Baulkham Hills Club Tournament - 31st August 1997


Tournament Report by Alan Gauci - President, Baulkham Hills Club

The 64 players in this tournament will remember this one for the rest of their life.They will always remember that immediately after the fourth game, before they broke up for lunch,tournament director Fred Reynolds made the sad announcement about the sad loss of Lady Diana.

This 8 game tourney was the second this year for the young Baulkham Hills Club which was held at the Baulkham Hills Sporting Club. Some "firsts" were made as you will see below. Full marks for all....they were all on time bar one (onle a few minutes), namely Dolores Barbon. After lunch at the beginning of the 5th game, all were on time, except, Dolores....a few minutes....reason....pokies.

Another first....Club opened doors at 8am sharp. By 8.15am All the tiles were set and verified on all the tables. We ask those who were not present or those who have not been told how it was done, to tell us on the net..."how did they do it?????". We think this is a record.

Another first (we think)....For the novices prizes, we deemed that players who were playing their first, second or third tournament were eligible. First prize went to Janice Hobson, her 1st, second to Claire Dove...her 2nd tournament, while third prize was won by Ann Fiddler her 3rd tournament.

Yet another first. Baulkham Hills Scrabble Club does not (yet) pride itself of having the most top players only one in first grade Ted Roberts,but we do our utmost of encouraging beginners, because we feel that is what perpetuates the game. We also appreciate every encouragement that we receive ourselves, be it from our friendly sister clubs, Hassall Grove or Blactown, with whom we get on really well. Since our Club's founding, we grew to appreciate the hard work, good advice, regular teaching techniques of the game given to us by Siva Sivapalsundram ex Tasmania and now with Victoria.When we knew we were to lose Siva, the Club unanimously agreed to create a perpetual trophy to acknowledge his work during his long stay with us. This will be known as the Baulkham Hills Scrabble Club Siva Award. It will be awarded to the club whose members get the most wins collectively. 12 Clubs competed, and was one by North Shore Club.

Yet another first...(we think). At our inaugural tournament last January, we had a guest from Canada (Pat Staub), this time we had a guest from Malta (Paul Mifsud).

To encourage our guests we also had prizes for highest rating gains, which one can observe from results on the net. Had Peter Tobler not cancelled out at the last minute, there would have been exactly 10 men & 10 ladies in the Masters. But a reshuffle resulted in 9 gents & 11 ladies. In this section....the first four were men...of the first 10.....6 were men. In the Advanced only 5 were gents out of 20, while in the Intermediate we only had 3 fellows. Moral :encourage more men?????

Oh, Oh, Oh, another first....I nearly forgot, and Bob J. would not be pleased if I did not tell you. The new book, Redwood Scrabble Word List was on sale for the first time in Australia at this tournament. The president of the Malta Scrabble Club emailed us to ensure that Paul Mifsud will buy one for that Club.

This also could be a first: All lunches were ready on time (by the Club's kitchen) as we requested...1pm....no delays. All in all we enjoyed having our guests and we hope to see them again at our scheduled 3rd tournament in 1998. Yes.....it is on 11 January....the First for that year.

P.S.: This report was inspired by the writer of the Queensland Championships Report...Michael Vnuk ?

Results after game 8
BAULKH97 -- MASTERS

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
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  1 John Holgate         8   974
  2 Peter Shaw           6   602
  3 Robin Duncan         6   146
  4 Kieth Bioletti       5   102
  5 Pat Warren           5    70
  6 Robyn Flynn          5  -134
  7 Sue Gergefili        4   223
  8 Graeme Lock Lee      4   194
  9 Kris Logan           4   103
 10 John Barker          4    18
 11 Jean Noonan          4   -80
 12 Jean Mcgiffen        4  -171
 13 Betty Foreman        3   177
 14 Ted Roberts          3  -118
 15 Jeff Spring          3  -175
 16 Cheryl Michler       3  -178
 17 Louise Kobler        3  -225
 18 Ros Gibbons          2  -437
 19 Audrey Newman        2  -529
 20 Ian Close            2  -562
HIGH GAME: Betty Foreman     553
HIGH WORD:                     0
            ""

Results after game  8
BAULKH97 -- ADVANCED

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Joan Buchanan        6   335
  2 Jenny Templeton      6   251
  3 Bruce Michael        5   397
  4 Ethel Collins        5   277
  5 Raya Wilkinson       5   198
  6 Judy Hay             5   132
  7 Nanette Reynolds     5   125
  8 Hanne Marks          5   116
  9 Gordon Meggs         4   165
 10 Dolores Barbon       4    56
 11 Dawn Spring          4  -140
 12 Penny Lavender       4  -155
 13 Helen Young          4  -179
 14 Norma Tracy          3  -106
 15 Harry Walsh          3  -163
 16 Jean Balmer          3  -181
 17 June Stephenson      2   -1
 18 Paul Mifsud          2 -211
 19 Alan Gauci           2  -418
 20 Esther Rolfe         2  -498
HIGH GAME: Raya Wilkinson    517
HIGH WORD:                         0
            ""

Results after game  8
BAULKH97 -- INTERMEDIATE

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Trish Windhurst      7   630
  2 Nonie English        6   458
  3 Linda Dimond         6   326
  4 Fay Van Ouyen        6   262
  5 Lan Knox             5   170
  6 Silvana Newman       5   112
  7 Merle Young          5    46
  8 Janice Hobson        5   -33
  9 Sunny Wright         5   -94
 10 Claire Dove          5  -194
 11 Sue Smith            4   174
 12 Margaret Andrews     4   173
 13 Ram Mohe             4    53
 14 Colleen Howie        4    -5
 15 Ann Fiddler          4   -16
 16 Greg Nicol           4   -28
 17 Donna Macdonald      3   170
 18 David Etherington    3   -17
 19 Ivana Duria          3   -65
 20 Ursula Schokman      3   -73
 21 Daphne Bezuidenhout  3   -88
 22 Judith Chessell      3  -164
 23 Diana Hilly          3  -442
 24 Nancy Sacchetti      2  -387
 25 Diana Field          2  -568
 26 Bye                  0  -400
HIGH GAME: Linda Dimond      480
HIGH WORD:                         0
            ""

Stats for Tournament : BAULKH97

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| state     Name          | National  | State   |   Wins    | Rating Points  |
|                         | Old  New  | Old New | Exp  Act  | Old Change New |
+-------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *MASTERS                    +         +           +                +
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
| NSW John Holgate         |    2    1 |   2   1 |  6.8  8.0 | 1990 +19 2009 |
| NSW Peter Shaw           |   46   42 |  15  14 |  5.2  6.0 | 1739 +15 1754 |
| NSW Robin Duncan         |   63   51 |  18  16 |  4.2  6.0 | 1684 +36 1720 |
| NSW Pat Warren           |  122  107 |  32  28 |  3.7  5.0 | 1571 +25 1596 |
| NSW Keith Bioletti       |   97   87 |  25  23 |  4.4  5.0 | 1618 +12 1630 |
| NSW Robyn Flynn          |  101   85 |  27  21 |  3.5  5.0 | 1602 +29 1631 |
| NSW Sue Gergelifi        |   98  100 |  26  26 |  4.5  4.0 | 1616  -9 1606 |
| NSW John Barker          |   15   19 |   6   6 |  5.8  4.0 | 1850 -28 1821 |
| NSW Graeme Lock Lee      |  137  130 |  36  33 |  3.4  4.0 | 1545 +11 1556 |
| NSW Jean McGiffen        |   29   39 |  11  12 |  5.5  4.0 | 1796 -30 1765 |
| NSW Kris Logan           |  178  167 |  43  40 |  2.8  4.0 | 1450 +23 1473 |
| NSW Jean Noonan          |  109  109 |  29  29 |  3.9  4.0 | 1594  +1 1595 |
| NSW Ted Roberts          |  176  171 |  41  41 |  2.3  3.0 | 1450 +14 1464 |
| NSW Louise Kobler        |   84  101 |  21  27 |  4.5  3.0 | 1633 -29 1603 |
| NSW Betty Foreman        |  139  145 |  37  37 |  3.9  3.0 | 1541 -18 1522 |
| NSW Jeff Spring          |  187  182 |  44  44 |  2.4  3.0 | 1433 +12 1445 |
| NSW Cheryl Michler       |  211  197 |  49  45 |  1.9  3.0 | 1383 +22 1405 |
| NSW Audrey Newman        |  110  136 |  30  35 |  4.4  2.0 | 1593 -48 1544 |
| NSW Ian Close            |  108  138 |  28  36 |  4.6  2.0 | 1594 -51 1542 |
| NSW Ros Gibbons          |  213  219 |  50  52 |  2.3  2.0 | 1380  -5 1374 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *ADVANCED                   +         +           +                +
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
| NSW Joan Buchanan        |  344  310 |  80  69 |  3.5  6.0 | 1141 +58 1199 |
| NSW Jenny Templeton      |  225  224 |  53  53 |  6.1  6.0 | 1356  +1 1357 |
| NSW Bruce Michael        |  259  259 |  60  60 |  5.2  5.0 | 1279  +0 1279 |
| NSW Raya Wilkinson       |  501  444 | 121 105 |  2.1  5.0 |  934 +68 1002 |
| NSW Ethel Collins        |  235  243 |  55  55 |  6.2  5.0 | 1339 -21 1317 |
| NSW Judy Hay             |  231  242 |  54  54 |  6.3  5.0 | 1343 -23 1319 |
| NSW Hanne Marks          |  244  245 |  56  56 |  5.4  5.0 | 1317  -6 1310 |
| NSW Nanette Reynolds     |  473  417 | 113  97 |  1.9  5.0 |  959 +76 1035 |
| NSW Gordon Meggs         |  315  315 |  70  70 |  4.2  4.0 | 1189  -1 1187 |
| NSW Dolores Barbon       |  521  472 | 125 115 |  1.8  4.0 |  918 +45  963 |
| NSW Penny Lavender       |  482  470 | 115 113 |  3.2  4.0 |  949 +17  966 |
| NSW Helen Young          |  468  451 | 111 108 |  2.6  4.0 |  965 +28  993 |
| NSW Dawn Spring          |  374  374 |  89  89 |  3.7  4.0 | 1106  +5 1111 |
| NSW Harry Walsh          |  314  337 |  69  77 |  4.9  3.0 | 1190 -38 1151 |
| NSW Jean Balmer          |  450  460 | 106 110 |  3.8  3.0 |  991 -14  976 |
| NSW Norma Tracey         |  320  346 |  72  80 |  5.1  3.0 | 1178 -38 1139 |
| NSW June Stephenson      |  389  410 |  93  96 |  4.5  2.5 | 1083 -39 1043 |
|*NSW Paul Mifsud          |    0  518 |   0 125 |  2.5  2.5 |  921  +0  921 |
| NSW Esther Rolfe         |  405  434 |  96 104 |  4.2  2.0 | 1056 -44 1011 |
| NSW Alan Gauci           |  526  539 | 127 131 |  2.8  2.0 |  913 -15  897 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *INTERMEDIATE               +         +           +                +
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
| NSW Trish Windhurst      |  643  557 | 158 141 |  4.1  7.0 |  812 +69  881 |
| NSW Linda Dimond         |  647  602 | 160 151 |  4.1  6.0 |  808 +39  847 |
| NSW Nonie English        |  600  554 | 150 138 |  4.3  6.0 |  848 +36  884 |
| NSW Fay Van Oyen         |  567  546 | 144 134 |  4.8  6.0 |  867 +25  892 |
| NSW Silvana Newman       |  698  701 | 171 174 |  5.0  5.0 |  767  +0  767 |
| NSW Lan Knox             |  565  569 | 143 146 |  5.2  5.0 |  869  -2  866 |
| NSW Merle Young          |  562  584 | 142 148 |  5.7  5.0 |  873 -14  858 |
|*NSW Janice Hobson        |    0  649 |   0 163 |  5.0  5.0 |  810  +0  810 |
| NSW Sunny Wright         |  683  626 | 165 156 |  3.5  5.0 |  779 +45  824 |
| NSW Claire Dove          |  690  647 | 169 161 |  3.7  5.0 |  772 +40  812 |
| NSW Margaret Andrews     |  569  613 | 146 153 |  5.5  4.0 |  866 -29  836 |
| NSW Ram Mohe             |  703  698 | 174 173 |  3.9  4.0 |  766  +3  769 |
| NSW Colleen Howie        |  531  575 | 130 147 |  5.5  4.0 |  907 -43  863 |
| NSW Sue Smith            |  590  635 | 147 157 |  5.8  4.0 |  853 -34  818 |
| NSW Greg Nicol           |  612  620 | 152 155 |  4.4  4.0 |  836  -8  827 |
| NSW Ann Fiddler          |  950  884 | 246 228 |  2.3  4.0 |  555 +60  615 |
| NSW Donna MacDonald      |  734  788 | 183 198 |  5.1  3.0 |  731 -40  690 |
| NSW Ivana Duria          |  635  695 | 156 172 |  5.3  3.0 |  816 -45  770 |
| NSW Daphne Bezuidenhout  |  998  977 | 263 256 |  2.2  3.0 |  520 +16  536 |
| NSW David Etherington    |  889  895 | 229 233 |  3.1  3.0 |  607  -1  605 |
| NSW Judith Chessell      | 1003  948 | 264 249 |  1.6  3.0 |  517 +41  558 |
| NSW Diana Hilly          |  832  842 | 207 212 |  3.2  3.0 |  657  -4  652 |
| NSW Ursula Schokman      |  882  891 | 226 231 |  3.4  3.0 |  616  -8  607 |
| NSW Nancy Sacchetti      |  931  947 | 243 248 |  2.6  2.0 |  571 -12  558 |
| NSW Diana Field          |  988  997 | 259 265 |  2.3  2.0 |  529  -6  522 |
|*NSW Bye                  |    0 1124 |   0 300 |  2.4  0.4 |  500 -121  378 |
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