Scrabble Australia
Australian Masters and State Team Challenge 2021

The event

Twenty of the top players will play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Sydney over Sep 11 and 12. The venue is the Bankstown Sports Club.
At the same time, teams of three players from each of seven states or territories would play the State Team Challenge as head-to-head matches.
The lexicon is Collins Scrabble Words 2019.

Rule variation

Masters section has 5 point penalty for each word challenged but correct.

The contenders

The table below shows the teams according to qualification criteria set by the Council of the Australian Scrabble Players Association.

Australian Masters

The selection comprises the best twenty active players (those players who have played at least one game during the qualification period) ranked by Q statistic.

State Team Challenge

Each state team will comprise three eligible players who have not already been selected for the Masters event and are the next best three from their state, ranked by Q statistic.
If insufficient eligible players are available, the state will not be permitted to participate in the State Team Challenge for that year unless a maximum of one stand-in can be fielded before the tournament from any state (generally, but not necessarily, that state in which the tournament takes place). That stand-in must also meet the above criteria.
An eligible stand-in may also be fielded in the event of illness or other unforeseen circumstance during the tournament.

The two peaks Q statistic

This is a temporary fix, taking into account the effects of Covid-19 during 2020.
The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic calculated like this: Here are the indicative selected teams as at 14.06.2021 plus 3 reserves from each state. A tick ✓ shows that the games quota has been met. Carol Johnsen is asking players whether they intend to go. Some players have already said YES, and are so designated. Others have said NO and are crossed out.

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Masters
or State

Contender
Q Stat
14.06.2021
Games Peak (games)
Jan-Apr
Peak (games)
May-Jul
1 MDavid Eldar (VIC) YES 2146.0037✓ 2146 (37)
2 MChris May (NSW) YES 2078.0042✓ 2078 (42)
3 MJakob Teitelbaum (ACT) 2040.0036✓ 2040 (36)
4 MAndrew Fisher (VIC) 2027.0031✓ 2027 (31)
5 MAnand Bharadwaj (VIC) 1966.0014   1966 (14)
6 MEsther Perrins (NSW) 1962.0042✓ 1962 (42)
7 MNaween Fernando (VIC) 1938.007   1938 (7)
8 MPeter Kougi (VIC) YES 1924.0030✓ 1924 (30)
9 MCameron Farlow (QLD) 1887.5048✓ 1880 (40)1890 (8)
10 MEdward Okulicz (VIC) YES 1885.0020   1885 (20)
Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1844.0048✓ 1865 (36)1837 (12)
11 MTrevor Halsall (VIC) 1823.7536✓ 1901 (29)1798 (7)
12 MJoanne Craig (NSW) YES 1817.7586✓ 1802 (76)1823 (10)
13 MMichael McKenna (NSW) 1803.5010   1850 (0)1788 (10)
14 MMichael Cameron (SA) 1797.000   1797 (0)
16 MAdam Kretschmer (SA) YES 1757.0040✓ 1757 (40)
17 MVictor Tung (NSW) 1749.0058✓ 1749 (58)
18 MMythili Rudra (VIC) YES 1740.0030✓ 1740 (30)
19 MWayne Jones (NSW) 1732.000   1732 (0)
1 QLDKaren Richards (QLD) YES 1724.5066✓ 1717 (48)1727 (18)
2 QLDRon Baginski (QLD) 1724.000   1724 (0)
1 NSWBob Jackman (NSW) 1722.7599✓ 1698 (76)1731 (23)
2 NSWJohn Holgate (NSW) YES 1722.5085✓ 1706 (72)1728 (13)
Stephen Mooney Purse(TAS) 1721.008   1721 (0)1721 (8)
3 QLDRael Hayman (QLD) 1707.0034✓ 1704 (24)1708 (10)
3 NSWRod Talbot (NSW) 1705.75111✓ 1735 (88)1696 (23)
1 SACarmel Dodd (SA) 1699.0078✓ 1687 (60)1703 (18)
Russell Honeybun (WA) 1696.7518   1684 (0)1701 (18)
Andrew Hamblin (QLD4) 1685.000   1685 (0)
1 ACTJohn Hamilton (ACT) YES 1657.7522   1666 (17)1655 (5)
Joan Rosenthal (NSW) 1639.000   1639 (0)
1 VICGeoff Wright (VIC) 1630.5039✓ 1659 (33)1621 (6)
Trevor Tao (SA) 1627.0016   1627 (16)
Nick Ivanovski (VIC) 1621.000   1621 (0)
2 SASimon Walton (SA) 1605.000   1605 (0)
Tony Hunt (NSW4) 1590.0057✓ 1620 (47)1580 (10)
Jane Brown (QLD5) YES 1588.0032✓ 1582 (16)1590 (16)
3 SAJane Taylor (SA) YES 1584.7582✓ 1587 (64)1584 (18)
2 ACTNoel Barrett (ACT) 1582.00103✓ 1567 (85)1587 (18)
2 VICNat Podesser (VIC) 1580.2514   1563 (7)1586 (7)
3 ACTJohn Spaan (ACT) 1576.7525   1579 (20)1576 (5)
Tony Miller (SA) 1570.2526   1559 (20)1574 (6)
Ronnie Bennett (ACT4) YES 1563.0044✓ 1563 (44)
Paul Richards (QLD6) YES 1561.0056✓ 1561 (48)1561 (8)
Michael Vnuk (SA4) 1559.0052✓ 1532 (40)1568 (12)
3 VICNorma Fisher (VIC) YES 1556.507   1558 (0)1556 (7)
Rocky Sharma (NSW5) 1547.5027   1579 (17)1537 (10)
Carol Johnsen (VIC4) YES 1543.0060✓ 1543 (60)
Barry Jordan (SA5) 1541.000   1541 (0)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW6) 1533.0050✓ 1533 (50)
Antony Kimber (SA6) 1504.5072✓ 1533 (54)1495 (18)
1 TASMartin Rose (TAS) YES 1485.5053✓ 1460 (31)1494 (22)
2 TASDianne Brumby (TAS) YES 1481.0038✓ 1481 (38)
3 TASJon Ford-King (TAS) YES 1480.5027   1437 (13)1495 (14)
Jeremy Yip (VIC5) 1476.000   1476 (0)
Dianne Davis (VIC6) 1465.2528   1436 (21)1475 (7)
Alex Boiko (ACT5) 1461.0044✓ 1461 (44)
Khen Meerding (TAS4) 1402.2527   1406 (13)1401 (14)
Tony Williams (ACT6) 1399.0036✓ 1399 (36)
Margaret Griggs (TAS5) 1351.7534✓ 1333 (20)1358 (14)
Margaret Webb (TAS6) 1334.258   1329 (0)1336 (8)

Recently processed:
22.05.2021 SEAFORD MAY 2021 (SA) New peak for Michael Vnuk, Antony Kimber
23.05.2021 EmpireBayMay (NSW)
05.06.2021 BEECROFT MARATHON (NSW) New peak for John Holgate, Noel Barrett
05.06.2021 Toowoomba Winter (QLD) New peak for Jane Brown
06.06.2021 Bel Winter (TAS) New peak for Stephen Mooney Purse, Martin Rose, Margaret Webb
06.06.2021 SA June (SA) New peak for Tony Miller, Michael Vnuk
06.06.2021 WASC2021 (WA) New peak for Russell Honeybun