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Victorian Leadbeaters Applications 2017

Photography by Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography
Photography by Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

Quidditch Australia’s inaugural State Shield has officially been announced to be held at Spencer Park in Brisbane, QLD on the 15th & 16th of October 2017. The Victorian Leadbeaters are seeking players wishing to try out for the squad who are prepared to train hard for the next three months and travel with the team to Brisbane for the tournament to bring home the shield. The selection panel of Dean Rodhouse, Nicola Gertler, Nathan Morton, Neil Kemister and coach Liam McCoppin shall be holding open tryouts on the 9th and 23rd of July from 2:30-4:30pm at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. Following these tryouts, the panel will select a training squad and then a final squad of 21 team members and 4 reserves.

Any player who wishes to attend the tryouts must complete the following form as a part of their application by Wednesday, July 5th.  Please take the time to fill in this application with as much relevant detail as possible. 

Furthermore, players are expected to be prepared to fund their own travel, inclusive of flights, transportation, accommodation, food and spending money. The Victorian Quidditch Association is dedicated to supporting our athletes by providing uniforms through fundraising for the team, however financial assistance for the trip cannot be guaranteed by the association.

Individuals selected for the training squad and final team are expected to attend a minimum of one training a fortnight with a three strikes policy in place for players who fail to attend the required number of training sessions. The Association and panel recognise that the commitment made by all individuals who wish to play for the Victorian Leadbeaters is substantial, however, it is imperative to the success of the team to ensure all players comply with the aforementioned requirements as well the player’s code of conduct (to be released soon).

Tryout #1: 2:30-4:30pm, 9th July 2017, Fawkner Park

Tryout #2: 2:30-4:30pm, 23rd July 2017, Fawkner Park 

Any questions can be directed to the selection panel or VQA Executive at team@quidditchvictoria.com

Melbourne Mudbash 2017: Tournament Staff Applications

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Luke Hemer Photography
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The Victorian Quidditch Association is seeking applications for the following staffing positions for Melbourne Mudbash 2017. All positions are voluntary. The tournament is currently planned to be held in South Yarra, Victoria, on the 1 -2 July, however the location and date will be confirmed by Friday 19th of May.

Applications open: Monday 15th May

Applications close: Monday 22nd May

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.

Details and registration for players and teams shall be released on Friday 19th of May 2017.

Leadbeaters Coaches Application

Victorian Leadbeaters 2017: Coaches Application

Leadbeaters Coaches Application
Photography by Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

The Victorian Quidditch Association is currently seeking one enthusiastic individual to coach the 2017 Leadbeaters side. 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 in either Brisbane or Sydney). 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 open: 15th May 2017

Applications close: 29th May 2017

Questions can be directed to the VQA executive at team@quidditchvictoria.com

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.

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


(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


  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



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.

VQA’s Quidditch Come and Try Day

Luke Hemer Photography
Luke Hemer Photography

Heard about quidditch before and wanted to give it a try and didn’t know how? There are multiple teams across Melbourne who are looking for players! Come on down to learn the basics of the sport and find out why quidditch is for you!

To give you the full quidditch experience there’ll be three workshops focusing on chasing, beating and seeking. You will get to rotate between all three workshops before having a go in a game!

No experience is required, just wear sports clothes, runners (no footy boots), bring a water bottle and be willing to give it a go.

When: Sunday 26th of February, from 9:30am-12pm. The workshops will be starting at 10, but please arrive around 9:30 to have time to sign a waiver form and warm up.

Where: Lawn 14, Fawkner Park in South Yarra https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/fawkner-park-summer.pdf

Cost: FREE! Just click attending on our Facebook event to register your interest and to help us with numbers.

Contact us at team@quidditchvictoria.com if you have any questions.