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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


National Championship & Plate ~ April 20-22 ~ 24 games ~ in Hobart
Saturday Sessions 3 D ~ SATURDAY April 27 ~ 5 games ~ at Reservoir
Scrabble Generations ~ SUNDAY May 19 ~ 7 games ~ at Reservoir
Tri-State Challenge ~ SAT/SUNDAY May 25/26 ~ 10 games ~ at Junee, N.S.W.
Victorian Championship ~ SAT/SUNDAY June 8/9 ~ 18 games ~ at Windy Hill, Essendon
Queen's Birthday Tourney ~ SUNDAY June 9 ~ 7 games ~ at Windy Hill, Essendon

For full details of tournaments click HERE

The 2019 Nunawading Tournament ~ March 31st, at Box Hill

Fifty players gathered at the Box Hill Senior Citizens' Centre to contest this annual event - this may be one of the last times the Centre is used as a tournament venue, and on the whole it has served us very well as a regular place to run tournaments. Thanks to Sue and Alistair Kane for finding it quite some time ago - I'm not sure of the year, but possibly the first event held there was the 2006 Victorian Championship.
Nunawading Club Convenor Geoff Shepheard did a great job organising his first tournament, and we thank him, together with Club member June Valentine and others for looking after us so well on the day - the cakes and sausage rolls were lovely! Thanks also to anyone who helped in any way, including Nick Ivanovski, Carol Johnsen, Norma Fisher and Rob York.
Three players were presented with milestone badges by President Carol Johnsen - Paula Messer and John Rider reached the 2000 games played mark, and Balada Catanchin achieved 1000 games played - these three are very regular contestants who thoroughly enjoy the challenge of a good game, and we congratulate you all!

Div A: Geoff Wright (2nd), Nick Ivanovski
(High Word DIARISED 149), Norma Fisher
(High Game 556), Edward Okulicz (1st).
Missing - Chris Scholten (3rd)

Div B: June Valentine (1st), Jenny Brysha
(2nd), Glenys Dettmann (High Game 547),
Rob York (3rd & High Word LEAVENED 98)

President Carol Johnsen presented Paula
Messer with her 2000 games badge - well
done, Paula!

John Rider receiving his 2000 games
badge from Carol Johnsen - a good
effort, John!

Players were divided into 4 sections, with Edward Okulicz, June Valentine, Christiane McCann and Marlene Ellis the winners on the day. There were some great plays on the day, including Marlene Ellis's brilliant play of BOARDING for 158 points, and Norma Fisher's game score of 556, the best for the day.
Great ratings gains were achieved on the day by June Valentine +53, Chris Scholten +46, Angie Pearse + 32, Jenny Brysha +30, Christiane McCann +30, Marisa Nuccitelli + 29, and Dominica Krstic + 27. Well done,everyone.
To find the full results of the Nunawading 2019 event click HERE

Div C: John Parker (2nd), Dominica Krstic
(3rd), Oliver Podesser (HW PERSONAL 140),
Christiane McCann (1st & HG 520)

Div D: Oscar Ivanovski (High Game 495),
Marisa Nuccitelli (3rd), Rena Aitken (2nd),
Marlene Ellis (1st & HW BOARDING 158)

Carol Johnsen presenting a very happy
Balada Catanchin with her badge denoting
1000 games played, congrats Balada!

Play in progress later in the day -
we will miss our days at Box Hill Senior
Citizens' Centre!

Saturday Sessions 3 C ~ March 16, 2019

Anand's High Game Board.
Click the pic to enlarge

Ravindi Nanayakkara plays
Division E winner Angie Winkler
A pleasant day was had by the 30 players who attended this event at St Gabriel's School in Reservoir, and Organiser/Tournament Director Nick Ivanovski welcomed all players, with a special welcome to new player Ravindi Nanayakkara playing in her first tournament. Good luck and enjoy your time in Scrabble, Ravindi!
Players appreciated the light snacks provided, including delicious contributions from Kris Howat and Carol Johnsen, thanks to you both.
The field divided neatly into five divisions, and all played five games each, with standby player Marj Miller not required on the day. The outstanding game of the day was played by Anand Bharadwaj with a score of 672 points. Nice game, Anand!
Angie Winkler in Division E was delighted to win all her games on the day, always such a great feeling! Well done, Angie.
Angie also achieved the highest ratings gain on the day, gaining 36 points. Other good gains went to Glenys Dettmann +28, Latha Weerakkody +26 and Lina Camilleri + 26. Well done, everyone.
To check the full results of Saturday Sessions 3C click HERE

Div. A winner, Anand Bharadwaj

Div. B winner, Kashi Thiris

Winner Div. C, Glenys Dettmann

Div. D Winner, Latha Weerakkody

Winner Div. E, Angie Winkler

Saturday Sessions 3 B ~ March 2, 2019

35 players gathered at St. Gabriel's School in Reservoir and were divided into six round robin groups. A very late dropout meant that Division C was a player short so the remainder played four rated games, with standby player Marj Miller playing the spare person in some enjoyable social games. It was a very hot day but we were cool and comfortable in the school, which has turned out to be a very suitable venue. Niki Misinale played her second tournament and has settled well into tournament play, enjoying her games and the social atmosphere. Thanks to Nick Ivanovski for his organisation of the Saturday Sessions, the next one takes place at St. Gabriel's on Saturday March 16.
To check the full results of Saturday Sessions 3B click HERE

Winner in Division A - Trevor Halsall

Division B - Norma Fisher

Division C winner - Barry Harridge

Division D - Kannan Sethuraman

Division E winner - Ann Goodwin

Winner in Division F - Oscar Ivanovski

Oscar Ivanovski, Carolyn Miller & Niki Misinale

Summer Fun at Box Hill ~ February 17, 2019

David Eldar's High Game Board, scores
666/367. Click the pic to enlarge

Tournament Director and Organiser, Carol
54 people gathered to compete in this 7 game event, one of the last to be held at Box Hill Senior Citizens Centre due to rising charges for the use of the venue.
TD Carol Johnsen welcomed Ruth McInerney who is visiting from overseas, and it was good to see Edward Okulicz - Edward is now residing in Victoria, having relocated from New South Wales. Zina Costanzo was also visiting from the Northern Territory where she and Sal are happily living in Litchfield National Park, a lovely quiet spot several kilometres south of Darwin.
Players were divided into four sections - Advocaat, Brandy, Cointreau and Daiquiri, and a box of chocolates was awarded for the best "Summer" word - this was won by June Valentine for her play of the word "SUN". Everyone was well nourished thanks to Carol and Angie Pearse, who acted as standby player for the day. Thanks for doing that job, Angie.
Well done to all winners and placegetters, and safe travels to David Eldar who is heading back to England shortly.

DAIQUIRI: Rena Aitken (3rd), June Valentine
(Best Summer Word), Angie Winkler (High
Game 486), Balada Catanchin (High Word
ZARIBAS 129), Elize Plaganyi (2nd),
Gayle Cameron (1st)

COINTREAU: Khwanjai Thammaping (1st),
Christiane McCann (High Word JOGGERS
111), John Parker (2nd & High Game 497),
and Kannan Sethuraman (3rd)

BRANDY: Rob York (High Game 528),
June Valentine (3rd), Paula Messer (2nd),
Shirley De Silva (High Word JOINTERS 98,
and John Rider (1st)

ADVOCAAT: David Eldar (High Game 666),
Anand Bharadwaj (High Word CAPTIVES
194), Nick Ivanovski (1st), Peter Kougi
(2nd), Andrew Fisher (3rd)

To check the full results of the Summer Fun event click HERE

The first of the Saturday Sessions for 2019! February 2nd

The first of eight of these tournaments for 2019 attracted an excellent field of 44 players, including Caroline Scowcroft from Queensland. The event was again run smoothly by Organiser and Tournament Director, Nick Ivanovski - well done, Nick. Its an advantage to play in as many of these Sessions as you can as there are generous prizes awarded at the conclusion of the first four, and another set of prizemoney is given out at the end of Session 8, with overall prizes covering the eight events also awarded.

Division A winner, David Eldar

Winner of Div B, Geoff Wright

Kashi Thiris, Div C Winner

Div D winner, Dianne Gibson

Robin Steward, winner of Div E

Div F winner, Christiane McCann

Oscar Ivanovski, Div G winner

Nick Ivanovski, hard at work
Thanks to Nick Ivanovski and Khwanjai Thammaping for the use of their photos. To check the full results of Saturday Sessions 3A click HERE

The CSIM and Australia Day Tournament in Sydney, January 2019

The City of Sydney Masters and the Australia Day Tournaments attracted good numbers this year - 65 played the 8-game one-day event on January 26th, and 58 took part in the 18 game CSIM, held over two days on Sunday and Monday of the long weekend.

Andrew Fisher, first CSIM, with NSW President Bob Jackman

Edward Okulicz, second CSIM

Ryan Sutton, third CSIM

David Eldar, fourth CSIM
Several international players competed in both events and the winner of the CSIM, following a tough battle which several players had a chance of winning, was Andrew Fisher from Victoria. Andrew finished on 13 wins, ahead on margin only from Edward Okulicz and Ryan Sutton, both from New South Wales. Victorians filled the next three places, namely David Eldar, Naween Fernando and Trevor Halsall. The High Game award was won by Russell Honeybun from Western Australia for his score of 668 points, and the High Word award went to Carmel Dodd from South Australia for her play of EROTEMAS for 154. Well played, all!

Naween Fernando, fifth CSIM

Trevor Halsall, sixth CSIM

Peter Kougi, first Australia Day event

Adam Kretschmer, second Australia Day event
The Australia Day event was won by Peter Kougi from Victoria, closely followed by Adam Kretschmer from South Australia and Noel Barrett from the Australian Capital Territory. Both the High Game and High Word awards were won by Sue Gergelifi from New South Wales for her score of 623 points and her play of DISRATES for 140 points. Well done, everyone!
Congrats to New South Wales on running another successful tournament at the Bankstown Sports Club, and thanks to Sharon Sorenson for the use of her photos.
To check the 2019 CSIM results click HERE
And to see the full results of the Australia Day Tournament click HERE

Vale Lorna Patching, 2 February 1927 to 20 January 2019

It was with sadness we heard the news of Lorna's passing, at home as was her deepest wish, with her family around her following a long battle with cancer. Lorna had been a loyal and much loved Scrabble player in Victoria for many years. Her courtesy, sense of fairness and gentle nature made her a popular opponent,and all will remember the twinkle in her eye and her wonderful sense of humour.
As well as Scrabble Lorna loved crosswords and all sorts of puzzles and her favourite pastime was working on Word Codes after having the one available clue “whited out”. Her spare time was taken up with charity work of various sorts, and caring lovingly for her family. Lorna and Alan had four children but, sadly, her two sons predeceased her. Lorna will be greatly missed by Alan and their daughters Margaret and Rosemary, and extended family and friends.
Rest peacefully, Lorna, your Scrabble friends will miss you too.

2019 kicks off with the Bil Rose Aestival ~ January 13th, at Box Hill

Sixty-two players played in this year's Aestival, held in memory of our Guiness Book of Records legend Bil Rose. As the Australian Open Tennis event is contested at the same time Tournament Organiser (and standby-player) Carol Johnsen ran a theme word competition for the "Best Tennis Word" and the judges chose the word DEUCE played by John Ryan, who received a ground pass for Monday January 21st. It was good to see B.J.Winzer back at tournament play after an absence of ten years, well done, B.J.
The round robin sections were mainly named after our Aussie tennis players, and winners were as follows - AIAVA division was won by Andrew Fisher (7 wins), BARTY by Geoff Wright (6 wins), CABRERA by Noel Coulter (5 wins), DE MINAUR by Kris Howat (5 wins), EBDEN by Dominica Krstic (5.5 wins), FEDERER by Anne Menheere (6 wins), GAVRILOVA by Balada Catanchin (6 wins), and Oscar Ivanovski won all 7 games for a clean sweep of HEWITT. Well done everyone, especially the two who won all 7 games!

A-C winners, Noel Coulter, Geoff Wright
and Andrew Fisher

D-H winners, Kris Howat, Oscar Ivanovski,
Balada Catanchin and Dominica Krstic

David Eldar

Fintan Conway

Angie Winkler and Faye Leeder, relaxing
at the end of the day
Two High Word and two High Game prizes were awarded, with the top four sections combined, as were the lower four sections. The AIAVA-DE MINAUR awards went to David Eldar for his game score of 615 points and his great play of JEHADIST worth 194 points. The EBDEN-HEWITT prize for High Game went to B.J.Winzer for his excellent score of 516, and the High Word Award went to Fintan Conway for playing LENDERS for 99 points. Good play, all.
Thank you to all who assisted with the running of the event, and for setting up and tidying up afterwards, and to Christie Godby for looking after our nutritional needs so well for the day. Our next event sees the return of the Saturday Sessions, with the first of eight for the year kicking off on February 2nd at Reservoir.

To check the 2018 Aestival results click HERE

The DECATHON - last Victorian tournament for the year! 30/12/2018

After some latish entries and sadly some unavoidable cancellations 62 players took part in this year's 10 game Decathon, held at the Box Hill Centre, possibly at this venue for the last time. Players were divided into four sections according to their ratings - Masters, Advanced, Intermediate and Recreation.
We welcomed John McNaughton from New Zealand, John Hamilton from the Australian Capital Territory, and Karen and Paul Richards from Queensland. Thank you all for coming, as always it was good to see you all. Standby player for the day was myself (Marj Miller), and our refreshment needs were looked after by Leah Frajman - thanks, Leah!

MASTERS: Peter Kougi, Geoff Wright, Anand
Bharadwaj, Naween Fernando and David Eldar

The ADVANCED winners: Geoff Shepheard,
Sandra Masel and John McNaughton

Peter Bauer, the 2018 Country Champion, was
presented with his trophies by Carol Johnsen
In Masters an unwell David Eldar came out on top, get better soon, David. He finished clear on margin from Naween Fernando with both achieving 9 wins. Peter Kougi slotted into third place on 7 wins, closely followed by Carol Johnsen who had a lovely day out on the tiles. Anand Bharadwaj took home the High Game award for his score of 577 and Geoff Wright played LOITERED for 122 points to win the High Word award.
Advanced saw New Zealander John McNaughton in a tight tussle with local Sandra Masel, with both finishing on 9 wins and John ahead on margin by just 47 points, well done to you both. Third place was filled by Geoff Shepheard on 7 wins. The High Game award went to John McNaughton for his score of 554, and Barry Harridge and Rob Hutchinson shared the High Word prize for their respective plays of FLAMIER and MEEKEST, both scoring 110.

Winners in INTERMEDIATE: Sylvia Galloway,
June Valentine, Rob York and Jeremy Yip

RECREATION winners: Jenny Plant, Laura Khan,
Elize Plaganyi, Oscar Ivanovski and Annette Casey

Thanks to Christie Godby and Sandra Masel for
doing the presentations for me! Great job, girls!
In INTERMEDIATE Jeremy Yip claimed all 10 games to place first, well done, Jeremy, a brilliant effort. Second place went to Rob York on 7 games, followed by Sylvia Galloway also with 7 wins. Sylvia also claimed the High Game award for her score of 508, and June Valentine played JONTIES for 111 points to win the High Word award.
RECREATION:This turned out to be the toughest section, with the first four placegetters all winning 7 games. As this was the smallest section the last round was played as King of The Hill, which meant that some players played each other for the second time. At the end of the day Jenny Plant placed first, followed closely by Laura Khan, Annette Casey, and Angie Winkler - well played, all. The High Game award went to a very happy Oscar Ivanovski for a brilliant score of 516 and the High Word award was won by Elize Plaganyi for her play of STRINGED for 91 points.

These players achieved notable ratings gains: Jeremy Yip +91, John McNaughton +86, Sandra Masel +79, Carol Johnsen +70, Paul Richards +46, Jenny Plant +43 and Glenys Dettmann +40.
Thanks to all the helpers who did a sterling job on the day, as Tournament Director I really appreciated your assistance! I couldn't have done it without you. Some who come to mind are Norma Fisher, Barry Harridge, Carol Johnsen and Heather Long, and Geoff Shepheard and Rob York who are such a great team when it comes time to tidy up - and my thanks to those I've forgotten to mention!
To check the 2018 Decathon results click HERE

Coming up - The Alchemist Cup, in Penang, Malaysia - December 5-9th, 2018

Michael Tang has put many hours into organising the Alchemist Cup, a follow-on from previous teams divisions at his Causeway Challenge events. Well done, Michael, there is a lot of anticipation in the world Scrabble scene about this prestigious tournament, featuring ten teams of 5 players who will play 45 games over five days against the other teams. Those taking part are from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Rest of Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, East Africa, the United States, and the Rest of the World. Best of luck to our five Australians, who together won the Causeway Challenge Team event in 2006 and 2008!

Victory for the Team from Oz in 2006

David Eldar

Chris May

Edward Okulicz

Andrew Fisher

Naween Fernando
Full details of the tournament can be found at the Alchemist Cup website - click on the various headings to find the draw for the entire event, and a list of games which will be streamed live over the five days - a feast for Scrabblers who love to follow the ups and downs of an event. Thanks to Michael and his team - Kumar Nathanael Elijah, responsible for live streaming each round, commentators Jesse Matthews and Jason Katz-Brown, and to our Aussie Webmaster Barry Harridge for their efforts in presenting this event to the world.
UPDATE AFTER DAY 3: At the end of Day One Australia were placed 8th, and had moved up to 4th place by the end of Day 2. Now, after Day 3 our team is leading the field, with 16 games left to play. Well done, team, this is a great effort!
AT THE END OF DAY 4: Thirty-nine games have been completed and in a very tight situation Australia are tied with the U.S.A. in top spot, but are ahead on the number of games won (4.5 games up), while being behind on spread - placings are decided firstly on the number of rounds won, then the number of games won, and then on overall spread. With some tough rounds left to play tomorrow it will be an interesting day, with play starting at 11 am AEDT.

The happy winners - David Eldar, Naween Fernando, Chris May, Andrew Fisher and
Edward Okulicz, with Michael Tang, Tournament Organiser

Having fun - the back view of the "boys".

In the commentary box, late in the tournament.
This became an absolute nailbiter, with the USA gradually narrowing the lead on Australia, and the Rest of the World Team also threateningly close. Going into the last round Australia were one round ahead of the USA, and needed to win the final round to clinch a convincing victory. The USA needed Australia to lose the round 0-5, and their team needed to win their round 5-0 against Nigeria.
Australia played the Rest of the World, losing the round 1-4, and the USA won against Nigeria 4-0, resulting in a two game victory to Australia.
Congratulations to our amazing players, a brilliant team effort from all!

The next Alchemist Cup will take place at the same venue - G Hotel Gurney, Penang, Malaysia - from 2-6th December 2020, and the following countries will be invited to compete - Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA and the Rest of the World.
Thank you to those who took the photos, the use of them is appreciated. Click here for the link to the website.

Naween, 28 wins

David, 28 wins

Chris, 28 wins

Andrew, 25 wins

Edward, 24 wins


Saturday December 12 2018, and be resuming on February 2 2019
Ballarat Tuesday December 18 Tuesday January 8
Balwyn Monday December 17 Monday January 7
Bentleigh Monday December 17 Monday February 4
Box Hill Tuesday December 18 Tuesday February 5
Cranbourne Wednesday December 12 Wednesday January 9
Essendon Tuesday December 4 Tuesday February 5
FaNS Monday December 17 Monday January 7
Frankston Wednesday December 5 Wed January 9, if temperature less than 34 degrees
Frankston Nth Saturday December 8 Saturday February 2
Geelong Saturday December 15 Saturday January 12
Golden Age Wednesday December 12 Monday January 7
Greensborough Tuesday December 18 Tuesday January 8
Langwarrin Tuesday December 4 Tuesday January 29
Mt Martha Tuesday December 18 Tuesday January 8
Nunawading Tuesday December 18. Breakup
dinner at 6pm at the Mitcham Hotel
Tuesday January 8
Paynesville Tuesday December 18
Tuesday January 8
Rosanna Thursday December 13 Thursday February 14
Sunbury Wednesday December 5 Wednesday January 9
Watsonia Wednesday December 12 Wednesday January 30
Welshpool Monday December 17 Monday February 11
Wodonga Thursday December 20 Thursday January 17

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