Twenty of the top players will play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Melbourne. 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.
IMPORTANT: Selection processes will now give priority to Australian players who have told CASPA that they will attend or might attend. Send an email to nro@scrabble.org.au with the subject line including AMSC25, and an indication of YES, NO or MAYBE. Any Australian ASPA member may ask to be considered, not just the ones listed as contenders.

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) 2113.0015   2113(15)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1944.0015   1944(15)
Naween Fernando (VIC) 1924.000  
Peter Kougi (VIC) 1913.000  
Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1903.000  
Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1845.0021   1845(21)
Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1830.000  
Esther Perrins (NSW) 1826.000  
Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1788.0010   1788(10)
Rod Talbot (NSW) 1763.0030   1763(30)
Victor Tung (NSW) 1759.007   1759(7)
Ryan Sutton (NSW) 1750.007   1750(7)
Mythili Rudra (VIC) 1711.000  
Stephen Mooney Purse(TAS) 1704.000  
Jimmy Scarff (VIC) 1691.000  
Adam Kretschmer (SA) MAYBE 1685.000  
Joanne Craig (NSW) 1682.007   1682(7)
Bob Jackman (NSW) 1672.007   1672(7)

State Challenge

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Wayne Jones (NSW1) 1660.000  
Trevor Tao (SA1) 1659.000  
John Holgate (NSW2) 1658.0023   1658(23)
Karen Richards (QLD1) 1656.0028   1656(28)
Tony Hunt (NSW3) 1656.0025   1656(25)
John Hamilton (ACT1) 1650.0016   1650(16)
Nick Ivanovski (VIC1) 1631.000  
John Spaan (ACT2) 1624.008   1624(8)
Geoff Wright (VIC2) 1623.0022   1623(22)
Oscar Ivanovski (VIC3) 1612.0025   1612(25)
Rael Hayman (NSW4) 1609.006   1609(6)
Alistair Kane (VIC4) 1607.000  
Carmel Dodd (SA2) 1605.0020   1605(20)
Dianne Brumby (TAS1) 1597.007   1597(7)
Ronnie Bennett (ACT3) 1589.000  
Jane Taylor (SA3) 1583.0022   1583(22)
Garth van Vliet (NSW5) 1550.007   1550(7)
Rocky Sharma (NSW6) 1550.000  
Josh Watt (NSW7) 1548.0020   1548(20)
Noel Barrett (ACT4) 1542.0016   1542(16)
Antony Kimber (SA4) 1542.0010   1542(10)
Malcolm McAnulty (SA5) 1539.000  
Jane Brown (QLD2) 1532.008   1532(8)
Nat Podesser (VIC5) 1519.005   1519(5)
Antonios Syrigos (SA6) 1507.000  
Dianne Davis (VIC6) 1505.0021   1505(21)
Helen Hynes (QLD3) 1504.000  
Paul Richards (QLD4) 1495.0030   1495(30)
Julie Brice (QLD5) 1495.000  
Carol Johnsen (VIC7) 1494.005   1494(5)
Tony Miller (SA7) 1483.006   1483(6)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1465.000  
Liz Blanch (QLD6) 1462.008   1462(8)
Jon Ford-King (TAS2) 1460.007   1460(7)
Martin Rose (TAS3) 1455.007   1455(7)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD7) 1424.0022   1424(22)
Margaret Webb (TAS4) 1406.008   1406(8)
Tim Reddan (ACT6) 1392.008   1392(8)
Khen Meerding (TAS5) 1380.0013   1380(13)
Caroline Scowcroft (ACT7) 1353.0023   1353(23)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS6) 1306.000  
Jan Hill (TAS7) 1250.000  

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