Joondanna brothers earn respectable finishes at World Youth Scrabble Championships in France


Brothers Radheya and Rahul Jegatheva came very close to being ranked in the top 50 of the world’s best youth Scrabble players. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d458151
Brothers Radheya and Rahul Jegatheva came very close to being ranked in the top 50 of the world’s best youth Scrabble players. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d458151

TWO Joondanna Scrabble stars from Perth Modern School fell just shy of a top 50 ranking at the World Youth Championships in France last month.

Brothers Radheya (17) and Rahul Jegatheva (14) were part of a four-member Australian team that competed against 140 of the world’s best Scrabble players.

In the final game, the duo needed wins to place 50th and 30th but both fell at the last hurdle.

Radheya finished in 65th place while Rahul was ranked 51st, his best showing at a world championship.

This year’s championships held in Lille were Radheya’s second championships and Rahul’s third.

Year 12 student Radheya said he and his brother qualified for the championships after gaining enough rating points through monthly tournaments.

“We have been playing Scrabble for most of our lives because our dad used to play with us,” he said.

Year 10 student Rahul said he shared a rivalry with his older brother.

“I think it is really fun, there is just a really enjoyable element about it,” he said.