Scrabble Champion, congratulations, Russ, there's no place like your home state in which to do so well!
The Vic players: Andrew Fisher, Khwanjai Thammaping,
Barry Harridge (Webmaster), Latha Weerakkody, Peter
Bauer, Carol Johnsen, Nick Ivanovski, Geoff Shepheard,
Paula Messer, Heather Long, John Rider, Christiane
McCann, Elize Plaganyi, Angie Pearse
The keen players who travelled from Queensland:
Jack Ashwin, Caroline Scowcroft, Paul Richards,
Karen Richards, Shekinah Giffen, Arnold Appelhoff,
Patti Ashwin, and Ben Munson
The crew from South Australia: Fiona Braendler, Daniel
Piechnick, Carmel Dodd, Jane Taylor, Susan Roberts,
Antony Kimber, Francoise Finlayson, Barry Jordan,
Emanuel Atsas, Oliver Jenner-O'Shea, Helen Jones,
The Champ, Russell
Honeybun, during play
Trevor Halsall, 2nd
New South Wales, 3rd
New South Wales, 5th
South Australia, 7th
Daniel Piechnick and Sharvin with the
Plate winner, Susan Roberts
Rene Chelton, New
South Wales, Plate 2nd
John Hayes, Tasmania,
Angie Pearse, Victoria,
High Rating Gain overall
Carolyn Watt, WA,
High Word Champs
Liz Jackman, NSW,
High Word Plate
Webmaster Barry Harridge with
Tournament Director Wilma Vialle
Next year's Championship and Plate will be held in the nation's capital Canberra, from March 31st - April 2nd. To check the full results of the 2017 National Championship & Plate click HERE
Heading to the National Championship & Plate in Perth, Easter 2017
To follow the ups and downs of the players over the weekend click HERE
Trevor Halsall in 2016
Wilma Vialle and Barry Harridge
A celebration dinner will take place on Monday evening at the venue, following completion of play.
The W.A. committee has worked tirelessly to have everything in place for the start, and will continue to be busy over the next few days. Also on the admin side Wollongong's Wilma Vialle is the Tournament Director, and Victoria's Barry Harridge has travelled to Perth to fill the position of Webmaster, good luck with everything, everyone.
Once again John Hamilton is conducting his Fantasy Dream Team competition, and full details can be found HERE Here are our contenders, with current ratings. The first eight are playing in the Championship, and the latter six in the Plate - we should do well!
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