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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
McKinnon House Fundraiser ~ Sunday July 31 ~ 6 games, at Box Hill
Victorian Country Championship ~ Saturday August 6 ~ in Daylesford
TransTasman Challenge and extra tournaments ~ Fri/Sat/Sun August 5/6/7 ~ in Adelaide
Winter Pick Me Up ~ Sunday August 21 ~ 7 games, at Box Hill
For full details of all tournaments click here
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.....
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!
Youth Fundraising Tournaments ~ Sunday June 26, 2016
Balada Catanchin v John van der Schoor,
Pranav Srivatsan v Oliver Podesser
Annette Casey plays Fay Boxshall, and
Rena Aitken plays Rebeccah Booth
Natasha Podesser plays Mary McMahon, and
Trevor Halsall plays Nick Ivanovski
Theme word prizes were given out, and Elize
Plaganyi won one of them!
Another great effort for raising funds to assist our young players competing in interstate and international events. We raised $773 - with grateful thanks to Jack Miller for volunteering to do the kitchen and to Elaine Capewell for her scrumptious samosas. It was a good turnout for a winter's day in Melbourne - 48 players competed in the 7-game tournament and 8 players competed in the concurrent 4-game tournament held in the afternoon. The 4-game tournament is an innovation in an attempt to (a) lure back players who are no longer able to do the full day; or have commitments in the morning; and (b) to lure "newbies" onto the tournament scene.
Nick Ivanovski has done a wonderful job of putting it out there on Facebook about our tournaments. However, there were no novice players on the day. But the tournament was successful and seemed to work in well with the 7-game event.
Winners of Division A - Trevor Halsall, Nick
Ivanovski and Gwen Lampre
Division B Winners - Paula Messer, Rob York,
John Rider, Cheryle Jerram
Division C's Clever Players - Liz McKean
and Marisa Nuccitelli
Winners in the afternoon Tournament -
Dianne Gibson and Rod Casey
To check the full results of the two Fundraisers click HERE (A) and HERE (B)
Victoria's Player with the Highest Rating Gain over 2015-2016 is John Metcalf!
John Metcalf with his award, with
President Carol Johnsen
The traditional award, a handcrafted map of Victoria,
carved by Trevor Barraclough.
This year's winner is John Metcalf, who improved his rating from 500 to 819, a whopping gain of 319 points, well done, John, this is a great achievement indeed.
Next in line, of those who qualified, was Rob York with a gain of 172, followed by Mythili Rudra +153, Trevor Halsall +147, Mal Eden +146, Elizabeth McKean +145 and Patrick Morgan +135.
Well done to you all, and to see the full details of the High Ratings Gains and also Tournament Attendance, click
Andrew Fisher is the 2016 Victorian Scrabble Champion!
Our new Victorian Champion, Andrew Fisher,
from Victoria, Australia!
The happy winners: Nick Ivanovski, Ayorinde Saidu, Joanne Craig, Esther Perrins, Mohammed Hegazi, Paula Messer, Andrew Fisher
The field comprised 36 keen players and a considered decision was made to have two resets to ensure the best possible contest, and this meant that some players played each other three times, leading to some great rivalries.
Carol Johnsen welcomed Ayo from Nigeria (see below), Lois Binnie back for a visit from her home in New Zealand, Kevin Meng who is listed as an overseas player but has been studying in Melbourne, and several interstate players - five from New South Wales, four from Queensland, two from South Australia, and one from Tasmania. Thank you all for your support, as always it was great to catch up!
Going in to the last round Andrew and Esther Perrins were a game clear of Ayorinde Saidu, so winning the last game would decide the winner - Ayorinde's superior margin would have seen him declared the winner if both Andrew and Esther had lost, but as it unfolded Andrew won his final game to ensure the win, whilst Ayorinde also won, and Esther lost to her fellow New South Wales player Joanne Craig.
Nick Ivanovski plays Andrew Fisher
Lois Binnie versus Ayorinde Saidu
Alan Burn plays Esther Perrins
Joanne Craig, nearing endgame
Ayorinde Saidu was a welcome visitor from Nigeria and enjoyed his tournament, placing second behind Andrew and losing only to Andrew twice, Esther Perrins, Carmel Dodd, Chris Scholten and Norma Fisher. Well played, Ayo!
Esther Perrins filled third place, and had a good chance of becoming the Champion with strong play throughout the event, losing to Ayorinde twice, Gwen Lampre, good friend Joanne Craig twice, and Andrew Fisher. Well done Esther!
Victoria hasn't had a female Champ since 1988, but I'm sure it will happen soon! To check out the previous winners click here
Prizes were given down to fifth place, and fourth place was filled by a happy Nick Ivanovski, followed by Joanne Craig in fifth spot. Well done to you both! Ayorinde Saidu had a wonderful score in Game 15, winning the High Game Award with a grand total of 623. This overtook Norma Fisher's High Game score of 608, which had stood for almost two days! The High Word Award was won by Mohammed Hegazi, who played UNVARIED for 158 points early on the first day, and this stood for the remainder of the tournament. The award for the High Rating Gain over the three days was won by Paula Messer, who gained 75 points - well done, Ayo, Mohammed and Paula!
Norma Fisher, Roberta Tait and
Khwanjai Thammaping plays Elizabeth
Siva Sivapalasundram plays Sandra Masel,
Jane Taylor plays Rob York
Players enjoying Khwanjai's yummy
treats at lunchtime on Monday
We trust that all who attended enjoyed their time with us, and to check the full results of the 2016 Championship in the National Archives click HERE
The Annual Queen's Birthday Tournament, June 13, 2016Forty-six keen players turned up on the Queen's Birthday holiday to contest this annual event, divided into two sections and playing six games. We welcomed new player Carol Rollmann to her first tournament, and Carol enjoyed her day, winning two games and meeting many new people. It was good to see Jimmy Scarff playing after a break, and Rene and Jeff Chelton visited from New South Wales to take part - lovely to see you, Cheltons! Amy again did a very capable job on computer duty, thanks Amy, and thanks to all who helped with the organisation, and of course thanks to Julie Belle for the lovely food.
Cheryle Jerram receives her first prize from
President Carol Johnsen
Harper with his mum Gabrielle Pestinger,
worthy winner of Division B
Our new player on the day, Carol Rollmann,
a member of the Rosanna Scrabble Club
Norma Engel, seen at left with Marj Miller,
enjoyed her day in Division B, placing third
In Division B Gabrielle Pestinger played great Scrabble to place first, winning five games and finishing ahead on margin from Ann Goodwin and Norma Engel, well played everyone. This was Gabrielle's first big win, and no-one was more pleased for her than son Harper.....except perhaps Gabrielle herself! Balada Catanchin recorded 479 points to take out the High Game award, and Gayle Cameron's lovely play of ZIPPERS for 109 points won her the High Word award.
Christie Godby and Rob York, packing up
at the end of the day
Jimmy Scarff plays Rene Chelton from New
South Wales, with Lorraine Thomas
Some of our loyal Victorians - Trish,
Christiane, Lynne, Eileen, Laura, Elize
Trish Magee in the amazing jacket, lent to
Khwanjai by Pat Schuberg from New South Wales!
Congratulations to you all,and thank you for the spirit in which you played your games, I thought it was a very pleasant tournament indeed!
Khwanjai in the scrabble coat,
with Dominica Krstic
Anne Menheere, Lina Camilleri,
Norma Engel, Marjorie Clark
Dorothy Hunt plays Chelaka
Friends from the Greensborough/Watsonia
Clubs, Marisa Nuccitelli & Angie Winkler
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The Cranbourne Tournament ~ May 22, 2016
Game 2 about to start - thanks to Nick Ivanovski for some of the pics.
Despite a number of players ringing to cancel in the early morning, we still managed a field of 56 for the Cranbourne tournament on Sunday 22 May, and it began in good time which was a great start for the day. We were pleased to welcome Richard Birch of ATB fame from New South Wales, and John Hamilton from the ACT.
Cranbourne Club members outdid themselves as usual with some great snacks throughout the day, organised by Elaine Capewell who also played as the standby player.
My heartfelt thanks to Marj Miller and Barry Harridge for help with the computers. I learned some new tricks with the program which I hope to remember for next year. Throughout the day there were spot prizes for words related to SPACE, MUSIC, the MILITARY and TRANSPORT which attracted some rather unusual words.
Great Recreation winners: Balada
Catanchin, Elize Plaganyi, Liz McKean
Best in Inter: Glen Chandler, Dominica Krstic, Dorothy Rice, Paula Messer
Brilliance in Advanced: June Valentine, Alan Burn, Dianne Gibson
Magical Masters: John Hamilton, Gwen
Lampre, Nick Ivanovski, Norma Fisher
In Intermediate Dorothy Barraclough won 5 games with a margin of 258 to take out 1st place, Dominica Krstic came in 2nd, also with 5 games, and Glen Chandler won 5 games to come in at 3rd. Dorothy Rice's High Game prize was awarded for a score of 486, and Paula Messer played the odd word DUNNIER for 95 to win the High Word prize.
Advanced: Dianne Gibson had a great day with 6 wins and a margin of 333 to win in the Advanced Section, and she also took home the High Word prize for FAIRIES (89). Alan Burn was just behind on 5 games and a 357 margin, and High Game of 514, with June Valentine's 5 games and 99 margin taking out 3rd place.
In Masters Norma Fisher flashed into 1st place in the last game, winning 6 of her 7 games with an impressive margin of 380. Gwen Lampre was a close 2nd, only the margin separating the top two. Gwen won 6 games and her margin was 235. Our Canberra visitor, John Hamilton, won 5 games and took out 3rd place, as well as the High Word award for ENTWINES 158. Nick Ivanoski delighted his little son Oscar when he played the High Game for a massive 590.
To check the full individual results of the Cranbourne Tournament 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