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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
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
Saturday Sessions 3D - April 27, 2019
The major award winners: Ann Goodwin, John Rider, Angie
Winkler, Glenys Dettmann, Oscar Ivanovski, Robin Steward
and Kashi Thiris
Over $700 was given out for the cumulative awards over the four recent Sessions, and Nick is hoping to better this amount when further awards are given out at the final Session for 2019. The next event, which starts the group of four for the remainder of the year, takes place on Saturday August 3rd.
Here are the major prizes awarded on the day -
1350+ Band:1st Geoff Wright 15 points, 2nd John Rider 13 points, 3rd Anand Bharadwaj 12 points.
1000-1349 points:1st Kashi Thiris 18 points, equal second Robin Steward/Glenys Dettmann 16 points.
Below 1000 points:1st Oscar Ivanovski 20 points, 2nd Angie Winkler 19 points, 3rd Ann Goodwin 17 points.
Overall Rating Gain winners: Angie Winkler +74 and Doreen Ivanovski +44.
Below are the Round Robin winners for the 3D tournament:
Natasha Podesser, Division A, 4 wins
Marj Miller, Div B, 4 wins
Doreen Ivanovski, Division C, 5 wins
Eileen Mills, Division D, 4 wins
David & Robyn Cameron
The 2019 Australian Championship and Plate, held in Hobart, Tasmania, April 20-22nd
New Champ Cameron Farlow - the first Champ
from Queensland, I think!
From the left - Daniel Piechnick, Edward Okulicz, Cameron Farlow, Peter Kougi, Mythili
Rudra, Naween Fernando, Chris May, Andrew Fisher, Esther Perrins
Most of the Victorian players who travelled to
Tasmania for the event
After 24 hard-fought games Australia's new Champion for 2019 is Cameron Farlow from the state of Queensland, what a wonderful win for one of our great younger players! Going in to Round 21 of 24 Cameron was on 14 wins, with Peter Kougi (Victoria, on 14 wins), Edward Okulicz (Victoria, also on 14 wins), followed by Andrew Fisher (Victoria, on 13). Cameron simply needed to win his last four games, and this is exactly what he was able to do, finishing on 18 wins after playing the daunting quartet of Peter Kougi, Chris May, Ryan Sutton and Mythili Rudra.
Congratulations on a very convincing win, Cam! Andrew Fisher (17 wins, +1144) finished second a game behind Cameron, followed by Peter Kougi (17 wins, +1060), and Edward Okulicz (17 wins, +775). Fifth place was filled by Daniel Piechnick (South Australia, 16 wins), Naween Fernando (Victoria, 15.5 wins) placed 6th, Chris May from New South Wales placed 7th on 15 wins and Victoria's Mythili Rudra placed eighth with 15 wins. Both the High Game and High Word awards went to Esther Perrins from New South Wales for her brilliant score of 631, and her play of OFTENEST for 158 points. Well done to you all.
Plate winners - Khwanjai Thammaping, John Salmon, Karyn Crease, Rene
Chelton, Margaret Bishop, Francoise Finlayson, Paula Messer, Moana Nepia
The delighted Plate winner,
This event was also keenly fought, with Rene Chelton from New South Wales winning 17.5 games and emerging as the winner over Tasmania's Margaret Bishop on 17 wins, Pam Thomas (Tasmania, 3rd on 16 wins), Karyn Crease (South Australia, 4th 16 wins), Khwanjai Thammaping (Victoria 5th 16 wins), Moana Nepia (NSW 6th 16), Francoise Finlayson (South Australia 7th on 15 wins), and John Salmon (Western Australia 8th on 14.5 wins). Various ratings band prizes were awarded (placegetters were ineligible to receive a ratings band prize) and Victorians collected two of these - Paula Messer for second place in the 1000-1200 band, and Michael Smitheram for first place in the under 1000 band. The High Game award went to veteran Ivy Nicholls from Tasmania for her excellent score of 546, and Cheryl Michler from New South Wales won the High Word award for her play of CAPSIZE for 150 points. Well done, everyone!
At the computer desk - Barry Harridge, John
Hamilton, Ronnie B's mum Sam
Two of our regular Victorian players, Dianne
Gibson and Betty Egan
At the dinner - Victoria's president Carol
Johnsen with Phillip and John Hamilton
Happy crew at dinner - Joanne Craig, Trevor
Halsall and Edward Okulicz
The Tournament ran smoothly under the expert guidance of Tournament Director John Hamilton from the Australian Capital Territory. His brother Phillip Hamilton spent the tournament sitting quietly on the stage beside Table One, assisting with live streaming of games from each round - these were watched by many around the world, well done John and Phillip. Our busy webmaster was Barry Harridge from Victoria, who regularly updated the standings etc on the national website and the mailing lists. Barry also stepped in to play when one of our players became unwell with a virus, and Barry acquitted himself very well, winning 11 of 14 games played. Thanks for all your hard work, Barry, and thanks to Khwanjai Thammaping for the use of some of her excellent photos, and a very big thank you to all who had input into the smooth running of this excellent event.
The workers - Margaret Bishop, Martin Rose,
Cindy Brunniche, Sandy McConnell, Khen
Meerding, Phillip Hamilton, Barry Harridge
and John Hamilton
The entree - scrumptious platters, with
oysters, dips, smoked salmon, cold meats,
cheese, breads and much more.
At dinner - Paula Messer and Julie Belle,
both from Victoria, with Tim Reddan
from the A.C.T.
Some Victorians at the dinner - Trevor
Halsall with newlyweds Peter Kougi
and Mythili Rudra
To see the full results of the Championship and the Plate check the archives HERE
And to visit the website with details and round-by-round results click HERE
The wedding of two young Scrabble players - April 13, 2019
At the wedding: Joanne Craig, Marj Miller, Norma Fisher,
Peter Kougi, Mythili Rudra, Trevor Halsall, Naween Fernando
and Esther Perrins
We had a wonderful day at Doyle's Bridge Hotel in Mordialloc where the ceremony took place near the canal under a pergola decorated with roses, and the sun came out on an otherwise gloomy day. Dinner was delightful with generous servings of yummy food, and Mythili looked lovely in her beautiful blue and gold sari. Greek music and dancing, including the newly-weds dancing on chairs, added to the wonderful atmosphere - it was a very happy day indeed! All scrabble players present agreed it was an honour to be invited, and it was lovely to meet Mythili and Peter's families and friends.
We wish Mythili and Peter every happiness in their marriage, and many more years of enjoyment in Scrabble!
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The 2019 Nunawading Tournament ~ March 31st, at Box HillFifty 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
John Rider receiving his 2000 games
badge from Carol Johnsen - a good
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
Saturday Sessions 3 C ~ March 16, 2019
Ravindi Nanayakkara plays
Division E winner Angie Winkler
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, 201935 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
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Summer Fun at Box Hill ~ February 17, 2019
Tournament Director and Organiser, Carol
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)
The first of the Saturday Sessions for 2019! February 2ndThe 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
The CSIM and Australia Day Tournament in Sydney, January 2019The 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
Naween Fernando, fifth CSIM
Trevor Halsall, sixth CSIM
Peter Kougi, first Australia Day event
Adam Kretschmer, second Australia Day event
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
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 HillSixty-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
Angie Winkler and Faye Leeder, relaxing
at the end of the day
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! 30/12/2018After 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
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!
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
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Coming up - The Alchemist Cup, in Penang, Malaysia - December 5-9th, 2018Michael 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
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
VICTORIAN CLUB CLOSURE AND REOPENING DATES OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD 2018 - 2019
|CLUB||BREAKUP DATE||RETURN DATE 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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