Twenty of the top players will play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Sydney, on Sep 2-3 2023. The venue is the Revesby Workers 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 … 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.

Selection by ratings

The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic

Players may appeal to CASPA for a special dispensation in exceptional circumstances. Carolyn Watt has been granted exemption so that she will be the third member of the WA team. In the event of any unforeseen issue the decision of CASPA is final.

The Qstat is Q = (P1 + P2 + 2 x P3)/4 where P1, P2, P3 are peaks from Jun to Sep, Oct to Jan and Feb to May. Extrapolated Qstat is shown, together with the peak(games) in each period. 40 games required.

Selection has now finished. Please inform Barry Harridge and Bob Jackman of your intention.

Australian Masters

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Naween Fernando (VIC) YES 1978.00130✓ 1949(49)1961(45)2001(36)
Cameron Farlow (QLD) YES 1943.50148✓ 1975(43)1927(40)1936(65)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) YES 1929.25144✓ 1930(53)1931(55)1928(36)
Esther Perrins (NSW) YES 1894.00145✓ 1888(18)1904(94)1892(33)
Trevor Halsall (VIC) YES 1840.00111✓ 1803(40)1821(42)1868(29)
Joanne Craig (NSW) YES 1828.00294✓ 1783(60)1825(113)1852(121)
Victor Tung (NSW) YES 1774.00125✓ 1682(18)1840(98)1787(9)
Bob Jackman (NSW) YES 1764.75252✓ 1776(54)1783(131)1750(67)
Rod Talbot (NSW) YES 1762.50261✓ 1806(65)1766(122)1739(74)
John Holgate (NSW) YES 1743.75227✓ 1780(47)1719(122)1738(58)
Ryan Sutton (NSW) YES 1705.00*154✓ 1581(0)1777(107)1731(47)
Jane Taylor (SA) YES 1674.25290✓ 1658(83)1679(124)1680(83)
John Spaan (ACT) YES 1643.2569✓ 1671(23)1618(30)1642(16)
Noel Barrett (ACT) YES 1631.75236✓ 1602(60)1649(112)1638(64)
Karen Richards (QLD) YES 1616.75330✓ 1626(93)1611(158)1615(79)
Paul Richards (QLD) YES 1610.00280✓ 1577(75)1597(143)1633(62)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW) YES 1601.50138✓ 1471(25)1567(65)1684(48)
Carmel Dodd (SA) YES 1593.25220✓ 1563(68)1568(69)1621(83)

State Challenge

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Nat Podesser (VIC1) YES 1583.50*80✓ 1616(56)1416(0)1651(24)
Dianne Brumby (TAS1) YES 1562.50152✓ 1559(43)1553(48)1569(61)
Jane Brown (QLD1) YES 1548.75105✓ 1593(58)1550(17)1526(30)
Liz Blanch (QLD2) YES 1514.75174✓ 1523(72)1534(39)1501(63)
Greg Pinchbeck (NSW1) YES 1497.50230✓ 1447(46)1475(120)1534(64)
Martin Rose (TAS2) YES 1495.00100✓ 1515(59)1461(15)1502(26)
Carol Johnsen (VIC2) YES 1475.00157✓ 1478(49)1452(84)1485(24)
Ivor Zetler (NSW2) YES 1467.50141✓ 1527(49)1449(51)1447(41)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD3) YES 1466.75113✓ 1542(66)1477(30)1424(17)
Karrin Henderson (QLD4) 1444.25109✓ 1407(32)1450(39)1460(38)
Kashi Thiris (VIC3) 1437.2550✓ 1441(34)1452(10)1428(6)
Therese Nichols (NSW3) YES 1426.2568✓ 1461(21)1448(32)1398(15)
Chris Ostrowski (NSW4) 1403.75223✓ 1365(54)1416(96)1417(73)
Jyoti Chandna (NSW5) YES 1400.00100✓ 1376(31)1362(28)1431(41)
Arnold Appelhof (QLD5) 1382.50227✓ 1355(56)1401(114)1387(57)
Rob Hutchinson (VIC4) YES 1361.25201✓ 1221(28)1364(94)1430(79)
Angie Pearse (SA1) YES 1360.25*59✓ 1424(23)1205(0)1406(36)
Margaret Neal (NSW6) 1357.75103✓ 1376(7)1365(57)1345(39)
Kris Howat (VIC5) 1351.00106✓ 1332(28)1320(26)1376(52)
Jenny Brysha (VIC6) 1344.75107✓ 1363(44)1352(45)1332(18)
Martin Waterworth (QLD6) 1336.50128✓ 1360(55)1324(39)1331(34)
Tracey Kneebone (SA2) YES 1319.75141✓ 1325(48)1362(46)1296(47)
Caroline Scowcroft (ACT1) YES 1313.75200✓ 1373(40)1242(83)1320(77)
Susan MacGillivray (ACT2) YES 1297.0040✓ 1342(7)1316(9)1265(24)
Tim Reddan (ACT3) YES 1276.50*56✓ 1346(41)1144(0)1308(15)
Victoria Gates (SA3) 1262.25110✓ 1268(18)1257(45)1262(47)
Judy Mansfield (SA4) 1236.50193✓ 1190(64)1242(60)1257(69)
Lynne Jarvis (TAS3) YES 1219.5064✓ 1115(7)1259(20)1252(37)
Margaret Bishop (TAS4) 1216.50114✓ 1217(40)1209(24)1220(50)
Margaret Bishop (TAS4) 1216.50114✓ 1217(40)1209(24)1220(50)
Rowena Vnuk (SA5) 1203.50116✓ 1197(28)1181(23)1218(65)
Rowena Vnuk (SA5) 1203.50116✓ 1197(28)1181(23)1218(65)
Dieter Jedamski (SA6) 1193.25116✓ 1161(40)1186(27)1213(49)
Betty Smith (TAS5) 1131.5066✓ 1168(20)1140(20)1109(26)
Sandy McConnell (TAS6) 1076.0048✓ 1134(18)1066(18)1052(12)
Carolyn Watt has been granted exemption so that she will be the third member of the WA team.

Not going: David Eldar, Chris May, Andrew Fisher, Peter Kougi, Daniel Piechnick, David Vanzyl, Adam Kretschmer, Nick Ivanovski, Ronnie Bennett, Tony Hunt, Rocky Sharma, Rael Hayman, Geoff Wright, Ian Ting, Chris Hall, Antony Kimber, Howard Rayner, Dianne Ward, Dianne Davis, Norma Fisher, Edie Mueller, Michael Vnuk, Garth van Vliet, Julie Brice, Gwen Lampre, Tony Miller, Susan Rayner, Ros Wilkinson, Jon Ford-King, Neil McLean, Darren Chaitman, Judy Godfrey, Tony Williams, Benjamin Lee, Francoise Finlayson, Khen Meerding, Susan Roberts, Jan Hill, Margaret Griggs, Anne Schick, Owen Randall, Arlene Williams, John Hamilton, Margaret Webb, John Hayes
Some worthies played too few games

Anand Bharadwaj (VIC) 16 games, (R=1982)
Michael Hornung (VIC) 7 games, (R=1775)
Mythili Rudra (VIC) 6 games, (R=1725)
Tim Mason (WA) 25 games, (R=1722)
Stephen Mooney Purse (TAS) 31 games, (R=1692)
Derek McKenzie (QLD) 24 games, (R=1687)
Wayne Jones (NSW) 13 games, (R=1660)
Trevor Tao (SA) 21 games, (R=1625)
John Hamilton (ACT) 21 games, (R=1615)
Alistair Kane (VIC) 10 games, (R=1613)
Helen Hynes (QLD) 15 games, (R=1531)
Heather Long (VIC) 24 games, (R=1523)
Jeremy Yip (NSW) 8 games, (R=1512)
Alan Burn (VIC) 17 games, (R=1491)
Antonios Syrigos (SA) 16 games, (R=1474)
Geoff Shepheard (WA) 34 games, (R=1429)
Peter Shaw (NSW) 15 games, (R=1416)
Adam Kauschke (SA) 10 games, (R=1416)
Chris Scholten (VIC) 10 games, (R=1414)
Malcolm McAnulty (SA) 36 games, (R=1409)
Jegatheva Jegathesan (WA) 35 games, (R=1403)
Felicity Devitt (NSW) 18 games, (R=1396)
Trish Brighton (QLD) 23 games, (R=1385)
Roberta Tait (QLD) 33 games, (R=1384)
Faye Williams (WA) 28 games, (R=1380)
Margaret Webb (TAS) 23 games, (R=1377)
Kerry Constable (NSW) 22 games, (R=1376)
Anne Zion (WA) 33 games, (R=1374)
Helen Metaxas (TAS) 20 games, (R=1349)
Marvi Delfin (WA) 7 games, (R=1326)
Barry Harridge (SA) 33 games, (R=1320)
Gillian Street (WA) 7 games, (R=1289)
Jacqui Pearce (SA) 5 games, (R=1282)
John Hayes (TAS) 15 games, (R=1267)
Penny Wells (TAS) 22 games, (R=1244)
Margaret Gibson (SA) 5 games, (R=1234)
Nancy Sparling (SA) 15 games, (R=1188)
John Minas (WA) 27 games, (R=1169)
Jenny Mitchell (WA) 14 games, (R=1137)
Dorrie Balgera (WA) 7 games, (R=982)