Scrabble Australia
The Trans Tasman 2018
Contenders

Selective events 2018

The event

Every two years, Australia and New Zealand compete in the Trans-Tasman event. In 2018, the competition will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the format has reverted to the traditional one of 12 Aussies and 12 Kiwis.

Selection process

This is an invitational event where players are selected by the Council of Australian Scrabble Players Association.

Qualification criteria

The qualification criteria are:
  1. A player must be a financial member of ASPA for the entire qualifying period.
  2. A player must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Temporary visa holders are not eligible.
  3. The method of ranking candidates is by the three peak statistic (the Q statistic) described below.

The three peaks Q statistic

The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic calculated like this:

  1. The qualification period is May 1 2017 to April 30 2018 inclusive.
  2. Subperiods are May to Aug 2017, Sep 2017 to Dec 2018 and Jan 2018 to Apr 2018.
  3. A multiday tournament which spans two periods will be treated for peak and game count as occurring on the first day.
  4. The qualifying statistic is Q = (P1 + P2 + 2 x P3)/4 , which is a weighted average of peak ratings in three subperiods.
  5. If you play no games rated by ASPA in a period, your peak in that period is equal to the rating before that period minus 200.
  6. You must have played at least 60 games rated by ASPA in the qualifying period before the last peak.

The secondary criterion is number of rated games within the qualification period. If two players have the same Q statistic, the one with the greater number of rated games in the qualification period is ranked higher.

The contenders

The table below shows the notional team as at 02.07.2018 plus 20 more who are almost in.
Selection has now finished. Carol Johnsen is contacting people to finalise acceptances. A tick indicates a reply of yes.

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Rank  
THE TEAM
Q Stat
02.07.2018
Games Peak (games)
May-Aug
Peak (games)
Sep-Dec
Peak (games)
Jan-Apr
1 Bob Jackman(NSW)✔ 1795.25223 1782 (33)1809 (81)1795 (109)
2 Rod Talbot(NSW)✔ 1750.75283 1839 (86)1722 (89)1721 (108)
3 Ryan Sutton(NSW)✔ 1743.75199 1820 (49)1719 (63)1718 (87)
4 Adam Kretschmer(SA)✔ 1742.50185 1698 (36)1772 (64)1750 (85)
6 Wayne Jones(NSW)✔ 1736.50153 1733 (25)1725 (51)1744 (77)
7 Michael Cameron(SA)✔ 1735.25*95 1761 (31)1860 (64)1660 (0)
8 Ron Baginski(QLD)✔ 1707.75*130 1529 (0)1778 (35)1762 (95)
9 Trevor Tao(SA) 1703.50140 1719 (41)1775 (61)1660 (38)
10 Victor Tung(NSW)✔ 1702.00147 1676 (26)1708 (60)1712 (61)
12 Rael Hayman(NSW) 1695.25180 1703 (40)1718 (78)1680 (62)
ALMOST IN
13 John Holgate(NSW) 1692.00203 1639 (8)1651 (87)1739 (108)
14 Rocky Sharma(NSW) 1690.0087 1682 (35)1670 (19)1704 (33)
15 Karen Richards(QLD) 1666.25164 1614 (32)1681 (56)1685 (76)
16 Tony Hunt(NSW) 1661.75242 1660 (48)1635 (88)1676 (106)
17 Andrew Hamblin(QLD) 1635.2579 1633 (16)1588 (32)1660 (31)
18 Graeme Lock Lee(NSW) 1633.25142 1609 (48)1600 (21)1662 (73)
19 John Spaan(ACT) 1623.25136 1612 (18)1625 (53)1628 (65)
20 Carmel Dodd(SA) 1612.75150 1579 (22)1626 (60)1623 (68)
21 Dianne Brumby(TAS) 1612.0079 1680 (40)1590 (18)1589 (21)
22 Heather Long(VIC) 1610.25104 1616 (47)1645 (33)1590 (24)
24 Natasha Podesser(VIC) 1601.0079 1571 (20)1603 (16)1615 (43)
25 Jane Taylor(SA) 1596.50217 1615 (82)1557 (54)1607 (81)
26 Jane Brown(QLD) 1594.75123 1629 (32)1610 (59)1570 (32)
27 Geoff Wright(VIC) 1591.75130 1605 (44)1580 (33)1591 (53)

Candidates who are unavailable:
Edward Okulicz,Chris May,Andrew Fisher,Trevor Halsall,Naween Fernando,Peter Kougi,Cameron Farlow,Daniel Piechnick,Esther Perrins,Russell Honeybun,Joanne Craig,Jakob Teitelbaum,Mythili Rudra,Nick Ivanovski
(Joanne Craig plays for New Zealand)