~ News Archive 2017 ~

The A.G.M. Tournament, August 20, 2017

This six game tournament was attended by 56 players, with the Annual General Meeting taking place after Game 4. Two members resigned from the Committee, and we thank both Rob York and Christiane McCann for their services to Scrabble in Victoria. All major positions were filled by the incumbents, namely President Carol Johnsen, Vice-president Norma Fisher, Secretary and Membership Officer Gwen Lampre, and Treasurer Rob Hutchinson. Members Christie Godby and Glen Chandler now fill the two vacant committee positions.

Winners in Division A: Kashi Thiris, Alan Burn,
Nick Ivanovski, Trevor Halsall

Division B winners: Dianne Gibson, Betty Egan,
Dorothy Rice, Oliver Podesser

The winners in Division C: Christiane McCann
and Elize Plaganyi
Players were divided into three divisions, with Nick Ivanovski victorious in Div A, one of three players to finish on 5 wins. Second and third places went to Kashi Thiris and Trevor Halsall, with the High Game Award going to Nick Ivanovski for a score of 569, and Alan Burn's play of REQUEST for 130 earned him the High Word Award.

Division B was also keenly fought with Dianne Gibson finishing first on 5 wins, ahead of Oliver Podesser also on 5 wins, and Katie Rowe on 4.5 wins. The High Game Award went to Betty Egan for her score of 513, and the High Word Award went to Dorothy Rice for her lovely play of QUINTETS for 101 points.

Division C saw Elize Plaganyi with a clean sweep on 6 wins, the only player to win all 6 games - well done, Elize! Laura Khan placed second on 5 wins, followed by Christiane McCann on 4 wins. Christiane claimed both High Game and High Word Awards, scoring 501 points and playing REQUINS for 120 points, well done all.

Relaxing at lunchtime: Dorothy Rice,
Eileen Mills and Lorna Patching

Marjorie Clark, Lina Camilleri,
Dorothy Hunt and Fay Boxshall

Angie Winkler, Natasha Podesser,
Faye Leeder and Rod Casey

Enjoying the sunshine - Dominica
Krstic and Paula Messer
Notable ratings gains on the day were achieved by the following - Kashi Thiris +49, Elize Palganyi +46, Janet Bau +45, Faye Leeder +42, Oliver Podesser +32, and Laura Khan +31. Excellent work, everyone!
Full results of the AGM Tournament may be viewed in the archives - click HERE

The 2017 Victorian Country Championship ~ August 6, at Ballarat

The 2017 Champion, Sue Kyatt

The 2017 prizewinners, from left: Christiane
McCann, Carol Johnsen, Alan Burn, Sue Kyatt,
Norma Fisher.
On a cold winter's day what better place to be than in one of the State's coldest places - Ballarat - for the Victorian Country Championship. We doubt the temperature exceeded 8C for the day. We stayed cosy in the warmth of the Brown Hill Community Hall which players will remember from those enjoyable Ballarat Club tournaments, held there for many years ably run by Tess Robinson and her family.
A nice break in the day, was to walk just 200m up the road to the local pub, Brown Hill pub, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch. We had ordered our lunches during the morning and they were able to be served when we arrived at the pub.
The new format for the Championship inviting all players to participate was successful in that it increased participation by 100% over that of 2016.
It was lovely to see the return of Sue Kyatt and Alistair Kane who now reside in San Remo and of course, to see Sue take out the 1st prize (6 wins) and the title of Victorian Country Champion. Sue remarked that it had been several years since she had participated in a tournament.
Carol Johnsen (5 wins) took 2nd place and Norma Fisher (5 wins) placed 3rd. Christiane McCann placed 11th winning the Highest Place (Under 1000 rating) with 4 wins. Alan Burn won High Game with 626 and Sue Kyatt won High Word with BROWNIES for 176 achieved in her game with Alan Burn where Alan was able to keep close with 3 bingos and the final scores were both in the 400's - a really good game.
Thanks to Norma Fisher, Carol Johnsen, Neville Hesketh, Val Martin, Ian Martin (standby player), Marjorie Clark and members of the Ballarat Club for their assistance in the organisation of the tournament.
To see the full results of the 2017 Victorian Country Championship click HERE

Anand Bharadwaj visits the Balwyn Club to raise money for Unicef's School-in-a-Box program!

Once again the Balwyn Scrabble Club players welcomed Anand and his parents to this annual charity day to support Anand's favourite charity, which supplies educational goods to deprived areas of Africa. It was also Anand's 17th birthday, and we celebrated in style with a cake provided by Kannan and Lalitha.
To learn more about this charity visit the UNICEF website and experience the joy these educational boxes bring to disadvantaged kids - just click HERE
Four tables were set up and Anand played all members at some stage, with the balance of members playing social scrabble nearby on the dance floor. Members supplied some additional delightful afternoon tea, and all appreciated their efforts - thanks everyone, and thanks for your support on the day.

Players enjoying afternoon tea and birthday cake!

Balwyn stalwarts Marj and Rosie

Play in progress - Rosie, Barry, Anand, Kannan

Cheryle and David with Anand and Kannan
Many thanks to Kannan for the use of his photos, and here is Anand's report on the day:
This year marked the fifth annual simultaneous Scrabble UNICEF fundraising event at Balwyn Community Cerntre, an event that was once again a resounding success, raising a total of $425 for UNICEF's School-in-a Box program.
I thank the Balwyn Community Centre for waiving the fee to use their facilities and the Balwyn Scrabble Club for their wholehearted support of this initiative. In particular, I am immensely grateful to Marj Miller, Norma Fisher, Barry Harridge, Carol Johnsen and Nick Ivanovski for publicising and promoting the event at tournaments and to Marj and the Balwyn members for their invaluable support in organising the event on the day.
All in all, it was a fun-filled afternoon, and I had a wonderful time celebrating my seventeenth with my Scrabble friends.

Lalitha had been to a wedding! Balada concentrating!

Elaine enjoyed the birthday cake

Paula, just finished her game

Rosie, Barry, Anand and Kannan

Dominica and Natasha, having fun

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Matchplay Kickoff ~ July 17, 2017

The finalists, from left: Dilendra Nanayakkara, Trevor Halsall, Norma Fisher, Oliver Podesser, Carol Johnsen, Nick Ivanovski,
Natasha Podesser, and the overall winner on the day, Andrew Fisher.
The 2017 Match Play kicked off on a high, with a record player attendance in the recorded history of this tournament. Fifty players converged on Box Hill for the seven round qualifier.
The tournament prize structure allowed for prizes to not only go to the top eight who wanted to proceed but also three prizes in three ratings bands, meaning that 1 in 3 people who played on the day would end up heading home with a prize!
We welcomed Eloy Gardea back after a brief absence from tournaments and the Victorian Number 2 Andrew Fisher headlined a strong field of players.
In the end, Andrew went through the qualifier undefeated and moved into the knockout phase in style. Nick Ivanovski's final round 603 gave him High Game for the tournament.
The top eight players who wanted to proceed to the final stages were (in finishing order on the day) Andrew Fisher, Natasha Podesser, Norma Fisher, Carol Johnsen, Nick Ivanovski, Dilendra Nanayakkara, Trevor Halsall and Oliver Podesser.

Tournament Organiser and player Nick
Ivanovski, with Lorna Patching

Rating Band A Prizewinner
Marj Miller

Rating Band A Prizewinner
Lorraine Thomas

Rating Band A Prizewinner
Geoff Shepheard

Rating Band B Prizewinner
John Metcalf

Rating Band C Prizewinner
Marisa Nuccitelli
The finals stage has a prize pool of just under $500 and the knockout finals matches are set up below:
QF1: Andrew Fisher v Norma Fisher
QF2: Nick Ivanovski v Dilendra Nanayakkara
QF3: Natasha Podesser v Oliver Podesser
QF4: Trevor Halsall v Carol Johnsen
SF1: QF1 winner v QF2 winner
SF2: QF3 winner v QF4 winner
GF: SF1 winner v SF2 winner

The winner will take home $200 and the runner-up $100. Who will emerge victorious? Follow on this website or on Facebook. I hope everyone enjoyed the tournament and I am looking to make it bigger and better for 2018. Many thanks Nick.
Thanks to Nick Ivanovski for this report, and to see the full results of the Kickoff click HERE

This table will be updated as the knockout results come to hand, hopefully with some photos - good luck to all players, enjoy your finals!
Andrew Fisher 3
Natasha Podesser 3
Nick Ivanovski 3
Trevor Halsall 3
Norma Fisher 2
Oliver Podesser 1
Dilendra Nanayakkara 0
Carol Johnsen 1
Andrew Fisher 4
Nick Ivanovski 3
Natasha Podesser
Trevor Halsall
Andrew Fisher

The 2017 Victorian Scrabble Championship ~ June 10/11/12

The Winners - standing - Geoff Wright, Jane Taylor, Rod Talbot, Katie Rowe, Alan Burn, Noel
Coulter, Dianne Brumby. In front: Mythili Rudra, Jimmy Scarff, Trevor Halsall, John McNaughton.

The 2017 Champion Trevor Halsall with
TD Carol Johnsen. Well done, Trevor!
Forty four players arrived on a rather cold morning to compete in the annual 3-day 24-game Victorian Championship, held at the Box Hill Community Centre. Victorian President and Tournament Director Carol Johnsen welcomed all players - 5 from New South Wales, 4 from South Australia, 2 from Queensland, and one each from the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and Overseas, with the balance Victorian competitors.
An initiative to run a concurrent event attracted insufficient numbers to make it viable, so generous Ratings Band prizes and extra High Word and High Game prizes were awarded within the Championship, and these were popular with the various winners.
This year's Champion is Victorian Trevor Halsall who had been victorious in Victoria in 2011, and more recently runner-up in the 2017 Australian Champs. Trevor was placed third at the end of Day 1, but led at the end of play on Day 2 and won six of his seven games on the final day, finishing on 19 wins with an excellent margin of +1440. Trevor was followed by three players on 16 wins - Jimmy Scarff (Victoria, margin +1153), Rod Talbot (NSW, +631) and Dianne Brumby (Tasmania, + 97). Jane Taylor from South Australia placed fifth on 15.5 wins, with a margin of +1108.
Joint winners of the Championship High Game Award were Alan Burn (Game 21), and Mythili Rudra (Game 22), both brilliantly scoring 613 points. The High Word Award went to Geoff Wright for his play of BRUNETTE for 140 points, well done, everyone.
The Ratings Band Prize for the best placed player rated 1201-1400 went to Victoria's Noel Coulter on 13 wins and 14th place overall, and New Zealand's John McNaughton was the best placed player rated below 1200, winning 12 games and finishing in 17th place overall.
High Game and High Word Awards for those rated 1400 and under were presented to John McNaughton for his great score of 569, and to Katie Rowe for her play of JESSIES scoring 110 points.

From left: Noel Barrett, Geoff Wright,
Barry Jordan, Rod Talbot

Elize Plaganyi, Marisa Nuccitelli,
Adam Kauschke, Paula Messer

The Admin staff - Barry Harridge with
TD Carol Johnsen

From left: Mythili Rudra, John Barker,
Karen Richards, Jimmy Scarff

Adam Kauschke, Latha Weerakkody,
Alan Burn, Paula Messer
The tradition of announcing the Most Improved Victorian Player for the previous 12 months was continued, with rating gains calculated from June 1st 2016 till May 30th 2017. This year's very deserving winner was Geoff Shepheard who improved his rating by the massive amount of 231 points, well done, Geoff.
To see the Top 20 Most Improved Players, and those who played the most games over the past 12 months click here

2016-17 Most Improved Player, Geoff
with Carol Johnsen

Trevor Halsall, Nick Ivanovski, Jane
Taylor, Dianne Brumby

Elize Plaganyi, Christiane McCann,
Jeff Chelton, Marisa Nuccitelli

Rob Hutchinson, Rob Marotta, Geoff
Shepheard, Glen Chandler

Some serious concentration - John
McNaughton plays Mark Tully
Notable rises in personal ratings were achieved by John McNaughton (OS +131), Jane Taylor (SA +95), Rene Chelton (NSW +94, Noel Coulter (Vic +81), Rob York (Vic +74), Dianne Brumby (Tas +70), Barry Jordan (SA +65), Noel Barrett (ACT +62) and Marisa Nuccitelli (Vic +60). Great play, everyone!
Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way over the weekend, as always your assistance was appreciated. This includes Norma Fisher whose contribution was enormous as always, and those who acted as reserve players, namely Christie Godby and Barry Harridge who played the final day, and also spent considerable time on improving technical matters.
To find the full results of the 2017 Vic Champs click HERE

The Cranbourne Tournament ~ May 28, 2017

On a very cold morning 58 players gathered at Box Hill Community Centre for the Cranbourne Club's annual tournament on Sunday 28 May for the last warm-up before the Victorian State Championships. It was great to welcome Frances Adams from Tasmania. As usual I have to thank Barry Harridge for help with the computing program. I only use it once a year and have to be reminded of all the little tricks. Elaine Capewell, Livia Caulfield and Gayle Cameron provided a great array of snacks and comfort food all day as well as competing in the tourney. My best thanks again. This year spot prizes were awarded for words related to AUTUMN, SPORT, TRAFFIC, POLITICS, CURRENT AFFAIRS, and CLIMATE, with plenty of imagination demonstrated by players.

Recreation: Christiane McCann,
Elizabeth McKean & Rena Aitken

Inter: Kris Howat, Sylvia Galloway,
Dorothy Barraclough & Mal Eden

Advanced: Geoff Shepheard, Rod
Casy & Lainie Chojna

Masters players: Nick Ivanovski
& Natasha Podesser

Frances Adams, visiting from
lovely Tasmania
In Recreation Section Elizabeth McKean won all 7 games with a margin of 359 to take out first prize, with Rena Aitken 2nd winning 5.5 games and Elize Plaganyi in third place with 5 wins. Christiane McCann won prizes for both High Game (543) and High Word (SQUARES 108).
Kris Howat won 1st prize in the Intermediate Section with the best margin (385) of five players all on five wins, ahead of Sylvia Galloway (margin 301) and Mal Eden (margin 270). Kris Howat also had the highest game score of 510, and Dorothy Barraclough scored 109 for SUNDECK to take the High Word award.
Geoff Shepheard had a great day winning 6 games to take out the top prize in Advanced Section, with Rod Casey in second place with 5 wins and Lynn Weaver third with 4 wins. Rod Casey had a massive High Game total of 577, and Lainie Chojna played JANGLED (98) for High Word.
In the Masters Round Robin Natasha Podesser pipped Nick Ivanovski to win with 5 games and a margin of 315. Nick was a close second with 4 games (margin 331) and Geoff Wright took out third place, also with 4 wins and a margin of 214. Nick Ivanovski walked away with both High Game (561) and High Word (MISRATED 140).

Elize Plaganyi plays Lauru Khan

Dianne Davis versus Alan Burn

Annette Casey plays Tim Whiting

Rob Hutchinson & Lorraine Thomas

John Metcalf with Gayle Cameron
Excellent ratings gains were achieved by Elizabeth McKean +64, Geoff Shepheard +48, Rena Aitken +42, Natasha Podesser + 37 and Rod Casey + 30. Well done, everyone, and thanks to Tournament Organiser Katie Rowe for writing the above report, it is appreciated.
To check the full results of the 2017 Cranbourne event click HERE

Victoria wins the Tristate Challenge! May 13/14, 2017

Serious play in progress at the Gundagai RSL, a pleasant venue.
In the foreground Tony Williams (ACT) plays Christie Godby (Victoria)
Teams of Scrabblers from the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria met in Gundagai on the Hume Highway in New South Wales to contest this annual Challenge, and for the first time since 2011 Victoria were victorious, a wonderful result indeed. This year the ACT were the chief organisers, with John Hamilton at the helm, aided by Arie Holla who runs the Gundagai Scrabble Club, thanks to you and your helpers for your efforts....it appears that the event was enjoyed by all who attended.

A different format was used this year, with the four highest ranked players from each state doing battle in Division A, and all other participants competing in Division B, with as many interstate games played as possible - thanks to John for devising the program, and keeping everything in order over the weekend.

Overall results saw Victoria win 56.19% of games played against the other states, New South Wales were second winning 47.03%, with the ACT close behind, winning 45.78% of their games.
Individually Bob Jackman (NSW) placed first in Div A, followed by Joanne Craig and Rocky Sharma, also from NSW, so it was a clean sweep to NSW in the top section. Joanne Craig's score of 526 won the High Game award in Div A, and Noel Barrett from the ACT played COWRIES to win the High Word Award.
Division B was won by Mark Tully from Victoria, with Barry Harridge (Vic) second and Sharon Sorenson (NSW) in third place. The High Game award went to John Barker (NSW) for his score of 566, and Rene Chelton (NSW) played MAGAZINE for 126 points to win the Div B High Word award. Well played, everyone.

Team Victoria

Team New South Wales

The Australian Capital Territory Team

The famous Dog on the Tuckerbox at
Snake Gully, 5 miles from Gundagai

Organiser John Hamilton hard at work,
well done, John

Angie Pearse, representing Victoria,
plays Natalya Grace-Jones from NSW

Happy players Noel Coulter and Alan
Burn, both from Victoria

Arie Holla from NSW competes against
Balada Catanchin from Victoria
Thanks to Khwanjai Thammaping for the use of her photos, it is appreciated. Next year's event will be organised by Victoria, and the venue will be announced as soon as possible. To check the full results of the 2017 Tristate Challenge event click HERE

The Nunawading Annual Tournament, April 30 2017

The winners - Mythili Rudra, Diyath Visidagamage,
John McNaughton, Gayle Cameron, Elize Plaganyi,
Katie Rowe, and Mal Eden

The High Game and High Word Winners - Lorraine
Thomas: HG Sections A-D, Lynne Goodinson: HW
Sections D-H, Elize Plaganyi: HW Sections D-H,
Shirley De Silva: HW Sections A-D.
Here is a report from the Nunawading Club Convenor, thanks, Cheryle Jerram, for doing a great job of organising the tournament, and the Club, which meets Tuesday evenings at 7.00 pm at 16 Station Street, Mitcham, near the Mitcham Station - all welcome!!
The Nunawading Club hosted a happy Round Robin competition on 30 April with 60 participants including 3 novices (Elaine McGinnes, Phil Moller and Diyath Visidagamage) and we also welcomed John McNaughton from New Zealand, and Shirley De Silva on his annual trip from Sri Lanka.
Winners for each section were Mythili Rudra, Diyath Visidagamage, Katie Rowe, Mal Eden, John McNaughton, Gayle Cameron and Elize Plaganyi. In the top divisions Shirley De Silva won the prize for High Word with TRANNIES for 131 and Lorraine Thomas won High Game with 528. In divisions F-H Elize Plaganyi won High Word with TAXLESS for 119, and Lynne Goodinson won High Game with 571, the highest game score for the whole tournament.

First time player Elaine McGinnes with
friends from the Balwyn Club, Lynn
Weaver and mischievous Rod Casey!

Good times at Scrabble - John
McNaughton from New Zealand, with
Diyath Visidagamage from Sri Lanka

New players Phil Moller and Elaine
McGinnes, who both play at the
Nunawading and Balwyn Clubs

Shirley De Silva
from Sri Lanka,

Friends from earlier WYSC events -
Diyath Visidagamage, Barry Harridge
and John McNaughton
Particular highlights of the day were Diyath Visidagamage’s winning all 7 games in B Section (he now has a provisional rating of 2000!), Elize Plaganyi's 7 wins in claiming victory and 54 ratings points in section H, John McNaughton’s great win in E section, and Mythili Rudra's win on 5 games in section A, clear of Trevor Halsall by just 12 points! Mal Eden (still on the comeback trail!) won section D, Katie Rowe gained 56 ratings points in winning Section C, and Gayle Cameron gained 55 for her win in section F. Well done, all!
Thanks again to Tournament Director and Computer Operator, Marj Miller, and Barry Harridge who gave invaluable assistance when there were some technical difficulties. The Nunawading Club again will host a Round Robin next year, and thank you to all players for supporting us this year.
To check the full results of the 2017 Nunawading event click HERE

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

The top three! Trevor Halsall 2nd, 2017 Champion
Russell Honeybun, Esther Perrins 3rd

The 2017 Plate winner, Susan
Roberts from South Australia

Sharvin, best performed
Junior player overall

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 Honeybun rose 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 in which to do so well!

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
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 Champ, Russell
Honeybun, during play

Defending Champ,
Trevor Halsall, 2nd

Esther Perrins,
New South Wales, 3rd

NicK Ivanovski,
Victoria, 4th

Rod Talbot,
New South Wales, 5th

Gerry Carter,
Thailand, 6th

Daniel Piechnick,
South Australia, 7th

Andrew Fisher,
Victoria, 10th

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!

Daniel Piechnick and Sharvin with the
Plate winner, Susan Roberts

Rene Chelton, New
South Wales, Plate 2nd

John Hayes, Tasmania,
Plate 3rd

Angie Pearse, Victoria,
High Rating Gain overall

Carolyn Watt, WA,
High Word Champs

Liz Jackman, NSW,
High Word Plate

Webmaster Barry Harridge with
Tournament Director Wilma Vialle

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. Thank you to Khwanjai Thammaping, Deepa Bowmick and Nick Ivanovski for the photos, they are appreciated.

Next year's Championship and Plate will be held in the nation's capital Canberra, from March 31st - April 2nd. To check the full results of the 2017 National Championship & Plate click HERE

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

Angie Pearse

Carol Johnsen

Geoff Shepheard

Heather Long

John Rider

Nick Ivanovski

Trevor Halsall

Christiane McCann

Elize Plaganyi

1098 Khwanjai

967 Latha

Paula Messer

Peter Bauer

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

To see the full results of the 2017 Nationals Warmup click HERE

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.