The Australian MastersThis event is a prestige selective event held at a different location each year. In 2017 it is being held in Adelaide, at the Bridge Association at 243 Young Street, Unley.
The ratings system is used to invite the top twenty active Australian Scrabble players to compete in a round robin over 19 rounds.
The winnerThe winner was by no means certain in the final rounds. There were several likely winners. It was only in the final round that Andrew Fisher was able to claim the title being one win clear of his rivals.
Here are the top three, pictured with Olly O'Shea, President of ASPA South Australia
1. Andrew Fisher
2. Joanne Craig
3. Daniel Piechnick
Competitors this year
|TAS||Stephen Mooney Pursell||1633|
The State Challenge TrophyAt the same time, there is a team event for the states and territories. Three players from each of Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania compete in a 19 round event. Each player plays the 18 players from states other than their own (and has one bye round).
WinnersIt was quite close with Tasmania taking the lead for many rounds. In the end Victoria prevailed, and a late rally by the Australian Capital Territory put them in second place, separated only on spread. Tasmania was only one game behind.
The winning team: Gwen Lampre, Carol Johnsen, Norma Fisher
The individual winner was Edie Mueller from West Australia. She had to work hard for her wins, and this is the second time she has won.
South Australian Scrabble Association President Olly O'Shea presented the prize to Edie Mueller.
Competitors this year
|Melbourne||2005||SA||Carmel Dodd (SA)|
|Melbourne||2007||VIC||Tony Hunt (NSW)|
|Melbourne||2008||QLD||Harry Malcolm (VIC)|
|Sydney||2009||QLD||Chris Hall (WA)|
|Melbourne||2010||NSW||Michael McKenna (NSW)|
|Adelaide||2011||QLD||John Spaan (ACT)|
|Sydney||2012||NSW||Tony Hunt (NSW)|
|Melbourne||2013||VIC||Matte Dunn (VIC)|
|Adelaide||2014||NSW||Ryan Sutton (NSW)|
|Sydney||2015||NSW||Tim Mason (WA)|
|Melbourne||2016||WA||David Vanzyl (WA)|
|Adelaide||2017||VIC||Edie Mueller (WA)|