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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 Media Feedback Form

Photo Credit: Nicholas Hirst
Photo Credit: Nicholas Hirst

The VQA Admin are looking for feedback in regards to the VQA’s media coverage. We would love to hear your thoughts about the 2016 Victoria Cup and your expectations for 2017 (Try not to think of MudBash, or QA events like QUAFL and State of Origin.). If you’re interested in assisting the VQA in our media coverages and pursuits in 2017, send us an email at team@quidditchvictoria.com , contact us on facebook, or look for the media volunteers section in the Victoria Cup registration.

Victorian Quidditch Association 2017 Committee

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The Victorian Quidditch Association would like to thank all those who attended our Annual General Meeting this morning, and we are proud to announce our committee for 2017.

President: N. Gertler
Vice President: A. Langdon
Secretary: C. Bridle
Treasurer: R.Atkinson
Head of Officials: L.McCoppin
Head of Gameplay: N. Morton
Head of Media: S. Hicks
Head of Events and Fundraising: L. Pahl
Head of IT: vacant.

Team Representatives
Blackburn Basilisks: E. Farrell
La Trobe Trolls: G. Beggs
Melbourne Manticores: D. Rodhouse
Melbourne Unicorns: E. Kirsh
Monash Muggles: M. Kerr
South Melbourne Centaurs: TBA
Whomping Willows: Z. Giofkou
Wrackspurts QC: D. Jenkins

The VQA would also like to extend our thanks to former president Kassi Grace and former treasurer Graham Done. Since their election, Graham and Kassi have both worked tirelessly in their respective positions to ensure the smooth and successful running of the association. Their contributions to the VQA have been invaluable, and we wish them the best in their future endeavours and hope they enjoy their well-earned rest.

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.

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.

All You Need to Know for Melbourne MudBash 2016

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.

Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY
7.30am-8.30am:
Team sign-in
9.00am-6.00pm: MudBash Round Robin Stage

SUNDAY
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

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.

 

Policies

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.

 

Gameplay

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.

 

Location

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.

13494760_1398343203515995_6878883015255158236_nMonash University Clayton campus address:
Wellington Road & Blackburn Road, Clayton VIC 3800
Monash Sport’s address:
42 Scenic Boulevard, Monash University Clayton VIC 3800

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.

13442434_1398344173515898_2066245525645649201_oFrom 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

 

Tournament Fixture

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.

13475221_1398342860182696_4431557711440397854_oFor a more detailed fixture, rosters & refereeing document, visit our tournament google sheet

 

Refereeing

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.

 

Enquiries

For further enquiries you can contact Tournament Director N. Gertler – neger1@student.monash.edu

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

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Social

VQA Special General Meeting June 2016

Congratulations everyone on a wonderfully successful start to the 2016 Victorian quidditch season!

Special General Meeting 2016
4th of June 2016 at 1pm, Fawkner Park, South Yarra

Following the stepping down of G. Gibson, the Victorian Quidditch Association needs a new President.

We will be holding a Special General Meeting to elect a new President of the Victorian Quidditch Association. In the event that the member elected President currently holds a portfolio in the Victorian Quidditch Association Admin Committee, we will hold a provisional election immediately after to fill their newly vacant role.

Election Notice

SGM Meeting Agenda

Position Guide

Please read through the above documents, and if you have any relevant questions don’t hesitate to send them to team@quidditchvictoria.com

Thank you for supporting quidditch in Victoria.

All You Need to Know for the 2016 Victorian Fantasy Tournament

Below are some very important details in regards to the Victorian Fantasy Tournament this coming weekend. Please read them carefully to ensure you are prepared for the weekend.
 
Time: Sign in will be open from 8:00am and finishing at 9:00am. If you are playing or refereeing in the first game you are expected to be signed in BEFORE 8:45am and be ready on the field to play or referee at 8:50am. Any player who has not signed in will not be allowed to take the field. Teams who do not present for sign in may be at risk of forfeits or disqualification.

Location: La Trobe University, Bundoora. We will be on the lawn used for the second round of the VQA’s Charity Cup last year and the Australian team selection camps, at the corner of Crissane Rd and Waterdale Rd. Free parking is accessible via Crissane Rd. This lawn is on the very edge of campus. If you are really struggling with Google Maps, search ‘Latrobe Melbourne Hall Bundoora’ and that should work just fine.

Map of the campus with the location circled
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Path from the stop 60 tram stop
STOP 60 TO GROUND

From the city the 86 tram from Bourke street towards RMIT Bundoora will get you to stop 60-La Trobe University/Plenty Road, from there it’s a 20 minute walk down Kingsbury Drive to get to the field. To sort out your own specific journey, we’d recommend the PTV Journey Planner or you can view a timetable for the 86 tram here

 

What to bring for the weekend:

  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable clothes – we will be providing you with a top!
  • Hat & other sun protective clothing/sunscreen
  • Runners or Football Boots
  • Jumper in case it gets cold
  • You are welcome to bring your own broom, however the VQA will be supplying some brooms for the event. All brooms must be cleared with the TD and game’s Head Referee before use. 
  • Your own position headbands (none will be provided by the VQA)

 

Lunch: Lunch this year will be a BBQ. You’ll get 2 snags and a drink (soft drink or water) per day. If you put down dietary requirements, we’ve tried our best to cater for them, just let our chefs know when you go to get your named checked off to ensure you are receiving the right thing.

Snitch times: 18 minutes seekers released, 22 minutes snitch to 1 hand, 25 minutes snitch to no hands, 27 minutes snitch is confined to the middle of the field. 
 
Referees: Each team is expected to provide a referee team (ARs, SR, GRs, Scorekeepers, Snitch) for their scheduled referee game. Referees need to be on the field ready to go approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of the game. Failure to provide a suitable referee team will result in your team forfeiting their next scheduled game. 
 
Forfeits/Forced Forfeits: We would love if your team presented themselves approximately 10 minutes before and are ready to take to the pitch by the scheduled start time. If you’re more than 10 minutes late you will forfeit the match with a score of 0 – 150.  
 
It’s very important that the tournament runs on time especially as we are also hosting the second round of State of Origin games. As players it is your responsibility to know what is going on and where you are required. We are on a tight schedule and all involved in organising the tournament would appreciate your cooperation.
 
Keep up to date with the Facebook event for any late minute updates
 
Looking forward to seeing you on the weekend. If you have any questions, contact us at team@quidditchvictoria.com

The Host with the Most – Expectations Ahead of Quafl 2015

Image courtesy of the Australian Quidditch Association
Image courtesy of the Australian Quidditch Association

Written and edited by K. Grace.

It has been a big year for quidditch in Victoria, with a new team joining our ranks, some old faces switching sides, and some new ones giving us pause to stop and take notice. As the end of the year approaches so does the event we’re most excited for as The VQA steps up to the plate with the Monash Muggles to play host to the national championships, Quafl 2015, for the very first time right here in Melbourne. We speak to our teams to see where they’re at as they prepare for Quafl, some of which for the very first time.

Wrackspurts QC – L. McCoppin

The Wrackspurts have had quite the season, going from strength to strength and fighting relentlessly in a trying semi final. Will we be seeing a stronger side from you at Quafl this year, being that it’s in Melbourne, and what are your hopes for the team?
The Wrackspurts have improved dramatically since last Quafl, and will be fielding a full squad of 21 this year. Our team would expect no less but to make the final 12, finishing either 2nd or 3rd in pool play and would be looking to make it to the final 4. From there, with a squad of 21, who knows what could happen? Our strengths are definitely our longevity and able to make big hits and goal saving tackles again and again, however our depth of females across the board, although has improved markedly over the year, is still probably a step behind the best teams. Unlike last Quafl however, the Wrackspurts now have an A class seeker in N. Kemister, so those matches we lost last year in snitch range might now go our way.

You’ll be facing two as yet unknown forces in pool play, QUT, and Adelaide. What will you be planning for upon facing these teams, and how do the Wrackpurts fare against the unexpected?
Obviously the Wrackspurts will prepare and play against QUT and Adelaide how we do against every team; that is with respect and as hard as we can. Many of the Wrackspurts only know one gear, and that is giving 100% for every game. If any opposition take the Wrackspurts lightly this tournament, some big upsets could come about.

South Melbourne Centaurs – M. Braham

It is no doubt the Centaurs have improved tenfold from the team we saw debut in Easton Shield last year. You’ve beaten the Unicorns more than once and in tournament play even won against the Wrackspurts, quite the feat for the team. What are your expectations going into your first Quafl?
We’ve definitely improved since we started over a year ago but we still feel we’ve yet to prove ourselves even in Victoria, let alone Australia. Beating one of the Victorian Big 4 in the Wrackspurts during this years Melbourne MudBash was a highlight; but we found that the scrappy style of ground level play found at MudBash suited us a lot more. Given that Quafl will be played in Summer in a much drier, hotter climate there will be challenges that any of our team have not yet faced. We’ll be going in to Quafl with one of the smallest teams. We’ll be missing Turner to injury, Brookes and Dyall to the Perth Phoenixes, but we have known this for a long time and we’ve proven that playing tournaments with low numbers does not phase us. In terms of the tournament results, we’re hoping to get out of pool play as a minimum but will obviously be aiming to get as far as we can and challenge some of the top Australian teams.

You’ve played at Quafl before, assisting the Wrackspurts side last year, and also seen interstate competition at Sydney All Stars. What knowledge have you passed onto your team in order to be competitive at a national level?
Being lucky enough to have the ability to travel around Australia and play at some of the interstate tournaments has been fantastic for my knowledge of quidditch and how it is played differently around the country. Quafl 2014 was very interesting; not only was I able to learn about players from interstate but I was able to play with a different team and learn from them. I think what I’ve really taken back to my team is how useful communication and teamwork is. Watching the best teams play they are always loud on pitch, everyone knows their role and what they should be doing to give their team success on the pitch. I’ve tried to bring this to the Centaurs and I’m hoping it will help give us the edge over some of the other teams at Quafl.

Monash Muggles – N. Morton

The Muggles have had quite the drop this season, going from winning Vic Cup and MudBash last year to finishing fourth on the Vic Cup 2015 ladder. Losing a few key players and having to train up new recruits must’ve been quite the adjustment. What are you expecting from your team going into Quafl?
Losing players is never easy, but as a university team we do expect it. Our new team members have made huge strides though and the Victoria Cup was a big part of that. A lack of experience has hurt us in some games during Victoria Cup, but we’ve worked on our weaknesses and we’re more able to hold out nerve. Our effort at Melbourne MudBash this year probably showed some our best form and I am expecting more like that at Quafl. We have a lot of scoring options and have trained together for much of the year so there’s nothing stopping us from making a run deep into the finals.


Being a Team Australia veteran and recently playing on the winning side at Sydney All Stars fantasy, what have you taken away from these experiences that you’ll use to improve the Muggles’ chances at Quafl?

Playing for Team Australia last time was a fantastic experience and one I learned a lot from, especially as it was still my first year of playing. Using the space of the field and tackling players much bigger than I am took a lot of adjustment, as well as playing as a pure chaser and not as a ball carrier which I had done a lot of for the Muggles. Fantasy tournaments are a bit harder to learn from, but playing with so many people I had never met before meant that communication was big part of the weekend for me, and a big reason why we did so well I think.

Blackburn Basilisks – T. Rawson

The Basilisks have had quite the interesting season, with several new additions, surviving each week with a minimal amount of players and still fighting through to the grand final. What do you think you’ve learned as a team this season, and how do you plan to carry that through to Quafl?
I think the main thing we’ve learned as a team has come from what we’ve learned as individuals. As you said, we had many games where we had only 1 or 2 subs (and actually clocked up some wins with those smaller sides), and the line up changed almost every game. We had games where we had no Keepers or Beaters and had to slot people into positions they weren’t comfortable with. I think that’s been incredibly beneficial for players confidence and for the team – players are learning they’re capable of more than they expected and are pushing their boundaries. It also gives the team more diversity and allows us to still send up a capable side if people are away or injured. Adding onto that we had a few people enter temporary retirement this year due to work commitments and injury, and 7 new players join us, we’ve really had a big shuffle around. It’s been an adjustment for sure, having everything shaken up, but I’ve really seen some of my players come into their own, and I’m so proud of them. I have no idea what to expect come Quafl, we have ANOTHER 2 new players starting with us, and have 3 of our key players away, so I think we’re just going to bring our ability to adapt and thrive under impossible conditions and do our best, the Basi-way!

In pool play the Basilisks will be facing teams they’ve played before, with the only new team being USC. What are you expecting from the Queensland offering, and overall, who would you like to play against that you’ve yet to face before?
I haven’t heard much about USC, except from what my housemate and VQA President has told me about what she’s seen. I think they’re coming down underrated – which is a huge benefit for them. I think they’re going to come at their first game all guns firing and nobody is going to expect what they have to offer.I’m super excited to see Adelaide play, and it would be so awesome to play them. Once again, nobody knows anything about them. I’m good friends with one of their players who helped get the team going, and she spent 6 months playing for Canada just after Global Games. I think she has some tricks up her sleeve that she brought back to Adelaide, and I think we’ll see a much more American style entering the field with them. I’d also love to play the new Wrackspurts line up, but there’s plenty of time for that next year! I think they’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Melbourne Unicorns – E. Humphrey

The Unicorns will be going into their first Quafl with an undermanned side. What are your expectations for the team?
Firstly, everyone knows the best things come in small packages. Secondly, We feel confident about the direction this team of young players is undertaking, and we are happy with the progress that our new players are making. We see being a smaller team as a benefit because it means we can work more cohesively as a unit and play off each others strengths. Obviously with less players we are at a disadvantage in terms of sub lines, but there is nothing we can do in that respect except ‘just keep swimming’. All of us are here to play quidditch and have fun which is the most important thing.

Your team has the slight advantage of having 2 players who’ve previously played a Quafl, albeit with another team. Will we be seeing them at Quafl this year, and do you have anything different planned from the Unicorns usual playing style in lieu of the absence of your regulars?
Our first plan is to go in with brooms blazing! Our other plans are more classified. Having fewer experienced Quafl players means that we are open to trying out many new ideas which we are keen to put into practice. With new direction and players taking on more leadership roles this year, we like to think we’re working stronger than ever as a team, and working hard to utilize every player to their maximum potential.

La Trobe Trolls – R. Atkinson

La Trobe have become quite the team since their debut this year, learning to play together and becoming quite the formidable side. What are your hopes and expectations for the team going into your first Quafl?
Honestly our main aim at QUAFL is to survive the weekend and have a good time. We hope to win a game or two; obviously it’d be fantastic to win more games but looking at our pool we’re also trying to keep our expectations somewhat realistic. So yeah, main hope is to win a couple of games and have a fun time! And meet interstate players, of course!

La Trolls experienced their first tournament at Melbourne MudBash earlier this year. What did you take away from that experience, and has that impacted how you’ve played since and how you’ll play at Quafl?
The Trolls MudBash Crew by far and away had a massive benefit from playing in the tournament, we learnt so much about what we as a team are capable of, what we as people are capable of, and most importantly what we as friends are capable of. We’re hoping that using the endurance we built up at Mudbash (and throughout the rest of the year, of course), we’ll be able to handle Quafl and everything that comes with it!

Melbourne Manticores – J. Williams

The Manticores have had a stellar season, coming off a win at Quafl 2014 and going undefeated through Vic Cup 2015 to have a runaway victory in the grand final. Will the Manticores be relying on their strength of a side we’ve seen this year, or will there be any surprises in store for Quafl?
There won’t be any nasty surprises at Quafl from us; we’ve kept pretty much the same roster year round and we’ll be going into the national tournament with minimal changes to that list. There will be one new addition to the roster however, so it’ll be interesting to see how this newbie goes and if they’ll work with the rest of the team.

You’ve competed at the August Triwizard tournament in NSW, and more recently at Sydney All Stars Fantasy Tournament. What have you learned playing with (and against) players from interstate, and how will you use this to the Manticores’ advantage come Quafl?
The Manticores play best when we concentrate on our own game, so I think we’ll go into the tournament trying to finetune and perfect our cohesiveness and teamwork. We tend not to get caught up on how to combat other teams’ playing styles and focus more on our own game and how we can do better, which we then make minor adaptations to depending on how things are going in each game.

Quafl 2015 will be played 5-6 December at Monash University Clayton, with nineteen teams from five states (and one territory).