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  • July 13/14 - Wodonga Open
  • July 26 - Friday Night Scrabble
  • Aug 4 - Teams Event 1
  • Details on CALENDAR

The year ahead promises to be an exciting one for Scrabble in Victoria. We will be adding more featues to what we provide - and you can learn more about it here.

Thank you to the 20 players who supported today’s event in Balwyn.

Thank you also to those players who renewed their membership for the year ahead – it is hugely appreciated.

Jenny Brysha was the only player to go undefeated through the day, a huge achievement given the calibre of each division! Trevor Halsall almost held a 500 point game average in Division A until a tight win over Oscar (to secure his overall victory) brought it down to mid 400 levels. Chris Scholten was runner-up, also winning 4 in A. By winning the winner-takes-all final game against Annette Casey, Eileen Mills took the victory in C. We welcomed back Siva from a hiatus of play in Victoria. Annette’s WINIEST was the High Word of the day.

Prize winners from today: (L-R) Annette Casey, Trevor Halsall, Eileen Mills, Jenny Brysha, Siva Sivapalasundram, Carol Johnsen

Congratulations to Rob Hutchinson for going back to back in tonight’s Friday Night Scrabble held in Doncaster.

Ten players attended our latest event at Shoppingtown Hotel, including one new player. This format is securing a loyal following with its more relaxed format and atmosphere. It is a great way to round out any week; the next of these is on July 26 and we are looking forward to seeing more players take it up!

Rob Hutchinson with his latest victory prize

41 players from 4 countries took part this weekend at the Victorian Scrabble Championship held at The Olympic Hotel in Preston.

Thank you to everyone who attended and everyone else who otherwise supported the event; this was a really enjoyable weekend of Scrabble.

Congratulations to David Eldar for winning the coveted title and going back to back!

Our congratulations also go to Edward Okulicz (2nd), John Hamilton (3rd and High Game), Oscar Ivanovski (4th), Angie Pearse (High Word), Christie Godby (Rating Band), Shaun Donnelly (Rating Band), and Caroline Scowcroft (Rating Band) as the other prize winners over the weekend.

Next year's Victorian will be our 40th event, being held in the 40th Anniversary year of ASPA (Vic). We are hoping to make it one of our biggest in recent times. Save the date and be a part of it!!

David Eldar goes back to back
Other players who podiumed: Edward Okulicz (2nd), John Hamilton (3rd), Oscar Ivanovski (4th)
Rating Band Prize Winners: (L-R) Caroline Scowcroft, Christie Godby, Shaun Donnelly
High Word winner Angie Pearse with High Game winner John Hamilton
International Representatives Lois Binnie (NZ), Albert Martono (Indonesia), and Cecilia Khoo (Malaysia)
The Playing arena

What a great day of Scrabble today as we came out to assist Oscar with fundraising for his upcoming trip to Sri Lanka, where he will represent Australia on the global Scrabble stage at the most high profile international Scrabble event in 2024.

Players traveled from as far away as outside Albury to take part and show support and it was a real testament to the generosity of the Victorian Scrabble playing community that such an event could be as successful as it was! Oscar opened the event today and expressed his gratitude for the generosity of players.

We welcomed Sabina to her first event today, and we hope she enjoyed her day with us.

The event was an open, with Trevor Halsall winning the event, going undefeated. The best performances for the day in terms of ratings went to Carol Johnsen (going up 61 points) and Norma Fisher (going up 39). Edward's FEEBLING for 149 was a high set on a day where 100+ plays were celebrated. .

Oscar opens proceedings at Kellaway
Prize winners from today: Trevor (1st and HG), Carol (Best Rating Gain), Norma (R-U Rating Gain), Edward (High Word)
We welcomed Sabina to our events today
Edward's FEEBLING scores 149, taking out the High Word award

This beautiful rotating board, tiles and racks are being auctioned with all proceeds going to raise funds for Oscar.
Reserve price is $120 but the bids have already risen to $140. Email Carol Johnsen at caroljscrabble@gmail.com if you want to make a bid or any enquiries.
The successful bidder will be announced at the end of lunchtime at the upcoming tournament on Sunday 26 May

The Friday Night Scrabble series returned for its second outing last Friday. For the first time, we had someone go undefeated! Congratulations to Rob Hutchinson for winning with a 4-0 record from Lainie Mercieca in 2nd and previous winner Justin Moyle in 3rd.

The next Friday Night event is on June 21. It will be great to see you there!! .

An undefeated Rob Hutchinson with his victory prize

Another enjoyable afternoon of Scrabble, this time in Balwyn! We had 28 players taking part across 4 Divisions.

Congratulations to our Division winners, David, Kashi, John, and Annette.

Kashi was the only player today to win all 5 of her games (in B Division). John and Annette needed 4 to win in C and D respectively. David's 3 wins in a tight A Division was a close run thing; his high win over Edward Okulicz in the final game leapfrogged over the others on 3 victories.

We welcomed back Stephanie Agius today – it is always great to have more people in attendance and look forward to seeing you all at an event soon. .

David Eldar, winner in A
Undefeated Kashi in B
Solid win for John in C today
Annette took out the Division and High Word
Nat's TOAZE scores a massive 101!

Thank you to all players who attended our event today; the first after the recently completed Nationals!.

With adjusting formats, we were able to cater for player needs with a number of people able to play for part of the event. At the conclusion, it took 5 wins to emerge victorious in each Division. Chris was able to do this relatively comfortably in A but Rob's last game victory against John was not enough as he was 6 spread points adrift at the end. Congratulations to all place-getters and other prize winners.

The podium today (L-R): John (Winner in B), Nat (Runner Up in A), Rob (Runner Up in B), Chris (Winner in A)
Nick's 555 was the highest scoring game today

After an amazing three days in the beautiful city of Perth, David Eldar secured his third National title, defeating Russell Honeybun in Game 24. Last year's Champion, Naween Fernando, came second. In the Plate, Khwanjai Thammaping was the best performing Victorian, finishing 10th.

Thank you to everyone for attending and supporting the event!

Here is how everyone from Victoria ended up:

David (1st)
Naween (2nd)
Andrew (10th)
Nick (19th)
Oscar (29th)
Nat (36th)
Carol (40th)

Khwanjai (10th)
Carolyn (39th)

Full Results - Championship
Full Results - Plate

David wins in Perth
Starting the Final Game
The Winning Board
Khwanjai with the best finish in The Plate
Victorian players in Perth
Carol playing Nat in Round 15
Father and Son players at the Nationals
David's 644 Board - the High Game Score in Perth

Thank you to the 12 players who attended our inaugural Friday Night Scrabble series of events.

Congratulations to Justin Moyle for emerging victorious - the end result came down to the outcomes of the final games, which meant a really close affair!

This was a very enjoyable evening of fun, food, and Scrabble. Stay tuned for details of the next in the series shortly

Justin Moyle wins FNS 1
The big screen on offer during games
Great to see more players in attendance!
A dessert from the venue; food available during play

What an enjoyable weekend in Ballarat! Thank you to all who supported our event.

We had three players from South Australia make the journey across - it was great to see so many different faces!

Congratulations to John Rider for winning, Jane Taylor for being runner-up, with Geoff Wright taking out the rating prize. Tessa Knight won best local prize award, with Chris Scholten taking High Game and Val Martin High Word.

Ballarat Golf Club was a great venue for us
Ballarat Club members in attendance
Three South Australian players came to play. Thanks for playing!!
Chris Scholten took out High Game with 561

The Match Play Grand Final had been delayed between Geoff and Oscar but the Final did not disappoint! The match went all the way until Geoff finished Game 5 with a bonus play!!

Congratulations to our Match Play victor, Geoff Wright…

Geoff Wright - Match Play Champion
Oscar and Geoff played a best of 5 at Boardies Bar, Fitzroy

28 players turned up for our first Bayside Open of the year! Mordy HQ is always one of our more popular venues and it was an enjoyable return for players. We welcomed Tan Zi Kang, who is here from Malaysia for the next six months. The event was an Open with prizes for the winner, runner-up, and various rating gain prizes.

David Eldar wins the Bayside Open
Andrew Fisher (runner-up) with some of the Rating Gain winners
Welcome Tan Zi Kang from Malaysia
Naween Fernando's 622 was the High Game for the day.

The fourth iteration of the Victorian Plate and Side took place in Balwyn and the tradition of a non repeat winner continues! Noel Coulter is the 2024 Victorian Plate Champion.

Jayanthi's trip down to Melbourne paid off with a placing, with Paula coming runner-up. Geoff Wright won his maiden Side event

Noel Coulter (centre) wins The Plate. Paula Messer and Jayanthi Viswanathan complete the podium. Frank's 505 the day's High Score
Geoff Wright got in front and stayed in front, winning the 2024 Side Event with 6 wins.

A new year and a new venue for us as our longstanding event The Bil Rose Aestival was played at the Camberwell Community Centre.

32 players across four divisions took part, which was an equal post-pandemic attendance for this event. Keeping with previous tradition, divisions were named for a bird theme.

It was great to see so many people from all across Victoria! Congratulations to our Division winners, David, Oscar, Oliver, and Luke and, as always, a huge thank you to all the people who supported this event.

AUKS Division Leaderboard 1st David Eldar 2nd Trevor Halsall 3rd Andrew Fisher
1st Oscar Ivanovski 2nd Chris Scholten (not in picture) 3rd Dianne Davis
CHAFFINCHES Leaderboard 1st Oliver Podesser 2nd Noel Coulter (not in picture) 3rd Glenys Dettmann
DOVES Leaderboard 1st Luke Breen 2nd Carol Rollmann 3rd Annette Casey

News items from 2023 have been moved to the Archive