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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
Upcoming tournamentsVictorian Championship June 11/12/13 ~ at Box Hill
Queen's Birthday Monday June 13 ~ at Box Hill
Youth Fundraiser Sunday June 26 ~ three happenings at Box Hill!
For full details of all tournaments click here
LANGWARRIN CLUB NEWS - a fun night of Scrabble!
From left: Krina Clark, Alan Burn, Katie Rowe, Pat Judd,
Shirley Walker, Brigid Murphy, Peter Attwood.
Each player played three games. Teams were evenly matched based on ASPA(Vic) and our own club ratings, and the result proved just that, as the last match was the decider! At the end of the night Alan's Aces won with 11 games to 10 against Elaine's Experts, well done Aces!
The High Game was won by Dorothy Rice , and High Word went to Peter Attwood with "Seating" . A very popular night!
Thank you to legendary Langwarrin member Geoff Gittus for this report, and to the Club Convenor Mardi Healy for the photo, all news is appreciated! If you'd like to join the Langwarrin Club players for some fun Scrabble don't hesitate to turn up at the Langwarrin Community Centre, corner Warrandyte and Lang Roads, at 7pm on any Tuesday - you will be made very welcome indeed!
Ozzies at the Malta International Scrabble Open (MISO), May 2016!
Nicky Vella-Laurenti presents Carol Johnsen with
her prize - Division A Rating Rank: 1st
Nicky Vella-Laurenti, President,
with Champion David Webb
The six who played in the Championship were Carol Johnsen 4th (great result, Carol!), Paul Richards 13th, Karen Richards 18th, John Barker 19th, Heather Long 25th and Angie Pearse 28th. Peter Bauer represented Oz in B, and placed an excellent eighth with 14 wins - well done, everyone!
To visit the very informative MISO website click HERE
The Annual Nunawading Tournament, April 24 2016(Thank you to the Nunawading Club Convenor Cheryle Jerram for writing this report!)
The Nunawading Club was delighted to welcome 74 players to our tournament, including Melburnian Mark Reed who was experiencing his first tournament, and visitors Ruth MacInerney from England and Dorothy Fields from Wollongong in New South Wales. Amy Hutchinson made her efficient debut as the computer operator, thanks and well done, Amy.
New player on the day, Mark Reed from the
Watsonia Club, who also plays online
Computer Operator Amy Hutchinson, who
is quickly learning on the job! Thanks, Amy.
Visiting from England, Ruth MacInerney who
placed sixth in Masters
Dorothy Fields enjoyed her day in Melbourne,
playing in Recreation
Masters: Frank Csarics (2), Natasha
Podesser (3) and Nick Ivanovski (1)
Advanced: Jenny Brysha (2), Dianne Davis
(1), Rod Casey HW, Kris Howat HG & HW
Happy Intermediate winners - Julie Alliston
(1), Oliver Podesser (2), Glenys Dettmann (3)
Recreation: Christie Godby (1), Gabrielle
Pestinger (2), Ann Goodwin (3)
Thank you to you all for coming, and we'd love to see you at the regular Nunawading Club meetings, Tuesday nights at 7.00 pm at the Mitcham Senior Citizens' Centre, 16 Station Street, Mitcham - all welcome!
To see the full individual results of the Nunawading Tournament click HERE
The 2016 Tristate Challenge at Tumut, New South Wales ~ April 16/17
The bus travellers from Victoria.....
Bob Jackman, John Hamilton and Carol Johnsen acted as joint TDs and the 10 games ran smoothly. Thanks are due to John for working out and keeping a running tally of the percentage wins for each state.
The individual winner on 9 games was Joanne Craig followed closely by Bob Jackman (8) and Rocky Sharma (7), all from NSW. The best performing Victorian was Carol Johnsen on 7 wins, coming 4th. The High Game and High Word Awards were both won by Pat Schuberg (NSW) for her score of 569, and play of SIZZLER for 124 points.
It was great to see Christie Godby from Melbourne once again play in the Challenge and we hope that she will be able to play in more Melbourne tournaments. Christie's mum lives in Tumut and it is a great opportunity for her to see her daughter and grandchildren.
The happy winners: Joanne Craig, Rocky
Sharma, Pat Schuberg & Bob Jackman
Dining at the local R.S.L on Friday evening,
The Tournament Directors: Bob Jackman (NSW),
John Hamilton (ACT), Carol Johnsen (Vic)
Arie Holla and his wife Diana relate how after they had attended the Challenge in 2015 they did not leave Tumut until they had checked out the local housing market. They now live permanently in Tumut and are loving it!
Thanks are owed to the Tumut Scrabble Club members for providing the lovely morning and afternoon teas, to Glenys Dettmann who supplied the great photos, and to Bob Jackman who ably oversaw a concurrent club tournament for ten members of the Tumut Club, enjoyed by all.
The Victorians who travelled by a rented bus are grateful to co-drivers, Nicole Lowe and Rob York, who did a fantastic job of getting us there and back and shuttling us between Tumut township and the golf course.
We look forward to visiting Tumut again next year!
To see the full individual results of the Challenge click HERE
Play in progress, with (L. to R.) Mal Eden,
Anne Schick, Carol Johnsen & Liz Jackman
Two of our Victorians who travelled to Tumut,
Carole Eden and Angie Pearse
The Vic bus, with trusty drivers Rob York
and Nicole Lowe - well done to you both!
Victoria's Trevor Halsall is the 2016 Australian Scrabble Champion!
And South Australia's Larrie Strautmanis wins the Plate!
The Champion, Trevor Halsall -
his previous victory was in 1994!
The Plate winner, Larrie Strautmanis!
A great performance indeed
In charge! Tournament Directors
Wilma Vialle and Barry Harridge
Daniel Piechnick & Andrew Fisher with
Oliver Jenner-O'Shea using Quackle
The Tournament Directors are Wilma Vialle and Barry Harridge, who is also the webmaster, and others are involved in publicising the event, particularly Nick Ivanovski and Oliver Jenner-O'Shea. Well done everyone.
Various players lead the Championship during the day, including Louise Love, Russell Honeybun, Barry Jordan, Daniel Piechnick, Cameron Farlow and Andrew Fisher, but at the end of the day Ryan Sutton from New South Wales was the leader from Daniel, Andrew, and Michael Tang from Singapore, with all four on seven wins.
In the Plate the changing leaders were Jeanette Hansen, John Rider, Margaret Gibson, Marion Merickel and Yvonne Edwards, with Betty Foreman in first place at the end of the day, followed by Yvonne Edwards and Larrie Strautmanis, with all three on 7 wins. Day Two will be interesting! DAY TWO - Easter Sunday
At the end of the day Trevor Halsall from Victoria lead the Championship by one game over Daniel Piechnick from South Australia, with Andrew Fisher a further 1/2 game behind. Daniel is in an excellent position with a far superior margin, so it will be a challenging final day.
In the Plate local South Australian Larrie Strautmanis is 1.5 games clear of Marion Merickel from Tasmania, with Dorothy Barraclough from Victoria a further 1/2 game in arrears. Good luck to all!
Here are some Day Two pics, thanks to Nick Ivanovski, Khwanjai Thammaping and Barry Harridge for the photos.
Trevor Halsall v Nick Ivanovski Rd 16
Plate Leader, Larrie Strautmanis
Victoria's Gabrielle Pestinger
Happy Marisa Nuccitelli
Heather Long, concentrating
Glen Chandler & Paula Messer, at
the Victorian meeting table!
Working hard - Julie Belle
Dianne Gibson, delighted!
In the Championship Trevor Halsall had lead the field from Round 13, and in the first game of Day 3 managed a pivotal win over Rocky Sharma from New South Wales, winning by just one point. Various players threatened Trevor's lead throughout the day, particularly Daniel Piechnick from South Australia and Alastair Richards from Queensland, with Andrew Fisher from Victoria nearby.
At the start of Round 23 Trevor was just a game clear of Alastair, but the outcome of several games saw Trevor relax with a 1.5 game lead over the field going into Round 24. With a win in this round Trevor maintained his 1.5 game margin to win the event with 19 wins, well done Trevor! Final eight placings were Trevor Halsall (Victoria) 1st, Andrew Fisher (Victoria) 2nd, Ayorinde Saidu (Nigeria) 3rd, Alastair Richards (Queensland) 4th, Peter Kougi (Victoria) 5th, Esther Perrins (New South Wales) 6th, Daniel Piechnick (South Australia) 7th, and Nick Ivanovski (Victoria) 8th.
The Winners: Peter Kougi, Jyoti Chandna, Trevor Halsall, Oscar with dad Nick Ivanovski,
Ayorinde Saidu, Daniel Piechnick, Andrew Fisher and Esther Perrins.
Victoria was well represented, with 34 travelling to compete.
Well done, Vics!
Trevor relaxes after Round
23 - what a relief!
Fellow Victorian Andrew
Fisher, close behind!
Ayorinde Saidu from Nigeria,
third in a very tough field
Edie Mueller, winner of the
High Game Award
David Vanzyl with his High
Jyoti Chandna, winner High
Rating Gain Award
THE PLATE, DAY 3!
Carmel Dodd, part of the organising Committee,
with the Plate Champion, Larrie Strautmanis
Victoria's Dorothy Barraclough with her
awards for second place and High Game
Feedback re the event has been very positive, and players thank the South Australian Committee and helpers for their excellent running of these challenging tournaments, well done everyone!
To find links to many annotated games, see photos of the players from each State and details of the Dream Team click HERE
And to see the full results of both tournaments click HERE
The National Championship & Plate ~ March 26-28 ~ in Adelaide, South Australia
Wyatt Hall, the scene of the action!
Nineteen Vics are travelling to take part in the Plate, good luck to all, and enjoy! This number includes four of our junior players - to see more about their exploits click HERE To follow all the action (our thanks to Barry Harridge), click HERE
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THE ANNUAL LANGWARRIN TOURNAMENT ~ March 6 2016
The Langwarrin members ~ Gayle, Krina, Mardi,
Elaine, Alan, Geoff, Gwen, Chris, Carol, Dot.
Front: Shirley, Pam.
The Centre has been revamped,
and Janet Matthews and Heather
Iapozzuto enjoyed the vibes
Lunch! Fay Boxshall, Shirley Walker,
Laura Khan, Latha Weerakkody,
Lynne Goodinson, Christiane McCann
Julie Belle and Angie Pearse
relax in the newly fresh and
It was our pleasure to welcome 47 Scrabble Victoria players, and Marg Harris-Walker from NSW to Langwarrin to play in our 16th tournament. We also welcomed novice player Alan Burn. Throughout the day, so many people came up to tell me how much fun they were having, and what a smooth and relaxed tournament it was. Of course that can only happen with a lot of hard work behind the scenes. Thanks so much to Geoff Gittus for all of his advice and preparation, and for helping set up the day before. Thanks to him nothing was forgotten. A huge thankyou to Gayle Cameron, Chris Radin and Krina Clark for looking after entries, and the financial side of things.
Thanks to all club members for bringing along such delicious food, and to Gayle and Pam for making sure the water was hot, and a variety of yummy goodies were available after every round of scrabble. All that thinking definitely requires brain food. Carol Johnsen did such a wonderful job coordinating matches and results, as well as keeping the technical side of things well and truly under control.
Happy Essendon Club players - Lina
Camilleri, Rob York, Norma Engel
Its always good to see these two!
Sylvia Galloway and Alistair Kane
Langwarrin folk...Geoff Gittus,
Mardi Healy and Alan Burn
Ann Goodwin, Betty Egan, Di Gibson,
Balada Catanchin, Marisa Nuccitelli
SECTION D: 1st Alan Burn, 2nd Trish Magee, 3rd Patrick Morgan. High Game Alan Burn 553, and High Word Alan Burn 100 for JANGLES. Congratulations to Alan, who only recently joined our Langwarrin club. This was his first tournament, and it was exciting to see him do so well. Watch out for him next time....
SECTION C: 1st Julie Alliston, 2nd Latha Weerakkody, 3rd Janet Matthews. High Game Ann Goodwin 497, and High Word Julie Alliston, SONATAS for 84.
SECTION B: 1st Sylvia Galloway, 2nd Noel Coulter, 3rd Mardi Healy. High Game Noel Coulter 496, and High Word Dorothy Rice with FRESHENS for 101. (I know it is bad manners to say this - but YAY Langwarrin, great to see 2 of our players do well in this section!)
SECTION A: 1st Alistair Kane, 2nd Angie Pearse, 3rd Elaine Capewell. High Game Norma Fisher 539, and High Word Norma Fisher with a spectacular 212 for SLEAZING. Well done, everyone!
We hope you all come along again next year and have just as much fun!
To see the detailed results of the Langwarrin Tournament click HERE
Happy Div D winners.....Patrick Morgan
and Alan Burn - wow! Well done to you
both, a good day out!
Clever Div C people! Ann Goodwin,
Latha Weerakkody, Janet Matthews,
The Brains of B Division! Noel
Coulter, Sylvia Galloway, Dorothy
Rice and Mardi Healy.
Div A - Alistair aced it...Alistair
Kane, Norma Fisher, Angie Pearse,
and Elaine Capewell
The Melbourne Team Challenge ~ February 14, 2016
The action: many of the winning team are
seated on the far side of the nearest table.
It appears that there was a glitch which was not picked up until the day after the tournament, with regard to who were members of all the teams, including the winning team - most likely this happened when last minute ins and outs were done just before the tournament commenced. This was not the computer operator's error, but the actual program used. Barry Harridge, our computer guru, will ensure that this does not happen again. When the draws were printed and posted on the wall, the team names were incorrect above each of the team members listed.
Del Stitz plays Rena Aitken
Liz McKean plays Carole Eden
Heather Long v Lynne Butler from NZ
The colourful hats added to the day!
BLUE GRENADIERS (these team members were under the heading FUNNY BUNNIES)
Carol Johnsen 4, Mary McMahon 5, Bridget Halge 4, Doug Ristic 3, Marlene Ellis 3, Del Stitz 3, Marisa Nuccitelli 6.
TOTAL 28 WINS
BLACK CAPS (these team members were under the heading ROBBING HOODS)
Lynne Butler 3, Jenny Brysha 6, Rob Hutchinson 5, Oliver Podesser 3, Latha Weerakkody 4, Dorothy Hunt 3, Faye Leeder 3.
TOTAL 27 WINS
GREENIES (these team members were under the heading CONSTRUCTION CREW)
Norma Fisher 4, Barry Harridge 2, Noel Coulter 4, Anne Menheere 3, Glen Chandler 5, Carole Eden 4, Gabrielle Pestinger 5.
TOTAL 27 WINS
CONSTRUCTION CREW (these team members were under the heading BLACK CAPS)
Heather Long 6, Angie Pearse 5, Katie Rowe 4, Paula Messer 2, Lorna Patching 3, John Metcalf 6, Fay Boxshall 0.
TOTAL 26 WINS
SPARKLING WITS (these team members were under the heading GREENIES)
Chris Scholten 4, Cheryle Jerram 3, Mal Eden 2, Sandra Masel 6, Ann Goodwin 4, Rena Aitken 4, Harper Pestinger 3.
TOTAL 26 WINS
ROBBING HOODS (these team members were under the heading BUCCANEERS)
Nick Ivanovski 3, Kevin Meng 4, Kris Howat 2, Carol Mascitti 2, Mohammed Hegazi 5, Elizabeth McKean 5, Pranav Srivatsan 4.
TOTAL 25 WINS
BUCCANEERS (these team members were under the heading BLUE GRENADIERS)
Julie Belle 2, Natasha Podesser 2, John Rider 3, Rob York 5, Laura Khan 2, Gayle Cameron 3, Rebeccah Booth 4.
TOTAL 21 WINS
FUNNY BUNNIES (these team members were under the heading SPARKLING WITS)
Gwen Lampre 2, Lainie Mercieca 1, Peter Bauer 4, Siva Sivapalasundram 4, Irlane Alfred 2, Annette Casey 0, Trish Magee 3.
TOTAL 16 WINS
The individual winner on the day,
Siva Sivapalasundram High Game,
Dorothy Hunt, winner High Word
Thanks to our Standby Player on
the day, Carol Mascitti
Julie Belle had a busy day,
thanks, Julie, with Rob York
Well done everybody! Thanks to all who helped, and to Amy Hutchinson and Nick Ivanovski for the photos - they are appreciated!
To see the individual results of the tournament click here
The Bil Rose Aestival ~ January 17, 2016
The late Bil Rose,
as many knew him
First-time player, Annette
Visiting from Queensland,
Our new Victorian player,
Old friends, Nicole
Findlay & Carol Johnsen
The winners: Janet Bau, Ebden; Trevor Halsall, Azarenka;
Nicole Lowe, Isner; Julie Belle, Barty; Dominica Krstic, Federer;
John Rider, Djokovic; Cheryle Jerram, Cilic; Latha Weerakkody,
Gajdosova. Missing is Carole Eden...see below
AZARENKA: won by Trevor Halsall on five wins, the High Game prize was shared by Andrew Fisher and Nick Ivanovski for scores of 587 (best for sections ABC), and the High Word in this section was played by Norma Fisher - ELATIONS for 131 points.
BARTY: Julie Belle won 6 games to place first, High Game Natasha Podesser 519, and Natasha played DECIDERS for 149 points to win the High Word Award for Sections ABC.
CILIC: This section saw Cheryle Jerram on top with her 7 wins, Jenny Brysha scored 571 to score High Game for the section, and Mal Eden's play of INKJETS for 104 was the best in Cilic.
DJOKOVIC: John Rider won 6 games to place first in this section, and Ann Hagley took out High Word and High Game, the best for Sections DEF - Ann scored 494, and played POTTIEST for 140 points, well done Ann.
EBDEN: Janet Bau had a good day, winning 6 games and scoring 470 to record the High Game for Ebden, and Oliver Podesser's play of BITCHIER for 107 was the best High Word in this section.
FEDERER: this was Dominica Krstic's playground where she won all 7 games, and scored 491 as the highest score in this section. Mohammed Hegazi's play of JAVELINS for 104 points was the best played in Federer.
GAJDOSOVA: six wins to Latha Weerakkody saw her on top of this section, with Marjorie Clark scoring 457 as the highest in this section, and Ann Goodwin's play of ZAIRE for 100 points was the best for Gajdosova.
HEWITT: Carole Eden had a good day, winning six games and the section. John Metcalf's score of 488, and his play of FORGETS for 89 were the best in Hewitt, well done John.
ISNER: There were ten players in this section, and Nicole Lowe was excited to win 6 games to finish on top. Fay Boxshall scored 431 as the best in Isner, and Rebeccah Booth's play of ACQUIRE for 103 points was the best for Sections GHI.
Missing from the group -
Carole Eden, winner
in Hewitt division
Natasha Podesser, High Word in ABC,
with Nick Ivanovski & Andrew Fisher,
equal High Game winners
Ann Hagley, won High
Game and High Word
in Sections DEF
Rebeccah Booth, back from a break,
won High Word in GHI, and John Metcalf
won High Game for the three sections.
Vale Stephen Blick ~ 1967 ~ 2016
Stephen in 2009
Stephen is survived by his sons Griffin and Wilson, and daughter Imogen. Rest peacefully, Steve. Go to the top