Twenty of the top players will play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Adelaide at the Glenelg Club Stratarama Stadium on Sat 7th and Sun 8th September. At the same time, teams of three players from each of seven states or territories 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 … 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. 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.

Australian Masters

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
David Eldar (VIC) 2126.5098✓ 2113(37)2113(31)2140(30)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1947.50106✓ 1927(80)1968(26)
Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1936.50139✓ 1936(51)1958(47)1926(41)
Naween Fernando (VIC) 1930.50111✓ 1922(56)1952(24)1924(31)
Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1917.7575✓ 1921(37)1906(7)1922(31)
Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1861.0056✓ 1848(49)1874(7)
Peter Kougi (VIC) 1859.25*10   1696(0)1915(7)1913(3)
Esther Perrins (NSW) 1852.0087✓ 1882(61)1874(18)1826(8)
Victor Tung (NSW) 1788.50104✓ 1815(43)1783(37)1778(24)
Rod Talbot (NSW) 1759.25190✓ 1782(94)1769(62)1743(34)
Ryan Sutton (NSW) 1756.75163✓ 1741(70)1772(62)1757(31)
Adam Kretschmer (SA) 1756.75111✓ 1756(40)1755(22)1758(49)
John Holgate (NSW) 1756.00165✓ 1729(85)1791(54)1752(26)
Joanne Craig (NSW) 1750.50151✓ 1777(58)1741(34)1742(59)
Geoff Wright (VIC) 1735.50134✓ 1770(57)1784(42)1694(35)
Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1729.50*52✓ 1833(36)1603(0)1741(16)
Bob Jackman (NSW) 1708.75205✓ 1725(85)1710(54)1700(66)
Stephen Mooney Purse(TAS) 1700.0013   1696(4)1704(9)
Carmel Dodd (SA) 1684.00229✓ 1622(82)1658(73)1728(74)

State Challenge

Q Stat
need 40
Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Mythili Rudra (VIC1) 1679.00*9   1525(0)1741(5)1725(4)
John Spaan (ACT1) 1650.0068✓ 1660(35)1652(17)1644(16)
Ronnie Bennett (ACT2) 1646.5055✓ 1678(40)1615(15)
Jane Taylor (SA1) 1637.75237✓ 1690(101)1603(73)1629(63)
Rael Hayman (NSW1) 1634.5078✓ 1670(54)1612(9)1628(15)
Karen Richards (QLD1) 1630.25280✓ 1624(109)1663(84)1617(87)
Tony Hunt (NSW2) 1623.25145✓ 1644(49)1597(36)1626(60)
Noel Barrett (ACT3) 1615.00213✓ 1712(102)1664(58)1542(53)
Rocky Sharma (NSW3) 1593.0069✓ 1604(24)1590(37)1589(8)
John Hamilton (ACT4) 1592.2580✓ 1617(15)1618(26)1567(39)
Nat Podesser (VIC2) 1586.5082✓ 1607(37)1593(7)1573(38)
Trevor Tao (SA2) 1577.50*20   1596(4)1396(0)1659(16)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW4) 1561.5088✓ 1630(70)1493(18)
Jyoti Chandna (NSW5) 1547.7596✓ 1452(18)1579(44)1580(34)
Paul Richards (QLD2) 1543.75237✓ 1596(101)1517(75)1531(61)
Antony Kimber (SA3) 1541.00142✓ 1536(35)1540(52)1544(55)
Dianne Brumby (TAS1) 1539.2583✓ 1468(43)1535(26)1577(14)
Heather Long (VIC3) 1526.5016   1517(6)1536(10)
Greg Pinchbeck (NSW6) 1525.00167✓ 1526(70)1520(71)1527(26)
Dianne Davis (VIC4) 1523.2584✓ 1496(39)1533(31)1532(14)
Alistair Kane (VIC5) 1510.00*7   1413(0)1607(7)
Helen Hynes (QLD3) 1485.50*37   1545(7)1345(0)1526(30)
Tony Miller (SA4) 1484.5058✓ 1497(10)1509(28)1466(20)
Martin Rose (TAS2) 1482.5075✓ 1489(26)1491(21)1475(28)
Garth van Vliet (NSW7) 1474.2599✓ 1472(33)1461(28)1482(38)
Michael Vnuk (SA5) 1469.7580✓ 1473(16)1502(32)1452(32)
Jane Brown (QLD4) 1465.00109✓ 1505(51)1511(50)1422(8)
Jon Ford-King (TAS3) 1460.7557✓ 1439(22)1458(21)1473(14)
Carol Johnsen (VIC6) 1460.25143✓ 1473(81)1452(24)1458(38)
Liz Blanch (QLD5) 1458.5092✓ 1483(58)1425(17)1463(17)
Diyath Visidagamage (VIC7) 1458.00*10   1416(0)1500(10)
Roberta Tait (QLD6) 1449.5078✓ 1434(8)1474(32)1445(38)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1449.5041✓ 1434(8)1465(33)
Malcolm McAnulty (SA6) 1443.75*32   1209(0)1488(16)1539(16)
Sheryl Davidson (QLD7) 1439.50161✓ 1404(67)1446(39)1454(55)
Adam Kauschke (SA7) 1429.0019   1425(4)1433(15)
Alex Boiko (ACT6) 1427.0070✓ 1436(42)1418(28)
Khen Meerding (TAS4) 1401.5048✓ 1399(26)1404(22)
Margaret Webb (TAS5) 1397.5025   1400(16)1395(9)
Tim Reddan (ACT7) 1393.2574✓ 1371(42)1358(16)1422(16)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS6) 1316.7573✓ 1316(31)1323(15)1314(27)
Jan Hill (TAS7) 1281.5069✓ 1278(28)1270(19)1289(22)

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