Twenty of the top players will play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Adelaide at the Glenelg Club Stratarama Stadium on Sat 7th and Sun 8th September. 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.

Selection has now finished.

Australian Masters

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
David Eldar (VIC) YES 2126.50103✓ 2113(37)2113(31)2140(35)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) YES 1955.25118✓ 1927(80)1968(26)1963(12)
Naween Fernando (VIC) YES 1930.50111✓ 1922(56)1952(24)1924(31)
Andrew Fisher (VIC) YES 1917.7582✓ 1921(37)1906(7)1922(38)
Trevor Halsall (VIC) YES 1885.5068✓ 1848(49)1874(7)1910(12)
Esther Perrins (NSW) YES 1852.0087✓ 1882(61)1874(18)1826(8)
Victor Tung (NSW) YES 1788.50119✓ 1815(43)1783(37)1778(32)
Rod Talbot (NSW) YES 1774.75205✓ 1782(94)1769(62)1774(42)
Ryan Sutton (NSW) YES 1756.75170✓ 1741(70)1772(62)1757(31)
Adam Kretschmer (SA) YES 1756.75125✓ 1756(40)1755(22)1758(63)
John Holgate (NSW) YES 1756.00172✓ 1729(85)1791(54)1752(26)
Daniel Piechnick (SA) YES 1755.00*62✓ 1833(36)1603(0)1792(26)
Bob Jackman (NSW) YES 1708.75220✓ 1725(85)1710(54)1700(74)
Carmel Dodd (SA) YES 1684.00247✓ 1622(82)1658(73)1728(92)
John Spaan (ACT) YES 1650.0076✓ 1660(35)1652(17)1644(24)
Jane Taylor (SA) YES 1643.75255✓ 1690(101)1603(73)1641(81)
Karen Richards (QLD) YES 1631.75295✓ 1624(109)1663(84)1620(102)

State Challenge

YES: SA=3 QLD=3 NSW=3 ACT=3 VIC=3 TAS=3 WA=1

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Tony Hunt (NSW1) YES 1626.25163✓ 1644(49)1597(36)1632(78)
Noel Barrett (ACT1) YES 1615.00221✓ 1712(102)1664(58)1542(61)
John Hamilton (ACT2) YES 1602.7588✓ 1617(15)1618(26)1588(47)
Nat Podesser (VIC1) YES 1586.5094✓ 1607(37)1593(7)1573(50)
Paul Richards (QLD1) YES 1556.25252✓ 1596(101)1517(75)1556(76)
Jyoti Chandna (NSW2) YES 1547.75104✓ 1452(18)1579(44)1580(42)
Antony Kimber (SA1) YES 1541.00157✓ 1536(35)1540(52)1544(70)
Dianne Brumby (TAS1) YES 1539.2583✓ 1468(43)1535(26)1577(14)
Greg Pinchbeck (NSW3) YES 1525.00182✓ 1526(70)1520(71)1527(34)
Jane Brown (QLD2) YES 1498.50124✓ 1505(51)1511(50)1489(23)
Tony Miller (SA2) YES 1484.5062✓ 1497(10)1509(28)1466(24)
Martin Rose (TAS2) YES 1482.5075✓ 1489(26)1491(21)1475(28)
Michael Vnuk (SA3) YES 1481.7598✓ 1473(16)1502(32)1476(50)
Garth van Vliet (NSW4) 1474.25106✓ 1472(33)1461(28)1482(38)
Jon Ford-King (TAS3) YES 1464.2571✓ 1439(22)1458(21)1480(28)
Liz Blanch (QLD3) YES 1460.50107✓ 1483(58)1425(17)1467(32)
Roberta Tait (QLD4) 1449.5086✓ 1434(8)1474(32)1445(46)
Julie Brice (QLD5) 1442.00*42✓ 1489(31)1289(0)1495(11)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD6) 1439.50176✓ 1404(67)1446(39)1454(70)
Ivor Zetler (NSW5) 1428.2580✓ 1470(47)1387(17)1428(16)
Chris Ostrowski (NSW6) 1427.25196✓ 1469(88)1414(70)1413(31)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW7) 1427.25*95✓ 1630(70)1493(18)1293(0)
Jenny Brysha (VIC2) YES 1414.50103✓ 1418(39)1400(38)1420(26)
Shaun Donnelly (VIC3) YES 1398.0055✓ 1379(9)1387(22)1413(24)
Tim Reddan (ACT3) YES 1393.2574✓ 1371(42)1358(16)1422(16)
Karrin Henderson (QLD7) 1389.25182✓ 1464(47)1389(64)1352(71)
Khen Meerding (TAS4) 1384.2562✓ 1399(26)1404(22)1367(14)
Neil McLean (VIC4) 1377.7542✓ 1355(24)1388(10)1384(8)
Francoise Finlayson (SA4) 1369.00149✓ 1307(28)1405(59)1382(62)
Kris Howat (VIC5) 1361.5079✓ 1382(37)1356(22)1354(20)
Tony Williams (ACT4) 1357.25*41✓ 1434(8)1465(33)1265(0)
Victoria Gates (SA5) 1351.75124✓ 1337(37)1352(23)1359(64)
Rob Hutchinson (VIC6) 1347.25144✓ 1383(65)1372(29)1317(50)
Angie Pearse (SA6) 1344.25102✓ 1398(31)1339(50)1320(21)
Tracey Kneebone (SA7) 1326.25126✓ 1291(45)1270(21)1372(60)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS5) 1316.7573✓ 1316(31)1323(15)1314(27)
Alex Boiko (ACT5) 1312.50*70✓ 1436(42)1418(28)1198(0)
Rob York (VIC7) 1312.25137✓ 1316(59)1325(36)1304(42)
Susan MacGillivray (ACT6) 1283.75120✓ 1309(65)1338(9)1244(46)
Jan Hill (TAS6) 1281.5083✓ 1278(28)1270(19)1289(36)
Caroline Scowcroft (ACT7) 1254.25192✓ 1249(66)1214(43)1277(83)
Margaret Griggs (TAS7) 1233.5082✓ 1298(34)1228(13)1204(35)

Not going: Cameron Farlow, Joanne Craig, Geoff Wright, Nick Ivanovski, Rael Hayman, Ronnie Bennett, Oscar Ivanovski, Rocky Sharma, Dianne Davis, Howard Rayner, Carol Johnsen, Helen Hynes, Susan Rayner, Norma Fisher
Some worthies played too few games

Peter Kougi (VIC) 10 games, (R=1913)
Mythili Rudra (VIC) 12 games, (R=1711)
Stephen Mooney Purse (TAS) 13 games, (R=1704)
Jimmy Scarff (VIC) 7 games, (R=1691)
Wayne Jones (NSW) 8 games, (R=1660)
Trevor Tao (SA) 20 games, (R=1659)
Alistair Kane (VIC) 7 games, (R=1607)
Malcolm McAnulty (SA) 32 games, (R=1539)
Heather Long (VIC) 16 games, (R=1536)
Antonios Syrigos (SA) 16 games, (R=1507)
Diyath Visidagamage (VIC) 10 games, (R=1500)
Lois Binnie (VIC) 18 games, (R=1482)
Ray Alford (VIC) 14 games, (R=1458)
Alan Burn (VIC) 14 games, (R=1447)
Kashi Thiris (VIC) 35 games, (R=1421)
Chris Scholten (VIC) 22 games, (R=1407)
Justin Moyle (VIC) 18 games, (R=1358)