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The Victoria Cup: Round 1

Header Photo Credit: Nicholas Hirst Graphic Design: Massimo Galli
Header Photo Credit: Nicholas Hirst
Graphic Design: Massimo Galli

With the first round of the Victoria Cup this coming Sunday, 2nd of April, the Victoria Quidditch Association would like to extend a warm welcome to both our new members and old friends as they return to the field for what is shaping up to be a spectacular season.  Join us at Cordner Oval at Fawkner Park, South Yarra for the following games:

Upcoming Matches


Players must be signed in no later than 5 minutes before their game. Eg. Game day start 10am – players must have their names ticked off by 9.55am. It is the responsibility of the player and their team to ensure that they have signed in before the cut off time. Any player who arrives late or does not sign in will have a time penalty of 5 minutes of game time in which they cannot be on the pitch. They will be informed by the scorekeepers as to when they can join play.

As always, teams are also allocated a refereeing timeslot. Referee teams are required to present themselves 10 minutes before their allocated refereeing slot. The team/s allocated to referee the first time slot at 10:00am will be required to set up the pitch. Pitch set up must be completed by no later than 9:50am. The referee roster will work as follows for the season:

  • SET UP: Teams from the 10:50am game
  • 10AM GAME: Teams from the 10:50am game to referee
  • 10:50AM GAME: Teams from the 10am game to referee
  • 11:40AM GAME: Teams from the 1:20pm game to referee
  • 12:30PM GAME: Teams from the 11:40am game to referee
  • 1:20PM GAME: Teams from the 12:30pm game to referee
  • PACK UP: Teams from the 12:30pm game

Therefore this weekend the following referee schedule will be in place:

  • SET UP: Blackburn Basilisks and Monash Mudbloods
  • 10AM GAME: WRA v WIL – Blackburn Basilisks and Monash Mudbloods
  • 10:50AM GAME: BAS v MUD – Wrackspurts QC and Whomping Willows QC
  • 11:40AM GAME: MAN v UNI O – South Melbourne Centaurs and Melbourne Unicorns Blue
  • 12:30PM GAME: MUG v LAT – Melbourne Manticores and Melbourne Unicorns Orange
  • 1:20PM GAME: CEN v UNI B – Monash Muggles and La Trolls QC
  • PACK UP: Monash Muggles and La Trolls QC

LOCATION: Cordner Oval is located only a field away from our old location on lawn 14, so if you do find yourself a little lost if you do accidently head to our old field out of habit please look for the quidditch goals inside the fenced off football field in the distance towards Commercial Road end of the park.

PARKING: If you need to drive to Fawkner Park, it is still recommended you look for a park on Pasley Street as this is closest to the fields. However, due to the park being popular and hosting a number of other sports, we recommend you arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to find parking.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Public transport is the easiest way to get to Fawkner Park. The Sandringham, Frankston, Pakenham and Cranbourne lines all stop at South Yarra station which is only a 10-minute walk down Toorak road to the park.
The number 8 tram stops at the Toorak road end of the park (stop #26), and number 72 tram at the Commercial road end of the park (Alfred Hospital stop). Both these trams can be caught to and from the CBD as well as passing through domain interchange, a hub for many tram routes.
Bus routes 220, 246, 216 and 219 all stop close to the park as well. A number of other trams also travel along St. Kilda road, as shown on the PT map below. To map your journey, visit: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/

2017 Fawkner Park Map

After the games, the VQA invites all players and spectators to come down to Lucky Coq, 179 Chapel Street Windsor, for some cool drinks, $4 pizza, and great company. Click here to join the facebook event!

The VQA has also included some exciting new features on our website, including a league calendar of upcoming games and results and a league standings page to be updated after every round. You can now also view upcoming matches on the sidebar of the website and team specific upcoming matches on each teams page. We are looking into further being able to calculate player statistics such as snitch catches and goal scorers through the website in future. 

VQA Annual General Meeting: Constitutional Amendments

The following amendments to the constitution have been submitted to the Victorian Quidditch Association and will be voted upon at the Annual General Meeting this Saturday the 11th of March at 10am in the Blue Room at the Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne.

Change 1

Addition to rule 5 (definitions):

Club: A group of players forming a team or teams that is governed by a single executive body

Team: A group of members of an affiliated club who identify as a team for the purpose of playing together in VQA Victoria Cup.

 

Intent: With the implementation of multiple teams per Quidditch club, the terms club and team can no longer be used interchangeably and as such must be defined for constitutional purposes and for creating rules to the Victoria Cup.

  Reference: Submission 1

 

Change 2

Italicise all instances of terms found within the constitution that are defined in Rule 5, with exception of terms found in the bolded names of rules.

 

Intent: This change does not change the execution or schedules of the constitution. It only changes the way special terms are displayed to make their specificity more salient. Bolded terms remain as they are. Terms in regular font become italicised to show that they have a special meaning.

Reference: Submission 2

 

Change 3

Addition of section 10. Term of Membership. Renumber all subsequent and affected sections.

  1. Term of Membership
    Unless otherwise stated, a member’s term of membership extends from approval by the Committee under rule 12(1) until the end of the financial year.

 

Intent: Insert the above rule immediately after Rule 9, and re-number all following rules accordingly. The constitution has no clearly defined natural expiration date for membership. Save for Rule 19, members remain members forever (albeit suspended) unless they are expelled or die.

Reference: Submission 2

 

Change 4

Rewriting of rule 16:

Rule currently reads:

16      Affiliate members

(1) Affiliate membership shall be open to quidditch teams or clubs within the state of Victoria

(2) Affiliate members shall appoint a Team Representative to represent the team/club and hold a voting position at committee meetings.

(3) An associate member must not vote but may have other rights as determined by the Committee or by resolution at a general meeting.

New rule will read:

16      Affiliate members

(1) Affiliate membership shall be open to quidditch clubs within the state of

Victoria

(2) Affiliate members shall appoint a Club Representative to represent their club

and hold a voting position at committee meetings.

(3) An associate member must not vote but may have other rights as determined by the Committee or by resolution at a general meeting.

Reference: Submission 1

 

Change 5

Removal of (3) in 16 Affiliate members

(3) An Affiliate member must not vote but may have other rights as determined by the Committee or by resolution at a general meeting.

 

Intent: Rule 16.3 uses the wrong term. It is a copy of Rule 15.2, and applies Associate Members, but not Affiliate Members.

Reference: Submission 2

 

Change 6

  1. Resigning as a member

(2) A member is taken to have resigned if –

 

Intent: Correcting a grammatical error.

Reference: Submission 2

 

Change 7

Addition of Honorary Life Membership to the constitution. Renumber all subsequent and affected sections.

 

21 Honorary Membership

(1) Honorary life membership of the association may be conferred by the affirmative votes of at least 2/3 of the voting members at a General Meeting, on a person who has made a substantial contribution to the club.

(2) Honorary life members of the association who are eligible for ordinary membership shall have all the rights of ordinary members.

(3) Honorary life members of the association who are ineligible for ordinary membership shall have all the rights of associate members.

 

Intent: Addition of life membership for to the section of members and renumber all subsequent sections

Reference: Submission 3

 

 

Change 8

Addition of 36. Notices of motion. Renumber all subsequent and affected sections.

 

  1. Notices of motion

A call for submissions for motions must be made to Members entitled to vote under Rule 14(1) by the Secretary no less than sixty (60) days prior to a general meeting except in the case of a special general meeting convened under rule 34(3).

 

Intent: Insert the above rule immediately after Rule 35, and re-number all following rules accordingly. Rule 35.2 states that all motions to be passed by Special Resolution must be included in full with the notice to all Members entitled to vote. Sixty days is the period used in the Quidditch Australia constitution – a change that passed with the help of members of the Victorian Quidditch Association.

Reference: Submission 2

 

Change 9

Changes to Composition of Committee to combine the positions of Head of Events and Head of Fundraising and Sponsorship. Section 54 changes to include fundraising duties in the Head of Events position and section 57 is removed. Renumber all subsequent and affected sections.

46        Composition of Committee

The Committee consists of –

  1. a) a President; and
  2. b) a Vice-President; and
  3. c) a Secretary; and
  4. d) a Treasurer; and
  5. e) a Head of Officials; and
  6. f) a Head of Gameplay;
  7. g) a Head of Events and Fundraising; and
  8. h) a Head of IT; and
  9. i) a Head of Media; and
  10. j) a Head of Fundraising and Sponsorship; and
  11. k) one Team Representatives per affiliate member

 

54 Head of Events Head of Events and Fundraising

(1) The duties of the Head of Events shall include to –

  1. a) attend committee meetings and General meetings;
  2. b) plan and run events such as ‘Come and Try’ days, conventions and social gatherings;
  3. c) recruit, train, organise and develop volunteers to assist in the Association’s events and fundraising;
  4. d) work with the Head of Media and Head of IT to promote upcoming events and fundraising opportunities;
  5. e) organise supplementary merchandise for sale at events;
  6. f) explore alternate merchandise and fundraising options;
  7. g) actively raise money to financially support the Association;
  8. e) h)submit an Annual Report; and
  9. f) i) perform other duties as the Committee may resolve.

57        Head of Fundraising and Sponsorship

(1) The duties of the Head of Officials shall include to –

  1. a) actively raise money to financially support the Association;
  2. b) explore various avenues of sponsorship or donations to the

Association;

  1. c) liaise with the Head of Events to organise supplementary merchandise for sale at events;
  2. d) explore alternate merchandise and fundraising options;
  3. e) submit an Annual Report; and
  4. f) perform other duties as the Committee may resolve

 

Intent: In the past there has been a struggle to fill both of these positions, with both being casual vacancies throughout 2016. These positions share significant overlap, and therefore should be combined into the duties of the Head of Events.

Reference: Submission 3

 

Change 10

Amendment to rule 46(k):

Rule currently reads:

(k) one Team Representatives per affiliate member

New rule will read:

(k) one Club Representative per affiliate member

 

Reference: Submission 1

 

Change 11

Amendment to rule 61:

Rule currently reads:

61      Election of Team Representatives

(1) Each Affiliate Member shall appoint/elect one Team Representative who shall hold a vote on the Committee.

(2) A person may not concurrently hold the position of Team Representative and any of the positions in Rule 46a) to 46j) inclusive

New rule will read:

61      Election of Club Representatives

(1) Each Affiliate Member shall appoint/elect one Club Representative who shall hold one vote for each of the club’s teams on the Committee.

(2) A person may not concurrently hold the position of Club Representative and any of the positions in Rule 46a) to 46j) inclusive

Intent: Use of club rather than team under the changes proposed to Rule 5 Definitions

Reference: Submission 1

 

Change 12

Addition of section 47 staff positions. Renumber all subsequent sections.

47 Staff Positions

(1) At any given point, the VQA executive may appoint individuals to voluntary staff positions at their discretion with the consultation with the committee. Staff members are subject to all relevant policies under Division 3 – Election of Committee Members and tenure of office with an exemption made to sections 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63.

(2) Staff members do not hold a vote on the committee.

Intent: Allow the committee and executive to hire voluntary staff as members of the VQA admin to fulfil roles such as equipment manager and occupational health and safety officer. This addition of the constitution aims to protect these individuals as well as the association.

Reference: Submission 3

You can view the full document with the three submissions attached for reference here: VQA AGM 2017 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

A draft copy of the constitution with the relevant policy changes (re-number of all policies will occur if the proposed changes are accepted) is available here: CONSTITUTION OF THE VQA 2017 Proposed Amendments

 

PROXY VOTING

Any member of the VQA may allocate another individual to vote on their behalf as their proxy. Notice of this allocation of a proxy vote, stating the full name of your proxy and granting your permission for them to vote on your behalf, must be emailed to the VQA at team@quidditchvictoria.com by 10am Friday, 10th March, for the nomination to be accepted. Each individual present at the meeting may not hold more than one proxy vote.

Victorian Quidditch Association AGM 2017

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2017 is here, and with the new year comes a new VQA AGM!
The AGM will be held in the Blue Room, at Melbourne Multicultural Hub, Melbourne CBD, on the 11th of March from 10am – 1pm.
Address: 1/506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

The AGM is an opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the next year. Specifically it will feature:
-Reports from the 2016 Committee
-Review of the 2016 Financial Statements
-Elections for the 2017 Committee
-General Discussion & Planning

Elections
All constitutional positions will be up for election at the AGM. To run for a position, you must be a general member of the association. To run for a position, you may either attend the meeting and be nominated/nominate yourself for your desired position, or send in a nomination in absentia if you will not be attending the AGM. If you wish to run for election in absentia, you must send notice of this to the VQA with your intention to run as well as a small speech to be read on your behalf to team@quidditchvictoria.com before the 4th of March.
A list of positions and their descriptions can be found within the constitution, here: http://www.quidditchvictoria.com/constitution/

You can also view our handy VQA committee position guide here: VQA Committee Position Descriptions March 2017

Constitutional Amendments
All constitutional amendments must be emailed to team@quidditchvictoria.com by the 4th of March. Any constitutional amendments must include the proposed wording changed to the constitution, not merely just ideas about what the change within the constitution.
Any constitutional amendments sent to the VQA after the 4th of March will not be considered at this AGM.
A copy of the constitution can be found on our website, here: http://www.quidditchvictoria.com/constitution/

Agenda 

A copy of the meeting agenda and official notice of the meeting may be found here:

VQA AGM Agenda March 2017

VQA AGM Election Notice February 2017

Minutes of the Previous Meetings
Minutes of the previous VQA AGM 2016, and 2016 special general meetings may be found here,

VQA Special General Meeting June 2016: VQA SGM Minutes June 2016

VQA Annual General Meeting February 2016: VQA AGM Minutes February 2016

Proxy Voting
Proxies must be emailed to team@quidditchvictoria.com by 10am on the 10th of March. A member may appoint another member as his or her proxy to vote and speak on his or her behalf at a general meeting. A member may hold at most one proxy vote at a time. More details about proxies may be found in the constitution.

All registered members of the Victorian Quidditch Association are encouraged to attend and have a say in the future of the sport, the organisation, and to vote (or run) for the committee admin positions.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if you are a member, contact us by posting on this page, or by emailing us at team@quidditchvictoria.com

Victorian Leadbeaters Player Applications Open for Victorian Fantasy Exhibition Games

Victoria’s state team, the Leadbeaters, are taking expressions of interest for a series of three exhibition/practice matches against the NSW Blue-Tounge Wizards to be held across Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th of March at the VQA’s Victorian Fantasy Tournament. The location for the tournament is still to be confirmed however it will be announced before selection for this Leadbeaters squad closes. If the likelihood of your attendance changes once the location is released, please send us an email at team@quidditchvictoria.com to rectify your response.

These games are currently scheduled to be played however the VQA administration is waiting on final confirmation of the Blue-Tongue Wizards attendance. These games will be confirmed on the 5th of February.

It is expected that players selected for the squad attend regular team trainings to be held on weekday evenings or weekends at Fawkner Park or Caulfield Park. The most suitable time and location for training will be determined by the group after selection.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Tuesday the 7th of February. In lieu of try-outs due to this short time frame, selectors will be evaluating players on their written application, past performances throughout previous tournaments and seasons as well as game footage.

If you have represented Victoria during the 2016 Origin series you are still required to complete this form in full. Applications submitted are considered for these exhibition games only. Applications for future Leadbeaters games will be advertised specifically for those other games, including Quidditch Australia’s State of Origin Championship tournament in October.

 

Selector Applications for Team Victoria 2017

Applications are now open for all five positions on the selection panel for the 2017 Victorian Leadbeaters Team. If you believe you have the skills and commitment required to be on the selection panel, please complete the form below in as much details as possible. Quidditch Australia’s State of Origin Championship weekend is planned to be held in October however the selection panel is also responsible for selecting a team for exhibition and practice matches between the Leadbeaters and other state squads. The first series of these exhibition matches is planned for Victorian Fantasy on the 4th – 5th of March. Selector applications close 11:59pm February 5th.

The Vic Six Campaign Has 8 Days Left!

The Vic Six Indiegogo campaign has 8 days left to hit its target! We’re selling VQA Exhibition Jerseys and mystery boxes plus, exclusively, each member of the Vic Six has kindly donated one of their Team Australia jerseys and that could be yours too! Check out the campaign here!

The Vic Six have also been doing interviews – the first four are already released and the final two will be coming this week! Have a look! We have Williams, Rawson, Osmond and Morton right here!

 

 

 

Help them get to Canada by clicking here and contributing now!

The VQA AGM Ushers In A New Committee

The VQA AGM was held at Melbourne University on Saturday, July 14th 2014 and official voting took place to elect the new VQA Admin for the next financial year. The new committee stands thus:

President – A. Parker
Vice President – G. Gibson
Treasurer – J. Leahy
Secretary – L. Nickholds
Head of Gameplay – N. Morton
Head Referee – M. Partridge
Head of Events – L. De Avocado
Head of IT – K. Grace
Head of Media – G. Tredrea
Head of Fundraising & Sponsorship – N. Benedykt
Equipment Manager – A. Marshall

Team Representatives:
Melbourne Manticores – J. Williams
Blackburn Basilisks – T. Rawson
Monash Muggles – N. Gertler
Wrackspurts QC – H. Al-Qallaf
Northern Direwolves – C. Saunders
Melbourne UniCorns – N. Hirst

The role of Schools Liaison (Kidditch) Officer was motioned to be dissolved temporarily into Events and the role of Team Development was left open. Applications for this position will be taken over the next week. If you’re interested in applying for the role of Team Development, please email your interest to team@quidditchvictoria.com before Sunday June 22nd.
The VQA would like to thank all outgoing members of the VQA admin for their time and support whilst they’ve been on the committee and to warmly welcome the newcomers, as well as those who are returning to a second term!

The Victoria Cup Presentation Night

The Victoria Cup Presentation Night kicked off on Sunday, June 1st, with drink, festivities and general merriment at The Carron Tavern in Melbourne.

This night awarded the Victoria Cup Rising Star Award, Victoria Cup Most Valuable Player, Victoria Cup Rate Your Refs Award and Victoria Cup Top Goalscorer.

The awards were presented to:

Team Rising Star Awards
I. Dezani – Wrackspurts QC
J. Warhurst – Melbourne Manticores
L. Sliwcyznski – Northern Direwolves
W. McInnes – Monash Muggles
J. Miles – Melbourne UniCorns

Victoria Cup Rising Star
J. Cashman – Blackburn Basilisks

Victoria Cup Rate Your Refs Award –
Blackburn Basilisks

Victoria Cup Top Goalscorer –
J. Osmond – Blackburn Basilisks

Victoria Cup Most Valuable Player –
N. Morton – Monash Muggles & D. Mansfield – Wrackspurts QC

Congratulations to all the winners! Looking forward to see these players continue into the Easton Shield!

The Monash Muggles Take The Victoria Cup!

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Photograph courtesy of Hussain Al-Quallaf

 

A wet and rainy Grand Final showcased an excellent game of skill and strategy between the first place finishers, the Monash Muggles and the second place getters, the Blackburn Basilisks. The Muggles went in as slight favourites, with the best defence in the competition, having the least goals scored on them for the Victoria Cup season but the Basilisks were never far out of contention – the most offensive team with the most goals scored for the Vic Cup.

It was always going to be an excellent match, both teams having fought hard for their place in the Grand Final – the Muggles continuing their consistent effort through the season and the Basilisks getting a win in over rivals the Melbourne Manticores in the semis to lock their place into the Grand Final the round beforehand.

Morton for the Muggles was his dangerous self, bagging all five of the Muggles’ goals but the Basilisk defence effectively shutting down any other options for other players to score. At the other end, the Basilisks effectively kept bludger control which helped their Chasers break through the infamous Muggle defence, leading Thorpe to slot four goals and Osmond to add his own influence to the board with one.

The scores were level at 50-50 when the Snitch returned to the pitch, with the two Seekers in hot pursuit. Hogan for the Muggles was chasing the Snitch down as G. Gibson subbed out for Teys on the Basilisks side of the field. The Snitch was only back on the pitch for a minute or so when he weaved into the crowd, Hogan on his heels, managing to snatch the sock – Teys there only seconds later. But the win went to the Muggles, the first time Grand Finalists and winners of the Victoria Cup 2013-2014!

Congratulations to all players involved in the first Victoria Cup season for the VQA!