~ News Archive 2008 ~
Decathon: December 28 2008
Ten games of scrabble in a day is quite a challenge, but all 74 players seemed to enjoy
the tournament, which ran quite smoothly using a modified lagged draw - as soon
as the last pair completed a round the draw for the following round was posted immediately,
and this was helpful in reducing the turnaround time between games. We welcomed back
several people whom we hadn't seen for sometime, including Angela and
Ian Newton, Alan Stewart, Diane and Wayne Stoyan, Jimmy Scarff, and Jason Stockdale,
returning after completing his VCE and prior to moving on to Uni somewhere.
Division A, one, two & three
Andrew, David, Naween
Interstaters Maree Heynen
with David More - 1st Division B
John Minas, Chris Scholten &
B.J.Winzer - 1st Division C
A brilliant performance in Division A saw Andrew Fisher victorious,
winning all ten games and finishing
2.5 games clear of David Eldar, with Naween Fernando (6.5 wins) in third place.
In Division B one of our interstate visitors David More (NSW) won 8 games to finish
ahead of Dianne Gibson (8 wins) and Jason Stockdale (7.5 wins). The winner of
Division C, B.J. Winzer,
has been steadily improving his rating, and won 8 games to finish a game clear
of Bridget Halge and John Minas in second and third positions respectively.
Fourth placed was our enthusiastic 8 year old Anand Bharadwaj,
also on 7 wins. Anand has a refreshing approach to Scrabble tournaments - he doesn't
seem to mind if he loses, but really enjoys the challenge of a close
and hard-fought game.
Test cricket on Naween's TV:
Mal, Wayne, Chris, John, B.J.
Dianne Gibson & Rob York
Greensborough Club players
Peter Bauer with Diane Stoyan,
back after a break from the game
scores for the day went to Natasha Podesser (547), Alan Cole (504), and Dorothy Barraclough
(514), while worthy High Word scores were credited to Naween Fernando (RAINBAND 122),
(QINTARS 108) and Nobby Clark (SUCKLED 102). Notable ratings gains for the day were
achieved by Irlande Alfred +145, David More +73, Frank Csarics +66, and Andrew Fisher
+61. Well done to all.
Thank you to all who helped make the tournament a success, particularly Gillian Kinder for
organising the entries, Carol Johnsen, Barry Harridge and Chris Stockdale for computer duties, and
Jack Miller for being such a great help in general, from moving furniture to handling sales
to dog-minding duties.
Time for an ice cream -
Naween tucks in
Mary Mackie & Joyce McCombe
Anne Menheere, Bridget Halge,
Scrabble® Celebrates 60 Years: December 16th 2008
Sixty years ago Alfred Mosher Butts registered this wonderful board game in the USA,
starting what has become a fascinating hobby for millions around the world. Radio 3AW
generously devoted time to an interview at 7.15am on Wednesday morning, and on the
same day we were fortunate to
have an article published in The Age newspaper here in Melbourne. To read the article,
World Youth Scrabble Championship December 9-11th 2008 in Malaysia
To follow the action of our young representatives click
Natasha & Alastair study the form
Unfortunately one of our players, James Gunner, has had to withdraw from the event after
breaking his arm while swimming in the pool yesterday. This must be very upsetting for James
, as he was no doubt looking forward to participating. At the end of Day One our best
placed Aussies are Alastair Richards(9th) and Michael McKenna (15th), both on six wins.
Khoo Beng Way from Malaysia looks to be the one to catch, leading with 9 wins from the 9
2008 WYSC Champion
WYSC Update - Day 2:
Our best placed player is Alastair Richards in 19th spot with 10 wins, while the leader
Khoo Beng Way is on 17 wins, with 18 games completed.
WYSC - Final Day:
After 22 "normal" rounds, the best of five final was won 3:1 by Charnrit Khongthanarat from Thailand, in a battle with
Khoo Beng Way from Malaysia. Here's how our Aussies finished - Alastair Richards 9th,
Michael McKenna 22nd, James Gunner (who managed to win 10 of the 14 games he played,
despite his broken arm) 35th,
Natasha Podesser 37th, Kitty-Jean Laginha 39th, Phillip Hamilton 41st, John Hamilton 47th,
and Bela Laginha (who financed her own trip) finished 50th. I'm sure all
made some new friends and enjoyed the wonderful experience of competing overseas.
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SA/Vic Border Challenge December 6/7 2008
Paula & Carol
A pleasant weekend was spent at Horsham, where 14 Vics played 14 players from SA at the
Bull & Mouth Hotel. Thanks to Paula Brown (SA) and Carol Johnsen (Vic) for their efforts in
organising the event. Here is a report from Carol on the weekend's activities:
The playing room at the Bull & Mouth Hotel
Whilst Victoria had a resounding win, it was not all easy-going with the
likes of South Australians Carmel Dodd and Teresa Dean leading their charge
... two very formidable and intense opponents. Congratulations to Carmel on
her win. It was left till the last game where the winner out of Carmel Dodd
and Heather Long would determine the winner of the A Section.
The hospitality of the publican, Tim Phillips, at the Bull and Mouth Hotel,
was outstanding and it was decided by the players at this tournament that we
would hold the challenge once again at this venue in 2009 on 5 and 6
December. Horsham abounds in various styles (and prices) of accommodation
and eateries ... and, oh of course, don't forget the pokies!
Thank you for all those Victorian players - you did a great job and we'd
love to have you back next year.
More of the players
And, where was Khwanjai, when I needed her? You're not being treated to the
usual extensive collection of photos ... I just remembered to take a couple
of the start of the second day. My apologies for not taking team photos.
Thanks to Paula Brown of South Australia for her fantastic job of
organisation of the venue and accommodation details. Her prize certificates
were also a delight.
Spot prizes were awarded for the highest scoring words commencing with H O R
S H A M obtained in all games throughout the tournament. This proved a very
8.00 pm December 7: Causeway Challenge Final Report
David Eldar, a happy winner
For the full results, annotated games, pics etc, please click
In a close fought event, David has emerged victorious on 32.5 wins, half a win ahead
of Edward Okulicz from NSW. Congratulations to both, what a brilliant effort to fill first
and second placings.
Chris May has finished 8th, Naween 11th and Andrew 23rd, and well done to the Australian team
on their comprehensive victory, 19.5 wins ahead of the UK team, followed by Nigeria, New
Zealand and the USA. Top 20 finishers in the Open Section were Alastair Richards(8th),
Kitty-Jean Laginha(10th), Helen Maurus(11th), Bob Jackman(13th) and Karen Richards(16th).
This has been an interesting event to follow, and I hope those who
have done so have enjoyed the coverage.
Thank you to Barry for keeping us up to date.
December 7: Causeway Challenge Update Day 4
After 39 games David is leading on 29 wins, followed by Edward Okulicz(28), Harshan
Lamabadusuriya(26.5), and Nigel Richards(26). Chris May(25) is 7th, Naween(21) 17th,
and Andrew(19) is 25th. With just six games left to play it will be interesting to see who
is eventually victorious. Australia appears to be in an unassailable position in the teams
event, 17 games clear of the UK. In the Open Section our best performed Aussies are Helen Maurus
in fourth place, Alastair Richards 6th, and Bob Jackman 10th. Good luck to all for a successful
December 6: Causeway Challenge Update Day 3
In the Premier division four players are at the top of the table on 21 wins from
29 games played - Nigel Richards (with a far superior margin), David Eldar, Harshan
Lamabadusuriya and Edward Okulicz. Chris May is 5th, Naween Fernando 13th and Andrew Fisher
27th. In the Open division Alastair Richards (NSW) trails Andy Kurnia from Singapore by
1 1/2 games. I'm not sure whether anyone wore a hat yesterday, but at the Mayoral Dinner
last evening several of the players performed, including John Barker from Sydney,
who gave a rendition of "My Way".
December 5: Causeway Challenge Update Day 2
Ten games were played yesterday, and the leader is now Harshan Lamabadusuriya from the UK.
The Aussies: Edward is 2nd, David 4th, Chris 6th, Naween 18th and Andrew 29th. Australia leads
the team event, 8.5 wins clear of the UK. Today should be a fun day as the current World
Champion, 17yo Suanne Ong from Malaysia, has decreed that all competitors must wear a hat. I
am hopeful that we will have some photos to show you soon, but I suspect that Webmaster Barry
has little time to add photos to the Causeway site.
December 4: Causeway Challenge Update Day 1
After the first day's play Edward Okulicz is doing extremely well, leading the field
one win clear of Howard
Warner and Joanne Craig, both from NZ. Chris May is in fourth place,
with David Eldar in 9th, Andrew Fisher 31st and Naween Fernando 42nd. All will be hoping
for a good day's play today. New Zealand on 29 wins is currently leading the teams event
by one game from Australia. Our first five games today are all against NZ players, so the
team positions could easily be reversed.
Good luck to the players, and also to
Barry who has had some frustrating technical difficulties
beyond his control. Here is his email
We are having the same problems at the Zon
Regency that we had last year.
The wireless access does not work in the playing area. I have uploaded some
results here at the restaurant during lunch. I hope we can find some better
Photos from the Bentleigh Tournament 30 November 08.
The Movember Lineup:
from left, Patrick Morgan, Sal Costanzo, Alan Cole,
John Taylor, Jack Miller, Peter Bauer, Frank Csarics,
B.J.Winzer, Peter Kougi, Rod Casey, Oliver Podesser,
Geoff Wright, Shaun Donnelly, David Lemish.
John T. & Marisa N.
Gillian Renwick - 2nd Inter;
Carmel Doney - 1st Masters
Beryl Bourne 2nd Adv;
Di Gibson HG Adv;
Mal Eden, 1st Adv
A happy Scrabbler
Langwarrin Club Player
Shaun Donnelly - 1st Rec, with
aunt Jenny Kearney - 2nd Rec
Best novice Michael Rubinstein
with Norma Fisher
Glen Chandler, Novice; played
years ago at the Dorchester
Bridget Halge & Sandra Masel.
After the game
A new friendship:
Runner Oscar & player Anand
Jack, Norma & Ellen, with
flowers for Marj - thank you all
David in Johor Bahru, in earlier times
The Causeway Challenge - starting Wednesday December 3 at 11.30am AEST
The players below
have been selected to represent Australia in
Johor Bahru, Malaysia, over 45 games of Scrabble. This is the strongest team we can send
based on the ratings at the end of the 12 month qualifying period, and we hope they will
do well, as a follow-up to Australia's first placing in this team event in 2006. Some
international players have not been able to take part due to air travel problems,
and some substitutions have taken place, but the tournament will go ahead with a full field
of 50 players.
There are also 17 other Aussies competing in the Open event which commences on Thursday,
good luck to all, and to web-whiz Barry Harridge who is handling much of the web work,
having already set up the excellent website prior to travelling to Malaysia. For a preview click
7.00 pm November 30 2008 - Trans Tasman Challenge Final Results
For full details click
The Australian team on 179.5 wins has defeated the New Zealand team, on 108.5 wins. Congratulations to
all 12 Australians in the team, a wonderful effort.
The Individual 2008 Trans Tasman Champion is Rod Talbot (NSW - 19 wins) from Edward Okulicz (NSW - 18 wins),
Esther Perrins (NSW - 17 wins), Mike Sigley (NZ - 16 wins), and Michael
Hornung (Vic - 16 wins).
Rod Talbot NSW
NSW - 2nd Indiv.
Esther Perrins NSW
Mike Sigley NZ
Vic - 5th Indiv.
The Trans Tasman is the second of the challenging events mentioned below by Barry,
and 12 Aussies from various states will pit their knowledge and skills against a team
of 12 from New Zealand, including well known NZ/NSW Scrabble identity Joanne Craig.
The Australian team comprises Edward Okulicz, Bob Jackman, Esther Perrins,
Joan Rosenthal, Rod Talbot, John Holgate and Alastair Richards, all from NSW, Richard
Jeremy (ACT), Anne Drew (Qld), Carmel Dodd (SA) and Russell Honeybun (WA).
Our sole Victorian representative is Michael Hornung, and we wish Michael and the
team good luck, and a very pleasant battle with the Kiwis at the Rex Centre, 58A Macleay Street,
Potts Point in Sydney.
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Nov 14, 15, 16 2008: World Players Championship
November and December are busy times for international
Scrabble events with the Trans Tasman, the World Players Championship, the Causeway Challenge and the World Youth
Scrabble Championship all happening within a 30 day period!
First up is the World Players Championship, designed as a fill in for the World Scrabble Championship in even
years, but open to all. It is being held for the first time in Dallas Texas. Victorian Scrabble players David Eldar
and Trevor Halsall are among the international line up. Trevor is using the opportunity to travel and had the
exhilarating experience of being in front of the White House when the presidential election results came in. Other
Aussies taking part are John Barker, Sunny Wright, Donna MacDonald, Joanne Craig, Bob Jackman, Liz Jackman, Carmel
David has GILNNTU
At the end of the first day, Nigel Richards and David Eldar headed the field on 7 wins each, after a nailbiting game (click here)
and Nigel in round 8.
The Aussies had a bad second day, but picked up very well on the third day. David had an exciting game against Amit
Chakrabarti from the US (who played in the Victorian Championships in 2005). Can you also find David's bonus in
GILNNTU on the board shown? Hover your mouse over the board to reveal what David did. Click the board to follow the
Congratulations to David's worthy second prize, second only to the legendary Nigel Richards.
Trevor v Nigel Richards in round 3
David v Nigel Richards in round 8
David collects 2nd prize from Chris Cree
Camberwell Club (Tresise Centre)
The Camberwell Club
has relocated to 38 Bowler St Hawthorn East, not far from their previous home.
to find the details
The Bull & Mouth Hotel
Dec 6, 2008: The Vic/SA Border Challenge, Horsham
Games will be played at the Bull & Mouth Hotel,
with seven games on Saturday, and three on Sunday morning. The hotel does not offer accommodation, so you will
need to find this elsewhere in Horsham. There are many places to stay, ranging from motels to hotels to bed and
breakfast places, and by clicking here
you will find a couple of helpful
links, as well as full details of this fun event.
Geelong Tournament November 9th 2008
60 players from various parts of Victoria converged on the Fred
Flanagan Room at the Geelong Football Club for today's annual tournament. A rather solemn but impressive portrait
of the renowned Geelong player Fred Flanagan witnessed the joy and despair and the highs and lows of play
throughout the day, and helped me keep everyone in order, although we had little to do as everyone behaved
60 players took part in the Geelong event
Seriously though, thanks to Marlene Ellis for finding such a great venue, spacious and with good lighting, and
with fresh sandwiches available to purchase for lunch. The alternative was a very tasty meal at the Cats Bistro,
although indigestion was a problem with some after lunch as the service was rather slow, leaving little or no
time to consume the goodies. Not everyone was served in turn, as far as I could tell, and I think John Parker is
still waiting for his cake and coffee. Apart from that it was a lovely day, very well organised by Dorothy, Mary
and Marlene and the Geelong members, and we thank them for their efforts on our behalf. Also thanks to Carol on
computers, Barry for his freely-given help, Don and Norma for transporting the resources, Anne Menheere's three
lovely granddaughters for "running" tirelessly all day, and Mary Mackie for acting as the standby player.
Home of the Geelong Cats,
seen from the playing room
1st Place: Masters
1st Place: Advanced
Lorraine Robinson &
Don: 1st Place Intermediate
Val Martin, travelled
south from Ballarat.
1st place: Recreation
Pat Weston & Dorothy B.
Pat received her badge for
1000 games played
Anne M. with g'daughters
Amy, Laura, and Rachael
Lorraine T. & Patricia M.
Good friends, via Scrabble
Paula M. with Lorna P.
Time for crosswords
MASTERS saw the reemergence of Carmel Doney as a force to be reckoned with, placing first ahead of
Heather Long from Bendigo, with a happy Doug Ristic in third place. Cynthia Curr managed a day off from her motel
management, and it was good to see her back playing scrabble. In ADVANCED a delighted Dianne Gibson took
the honours, winning a tournament for the first time in her career, well done, Di. She was closely followed by
Lorraine Thomas who is on her way back from a bad patch, and Natasha Podesser, who will be jetting off at the end
of the month to play in the Causeway Challenge and the World Youth Championship in Penang. Ageless Geelong Club
member Don Marshall won all 6 games in INTERMEDIATE to emerge a clear winner, with Mornington's Marjorie
Page and Natasha's dad Oliver Podesser placing second and third. And in RECREATION Val Martin from
Ballarat won by just 3 margin points from Charlene Wardley, a young mum of three who also plays at the Ballarat
Club. Third placing went to Gloria O'Loghlin, who travelled across on the ferry with the other Mount Martha
players. All would have caught the return ferry with plenty of time to spare as play finished reasonably early.
High words for the day were CATTAILS 113, QUIETER 102, RICKETTY 100, and SWATTING 100, played by Norma Fisher,
Gillian Kinder, Julie Belle and Val Martin respectively. High game scores were 537 (Norma Fisher), 507 (Dianne
Davis), 493 (B.J.Winzer), and 453 (Margaret Kane). I hope to see you at the Bentleigh Tournament on November
30th, click here to find the details.
November 4, 2008. Update on the Malcolms
Friends of Chile and Harry, as well as those who subscribe to
the Ozscrabble list, will know that the Malcolms are happily awaiting the birth of twins, a girl and a boy
expected in January. Chile has had a sojourn in hospital with problems unrelated to her pregnancy, and everyone
was pleased to hear that the twins are continuing to grow and develop as expected. Chile was visited by Barry
Harridge, pictured doing what he does so well - setting up a wireless internet connection on Chile's laptop. More
news will follow as time goes by.
Harry and Chile
Barry at work, with Chile
Scrabble at Halls Gap:
The Grand Canyon Motel - home
of the Halls Gap Scrabble Club
The third Thursday of the month at 7pm is the right time to visit the Grand Canyon Motel, nestled at the
foot of the picturesque Grampians in Halls Gap, for a game of scrabble with Cynthia Curr and her fledgling group.
As many of you know Cynthia and Greg took over the motel last year, and both have been extremely busy with
ongoing renovations, as well as caring for their guests, who include various groups such as busloads of
Cynthia is only able to play an occasional tournament at the moment, and we look forward to seeing her at the
Geelong event. Needless to say Cynthia and Greg will make you and your family and friends most welcome at any
time, even if its not the third Thursday of the month.......
to find full details of the Halls Gap Scrabble Club.
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October 26 2008: Mt Martha Tournament
Khwanjai with Rejoice Esden
Today was a very pleasant day at the Mt
Martha tournament, and below is a report from Tournament Organiser Julie
Belle, together with some pics from Khwanjai Thammapimg's album. Thank you to Julie, Gloria
and all the Mt Martha Club members for their efforts in running the
Thank you so much to all the people that
came and supported us today in Mt Eliza for our 2nd tournament. After a
few little glitches (apologies!...and thanks for your patience!)....the
tournament got under way. Last year we had two sections but this year
managed to have three....and we will hopefully be able to have four
sections next year with your continued support!!! The results are as
follows: Very well done to our novice Jane McDonnell who cleaned up
with best novice, high game and 1st place in section C!...2nd place to
Dorothy Rice and 3rd place to Eileen Mills...well done to you both. In
Section B Nan Smith took the honours for first place ...with Lorraine
Thomas hot on her heels for 2nd and myself 3rd. Noel Meyers took the
prize for high word and Sandra Masel for high game...good on you
56 players enjoying the great venue
On to section A...Peter Kougi had a good
day achieving 3rd place and high game... Dianne Gibson took out high
word...well done to you... and congratulations to both Naween Fernando
for 2nd place and I'm sure a very happy Angie Pearse for 1st place.
Many, many thanks to all those people who helped and contributed in
making it a successful tournament: Marj, Nicole and Michael, Barry and
Barry, our runners, Norma, Marj Page for her fabulous cheese scones,
Wendy in the kitchen and of course all the ladies from the Mt Martha
Scrabble Club who helped provide all the delicious home-made goodies
and contributed items for some of the prizes!....and finally thank you
so much to all the people who made the effort to come from far and wide
to attend our tournament...we look forward to welcoming you all back
next year....See you all in Geelong...all the best Julie.
1st: Division A
1st: Division B
Mike & Jane McDonnell
Novices, Jane 1st: Div C
Natasha P. Best "SPRING"
Leigh Donnelly &
Nan Smith, Betty Egan,
Marj, Julie & Barry, with
lovely flowers and choccies
Xiao-ting Box #3
Eight players enjoyed the friendly atmosphere
at the Xiao-ting Box Restaurant, including a very tasty evening meal.
Well done to Lois Binnie who filled first place, winning all five games
and picking up 56 well-deserved ratings points. Thanks to Geoff W. and
Jenny B. for organising this event, I'm sure there will be more XTB
tournmaments for all to enjoy in the future.
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Seniors' Week - Unrated Tournament
Appropriately the cosy
Mitcham Senior Citizens Centre was the scene for a happy day's
scrabble, with 28 players participating in seven round robin sections
of four, and although it was a social day, with absolutely no impact on
ratings, the competition was quite fierce. Some may think that you lose
the urge to win as you reach a more mature age, but please rest assured
this is not the case.
Pat McClintock (right)
Enjoying lunch after the
Above are the winners of the seven sections, congratulations to
all. Thank you to the committee members who assisted in organising the
event, with help from our runner and photographer Khwanjai. We also had
several Senior Citizens drop in for a casual game of scrabble, and
judging by the laughter coming from their corner they enjoyed their
games, with a helping hand from Lesley Mack.
Essendon Tournament September 28 2008
The Essendon Club Members
All 68 players had a very pleasant day at
the annual Essendon Tournament, with some very good performances from
all placegetters in each section. Peter Kougi was far too good for the
rest of the field, winning all six games in Masters. Peter's rating is
now 1902, and he will soon be knocking on the door for selection in
major representative events. Also winning all his games was Rob
Hutchinson in Advanced, picking up the highest rating gain for the day
with 79 points. Rob runs the Banyule Scrabble Club on Thursday
evenings, and his regular play is paying dividends.
player Alex Vanderkooij did his club proud, winning Intermediate, and
Eileen Mills won Recreation. Eileen is a member of the Waverley Club,
and this is her second recent section win. Congratulations to all who
received awards, and thank you to the Essendon members for running such
an enjoyable and well-organised event, and for providing the lovely
home-cooked food, which was enjoyed by all.
Australian Masters and State
Challenge Trophy: September 13/14 2008
To review the happenings at this event,
please click here
to the 2008 Masters winner David Eldar,
who managed to win this
keenly-contested tournament after placing second in this event over the
past three years. Andrew Fisher
finished second after leading
for much of the tournament, and Chris May
from NSW took out
third placing. David's win ensures him a place at the 2009 World
Scrabble Championship, wherever and whenever it may be held.
Congratulations also to Queensland
Geoff, Harry, Norma.
who clinched the
title of top team in Oz by taking out the State Challenge
two wins clear of SA in second place, with our Vic team of
Norma Fisher, Harry Malcolm and Geoff Wright in third place. And well
done to Harry Malcolm
for taking out the individual honors
within the State Challenge section, after a hard-fought tussle with our
ex-Victorian Helen Maurus from Queensland. Thank you to all involved in
the staging of this event, namely organisers Andrew Fisher and Naween
Fernando, ably assisted by Norma Fisher (resources), Khwanjai
Thammaping (taking pics and runner's duties), and webmaster and TD
Barry Harridge who did a wonderful job, with a little help from me.
Our Australian Masters Contenders:
The Victorian players shown
in the "Rogues' Gallery" below will take part in this exciting
tournament this weekend. This challenging 19-game event pits the
talents of most of the country's top players against each other, and
our seven Vics will vie for the title against thirteen interstaters.
For full details of the field click here
And below, our State Challenge Trophy Team:
These three players
will be pitted against all three team members from each of the other
Australian states and territories, a total of 18 games of hard-fought
Scrabble. Barry Harridge is the Tournament Director for the event, and
we wish all players (and Barry) a happy and harmonious weekend.
Saturday September 6: Ballarat Spring Tournament
According to all reports, a very pleasant day's scrabble took place on Saturday at the
Brown Hill Hall in Ballarat East. Tess Robinson welcomed 38 players, including two novices from
Melbourne, Matt Kean and
David Collinson. Both are proteges of Matte Dunn and his tuition was possibly evident, as
extremely well. David won 3 games, and Matt won 4 to clinch the Best Novice prize for the
tournament. Section A was won by the current in-form Victorian Country Champion Mary
McMahon from the Geelong Club, and
Chris Sitka from the
Ballarat Club won Division B. Chris is moving quietly up through the rankings and appears
to be enjoying the extra tournaments she is playing. Eileen Mills was
victorious in Section C, after catching a train at the crack of dawn in Glen Waverley, a bus
to Ballarat and a second bus from the Ballarat R.S. to the venue. Well done, Eileen,
your determination to get there was rewarded, and I'm sure
you will be very pleased with your rating gain of 54 points, the highest for the day.
Congratulations to all prizewinners, and thank you to Gillian for assisting Peter
with the computer work, and to Tess and the Ballarat Club members
for their hard work in organising the event, and providing the goodies
which were enjoyed by all.
Friday September 5: Gippsland Primary Schools Scrabble Championship
This event brought together forty children
from ten Gippsland schools who delighted in the chance to meet and play
scrabble against their peers, competing in either the Championship or the Plate.
It was a pleasure
to see these young players experiencing their first "proper" tournament, and some help was needed
at times with scoring, challenging and the general rules of play. There were many words
challenged during the event, and Gwen Lampre was kept very busy in her position
at the Lookup laptop.
Trophies were awarded to the top three placegetters in each section, as well as high game
and high word. McDonalds donated food vouchers, and book vouchers were donated by local energy
Karen Richards, representing World Youth Scrabble, presented T-shirts to several of the children.
Thank you to all sponsors for your generosity, and a special thank you to the staff
of South Street P.S. for their wonderful contribution to the success
of the event. The pic shows all place getters, together with our helpers for the day.
The children appeared to gain much enjoyment from their participation, and next year we hope to be
able to work out a different time schedule to allow more games to be played during the
We are also hopeful that the staff from Korumburra P.S. will take over the responsibility
of organising the pre-tournament selection rounds within each school, and that we will again
have the pleasure of travelling to the Gippsland area to renew friendships made
this year, and to make some new ones amongst the qualifiers for next year's event.
August 17th, 08: Gwen Chadwick Tournament:
This tournament commemorated the late
Gwen Chadwick who is still very much remembered by so many. Section winners were Andrew Fisher, Carol Johnsen,
Anand Bharadwaj and Nobby Clark.
In the breaks, eager eight year old Anand Bharadwaj took on Andrew Fisher in one break and Naween Fernando
in another. While he hasn't reached their standard yet, he is very sharp and eager to do well, and indeed he
won his section and also was delighted to find that he has now achieved a rating of over 1000.
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August 17th, 08: ASPA Vic AGM:
This was held at lunch time at the Gwen Chadwick tournament. Marj Miller
reported on the Scrabble activity throughout the year, and Andrew Fisher reported on the healthy financial
Although Victoria had had the large organisational and
financial burden of the National Championships in 2008, it had not been a financial burden but in fact ended up
ahead, due to prudent planning and a large attendance. The committee
August 16th, 08: Matchplay winner:
The matchplay event had started with 15 contenders, and proceeded
through knockout rounds to a conclusion to be battled out by David Eldar and Andrew Fisher as a best of nine
games. The games were played at the Bentleigh and Camberwell Clubs until David emerged as the winner.
August 12th, 08: Olympic Silver:
Pictured at the left of both pictures, Briony (Bree) Cole, daughter of
Mary Cole of the Bentleigh Club, has won Silver with partner Melissa Wu in the 10 metre platform synchronised
diving event in Beijing. Well done to both girls, an exciting result and a well-deserved reward for the hours
of training required to compete at world level.
August 11th, 08: Mornington Tournament News:
42 players made the trip to the Mornington Peninsula to
play at the Mornington Civic Bowls Club, a delightful venue for a game of scrabble. Many travellers were
pleased with the time saved by traversing the new Eastlink, a first class freeway incorporating the quite
longish Mullum Mullum and Melba Tunnels, installed to save the wildlife in the Mullum Mullum Creek area.
The tournament saw the return of Jenny Lampkin after an absence of 15 years, welcome back Jenny, and all
players enjoyed the array of delicious home cooked goodies provided by the Mornington Club players.
The "Aadvarks" section saw the long-awaited return to form of Barry Harridge, losing only one game to Sandra
Masel. Its good to see Barry gain some rating points after a spell in the doldrums. The effervescent Julie
Belle with the infectious laugh won all 6 games to take first place in "Baboons", well done Julie. Many thanks
to Carol and her helpers for organising this event, and we hope to see many of you next Sunday at the Gwen
Chadwick/AGM/TransTasman Fundraising Tournament at the Box Hill Senior Citizens Centre.
August 3rd, 08: Victoria's New Country Champion:
McMahon, at the left of picture with second-placed Cynthia Curr, is the Country Champion for 2008/2009.
Congratulations, Mary, a wonderful effort, its great to have you back in better health. Well done to the
winners of Sections B & C, Jenny Kearney from Ballarat and Leoni Dettmann from Queensland, pictured below
with Mary and the Champions Trophy. Special thanks to Clive and Jan Rutherford for organising the Championship
as part of the annual Daylesford Words In Winter Festival, an event which attracts many visitors to the
Here are some comments from Tournament Director Barry Harridge, thank you for doing the job, Barry.
A cold day but a warm welcome at Daylesford.
* lots of lovely things to eat all day
* quite a few drop in visitors who observed and played amongst themselves
* Cynthia Curr who we haven't seen for some time, irrepressibly bubbly as usual
* Mary McMahon in brilliant Scrabble form, despite still not recovering her voice fully (Cynthia compensated
* A long distance visitor, Leoni Dettmann from Charters Towers (Robin Dettmann's niece) winning all her games
in her first tournament
July 20th, 08 Nunawading Tournament:
This event was keenly contested in all sections, with
Trevor Halsall and Michael Hornung separated by a margin of just 6 points in Masters. As someone said recently,
right down to the wire. At right is the board from the Michael Hornung/Stephen Blick clash, in which Michael
scored four consecutive bonus words - bidental, euphroes, triazole and catenae, followed by a fifth - serranid.
Scores were 626/341, another brilliant game from Michael. Pictured below are Trevor, Michael, and the winners
of the other three sections. Congratulations to all award winners.
Thanks to Cheryle and the members of the Nunawading Club for organising such an enjoyable event, we do
appreciate the time and efforts of our members who contribute in this way.