We had 33 players turn up to play today as in person Scrabble events
returned to Victoria after another lockdown! Thank you to everyone
who attended and congratulations to the prize winners. Welcome to
newcomer Luke Breen who won 3 games and assures us that he will be
back having enjoyed the day. . Jenny Brysha brought her play of
VIRUS to our intention which is front and centre on everyone's mind
these days. Masks were mandatory inside and still didn't "mask" the
ums, ers and exclamations throughout the day. The next event on the
calendar is the July Tournament on 18 July.
We had another great turn out of 38 players for our May event at
Balwyn, including Jack who was making his debut at our competitions.
All three divisions are hotly contested with Annette Casey being the
only player to go through undefeated. She joined Glen and Nat in
winning their respective divisions. The next time we are at Balwyn
will be for our Victorian Championship with a warm up event being
set for Moonee Ponds on May 30. We look forward to seeing you then!
Nats After Party
The Nationals have been run and won and on April 18, we held the
After Party! 38 players played 7 rounds in 3 divisions on what was a
really enjoyable day in Balwyn. The top seed in Division A, Edward
Okulicz was victorious in A Division, dropping just the 1 game by
the slimmest of margins (to John Rider by a point).
Dianne Davis was runner-up with Geoff Wright in 3rd and John Rider
4th. B Division was another competitive division as Lorraine Thomas
won by a game and spread from Oscar Ivanovski and Noel Coulter in
3rd. Elaine Capewell (making her tournament return) finished in 4th.
Balada Catanchin was the only player to go undefeated for the day,
obtaining a healthy 60 ratings points in doing so. Lay-Hoon Ng,
Angie Winkler and Ann Goodwin were the other place winners. Today
was a day we trialled providing prizes down to fourth; it was an
interesting experiment and one we may revisit through the year. The
next event at Balwyn is on May 16; our next online event is on May
This year's Teams Challenge has been run and won. With the final
outcome not being decided until the final round, it was a tense
conclusion to what was an enjoyable and fascinating day of Scrabble.
32 players were divided into 3 teams, with Team Captains making
their selections the day before to fit in a ratings cap to ensure a
fair distribution of players. The added bonus with the day was that,
with the assistance of the TSH event software, every game was a live
rubber as no one played a member of their own team on the day. Rob
York, Christie Godby and Oscar Ivanovski were team captains.
Team placings were determined by percentage of wins. Team Rob took
an early lead after securing 8 out of 11 wins in a round prior to
lunch but by the final round, the three teams were separated by a
win percentage of just over 1% so it was anyone's to win. Team Oscar
had a superb final round, making his team victorious on the day.
Team Oscar : 50.71% , Team Christie : 50% , Team Rob : 49.35%
Shaun Donnelly came first from an individual perspective, with Jenny
Brysha runner up and Oscar Ivanovski in 3rd. Darren Chaitman's 4th
place ensured his climb up the rankings since starting play in
The different format was a welcome one, allowing players the chance
to play people they had not played in a long time or ever and the
camaraderie shone through in each team through the day. Teams events
are very likely to return as a result in 2022.
Our Facebook page has a short video
and you can check the full results HERE
Bil Rose Aestival
Usually held in January, this event was eventually held on February
28 due to COVID-19 restrictions being imposed at last minute for
original date. Played in groups of 8 as round robin, instead of our
usual tennis players table names, birds took centre stage (the
Australian Tennis Open having just finished a week before - also due
to COVID-19) - AVOCETS, BUSTARDS, CURLEWS, DRONGOS and EMUS. High
word of the day went to Lainie Chojna for LATHERERS for 176 and she
tells me that it was a "well, what have I got to lose" move, as she
was trailing in the game. It was lovely to see Fintan Conway "hit
his straps again" winning the EMUS section. David Eldar took out
AVOCETS WITH 6/7 wins and scored the high game of 561, with Andrew
Fisher playing EXOCRINE for 114 high word. John Rider won BUSTARDS
with 6/7 win, Shirley de Silva scored high game of 539. Kannan
Sethuran won CURLEWS with 5/7 and Khwanjai Thammaping won High Game
with 479. Relative newcomer (his 3rd tournament) Darren Chaitmann
won 7/7 in the DRONGOS section, also scoring High game with 482; and
Oscar Ivanovski passed the 1000 mark with a second place with 5 wins
and High word of RETAXES for 96. .
Dianne Davis provided a highlight for the day with a group photo
including Bil Rose taken at her Mt Martha Tournament back in the
90's. Can you recognise some of them?
What a delightful change of scenery for this challenge at the Mordy
HQ Sports Club on the Nepean Highway, Mordialloc. Six games were
hotly contested within the 2 divisions and congratulations to David
Eldar sweeping the pool in A Division and June Valentine in the B
Division. David also scored a 600 game along with the highest word
VALIDATE for 149. You could have joined in the next bar with a
rather loud rock band playing from 4pm onwards, but most players
chose not to. .
The first event of the year held at the popular Balwyn Community
Centre was an opportunity for those rated 1300 to win one of the
beautiful Victorian plaques (courtesy of Trevor Barraclough).
COVID-19 restrictions had tightened during the previous week and
masks had to be worn on the day whilst inside, however everyone
cooperated. Twenty-two players contested the plate in 2 divisions,
with Christiane McCann winning A div. and Betty Egan B div.
Christiane (502) and Mohammed Hegazi (519) won high games in their
respective divisions, with Rob York (OUTFISH - 98) and Paula Messer
(SEQUINS)sharing High Game in A and Annette Casey played DIETERS for
Anand Bharadwaj was well in his stride, winning all 7 games with a
huge margin of 1335. He also played the highest game of 623 and John
Rider took out high word with LOQUATS for 124.
To check the full results click HEREWebsite changesYou will see that the Scrabble Victoria site has been given a
facelift. The extensive reporting by Marj has provided an
extensive archive. Near the top left of this page there is a link
to PAST NEWS which jumps to a page so you can choose a year. Some
time soon in 2021, Marj will pass the web editing job on to Carol
Johnsen. We wish Carol well in this task and we thank Marj Miller
for the fantastic job she has done.
Barry Harridge Online play
Nick Ivanovski has set up a series of online Scrabble competitions
and you can check out the latest information on the [ONLINE] button