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Nunawading ~ SUNDAY April 29 ~ 7 games ~ at Box Hill
Tri-State Challenge ~ SAT/SUN May 12/13 ~ 10 games ~ at Gundagai
Cranbourne ~ SUNDAY May 20 ~ 7 games ~ at Box Hill
Victorian Championship ~ SAT/SUN June 9/10 ~ 18 games ~ at Box Hill
McKinnon House Fundraiser ~ SUNDAY June 24 ~ six games ~ at Box Hill
For full details of tournaments click HERE
Saturday Session IV ~ April 14, 2018The fourth and final session of the first batch of Saturday Sessions for the year saw forty players in attendance at St Gabriel's School in Reservoir , despite some rather inclement weather. Players were divided into six divisions, and all played five games. Winners on the day were Andrew Fisher, Julie Belle, Barry Harridge, Rob York, Robin Steward and Annette Casey. Congrats, everyone!
Annette Casey, Div F
Robin Steward, Div E
Rob York, Div D
Barry Harridge, Div C
Julie Belle, Div B
Andrew Fisher, Div A
Prizewinners for the first four combined Sessions: in front, Oscar Ivanovski,
then from left to right: Andrew Fisher, Carol Johnsen, Geoff Shepheard,
Dorothy Barraclough, Shaun Donnelly, Elizabeth McKean & Ann Goodwin.
There were two Ratings Gain prizes overall, and these were won by Robin Steward and Carol Johnsen, well done to you both.
Points were also awarded over the four Sessions based on placings - first in a section was awarded 6 points, second - 5 points, third - 4 points, fourth - 3 points, fifth - 2 points, sixth place and below received 1 point. (In the case of ties the prize monies were equally divided between the players.) Saturday Sessions Awards were presented as per the above system:
For those rated above 1350 Carol Johnsen's aggregate was 22, with Andrew Fisher second on 19 and Geoff Shepheard third on 16.
For those rated 1000-1349 Robin Steward's aggregate was 23, followed by Shaun Donelly 19 and Dorothy Barraclough on 17.
For those rated Under 1000 Elizabeth McKean's aggregate was 17, followed by Ann Goodwin and Oscar Ivanovski who tied for second place on 16 points.
The concept of this series of tournaments has been well received by the players, and we thank Nick Ivanovski for his foresight in organising and running them, and thanks to Clare Ivanovski for looking after refreshments for us.
The next series of four Saturday Sessions commences on July 14, and we hope you can make it!
To see the full results of Saturday Session 1V click HERE
The Australian Championship and Plate, March 31 - April 2 2018
Edward Okulicz from New South Wales, the
delighted 2018 Australian Scrabble Champion
CASPA President Carol Johnsen (Victoria) with Tournament
Organiser and Director John Hamilton (ACT)
The Bradman Stand at Manuka Oval proved to be a pleasant venue, with Canberra's lovely weather enabling welcome access to the balconies and seating surrounding the ground, and easy access to the Manuka Shopping strip which was great for those seeking lunch. Support from sponsors Communities at Work, the Argyle Hotel and delivery firm Deliveroo was greatly appreciated by all.
As always this 3-day 24-game Championship was contested by a tough field, with a total of 89 players taking part. All but five of the top twenty-five Australians competed, joined by one of Malaysia's toughest players Yeo Kian Hung, and welcome regular visitor Cheah Siu Hean from Singapore, always a challenge to win against.
There were six different leaders throughout, with Yeo Kian Hung in first place after Rounds 1,2 and 14, Cameron Farlow (Queensland) lead after Round 3, Jakob Teitelbaum (A.C.T.) lead after Round 4, Daniel Piechnick (South Australia) lead following Rounds 5, 16, and 18-21, Esther Perrins (New South Wales) lead after Round 17, and the Champion Edward Okulicz (N.S.W) lead after Rounds 6-13, 15, and 22-24.
Yeo Kian Hung, third place, with John Hamilton
and Webmaster Barry Harridge
Jakob Teitelbaum, fourth
place and High Rating Gain
The High Game Award went to Andrew Fisher for a great score of 642, and Anand Bharadwaj's excellent play of HERBIEST for 194 points won the prize for High Word. Jakob Teitelbaum from the A.C.T. won the High Rating Gain for the Championship gaining 105 points, well done, Jakob and everyone else, as far as I could see the tournament was played in excellent spirits, and it was a delight to take part.
Russell Honeybun Western Australia, Naween Fernando Victoria,
Graham Lock Lee New South Wales, and Andrew Fisher Victoria,
High Game Award winner (642)
Anand Bharadwaj, Victoria,
High Word Award winner for
HERBIEST, 194 points
Ian Ting from Western
Australia, winner Rating
Dianne Davis, Victoria,
second place in Rating
Katie Rowe from Victoria,
winner Rating Band Under
Geoff Shepheard, Victoria,
second place Rating Band
This event was also hotly contested, with 60 keen Australians vying for one of the many prizes on offer. The lead changed many times, with the following leading at various times: Alan Mathews (Western Australia) lead the field after Games 1,3,and 6, John Salmon (Western Australia) lead after Game 2, Susan Roberts (South Australia) lead after Game 4, Kannan Sethuraman (Victoria) lead after Game 5, Suzy Brownlow (Queensland) lead after games 7-8 and 10-11, Shaun Donnelly (Victoria) lead after Game 9, and Games 12-19. At this stage all Victorians were hopeful that Shaun would win the Plate, but his unlucky third day saw Don Hadley from New South Wales take charge, emerging as the winner after leading from Games 20-24. Congratulations, Don, a well-deserved win.
Don finished half a game clear on 17 wins, ahead of second-placed Francoise Finlayson, with Suzy Brownlow third and Ronnie Bennett fourth, both on 16 wins. The next four placegetters won 15 games, with Rhona Kenyon fifth, Shaun Donnelly sixth, Larissa Huxley seventh, and Phil Moller eighth.
Don Hadley N.S.W., first &
Rating Band 1000-1200
Francoise Finlayson, South
Australia, Plate second
Ronnie Bennett, Australian,
Capital Territory, Plate fourth
Rhona Kenyon, Australian,
Capital Territory, Plate fifth
Shaun Donnelly, Victoria,
Larissa Huxley, Queensland,
Phil Moller, Victoria,
Ratings band prizes were awarded to Don Hadley and Suzy Brownlow for best performed players rated 1000-1200, and Louisa Atsas and Liz Jackman were rewarded as best rated players Under 1000. The Overall Ratings Gain Award was won by Heather Sorensen, who gained the amazing amount of 101 points. Well done to everyone, it was a great contest indeed, and worthy of mention is the number of prizes won by the host state, the Australian Capital Territory. Well done to you all!
Benjamin Lee, Western
Australia, High Game 536
Terry Horan, A.C.T., Plate
High Word 185
Heather Sorensen, A.C.T.,
Plate - Highest Rating Gain
Louisa Atsas, South
Australia, Best Under 1000
Liz Jackman, N.S.W., second
Rating Band Under 1000
John Barker is honoured in song by good friends New
South Welshmen George Khamis and Graeme Lock Lee
The 2019 Championship and Plate will be hosted by Tasmania over the Easter break, April 20-22nd, and I look forward to catching up with many of you there. To check the full results of the Championship and the Plate in the Australian archive click HERE
The Nationals Warmup Tournament ~ March 25, 2018This open 7-game event attracted 52 players who enjoyed the day out, with new caterer Livia Caulfield doing a wonderful job with a lovely variety of goodies. Thanks, Livia! President Carol Johnsen welcomed the players, including new player John Ryan. John enjoyed his baptism of fire, winning two games and achieving a provisional rating of 680, well done, John. It was lovely to have our Tasmanian friend Frances Adams playing - Frances is on her way to Canberra with good friend Katie Rowe for the National Championship, so good luck, Frances and everyone.
Overall top three placegetters - Geoff
Wright, Katie Rowe & John Rider
Winners rated 1000-1300 - Noel Coulter,
Diane Stoyan & Rob Hutchinson
Winners rated below 1000 - Rena Aitken,
Annette Casey - absent: Laura Khan
The High Word and High Game winners -
Gwen Lampre and Sue Bridges
The second rating band (1000-1300) also saw three players finish on 5 wins with Rob Hutchinson in first place, Noel Coulter came in second, and Diane Stoyan placed third. Well played, all! Noel is looking forward to the Nationals, and will be a formidable opponent for many of the players.
In the third rating band (below 1000) Rena Aitken had a wonderful day, finishing on four wins as did second-placed Laura Khan and Annette Casey. All three are improving their Scrabble, which is great. Well played, girls!
An overall High Game Award was won by Sue Bridges for a great game score of 573, and Gwen Lampre took home the overall High Word Award for her excellent play of EXITING for 141 points.
New player on the day, John Ryan - welcome
to tournament play, John
Angie Winkler, Trish Magee, Mal Eden and
Oliver Podesser plays Geoff Shepheard,
with Diane Stoyan playing Laura Khan
Mythili Rudra plays Rob Hutchinson, and
Katie Rowe plays Jenny Brysha
To see the full results of the Nationals Warmup click HERE
Happening over Easter - the National Championship and PlateThe Australian Capital Territory's John Hamilton, with helpers Susan McGillivray, Philip Hamilton and others, has been busy organising these events, to be played at Manuka Oval, Manuka Circuit, Griffith in Canberra from March 31st to April 2nd.
Both sections will play 24 games: 8 on Saturday, 9 on Sunday, and 7 on Monday. Players rated 1300 and above will play in the Championship, while those below 1300, with a few exceptions, will take part in the Plate. John Hamilton is the Tournament Director, and Victoria's Barry Harridge is the Webmaster for the event.
Here are the top twelve contenders (eight are previous Australian Champions, some multiple winners) with their home state or country, in no particular order:
New South Wales
New South Wales
New South Wales
Yeo Kian Hung
Saturday Sessions lll ~ Saturday March 10, 2018
Lovely blue skies over St. Gabriel's, Reservoir
Champs in Div A - Trevor Halsall, Andrew
Fisher, Edward Okulicz, Naween Fernando.
All are playing in the Australian Scrabble
Championship in Canberra at Easter, and it
promises to be an intriguing event!
Division A - Trevor Halsall won all five games and achieved his highest rating level in his entire Scrabble history, well done, Trevor!
Division B - the closest-fought section, but Carol Johnsen continued on her winning way - Carol has won all three Division B medals to date.
Division C - Barry Harridge was very hard to beat, winning four games ahead of the rest of the field.
Division D - Shaun Donnelly was one of two people to win all five games, well done on your win, Shaun.
Division E - Robin Steward also won five games to convincingly win his section - good play, Robin.
Division F - Balada Catanchin played well to win this section with four wins - well done, Balada.
Division G - Annette Casey won four games to win her first trophy, great play, Annette!
Division A Winner,
Division B winner, Carol
Johnsen with Rod Casey
Division C winner,
Division D winner,
Top in Division E,
Champ in Division F,
Division E winner,
Annette Casey plays Margaret Peterson, with
Rebeccah Booth playing Oscar Ivanovski
Happy Div F players - Balada Catanchin, Ann
Goodwin, Norma Engel, Marisa Nuccitelli
Division C contestants - Barry Harridge,
Lynn Weaver, Rob York
The end of a good day - Nick Ivanovski with
Kashi Thiris and Faye Leeder
To check the full results of Saturday Sessions lll click HERE
The annual Langwarrin Tournament ~ March 4, 2018
The Langwarrin crew: Peter Attwood, Alan Burn,
Geoff Gittus, Mardi Healy.
Top: Katie Rowe, Chris Radin, Elaine Capewell
The outstanding performance on the day came from Dianne Davis in Division AVIARY - Dianne won all six games, well done, Di. Second place went to Frank Csarics on five wins, with Noel Coulter third on four wins, a good comeback, Noel. The High Game Award went to Geoff Shepheard for his score of 496, and Jenny Brysha's play of SEIZERS for 108 points won her the High Word Award. Jenny also earned herself a place in the National 2018 records with her opening play of QINTArS for 100 points, well done, Jenny.
In BEACH Division Marj Miller won five games, a little ahead on margin of Rob York also on five wins, with Mal Eden finishing third on four wins after a slow start to the day. The High Game Award went to Mal Eden for his score of 511, and Rob York took home the High Word Award for his play of INTERSEX for 98 points.
CURRAJONG Division saw Langwarrin player Geoff Gittus come out on top, winning five games ahead of Latha Weerakkody and Ann Goodwin, both on four wins. The High Game Award went to Latha Weerakkody for her excellent score of 469 points, and the High Word Award was won by Eileen Mills for playing SQUARES for 91 points.
AVIARY Champs: Geoff Shepheard, Frank Csarics,
Jenny Brysha, Dianne Davis and Noel Coulter
BEACH division winners: Mal Eden, Marj Miller
and Rob York
The CURRAJONG winners: Geoff Gittus, Latha
Weerakkody, Ann Goodwin and Eileen Mills
Saturday Sessions 11 ~ February 24, 2018
Saturday Sessions 2 - Rebeccah Booth at the centre
Rob York and Shaun Donnelly at the head of Table D
Three generations of the
Ivanovski family played -
Doreen, Nick, Oscar
Winner of Division F:
Liz now has 2 wins
Division C winner,
Geoff is also on two wins
winner of Division B
for the second time
The victor in Division G,
who won all 5 games
Triumphant in Division D,
winner of all 5 games
Winner of Division A,
on the comeback trail
First tournament for
from the Watsonia Club
The Annual Melbourne Team Challenge ~ February 11, 2018
THE WINNERS! THE GREEN CAPS!
Ann Goodwin, Jenny Brysha, Phil Moller, Natasha Podesser,
Oliver Podesser, Lina Camilleri and Siva Sivapalasundram,
who received his 1000 game badge earlier in the day
Play in progress, with the Twinkles playing the Black Caps at Bench A, and the Green Caps playing the Bunnies
at Bench B
The Black Caps (2nd) Marisa Nuccitelli, Christiane
McCann, Paula Messer, Noel Coulter, Angie
Pearse, Lynne Goodinson, Norma Fisher
The Bunnies (3rd) Back: Dianne Davis, Rob York,
Glenys Dettmann, Katie Rowe.
Front: Fintan Conway, June Valentine
The Robin Hoods (4th) Carol Mascitti, Gayle
Cameron, Annette Casey, Lynn Weaver, John
Rider, Mythili Rudra
The Pirates (5th) Mary Mackie, David Eldar, John
Parker, Rob Hutchinson, Dominica Krstic,
Elizabeth McKean, Angie Winkler
The Builders (6th) Rebeccah Booth, Glen
Chandler, Shaun Donnelly, Elize Plaganyi,
Lorraine Thomas, Dorothy Hunt, Andrew Fisher
The Blue Caps (7th) Christie Godby, Peter
Kougi, Latha Weerakkody, Elaine McGinnes,
Barry Harridge, Kris Howat, Rena Aitken
The Twinkles (8th) Elaine Capewell, Laura
Khan, Geoff Shepheard, John Metcalf, Lorna
Patching, Faye Leeder, Gwen Lampre
President Carol Johnsen presented June
Valentine with her 1000 game badge -
Individual topdogs on the day - Shaun Donnelly,
David Eldar and Michael Smitheram
High Word and High Game Award winners, Paula
Messer and Peter Kougi
Happy players - Ann Goodwin, Marisa Nuccitelli
and Balada Catanchin
Some of the workers - Marj Miller, Barry Harridge,
Carol Johnsen and Khwanjai Thammaping
To see the full results of the Melbourne Team Challenge click HERE
The Inaugural Saturday Session, February 3rd 2018!
Organiser of the Saturday Sessions, and
Tournament Director - Nick Ivanovski
Clare Ivanovski, who looked after our needs
for the day - thanks, Clare!
The format sees players all accrue individual points that lead up to earning cash prizes after the fourth tournament. Winners of each division received an engraved Scrabble Sessions medallion. Congratulations to our inaugural division winners, David Eldar, Carol Johnsen, Geoff Shepheard, John Metcalf, Dorothy Barraclough, Elizabeth McKean and Oscar Ivanovski.
Several players achieved excellent rating gains, and this will be important following the fourth Saturday Session when the cash prizes are handed out - Carol Johnsen +48, Rod Casey +37, John Metcalf +34, Elizabeth McKean +33, and Robin Steward +32.
To see the full results of this event in the National Archive click HERE
Players in Division F, from left - Glenys
Dettmann, winner Liz Mackean, Elize
Plaganyi, Christiane McCann
Hard workers in Division E - Christie
Godby, Doreen Ivanovski, Heather
Iapozutto, winner Dorothy Barraclough
Division B - Norma Fisher plays Geoff
Wright with Andrew Fisher standing and
Rod Casey seated at the table
Time for a catchup between games - Lynn
Weaver and Carol Mascitti enjoy a chat in
the breakout area
players Angie Pearse
and Peter Kougi
Division G - Lina Camilleri, Angie Winkler,
Ann Goodwin, Faye Leeder, Marisa Nuccitelli
and the winner Oscar Ivanovski
Division A players - Naween Fernando plays
Mythili Rudra, with Rod Casey playing
Angie Pearse at Table B.
Division C - top player Geoff Shepheard
with Diane Stoyan, Shaun Donnelly, John
Parker and Mal Eden
Division A winner David Eldar plays Peter
Kougi - serious Scrabble indeed!
With Rod Casey and Geoff Wright
who hadn't played a
tournament since 2003
Victorians do extremely well at the C.S.I.M.! January 27/28 2018
Winners at the C.S.I.M. Edward Okulicz, Peter Kougi, Andrew Fisher,
Naween Fernando, Trevor Halsall and David Eldar
N.S.W. President Bob Jackman with Ratings Band
prizewinners Alan Burn and Jyoti Chandna
Prizes were given down to sixth place, and Victorians took out the top five places, in the following order - David Eldar, Trevor Halsall, Naween Fernando, Andrew Fisher and Peter Kougi, with Edward Okulicz from N.S.W. filling sixth place. Alan Burn from Victoria collected the prize for best performed player rated from 1400-1700, and Jyoti Chandna from N.S.W. took home the award for best performed player rated below 1400.
The High Game Award went to Joanne Craig for her brilliant score of 641, and Ron Baginski played SENNIGHT for 158 points to take home the High Word Award. Well done to all prizewinners, you are to be congratulated on your achievements.
To see the full results click HERE
The first Victorian tournament for 2018 - The Bil Rose Aestival, January 1464 players contested the annual Bil Rose Aestival, a perfect number for a Round Robin, resulting in 8 groups of 8 players. Sections were named after tennis players: Aiava, Barty, Cabrera, De Minaur, Ebden, Federer, Gavrilova and Hewitt. Some players participated whom we hadn't seen playing for a while, including Jenny Plant, Ellen Frajman, and Diane and Wayne Stoyan - welcome back, everyone. We also welcomed Benjamin Lee, visiting from Western Australia to sing at the Melbourne Town Hall, and to take some valuable ratings points back to the west. Well played, Ben. There was a theme word prize for the best word relating to TENNIS, and this was won by Gill Renwick for her play of NET.
Some of the worthy winners: Benjamin
Lee (De Minaur), Janet Bau (Cabrera),
Geoff Wright (Barty) & David Eldar
More champions: Balada Catanchin
(Gavrilova), Khwanjai Thammaping
(Ebden), Dominica Krstic (Federer),
Jeremy Yip (Hewitt)
Hgh Game & High Word Winners:
Jeremy Yip: HG Divs E-H, Rod Casey:
HG Divs A-D, Dianne Gibson: HW Divs
A-D, Kannan Sethuraman: HW Divs E-H
Benjamin Lee, visiting from Western
Australia for the performance of "Light
The Dark" on Saturday evening at the
Melbourne Town Hall. Well done, Ben!
The Australian Open is about to start
and the prize for the best tennis word
was a ticket to the Open. Gillian
played "NET" to score the prize.
BARTY was won by Geoff Wright on 6 wins, with his only loss being to Mary McMahon. Dianne Davis placed second on 5 wins with John Rider third on 4.
CABRERA was keenly fought with Janet Bau placing first on 5 wins, with Angie Pearse second also on 5 wins, and Rod Casey third on 4 wins.
De MINAUR saw our visitor from Western Australia, Benjamin Lee, place first on 7 wins, followed by Dianne Gibson and Cheryle Jerram, both on 4 wins.
EBDEN was also keenly contested and was won by Khwanjai Thammaping on 5 wins, with Siva Sivapalasundram and John Metcalf second and third on 4 wins.
FEDERER saw Dominica Krstic place first on 6 wins, losing only to Laura Khan. Dorothy Barraclough was second on 5, with Christiane McCann third on 4.
GAVRILOVA was also keenly fought out, with Balada Catanchin first on 5 wins, followed by Lynne Goodinson also on 5, and Jenny Plant on 4.
HEWITT was a happy place for Jeremy Yip in his second tournament - Jeremy won all 7 games, followed by Fintan Conway and Geoff Gittus on 5 wins each.
Friends Lorna Patching and Dorothy
Barraclough, enjoying the day
Jenny Plant has returned after a break,
with Lynne Goodinson
Fintan Conway with his mum Hilary
Conway, and Tim Whiting
Two of our regular players, Paula
Messer and Geoff Shepheard
Good friends and travel companions
Balada Catanchin and Elaine McGinnes
Thanks to all who helped in any way, and to see the full results click HERE
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The 2017 Decathon - the last tourney for the year - Saturday December 30
The Celebration players hard at work!
Interstate players included John Holgate and Colleen and Richard Birch from New South Wales, and John Hamilton from the Australian Capital Territory who is busy organising the 2018 National Championship - John had his best tournament for some time and was delighted to finish fourth in the top division, Auld Lang. Well done, John!
This was a strong division with David Eldar back from England, Naween Fernando attending after a very big day out at Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test Match, Anand playing after quite a break, and Mythili Rudra, Andrew Fisher, Peter Kougi, Nick Ivanovski, Alistair Kane and many more stars in attendance. The other divisions were also strongly supported and fiercely contested, with 70 players competing in total, and I thank you all for coming.
Mary Mackie acted as standby player for the day, thanks for helping out, Mary, it is truly appreciated. Also thanks to Lalitha Sundaresan for her help on the computer, and to new caterer Leah Frajman who did a lovely job keeping us well fed. Many others helped out in various ways and as Tournament Director I do appreciate your willing assistance!
The AULD LANG Winners:
Alistair Kane, David Eldar, Mythili Rudra,
The BUBBLY people!
Khwanjai Thammaping, Lorraine Thomas,
Rob York, Sandra Masel
Clever Celebration winners!
Carol Mascitti, Siva Sivapalasundram,
Christiane McCann, Christie Godby
Nick Ivanovski tried streaming this game
between Peter Kougi and Mythili Rudra
Well done, Nick Ivanovski!
New player on the day,
We enjoyed meeting you!
In keeping with the New Year theme BUBBLY Division saw a great win to an excited Khwanjai Thammaping who claimed 8 wins against some very tough opposition, well done, Khwanjai! Second and third places were filled by Lorraine Thomas and Sandra Masel respectively, both winning seven games as did Mal Eden who placed fourth. Lorraine scored 553 to take home the High Game Award, and Rob York played SQUELCH for 104 points during his first game against Khwanjai to win the High Word Award. Nice Bubbly plays, all!
CELEBRATION was also keenly fought, with a very happy Christie Godby placing first on 8 wins, great effort, Christie! Carol Mascitti also achieved 8 wins to place second, and Siva Sivapalasundram and Dominica Krstic placed third and fourth respectively on seven wins. Christiane McCann was delighted to win both the High Game and High Word Awards for her excellent score of 494 and her play of SERVICE for 109 points. There was much cause for Celebration in this division!
Phil Moller with Colleen Birch and
Diyath Visidagamage plays John
Holgate from N.S.W.
Rob Hutchinson with Richard Birch
from New South Wales
John Hamilton from The A.C.T., with
Victoria's Barry Harridge
Play underway in the Auld Lang
Division - tough games in progress
To check the full results in the National Archive click HERE
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
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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
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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!
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