Wollongong Summer Tournament - 14th February 1998


Report from Graeme Lock Lee, Wollongong Club

94 players gathered for what is likely to be the most memorable tournament of the year. The theme was Valentine's day and the organisers encouraged people to come dressed in suitable garb and to be prepared to behave in a flirtatious fashion. With some notable exceptions, this proved to be somewhat challenging for normally sensible and reserved scrabblers. However, with the venue decor, stationery, ambrosia and novelty prizes being devoted to the theme, everyone soon got into the act. Novelty prize-winners were rewarded with a public lambasting. The finalists for the most appropriate costume were paraded in front of their cheering peers and Jeff Chelton took out the "honours" with a heart-patterned satin pyjama set. Gasps of horror and derision filled the hall when Jeff flashed open his jacket to reveal a flashing heart located in the appropriate place. Unless he is able to come up with adequate hush-money, photographs will be distributed at the following tournaments. A John Gray "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" desk calendar was awarded for the best one-liner for the day. Our esteemed president, Bob Jackman, submitted the best pick up line - "How about coming back to my place for breakfast ?" (for his own sake he'd better have used that one on Liz) - but the popular vote went to a scrabble line "Your words mean so much to me" submitted by Judy Hall whose teenage daughter also submitted an entry (a case of like mother like daughter).

On the more sombre side of things, 8 games were played in four divisions under the NSW variations of ASPA tournament rules. Eileen Seaborn was welcomed as our interstate (SA) guest. Ages ranged from 13 (Katherine Hall) to 83 (Esther Rolfe) and 4 novices (Katherine Hall, Frank Menne, Phil Moore and Bev Purkiss) made their debut, all receiving a Valentine's day scratch-it gift. Prizes were awarded down to fifth place, but each division turned up a "rare" winner. Some of you might recall the face of Trevor Halsall from tournaments such as the City of Sydney Masters and Lassiter's Challenge. However, in one of his rare regular-tournament appearances, he managed first place in A division thanks primarily to a couple of very tight wins against the recently-invincible Paul Cleary. B division was taken out by the rapidly-improving Derek McKenzie, formerly from Queensland. His recent opponents will be glad to see him heading out of their way to the Masters division. Margaret Berliner dominated C division despite a good effort from the ever-enthusiastic Gary Pollard. D division saw the rare occurrence of a novice winning his first tournament (8 wins out of 8 at that !). Phil Moore plays with the strong Canberra club who were present en masse, and his initial ranking could take him as high as B division in his next tournament. Congratulations Phil and Canberra. Bev Purkiss also did very well on debut to place third, as did Katherine Hall to place eighth.

Results after game 8
WORDS VALENTINE 1998 -- A DIVISION

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Trevor Halsall       7   258
  2 Paul Cleary          6   571
  3 Bob Jackman          6   527
  4 Jean McGiffen        6   244
  5 Joan Rosenthal       5   434
  6 John Barker          5   121
  7 Peter Shaw           5   119
  8 Sam Greenberg        5    56
  9 Betty Foreman        4   280
 10 Gloria Gallagher     4    89
 11 Rod Talbot           4    35
 12 Keith Bioletti       4    14
 13 Peter Sheehan        4   -26
 14 Moana Nepia          4  -172
 15 Robyn Flynn          4  -539
 16 Jean Noonan          3  -100
 17 Joanne Craig         3  -151
 18 Pat Warren           3  -219
 19 Robin Duncan         3  -226
 20 Sue Gergelifi        3  -233
 21 Graeme Lock Lee      2   -75
 22 Ian Close            2  -106
 23 Rene Chelton         2  -264
 24 Audrey Newman        2  -637
HIGH GAME: Joan Rosenthal    561
HIGH WORD: Trevor Halsall    131
            "BERATING"

Results after game  8
WORDS VALENTINE 1998 -- B DIVISION

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Derek McKenzie       6   604
  2 Jeff Chelton         6   591
  3 Ruby Kotwall         6   196
  4 Alison Rae           6   114
  5 Christine Small      5   173
  6 Pam Morris           5   148
  7 Christine Foot       5   108
  8 Richard Birch        5    34
  9 Dawn Spring          5  -385
 10 Cheryl Michler       4   372
 11 Betty Coleman        4   261
 12 Eileen Seaborn       4    97
 13 Duncan Smith         4   -37
 14 Jenny Templeton      4  -197
 15 Kerry Constable      4  -228
 16 Ros Gibbons          3    42
 17 Hanne Marks          3   -87
 18 Jeff Spring          3  -174
 19 Judy Hay             3  -217
 20 Val Ryan             3  -264
 21 Liz Jackman          3  -308
 22 Jan Serisier         2   -21
 23 Nanette Reynolds     2  -313
 24 Norma Tracey         1  -509
HIGH GAME: Jeff Chelton      516
HIGH WORD: Dawn Spring           131
            "MAGENTAS"

Results after game  8
WORDS VALENTINE 1998 -- C DIVISION

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Margaret Berliner    7   559
  2 Gary Pollard         6   427
  3 Carol Nomarhas       6   -36
  4 Jean Balmer          5   381
  5 Susan Macgillivray   5   360
  6 Joan Buchanan        5   348
  7 Esther Rolfe         5   246
  8 Edith Lowbeer        5    76
  9 Raya Wilkinson       5   -45
 10 Alan Gauci           4 -144
 11 Isabel Humphreys     4    72
 12 Margaret Ackman      4    -3
 13 June Stephenson      4  -103
 14 Mireille Crabb       4  -125
 15 Judy Hall            4  -248
 16 Pat Schuberg         3 -240
 17 Judy McGuinness      3   174
 18 Maureen Wilkins      3   -30
 19 Bev Sell             3  -108
 20 Margaret Andrews     3  -184
 21 John McMahon         3  -359
 22 Fay Van Oyen         2  -113
 23 Merle Young          2  -201
 24 Athena Sheehan       0  -704
HIGH GAME: Joan Buchanan     503
HIGH WORD: Esther Rolfe          108
            "STALKED"

Results after game  8
WORDS VALENTINE 1998 -- D DIVISION

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Phil Moore: act      8  1094
  2 Maria Kaye           6   175
  3 Bev Purkis           5   330
  4 Margaret Gauci       5   235
  5 Mary Craven          5   139
  6 Dea Matthews         5   133
  7 Ann Fiddler          5    34
  8 Katherine Hall       4    71
  9 Yvonne Pollard       4    58
 10 Daphne Bezuidenhout  4    48
 11 Pearl Gillott        4    -8
 12 Bunny Knot           4   -65
 13 Heather Sorensen     4  -107
 14 John Smith           4  -143
 15 Cassie Menne         4  -213
 16 Diana Field          3   -89
 17 Kath Davidson        3  -163
 18 Mary Lyneham         3  -209
 19 Joy Morris           3  -346
 20 Elwyn Smith          2   -75
 21 Frank Menne          2  -264
 22 Beryl Christensen    1  -635
HIGH GAME: Yvonne Pollard    460
HIGH WORD: Diana Field            97
            "SEQUINS"

Stats for Tournament : WORDS VALENTINE 1998

+--------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| state     Name           | National  | State   |   Wins    | Rating Points |
|                          | Old  New  | Old New | Exp  Act  | Old Change New|
+--------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+---------------+
+Section: *A DIVISION                  +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| NSW Trevor Halsall       |   50   25 |  14   9 |  3.2  7.0 | 1668 +100
1768 |
| NSW Bob Jackman          |    4    4 |   3   3 |  6.1  6.0 | 1918  +1 1919 |
| NSW Paul Cleary          |    3    3 |   2   2 |  6.0  6.0 | 1927  +5 1932 |
| NSW Jean McGiffen        |   43   28 |  12  10 |  3.7  6.0 | 1703 +52 1755 |
| NSW Joan Rosenthal       |    7    7 |   5   5 |  6.1  5.0 | 1899 -16 1883 |
| NSW John Barker          |   51   43 |  15  12 |  3.2  5.0 | 1667 +37 1704 |
| NSW Peter Shaw           |   23   24 |   8   8 |  5.5  5.0 | 1785  -6 1779 |
| NSW Sam Greenberg        |  116  100 |  32  28 |  2.8  5.0 | 1526 +45 1571 |
| NSW Rod Talbot           |   40   40 |  11  11 |  3.9  4.0 | 1709  +4 1713 |
| NSW Betty Foreman        |   83   81 |  22  20 |  3.9  4.0 | 1610  +3 1613 |
| NSW Moana Nepia          |   52   51 |  16  15 |  3.9  4.0 | 1660  +2 1662 |
| NSW Keith Bioletti       |   47   48 |  13  14 |  4.1  4.0 | 1687  -2 1685 |
| NSW Gloria Gallagher     |   99   83 |  27  22 |  2.1  4.0 | 1569 +38 1607 |
| NSW Peter Sheehan        |   81   79 |  21  19 |  4.1  4.0 | 1622  -1 1621 |
| NSW Robyn Flynn          |   67   69 |  18  18 |  4.3  4.0 | 1644  -6 1638 |
| NSW Jean Noonan          |  118  116 |  33  31 |  3.1  3.0 | 1522  -2 1520 |
| NSW Robin Duncan         |   32   46 |   9  13 |  4.7  3.0 | 1727 -33 1694 |
| NSW Pat Warren           |   93   97 |  25  27 |  3.6  3.0 | 1588 -12 1576 |
| NSW Joanne Craig         |   79   84 |  20  23 |  4.0  3.0 | 1623 -18 1605 |
| NSW Sue Gergelifi        |   73   82 |  19  21 |  4.1  3.0 | 1634 -22 1612 |
| NSW Graeme Lock Lee      |   39   52 |  10  16 |  4.5  2.0 | 1712 -50 1662 |
| NSW Rene Chelton         |  107  122 |  29  35 |  3.4  2.0 | 1541 -28 1513 |
| NSW Ian Close            |  129  141 |  36  39 |  2.7  2.0 | 1490 -15 1475 |
| NSW Audrey Newman        |  111  118 |  30  33 |  3.0  2.0 | 1538 -20 1518 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *B DIVISION                  +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| NSW Jeff Chelton         |  164  155 |  45  41 |  4.8  6.0 | 1431 +25 1456 |
| NSW Derek McKenzie       |  172  162 |  48  44 |  5.1  6.0 | 1415 +22 1437 |
| NSW Ruby Kotwall         |  134  127 |  37  36 |  5.5  6.0 | 1485 +11 1496 |
| NSW Alison Rae :act      |  149  139 |  40  37 |  5.4  6.0 | 1463 +14 1477 |
| NSW Christine Small      |  293  249 |  68  61 |  2.1  5.0 | 1185 +71 1256 |
| NSW Pam Morris           |  243  231 |  58  55 |  3.4  5.0 | 1261 +33 1294 |
| NSW Richard Birch        |  311  261 |  76  63 |  1.6  5.0 | 1152 +86 1238 |
| NSW Christine Foot :act  |  199  207 |  51  51 |  5.6  5.0 | 1377 -17 1360 |
| NSW Dawn Spring          |  300  245 |  71  60 |  1.6  5.0 | 1171 +88 1259 |
| NSW Duncan Smith         |  224  220 |  54  53 |  3.2  4.0 | 1312 +17 1329 |
| NSW Betty Coleman        |  282  270 |  65  66 |  2.8  4.0 | 1201 +25 1226 |
| NSW Cheryl Michler       |  201  200 |  52  49 |  4.5  4.0 | 1376  -9 1367 |
| SA  Eileen Seaborn       |  231  230 |  14  14 |  3.7  4.0 | 1289  +6 1295 |
| NSW Kerry Constable :act |  184  201 |  49  50 |  5.5  4.0 | 1395 -28 1367 |
| NSW Jenny Templeton      |  247  236 |  59  57 |  2.7  4.0 | 1255 +25 1280 |
| NSW Ros Gibbons          |  187  215 |  50  52 |  5.6  3.0 | 1390 -50 1340 |
| NSW Hanne Marks          |  168  194 |  47  47 |  5.4  3.0 | 1425 -48 1377 |
| NSW Jeff Spring          |  166  197 |  46  48 |  5.6  3.0 | 1428 -52 1376 |
| NSW Liz Jackman          |  289  286 |  67  68 |  2.5  3.0 | 1190 +10 1200 |
| NSW Judy Hay             |  158  179 |  41  46 |  5.5  3.0 | 1444 -47 1397 |
| NSW Val Ryan             |  242  244 |  57  59 |  3.0  3.0 | 1261     1261 |
| NSW Jan Serisier         |  203  227 |  53  54 |  5.4  2.0 | 1372 -68 1304 |
| NSW Nanette Reynolds     |  297  306 |  70  73 |  2.5  2.0 | 1175 -10 1165 |
| NSW Norma Tracey         |  275  297 |  64  71 |  2.8  1.0 | 1213 -36 1177 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *C DIVISION                  +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
| NSW Margaret Berliner    |  408  364 | 100  90 |  4.0  7.0 | 1002 +75 1077 |
| NSW Gary Pollard         |  318  307 |  77  74 |  5.3  6.0 | 1145 +15 1160 |
| NSW Carol Nomarhas :act  |  504  446 | 127 111 |  3.2  6.0 |  886 +66  952 |
| NSW Joan Buchanan        |  362  356 |  90  87 |  4.6  5.0 | 1081  +9 1090 |
| NSW Jean Balmer          |  403  392 |  98  98 |  3.9  5.0 | 1007 +23 1030 |
| NSW Esther Rolfe         |  414  401 | 102  99 |  4.2  5.0 |  997 +19 1016 |
| NSW Susan MacGillivr:act |  371  374 |  92  93 |  5.3  5.0 | 1062  -3 1059 |
| NSW Edith Lowbeer        |  321  331 |  78  81 |  5.6  5.0 | 1138 -12 1126 |
| NSW Raya Wilkinson       |  363  368 |  91  91 |  5.6  5.0 | 1080  -9 1071 |
| NSW Alan Gauci           |  486  459 | 123 115 |  3.4  4.5 |  920 +24  944 |
| NSW Isabel Humphreys     |  490  471 | 125 121 |  2.8  4.0 |  910 +23  933 |
| NSW Mireille Crabb       |  398  403 |  97 100 |  4.2  4.0 | 1020  -6 1014 |
| NSW Judy Hall            |  452  437 | 111 108 |  3.0  4.0 |  947 +19  966 |
| NSW June Stephenson      |  376  389 |  94  97 |  4.9  4.0 | 1051 -17 1034 |
| NSW Margaret Ackman      |  615  566 | 153 143 |  1.5  4.0 |  782 +56  838 |
| NSW Pat Schuberg         |  431  434 | 106 107 |  3.6  3.5 |  970  -1  969 |
| NSW Judy McGuinness      |  394  421 |  96 104 |  4.9  3.0 | 1026 -36  990 |
| NSW Bev Sell :act        |  351  387 |  87  96 |  6.1  3.0 | 1101 -62 1039 |
| NSW Margaret Andrews     |  546  520 | 136 132 |  1.9  3.0 |  854 +21  875 |
| NSW John McMahon         |  466  466 | 117 118 |  2.9  3.0 |  937  +3  940 |
| NSW Maureen Wilkins      |  325  369 |  79  92 |  6.6  3.0 | 1134 -70 1064 |
| NSW Fay Van Oyen         |  508  535 | 129 134 |  3.0  2.0 |  885 -21  864 |
| NSW Merle Young          |  556  568 | 140 144 |  2.4  2.0 |  845  -8  837 |
| NSW Athena Sheehan       |  512  583 | 130 147 |  3.1  0.0 |  881 -62  819 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *D DIVISION                  +         +           +               +
+--------------------------------------+---------+-----------+---------------+
|*NSW Phil Moore: act      |    0  319 |   0  78 |  7.4  7.6 | 1147     1147 |
| NSW Maria Kaye           |  797  769 | 201 196 |  4.0  6.0 |  596 +39  635 |
| NSW Margaret Gauci       |  645  636 | 158 157 |  4.5  5.0 |  745 +11  756 |
| NSW Mary Craven :act     |  626  617 | 154 155 |  4.3  5.0 |  768 +15  783 |
|*NSW Bev Purkis           |    0  696 |   0 173 |  5.0  5.0 |  703      703 |
| NSW Dea Matthews :act    |  853  800 | 220 204 |  2.7  5.0 |  546 +51  597 |
| NSW Ann Fiddler          |  794  787 | 200 201 |  4.5  5.0 |  601 +10  611 |
| NSW Pearl Gillott        |  749  744 | 188 187 |  3.6  4.0 |  650  +8  658 |
| NSW Yvonne Pollard       |  662  691 | 164 171 |  5.3  4.0 |  732 -26  706 |
| NSW Daphne Bezuidenhout  |  732  733 | 182 183 |  4.1  4.0 |  665  +1  666 |
| NSW Heather Sorensen :ac |  672  700 | 167 174 |  5.1  4.0 |  721 -22  699 |
|*NSW Katherine Hall       |    0  822 |   0 212 |  4.0  4.0 |  578      578 |
| NSW Bunny Knott          |  868  855 | 226 224 |  3.2  4.0 |  533 +15  548 |
| NSW John Smith :act      |  847  849 | 218 221 |  3.8  4.0 |  551  +4  555 |
| NSW Cassie Menne         |  709  711 | 175 177 |  4.1  4.0 |  689  -4  685 |
| NSW Diana Field          |  856  871 | 222 229 |  3.5  3.0 |  544 -10  534 |
| NSW Kath Davidson        |  921  923 | 243 244 |  3.2  3.0 |  489  -4  485 |
| NSW Joy Morris           |  925  926 | 244 245 |  3.0  3.0 |  483  -1  482 |
| NSW Mary Lyneham         |  981  976 | 257 261 |  2.1  3.0 |  368 +27  395 |
| NSW Elwyn Smith :act     |  915  936 | 239 248 |  3.4  2.0 |  494 -28  466 |
|*NSW Frank Menne          |    0  972 |   0 259 |  3.5  2.0 |  500 -94  406 |
| NSW Beryl Christensen    |  916  967 | 240 258 |  3.5  1.0 |  494 -76  418 |
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+