Around the Stadiums Winter Series #1: A Premier Challenge Summary


Welcome back to the Around the Stadiums coverage for the 2017 Season, where we bring you Premier Challenge Results from around Australia. This edition will look at results from December. Events were held in every state this month, and Victoria was fortunate enough to have three events! Players had been anxious about getting more events, but their patience and the hard work of Tournament Organisers has paid off in December. The VGC 2017 format launched officially in December. Although it was a scramble to be ready for early events, it has been encouraging to see many new and returning faces refreshed by the changed format. We hope to see these numbers continue to grow throughout the new year in the lead up to the recently announced International Championships being held during March in Melbourne.

To be sure you don’t miss your next chance to compete, you can keep up-to-date with the times and locations of all of Australia’s 2016 season Premier Challenges on Pokémon Australia’s events calendar. If you’re confused by any terms you see here, make sure to check out our Glossary of Terms to help get you up to speed.



While we haven’t received the full results from this event as yet, we are aware that Brendan Webb did not win this months PC, as we have come to expect of him with his strong local history.

Western Australia

Perth players got their first taste of the VGC 2017 format on December 17th, and saw a big attendance spike from the 2016 season. Alister Sandover took the honours over Dennis Nguyen in the final, while we also saw regular top cutters Karl Aquino, Zac Corrigan and Gabriel Voon in the top 8.

Venue: Good Games Cannington
Date: 17th December
Attendance: 25

  1. Alister Sandover
  2. Dennis Nguyen
  3. Joshua Grayden
  4. Karl Aquino
  5. Patrick Crequer
  6. Shaun Sewell
  7. Zac Corrigan
  8. Gabriel Voon (@WoomyVGC)


Brisbane also kicked off their VGC 2017 format on the 17th, with Phil Nguyen taking a break from playing in order to host the event. Veteran Tony Nguyen returned after some time out of the scene to claim second place, with Josh Baker winning the Premier Challenge.

Venue: Fastbreak Sports Nundah
Date: 17th December

  1. Josh Baker
  2. Tony Nguyen
  3. Jake Murray
  4. Damon Murdoch (@SirScrubbington)
  5. Brandon King
  6. Curtis Ridings
  7. Joseph Garrett
  8. Mitchell Barfoot

Photo courtesy of Phil Nguyen/Pokemon Fan Club of UQ


Melbournites have been spoiled this Christmas, with 3 Premier Challenges being hosted in the city this month. The first was held on December 10th at Box Hill, which was won by William Chan over Paul Clay in the final. Top Cut was filled with a lot of community regulars as well. The following weekend had an event hosted in Dandenong. Meaghan Rattle proved to be just as good at the new format as she was in 2016, taking out the event by defeating Jordan Bradley in the final. Top Cut was streamed on top 4 player Bailey Owen’s twitch account.

Melbourne’s final Premier Challenge for December was held in the CBD on the 30th. 40 Masters attending despite it being a Friday. While there almost as many drops as ADSL net on a rainy day, Christopher Kan stayed strong to the end to win the tournament defeating Arvin Banerjee in the final. Sam Pandelis did well to make top 4 before dropping out due to illness, and his finish should see him move back into the top 4 in CP rankings for the APAC region for the end of the year.

Venue: Good Games Box Hill
Date: 10th December
Attendance: 31 Masters

  1. William Chan
  2. Paul Clay
  3. Nicholas Bingham (@ludicolopatrol)
  4. Sam Hughes
  5. James Katsaros (@ChosenFutureVGC)
  6. Fred Zhou
  7. Christopher Egan (@Egan_94)
  8. Timothy Walsh (@2girls1muk)

Venue: NLG Dandenong
Date: 18th December

  1. Meaghan Rattle (@AvengedWerehog)
  2. Jordan Bradley
  3. Bailey Owen (@BargensVGC)
  4. Tim Leach
  5. Matthew Jiwa (@JiwaVGC)
  6. Nicholas Vella (@lv100combee)
  7. Nihal Noor (@UchihaX96)
  8. Christopher Kan

Venue: Good Games Melbourne
Date: 30th December
Attendance: 40 Masters

  1. Christopher Kan
  2. Arvin Banerjee (@EspyyVGC)
  3. Sam Hughes
  4. Sam Pandelis (@ZeldaVGC)
  5. Ben Suski
  6. Ben Veltemeyer
  7. Ty Power (@SarkastikVGC)
  8. Tim Walsh (@2girls1muk)

South Australia

Although it will unfortunately not count for Championship Points, we would be remiss to exclude the results of the PokeAdelaide tournament from early in the month. The event was taken out by a player who would prefer to be known as “Looker Tail”, although those familiar with the community will know him. He defeated Ben Madigan in the final.

Venue: Adelaide
Date: 11th December

  1. “Looker Tail” (@DawgPkmn)
  2. Ben Madigan
  3. Aaya H (@PellinoreVGC)
  4. Ben N

New South Wales

Newcastle was home to New South Wales’ first VGC 2017 Premier Challenge. We saw many Sydneysiders make the trip northwards for some precious Championship Points. Martin Larumbe took out the day, defeating Jackson Bankovic in the final. Daniel Walker also had a strong day finishing in the top 4, while Manish Kumar successfully guided an Eevee team to the top 8.

Date: 10th December
Location: Good Games Newcastle

  1. Martin Larumbe (@BaseIN2)
  2. Jackson Bankovic
  3. Daniel Walker (@ludicola31)
  4. Jake Musumeci
  5. Henry Rich
  6. Arkington Owen
  7. Manish Kumar
  8. Ryan Burrel

Upcoming Events


  • Sunday, January 8th, GUF Werribee @11am (LINK)
  • Saturday January 28th, Good Games Box Hill @11am (LINK)

New South Wales

  • Saturday, January 21st, Good Games Newcastle @10am (LINK)

Western Australia

  • Saturday, January 21st, Good Games Cannington @10am (LINK)


  • Saturday, January 7th,  Fastbreak Sports Nundah @10am (LINK)


  • Saturday, January 28th, BattleAxe Games Hobart @1pm (LINK)

Australian CP Standings

With the first International Championship completed and most states having had at least one Premier Challenge, a decent picture is emerging of the Australian Championship Point standings. Accurate as of December 29th 2016

  • Full standings viewable here.
  • APAC Regional standings viewable here.

Sam Pandelis (@ZeldaVGC) leads, with fellow International Championship competitors Jimmy Chen and Alex Poole. The successful efforts of these three in Europe have given them a good start to the season, but as Australia gets more big events locally they will need to continue their good form to stay ahead of the pack. Tasmania fills out fourth and fifth in Brendan Webb and Lochiel Cameron, while Meaghan Rattle’s strong early form sees her in a good position too. Rounding out the top 12 listed we have competitors from Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

With the Melbourne International Championships two and a half months away, players will need all the time they can get to hone their skills for the international stage. The best place to do that will be at local Premier Challenges, so we hope to see you there getting ready for a big three days of competition in March!

Have you competed but your position is listed as unknown, or as ‘not opted into rankings’? Want to compete and join the chase for Championship Points? Join the Pokémon Trainer Club and opt into rankings to join the quest to reach the 2016 Pokémon World Championships!

Special thanks to those that helped get this article happening:

Brendan Webb (Results), Gabriel Voon (Results), Mitchell Dowling (Cover Image), Martin Larumbe (Results), Bailey Owen (Results), Phil Nguyen (Photos, Results)

About Mindape

A Pokemon fan since Blue and Red. Rarely seen as a trainer in the wild due to irl commitments, but dedicated to contributing to the community regardless. Rio 2016 Olympian.
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