Tournament report by Fab Guibal
The 2021 Australian Nationals had a late change. As a result of the Melbourne lockdown due to COVID-19, the Victorian players could not make it to Sydney. A decision was made to stage two tournaments, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. The two finalists of each Open would play each other in a third tournament to determine the overall winner for the current year. The late change was necessary to ensure participants from Sydney and Melbourne and around Australia could still take part in the tournament.
Eight players took part in the first of the two tournaments, the Sydney Open. Six were from New South Wales, two from Queensland and one from Western Australia. All were seasoned veterans of the game. There were no new players this time. Hopefully the Melbourne Open will include some new players.
The final of the Sydney Open was played between Joanna William and Scott Hughes. Jo was the eventual winner in a thrilling contest. As the two finalists in the Sydney Open, both Jo and Scott will later face the two other finalists from the Melbourne Open to determine the overall Australian champion for this year.
Thanks goes to Phil Cairns and Scott Hughes for keeping things under control throughout the day. Thanks also goes to Scott Hughes and Matt Vinar for finding and booking the Sydney venue for our use. The meeting room at the Unilodge was perfect for our needs.
|FINAL||Joanna William 37-27 Scott Hughes
F5 D6 C5 F4 D7 F6 D3 C3 E3 F3 G4 G3 E2 C4 E6 F2 D2 C1 D1 E1 B4 H4 B3 E7 F8 C2 G5 H5 F7 A3 F1 G1 A2 A4 B5 A6 A5 E8 D8 G6 A7 C7 H6 H7 B6 B8 H3 H2 C6 B7 A8 C8 G7 H8 G8 B2 B1 A1 G2 H1
|Standings after round 5|