2009 Australian Nationals

We have scheduled the 2009 Australian Othello Federation’s national tournament. Details are below.

Where: Tuggerah Community Hall, 9 Anzac Rd, Tuggerah, NSW.
Date: September 19, 2009
Time: Registration at 10am, first round at 10.30am
Format: 5 rounds Swiss + 1 final
Prizes: Trophy for outright winner, prize for highest-scoring rookie
Cost: $10 for working adults, $5 for full-time students
Register: Contact Phil Cairns.
(Click to view in Google Maps)

The Tuggerah Community Hall is on the Central Coast of NSW, and is less than 200m from the Tuggerah Railway Station. Click the map above to find the venue in Google Maps. There is a “Pizza Inn” and a bakery next door, Subway and a Chinese restaurant are between the hall and the railway station, and McDonalds and Hungry Jacks are directly across the street. We will provide hot drinks and nibblies.

The format will be 5 preliminary rounds + 1 final round (unless we get more than 12 people, and need more preliminary rounds). There will be a trophy for the winner, and a prize for the best-performing rookie. We define a rookie as a person who has never played in the Australian Nationals before. There will be an entry fee of $10 for working adults, $5 for full-time students. The proposed start time is 10am, but this may change as we approach the date.

I’d like to encourage everyone to get in touch with everyone they know and invite them to come along and play. The Australian Nationals is traditionally a very social tournament, and from my point of view, the main reasons for holding it are to meet the other players, promote the game, get out for the day and have a bit of fun. I’m going to do my usual thing of inviting family, friends, workmates and other associates, some of whom will probably learn how to play on the day or during the week before.

If you’re coming up from Sydney, can I encourage you to come on the train? It takes about two hours from Central, and you’ll see some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you travel along the Hawkesbury River, and around Brisbane Waters (the name of the body of water around which Gosford is built). Having said that, it takes half the time if you come by car.

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