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Selective events 2022

Selective events 2023


Twenty of the top players play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Melbourne in September. This event is to be held at the Olympic Hotel, 31 Albert Street, Preston, Victoria. It is a hotel with a bistro, gaming area and plenty of car parking, 30 mins drive from Tullamarine airport and from Melbourne CBD. It has many popular eateries close by.
The event has as its reference CSW19 and the Tournament Director is Nick Ivanovski.
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.

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 late announcement.
The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic calculated like this: Here are the indicative selected teams as at 01.08.2022 plus 5 reserves from each state. A tick ✓ shows that the games quota has been met.



Australian Masters 2022

Contender
Q Stat
01.08.2022
Games Peak (games)
Apr-May
Peak (games)
Jun-Aug
1Cameron Farlow (QLD) YES 1977.3339✓ 1982 (31)1975 (8)
2Peter Kougi (VIC) YES 1951.0024✓ 1951 (24)
3Naween Fernando (VIC) YES 1948.6723✓ 1948 (0)1949 (23)
4Joanne Craig (NSW) YES 1814.0073✓ 1876 (40)1783 (33)
5Michael McKenna (NSW) 1788.000   1788 (0)
6Trevor Halsall (VIC) YES 1784.3345✓ 1747 (24)1803 (21)
7Bob Jackman (NSW) YES 1772.6778✓ 1766 (32)1776 (46)
8John Holgate (NSW) YES 1764.3360✓ 1733 (32)1780 (28)
9Rod Talbot (NSW) YES 1762.0078✓ 1778 (40)1754 (38)
10Tony Hunt (NSW) YES 1717.3380✓ 1698 (46)1727 (34)
12Adam Kretschmer (SA) YES 1703.6724✓ 1701 (8)1705 (16)
13Karen Richards (QLD) YES 1662.0081✓ 1734 (39)1626 (42)
14Ronnie Bennett (ACT) 1633.0039✓ 1633 (32)1633 (7)
15Jane Taylor (SA) YES 1615.6775✓ 1569 (38)1639 (37)
16Noel Barrett (ACT) YES 1610.0073✓ 1626 (40)1602 (33)
17Geoff Wright (VIC) 1608.3351✓ 1597 (14)1614 (37)
18Rocky Sharma (NSW) YES 1601.6721✓ 1581 (8)1612 (13)
20Nat Podesser (VIC) YES 1589.6761✓ 1607 (31)1581 (30)
State Challenge Trophy 2022

Contender
Q Stat
01.08.2022
Games Peak (games)
Apr-May
Peak (games)
Jun-Aug
1 QLDPaul Richards (QLD) YES 1582.0061✓ 1610 (29)1568 (32)
1 VICNorma Fisher (VIC) YES 1564.3373✓ 1607 (36)1543 (37)
1 SAAntony Kimber (SA) YES 1559.6729✓ 1589 (18)1545 (11)
1 TASDianne Brumby (TAS) YES 1548.0057✓ 1534 (32)1555 (25)
2 SACarmel Dodd (SA) YES 1535.3371✓ 1594 (34)1506 (37)
2 QLDJane Brown (QLD) YES 1534.0040✓ 1494 (24)1554 (16)
2 TASKhen Meerding (TAS) 1523.3340✓ 1470 (14)1550 (26)
3 TASJon Ford-King (TAS) YES 1512.0038✓ 1512 (14)1512 (24)
Martin Rose (TAS4) YES 1510.0030✓ 1504 (0)1513 (30)
3 QLDLiz Blanch (QLD) YES 1507.6762✓ 1491 (24)1516 (38)
1 NSWJeremy Yip (NSW) 1506.008   1494 (0)1512? (8)
2 VICDianne Davis (VIC) 1502.3337✓ 1513 (14)1497 (23)
2 NSWTony Loui (NSW) 1492.000   1492 (0)
Julie Brice (QLD4) 1490.6745✓ 1486 (27)1493 (18)
3 NSWIvor Zetler (NSW) 1489.3339✓ 1414 (8)1527 (31)
Garth van Vliet (NSW4) 1487.008   1449 (0)1506? (8)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW5) 1480.0025✓ 1498 (0)1471 (25)
1 ACTTony Williams (ACT) 1474.0024✓ 1474 (24)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD5) 1472.6748✓ 1496 (24)1461 (24)
Therese Nichols (NSW6) 1472.3351✓ 1495 (30)1461 (21)
3 SAAntonios Syrigos (SA) 1458.000   1458 (0)
3 VICCarol Johnsen (VIC) 1455.6773✓ 1419 (36)1474 (37)
Ray Alford (VIC4) 1447.000   1447 (0)
Heather Long (VIC5) 1442.0024✓ 1442 (24)
Sam Amarasinghe (QLD6) 1440.000   1440 (0)
Greg Pinchbeck (NSW7) 1437.3354✓ 1418 (8)1447 (46)
Chris Scholten (VIC6) 1433.005   1433 (5)
Roberta Tait (QLD7) 1430.0024✓ 1430 (24)
Trish Brighton (QLD8) 1428.6732✓ 1424 (24)1431 (8)
Gwen Lampre (VIC7) 1428.6716   1392 (0)1447? (16)
Angie Pearse (SA4) 1420.0024✓ 1420 (24)
Malcolm McAnulty (SA5) 1417.000   1417 (0)
Colleen Birch (NSW8) 1410.6731✓ 1428 (16)1402 (15)
Adam Kauschke (SA6) 1396.004   1396 (4)
Kashi Thiris (VIC8) 1394.0040✓ 1392 (24)1395 (16)
Margaret Webb (TAS5) 1368.3310   1373 (0)1366? (10)
Margaret Griggs (TAS6) 1356.0014   1356 (14)
2 ACTTim Reddan (ACT) YES 1346.0015   1346 (8)1346? (7)
3 ACTSusan MacGillivray (ACT) YES 1345.0039✓ 1351 (32)1342 (7)
Tracey Kneebone (SA7) 1338.0030✓ 1364 (18)1325 (12)
Jacqui Pearce (SA8) 1286.000   1286 (0)
John Hayes (TAS7) 1280.000   1280 (0)
Jan Hill (TAS8) 1259.0052✓ 1277 (38)1250 (14)
Anne Schick (ACT4) 1233.0031✓ 1241 (16)1229 (15)
Owen Randall (ACT5) 1108.3347✓ 1105 (32)1110 (15)

Players who decline:
David Eldar, Chris May, Jakob Teitelbaum, Anand Bharadwaj, Andrew Fisher, Edward Okulicz, Esther Perrins, Daniel Piechnick, David Vanzyl, Ryan Sutton, Ron Baginski, Russell Honeybun, Stephen Mooney Purse, Mythili Rudra, Victor Tung, Andrew Hamblin, Wayne Jones, John Spaan, Nick Ivanovski, John Hamilton, Rael Hayman, Michael Vnuk, Dianne Ward, Helen Hynes, Trevor Tao, Tony Miller, Edie Mueller, Alan Burn, Jegatheva Jegathesan, Ros Wilkinson, Faye Williams, Alex Boiko

Recently processed:
17.07.2022 SA July AGM (SA) New peak for Tracey Kneebone
24.07.2022 ACT AGM (ACT) New peak for Ronnie Bennett, Tim Reddan, Anne Schick, Susan MacGillivray, Owen Randall
24.07.2022 NSW Winter Masters (NSW) New peak for Joanne Craig, Rod Talbot, Ivor Zetler, Greg Pinchbeck, Dianne Brumby
24.07.2022 QLD July (QLD) New peak for Cameron Farlow, Jane Brown, Trish Brighton
24.07.2022 SCRABBLE IN JULY (VIC) New peak for Geoff Wright
30.07.2022 Townsville Saturday (QLD) New peak for Julie Brice
31.07.2022 Townsville Sunday (QLD) New peak for Liz Blanch