Twenty of the top players will play the Australian Masters as a round robin in 2024 in Adelaide.. At the same time, teams of three players from each of seven states or territories 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 … 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.

Selection by ratings

The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic

Players may appeal to CASPA for a special dispensation in exceptional circumstances. In the event of any unforeseen issue the decision of CASPA is final.

The Qstat is Q = (P1 + P2 + 2 x P3)/4 where P1, P2, P3 are peaks from Jun to Sep, Oct to Jan and Feb to May. Extrapolated Qstat is shown, together with the peak(games) in each period. 40 games required.

Australian Masters

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
David Eldar (VIC) 2113.0037   2113(37)
Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1936.0051✓ 1936(51)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1927.0056✓ 1927(56)
Naween Fernando (VIC) 1922.0056✓ 1922(56)
Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1921.0037   1921(37)
Peter Kougi (VIC) 1896.000  
Esther Perrins (NSW) 1872.0037   1872(37)
Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1848.0049✓ 1848(49)
Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1833.0036   1833(36)
Victor Tung (NSW) 1815.0019   1815(19)
Rod Talbot (NSW) 1782.0070✓ 1782(70)
Joanne Craig (NSW) 1777.0034   1777(34)
Michael Hornung (VIC) 1775.000  
Geoff Wright (VIC) 1770.0057✓ 1770(57)
Adam Kretschmer (SA) 1756.0040✓ 1756(40)
Ryan Sutton (NSW) 1741.0046✓ 1741(46)
Bob Jackman (NSW) 1725.0061✓ 1725(61)
Mythili Rudra (VIC) 1725.000  
Noel Barrett (ACT) 1712.0078✓ 1712(78)

State Challenge

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
John Holgate (NSW1) 1710.0061✓ 1710(61)
Nick Ivanovski (VIC1) 1706.0048✓ 1706(48)
Stephen Mooney Purse(TAS1) 1696.004   1696(4)
Jane Taylor (SA1) 1690.0077✓ 1690(77)
Derek McKenzie (QLD1) 1687.000  
Ronnie Bennett (ACT1) 1678.0016   1678(16)
Rael Hayman (NSW2) 1670.0030   1670(30)
John Spaan (ACT2) 1660.0035   1660(35)
Tony Hunt (NSW3) 1644.0049✓ 1644(49)
Rocky Sharma (NSW4) 1640.000  
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW5) 1630.0046✓ 1630(46)
Karen Richards (QLD2) 1624.0085✓ 1624(85)
Carmel Dodd (SA2) 1622.0058✓ 1622(58)
John Hamilton (ACT3) 1617.0015   1617(15)
Nat Podesser (VIC2) 1607.0037   1607(37)
Paul Richards (QLD3) 1596.0077✓ 1596(77)
Trevor Tao (SA3) 1596.004   1596(4)
Helen Hynes (QLD4) 1545.007   1545(7)
Antony Kimber (SA4) 1536.0035   1536(35)
Greg Pinchbeck (NSW6) 1526.0046✓ 1526(46)
Heather Long (VIC3) 1517.006   1517(6)
Oscar Ivanovski (VIC4) 1513.0073✓ 1513(73)
Jane Brown (QLD5) 1505.0051✓ 1505(51)
Tony Miller (SA5) 1497.0010   1497(10)
Dianne Davis (VIC5) 1496.0039   1496(39)
Alan Burn (VIC6) 1491.000  
Julie Brice (QLD6) 1489.0031   1489(31)
Martin Rose (TAS2) 1489.0026   1489(26)
Antonios Syrigos (SA6) 1474.000  
Dianne Brumby (TAS3) 1467.0019   1467(19)
Jon Ford-King (TAS4) 1439.0022   1439(22)
Alex Boiko (ACT4) 1436.0042✓ 1436(42)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1434.008   1434(8)
Margaret Webb (TAS5) 1400.0016   1400(16)
Khen Meerding (TAS6) 1399.0026   1399(26)
Tim Reddan (ACT6) 1371.0042✓ 1371(42)

Recently processed:
16.09.2023 Ross Spring (TAS) New peak for Martin Rose
16.09.2023 September (ACT) New peak for Noel Barrett, Alex Boiko
16.09.2023 Toowoomba Spring (QLD) New peak for Jane Brown
17.09.2023 Revesby September (NSW) New peak for Ryan Sutton, Noel Barrett, Alex Boiko
24.09.2023 SA September (SA) New peak for Adam Kretschmer, Antony Kimber, Tony Miller
24.09.2023 SUNDAY SESSIONS 4 (VIC) New peak for Geoff Wright, Nick Ivanovski
26.09.2023 oitoo Spring (NSW)