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Selective events 2022

Selective events 2023


Twenty of the top players hope to play the Australian Masters as a round robin somewhere, sometime in September 2023.
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.
The lexicon is that which is used in the majority of states (probably Collins Scrabble Words 2019).

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 three peaks Q statistic


The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic calculated like this:

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.


Here are the indicative selected teams as at 26.09.2022 plus 3 reserves from each state. A tick ✓ shows that the games quota has been met.



Australian Masters 2023

Contender
Q Stat
26.09.2022
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
1David Eldar (VIC) 2099.0035   2099 (35)
2Chris May (NSW) 2044.000  
3Anand Bharadwaj (VIC) 1982.0016   1982 (16)
4Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1975.0043✓ 1975 (43)
5Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1971.0028   1971 (28)
6Naween Fernando (VIC) 1949.0049✓ 1949 (49)
7Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1930.0053✓ 1930 (53)
8Peter Kougi (VIC) 1903.0019   1903 (19)
9Esther Perrins (NSW) 1888.0018   1888 (18)
10Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1824.0034   1824 (34)
11Rod Talbot (NSW) 1806.0065✓ 1806 (65)
12Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1803.0040✓ 1803 (40)
14Joanne Craig (NSW) 1783.0060✓ 1783 (60)
15Ryan Sutton (NSW) 1781.000  
16John Holgate (NSW) 1780.0047✓ 1780 (47)
17Bob Jackman (NSW) 1776.0054✓ 1776 (54)
19Tony Hunt (NSW) 1727.0061✓ 1727 (61)
State Challenge Trophy 2023

Contender
Q Stat
26.09.2022
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
1 TASStephen Mooney Purse(TAS) 1712.008   1712 (8)
1 SAAdam Kretschmer (SA) 1705.0022   1705 (22)
1 VICMythili Rudra (VIC) 1700.000  
1 NSWVictor Tung (NSW) 1682.0018   1682 (18)
1 QLDAndrew Hamblin (QLD) 1675.000  
1 ACTJohn Spaan (ACT) 1671.0023   1671 (23)
2 NSWWayne Jones (NSW) 1660.0013   1660 (13)
2 SAJane Taylor (SA) 1658.0083✓ 1658 (83)
2 VICNick Ivanovski (VIC) 1650.0019   1650 (19)
3 NSWRocky Sharma (NSW) 1635.0032   1635 (32)
2 ACTJohn Hamilton (ACT) 1634.0013   1634 (13)
3 ACTRonnie Bennett (ACT) 1633.007   1633 (7)
3 VICGeoff Wright (VIC) 1632.0044✓ 1632 (44)
2 QLDKaren Richards (QLD) 1626.0093✓ 1626 (93)
Nat Podesser (VIC4) 1616.0056✓ 1616 (56)
Noel Barrett (ACT4) 1602.0060✓ 1602 (60)
3 QLDRael Hayman (QLD) 1597.000  
Jane Brown (QLD4) 1593.0058✓ 1593 (58)
Paul Richards (QLD5) 1577.0075✓ 1577 (75)
3 SAMichael Vnuk (SA) 1571.0028   1571 (28)
Carmel Dodd (SA4) 1563.0068✓ 1563 (68)
2 TASDianne Brumby (TAS) 1559.0043✓ 1559 (43)
Helen Hynes (QLD6) 1556.0010   1556 (10)
3 TASKhen Meerding (TAS) 1550.0036   1550 (36)
Antony Kimber (SA5) 1545.0029   1545 (29)
Norma Fisher (VIC5) 1543.0068✓ 1543 (68)
Tony Miller (SA6) 1541.000  
Dianne Davis (VIC6) 1531.0041✓ 1531 (41)
Ivor Zetler (NSW4) 1527.0049✓ 1527 (49)
Martin Rose (TAS4) 1515.0059✓ 1515 (59)
Jon Ford-King (TAS5) 1512.0042✓ 1512 (42)
Jeremy Yip (NSW5) 1512.008   1512 (8)
Garth van Vliet (NSW6) 1506.008   1506 (8)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1444.0018   1444 (18)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS6) 1410.004   1410 (4)
Caroline Scowcroft (ACT6) 1373.0040✓ 1373 (40)


Recently processed:
11.09.2022 SA Sept (SA)
17.09.2022 Almost Free (ACT)
18.09.2022 Glenys Lawrie Memorial (WA) New peak for Sally Martin
18.09.2022 MASTERS and STATE CHALLENGE (VIC) New peak for Rod Talbot, Peter Kougi, Nat Podesser, Jane Taylor, Sally Martin, Rocky Sharma, Paul Richards, Dianne Davis, Dianne Brumby, Tony Williams
18.09.2022 Townsville Sept (QLD)
24.09.2022 Ross September (TAS)
25.09.2022 Sunday Arvo Scrabble (VIC) New peak for David Eldar, Edward Okulicz