The Victorian Quidditch Association will be holding our annual tournament, Melbourne MudBash, for the fourth year in a row! This year’s tournament will be on the 25th & 26th June at Monash University, Clayton.
7.30am-8.30am: Team sign-in
9.00am-6.00pm: MudBash Round Robin Stage
9.00am-5.00pm: MudBash Finals & Consolation Games
2.40pm: Australian Dropbears v Dropkicks Exhibition Match
4.00pm: MudBash Grand Final
7.30pm-12:30am: MudBash Social at The Savoy Tavern, CBD
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 and jersey numbers as well as to cross-check with each player’s registration and membership status to ensure they are eligible to play. Any player who has not signed in will not be allowed to take the field. 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 7:30-8:00am.
SECOND GAME: you must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:15am.
THIRD & FORTH GAME: you must be present for sign-in between 8:00-8:30am.
Sign-in requirements are both the same on Saturday and Sunday.
Each team must be present at the marshalling area beside each field by ten minutes prior to each game. If your team is not present and ready to take to the pitch by the scheduled start time, you will forfeit the match.
After each match, both captains will be required to sign the match scoresheet.
Equipment will be checked before your team’s first match on each day. Please ensure that you are not wearing metal cleats, jewellery, or any other metal or otherwise dangerous items as outlined in the rulebook. Any disallowed equipment or item of clothing may not be worn at any time during a game at the tournament. We would like to discourage the wearing of hooded jumpers under jerseys whilst playing as they can be considered a choking hazard and encourage all players to wear warm clothing under their jerseys without hoods.
Teams are permitted to bring their own brooms to the tournament however all brooms must be approved by the Head Referee of your game or the Tournament or Assistant Tournament Director.
Players may be penalised if any Head Referee or the Tournament Director or Assistant Tournament Director determines that a piece of equipment or clothing is illegal or unsafe and it is not removed immediately.
WEATHER: Though the intention of Melbourne Mudbash is to get muddy and play regardless of the weather, we have set in place the following conditions. As determined by the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director and Head of Gameplay, in the event of severe weather the seeker floor may be cut down from 18 minutes to no less than 10 minutes to reduce game length but still allow teams to play. The snitch handicaps may also be lowered.
DELAY OF GAMES: In the case that games are delayed due to uncontrollable or unforeseen circumstance, the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director and Head of Gameplay may reduce the seeker floor from 18 minutes to no less than 15 minutes to reduce game length but still allow teams to play and all tournament games to be completed. The snitch handicaps may also be lowered.
CODE OF CONDUCT: All players, whilst playing, officiating and spectating are required to following Quidditch Australia’s code of conduct. Serious breaches of this code will result in the player being disqualified from the tournament and required to leave the venue. All participants are expected to be respectful to tournament staff and referees and any requests made of them. Disrespect to any official or staff will not be tolerated.
Please note that this is a drug and alcohol free tournament for all players and spectators.
The Code of Conduct may be found here
GRIEVANCES: All grievances may be brought to the Tournament Director (N. Gertler), Assistant Tournament Director (D. Rodhouse), Head of Gameplay (N. Morton), or the President of the Victorian Quididitch Association (K. Grace). Grievances will be discussed in private between the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director, Head of Gameplay and VQA President and where necessary the Head of Officials (L. McCoppin) and any Head Referee or Official relevant to the matter. The urgency of the grievance and best course of action shall be determined by this group and relevant parties shall be made aware of any decisions. Where possible, grievances will preferably be dealt with after the tournament through the grievance procedure outlined in the Victorian Quidditch Association’s constitution.
RULEBOOK: Melbourne Mudbash will be played according to rulebook 9 with the IQA’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.
The snitch handicaps will be as follows:
22 Minutes: Confined to the area between each teams hoops
25 Minutes: Snitch is limited to the use of one hand to defend against seekers
28 Minutes: The snitch is confined to the centre line of the field
Rankings will be determined by Wins/Record.
Points will be awarded on the following basis:
Win – 3 points
Overtime Loss – 1 point
Loss – 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.
Melbourne Mudbash will take place at Monash University Clayton Campus. Games will be played on Soccer Oval 5. Change rooms, toilets and a cafe are located within the Monash Sport building. The cafe is not to be used as a team area or area to store belongings as there are other Monash Sport patrons who require access to this area. Please be respectful of other sports being played on other fields.
Monash Clayton is located just off the Princes highway on Wellington Road and is also close to the Monash Freeway (M1). The Monash Freeway between the Toorak road exit and CBD is a toll road ($16.51 for a Weekend pass, midday Friday till midnight Sunday) however there are a number of other options from Toorak road to the city or to travel along the Princes highway into the CBD.
Parking: Parking on weekends at Monash is free in Blue permit areas. For your convenience please park in the blue permit area of the South 1 Carpark as circled on the map. Please refer to parking signs for all other areas as they may require a ticket.
From the bus loop, Monash is serviced by numerous buses passing through making it very accessible. From the CBD, it’s an approximately 40min trip on Saturdays and a 1 hour trip on Sundays by catching a train to Dandenong/Pakenham/Cranbourne to Huntingdale station and then catching a route 601, 630 or 900 bus for 5 minutes to Monash.
Monash is serviced by the following buses: 691 Bayswater-Waverley Gardens, 703 Blackburn-Middle Brighton, 733 Boxhill-Oakleigh, 737 Croydon-Clayton, 742 Eastland-Chadstone, 802 Dandenong-Chadstone, 804 Dandenong-Chadstone, 862 Dandenong-Chadstone and 900 Rowville-Caulfield.
To plan your journey via public transport, visit PTV
Pools are horizontally sorted rather than vertical; therefore you will play a mixture of games across more than one pitch. Teams with a BYE are not required to present to a pitch. Teams must arrive at their pitch 10 minutes before your game.
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.
For a more detailed fixture, rosters & refereeing document, visit our tournament google sheet
All teams are required to provide referees for their allocated games. If teams do not present themselves to referee at their required time they risk forfeiting subsequent games. Referee teams are required to present themselves 10 minutes before their allocated refereeing spot. The refereeing team is obliged to find a replacement for any missing referees in their team and alert the relevant Head Referee, Tournament Director, or Assistant Tournament Director of these changes.
To see the full refereeing schedule as well as team lists, visit our tournament google sheet
Melbourne MudBash Social
After you’ve finished grinding your opponents’ bodies into the mud, join them for a dance, a bite to eat and perhaps a beverage at the Melbourne MudBash Social! Hosted at the Savoy Tavern, with our own allocated space (see dance floor) in the lounge bar, please remember to drop by to join in the festivities before you travel back home and after you’ve had a chance to scrub yourself clean. Savoy Tavern is located across from Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne Central Business District, and as such is very accessible by public transport, be it train, tram, bus, or hot air balloon.
Wristbands must be worn throughout the duration of the social and presented at the door upon arrival to gain entry. Please treat your wristband like cash as misplaced wristbands will not be replaced. Wristbands will be handed out to all those who purchased a social ticket at sign-in on Saturday the 25th. Address: 677 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Corner of Bourke St and Spencer St)
Dress code: Smart casual, no thongs or boardies, or footy boots!
The Social is an 18+ event (please bring your ID) and the venue reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons.
For further enquiries you can contact Tournament Director N. Gertler – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also RSVP to our facebook events to keep up to date in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend.