Australia won the 2004 Trans-Tasman convincingly 189-99,
having the title sewn up midway through day 3. Chris May (AUS) won 7
games on each day to be the 2004 Trans Tasman Champion.
Rod Talbot (AUS) played the tournament's high game of 637 in
round 10, and Debbie Caldwell (NZ) played HEAVIEST for 203 in round 24.
The Australian team was selected by picking the top-rated players as
at July 1, plus any players rated #1 in their state who were rated
better than 1700. The New Zealand team was picked directly from ratings.
The Trans-Tasman Challenge is held in even-numbered years and pits
teams of 12 from Australia and New Zealand against each other. The
first such event was held at the Macquarie Boutique Hotel in Sydney,
and was a played as a full round-robin of 23 games. Only games between
Australians and New Zealanders counted, Australian captain Bob Jackman
claiming the honour of the top performer, seeing Australia home to win
the inaugural event.
For future events, a team format was adopted, with everyone playing
the entire opposing team twice, making in all 24 games. New Zealand won the
event on their home soil in Auckland in 1998 by 21 games and
retained it by the same margin in Melbourne
two years later.
Australia took the title back at the 2002 event in
Wellington by 23 wins, the biggest margin recorded so far and with
an even stronger team this time - including newly naturalised Andrew
Fisher (ex-UK) and permanent resident Naween Fernando (ex-Sri Lanka) -
will be looking to increase the margin in 2004.
The 2004 Trans-Tasman Challenge is hosted
(Queensland) at the gracious Queen Alexandra Home, located in
the inner Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo. The home began life as the
family home of Sir Frank Nicklin, a Queensland premier. When the
Nicklin family disposed of the home, it was used as a children's
orphanage, then as headquarters for a division of the US army during
World War II. It continued as a property of the Government, being used
as a technical cooking school during the 1960's, and now used by
various departments of Education Queensland.
Part of the ground floor is now leased to the Coorparoo Community
Association which now occupies the Kingsbury Room where the Trans
Tasman games are being held.
The Trans-Tasman website was created by Edward Okulicz and designed
by Susan MacGillivray.