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The Charity Cup 2015

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Written by G. Gibson

In 2014, the VQA decided that there was too much of a break between the end of the Victoria Cup league and Quafl, the Australian Regional Championships. The community needed something to scratch the quidditch itch in the meantime, and from there the Easton Shield was born.

The Easton Shield ran in 2014 and was a friendly competition between the 6 VQA teams at the time; it involved no finals and results were based only on pool play. The competition was to honour Nic, the cousin of Blackburn Basilisks’ captain, Taya. Nic fought a hard battle against leukaemia, which he sadly did not win. It was a cause that was close to the hearts of many, so we partnered with the Leukaemia Foundation to raise both money and awareness for this cause.

In 2014, the Blackburn Basilisks were the premiers for the Easton Shield.

This year we decided to do things a little differently. With only two months between the grand final of the Victoria Cup and QUAFL (being hosted in Victoria this year), we decided on two full day tournaments in October and November. We chose a charity close to our hearts; this year it was the Stroke Foundation. All proceeds from the Charity Cup will go towards this cause and we are raising stroke awareness, particularly in young people.

Day 1 started with miserable weather. It bucketed rain as the players huddled under some trees for a small amount of relief from what they thought would be relentless downpour. The grounds were wet, and there were many puddles to avoid. Unfortunately players were not able to wear cleats, so there was a lot of slipping and sliding around.

As players set up in the downpour, the captains had a meeting to decide whether they wanted to rank the games that day. The outcome was that no one wanted to rank the games with the AQA. This meant that players could play for friends’ teams and it also took the pressure off so everyone could have fun.

By the end of their first game, players were wet, cold, and covered in mud. Nobody minded, after all, quidditch never stops. The day wore on, and the weather improved with the sun making an appearance. Games continued with players swapping teams, helping out the small mercenary team, and generally having a great time. We managed to get through the very wet day with no injuries.

The Manticores finished the day on top of the ladder with the Wrackspurts a close second. We moved into Day 2.

Conditions on Day 2 could not have been more different. The sun was shining as we set up at La Trobe University in Bundoora. Everyone was geared up and set for a day of quidditch in the sun. Some players from the host team brought down some zooper doopers and some cold cans of coke to sell and raise a little more money for the Stroke Foundation.

The day was off to a great start with the Muggles Vs the Unicorns. The game was full of friendly banter and great quidditch. It set the tone for the rest of the day. Teams played their hardest, lending players to the smaller teams as they needed them. Wrackspurts parted with a few of their players to the Manticores, during the Wrackspurts Vs Manticores game. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen better sportsmanship.

The day finished with 4 rounds of finals. 1st Vs 4th in the ladder, Manticores Vs Centaurs. Manticores won the game leaving Centaurs with a comfortable 4th place for the tournament. Next was Wrackspurts Vs Muggles for a spot in the grand final. This was the most intense game of the day, and despite the heat the teams did extremely well. Muggles came through with a win to take them through to the grand final. Wrackspurts finished in third place.

Before the grand final Unicorns and La Trolls fought it out for the wooden spoon. The game was close and within snitch range with the Unicorns coming through with a win in the end, leaving La Trolls in 6th place.

Muggles and Manticores went head to head. Players were hot and tired, and more than a few of them were sunburned. Both teams played as well as possible, and Manticores played especially hard with their small squad. Muggles just played a sharper and better game, winning the grand final and becoming the premiers for the Charity Cup in 2015.

It was a fun and fantastic tournament. The friendships between teams shined through all day and everyone left hot, tired, sweaty and smiling. A great wind up for Quafl on the 5th and 6th of December at Monash University where 19 teams will play their hardest to be the Australian quidditch champions. Will the Manticores hold on to the title? Only time will tell.

The VQA needs you for a role on our committee!

Two of our longest serving committee members, Jamie and Matt, are stepping down from their roles as Treasurer and Head of Officials to pursue exciting new things in their outside lives. We’d link to extend our thanks to them for all the work they’ve done in their time to make Victorian Quidditch as great and dynamic as it is. Just because you’re not in charge doesn’t mean we don’t hope to still see you at game days.

As you can probably guess, this means we’re now looking for a new Treasurer and a new Head of Officials until our AGM at the start of next year (~Feb 2016). Look at the end of this for the official election notice and the agenda for the meeting.

If you think you’ve got a knack for money or for wrangling referees then read on for a brief overview of each role. For a formal description of the positions, check out our constitution or if you have any questions then please contact the Returning Officer Luke at team@quidditchvictora.com.

We will be holding a general meeting on August 9 at Fawkner Park, after Round 13 of The Victoria Cup. There will be an election for these positions, and you can have your say in the future of quidditch in Victoria. You can RSVP to that meeting here

Election Notice
Meeting Agenda

 

Treasurer

As Treasurer, you’re the first port of call on money matters.

Like all committee members you’ll attend the monthly meetings, where you’ll have the honour of presenting the monthly financial report – keeping everybody up-to-date on the VQA’s financial position and ensure its squeaky clean. At the end of each year, you’ll summarise this into the annual report for members too.

You’ll work with other members of the VQA Admin Committee to manage their relevant budgets responsibly, as well as the VQA’s budget as a whole. You’ll be the primary person responsible for all money coming in, and money coming out.

Money matters, and Treasurer is a crucial role in the committee that we wouldn’t be able to run without. Money isn’t the only thing you’ll get to do though – like all committee members you’ll have a chance to have a say in the VQA more broadly and happy out were you can to keep Victorian Quidditch great.

 

Head of Officials

As Head of Officials, your job is to do your best to have highly skilled Head Refs and Assistant Refs at all VQA Games.

Like all committee members you’ll attend the monthly meetings, where you’ll propose and discuss with the rest of the committee ways to ensure that we maintain and improve the standard of Victorian referees. Maybe you’ll run workshops, or institute a mentoring program, or distribute guides, or get the rulebook tattooed on your chest in small font.

Another main part of your role will be organising referees. For new tournaments, you’ll develop a draft roster for the Admin to approve. For existing ones, you’ll make sure that the referees are able to make it each week, and if they’re not you’ll find a replacement.

As Head of Officials you’ll be passionate about quality officiating at our games, and you’ll be passionate for the VQA as a whole and take part in and work with the committee on other activities as required.

All You Need to Know for Melbourne MudBash 2015!

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Photo Credit: Kirk Donaldson Photography

MELBOURNE MUDBASH 2015

USEFUL INFORMATION!

 

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Tournament Schedule

Melbourne Mudbash will consist of a round robin competition between the nine teams where everyone will play everyone once. The top four teams will progress to semi-finals, with the winner of both matches progressing to the grand finale!

Gameplay

We will be using Rulebook 8. There will be no off pitch seeking due to space restrictions with the Seeker Floor being 20 minutes. 

Snitch Handicaps
25 minutes: One hand
28 minutes: No hands
30 minutes: the snitch is confined to the middle of the pitch.

Egregious red cards will be reviewed by the game’s head referee, tournament director and pitch manager where appropriate.

All players will be required to use the standard VQA style brooms. Interstate players will be provided with brooms to borrow for the weekend, Victorian teams are expected to provide their own. All equipment will be rulebook standard, including player equipment.

Rankings will be determined by Wins/Record. Tie breaks will be determined by:

  1. Head to Head
  2. Point Differential (of final score, including snitch catch, with a 120 point hard cap.)

Any games forfeited will be entered as a 120*-0 loss for the forfeiting team.

Code of Conduct

All players, whilst playing, officiating and spectating are required to following the Australian Quidditch Associations code of conduct. Serious breaches of this code will result in the player being disqualified from the tournament and required to leave the venue. Please note that this is a drug and alcohol free tournament.

The Code of Conduct may be found here

Locations

Melbourne Mudbash this year will take place at Monash University Clayton Campus. Games will be played on Soccer Oval 5. Change rooms, toilets and a café are located within the Monash Sport building.

Monash University Clayton campus address:
Wellington Road & Blackburn Road, Clayton VIC 3800

Monash Sport’s address:
42 Scenic Boulevard
Monash University
Clayton VIC 3800

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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.

Public Transport: Monash is a local public transport hub for South-East Melbourne, with numerous buses passing through making it very accessible. From the CBD, its an approximately 40min trip on weekends catching a train to Dandenong/Pakenham/Cranbourne to Huntingdale and then catching a route 601, 630 or 900 bus to Monash.

Other buses that stop at Monash include:
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
900 Rowville-Caulfield

For timetable information, go here

The Social

The official tournament after party (*ATP*) will be held at the Highlander Bar in Melbourne’s CBD on the night of Sunday the 5th. Social tickets will be given to your team representative or captain at sign in on the Saturday morning of the tournament so they can distribute them to you. Your ticket at $20.00 will include two drinks as well a light finger food. Beverages available include basic house spirits, soft drink, juice, house red/white/sparkling or a ‘beer special’ all determined by the venue. If you’re desperately hungry after the tournament, dinner beforehand is recommended. This is an 18+ event. No ticket = No entry.

The Highlander Bar is close to both Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations as well as a number of tram routes. It is a 10 min walk from Southern Cross, or you can get the 70/71/75 tram from Flinders St Station to Melbourne Aquarium and it’s a 1 min walk from there.

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Enquiries

For further enquiries you can contact either:

Tournament director N. Gertler – neger1@student.monash.edu

Assistant tournament director G. Gibson – team@quidditchvictoria.com

Please also RSVP to our facebook events to keep up to date throughout the day:

Tournament
Social

And follow the Victorian Quidditch Association on twitter for live score updates here