The website of the Australian Scrabble Players Association (Victoria) Inc.
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
Upcoming TournamentsSaturday Sessions 4 C ~ SATURDAY October 12 ~ 5 games ~ at Reservoir
WESPA Scrabble Championship ~ October 15-24 ~ 32 games plus finals ~ Goa, India
Saturday Sessions 4 D ~ SATURDAY November 2 ~ 5 games ~ at Reservoir
The FaNS Tournament ~ SUNDAY November 17 ~ 7 games ~ at Watsonia
Vic/SA Border Challenge ~ SAT/SUNDAY November 23/24 ~ 10 games ~ at Horsham
Decathon ~ SUNDAY December 29 ~ 10 games ~ at Balwyn
To see the full list of Victorian tournaments click HERE
A social day out for Seniors! Thursday October 10, 201944 players assembled at the Golden Age Senior Citizens' Club in Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley, for the annual Seniors Tournament, a non-rated event hosted by Scrabble Victoria and open to the public. A grant from the Department of Health and Ageing allowed the day to be run free of charge, and we thank Mr Chris Reidy and the Department for their generosity.
Players were divided into groups and played a Round Robin, with each group bearing the name of a flower - Amaryllis, Bluebell etc. Morning tea was served early in the day, followed by a generous lunch which all enjoyed. Prizes were given to the winner of each section, as well as door prizes.
Carol Johnsen was in charge of the organisation of the event, and would like to thank Christiane McCann, Lynne Goodinson, Angie Pearse and Lay-Hoon Ng and anyone else who helped on the day, your assistance was greatly appreciated!
Scrabble is played regularly at the Golden Age Community Centre and the meeting times are as follows: Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30am - 3pm, with a very short break over the Christmas period. Plase drop in if you'd like a game!
The Annual Essendon Tournament - September 29, 2019This year's event was held for the first time at the home of the Essendon Scrabble Club, at 5 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds, a very comfortable venue - the Essendon Club meets there on Tuesday evenings at 7.00pm, and all players are welcome to drop in for a game.
Thirty-four players were divided into three divisions, with Club Convenor Rob York doing a great job of organising, and Barry Harridge doing a sterling job on computer duties. Sadly several of the Essendon Club were unable to attend, mainly due to ill health - we hope all are feeling better. Christie Godby looked after the kitchen duties as well as playing, and we thank all the Essendon members who contributed to making the tournament such a pleasant day out.
Division A winners - Geoff Wright, Edward Okulicz
and Anand Bharadwaj
Division B - John Rider, Noel Coulter, Marj Miller
and Rob York
Division C - Annette Casey, Betty Egan, Mohammed
Hegazi and Oliver Podesser
Division B was an interesting tussle with John Rider triumphing on 5 wins, as were second and third placed Rob York and Marj Miller. John's score of 490 won him the High Game Award, and Noel Coulter's play of FISHIER for 113 won the High Word Award.
Division C was also closely fought, with Betty Egan winning six of the seven games played to take first place, followed by Oliver Podesser also on six wins, and Mohammed Hegazi on 4 wins. Mohammed scored 455 to win the High Game Award, and Annette Casey's play of JELLIES for 84 points won the High Word Award.
Excellent ratings gains were achieved by Geoff Wright +41, Betty Egan +39, Rob York +30, Oliver Podessedr +29 and John Rider +28.
Congratulations to all who played so well, and to see the full results of the tournament click HERE
The Geelong Tournament - Saturday September 14, 2019Once again the Geelong members hosted this annual event at the Uniting Church in Sydney Parade, thank you to them all. This is the home of their Scrabble Club - drop in for a game on a Saturday afternoon, you will be made very welcome.
Thirty players participated in three divisions, with Carol Johnsen directing. Carol welcomed all players, including Suzy Mizzi and Jo Barry who played in their first tournaments. Well done to you both, we hope you enjoyed the experience.
First-time player Suzy Mizzi from the Geelong Club,
with Carolyn Miller from Bentleigh Club
Relaxing between games -
Rob York, Eileen Mills & Balada Catanchin
Players take time out in the tea room
Division ABLETT was won by Marj Miller on 5 wins, followed by Norma Fisher and Rob York, each on 4 wins. As mentioned Norma Fisher had the highest game score for this division, and Shaun Donnelly played INDENTER for 130 points to achieve the High Word score for the day.
Division BARLOW was won by local player Anne Menheere with 5 wins, with Dorothy Barraclough and Cherry Chapman in second and third places respectively, winning four games each. The High Game and High Word accolades went to Dorothy Barraclough for her score of 489 and her play of QUIZ for 120 points, an amazing score for a non-bonus word.
Division CATS saw Janet Matthews victorious on 5 wins, followed by Balada Catanchin and Suzy Mizzi, both on 4 wins. Tessa Knight had the High Game score (427) for this division, and Janet Matthews play of DASHERS for 93 points was the best for the day.
To check the full results of the 2019 Geelong Tournament click HERE
Norma Fisher, Shaun Donnelly, Marj Miller & Rob York
Dorothy Barraclough, Cherry Chapman & Anne Menheere
Division Cats: Marlene Ellis presenting awards to Janet Matthews,
Suzy Mizzi, Balada Catanchin & Tessa Knight
The Australian Masters and State Team Challenge - September 7/8, 2019
2019 Australian Masters
Champion Chris May
Chris May from New South Wales is now the Australian Masters Champion, having won all 9 games played on Day 2 to give him a total of 14 wins, well done, Chris! Second placed Cameron Farlow from Queensland led for most of the tournament, finishing on 13 wins. Third place went to Victor Tung from New South Wales, also on 13 wins, and Naween Fernando from Victoria filled fourth place on 12 wins. The High Game and High Word Awards were won by Jakob Teitelbaum from the A.C.T. for his game score of 667 and his play of COMPOSER for 176 points. Well done to everyone.
The title of Champion Team for 2019 went to the team from the A.C.T. comprising John Spaan, Alex Boiko and Noel Barrett - congratulations to you all. The team won 38 games, followed by South Australia (30 wins), Tasmania (26), New South Wales (25), Western Australia (24), Queensland (24) and Victoria (22).
Edie Mueller from Western Australia scored 593 to win the High Game Award, and the High Word Award went to Ian Ting, also from W.A., for his play of GRINCHES for 167 points. Congratulations to the Champion Team and to all award winners, well done to all. To see the full results of the Australian Masters and the State Team Challenge click HERE
WESPA World Seniors Tournament, in Queensland - August 30 - September 1
Australia's Esther Perrins accepts the
winner's trophy. Well done, Esther!
The top three placegetters: Joanne Craig (2nd),
Esther Perrins (1st), Rod Talbot (3rd)
John Rider and Noel Coulter scored 149 each for their
equal High Words: John GODLIEST, Noel OVERSAIL
What is it that is the allure of playing in an international Seniors tournament. I had jumped at the opportunity to play in the 2017 WESPA Seniors tournament in Christchurch, New Zealand and here again playing in the 2019 WESPA Seniors Championship on home soil (albeit still a few thousand kilometres away). I have come to the conclusion that it is the anticipation that you might actually win one of the big prizes (quite substantial) because all of those "younger" whizzes won't be there. Oh how wrong I am - those "younger" ones have joined the senior ranks - Esther Perrins (eventual winner), Joanne Craig, etc. And don't forget that there are former Australian and international champions in the field - John Holgate, Bob Jackman, Tony Sim (Singapore) and Howard Warner (NZ).
But, that aside, it is a great event and, this year, very ably organised by Karen Richards, and directed by John Hamilton for what was a flawlessly-run tournament. Sixteen Victorian players participated (133 in all) with creditable mentions to Heather Long (best 65+ and 10th overall placing); and John Rider (GODLIEST) and Noel Coulter (OUTSAIL) tying for highest word of the tournament with scores of 149.
The next WESPA Seniors tournament is planned for 29 April to 1 May, 2020 in Malta which is well worth a visit if you have not been there before.
To see the full results of the World Seniors click HERE
Victoria's Most Improved Player for 2018/19 - Jeremy Yip!
Jeremy accepted his Award at the McKinnon
House Fundraiser in July this year.
Jeremy at his second tournament in January
2018, with Balada Catanchin, Khwanjai
Thammaping & Dominica Krstic
- Jeremy Yip (VIC) RATING GAIN=1036+295=1331, GAMES PLAYED=35
- Rajiv Amarnani (VIC) RATING GAIN=508+256=764, GAMES PLAYED=10 (started 21.07.2018)
- Oscar Ivanovski (VIC) RATING GAIN=639+208=847, GAMES PLAYED=95
- Balada Catanchin (VIC) RATING GAIN=698+155=853, GAMES PLAYED=93
- Andrew Fisher (VIC) RATING GAIN=1891+146=2037, GAMES PLAYED=137
- Norma Fisher (VIC) RATING GAIN=1499+132=1631, GAMES PLAYED=158
- June Valentine (VIC) RATING GAIN=1146+130=1276, GAMES PLAYED=45
- Khwanjai Thammaping (VIC) RATING GAIN=1070+111=1181, GAMES PLAYED=97
- Latha Weerakkody (VIC) RATING GAIN=855+105=960, GAMES PLAYED=75
- Angie Winkler (VIC) RATING GAIN=752+105=857, GAMES PLAYED=90
- Peter Kougi (VIC) RATING GAIN=1870+100=1970, GAMES PLAYED=109
- John Rider (VIC) RATING GAIN=1287+83=1370, GAMES PLAYED=199
- Christie Godby (VIC) RATING GAIN=1068+78=1146, GAMES PLAYED=106
- Anne Menheere (VIC) RATING GAIN=859+77=936, GAMES PLAYED=34
- Gwen Lampre (VIC) RATING GAIN=1458+77=1535, GAMES PLAYED=113
- Kris Howat (VIC) RATING GAIN=1198+75=1273, GAMES PLAYED=91
- Annette Casey (VIC) RATING GAIN=788+69=857, GAMES PLAYED=89
- Sandra Masel (VIC) RATING GAIN=1260+69=1329, GAMES PLAYED=66
- Barry Harridge (VIC) RATING GAIN=1389+69=1458, GAMES PLAYED=133
- Michael Smitheram (VIC) RATING GAIN=915+67=982, GAMES PLAYED=61
Saturday Sessions 4B ~ August 31, 2019Thirty-eight players took part in the sixth Saturday Session for the year, with two more to come. Late withdrawals meant a revamp of the draw, but TD Nick Ivanovski soon had things sorted. Thanks for your efforts, Nick.
Here is the rogues' gallery of the winners - full marks to John Rider, Doreen Ivanovski and Oscar Ivanovski as all won all their five games played on the day, and substantially increased their ratings - John +48, Doreen +46 and Oscar +38. Well done to everyone!
To see the full results of SS 4B click HERE
Div. A Winner, Naween Fernando
Division B winner, Julie Belle
Division C winner, Angie Pearse
Division D winner, John Rider
Div. E winner, Doreen Ivanovski
Div. F winner, Oscar Ivanovski
The Ryman Healthcare Classic Tournament, with the A.G.M. ~ August 18, 2019
Happy Ann Goodwin received her 1000-game
badge from President Carol. Well done, Ann!
The generosity of Ryman Healthcare enabled us to hire the Bentleigh Bowls Club, a pleasant venue in which to run a tournament, and assisted with awarding more substantial prizes in each of the three divisions played. Thank you, Ryman Healthcare!
Thirty-six players took part, playing seven games, and all enjoyed the day. Awards were presented by Jennifer Roberts representing Ryman Healthcare, thanks for visiting, Jennifer, we hope you enjoyed your taste of Scrabble!
Division B saw Christiane McCann happy with her first placing, winning six games in a tough tussle with Kris Howat (second) and Christie Godby (third). The High Game award went to Rob York for his score of 487, and the High Word award was divided between Glen Chandler who played CRAZIES, and Glenys Dettmann who played SIMILAR, both scoring 91 points.
Division C saw the best individual performance of the day, with Annette Casey winning all 7 games, well done, Annette! Second place went to Elize Plaganyi on 5 wins, followed by Dorothy Rice on 4 wins. The High Game award went to Ann Goodwin for her score of 476, and Annette Casey took home the High Word award for her play of EXACTING for 122 points. Well played, everyone!
Thank you to all - retiring, continuing and new members to the Committee - for your commitment to Scrabble in Victoria, it is truly appreciated! To check the archives for the full results of the Ryman Classic click HERE
Vale Ruth FewingsFrom the Herald Sun 5.8.2019:
FEWINGS. Ruth McBurney. Died peacefully at Bendigo on August 3, 2019. Aged 91 Years. Dearly loved wife of the late Alan. Loved and loving mother of Jane, Fr Andrew, Simon (dec), Tim, and John (dec) and mother-in-law of Patsie and Lynn and their families.
Many Scrabblers across Australia will be saddened to hear of the passing of this delightful and energetic Scrabbler.
Ruth was the founder of the Bendigo Scrabble Club which she maintained for many years and many of us remember the trips up to Bendigo for her well-patronised tournaments. Ruth continued to play in tournaments and remained as the Bendigo club organiser until a few years ago when ill health and, particularly, her failing eyesight took over.
Ruth was also the founder and organiser of Postal Scrabble in which Scrabblers from all over Australia participated, expectantly waiting for their next move to arrive in the mail each week. Vale Ruth.
From 2009, Ruth with Audree Clifton
and Ann Hagley
2011 at Geelong, Anna Palmer, Ruth,
and Glenys Dettmann
At the 2008 Marathon at Box Hill,
Ruth with Pat Alsopp
In 2010 - Arjun Haria plays Ruth, with
lots of unused space on the board!
Saturday Sessions 4A ~ August 3, 2019The first of the fourth series saw 36 players take part, playing five games apiece in the traditional Round Robin format.
Division winners were Naween Fernando (A), Kashi Thiris (B), Noel Coulter (C), Dianne Gibson (D), Oscar Ivanovski (E) and Faye Leeder (F).
To check the full results of SS 4A click HERE
Play in progress, with Carolyn Miller playing Norma Engel closest to the camera
Kashi Thiris - file photo
Oscar Ivanovski - from the files
Angie Winkler and Faye Leeder - file photo
Scrabble Two Ways! And a great high game! July 21, 2019
Anand Bharadwaj, Hardcore winner, with his
brilliant High Game Board Click to enlarge
TD Nick Ivanovski, overseeing some serious games!
"Hi everyone, the Scrabble Two Ways tournament was held in Reservoir and featured some memorable Scrabble.
Anand's Game 6 result (744 points) is the highest game score ever recorded by a Victorian in a domestic event and, according to the Scrabble Australia site, the second highest in Australia of all time. There is a video report of the event on Facebook - to watch the action click HERE and scroll down to the Scrabble Two Ways video, dated July 21. Thank you to everyone for taking part! Many thanks, Nick"
A total of thirty-two players took part on the day, with eight competing in the Hardcore event - this was played using a five point penalty challenge, with a "winner-take-all" prize structure. Anand Bharadwaj was successful, winning on margin from Andrew Fisher with both on six wins from seven games played, followed by Trevor Halsall on five wins. Congrats to Anand on your great score of 744, which included six bonus words - TELECOMS, PARTING, GOLIARDS, MIDRANGE, EQUATION and RAYLIKE.
Carol Johnsen and Anand Bharadwaj, after
Anand's big win
Trevor Halsall plays Natasha Podesser, with
Carol Johnsen and Paula Messer next door
Angie Pearse and Carol Johnsen with Pat
Weston, visiting from Geelong
Andrew Fisher plays Anand Bharadwaj, with
Noel Coulter and Geoff Wright
Regular B was won by Dianne Gibson, back in form and clear on 6 wins from Betty Egan and Christiane McCann, both on 5 wins. Doreen Ivanovski collected both the High Game award for her score of 477 points and the High Word award for her play of SKILLET for 98 points.
Well done, everyone! And thanks to Nick Ivanovski for his words, and the use of his photos.
Regular A Winners:
Angie Pearse, Norma Fisher and Kashi
Thiris - missing, Barry Harridge
Regular B Winners:
Doreen Ivanovski, Dianne Gibson,
Betty Egan, Christiane McCann
Happy Scrabblers at St Gabriel's Primary
School, Reservoir - Norma Fisher, Rob York
and Balada Catanchin
Angie Winkler who runs the Watsonia Club,
and also plays at the Greensborough Club,
as does Betty Egan
The Midwinter Tournament at Watsonia - with an Italian theme! July 7, 2019
The hall at 47 Lambourn Road, Watsonia
The playing room, with Dorothy Barraclough
The two Clubs combined to run the tournament, and thoroughly enjoyed creating Italian decorations and yummy Italian inspired goodies, which we all enjoyed. Special table numbers displayed various Italian cities and locations, and we thank all who helped make this event different and enjoyable. The Italian theme was an early celebration of Marisa's next milestone birthday, which takes place in September. Winners of the door prizes were happy with their Scrabble related gifts, and Geoff Shepheard won the prize for the best Italian word "ROMA", as judged by Marisa. Geoff was wished good luck for his imminent move to Perth, necessitated by changes to his employment. Good luck, Geoff, you have been a good friend and a huge asset to Scrabble in Victoria! Local players Val Hardiman and Rita Hodgson visited, as did Nick and Oscar Ivanovski later in the day.
Club Convenors Marisa and Angie, with some
of the amazing food
The colourful registration table, with Norma,
Annette, Marj and Latha
Happy door prize winner Balada Catanchin,
with her Italian wine
Greensborough player Rita Hodgson, Glenys
Dettmann, Annette Casey & Eileen Mills
Geoff Wright, Trevor Halsall and Natasha
Glenys Dettmann, Khwanjai Thammaping,
Christiane McCann, Paula Messer
The COMO Champions:
Angie Winkler, Eileen Mills, Annette Casey,
Thank you to Geoff Shepheard for your
amazing help over many years! You were
appreciated by all, and good luck in Perth!
ASSISSI was won by Trevor Halsall, with six wins from 7 games. Second place went to Geoff Wright on 5 wins, and third was Natasha Podesser on who won 4 games. The High Word award was won by Trevor for his great play of SPOOFIER for 158 points, and Natasha was very excited to win the High Game award with a brilliant score of 627, her highest game score in any tournament! Well done, Natasha and all!
BOLOGNA saw Paula Messer in good form, winning 5 of the 7 games played, closely followed by Christiane McCann, also on 5 wins, with Khwanjai third on 4 wins. The High Game award was won by Khwanjai for her excellent score of 498, and Glenys Dettmann played QUESTED for 113 points to win the High Word award. Well done, everyone.
COMO saw the best individual performance for the day, with Annette Casey winning all 7 games, an achievement which is so difficult to achieve! Good play, Annette! Second place went to Eileen Mills on 5 wins, with Elize Plaganyi finishing third, also on 5 wins. Watsonia Club Convenor Angie Winkler scored 442 to take home the High Game award, and Annette Casey played OUTVOTED for 95 points to win the High Word award. Nice play, everyone.
Organisers Angie Winkler and Marisa
Nuccitelli, with new player Cate Johnson.
Scrabble stalwarts Latha Weerakkody and
Chatting - Geoff Wright, Jenny Brysha, TD
Marj Miller, Geoff Shepheard, Trevor Halsall
Packing up! It looks like Ann Goodwin
was left alone to do it all!
To check the full results of the Midwinter Tournament click HERE
The McKinnon House Fundraiser ~ June 30, 2019This six game event, held at the temporary home of the Balwyn Scrabble Club (230 Balwyn Road, Mondays at 1.00 pm), was organised by Khwanjai Thammaping who regularly raises funds for the residents at her place of work to assist them to have an enjoyable outing at the end of the year. Well done, Khwanjai.
Relatives, friends and McKinnon House staff members attended and helped in many ways with catering and care of the residents when they visited in the afternoon. A Thai lunch was provided by the helpers, and this was lovely and fresh and tasty, and everyone appreciated the between-game home-baked goodies. We were well looked after indeed! Raffle prizes had been donated by several people and the proceeds helped swell the amount raised on the day.
Some of the players, helpers and one of the McKinnon House residents at the Balwyn Community Centre - Ollie, the young man in the front row, enjoyed helping his Mum
and everyone with whatever needed doing! Thanks, Ollie!
Khwanjai with some staff, volunteers and
Angie Pearse who played the most "New
Shaun Donnelly who played the highest
scoring "New Word"
Eloise, Emily, Shaun and Mark enjoying a
DIVISION A was won by Anand Bharadwaj on five wins, followed by Jeremy Yip and Shirley de Silva, both on four wins. Well done, fellas! The High Game award went to Jeremy for his score of 558, and Anand played DAGGIER for 109 points to win the High Word for this section.
DIVISION B saw veteran John Parker in fine form, winning all six games, well done, John! Second place went to Kannan Sethuraman on five wins, and third was Jenny Brysha on four wins. The High Game winner was Kannan for his score of 478, and his play of JESTERS for 86 won him the High Word award as well.
DIVISION C saw our new player Lay-Hoon Ng run away with an excellent win, having won five of her games. What a great start to what we hope will be a long career in competitive Scrabble, Lay-Hoon! Second place went to Balada Catanchin also on five wins, and third placed was Elize Plaganyi on four wins. The High Game award went to Elize for her score of 468, and her word LOZENGE for 82 points won her the High Word award for this section.
Division A winners: Shirley de Silva, Anand Bharadwaj and Jeremy Yip
Division B: Jenny Brysha, John Parker and Kannan Sethuraman
Division C: Lay-Hoon Ng, Elize Plaganyi and Balada Catanchin
David Lemish who hadn't played for a
while, pictured here with Khwanjai
Once again, thank you to the Scrabble community for your support. Regards, Khwanjai.
To see the full results of the McKinnon House Fundraiser click HERE
The Victorian Championship - June 7/8, 2019
This year's event was played over two days, with nine games per day. Joanne Craig (New South Wales) was quickly out of the blocks with an early lead, with Ayorinde Saidu from Nigeria leading for a few rounds, but at the end of Day One Joanne was back in the lead.
The draw was reset before the start of Day Two, and shortly after Trevor Halsall (Victoria) emerged as the leader, maintaining this position until the end of the day. Trevor won 14 games with a margin of +556. Congratulations, Trevor, another great tournament for you - this is Trevor's third consecutive win, and his fourth overall, an amazing achievement!
Trevor was closely followed by Naween Fernando (13 wins, +1358), Joanne Craig (12 wins, +969, Barry Jordan (South Australia, 12 wins +294), and Peter Kougi (Victoria, 11 wins +576). The High Game award went to Ayorinde Saidu for his score of 605, and Edward Okulicz (Victoria) claimed the High Word award for his play of JOYRIDES for 158 points.
Awards were given for players rated below 1250, and the Highest Achiever award went to Dieter Jedamski who finished in sixteenth place (and also picked up 120 ratings points, the best overall in the Championship). Khwanjai Thammaping claimed the High Game award for her score of 559, and the High Word award her play of DREADERS for 149 points. Well done to all!
Champ Trevor Halsall plays Adam
Kretschmer from South Australia
From the left: Jenny Brysha, Frank
Csarics, Ray Alford, Dieter Jedamski
Peter Kougi, Naween Fernando,
Norma Fisher & Geoff Shepheard
Barry Harridge (Victoria) and Paul
At morning tea - Heather Long, Joanne Craig & Norma Fisher
Trevor Halsall plays Khwanjai Thammaping
Celebration drinks at Windy Hill
At dinner in the Windy Hill Bistro
Lois Binnie (NZ) with Ellen Frajman
Kashi Thiris and Marj Miller
The Queen's Birthday Event - Sunday June 9th
This 7 game tournament ran concurrently with the second day of the Championship and players were divided into two sections, with 12 in each. Jimmy Scarff made a triumphant return to Scrabble with a clean sweep in Division A - Jimmy won all 7 games, scored 662 to win the High Game award and played VOMITOS for 164 to win the High Word award. This was a non-triple-triple play and will be added to the National records as it equals Victoria's Jason Stockdale's play from 2006 of BEZIQUES for the same score. Well played, Jimmy! Second place in Division A went to Marj Miller, with Heather Long placing third.
Dianne Gibson, wearing her "2000
Kris Howat, Dominica Krstic, Dianne
Gibson, Angie Winkler, Betty Egan
Jenny Plant, Glenys Dettmann, and
Anne Menheere, Rene Chelton,
Jeff Chelton, and Marlene Ellis
To see the full results of the Queens Birthday event click HERE
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