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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 mjwm9@bigpond.com

UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS:
Nunawading ~ Sunday April 30 ~ Round Robin, 7 games ~ at Box Hill
Tri-State Challenge ~ Sat/Sun May 13/14 ~ 10 games ~ at Gundagai
Travel Scrabble ~ May 19/20/21 ~ non-rated, social games ~ at Marysville
Cranbourne ~ Sunday May 28 ~ 7 games ~ at Box Hill

For full details of all tournaments click HERE

The National Champs & Plate, in Perth, April 15-17, 2017


The 2017 Champion, Russell Honeybun,
very happy with his victory!

Sharvin, best performed
Junior player

Young players - Liana, Rahul, Kaustav, Radheya
and Sharvin, with Karen Richards
The Pagoda Resort in Como saw 56 players arrive to play in the Championship, and 44 to compete in the Plate. The Western Australian Committee worked very hard to ensure that everything ran smoothly, with Professor Wilma Vialle as Tournament Director and Barry Harridge as Webmaster. John Hamilton organised his regular Fantasy Dream Team competition, with 42 entries received.
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 Honeybunrose 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 ion which to do so well!
Russell (18 wins)finished a game clear of second placed Trevor Halsall (Victoria), third Esther Perrins (New South Wales 16), fourth Nick Ivanovski (Vic 16), fifth Rod Talbot (NSW 15), sixth Gerry Carter (Thailand 15), seventh Daniel Piechnick (South Australia 15), eighth Yeo Kian Hung (Malaysia 15), ninth Hubert Wee (Singapore 14), and tenth Andrew Fisher (Vic 14). There were some excellent plays throughout the event, and the High Game Award was won by Yeo Kian Hung for his brilliant sore of 655 points, and Carolyn Watt played TEMPERER for 167 points to take home the High Word Award. Congratulations, everyone!
The Plate was also keenly contested, with Susan Roberts from South Australia finishing on 17.5 wins, followed by Rene Chelton (NSW 16), John Hayes (Tasmania 16), Rhonda Reynish (WA 15.5) and Margaret Neal NSW 15). The score of 537 was the best in the Plate, achieved by Rene Chelton, and Liz Jackman from New South Wales played WOODSIER for 167 points to take home the High Word Award. Well done, everyone!
Of the 42 Dream Team entries received by John Hamilton the best selection came from Victor Tung, with his team winning a total of 86.5 games, and with a combined margin of +2319. Victor's Fantastic Fantasy team comprised Trevor Halsall, Rene Chelton, Rhonda Reynish, Helen Jones, Marlon Prudencio and Arnold Appelhoff.

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,
Louisa Atsas

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

John Hamilton
Fourteen of our Victorian players are heading over to Perth in Western Australia to compete in the annual Australian Scrabble Championship (for players rated 1300 and above) and the Plate (for played rated below 1300). Both events comprise 24 games (8 on Saturday, 9 on Sunday, and 7 on Monday), played over three days at the Pagoda Resort in Como, and we wish all our players good luck, including the current Champion Trevor Halsall - have fun, everyone!

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!

Andrew Fisher
2112

Angie Pearse
1401

Carol Johnsen
1553

Geoff Shepheard
1338

Heather Long
1625

John Rider
1321

Nick Ivanovski
1785


Trevor Halsall
1763

Christiane McCann
902

Elize Plaganyi
904

1098 Khwanjai
Thammaping

967 Latha
Weerakkody

Paula Messer
1136

Peter Bauer
1264

The Nationals Warmup ~ 28th March, 2017


Play in progress in Round 5 - Geoff Shepherd plays
Geoff Wright on Table 1, with Angie Pearse playing
Gwen Lampre on Table 2.
In advance of the National Championship and Plate in Perth over the Easter break forty-eight players gathered at the Box Hill Centre to play seven (mostly!) pleasant games of Scrabble, with some big wins and losses and excellent performances during the day. The tournament was an Open event, and as always players competed against some unexpected opponents. It was good to see Shaun Donnelly after a spell from the game, and also pleasing to see Geoff Wright take out first place after a break from the winner's podium. Geoff W. has played less frequently this year and still won all seven games, what a good feeling, well done, Geoff! Second place went to Geoff Shepheard on six wins, possibly his best tourney performance as he was victorious against several higher rated players. A brilliant performance, Geoff S. We have come to expect great things from Alan Burn and he didn't disappoint, placing third on six wins, well done, Alan. Dilendra Nanayakkara placed fourth after starting the day well, and Gwen Lampre placed fifth, with both on five wins.
The High Game award went to Trevor Halsall for his score in the final game of 642 points, nice game and great score, Trevor. Dorothy Rice was thrilled to play WEARIEST for 149 points to win the overall High Word award, well done Dot!
Three Ratings Band prizes were awarded and all were pleased with their efforts! The best rated Under 900 prize went to Lynne Goodinson (rated 730), a great effort for finishing in 32nd place with 3 wins, Lynne. An excited Christie Godby (rated 905) put in a stellar performance to take home the Under 1100 prize, well done Christie! And the Under 1300 award went to second placed overall Geoff Shepheard (rated 1281), well deserved, Geoff!
We were well looked after on the day by our caterer Liz McKean, thanks Liz, your hard work and lovely variety of food were appreciated by all. As Tournament Director I would like to thank all who helped in any way on the day, setting up and tidying up is so much quicker and easier with many helpers! Also thanks to Nick Ivanovski for the use of some of his photos, much appreciated as always, Nick.
Notable ratings gains on the day were achieved by Christie Godby +62, Geoff Shepherd + 57, Lorna Patching +35, Dilendra Nanayakkara +31, Alan Burn +30, Latha Weerakkody + 29, Geoff Wright + 28, and Lorraine Thomas +28.

The overall winners: Geoff Shepheard 2nd,
Geoff Wright 1st, Alan Burn 3rd

Ratings Band Prizewinners: Geoff Shepheard,
Christie Godby, Lynne Goodinson

The High Word and High Game winners:
Dorothy Rice and Trevor Halsall

From left: Del Stitz, Christiane McCann, Balada
Catanchin, Dominica Krstic, Shaun Donnelly

The Langwarrin Tournament, March 6 2017


The Langwarrin Club members: Geoff Gittus, Katie Rowe, Dot Rice, Mardi
Healy, Chris Radin, Alan Burn, Elaine Capewell, Shirley Walker, Pat Judd.
The Club meets on Tuesday nights at 7 pm, at the Community Centre

Clockwise from top left: Eileen Mills & Faye
Leeder, Mardi Healy, Brenda Thurgar & Fay
Boxshall, and Geoff Gittus

The Langwarrin scorebook
showing the Community
Centre, a good place to play!

The end of the day, in the very pleasant playing room
at the Community Centre, with Carol Johnsen and Club
Convenor Mardi Healy doing the presentations.
The first weekend in Autumn was another beautiful day in a week of late summer weather and it saw 40 players converge on the Langwarrin Community Centre for their 17th annual tournament. A fire earlier in the week (mostly along a side fence) did not prevent the centre being open, though the club had been unable to have its usual club night the prior Tuesday.
Once again, the player numbers were split up into 3 "equal" groups 14, 12 and 14 with play-up certificate holders being allowed to play-up, mostly in the A Section. Langwarrin Club players acquitted themselves very well in the results with Dorothy Rice and Mardi Healy first and second respectively in B Section, and standby player Geoff Gittus third in C Section.
Lynne Goodinson was dismayed when she discovered that a word she had played for 135 was a non-word but had not been challenged by her opponent. (N.B. if a high word is not included in our official word list, Collins Scrabble Words 2015 edition, it does not receive a prize in a tournament.)
Elaine Capewell and members of the Langwarrin Club catered amply for the event and we are all asking Geoff Gittus for the recipe for his delicious biscuits. Thank you for a lovely tournament once again, and Mornington Peninsula players can look forward to the Peninsula Tournament to be held in September at the Mt Eliza Community Hall.

Division A: Carol Johnsen 3rd plus High Word
(LEADMAN 106) and High Game (536), with
Dianne Davis 2nd and Ray Alford 1st

Div B: Mardi Healy 2nd, Dorothy Rice 1st,
Khwanjai Thammaping 3rd, Glen Chandler
High Word (FEASTING 95)

Div C: Ann Goodwin 2nd, Marisa Nuccitelli High
Word (WARMING 99), Laura Khan 1st, Geoff
Gittus 3rd, Lynne Goodinson High Game (457)

Gwen Lampre with Jan McDonald and Shirley
Walker, with Rob York photo-bombing on the
left! Thanks, Khawanjai, for the photos
Players who achieved good ratings gains were Dorothy Rice +39, Alan Burn +39, Dianne Davis +36, Ann Goodwin +36, Eileen Mills +29, Khwanjai Thammaping +26, Laura Khan +24 and Mardi Healy +22, all excellent results.
Thanks to TD Carol Johnsen for the above report, and to check the full results of the 2017 Langwarrin event click HERE

The Annual Melbourne Team Challenge ~ February 12, 2017


The overall individual winners on the day: Marj
Miller, Norma Fisher and Balada Catanchin

The Blue Caps, the winning team....Back - Siva
Sivapalasundram, Heather Long. Front - Marj
Miller, Jenny Brysha, Mary Mackie, Christiane
McCann and Paula Messer. Well done, team!
This event was limited to 56 players, and we had the usual last minute ring-around to find replacement players for those who found themselves unable to play, and I hope those who were unwell have recovered. I'm grateful to those who filled in - Mardi Healy, Gayle Cameron and others, and our reserve player Mary Mackie - thank you all. The day was a bit slow to get started but after some initial hiccoughs organising the teams and team hats all ran smoothly, and thanks to Barry Harridge for his input, as well as Amy on computers and everyone else who helped in any way. Also thanks to Nick Ivanovski for the use of some of his photos, appreciated as always, Nick.
Individual awards on the day went to Balada Catanchin who finished as the best of all 56 players with 6 wins, ahead of Mardi Healy and Christiane McCann, also on 6 wins for the day. The High Game Award went to Norma Fisher for her score of 547, and Marj Miller won the High Word Award for her play of DESEXING for 119 points. Well done to Balada, Mardi, Chris and all for your excellent play, and the spirit in which you all participated in this event.

Second place, the Team Builders, from the left:
Peter Bauer, Noel Coulter, Angie Winkler, Nick
Ivanovski, Dorothy Hunt, Elize Plaganyi, and
Kris Howat. Well played, Builders!

Third team on the day, the Black Caps - Norma
Fisher, Sandra Masel, Del Stitz, Ann Goodwin,
Dominica Krstic, Diane Stoyan and Lynn Weaver.
Well done to the only all girl team!

Team Scholten Pepper, a fine bunch of hearties!
Fourth on the day, back: Rob Hutchinson, Chris
Scholten, John Metcalf, Rob York. Front: Lorna
Patching, Bridget Halge, Balada Catanchin

The Bunnies. Captain Eloy Gardea wore the yellow
bunny ears all day, well done! Seen here with Trish
Magee, Lorraine Thomas, Geoff Shepheard, Marisa
Nuccitelli, Oliver Podesser, & Christie Godby.
The fight for the title of Champion Team was closely contested, with the Blue Caps emerging the victors by just one game at the end of the day - well done to my team mates Heather Long (our captain, who encouraged us all day), Jenny Brysha, Christiane McCann, Mary Mackie, Paula Messer and Siva Sivapalasundram, it was great fun to have a win. Other teams in finishing order were the Team Builders, Black Caps, Scholten Pepper, Bunnies, Twinkles, Green Caps and Carol's Crushers.
Excellent ratings gains on the day were achieved by Christiane McCann +47, Geoff Shepherd +46, Mardi Healy +43, Balada Catanchin +41, Peter Bauer +37, Glen Chandler and Kris Howat both +36, and Heather Long +31.


Barry Harridge's team, The Twinkles, placed sixth.
From left - Gayle Cameron, Rena Aitken, Cheryle
Jerram, Lainie Chojna, Mardi Healy, Mal Eden and
Barry Harridge

Gwen and her Green Caps, placed seventh.
Left: Gwen Lampre, (Rod Casey photo-bombing,)
Laura Khan, Wayne Stoyan, Glen Chandler, Carol
Mascitti, Annette Casey and Angie Pearse

The eighth team overall, Carol's Crushers...
Latha Weerakkody, Carol Johnsen, Rebeccah
Booth, Liz McKean, John Parker and John Rider,
with Rod Casey in front

The Green Caps versus the Blue Caps...Carol
Mascitti doing battle with Siva Sivapalasundram
on what appears to be a rather tight board,
with Angie Pearse and Wayne Stoyan nearby

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The Annual City of Sydney International Masters ~ January 28/29, 2017

Seven of our Victorian players travelled to Sydney for this popular event, held at Club Burwood RSL in Burwood. A total of fifty-two players participated including Lyres Freeth from New Zealand, who had visited Australia for the Trans Tasman Challenge in Adelaide last year. Eleven games (22 minutes per player) were played on Saturday, and nine on Sunday. Bob Smith was in charge of directing the tournament, and regular updates were supplied by Edward Okulicz, thank you for those, Edward, and for the excellent website.
Andrew Fisher took an early lead and held on to it for the entire event, winning nineteen of the twenty games played, a brilliant effort indeed. Second place went to Chris May on 16 wins, and third was Alastair Richards with 15 wins. Joanne Craig scored 666 to take out the High Game Award, and Carol Johnsen's early play of SPURNING for 158 earned her the High Game Award.

Andrew Fisher from
Victoria, first

Chris May from New
South Wales, second

Alastair Richards from
Queensland, third

Joanne Craig, New South
Wales, High Game & 12th

Carol Johnsen, Victoria,
High Word & 31st

Natasha Podesser,
Victoria, tenth place

Trevor Halsall, Victoria,
22nd place

Alan Burn, Victoria,
25th place

Jenny Brysha, Victoria,
placed 26th

Khwanjai Thammaping,
Victoria, 51st place
To check the full results of the 2017 CSIM in the National Archive click HERE

The BIL ROSE AESTIVAL ~ January 15 2017

Ah, summer is here, and that means the Australian Open is about to start. People are enjoying the weather, holidays from work and look forward to this yearly Round Robin event run strictly on ratings.
Sixty-six players took part in eight sections named: Aiava, Barty, Cabrera, Duckworth, Ebden, Federer, Gavrilova and Hewitt. Norma Fisher is constantly updating the section titles (hoping to have all Australian Open players) and was pleased with Aiava and Cabrera being made wildcards this year, and Barty returning after a year off tennis, having played cricket for Australia for that year.

The winners in Sections A - D: Jenny Brysha, Andrew
Fisher, Lorraine Thomas, Peter Kougi, Barry Harridge.
Not in the photo: Naween Fernando

The winners in sections E - H: Latha Weerakkody,
Geoff Shepheard, Eileen Mills, Lynne Goodinson.
Not in the photo: Laura Khan, Trish Magee
It was unfortunate that a police intervention was happening on the tram route to the tournament and two more participants were unable to make it to the tournament. We welcomed keen new player Sabir Khawaja from Pakistan (Sabir is in Melbourne studying), and also welcomed back Jason Stockdale after a six year absence from Scrabble - Jason has been busy with study in Geelong, and its good to have you back.
After the lunch break, Naween Fernando treated us to a reading of one of Bil Rose's Scrabble poems which was delightful. Bil was a prolific poet and published many in our own magazine and in national publications over many years. Nick Ivanovski brought along a collection of his Scrabble magazines which featured Bil's poetry also.
Seven games were played with first placegetters receiving a monetary prize, along with one monetary prize each for high word and high game for the first 4 sections and the next 4 sections. Latha Weerakoddy and Lynne Goodinson shared the high game (494) in the second group and Siva Sivapalasundram (KARITES) and Eileen Mills (SKILLED) shared High Word 95 while Andrew Fisher scored 149 for LUNGWORT and Naween Fernando scored the High Game with 524 in the first 4-section group.

Happy winner of the ticket to the Australian
Open tennis, Ann Goodwin

Our new player, Sabir Khawaja, with veteran
Barry Harridge

"EBDEN", with Khwanjai Thammaping playing
Dorothy Rice

"CABRERA", with Dianne Gibson and Janet
Bau partway through their game.
The TENNIS theme word generated a lot of interest as the prize was a Day pass ticket for Monday, 23 January at the Australian Tennis Open. Ann Goodwin was the winner having entered both SERVING and LOB. Two players won all seven games played, congratulations to Peter Kougi (Aiava) and Latha Weerakkody (Federer) for this achievement, and to all winners. Thanks for this report, Carol Johnsen!

The "GAVRILOVA" players, with Rena Aitken
and Laura Khan

"HEWITT" section, with Trish Magee and
Lina Camilleri

"AIAVA", with Peter Kougi playing Carol
Johnsen, and Jason Stockdale at Board 2

In "DUCKWORTH" Diane Stoyan plays Rob
York, a serious challenge!
Two players won all seven games, congratulations to Latha Weerakkody (Federer) and Peter Kougi (Aiava) for this achievement, and to all the winners - Barry Harridge (Barty), Jenny Brysha (Cabrera), Lorraine Thomas (Duckworth), Geoff Shepheard (Ebden), Laura Khan (Gavrilova), and Trish Magee (Hewitt).
Excellent ratings gains were recorded by Latha Weerakkody +65, Dianne Davis +59, Barry Harridge + 56, Peter Kougi + 52 and Geoff Shepherd +40.
To check the full results of the 2017 Aestival in the National Archives click HERE

Vale Ann McBain ~ May 15 1931 ~ January 4 2017


Ann was a dedicated scrabble player for many years, and very popular with her fellow players, both at tournaments and at club. The Balwyn Scrabble Club was founded in about 1984 by Ann Hagley, and Ann McB took over the running of it from Margaret Warmington in the late 1980's. Ann's gentle nature and lovely sense of humour were great attributes for a Club Convenor and she continued in charge until 2002 when health problems lead to her retirement.
Ann was married to Duncan, a ship's captain, and she loved telling the story of the ship that was named after her, the "Lady Ann". The privilege of launching the ship was given to Ann which delighted her, but sadly the Lady Ann sank just two weeks later!
Ann travelled extensively to many parts of the world, and this was a favourite pastime. She and good friend Gladys Minihan were part of the group who played scrabble down a gold mine in Bendigo, and the pair often played scrabble at airports on their interstate scrabble trips together.
Husband Duncan passed away a few months before Ann, and they are survived by their children Michael, Sheona and Caroline, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Ann's funeral took place at 2pm on Monday 16th January, at St John's Church of England, Heidelberg, and family and friends will always remember Ann with love. Rest in peace, Ann.