Twenty of the top players hope to play the Australian Masters as a round robin in Sydney, 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.

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
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
David Eldar (VIC) 2089.5082✓ 2099(35)2075(36)2092(11)
Chris May (NSW) 1996.50*33   1844(0)2052(24)2045(9)
Andrew Fisher (VIC) 1984.5064✓ 1971(28)2017(31)1975(5)
Cameron Farlow (QLD) 1936.50108✓ 1975(43)1927(40)1922(25)
Edward Okulicz (VIC) 1929.25120✓ 1930(53)1931(55)1928(12)
Naween Fernando (VIC) 1924.00106✓ 1949(49)1961(45)1893(12)
Peter Kougi (VIC) 1904.0033   1903(19)1905(14)
Anand Bharadwaj (VIC) 1882.00*16   1982(16)1782(0)
Esther Perrins (NSW) 1855.50121✓ 1888(18)1904(94)1815(9)
Joanne Craig (NSW) 1828.00239✓ 1783(60)1825(113)1852(66)
Trevor Halsall (VIC) 1825.5087✓ 1803(40)1821(42)1839(5)
Daniel Piechnick (SA) 1814.5093✓ 1824(34)1816(31)1809(28)
Victor Tung (NSW) 1774.00125✓ 1682(18)1840(98)1787(9)
Bob Jackman (NSW) 1764.75212✓ 1776(54)1783(131)1750(27)
Rod Talbot (NSW) 1762.50221✓ 1806(65)1766(122)1739(34)
John Holgate (NSW) 1730.75195✓ 1780(47)1719(122)1712(26)
Adam Kretschmer (SA) 1730.0080✓ 1705(22)1733(38)1741(20)

State Challenge

Q Stat
Games Peak (games)
Jun to Sep
Peak (games)
Oct to Jan
Peak (games)
Feb to May
Stephen Mooney Purse(TAS1) 1716.0031   1712(8)1720(23)
Ryan Sutton (NSW1) 1690.00*122✓ 1581(0)1777(107)1701(15)
Nick Ivanovski (VIC1) 1676.2554✓ 1650(19)1723(28)1666(7)
Jane Taylor (SA1) 1674.25248✓ 1658(83)1679(124)1680(41)
Ronnie Bennett (ACT1) 1674.0066✓ 1633(7)1663(51)1700(8)
Rocky Sharma (NSW2) 1657.50117✓ 1635(32)1659(76)1668(9)
Tony Hunt (NSW3) 1648.75232✓ 1727(67)1624(133)1622(32)
John Spaan (ACT2) 1643.2569✓ 1671(23)1618(30)1642(16)
Rael Hayman (NSW4) 1632.75*130✓ 1397(0)1724(88)1705(42)
Noel Barrett (ACT3) 1631.75204✓ 1602(60)1649(112)1638(32)
Geoff Wright (VIC2) 1617.00124✓ 1632(44)1684(47)1576(33)
Karen Richards (QLD1) 1611.25298✓ 1626(93)1611(158)1604(47)
Paul Richards (QLD2) 1610.00248✓ 1577(75)1597(143)1633(30)
John Hamilton (ACT4) 1574.50*21   1634(13)1434(0)1615(8)
Graeme Lock Lee (NSW5) 1568.00114✓ 1471(25)1567(65)1617(24)
Dianne Brumby (TAS2) 1562.50128✓ 1559(43)1553(48)1569(37)
Wayne Jones (NSW6) 1560.00*13   1660(13)1460(0)
Jane Brown (QLD3) 1548.7589✓ 1593(58)1550(17)1526(14)
Trevor Tao (SA2) 1545.00*21   1356(0)1574(5)1625(16)
Helen Hynes (QLD4) 1543.5015   1556(10)1531(5)
Carmel Dodd (SA3) 1539.25173✓ 1563(68)1568(69)1513(36)
Alistair Kane (VIC3) 1523.50*10   1434(0)1613(10)
Nat Podesser (VIC4) 1516.00*56✓ 1616(56)1416(0)
Liz Blanch (QLD5) 1514.75134✓ 1523(72)1534(39)1501(23)
Norma Fisher (VIC5) 1511.00163✓ 1543(68)1509(83)1496(12)
Dianne Davis (VIC6) 1504.2596✓ 1531(41)1562(43)1462(12)
Michael Vnuk (SA4) 1493.7583✓ 1571(28)1440(17)1482(38)
Antony Kimber (SA5) 1490.50137✓ 1545(29)1555(70)1431(38)
Julie Brice (QLD6) 1488.5028   1493(23)1484(5)
Khen Meerding (TAS3) 1478.5059✓ 1550(36)1407(23)
Martin Rose (TAS4) 1470.0087✓ 1515(59)1461(15)1452(13)
Tony Williams (ACT5) 1452.0084✓ 1444(18)1460(66)
Tony Miller (SA6) 1441.50*41✓ 1341(0)1549(15)1438(26)
Jon Ford-King (TAS5) 1439.0065✓ 1512(42)1366(23)
Ros Wilkinson (TAS6) 1421.2540✓ 1410(4)1473(23)1401(13)
Susan MacGillivray (ACT6) 1329.0016   1342(7)1316(9)

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