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Watch this space for the latest news and happenings in the Victorian Scrabble scene, and to find lots of information and to check on news from the past click on the links at left. Your social reporter is Marj Miller, and to pass on any news click here
A.G.M. Tournament ~ SUNDAY August 19 ~ 7 games ~ at Box Hill
Australian Masters & State Team Challenge - Sat/Sun Sep 8/9 - by Selection - Southport, Queensland
Geelong ~ SATURDAY September 15 ~ 6 games ~ at Geelong
Essendon ~ SUNDAY September 30 ~ 7 games ~ at Box Hill
For full details of tournaments click HERE
Saturday Sessions 6 ~ August 11, 2018Thirty-four players took part in the sixth Saturday Session for the year, providing great competition for all who attended. Nick Ivanovski welcomed new players Carolyn Miller and Niki Misinale, I hope both enjoyed their day.
Winners on the day were Andrew Fisher (A), Julie Belle (B), Kashi Thiris (C), Robin Steward (D) and Marisa Nuccitelli (E). Outstanding performances came from Andrew, Robin and Marisa, with all winning the five games played in their divisions. Robin played a great game to score 599 points and take home the High Game cash prize on the day, agonizingly close to the magical goal of 600! Well done to everyone, and thanks to all who helped Nick run the event!
Marisa Nuccitelli, E Division
Robin Steward, Division D
Div. C winner, Kashi Thiris
Winner Div. B, Julie Belle
Andrew Fisher, Div. A winner
The Peninsula Tournament, July 28, 2018After a late change of date due to a mix-up with the bookings 14 people met at the Mount Eliza Community Hall to contest the event, under the able direction of Carol Johnsen - thanks Carol, and also for the delightful food you provided. After six enjoyable games Angie Pearse proved too good and took home the top-place prize, with Jane McDonnell and Dianne Davis in second and third places respectively. Angie also played SEIZING for 108 points, the highest word score for the day, and the highest game score overall was achieved by Marj Miller for her score of 502.
Well done to everyone, and thanks for adjusting your weekend plans and coming on Saturday!
The winner Angie Pearse with Tournament
Director Carol Johnsen
Lynne Goodinson plays Sandra Masel, in
very pleasant surroundings
From the left: Dianne Davis, David Robinson,
Geoff Shepheard, Jane McDonnell
Mike McDonnell, Oliver Podesser, Barry
Harridge, Mark Tully
Saturday Sessions 5 ~ July 21, 2018Thirty-two players took part in the first of the Saturday Sessions for the second half of the year, with three more scheduled from August till late October. Two players competed in a tournament for the first time, namely Penny Mikulicz and Rajiv Amarnani, well done to you both. The usual format of five-game Round Robin groups resulted in five winners who received medals as awards, with the majority of the tournament revenue held over for the final 2018 Session in October, when substantial aggregate prizes will be awarded.
Trevor Halsall, Division A
Mark Tully, winner Div B
Christie Godby, Division C
Doreen Ivanovski, Div D
Balada Catanchin, Div E
New player Penny Mikulicz
Rajiv Amarnani, novice
To see the full results of Saturday Sessions 5 click HERE
The Matchplay Kickoff Tournament ~ July 8, 2018
The top nine: Helen Hynes, Angie Pearse, Andrew
Fisher, Carol Johnsen, Matte Dunn. Front: Christie
Godby, Trevor Halsall, Peter Kougi
Nick Ivanovski welcomed ex-Victorian player Helen Hynes from Queensland, and standby player Marj Miller was needed to even up the numbers. Nick moved the day along smoothly with help from his son and other players, and at the end of the day eight of the top nine finishers opted to contest the later rounds, with Helen Hynes unable to participate further due to her imminent return to Queensland.
Congratulations to all the qualifiers, and to the award winners on the day - many prizes were presented for various achievements including rating band prizes, high word and high game.
30th July 2018: at the time of reporting the quarter finals have been completed, with Naween Fernando victorious over Angie Pearse, Andrew Fisher winning against Carol Johnsen and Peter Kougi winning against Matte Dunn. The most recently completed quarter final saw Trevor Halsall victorious over Christie Godby. Well done to all, more news will follow.
Happy Lina Camilleri with Peter Kougi,
Glen Chandler, Dianne Gibson and Betty
John Rider, Mark Tully, John Parker,
and Rob York
Geoff Wright, Natasha Podesser and
Annette Casey is the Most Improved Victorian Player for 2017-2018
President Carol Johnsen with the
winner of the award, Annette Casey.
This year's excited and deserving winner was Annette Casey who gained a total of 228 rating points after playing 72 games in the allocated period. Annette received a "Map of Victoria" trophy and a cash prize for her brilliant effort, well done, Annette!
Other great rating gains over the year were recorded by Siva Sivapalasundram +186, Lynne Goodinson +163, Phil Moller +169, Christiane McCann +150, Cheryle Jerram + 150, and John Metcalf +146.
Three other Victorians also gained considerable points - Jeremy Yip, Oscar Ivanovski and Doreen Ivanovski, but as none had competed over the full 12 month period, they weren't eligible for the award.
Well done to everyone who improved their rating over the year, it's not an easy thing to do....and good luck in your Scrabble for the coming year.
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The second McKinnon House Fundraising Tournament ~ July 24, 2018
The tournament attendees, with helpers
A raffle and donations helped to swell the final total raised, which by the end of the day amounted to $1000, a very pleasing amount indeed. Khwanjai and the McKinnon House residents are deeply grateful for the support received from all.
McKinnon House residents and Scrabble
players get together
Player Dorothy Barraclough with Michaela
and her sister Lisa
Happy players Balada Catanchin & Elaine
McGinnes with the jelly slice
Relaxing after lunch - Geoff Wright, Rena Aitken
and Jenny Brysha
Shaun Donnelly with Khwanjai Thammaping
Ashley McKeon, new
player on the day
Barry welcomed Ashley McKeon to his first rated tournament - we hope you enjoyed your day, Ashley, winning 3 games is a great start to your Scrabble career.
Division A saw Geoff Shepheard win six games to emerge the victor (great result, Geoff), with Geoff Wright second on 5 wins, and Alan Burn third on four wins. Alan also won the High Game award for ONESELF (97 points), and Angie Pearse won the High Game prize for her score of 527.
Division B was won by Glen Chandler with five wins, followed by Paula Messer and Shirley de Silva, both on four wins. Dominica Krstic's great score of 535 won her the choccies for High Game, and Shaun Donnelly's mighty play of MIGHTILY for 119 points earned him the High Word prize. Both Dominica's High Game and Shaun's High Word were the best overall on the day, well done to you both.
Division A: Geoff Wright, Alan Burn, Geoff
Shepheard & Angie Pearse
Div B: Paula Messer, Dominica Krstic, Shirley
de Silva, Glen Chandler & Shaun Donnelly
Division C: Elaine McGinnes, Elizabeth McKean
and Glenys Dettmann
Friends - Carol Johnsen, Fili and Suchada from
McKinnon House, and Lina Camilleri
It was lovely to see the McKinnon House people enjoying themselves, as did the Association members. Well done to all placegetters, and to those who made significant rating gains on the day: Geoff Shepheard + 62, Glen Chandler +49, Glenys Dettmann +41, Balada Catanchin +39, Elizabeth McKean +37, Christie Godby +6, and Betty Egan +30.
The Victorian Scrabble Championship ~ Trevor Halsall wins his third title!
June 9-10th 2018
The delighted 2018 Champion, Trevor Halsall
The major place getters: Rod Talbot (NSW equal High Word),
Esther Perrins (NSW 2), Trevor Halsall (Vic 1 & equal
High Word), Joanne Craig (NSW 3), Andrew Fisher (Vic 5) &
Naween Fernando (Vic 4).
Oh, the Melbourne weather, with a promising field of 52 players coming to the Victorian Championship it was going to be a good weekend. Well, by 8.45am on the Saturday, 8 players had phoned in to dip out - mostly because of sickness. Our first sign of winter, and we all fall by the wayside.
Nine games each day ran smoothly and provided continual challenges by at least 8 players to vie for the Championship until the end of the 17th game where Trevor Halsall had a very large margin lead, virtually ensuring that he was once again the 2018 Victorian Champion.
One of Trevor's games against Naween Fernando attracted international attention as it involved only a total of 20 moves with 7 bingos between them and the surprise was that a play of CAPIZ by Trevor for 87 points was more than any of the 7 bingos had scored. Also Glen Chandler and Paula Messer were delighted when the play of GOATEES fitted very nicely over the O of IVORIES.
Aside from the published results, our special prizes of $300 each went to John Rider for "Highest Placed Under 1400" and Jeremy Yip for "Highest Placed Under 1200".. Glen Chandler - RELATION - and Paula Messer - JEWELLED both scored 122 and were awarded $50 each for "Highest Word for Under 1400" and $50 was won by Angie Pearse - 529 - for "High Game Under 1400".
Gwen Lampre, High Game Champs,
with Rene Chelton
Rod Talbot and Trevor Halsall, joint
High Word winners in the Champs
Angie Pearse, High Game Award Rated
under 1400 - score 529 points
Victoria's Jeremy Yip, highest
finisher Rated Under 1200.
Glen Chandler & Paula Messer, joint
winners Under 1400 High Word Award
Our visitors from New South Wales
Queensland players who made the trip
From South Australia - Carmel and Jane
Visiting from Tasmania, Dianne Brumby
Table 1 - Alan Burn v Elize Plaganyi
Notable rating gains were achieved by the following: Jeremy Yip (who is still on a provisional rating) gained 171 points, Angie Pearse +79, Keri Heart from Tasmania +78, John Rider +73 and Joanne Craig from New South Wales + 54.
To check the full results of the 2018 Victorian Championship click HERE
Vale Margaret Warmington 24/8/1930 ~ 25/5/2018
2010: Margaret with friends Lorraine Thomas
and Ann Hagley
Margaret at her 80th birthday, with Alistair Kane
Sad to hear of the passing of Margaret Warmington. She and her husband Jim, who died some years ago, were stalwarts of the earlier Scrabble scene in Melbourne. They both shared a great sense of humour and were loved by so many in the Scrabble scene. Rest in peace, Margaret.
Postscript: The funeral arrangements have now been made. The service will take place at Wattle Park Chalet on Wed 6 June at 11am.
The Cranbourne Tournament ~ May 20, 2018
Late in the day: Khwanjai Thammaping plays
Dominica Krstic, nearest the camera
Cranbourne's hard workers, in the kitchen!
Katie Rowe, Gayle Cameron and Sue Bridges
Morning and afternoon tea were provided by Sue Bridges and Gayle Cameron who also played in the tournament, and by Elaine Capewell who was not well enough to attend but nevertheless sent her usual delicious cakes and slices.
Two boxes of Harry Potter Scrabble Sets were awarded after Game 6. Dianne Davis took one home for the Smallest Winning Margin with just one point difference, and Val Wills won the other for the Lowest Winning Score of just 298. Taped under a "lucky chair" was a photo of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and Annette Casey was the winner of this third prize, a tall jar of unusual coloured and scented soaps.
Division C winners: Annette Casey, Rena
Aitken, Laura Khan
Division B: Siva Sivapalasundram, Lorraine
Thomas, John Rider
Division A: Cheryle Jerram, Angie Pearse,
Natasha Podesser, Geoff Wright
Annette Casey, who won the Lucky Seat Prize
after sitting on the hidden Royal Couple!
The B section was won by John Rider with 6 wins and a margin of 392, followed by Siva Sivapalasundram who had 5 wins and a 349 margin, closely followed in 3rd place by Lorraine Thomas who also won 5 games. Her margin was 326. Dianne Gibson's score of 508 won the High Game award, and Siva Sivapalasundram scored 90 for FORINTS for the High Word prize.
Geoff Wright had a great day in Section A with 6 wins and the top margin of 547. Cheryle Jerram surprised herself with 5 wins for 2nd place with a margin of 206, and Natasher Podesser made a late run to finish 3rd with 4 wins and a margin of 284. Lynn Weaver had the highest scoring game in the A section with 504, and the High Word prize went to Angie Pearse who scored 95 points for ENDOWING.
Katie Rowe with Noel Coulter, very proud of
his 1000 game badge
Siva Sivapalasundram v. Phil Moller, with Glen
Chandler playing John Rider at the next board
Tournament Director Katie Rowe at the end of
the day, very happy that all is almost done!
Jenny Brysha v. Dianne Davis, with Natasha
Podesser playing Alan Burn next door
Thanks to Katie for this great report, and thanks to the Cranbourne members for their hard work and yummy baking!
Some happy players, with excellent ratings gains after the event, were Cheryle Jerram + 45, John Rider +39, Annette Casey +39, Laura Khan +38, and Siva Sivapalsundram + 33. Well done to everyone!
To check the full results of the 2018 Cranbourne Tournament click HERE
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The 2018 Tri-State Challenge in Gundagai - Victoria Win again!!
The final standings - only games played between
the three states counted towards the team results.
Play commenced at 1pm on Saturday afternoon with 5 games followed by two after dinner. At the end of the night, Victoria had a handsome lead of 10 games.
But then, how the tides turn. On Sunday morning, NSW and ACT made their late charges and either could have overtaken Victoria.
Tremendous thanks are due to John Hamilton for his outstanding work in determining how best to format the tournament for fairness. Four sections with 3 playing round robins and one a straight Australian Draw with a King of the Hill worked out brilliantly.
Noel Coulter had a double with HEISTING for 158 and the Highest Game score of 552; and Norma Fisher was the winner of the Highest Ratings Gain with 59 points. Novice Hillary Wilde of Tumut competed and it was pleasing to see Arie Holla play before he moves from Tumut to Ballarat later in the year.
The Victorian team, with Heather Long missing!
Well done to you all!
The team from the Australian Capital Territory -
congrats on second place
Team New South Wales, who came in a close third!
Well done, N.S.W.
The Victorian team singing their new theme song,
penned by Peter and Glenys Dettmann
The Victorian team stood up this year with a ditty sung to the tune of "On the Road to Gundagai" penned by Glenys and Peter Dettmann: VICTORIAN THEME SONG
There's a stack on my rack
That I want to throw back
At the Tri-State in Gundagai.
Where the Vics are competing
And winning without cheating
Beneath the cloudy sky.
Tho' Actrarians and Welshies are trying their best,
They will struggle to beat us 'cos we have the zest
So...we keep playing to win
Which is never thought a sin
Then return from Gundagai!
Next year's Tri-State Challenge (to be hosted by NSW) is booked in at the Junee RSL for May 4 and 5, 2019. Put it in your diaries now. Accommodation in town includes the Junee Motor Inn, The Crossing Motel and the Junee Tourist Park. Make sure you book your accommodation early. (Thanks to Carol Johnsen for this report.)
Carol Johnsen with Div A
winner, Bob Jackman
Carol with Norma Fisher,
winner of Division B and
High Rating Gain
Gary Pollard from NSW, winner of Div C,
with Owen Randall (ACT) and opponent
George Khamis (NSW)
Carol congratulates Division
D winner, Glenys Dettmann
Serious play in progress - Ronnie Bennett (ACT)
plays Norma Fisher from Victoria, with Noel
Coulter and Peter Bauer, both from Victoria
player Hillary Wilde
from Tumut, NSW
To check the full results of the 2018 Tri-State Challenge click HERE
Vale Doug Ristic ~ May 7, 2018
Doug, looking healthy and happy, in 2010
at the Marwal Centre in Balwyn North.
The Vic Team at Wagga Wagga in 2011, with Doug on the right
Doug in his element, after
catching a heap of fish.
Doug always spoke lovingly of his mother, who managed to keep all the family in touch in spite of time spent in homes in various places, such as Geelong.
His greatest interest, probably even greater than Scrabble, was fishing. One of Doug's best mates was Rex Hunt, well known AFL footballer, commentator and fisherman. Last week on his radio show Rex made the comment that Doug was a champion fisherman, and always ready to teach the sport to those with less knowledge.
Many remember Doug as a very difficult and outspoken person, but many also remember him as being a kind-hearted and caring person. He passed away on Monday May 7th after a series of health problems, and his ashes have been scattered over The Three Sisters fishing area off Sorrento pier, a favourite take-off place for many of his fishing ventures.
Thank you to Dianne Davis and Frank Csarics for attending the lovely service, held in a rotunda near Sorrento pier, following which ten of Doug's family and friends took to sea in a friend's fishing boat to scatter his ashes.
Doug is survived by his three sisters and three brothers. Rest in peace, Doug.
The annual Nunawading Tournament ~ April 29, 2018
The Nunawading Players, front: John Parker, Cheryle Jerram,
Elaine McGinnes, Fintan Conway. Back: Phil Moller, Geoff
Shepheard, Margaret Hopstaken, Latha Weerakkody, Karen Harris
and Fintan's carer Kate.
Sixty keen players competed at our regular venue,
the Box Hill Senior Citizens' Centre, in four
divisions: Masters, Advanced, Intermediate and
Margaret Hopstaken from the
Nunawading Club, who played
(and thoroughly enjoyed!)
her first tournament.
Karen Harris, also from the
Nunawading Club, who
returned after a break from
A number of members of the Nunawading Club had success: Cheryle Jerram, Geoff Shepheard and John Parker were all in ‘the money’. Our Novice, Margaret Hopstaken, enjoyed her first competition, and Karen Harris played again after an absence. Other winners were Natasha Podesser, Paula Messer, and Ann Goodwin. Delicious food provided by our caterer, Elaine Capewell, was supplemented by generous contributions from club members. Our Director and computer operator, Marj Miller, again made an invaluable contribution with some help from Barry Harridge. Carol Johnsen and Norma Fisher were again stalwart supporters.
The Masters winners: Natasha
Podesser, first and High Word: EXPLAIN
for 131 points, with Geoff Wright,
third place. Missing: Gwen Lampre second
and Andrew Fisher High Game 573.
Advanced: Cheryle Jerram first (won all 7
games!), Geoff Shepheard second, Barry
Harridge High Game 497 & High Word
UNPLACED 98 points. Missing: Lynn
The Intermediate winners: Tam Dasika
second place and High Word JEERINGS 101,
with Paula Messer first place, Dorothy Rice
High Game 498 points, and John Parker third
Recreation Champions: Del Stitz third,
Ann Goodwin first, with Trish Magee,
second place and High Game 504 and High
Word BASTIONS 149 points, the best
overall for the day.
To check the full results of the 2018 Nunawading tournament 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 IV click HERE
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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