Twenty of the top players will play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Adelaide. 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.

Australian Masters

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
David Eldar (VIC) 2077.0044✓ 2113(37)2041(7)
Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1947.0065✓ 1936(51)1958(14)
Naween Fernando (VIC) 1932.0063✓ 1922(56)1942(7)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1927.0080✓ 1927(80)
Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1921.0037   1921(37)
Esther Perrins (NSW) 1882.0061✓ 1882(61)
Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1848.0049✓ 1848(49)
Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1833.0036   1833(36)
Peter Kougi (VIC) 1805.50*7   1696(0)1915(7)
Victor Tung (NSW) 1799.0054✓ 1815(43)1783(11)
Geoff Wright (VIC) 1777.0069✓ 1770(57)1784(12)
Joanne Craig (NSW) 1777.0058✓ 1777(58)
Rod Talbot (NSW) 1772.50113✓ 1782(94)1763(19)
Adam Kretschmer (SA) 1752.5046✓ 1756(40)1749(6)
John Holgate (NSW) 1729.0085✓ 1729(85)
Ryan Sutton (NSW) 1725.0081✓ 1741(70)1709(11)
Bob Jackman (NSW) 1717.50104✓ 1725(85)1710(19)
Nick Ivanovski (VIC) 1706.0048✓ 1706(48)
Stephen Mooney Purse(TAS) 1696.004   1696(4)

State Challenge

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Noel Barrett (ACT1) 1688.00110✓ 1712(102)1664(8)
Ronnie Bennett (ACT2) 1678.0040✓ 1678(40)
Rael Hayman (NSW1) 1670.0054✓ 1670(54)
John Spaan (ACT3) 1645.0043✓ 1660(35)1630(8)
Jane Taylor (SA1) 1639.00112✓ 1690(101)1588(11)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW2) 1630.0070✓ 1630(70)
Karen Richards (QLD1) 1620.50123✓ 1624(109)1617(14)
Tony Hunt (NSW3) 1620.5054✓ 1644(49)1597(5)
John Hamilton (ACT4) 1617.5023   1617(15)1618(8)
Carmel Dodd (SA2) 1612.0093✓ 1622(82)1602(11)
Nat Podesser (VIC1) 1607.0037   1607(37)
Rocky Sharma (NSW4) 1597.0043✓ 1604(24)1590(19)
Trevor Tao (SA3) 1596.004   1596(4)
Michael Hornung (VIC2) 1575.00*0   1575(0)
Paul Richards (QLD2) 1556.50115✓ 1596(101)1517(14)
Helen Hynes (QLD3) 1545.007   1545(7)
Antony Kimber (SA4) 1538.0051✓ 1536(35)1540(16)
Mythili Rudra (VIC3) 1525.00*0   1525(0)
Heather Long (VIC4) 1517.006   1517(6)
Oscar Ivanovski (VIC5) 1495.5080✓ 1513(73)1478(7)
Dianne Davis (VIC6) 1495.0046✓ 1496(39)1494(7)
Tony Miller (SA5) 1492.0016   1497(10)1487(6)
Martin Rose (TAS1) 1490.0039   1489(26)1491(13)
Julie Brice (QLD4) 1489.0031   1489(31)
Jane Brown (QLD5) 1487.5058✓ 1505(51)1470(7)
Michael Vnuk (SA6) 1487.5022   1473(16)1502(6)
Derek McKenzie (QLD6) 1487.00*0   1487(0)
Greg Pinchbeck (NSW5) 1475.5089✓ 1526(70)1425(19)
Jyoti Chandna (NSW6) 1474.0037   1452(18)1496(19)
Dianne Brumby (TAS2) 1468.0043✓ 1468(43)
Jon Ford-King (TAS3) 1446.0035   1439(22)1453(13)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1434.008   1434(8)
Alex Boiko (ACT6) 1427.0061✓ 1436(42)1418(19)
Khen Meerding (TAS4) 1401.5039   1399(26)1404(13)
Margaret Webb (TAS5) 1400.0016   1400(16)
Helen Metaxas (TAS6) 1365.0032   1365(32)

Recently processed:
22.10.2023 October (ACT) New peak for Noel Barrett, John Spaan, John Hamilton
22.10.2023 SA October (SA) New peak for Michael Vnuk, Jane Taylor, Adam Kretschmer, Carmel Dodd, Tony Miller
28.10.2023 Tasmanian Championship (TAS) New peak for Khen Meerding, Jon Ford-King, Martin Rose
29.10.2023 BAYSIDE OPEN 2 (VIC) New peak for Naween Fernando, Peter Kougi, Oscar Ivanovski, David Eldar, Dianne Davis
04.11.2023 Roseville (NSW) New peak for Rod Talbot, Jyoti Chandna
04.11.2023 Seaford November (SA) New peak for Carmel Dodd, Jane Taylor
05.11.2023 November Bisection (WA) New peak for Russell Honeybun, Chris Hall