Spring Marathon - October 25th 1997


The refurbished Senior Citizens Hall, in leafy Turramurra, was the venue for this years Spring Marathon, attracting 50+ contestants all thrown into one open Section.

This was the big chance for lesser rated players to capture some big scalps, and increase their ratings significantly. To the credit of the top bracket of NSW players, all were in attendance to risk their hard earned rating points, and hopefully take out the honors.

All three of our WSC contestants were making their last appearance at this tournament, before departing for Washington. Esther Perrins, winner of this event on two occasions, scraped into second place, John Holgate, Tournament Organiser, finished third, while Paul Cleary, the new Vice President of ASPA (NSW), came in fifth.

But the honours went to Joan Rosenthal for the second year running, easily outclassing the rest of the field. She was unbeatable going into the final round, having chalked up a two game lead and a massive spread. It must be said that the women of the species seem to excel in these types of events, as four out of the five marathons held so far have been won by the fairer sex.

Richard Birch, a member of the caspa mailing list, achieved the highest rating gain of 170 points, largely due to a victory over John Holgate. Richard is responsible for the popular 'Rhyming Fours' list, amongst othervthings that I'd rather not go into.

Another list member, Derek McKenzie, achieved high game score with 140 for DETAINEE. It is known on the best authority that Derek, who has an insatiable appetite for Scrabble, was detained himself till 2am the same night playing another unrated mini tournament.

Arthur Isaac, a list member and erstwhile player at the Wyong Central Coast Club, made his comeback after an 18 month absence and proceeded to pick up a swag of ratings points, mainly at my expense.

And Marie Knight paid us a visit from Lake Cathie to make up for her inability to attend the recent Championships, and cracked it for a 600+ game to remind us she is still in the Scrabble business.

Here are the results:

Results after game 12
SPRING MARATHON 25.10.97 -- MARATHON 97

Rank Player            Wins  Mar
--------------------------------
  1 Joan Rosenthal      10  1249
  2 Esther Perrins       9   952
  3 John Holgate         9   510
  4 John Barker          9   172
  5 Paul Cleary          8   605
  6 Bob Jackman          8   474
  7 Jean Noonan          8   308
  8 Jean Mcgiffen        8   161
  9 Sam Greenberg        8     0
 10 Richard Birch        8   -56
 11 Robyn Flynn          7  557
 12 Joanne Craig         7  197
 13 Arthur Isaac         7   304
 14 Jan Serisier         7   274
 15 Glenda Harington     7   188
 16 Peter Shaw           7   176
 17 Ethel Collins        7   147
 18 Jenny Templeton      7    55
 19 Edith Lowbeer        7  -189
 20 Gordon Meggs         6  362
 21 Jeff Spring          6  268
 22 Audrey Newman        6   -9
 23 Marie Knight         6   659
 24 Rod Talbot           6   453
 25 Jeff Chelton         6   114
 26 Nanette Reynolds     6    88
 27 Ivana Duria          6    74
 28 Fay Van Oyen         6   -24
 29 Ivor Zetler          6  -179
 30 Nonie English        6  -219
 31 Dawn Spring          6  -242
 32 Trish Windhurst      6  -461
 33 Graeme Lock Lee      5 -124
 34 Derek Mckenzie       5   193
 35 Ian Close            5    54
 36 Norma Tracey         5    27
 37 Liz Jackman          5     8
 38 Ros Gibbons          5  -116
 39 Lan Knox             5  -153
 40 Dulcie Lyall         5  -179
 41 Judy Mcguinness      5  -221
 42 Alan Gauci           5  -288
 43 David Etherington    5  -310
 44 Nancy Sacchetti      5  -772
 45 Silvana Newman       4  -132
 46 Donna Macdonald      4  -253
 47 Sunny Wright         4  -314
 48 Andree Lajoie        4  -343
 49 Helen Young          4  -367
 50 Daphne Bezuidenhout  4  -726
 51 Ann Fiddler          4  -803
 52 Diana Field          4 -1059
 53 Rudolf Puntschuh     3  -490
 
HIGH GAME: Marie Knight      604
HIGH WORD: Derek Mackenzie   140
            "DETAINEE"

Stats for Tournament : SPRING MARATHON 25.10.97

+-------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+----------------+
| state     Name          | National  | State   |   Wins    | Rating Points  |
|                         | Old  New  | Old New | Exp  Act  | Old Change New |
+-------------------------+-----------+---------+-----------+----------------+
+Section: *MARATHON 97                +         +           +                +
+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+
| NSW Joan Rosenthal       |    6    5 |   5   4 |  7.4 10.0 | 1871 +44 1915 |
| NSW Esther Perrins       |    2    2 |   1   1 |  9.0  9.0 | 1977  +0 1976 |
| NSW John Holgate         |    3    3 |   2   2 |  9.2  9.0 | 1965  +0 1964 |
| NSW John Barker          |   26   23 |  10   9 |  8.3  9.0 | 1773 +14 1787 |
| NSW Paul Cleary          |    5    6 |   4   5 |  8.3  8.0 | 1882  -4 1877 |
| NSW Jean McGiffen        |   41   35 |  14  12 |  7.4  8.0 | 1724 +15 1739 |
| NSW Bob Jackman          |    4    4 |   3   3 | 10.1  8.0 | 1953 -33 1919 |
| NSW Jean Noonan          |  114  117 |  32  32 |  9.1  8.0 | 1532 -18 1513 |
| NSW Richard Birch        |  398  292 |  98  72 |  1.7  8.0 |  999 +170 1169 |
| NSW Sam Greenberg        |  192  170 |  47  41 |  6.2  8.0 | 1363 +42 1405 |
| NSW Robyn Flynn          |   66   59 |  18  18 |  6.5  7.5 | 1645 +21 1666 |
| NSW Joanne Craig         |   84   86 |  25  24 |  7.7  7.5 | 1601  -4 1596 |
| NSW Ethel Collins        |  212  185 |  51  46 |  3.9  7.0 | 1317 +61 1378 |
| NSW Peter Shaw           |   35   34 |  12  11 |  7.0  7.0 | 1743  +0 1743 |
| NSW Jan Serisier         |  219  195 |  53  48 |  3.8  7.0 | 1296 +65 1361 |
| NSW Glenda Harington     |   69   79 |  20  20 |  8.7  7.0 | 1636 -32 1603 |
| NSW Arthur Isaac         |  303  269 |  73  65 |  4.4  7.0 | 1146 +52 1198 |
| NSW Jenny Templeton      |  206  210 |  48  52 |  7.5  7.0 | 1337  -9 1327 |
| NSW Edith Lowbeer        |  325  306 |  77  75 |  5.9  7.0 | 1117 +27 1144 |
| NSW Jeff Spring          |  147  151 |  39  40 |  7.2  6.5 | 1450 -11 1438 |
| NSW Audrey Newman        |   79   81 |  22  22 |  7.2  6.5 | 1614 -12 1601 |
| NSW Gordon Meggs         |  238  231 |  59  59 |  6.0  6.5 | 1257 +10 1267 |
| NSW Marie Knight         |   21   28 |   9  10 |  9.6  6.0 | 1806 -54 1751 |
| NSW Rod Talbot           |   39   54 |  13  17 |  8.7  6.0 | 1735 -52 1682 |
| NSW Nanette Reynolds     |  329  307 |  79  76 |  4.4  6.0 | 1113 +31 1144 |
| NSW Jeff Chelton         |  102  123 |  30  34 |  8.9  6.0 | 1562 -58 1503 |
| NSW Ivor Zetler          |   29   53 |  11  16 |  9.4  6.0 | 1751 -67 1683 |
| NSW Nonie English        |  486  458 | 126 115 |  3.8  6.0 |  886 +44  930 |
| NSW Ivana Duria          |  610  548 | 151 138 |  3.0  6.0 |  770 +60  830 |
| NSW Trish Windhurst      |  487  460 | 127 116 |  4.0  6.0 |  886 +40  926 |
| NSW Dawn Spring          |  346  345 |  87  87 |  5.6  6.0 | 1074  +8 1082 |
| NSW Fay Van Oyen         |  434  408 | 107 100 |  4.8  6.0 |  957 +24  981 |
| NSW Graeme Lock Lee      |   77   94 |  21  26 |  7.9  5.5 | 1624 -46 1577 |
| NSW Derek McKenzie       |  208  209 |  50  51 |  5.2  5.0 | 1331  +0 1331 |
| NSW Ian Close            |  133  144 |  36  38 |  6.2  5.0 | 1484 -22 1461 |
| NSW Judy McGuinness      |  344  354 |  86  88 |  5.9  5.0 | 1079 -17 1061 |
| NSW Norma Tracey         |  242  250 |  61  61 |  5.9  5.0 | 1253 -17 1235 |
| NSW Liz Jackman          |  249  273 |  62  67 |  7.2  5.0 | 1239 -44 1194 |
| NSW Ros Gibbons          |  187  204 |  46  49 |  6.4  5.0 | 1375 -27 1347 |
| NSW Dulcie Lyall         |   67  107 |  19  29 |  9.5  5.0 | 1641 -89 1551 |
| NSW David Etherington    |  792  762 | 208 197 |  3.1  5.0 |  570 +38  608 |
| NSW Alan Gauci           |  499  455 | 131 114 |  2.0  5.0 |  872 +60  932 |
| NSW Lan Knox             |  532  519 | 136 132 |  4.6  5.0 |  849  +8  857 |
| NSW Nancy Sacchetti      |  803  769 | 210 200 |  2.7  5.0 |  558 +46  604 |
| NSW Sunny Wright         |  469  485 | 121 126 |  4.6  4.0 |  908 -12  895 |
| NSW Silvana Newman       |  602  643 | 148 160 |  6.7  4.0 |  779 -54  724 |
| NSW Helen Young          |  402  464 | 100 118 |  7.6  4.0 |  993 -72  920 |
| NSW Donna MacDonald      |  704  671 | 173 168 |  2.3  4.0 |  667 +33  700 |
| NSW Andree Lajoie        |  845  810 | 224 212 |  2.7  4.0 |  512 +40  552 |
| NSW Daphne Bezuidenhout  |  737  734 | 189 186 |  3.6  4.0 |  635  +8  643 |
| NSW Ann Fiddler          |  744  737 | 191 189 |  3.2  4.0 |  627 +15  642 |
| NSW Diana Field          |  872  843 | 234 224 |  2.8  4.0 |  492 +24  516 |
| NSW Rudolf Puntschuh     |  491  585 | 130 146 |  6.9  3.0 |  877 -78  798 |
|+-------------------------------------+---------+-----------+----------------+

Bob Jackman