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NEXT TOURNAMENTS
  • Oct 16 - October Tourney
  • Oct 29 - Bayside Tourney
  • Nov 12 & 13 - Victoria / South Australia Challenge
  • Details on CALENDAR

  • SUNDAY ARVO SCRABBLE
    Thank you to everyone who supported our event today at Moonee Ponds Club – and welcome to our two first time players, Dani Weber and Kelly Galloway. It was reminiscent of when Essendon Scrabble Club held their tournaments the day after the Grand Final.
    Div C - Glenys Dettmann, Liz McKean & Doreen Ivanovski
    Angie Winkler - Div C winner
    Div B - Norma Fisher & Oscar Ivanovski
    Div A - David Eldar & Edward Okulicz
    a nice board - note COPPERED (HG 587 David Eldar)

  • MASTERS / STATE TEAM CHALLENGE
    Victoria tops the pool! Naween Fernando is the new Australian Master with Peter Kougi finishing third in that division. And Team Victoria, comprising Gwen Lampre, Dianne Davis and Heather Long performed admirably to take out the State Team Challenge.
    Peter Kougi (3rd), Naween Fernando (Champion), Sally Martin (HW & HG), Rod Talbot (2nd)Div B -
    Dianne Davis, Gwen Lampre & Heather Long (also individual winner)

  • Classic & AGM
      We welcomed our biggest attendance (33) since pre-COVID and all enjoyed this new venue at the Caulfield RSL, just around the corner from the Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick shops and with tram and train closeby. Two novices, Mark Gillespie and Jessica Richards participated and we welcomed Mardi Healy back after a long absence.
    The games were keenly fought, with each Division having someone go through undefeated. High Games: Div A - David Eldar 609 and Div B - Paula Messer 560. High Words: Div A - DIGAMIST - Andrew Fisher and Div B - PIRATES - Carol Rollman
    Div A - Standing: Naween Fernando (4th); Geoff Wright (5th); Seated: Andrew Fisher (2nd & HW), Edward Okulicz (3rd), David Eldar (1st & HG)
    Div B - Standing: Mardi Healy (4th), Carol Rollmann (HW), Doreen Ivanovski (3rd); Seated: Glen Chandler (2nd), Oscar Ivanovski (1st), Paula Messer (5th & HG)
    Rene Aitken and Carol Johnsen framing one of the many displays at the RSL.
    STONILY - What are the odds on the same player (in this instance Christie Godby) in consecutive moves making the same move with the same letters?
    The playing room
  • Audree Clifton turns 100
    One of our past members, and long-time player in Victoria, Audree Clifton celebrates her 100th birthday today. On behalf of Scrabble Victoria, I would like to pass on best wishes for this milestone event! Audree’s last tournament was in 2016, but she still plays online on Scrabble Go and remains a formidable opponent. Happy Birthday Audree!!

  • Scrabble in July
      Another enjoyable day of Scrabble in Balwyn. We welcomed back Helene Slode after a long absence. Both divisions were close-run, especially B Division where the top 4 all won 5 games. Trevor Halsall won the High Game 581 and High Word with TERPINOL 149 with some exceptional play. B Division saw Paula Messer with the High Game 502 and Carol Rollmann scored 111 for SWIZZLE. The winners were a family affair, as both Nick and Oscar Ivanovski were successful in their respective divisions.
    Div A - Trevor Halsall (2nd & HW); Nick Ivanovski (1st & HG) and Geoff Wright (3rd)
    Div B - Paula Messer (HG) ; Oscar Ivanovski (1st); Mal Eden (2nd), Glen Chandler (3rd) and Carol Rollmann (HW)
  • Current Leader Boards
    July 10
    Winter had well and truly come today for us with a chilly start to the day! We had 26 players take part today, and a lot of great word play ensued. Trevor Halsall almost made it through undefeated, though Dianne’s victory over him in the final round was not enough to unseat him from the title in the top Division today. Oscar Ivanovski dropped the one game to also win his Division with 6 wins. Annette’s run today was a standout in her rating band. Ten players went home with prizes (chocolates) today. Some fun was had with the Division names in honor of the winter weather. High word in Div A was EXUDATE (99) for Norma Fisher and Elizabeth McKean score 140 for BRAISING in Div 9, narrowly eclipsing Mal Eden's STEWING.
    Div A happy Winner - Trevor Halsall(1st)
    Div A - Norma Fisher (HW); Dianne Davis (2nd); Carol Johnsen (HG) & 3rd; - Front: Trevor Halsall (1st)
    Div B - Frank Csarics (3rd); Oscar Ivanovski (1st); Oliver Podesser (HG); Annette Casey (Under 1000); & John Rider (2nd)
    June 26
    This event continued the use of the draw structure trialled at the Victorian Championships for players in both divisions. Welcome back to Christianne McCann and Janet Bau who joined our growing number of players who have taken part in at least one event this year. Congratulations to all winners, noting the interesting tight tussles for the first three places in each division. High Word winners were Carol Johnsen (GLAMOURS - 140) tying with Rob York (DEARNESS - 140) in A Division and Doreen Ivanovski (VIZIERS - 113) in B Division.
    Div A - Edward Okulicz(3rd); David Eldar (1st); Trevor Halsall (2nd); and Carol Johnsen (HW)
    Div B - Doreen Ivanovski (HW); John Rider (2nd); Glen Chandler (3rd); Oscar Ivanovski (HG); and Janet Bau (1st)
    THE 2022 VICTORIAN CHAMPION
    What a great weekend of Scrabble that has just concluded. Windy Hill is an excellent venue. Thank you to Barry Harridge for all computerwork), the venue organizers, and those who came to play our flagship event. High Game 607 by Andrew Fisher is shown below and Nat Podesser's High Word was 158 for REMOVING
    Congratulations to Anand Bharadwaj for winning his first Victorian Championship title, and to all other prize winners.

    Winners: Edward Okulicz (2nd); Andrew Fisher (3rd & HG); Anand Bharadwaj (Champion); Carol Rollmann (Under 1000); Judy Mansfield (Under 1300); & Nat Podesser HW
    Qld - Keri Heart, Paul Richards & Karen Richards
    SA - Carmel Dodd, Jane Taylor & Judy Mansfield
    OUR FIRST IN PERSON ONLINE TOURNAMENT
    Go to ONLINE to see full results and ratings.
    INTERVIEW WITH A CHAMPION
    THE 2022 NATIONALS CHAMPION IS VICTORIAN PETER KOUGI
    Close finish with Peter winning 18/24 games with a margin of 1181 to beat Chris May by the margin of 129. High Game was Chris May with 613 and Carol Johnsen scored 212 for BLIZZARD.
    Other Victorians' placings (Championship)- Mythili Rudra 12th, Trevor Halsall 14th, Nat Podesser 21st, Heather Long 35th, Carol Johnsen 37th, Lainie Mercieca 39h, Kashi Thiris 46th and John Rider 52nd. And in the Plate - Peter Bauer 11th, Khwanjai Thammaping 14th and Siva Sivapalasundram 17th.
    Marlon Prudencio (Phillipines) 6th; Cameron Farlow 5th; Norma Fisher 10th & Rating Band; Andrew Fisher 4th; Carol Johnsen HW; David Eldar 3rd; Peter Kougi 1st; Liz Blanch Ratings Band; Chris May 2nd.
    MOST IMPROVED PLAYER LEADERBOARD

  • May Tournament
      Twenty-four players competed in two divisions back at what was a favourite venue. Congratulations particularly to Neil McLean who comes down from Bendigo for placing 1st in B Division (having rejuvenated his interest in tournament play after being "missing" since 2005}. Nat Podesser scored 140 for PARLOURS (HW) (see board below); Doreen Ivanovsi 91 for BOOKEND in Div B; John Rider had high game {530) Div A; and Oliver Podesser 558 in Div B
    Div A - Kris Howat 3rd; Nat Podesser 1st & HW; Geoff Wright 2nd.
    Div B - Neil McLean 1st & HG; Frank Csarics 2nd; Carol Mascitti 3rd; Doreen Ivanovski HW; Oliver Podesser HG
    PARLOURS

  • Post Nationals
      Eighteen competitors took part in this wonderful venue - Moonee Ponds Club on Mt Alexander Rd. Congratulations to Carol Mascitti on winning all 5 games. Norma Fisher score the High Word with JINGOES for 110 and High Game of 597.
    Carol Mascitti (1st C Div)

  • Bayside 1 Tournament
      Fourteen competitors took part in this wonderful venue - Mordy HQ on Nepean Highway Mordialloc. Congratulations to Dianne Davis on winning all 7 games. Oscar Ivanovski scored the High Word with FLIRTING for 122 and Alan Burn had the High Game with 508.
    Mordy HQ view out to sea from the balcony

  • March Tournament
    Returned to the popular Moonee Ponds Club for our first half-day comp in just over 15 months. It was our best-attended event in 2022 and hopefully signals a return to more numbers in coming months! Thank you to everyone in attendance for their support and for the venue for hosting us.
    There were four divisions playing a round robin format - only two players went through undefeated but only one won all their games?? We welcomed back a number of players who had not played in over 12 months; as a result, the second of our three 2022 awards has been activated. In D Division all the players there won 2 games, so it was very tight indeed.
    High Word winners were Div A - Geoff Wright - TUNICATE 102; Div B - Noel Coulter - NEUTRALS 126; Div D - Ann Goodwin - JOINERS 102.
    Div A - Trevor Halsall (1st & HG 507); Norma Fisher (2nd)
    Div B - Shaun Donnellly (1st), Rob Hutchinson (2nd)
    Div C - Cherry Chapman (1st), Neil McLean (2nd)
    Div D - Carol Rollmann (2nd), Faye Leeder (1st)
    A draw at 461 each for Trevor Halsall & Carol Johnsen

  • Ruth Fewings Memorial Tournament

    Twenty players, including four interstaters, had a wonderful weekend in beautiful Bendigo to celebrate the contribution of Ruth Fewings (albeit delayed by two years due to Covid-19). Two divisions played 9 games of Round Robin with game 10 King of the Hill. Congratulations to Edward Okulicz and Rob York for winning their respective divisions. With 9 straight wins Edward has equaled the longest winning streak (14 wins) in 2022. High Game (629) for A Division went to Joanne Craig and B Division won by Shaun Donnelly (529).
    Ruth's son,Father Andrew Fewings (Parish Priest at the St Therese's Primary School venue) opened the tournament. Thanks to Peter Bauer and Heather Long for their work in organising the tournament. And it was a pleasure to welcome back, after 17 years, Neil McLean, also from Bendigo. Neil had organised the last tournament held in Bendigo in 2005.
    Div A - Joanne Craig (2nd & HG), Edward Okulicz (1st), Jane Taylor (3rd), Norma Fisher (HW)
    Div B - Rob York (1st & HW), Paula Messer (2nd), Shaun Donnelly (HG), Noel Coulter (3rd),
    Interstaters - Jane Taylor (SA), Joanne Craig (NSW), Judy Mansfield (SA), Carmel Dodd (SA)
    Div A - HW - 140 LATENING Norma Fisher
    Div B - HW - 176 STORMILY Rob York
    Edward Okulicz - 4 bingos as a starter
    Rob York with a backdrop of Bendigo's roses
  • Scrabble in her sleep?

    Chris Radin models her prize as 2nd placegetter in the 2021 Langwarrin Club Challenge for the year with fellow Club members Peter Attwood and Geoff Gittus approving in the background. Presentations were made this month and the perpetual trophy pictured to the righthand side of Chris was won by Alan Burn.

  • Cancelled Tournaments
    The Victorian Committee is very sorry that it has had to cancel the tournaments which were to be held in February. Unfortunately, COVID-19 events and protocols have forced the need for this. However,  the Ruth Fewings Memorial Tournament will definitely be going ahead on the weekend of 5 and 6 March in Bendigo.  We hope to welcome lots of players back. Details are on the Tournaments page.

  • Nine-Timer scores 221
    Paula Messer scores 221 for QUANTITY down on TINGLES at Balwyn Club on 7 February.