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Selective events 2022

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Twenty of the top players play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Melbourne in September. This event is to be held at the Olympic Hotel, 31 Albert Street, Preston, Victoria. It is a hotel with a bistro, gaming area and plenty of car parking, 30 mins drive from Tullamarine airport and from Melbourne CBD. It has many popular eateries close by.
The event has as its reference CSW19 and the Tournament Director is Nick Ivanovski.
At the same time, teams of three players from each of seven states or territories would play the State Team Challenge as head-to-head matches.

Rule variation

Masters section has 5 point penalty for each word challenged but correct.

The contenders

The table below shows the teams according to qualification criteria set by the Council of the Australian Scrabble Players Association.

Australian Masters

The selection comprises the best twenty active players (those players who have played at least one game during the qualification period) ranked by Q statistic.

State Team Challenge

Each state team will comprise three eligible players who have not already been selected for the Masters event and are the next best three from their state, ranked by Q statistic.
If insufficient eligible players are available, the state will not be permitted to participate in the State Team Challenge for that year unless a maximum of one stand-in can be fielded before the tournament from any state (generally, but not necessarily, that state in which the tournament takes place). That stand-in must also meet the above criteria.
An eligible stand-in may also be fielded in the event of illness or other unforeseen circumstance during the tournament.

The two peaks Q statistic

This is a temporary fix, taking into account the late announcement.
The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic calculated like this: Here are the indicative selected teams as at 28.06.2022 plus 3 reserves from each state. A tick ✓ shows that the games quota has been met.



Masters
or State

Contender
Q Stat
28.06.2022
Games Peak (games)
Apr-May
Peak (games)
Jun-Aug
1 MCameron Farlow (QLD) YES 1982.0031✓ 1982 (31)
2 MPeter Kougi (VIC) 1951.0024   1951 (24)
3 MNaween Fernando (VIC) YES 1948.6716   1948 (0)1949 (16)
4 MJoanne Craig (NSW) 1876.0040✓ 1876 (40)
5 MMichael McKenna (NSW) 1788.000   1788 (0)
6 MBob Jackman (NSW) YES 1772.6745✓ 1766 (32)1776 (13)
7 MTrevor Halsall (VIC) YES 1771.0031✓ 1747 (24)1783 (7)
8 MJohn Holgate (NSW) YES 1757.6745✓ 1733 (32)1770 (13)
9 MRon Baginski (QLD) 1752.000   1752 (0)
12 MRod Talbot (NSW) 1708.6753✓ 1778 (40)1674 (13)
13 MTony Hunt (NSW) 1707.3359✓ 1698 (46)1712 (13)
14 MAdam Kretschmer (SA) YES 1703.6718   1701 (8)1705 (10)
15 MMythili Rudra (VIC) 1700.0024   1700 (24)
16 MStephen Mooney Purse(TAS) 1699.000   1699 (0)
17 MWayne Jones (NSW) 1689.000   1689 (0)
18 MKaren Richards (QLD) YES 1662.0063✓ 1734 (39)1626 (24)
19 MRonnie Bennett (ACT) 1633.0032✓ 1633 (32)
20 MNoel Barrett (ACT) 1626.0040✓ 1626 (40)
STATE CHALLENGE TROPHY
1 VICGeoff Wright (VIC) 1607.6737✓ 1597 (14)1613 (23)
1 NSWRocky Sharma (NSW) 1601.6721   1581 (8)1612 (13)
1 SAJane Taylor (SA) YES 1593.0064✓ 1569 (38)1605 (26)
2 VICNat Podesser (VIC) YES 1585.6754✓ 1607 (31)1575 (23)
1 QLDPaul Richards (QLD) YES 1582.0053✓ 1610 (29)1568 (24)
3 VICNorma Fisher (VIC) YES 1564.3359✓ 1607 (36)1543 (23)
2 SAAntony Kimber (SA) YES 1559.6724   1589 (18)1545 (6)
3 SAMichael Vnuk (SA) 1537.3320   1510 (14)1551 (6)
Carmel Dodd (SA4) 1535.3360✓ 1594 (34)1506 (26)
1 TASDianne Brumby (TAS) YES 1534.0032✓ 1534 (32)
2 QLDJane Brown (QLD) YES 1530.6732✓ 1494 (24)1549 (8)
2 TASJon Ford-King (TAS) 1509.3326   1512 (14)1508 (12)
3 QLDLiz Blanch (QLD) 1503.6740✓ 1491 (24)1510 (16)
3 TASKhen Meerding (TAS) 1500.6726   1470 (14)1516 (12)
2 NSWGraeme Lock Lee (NSW) 1498.000   1498 (0)
Martin Rose (TAS4) YES 1497.3316   1504 (0)1494 (16)
3 NSWTherese Nichols (NSW) 1495.0030✓ 1495 (30)
Jeremy Yip (NSW4) 1494.000   1494 (0)
Tony Loui (NSW5) 1492.000   1492 (0)
Alan Burn (VIC4) 1483.007   1483 (7)
Dianne Davis (VIC5) 1478.3330✓ 1513 (14)1461 (16)
Julie Brice (QLD4) 1477.3332✓ 1486 (27)1473 (5)
1 ACTTony Williams (ACT) 1474.0024   1474 (24)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD5) 1472.6740✓ 1496 (24)1461 (16)
Antonios Syrigos (SA5) 1458.000   1458 (0)
Garth van Vliet (NSW6) 1449.000   1449 (0)
Ray Alford (VIC6) 1447.000   1447 (0)
Sam Amarasinghe (QLD6) 1440.000   1440 (0)
Angie Pearse (SA6) 1420.0024   1420 (24)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS5) 1406.000   1406 (0)
Margaret Webb (TAS6) 1373.000   1373 (0)
2 ACTSusan MacGillivray (ACT) 1351.0032✓ 1351 (32)
3 ACTTim Reddan (ACT) 1346.008   1346 (8)

Players who decline:
David Eldar, Chris May, Jakob Teitelbaum, Anand Bharadwaj, Andrew Fisher, Edward Okulicz, Esther Perrins, Daniel Piechnick, David Vanzyl, Ryan Sutton, Victor Tung, Andrew Hamblin, John Spaan, Nick Ivanovski, John Hamilton, Rael Hayman, Dianne Ward, Trevor Tao, Helen Hynes, Tony Miller, Alex Boiko

Recently processed:
12.06.2022 VIC CHAMP 22 (VIC)
18.06.2022 Bellerive two day (TAS)
18.06.2022 Toowoomba June (QLD)
19.06.2022 SA June (SA)
25.06.2022 ACT Winter Open (ACT)
26.06.2022 Bassendean (WA)
26.06.2022 Vic June Tournament (VIC)