SHOWDOWN: Pottsville Scrabble tryants Doug Butterfield and Graeme Forsyth  at the Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre.
SHOWDOWN: Pottsville Scrabble tryants Doug Butterfield and Graeme Forsyth at the Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre. Scott Powick

Scrabble gurus out to recruit players

DID you know it’s not the long-winded, complex words which enable you to win in Scrabble, but the two and three-letter words that connect them?

That’s a top tip for winning the iconic retro board game from Anna Butterfield, organiser of the Pottsville Scrabblers, whose group of eight meet every Tuesday at 10am.

Mrs Butterfield said the club was seeking new players, from beginners to advanced, to join their social and competitive club.

Newcomers are allowed to use a dictionary for all games for their first six weeks until they develop a Scrabble vocabulary.

From there, the sky is the limit – the national championships are held annually, as well as the International Cup: the “Olympics of Scrabble”, Mrs Butterfield said.

“Australia used to field only four players, but now we can field up to eight.

“Some of the best players are the Kiwis. But New Zealand has a lot of words because they constantly lobby the dictionaries to add more words.

“The Collins Dictionary for the past two years has been the official Scrabble dictionary, so it’s a more open playing field now.”

Mrs Butterfield said the game was great for older people, stimulating the brain and being social.

Phone: 0449 213 503.



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