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Selective events 2023


Twenty of the top players hope to play the Australian Masters as a round robin somewhere, sometime in September 2023.
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 that which is used in the majority of states (probably 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 three peaks Q statistic


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

Players may appeal to CASPA for a special dispensation in exceptional circumstances. In the event of any unforeseen issue the decision of CASPA is final.


Here are the indicative selected teams as at 28.11.2022 plus 3 reserves from each state. A tick ✓ shows that the games quota has been met.



Australian Masters 2023

Contender
Q Stat
28.11.2022
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
1David Eldar (VIC) 2087.0054✓ 2099 (35)2075 (19)
2Anand Bharadwaj (VIC) 1982.0016   1982 (16)
3Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1976.5042✓ 1971 (28)1982 (14)
4Naween Fernando (VIC) 1955.0084✓ 1949 (49)1961 (35)
5Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1951.0058✓ 1975 (43)1927 (15)
6Chris May (NSW) 1948.00*24   1844 (0)2052 (24)
7Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1923.5091✓ 1930 (53)1917 (38)
8Peter Kougi (VIC) 1904.0033   1903 (19)1905 (14)
9Esther Perrins (NSW) 1896.0094✓ 1888 (18)1904 (76)
10Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1812.0075✓ 1803 (40)1821 (35)
11Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1804.5050✓ 1824 (34)1785 (16)
12Joanne Craig (NSW) 1804.00155✓ 1783 (60)1825 (95)
14Rod Talbot (NSW) 1786.00160✓ 1806 (65)1766 (95)
15Bob Jackman (NSW) 1772.00149✓ 1776 (54)1768 (95)
16Victor Tung (NSW) 1761.0081✓ 1682 (18)1840 (63)
17John Holgate (NSW) 1749.50134✓ 1780 (47)1719 (87)
20Adam Kretschmer (SA) 1719.0060✓ 1705 (22)1733 (38)
State Challenge Trophy 2023

Contender
Q Stat
28.11.2022
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
1 TASStephen Mooney Purse(TAS) 1716.0022   1712 (8)1720 (14)
1 NSWRyan Sutton (NSW) 1679.00*63✓ 1581 (0)1777 (63)
2 NSWTony Hunt (NSW) 1674.00151✓ 1727 (67)1621 (84)
1 SAJane Taylor (SA) 1668.50185✓ 1658 (83)1679 (102)
3 NSWWayne Jones (NSW) 1660.0013   1660 (13)
1 VICNick Ivanovski (VIC) 1655.0026   1650 (19)1660 (7)
2 VICGeoff Wright (VIC) 1653.0056✓ 1632 (44)1674 (12)
Rocky Sharma (NSW4) 1647.00108✓ 1635 (32)1659 (76)
1 ACTJohn Spaan (ACT) 1642.0039   1671 (23)1613 (16)
2 ACTJohn Hamilton (ACT) 1634.0013   1634 (13)
3 ACTRonnie Bennett (ACT) 1627.0031   1633 (7)1621 (24)
Noel Barrett (ACT4) 1621.00136✓ 1602 (60)1640 (76)
1 QLDKaren Richards (QLD) 1618.50200✓ 1626 (93)1611 (107)
3 VICNat Podesser (VIC) 1616.0056✓ 1616 (56)
2 QLDPaul Richards (QLD) 1576.50166✓ 1577 (75)1576 (91)
2 SACarmel Dodd (SA) 1565.50117✓ 1563 (68)1568 (49)
2 TASDianne Brumby (TAS) 1556.0091✓ 1559 (43)1553 (48)
3 SAAntony Kimber (SA) 1550.0079✓ 1545 (29)1555 (50)
Rael Hayman (NSW5) 1550.00*44✓ 1397 (0)1703 (44)
Dianne Davis (VIC4) 1546.5060✓ 1531 (41)1562 (19)
3 QLDHelen Hynes (QLD) 1543.5015   1556 (10)1531 (5)
Liz Blanch (QLD4) 1528.5087✓ 1523 (72)1534 (15)
Jane Brown (QLD5) 1527.0066✓ 1593 (58)1461 (8)
Norma Fisher (VIC5) 1525.00120✓ 1543 (68)1507 (52)
Heather Long (VIC6) 1523.0018   1523 (18)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW6) 1519.0073✓ 1471 (25)1567 (48)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD6) 1509.5081✓ 1542 (66)1477 (15)
Michael Vnuk (SA4) 1500.5034   1571 (28)1430 (6)
3 TASKhen Meerding (TAS) 1478.5050✓ 1550 (36)1407 (14)
Martin Rose (TAS4) 1475.0065✓ 1515 (59)1435 (6)
Tony Miller (SA5) 1437.50*6   1341 (0)1534 (6)
Jon Ford-King (TAS5) 1433.5056✓ 1512 (42)1355 (14)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1433.0058✓ 1444 (18)1422 (40)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS6) 1427.0018   1410 (4)1444 (14)
Angie Pearse (SA6) 1424.0023   1424 (23)
Tim Reddan (ACT6) 1346.0041✓ 1346 (41)


Wanderers
Geoff Shepheard has played 7 games as a player from WA and 6 games as a player from VIC.
At this stage, Geoff Shepheard is regarded as representing WA.
Recently processed:
13.11.2022 BISECTION NOV 2022 (WA) New peak for Ian Ting, Tim Mason
19.11.2022 Ross November (TAS) New peak for Martin Rose
20.11.2022 Civil War (SA) New peak for Daniel Piechnick
20.11.2022 November (QLD) New peak for Jane Brown
26.11.2022 LAKE MACQUARIE SPRING (NSW) New peak for Rael Hayman
26.11.2022 Townsville Round Robin (QLD) New peak for Helen Hynes
27.11.2022 Sunday Arvo 271122 (VIC) New peak for Geoff Wright