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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
Seniors' Non-rated Fun Day ~ Thursday Oct 6 ~ 3 games, at Mount Waverley
Mount Martha ~ Sunday October 9 ~ 6 games, at Mount Eliza
Vic-SA Border Challenge ~ Saturday/Sunday October 15/16 ~ at Horsham
Geelong ~ Sunday November 13 ~ 6 games, at North Geelong
For full details of all tournaments click HERE
TO SEE SOME NEWS ON THE WORLD YOUTH SCRABBLE CHAMPIONSHIP CLICK
The Matchplay Rounds, 2016The quarter finals are the best of five games, semi finals the best of seven, and the grand final is the best of nine - hopefully this will take place in October, at a central venue to be advised by organiser Nick Ivanovski. More news will follow.....
Update August 3: Two quarter finals have been completed, and Andrew Fisher and Barry Harridge will challenge each other in a semi final, to be played in September. Trevor Halsall won his quarter final against Lynn Weaver, and awaits the winner of the match between Khwanjai Thammaping and Noel Coulter.
August 21: Noel has won his match against Khwanjai, and will now play Trevor Halsall in a semi-final.
September 29: The final will be played between Andrew Fisher and Trevor Halsall, and will be the best of nine games - date to be advised!
Lynn Weaver and Trevor Halsall, playing in a
very congenial spot.....Trevor won this one
three games to one
Noel Coulter and Khwanjai Thammaping
in the early stages of their match, played
at the Nunawading Club in Mitcham
Joanne Craig wins the 2016 Australian Masters, and Western Australia win the State Team Challenge! September 10/11, 2016
The Masters: Joanne Craig (1), Alastair Richards (2),
John Holgate (3), Andrew Fisher (4). What talent!
The venue - Fredricks Restaurant
Our workers: John & Elaine Capewell, Barry
Harridge, Nat Podesser, Amy Hutchinson
The venue was the same as three yeas ago, Fredricks Restaurant at the Alexander Motor Inn in Essendon. We were well looked after by Nathan and the staff, including a very pleasant dinner on Saturday evening which most were able to attend. Our member Elaine Capewell, with the help of husband John, looked after our needs for lunch and snacks beautifully over the two days, and this was greatly appreciated by all. Thanks, Elaine. Our computer work was done by Amy Hutchinson, and we thank Amy for her assistance - Amy remained cool and calm when some things weren't going well! The bulk of the organising for the event was done by Norma Fisher, Carol Johnsen and Barry Harridge, thanks to you all!
The A.C.T. team - Noel Barrett, John
Spaan and Alex Boiko
New South Wales - Graeme Lock Lee,
Greg Pinchbeck and John Barker
The Queenslanders - Paul Richards,
Roberta Tait and Trish Reynolds
The victors from the West - Robin
Andersen, David Vanzyl and Edie Mueller
The Victorian Team - Gwen Lampre,
Norma Fisher and Carol Johnsen
The Tasmanians - Keri Hart, Martin
Rose, and Dianne Brumby
South Australia - Antony Kimber, Jane
Taylor and Oliver Jenner-O'Shea
The final Team Standings - well done,
In the concurrent individual standings David Vanzyl placed first on 13 wins, two games clear of Noel Barrett and six more players on 11 wins - Edie Mueller, Dianne Brumby, Jane Taylor, Antony Kimber, Gwen Lampre and Carol Johnsen - its such a tough competition!
The Champion State Team, from W.A. -
Edie Mueller, David Vanzyl, Robin Andersen
The second placed Team - Carol Johnsen
& Norma Fisher. Missing - Gwen Lampre
First and second in the Individual Team
Comp - David Vanzyl and Noel Barrett
At presentations - TD Natasha
Podesser and Carol Johnsen
Two well known faces - Barry Harridge
with the Masters winner, Joanne Craig
Heather Long (Vic) & Nick Ivanovski -
Masters High Word winners
A pivotal game late on the final day,
Esther Perrins plays Joanne Craig
Starting the final game in the Masters -
Alastair Richards & Andrew Fisher
To see the full results of both the Australian Masters and the State Team Challenge click here
And to see a report on the tournament as it happened click here
The 2016 MSI World Scrabble Championship in Lille, France!
Australia has eight people playing in Lille, four in Division A and four in Division B...Shekinah from Queensland stayed on to play following the World Youth Championship, as did fellow Queenslanders Karen and Paul Richards who ran that excellent event very successfully. Our other players are David Eldar, residing in the UK but still very much an Australian from the state of Victoria, Trevor Halsall Victoria, John Hamilton from the Australian Capital Territory, and Bob and Liz Jackman from New South Wales. Good luck to all, and enjoy the event!
At the end of Day One Mark Nyman from England leads the 72 players in Division A, and our young Australian John Hamilton is placed first of 66 players in Division B.
David Eldar, Div A,
14th after 8 games
Trevor Halsall, Div A,
28th after 8
Bob Jackman, Div A,
34th after Day One
Karen Richards, Div
A, 48th after Day 1
John Hamilton, Div B,
1st after Day 1
Paul Richards, Div B,
23rd after 8 games
Shekinah, Division B,
37th after Day 1
Liz Jackman, Div B,
60th after 8 games
Game 17, Div A - leader David
Webb (right) plays second placed
Mark Nyman, both from England
Game 17, Div B - Roland Olsson
plays our Australian teenager
Shekinah - 41st at this stage
David Webb from England is playing strongly and leads Division A by margin alone from Mark Nyman, with Joel Wapnick in third place. Nigel Richards is hovering in 10th place, and it will be interesting to see the top 8 at the end of Day Three - these 8 go through to play a series of finals on Day 4, with the top two at the end of this playing off on Day 5 (Sunday) for the title.
Moiz Ullah Baig, in 2013
Many of the fancied players have failed to make the finals, including Nigel Richards (NZ) and David Eldar (Australia). Here are the eight who will do battle, and how they finished the 24 qualifying rounds....Mark Nyman (England) 19 wins, David Webb (England) 19, Allan Simmons (Scotland) 18, Robert Robinsky (USA) 17, with the next four on sixteen wins - Brett Smitheram (England), Adam Logan (Canada), Lewis Mackay (England) and Joel Wapnick (Canada).
And here are the top 8 finishers in Division B: Abdullah Abbasi 19, Anand Buddhev 17, Mohamed Kamara 17, Tariq Pervez 17, Sandy Nang 17, Jack Mpakaboari 16, Howard Rayner 16, and Daniyal Sanaullah 16. Good luck to all finalists, and to those who plan to take part in the One Day Saturday event!
Karen Richards receives her trophy for
placing first on Saturday
Div B: Daniyal, Jack, Sandy and Howard won their quarter-finals to advance to the semis, with Jack victorious against Daniyal, and Sandy winning her match against Howard.
Division A: in the quarter finals Adam Logan triumphed over Allan Simmons 2-1, Mark Nyman won against Joel Wapnick 2-1, Brett Smitheram beat Robert Robinsky 2-0, and Lewis Mackay was victorious against David Webb 2-1.
The semis were the best of five games, and in these Mark Nyman won against Adam Logan 3-2, and Brett Smitheram accounted for Lewis Mackay 3-2. Both were tough matches, and now one way or another the 2016 Champ will be a Brit, a great effort indeed!
Happy Champ, Brett Smitheram
Mark considers his move during the final against Brett
Jack Mpakaboari with his trophies
Division B saw a convincing victory to Nigeria's Jack Mpakaboari, winning 3-0 over Sandy Nang from the USA. Congratulations, Jack, scrabble in Nigeria is going from strength to strength!
Well done to all who put so much time in to running this prestigious event, especially those who laboured long into the first night to transfer the data from the supplied program, which wasn't working well, to John Chew's TSH program which enabled the rest of the tournament to move along smoothly. Thank you to all involved!
The Winter Pick Me Up Tournament ~ August 21, 2016
Play has started - Betty Egan & Dominica Krstic checking a word
Gayle Cameron did a lovely job of keeping us fed and watered, and also giving our Standby Player Norma Fisher (who unfortunately wasn't needed to play to even up the numbers) some invaluable practice in preparation for the State Team Challenge, taking place here in Melbourne next month.
Carol Johnsen attended early to help with setting up, and our very capable computer operator Amy Hutchinson did a great job on the technical side - thanks, everyone, including those who helped with setting up, and with packing up at the end of the day.....your help is really appreciated.
The Masters crew: Alan Burn, Nick Ivanovski
& Gwen Lampre
Advanced winners: Janet Bau, Lorraine
Thomas, Rod Casey & Dianne Gibson
Inter: Kris Howat, Siva Sivapalasundram,
Sandra Masel, Liz McKean & Paula Messer
Some of the support crew - Marj Miller,
with Oscar and Amy
ADVANCED saw our evergreen player Rod Casey finish on top with 6 wins, separated only by margin from Janet Bau who has now moved up a section with her excellent play. Dianne Gibson was surprised to find herself in third place on four wins (she thought she had only won three). Rod Casey scored 612 to win the High Game award, and the High Word award went to Lorraine Thomas for her play of HEROINE for 102 points.
INTERMEDIATE was won by Sandra Masel with 6 wins, clear of Kris Howat on 5 and Siva Sivapalasundram on 4 wins - Siva is gradually working his way back to his former rating, but its proving to be a big challenge for him, as it is for us all! The High Game award went to Elizabeth McKean for her score of 499 (well done Liz, especially when you were playing up from Recreation!) Elizabeth also shared the High Word award with Paula Messer, both words scoring 88 points - Paula played ZIPPERS, and Liz played PROVIDE.
Recreation winner John Metcalf, happy to
receive a prize and a Play-up Certificate!
Christie Godby, delighted to take second
place in Recreation, and High Game!
Play in Rec: Lynne Goodinson v. Rena Aitken,
Trish Magee v. Del Stitz at the far board
Front: Angie Pearse plays Alan Burn,
with Gwen Lampre playing Mary MacMahon
Kris Howat plays Siva Sivapalasundram, and
Glen Chandler plays Dianne Gibson
June Valentine plays Janet Bau, with Rod
Casey playing old friend Sylvia Galloway
From left: Balada Catanchin, Marisa
Nuccitelli, Carole Eden and Dorothy Hunt
Lorraine Thomas plays Noel Coulter, with
Lainie Mercieca playing Katie Rowe
Well done to all, and thank you to all for the spirit in which the tournament was played, it was a pleasure to be the Director! Go to the top
The 2016 Victorian Country Championship ~ Saturday August 6th
Once again Mary McMahon took on the role of Organiser and Tournament Director, with help from Norma Fisher. Thank you both for your efforts, Mary and Norma, and thank you to Khwanjai Thammaping for the photos, they are appreciated.
A lovely leisurely bistro lunch is always available for the players who wish to partake, and this was enjoyed by all in the downstairs dining room, providing a welcome break from the stressors of the tournament!
In Division A Norma Fisher emerged the winner, followed by Angie Pearse and Mary McMahon in second and third places respectively. Peter Bauer showed his strengths by winning the High Game (559), and tying for the High Word with his play of BINDIEST for 131 points. Heather Long equalled this by playing ELECTION, well done to you all.
Division B saw victory to Robin Dettmann ahead of Marlene Ellis and Marjorie Clark, with first-time player and new member of the Ballarat Club Tessa Knight earning the High Game Award with a score of 538, and the High Word went to Robin Dettmann for her score of 89 points. Well done, everyone!
Norma Fisher, with the very attractive
Div A: Peter Bauer, Norma Fisher, Mary McMahon,
Angie Pearse, Heather Long
Div B: Tessa Knight, Robin Dettmann, Marlene
Ellis, Marjorie Clark
The Trans Tasman Championship - Fri/Sat/Sun August 5/6/7 in Adelaide, South Australia
The New Zealand Team, from left: Anderina McLean, Nick Cavenagh,
Lynn Wood, Murray Rogers, Lyres Freeth, Patrick Carter, Liz Fagerlund,
Lawson Sue, Howard Warner and Glennis Hale
The Australian Team, from left: John Holgate, Adam Kretschmer, Rocky Sharma, Tony Hunt, Nick Ivanovski, Daniel Piechnick, Karen Richards, Ron Baginski,
Esther Perrins, Bob Jackman, Russell Honeybun, Alastair Richards, Victor Tung, Stephen Mooney Pursell and Trevor Tao.
The format has changed, with ten New Zealanders and sixteen Australians playing an unrestricted round robin. Games played between the two countries will count towards the Team Tallies, and there will also be an individual winner.
To follow the ups and downs of the tournament and the Team standings go to Barry Harridge's website - click here
There are also some games being posted by Oliver Jenner O'Shea - click here
The venue is the South Australian Bridge Association, 243 Young Street, Unley, and there will be extra tournaments on Saturday and Sunday for extra players who wish to play.
At the end of DAY ONE Australia lead New Zealand 30.5 games to 19.5 games, and the individual leader is Russell Honeybun from Western Australia on seven wins, a game clear of eight players all on six wins - Alastair Richards, Howard Warner, Esther Perrins, Patrick Carter, Ron Baginski, Bob Jackman, Daniel Piechnick and Lawson Sue - a very tight tussle indeed!
About lunchtime, on Saturday - 9 games to be played today! After Round 12 Australia leads New Zealand - 46.5 to 29.5, and in the individual event Russell Honeybun and Ron Baginski lead the field on 10 wins, but are under serious threat by the followers - Alastair Richards, Esther Perrins and Daniel Piechnick on nine wins each, with Lyres Freeth, Howard Warner and Tony Hunt on eight wins - watch your backs, Russ and Ron! And go, Team Australia! The end of DAY TWO - 8 games to come tomorrow, 17 completed! The gap has widened somewhat between the rival countries, with the Australian team ahead of New Zealand 68 games to 42.
The individual comp sees the highest rated player filling top spot, namely Alastair Richards on 14 wins, followed by Ron Baginski on 13.5, Daniel Piechnick 13, Lyres Freeth 12.5, Russell Honeybun and Esther Perrins both on 12, Howard Warner and Bob Jackman on 11.5 and Trevor Tao on 11 wins. Expect some movin' and shakin' tomorrow, anything could happen!
Lyres Freeth and Alastair Richards
with their cups
To view the full results of the 2016 Trans Tasman Challenge in the Australian National Archive click HERE
1: Alastair Richards, OZ - 20 wins,
2: Lyres Freeth, NZ - 19.5 wins,
3: Daniel Piechnick, OZ - 18 wins,
4: Howard Warner, NZ - 17.5 wins,
5: Esther Perrins, OZ - 17 wins,
6: Trevor Tao, Oz - 17 wins,
7: Ron Baginski, OZ - 15 wins,
8: Russell Honeybun, OZ - 15 wins,
9: Bob Jackman, OZ - 15 wins,
10: Nick Cavenagh, NZ - 15 wins,
Fundraising tourney to assist the McKinnon House residents have a holiday!
Lovely food was served throughout the day, including some of Khwanjai's great specialty dishes shared at lunchtime! The players were divided into three sections, and all sections were keenly contested - some highlights of the day included Geoff Wright winning all six of his games in Division A, Sandra Masel winning five to take out Division B, and John Metcalf also winning five to win Division C, his first win in any tournament. Well done, everyone!
Two of our visitors on the day, Eloise with
her mum Penny
Division C: John Metcalf, Eileen Mills,
and Marlene Ellis
Div B: Betty Egan, Siva Sivapalasundram,
Sandra Masel and Lorraine Thomas
Division A: Norma Fisher, Marj Miller, Julie
Belle, Mary McMahon and Geoff Wright
Div B saw Sandra victorious, with Lorraine Thomas in second place followed by Siva Sivapalasundram third. Betty Egan scored 520 to win High Game, with Sandra Masel winning High Word (LEVERAGE for 122 points).
Place getters in Div A were Geoff first, Marj Miller second, Julie Belle third, and High Game was played by Norma Fisher (541) and the High Word went to Mary MacMahon (SHALIER, 103 points).
Notable ratings gains were achieved by Geoff Wright +36, Laura Khan +34, John Metcalf + 29, Marj Miller +26, Sandra Masel +24, Elize Plaganyi +23 and Eileen Mills +20. Laura and John continue to rise steadily up the ratings ladder - well done to all, and thank you to Khwanjai for organising such a pleasant day, we did appreciate it!
Organiser Khwanjai Thammaping chats with
her supervisor, Fili.
Friends Mark Reed and Marisa Nuccitelli
during their game
Julie Belle v Mary McMahon in front, with
Marj Miller & Norma Fisher at the next board
Marlene Ellis plays Eileen Mills, with
John Metcalf and Lorna Patching next door
The Matchplay Kickoff Tournament ~ July 17, 2016
Winners on the day - in front, Andrew Fisher & Khwanjai
Thammaping. Back: John Rider, Dianne Gibson,
Barry Harridge, Lynn Weaver, Noel Coulter, Trevor Halsall
Ratings Band Winners - Janet Bau, Rob York,
Paula Messer, Christie Godby
48 players vied for 8 positions in the knock out stages, where all the finalists get cash prizes. In addition, there were non-cash prizes to hand out on the day - and we are very thankful for a donation of 3 boxes of chocolates by Lainie Mercieca to bring the prize total up to 17!
To the Scrabble, Andrew Fisher went through the Kick Off undefeated. Trevor Halsall took out the high game and high word with a 600+ game and a 9 timer (as was the case last year as well!). There were many records that came out of the event: Trevor's 622 is the 4th highest score in Australia this year to date. It featured two 9 timer plays (FOOTLERS and ALLOTTEE), something that is very rare in Scrabble tournaments! In that game, Norma Fisher scored 517, which is this year's (and all time) highest losing score. Their 1139 is the highest aggregate game score (and 2nd of all time in Australia).
The 8 who are proceeding to the knock out stages are (in position order on the day) Andrew Fisher, John Rider, Lynn Weaver, Trevor Halsall, Noel Coulter, Khwanjai Thammaping, Dianne Gibson and Barry Harridge. The knock out fixtures will be sorted shortly with a venue being sourced for the eventual final later in the year. Thank you to everyone for making it an absolutely wonderful day!
Many thanks, Nick
Tournament Organiser and Director, Nick
Ivanovski - thanks, Nick!
Players on the day, Lynn Weaver, Lorna
Patching & Laura Khan
Their game over, Angie Pearse and Anne
Menheere tidy up
Khwanjai Thammaping with her chocolates -
Khwanjai is running our next tournament!
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