Bendigo Scrabble Club plays last game

THE Bendigo Scrabble Club has played its last game.

The club, which was established in 1981, has packed their game boards away after the group’s membership continued to dwindle.

When the club first formed it used to meet weekly but in later years changed to fortnightly.

Member Ruth Fewings said people now play Scrabble on the internet or through email clubs.

Ms Fewings said the game was a wonderful way to keep the brain active.

One of the last Scrabble competitions the club took part in was the Bentleigh tournament last Sunday.

Three members took part in the event, all winning cash prizes.

Heather Long was placed first in Masters division.

She won six out of seven games and also claimed the prize for the highest scoring word, 'intenser’.

The word scored 130 points.

Peter Bauer won five games and was placed third in the Advanced division.

Ruth Fewings also won five games, finishing third in the Recreation division.

The Bendigo club also celebrated the end of the year with a Christmas break-up last Thursday night.

Cash prizes and novelty words won throughout the year were handed out.

Joyce McCorriston and Ruth Fewings both won five awards, Shirley Hodnett won four and Eunice Maxwell two.

Members then played social games in groups of three.

Nobody won all three games.

Ruth Fewings was the highest scoring two-game winner with an aggregate of  764 for the three games which included the highest single game of 320 and the best single word with ‘outlives’.

The word scored 83 points.

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