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Selective events 2022

Selective events 2023


Twenty of the top players play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Melbourne on September 17. 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.
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 07.09.2022 plus 5 reserves from each state. A tick ✓ shows that the games quota has been met.


Selection has now finished.

Australian Masters 2022

Contender
Q Stat
07.09.2022
Games Peak (games)
Apr-May
Peak (games)
Jun-Aug
1Cameron Farlow (QLD) YES 1977.3355✓ 1982 (31)1975 (24)
2Peter Kougi (VIC) YES 1951.0024✓ 1951 (24)1951 (0)
3Naween Fernando (VIC) YES 1948.6730✓ 1948 (0)1949 (30)
4Joanne Craig (NSW) YES 1814.0081✓ 1876 (40)1783 (41)
5Trevor Halsall (VIC) YES 1784.3345✓ 1747 (24)1803 (21)
6Bob Jackman (NSW) YES 1772.6786✓ 1766 (32)1776 (54)
7John Holgate (NSW) YES 1764.3360✓ 1733 (32)1780 (28)
8Rod Talbot (NSW) YES 1762.0086✓ 1778 (40)1754 (46)
9Tony Hunt (NSW) YES 1717.3388✓ 1698 (46)1727 (42)
10Karen Richards (QLD) YES 1662.00105✓ 1734 (39)1626 (66)
11Geoff Wright (VIC) YES 1620.3358✓ 1597 (14)1632 (44)
12Jane Taylor (SA) YES 1615.6791✓ 1569 (38)1639 (53)
14Noel Barrett (ACT) YES 1610.0081✓ 1626 (40)1602 (41)
15Rocky Sharma (NSW) YES 1601.6721✓ 1581 (8)1612 (13)
16Nat Podesser (VIC) YES 1589.6768✓ 1607 (31)1581 (37)
17Paul Richards (QLD) YES 1582.0077✓ 1610 (29)1568 (48)
18Carmel Dodd (SA) YES 1573.3383✓ 1594 (34)1563 (49)
19Norma Fisher (VIC) YES 1564.3380✓ 1607 (36)1543 (44)
State Challenge Trophy 2022

Contender
Q Stat
07.09.2022
Games Peak (games)
Apr-May
Peak (games)
Jun-Aug
1 QLDJane Brown (QLD) YES 1549.3356✓ 1494 (24)1577 (32)
1 TASDianne Brumby (TAS) YES 1548.0057✓ 1534 (32)1555 (25)
2 QLDSheryl Davidson (QLD) YES 1524.6764✓ 1496 (24)1539 (40)
3 QLDLiz Blanch (QLD) YES 1512.3378✓ 1491 (24)1523 (54)
2 TASJon Ford-King (TAS) YES 1512.0038✓ 1512 (14)1512 (24)
3 TASMartin Rose (TAS) YES 1511.3334✓ 1504 (0)1515 (34)
1 VICDianne Davis (VIC) YES 1502.3337✓ 1513 (14)1497 (23)
1 NSWIvor Zetler (NSW) YES 1489.3339✓ 1414 (8)1527 (31)
1 ACTTony Williams (ACT) YES 1474.0024✓ 1474 (24)1474 (0)
2 VICHeather Long (VIC) YES 1442.0024✓ 1442 (24)1442 (0)
3 VICGwen Lampre (VIC) YES 1429.3323✓ 1392 (0)1448 (23)
Trish Brighton (QLD4) 1428.6732✓ 1424 (24)1431 (8)
1 SAAngie Pearse (SA) YES 1420.0024✓ 1420 (24)1420 (0)
Karrin Henderson (QLD5) 1416.0055✓ 1434 (31)1407 (24)
Roberta Tait (QLD6) 1409.3340✓ 1430 (24)1399 (16)
2 NSWJyoti Chandna (NSW) YES 1398.0053✓ 1442 (40)1376 (13)
Kashi Thiris (VIC4) 1394.0040✓ 1392 (24)1395 (16)
Martin Waterworth (QLD7) 1364.6777✓ 1374 (30)1360 (47)
3 NSWChris Ostrowski (NSW) 1358.00100✓ 1344 (46)1365 (54)
Caroline Scowcroft (QLD8) 1358.0032✓ 1344 (8)1365 (24)
Neil McLean (VIC5) 1357.6730✓ 1257 (7)1408 (23)
Lainie Mercieca (VIC6) 1355.0024✓ 1355 (24)1355 (0)
2 ACTTim Reddan (ACT) YES 1346.0031✓ 1346 (8)1346 (23)
2 SATracey Kneebone (SA) YES 1338.0042✓ 1364 (18)1325 (24)
Jenny Brysha (VIC7) 1337.6758✓ 1287 (14)1363 (44)
Rob York (VIC8) 1328.3356✓ 1285 (12)1350 (44)
Janine Whittaker (NSW4) 1300.6731✓ 1204 (0)1349 (31)
Steven Savona (NSW5) 1292.6773✓ 1240 (32)1319 (41)
John Barker (NSW6) 1280.6770✓ 1348 (16)1247 (54)
Sharon Sorensen (NSW7) 1277.0094✓ 1251 (40)1290 (54)
Lexie Neale (NSW8) 1267.6731✓ 1251 (24)1276 (7)
Jan Hill (TAS4) 1259.0052✓ 1277 (38)1250 (14)
3 SAFrancoise Finlayson (SA) YES 1252.6750✓ 1240 (36)1259 (14)
Penny Wells (TAS5) 1250.6726✓ 1284 (14)1234 (12)
3 ACTAnne Schick (ACT) 1233.0031✓ 1241 (16)1229 (15)
Rowena Vnuk (SA4) 1203.0037✓ 1215 (14)1197 (23)
Margaret Bishop (TAS6) 1200.3371✓ 1205 (37)1198 (34)
Judy Mansfield (SA5) 1164.3365✓ 1113 (12)1190 (53)
Dieter Jedamski (SA6) 1160.3343✓ 1159 (14)1161 (29)
Vincent Nguyen (ACT4) 1134.3330✓ 1121 (8)1141 (22)
Sandy McConnell (TAS7) 1114.6726✓ 1076 (14)1134 (12)
Lynne Jarvis (TAS8) 1089.0024✓ 1089 (24)1089 (0)
Arlene Williams (ACT5) YES 1065.3331✓ 1060 (24)1068 (7)

Players who decline: David Eldar, Chris May, Jakob Teitelbaum, Anand Bharadwaj, Andrew Fisher, Edward Okulicz, Esther Perrins, Daniel Piechnick, Michael McKenna, Ryan Sutton, David Vanzyl, Ron Baginski, Russell Honeybun, Stephen Mooney Purse, Mythili Rudra, Victor Tung, Andrew Hamblin, John Spaan, Wayne Jones, Nick Ivanovski, Adam Kretschmer, John Hamilton, Ronnie Bennett, Rael Hayman, Trevor Tao, Helen Hynes, Dianne Ward, Tony Miller, Antony Kimber, Edie Mueller, Khen Meerding, Jeremy Yip, Michael Vnuk, Alan Burn, Julie Brice, Carol Johnsen, Jegatheva Jegathesan, Antonios Syrigos, Graeme Lock Lee, Greg Pinchbeck, Therese Nichols, Ros Wilkinson, Colleen Birch, Felicity Devitt, Faye Williams, Margaret Neal, Alex Boiko, Susan MacGillivray, Susan Roberts, Owen Randall