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Victoria Cup Finals Appeals

Photography: Jessica James-Moody Graphic Design: Nicola Gertler
Photography: Jessica James-Moody
Graphic Design: Nicola Gertler

Finals appeals for the 2018 Victoria Cup season are now open and will close on Sunday the 9th of September. These appeals are for players who have not participated in the required number of games to be eligible to play in the finals series, however, believe they have reason to be exempt from these requirements. These reasons may be but are not limited to serious injury, University commitments such as exchange, or work related commitments. All appeals shall be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants shall be notified of the outcome of their appeal by email in the week following the 9th of September.

Players are required to have participated in 6 games during the season to be eligible to play finals. An appeal is not required for teams who finish in the 9th or 10th position on the ladder as they do not enter the upper or lower finals bracket play.

From the Victoria Cup League Rules:

2.8. For any player to compete in finals, they MUST have played 33% of games for the League with the team they are intending to play finals with. If there are 12 games, they MUST have attended 4 games to play finals. If there are 8 games, they MUST have attended 3 games to play finals. This is to prevent new players being brought in just for finals.

2.8.1. New players cannot be added to a register in the last game of the league unless they were registered to play and on the team roster prior to the previous game.

2.8.2. Players who have not made their 33% attendance requirement with their intended finals team may submit a finals exemption application for consideration by the Head of Gameplay and VQA executive.

2.9. All players who have not made their 33% attendance requirement may submit a finals exemption application for considered by the Head of Gameplay and VQA executive.

 

Victorian Leadbeaters Selectors Announced, Coach and Player Applications Open for 2018

Photo Courtesy of Quidditch Australia
Photo Courtesy of Quidditch Australia

 

With Quidditch Australia’s State Shield pencilled in for October 2018, player and coach applications for the Victorian Leadbeaters are now open!

The Association is pleased to announce the selection panel for the 2018 Leadbeaters; Congratulations to Nicola Gertler, Dean Rodhouse, Nathan Morton, Edward Vienet, Michael Braham and Ben Watson on their appointment. The Leadbeaters are now seeking a coach to take on the helm of leading the team to another back to back victory for Victoria.

The role of the coach is as follows;

The Leadbeaters coach will be responsible for the overall coaching and training based management of the team. The successful applicant will be expected to act in conjunction with selectors to decide on team composition, train the Leadbeaters over several months and run the team on the day of the Championships. The coach will also be required to assist with the logistical organisation of the trip. The coach will become a member of the selection panel if they are not already a member of the panel.

The time commitment of the coach would be to run one or two training sessions per week as well as travelling with the team to the championships in October (currently forecast for October). All travel, accommodation and spending money is the responsibility of the individual, however, the VQA intends to fundraise for the team which should hopefully assist some of the financial burdens of the players and coach.

Applications for the coaching position may come from individuals who intend to be playing or non-playing and are required to state their intentions when completing this application.

Applicants will be required to submit an application, including a letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation may be from any individual of the applicant’s choosing, not exclusive of a member of their own team or individual outside the quidditch community.

Applications for the coaching position close at midnight, Friday 27th July. 

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Players!

All Victorians wishing to play for the Leadbeaters must completed the form below and attend any but preferably all of the following sessions;

Melbourne MudBash, 21st – 22nd July: Players who sign up by Friday, 20th July, will be viewed at Mudbash participating with their club teams. The intent of watching players at club event is to see them working in a familiar environment with players they train with. The selectors hope this should allow players the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and discipline they have within their club lineup. Players will not be judged on the final position of their team within the tournament, however, will be judged on their teamwork.

Try-out #1, 2:30 – 5pm,  Sunday 5th August: Players will participate in a serious of drills and scratch matches with the intent of playing with new teammates and exhibiting their skills and versatility.

Try-out #2, 2:30 – 5pm,  Sunday 12th August: Players will participate in a serious of drills and scratch matches with the intent of playing with new teammates and exhibiting their skills and versatility.

Players who cannot attend any of these events may still apply however will be required to provide a justification as to their non-attendance. The two try-out sessions are free, however, signing up BEFORE the event is mandatory to ensure insurance requirements are met. Applicants must be members of the Victorian and Australian Quidditch Associations, as well as meeting the eligibility criteria as follows;

 

  1. You currently play for a club from that state;

  2. You currently live in that state;

  3. The team that you first played quidditch for is from that state,

  4. You spent the majority of school (K-12, at least 7 years cumulative).in that state

 

If you have different states for each of the above criteria, you may choose which team you wish to apply for.

Once you are chosen to represent a state as either a player or reserve, you forfeit your eligibility based on clauses B, C and D. For example consider a player who grew up in Melbourne spending all of their schooling there, but then went to NSW for university and began playing quidditch there. If they choose to represent NSW this year, they may only play for NSW in future years until they play for a club team in a different state.

Withdrawing your application or failure to make the state team you applied for does not forfeit your eligibility to apply for other teams. You may apply for multiple states but must withdraw all but one application before final selections.

As these are new regulations for 2018, we will be allowing people to use their eligibilities under B and C even if they have already represented a state, as they may not have been aware of these options. Going forward however, these criteria will apply. – Quidditch Australia

 

The two try-out sessions are open to all applicants. From these events, the selection panel will determine the necessity to hold further invitational sessions or begin selecting the squad.

Player applications close on Friday, 10th August 2018, however application sooner allows the selectors more time to consider your application. 

Questions may be directed to the Leadbeaters Selection Panel at team@quidditchvictoria.com.

 

Melbourne MudBash 2018: Information Package

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With Melbourne Mudbash right around the corner, here is some essential information for players and spectators attending the events. All this information and more can also be found in the 2018 Melbourne Mudbash Information Package.

Fixture

The full fixture for the tournament, including pools, the refereeing roster and volunteer roster, can be found here.

Each team must be present at the marshalling area beside each field by ten minutes prior to each game, whether playing or refereeing. If your team is not present and ready to take to the pitch by the scheduled start time, you will forfeit the match. For refereeing slots, teams are required to provide a referee team which includes at minimum 3 Assistant Referees, 1 Snitch Referee, 2 Goal Referees and 1 Scorekeeper. After your game please vacate the field as quickly as possible and have your ‘post- game chat’ off the field to ensure the next game may begin on time.

Sign-in and Requirements

All players on your team must sign in for the weekend before play begins. This is to confirm your final roster, jersey numbers and cross-check each player’s registration and membership status to ensure they are eligible to play. Any player who is found to have played without signing in will be suspended for their next match of the tournament. Teams who do not present for sign in may be at risk of forfeits or disqualification.

FIRST GAME:  You must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:00am.

SECOND GAME: You must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:15am.

THIRD GAME: You must be present for sign-in between 8:00-8:30am.

Sign-in requirements only apply on the Saturday, unless as an individual you did not attend the Saturday games.

Gameplay

RULEBOOK: Melbourne Mudbash will be played according to IQA 2016-2018 Rulebook with QA’s amendments. Due to the nature of our booking, only plastic cleats will be allowed. Red cards will be reviewed by the game’s Head Referee, Tournament Director and Head of Gameplay where appropriate.

Rankings will be determined by Wins/Record.

Points will be awarded on the following basis:

Win – 4 points

Overtime Loss – 2 points

Loss – 1 point

Forfeit – 0 points

Ties will be broken by the following procedures in order:

  1. Head to Head results between the tied teams.
  2. Points differential (with a max value of +/- 120 points for each individual game)
  3. Snitch catch percentage
  4. Coin flip

Any games forfeited will be entered as a 150*-0 loss for the forfeiting team. Forfeiting teams will not be penalised and are eligible to participate in finals.

 

Location & Grounds Rules

Melbourne Mudbash will take place at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. The association has been allocated three different areas with a total of 5 quidditch fields to be used over the weekend based on grounds conditions. Our relationship with Fawkner Park is very important, so we ask that everyone shows the utmost respect to the venue as well as picking up their rubbish and putting it in the bin.

Change rooms, toilets and a cafe (run by South Yarra FC) are located within the Southern Pavilion. We have specifically been allocated change rooms 2 and 4 and there are also single cubicles on the outside of the building. Please be respectful of other sports being played on other fields.

The canteen will be open all weekend for our convenience, serving hot and cold food as well as coffee and a variety of snacks. They accept both cash and EFTPOS payments.  

Transport

Parking: Parking at Fawkner Park can be difficult on weekends due to a high volume of sports and park usage, however it is not impossible. It is recommended to spare an extra 10 – 15 minutes to find parking in the surrounding streets. Please be aware of all parking signs, as some areas are resident permit only, and some areas are only for 2 hours on Saturday. We would recommend parking in Pasley Street if you must drive to the park.

Public Transport: Public Transport is highly recommended! However there are a number of changes due to roadworks along Toorak and St Kilda roads. Those wishing to travel on any Victorian public transport systems must use a Myki card, which can be purchased at most train stations and 7/11 convenience stores.

To get to the park by train, catch the Frankston, Sandringham, Pakenham or Cranbourne lines to South Yarra Station. It is then a 10 – 15-minute walk from the station to the field down Toorak Road. The number 58 trams will not be in service along Toorak Road during the event; instead, buses will be running from Domain Interchange along the tram route. The closest stop is #124 (Walsh Street) when heading towards Toorak or #26 (Park Street) when heading towards the CBD. A replacement bus can also be caught to the corner of Commercial road and St. Kilda road at stop #25 and then it’s a short walk down Commercial road to the park.  To plan your journey via public transport: https://ptv.vic.gov.au/journey

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Melbourne Mudbash Social

More details surrounding the social can be found in the information package or by RSVP’ing to our event!

Enquiries

For further enquiries, you can contact Tournament Director Nicola Gertler at team@quidditchvictoria.com

Please also RSVP to our Facebook event to keep up to date in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend.

 

Melbourne MudBash 2018: Volunteer Applications

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The Melbourne Mudbash Tournament Committee are seeking individuals to take on the following volunteer positions for the tournament weekend. Applications are now open and will close on the 10th of July.

Pitch Manager: Seeking multiple individuals to take on the role of pitch manager in shifts across the weekend. The pitch manager is responsible for;

  • Marshalling teams, referees and snitches
  • Ensuring their field commences its games on time
  • Collecting the scoresheet at the end of the game and communicating the result to tournament organisers
  • Maintaining the equipment on their field, ensuring it is put away after each game
  • Handling any issues which may occur on their field and escalating these to the tournament organisers

Merchandise Sales Coordinator: Seeking one or multiple individuals to take on the role of merchandising sales coordinator in shifts across the weekend, primarily between 11am – 2pm. This role entails;

  • Coordinating the merchandise sales table over the weekend
  • Rostering volunteers to assist with the table
  • Selling merchandise, including cash handling and receipt writing
  • Keeping an inventory of all merchandise remaining and sold

Catering Coordinator: Seeking one or multiple individuals to take on the role of catering coordinator in shifts across the weekend, primarily between 11am – 1:30pm. This role entails;

  • Running the BBQ operations for tournament lunches
  • Rostering volunteers to assist with the BBQ
  • Coordinating the set up, clean up and pack down on the BBQ
  • Assisting the TD and ATDs in the management and ordering of food for the lunches

Admin Desk/Sign-in Assistant: Seeking multiple individuals to assist with the admin desk and sign in, primarily between 7:30am – 9am Saturday 21st July. Duties include;

  • Signing in players, inclusive of handing out social wristbands
  • Other administrative duties  as requested by the TD and ATDs

Melbourne Mudbash 2018: Player Registration

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Photo Credit: Natalie Hulme

Now in its sixth year, the Victorian Quidditch Association’s Melbourne Mudbash winter Quidditch tournament for 2018 will be held on the 21st – 22nd of July at Fawkner Park. Across the two days, teams will compete in a series of ranked pool play or round robin games with the aim of moving on into the Sunday afternoon finals.

Any player who wishes to attend and participate in the tournament must read and fill out this form BY 5pm JULY 13TH.

If you are an individual wishing to join a mercenary team, please select “Mercenary Team” under the team selection.

Please be aware that payments may be made by PayPal only. Paypal is a very effective system and you can pay with a visa debit or credit card without even signing up. This change does not affect you financially at all.

Fee Breakdown:

ALL PLAYERS:
Individual Player Fee: $35
OPTIONAL:
Tournament Lunches (Sat & Sun): $10
Social Ticket: $20

By registering for this tournament you agree to participate in accordance with the rules of the Victorian Quidditch Association and Quidditch Australia’s Code of Conduct. Anyone found to be in violation of the code will be disqualified from the tournament and required to leave the designated fields for the remainder of the tournament. Please note that this is a drug and alcohol-free tournament. A copy of the code may be found here: http://www.quidditch.org.au/code-of-conduct/

Please RSVP our facebook event to keep up to date with event details and FAQs: https://www.facebook.com/events/229375924502615/

Any questions regarding the tournament can be directed to Nicola Gertler, Tournament Director at team@quidditchvictoria.com

We look forward to seeing you on the pitch at Mudbash 2018!

 

Melbourne Mudbash 2018: Team Registration

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After the grand success of 2017, Melbourne Mudbash is back at Fawkner Park for what we plan to be a spectacular weekend of Quidditch across the 21st – 22nd of July. The VQA anticipates participation from all 10 Victorian teams and further the VQA and Victorian community are looking forward to welcoming interstate guests to our event Following the tournament, all are invited to join the celebrations at the Sunday evening social.

Team Registration for Melbourne Mudbash 2018 is now open! Registrations will be accepted up until the 22nd of June.

Team Registration is open to all official Quidditch Australia recognised club teams. To preserve the integrity of Melbourne Mudbash as a club event, mercenary teams will be created based on the pool of individuals attending without their club team. Individuals wishing to sign up for a mercenary team will be able to do so via the individual registration form which will be available from the 13th of June. Transfers between club teams must be completed within the parameters set within the Quidditch Australia transfer policy.

Teams are required to have ten or more individuals to participate. Any team without ten registered players will have the option to be added to the list of mercenary players.

Questions or concerns can be emailed to team@quidditchvictoria.com

To keep up to date with all important updates, RSVP to our event, join the VQA Facebook group or like our Facebook page.

MELBOURNE MUDBASH 2018: TOURNAMENT STAFF APPLICATIONS

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Photo Credit: Natalie Hulme

The Victorian Quidditch Association is seeking applications for a tournament director and two assistant tournament directors for Melbourne MudBash 2018. All positions are voluntary. The tournament will be held on the 21st – 22nd of July at Fawkner Park, South Yarra.

Applications open: Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

Applications close: Tuesday, 29th May 2018

Any and all questions can be directed to the VQA Executive at team@quidditchvictoria.com. If you have another role or way in which you’d like to contribute to the tournament, please send us an email! We are also seeking keen individuals to generally assist with the running of the event.

Tournament Director: The tournament director (TD) is responsible for the overall running of the tournament, including supervising the organising committee, working with the team to determine the general direction and flavour of the event, and liaising with outside bodies. The tournament director shall be responsible for curation and execution of the timeline of the event, inclusive of all planning stages and the event days themselves, from start to finish. The tournament director is the direct liaison between the tournament organisers and VQA committee. In conjunction with the VQA Executive, the tournament director shall be responsible for handling any issues, grievances or disciplinary action which may occur or be required over the tournament weekend.

Assistant Tournament Director x 2:  The assistant tournament directors assists the TD in their duties wherever required, dividing up duties according to the TD’s and assistant TD’s respective strengths, and taking over in the case that the TD is not available. Both ATD’s will be required to assist the TD and VQA Executive in handling any issues, grievances or disciplinary action which may occur or be required over the tournament weekend.

First Focus: Logistics, Equipment, Venue

Duties may include:

  • Sourcing and management of equipment for the tournament, including sourcing marquees, tables, chairs and other non-gameplay equipment.
  • Coordinating the layout of the event, as well specific tasks such as set-up and pack-up
  • Provide public communications about the venue, such as a transport plan for travelling to the tournament by PT.
  • Work with the other ATD to develop a volunteer’s roster for logistic based tasks such as set up and pack up.
  • Liaise with the VQA’s Media and IT Directors to ensure the spread of information to players through the VQA’s media channels.
  • Any other duties which may be befitting to the focus of Logistics, Equipment and The Venue.
  • Assist the TD in the creation of the tournament information package

Second Focus: Volunteers, Hospitality, Merchandise

The focus of this role is to develop the overall internal feel of the event and to be an internal contact for entities within our community. Duties may include:

  • Seeking, coordinating and rostering volunteers for the event.
  • Coordinating hospitality related aspects of the event, such as organising the BBQ or player lunches
  • Assist the VQA’s Events and Fundraising Director in coordinating the Mudbash Social
  • Putting together a package for teams of recommended accommodation, attractions, local shopping options and other relevant things in the area.
  • Developing potential merchandise and the sale of merchandise
  • Liaise with the VQA’s Media and IT Directors to ensure the spread of information to players through the VQA’s media channels.
  • Any other duties which may be befitting to the focus of Volunteers, Hospitality and Merchandise.
  • Assist the TD in the creation of the tournament information package

VICTORIAN LEADBEATERS 2018: Selection Panel Application

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Photo Credit: Jackson Weaver Photography

Applications are now open for all five positions on the selection panel for the 2018 Victorian Leadbeaters. 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 with the panel’s main goal to be to select the team, reserves and development squad for this event.

Panel members are required to attend and assist with the running of try-out sessions for the selection process. Selectors may also apply to play for the team.

Selector applications close 11:59pm Sunday, 3rd June 2018.

Applications for coach shall open once the date and location for the 2018 State Shield tournament is announced. This decision has been made due to the travel and time commitments required of the position. Questions can be directed to the VQA executive at team@quidditchvictoria.com

 

VQA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

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The Victorian Quidditch Association welcomes all members to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting!
The AGM is an excellent opportunity to be involved in the future planning of the association, hear annual reports on the success of quidditch in Victoria and provide feedback to the committee on the past year and for the year to come.

The AGM will include:
– Reports from current committee
– Discussion of constitutional changes, where relevant
– Election of committee representatives – All positions are up for re-election! Please consider running for one!!
– General business section for discussions open from the floor

TIME: From 10am till approximately 1pm, but hopefully much earlier.

DATE: Saturday, 12th May 2018

LOCATION: The Green Room, Melbourne Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000

FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/2007343179515852/

ELECTIONS: All positions shall be up for election; therefore we implore you to consider your potential involvement in the association as a member of our committee. With a variety of roles, there are different levels of commitment and responsibility to suit many of our members who would like to get involved. Without the hard work of our committee members the association would not be able to act in the capacity it does and with the high level of professionalism we expect.

ATTENDANCE AND PROXY VOTING: The association requires that quorum for a general meeting is the presence (physically, by proxy or as allowed under rule 37) of 10% of the members entitled to vote Members who are unable to attend in person may elect a proxy by completing the proxy voting form attached to this email. According to section 38 (8) of the constitution A form appointing a proxy sent by post or electronically is of no effect unless it is received by the Association no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the meeting and section 38 (7) A form appointing a proxy must be given to the Chairperson of the meeting (in person) before or at the commencement of the meeting. Any individual may not hold more than two votes; therefore their own vote and no more than one proxy.

 

All eligible voting members have received an email containing the AGM information package complete with agenda, election notices, position descriptions and more. These documents are available below.
Not sure if you are a member? If you have signed up to play in the Victoria Cup for 2018 you are! If not, you can sign up as a VQA non-playing member for $5 on our website, http://www.quidditchvictoria.com/victoria-cup-registration-2018/

The future of the Victorian relies on the input of its members, therefore the association is looking forward to seeing many faces at the AGM.

Any questions can be directed to Vice President, Alex Langdon, at team@quidditchvictoria.com

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

VQA Inc AGM Minutes 2018

VQA AGM Agenda 2018

VQA AGM Election Notice 2018

VQA Committee Position Descriptions

PROXY VOTING FORM

VQA Incorporated Statement of Comprehensive Income 2017

CONSTITUTION OF THE VQA

VQA Inc AGM Minutes 2017

 

Victoria Cup: Rescheduled Games

Photography: Jessica James-Moody Graphic Design: Nicola Gertler
Photography: Jessica James-Moody
Graphic Design: Nicola Gertler

Due to the impact of the Team Australia training camp on the 28th – 29th April, the VQA has rescheduled two games. One of those was the Melbourne Manticores vs Whomping Willows game which happened this past weekend, the second is La Trobe Trolls vs Melbourne Ravens which has been moved to the 13th of May. On this day we will be running two games in the 12:30pm slot as have the use of both fields 21 and 22 at Fawkner Park.

The following weeks will be as follows:

SUNDAY 29TH APRIL
SET-UP AT 10AM: Basilisks & Unicorns
10:50AM: MUDBLOODS v CENTAURS, REF: Bas & Uni
11:40AM: MUGGLES v MINOTAURS, REF: Mud & Cen
12:30PM: BASILISKS V UNICORNS, Ref: Mug & Min
PACK UP: Muggles & Minotaurs

SUNDAY 6TH MAY
AS FIXTURED

SUNDAY 13TH MAY
**FIELD 1**
SET UP AT 9:15AM: Ravens & Mudbloods
10AM: WILLOWS v LA TROBE, REF: Rav & Mud
10:50AM: RAVENS v MUDBLOODS, REF: Wil & Lat
11:40AM: BASILISKS v MUGGLES, REF: Cen & Min
12:30PM: MANTICORES V UNICORNS, REF: Bas & Mug
1:20PM: CENTAURS V MINOTAURS, REF: Man & Uni
PACK UP: Manticores & Unicorns

**FIELD 2**
SET UP AT 11:40AM: Ravens & La Trobe
12:30PM: RAVENS V LA TROBE, REF: Willows, Centaurs, Minotaurs
PACK UP: Ravens & La Trobe

The rest of the season will continue as fixtured.

The Victorian Quidditch Association is proud to support our Victorian Dropbears, Reserves and Coaching Staff.

 

UPDATED FIXTURE