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:
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/
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.
Current games of Victorian Teams include Muggles v SA Bunyips, Basilisks v USC Dementors, Manticores v Perth Phoenixes, Wrackspurts v Macquaire Marauders and the always highly contested Melbourne Unicorns v South Melbourne Centaurs.
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.
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.
It was a hot Sunday morning for Round 2 of 2015’s Victoria Cup; fortunately the players only had to endure around twenty minutes in the heat for both matches. The Wrackspurts made an unusual choice in their lineup with McCoppin and Kemister as their starting beaters, but it was a decision that worked in their favour with early competition for bludgers allowing D. Jenkins to score two successive goals. Unicorns’ Schulte landed some fantastic beats, working well with Myles, however the absence of the required pressure from their defending Chasers/Keeper meant much of their effort was for naught. Key point chasers Moore and Chopra were both restricted to the sidelines until seeker floor, ensuring their arrival on pitch was too late to affect the outcome. The relentless Growse dominated Wrackspurts’ chaser game, landing four goals. Kemister wrecked havoc as a Beater, yet still managed to get a goal of his own, as well as the eventual snitch catch, making his catch rate two for two. When it came down to it, the Unicorns weren’t effectively utilising their players, or else lacked the direction required to put a dint in the defense of the Wrackspurts.
Final score: 110*-0
The second game of Manticores vs Muggles was an interesting one from the start, with both sides absent of key players and some even playing despite being injured. A third of the Muggles’ chasing lineup were new players in only their second match, seemingly unprepared for the rigors a side like the Manticores can unfurl. Star Muggles all-rounder Morton dominated in multiple positions but lacked the support required from usual comrades Nash, Thomson, or Hogan to make much of an impact on the scoreboard. New Muggles Chaser Thomas showed the confidence and prowess of a seasoned player, proving herself as a player to watch out for in upcoming rounds. Harding from the Manticores let her presence be known keenly, dominating the beating game as effectively as this past QUAFL 2014 championships. Former Muggle and new Manticore Rodhouse, in his first match against his former team, struggled to land goals on multiple occasions, however he has the speed and stamina required to be an asset as Chaser once he adjusts to the Manticores’ offensive gameplay. At one point Rodhouse brought the significantly taller Dortmans to ground in a tackle, leaving him open to a beat from Tasman, proving that even in different positions they’re still a duo not to be trifled with. Mayling and Picar charged through Muggles’ defence multiple times, with the former scoring three goals and the latter two. All in all, the Muggles’ defense lacked its usual strength, allowing the Manticores to invade way too easily.
Final score: 110*-20
Our next round isn’t until 19th April, but if you’re heading to Supanova be sure to visit our booth and check out our exhibition games on both Saturday and Sunday!
The first match of the day, Monash Muggles vs South Melbourne Centaurs was the shortest, only eighteen minutes long, meaning both teams didn’t have time to shine. Both teams debuted some of their recent acquisitions, with the Muggles’ entire chaser line comprised of new players toward the end of the game. Leane proved impressive, and Dortmans put Muggles on the board by storming through the Centaurs defense multiple times. Bludger control remained hotly contested throughout the game, at times with experienced Muggle beaters struggling to reclaim possession. Special mention goes to Tredrea from Muggles and Done from Centaurs for their excellent beating. Chasers to watch are Centaurs’ Voorwinden, scoring their first goal, and Gertler, brother of the Muggles’ captain and coach, who scored the final goal in his very first match.
Final score: 90-70*
The highly anticipated game of Manticores vs Wrackspurts was an intense and aggressive one. The forty minute long match was punctuated by many “brooms down” and doling out of cards by Head Referee Gertler. New Wrackspurts recruits Nash and Kemister, while effective, proved no match for Victoria’s most lethal beating duo Rodhouse and Tasman, the former of whom remained on pitch for the entire match. Wrackspurts’ chasers were able to land a few goals, with some impressive long shots by classic players Smith and McCoppin. But ultimately, the chaser game belonged to the Manticores, with the old Baylor defense of last season not proving as effective against the seamless team that is Mayling, Menkhorst, Hunter, and Blamey. Lithe Snitch Morton, a large factor in what was such a lengthy match, brought quite the fight. The eventual suicide catch went to Kemister, who is likely to prove a force to be reckoned with in what’s to come of The Victoria Cup 2015. Special mention goes to Wrackspurts Chaser Kleiner, whose well-earned goal resulted in loud cheers from the spectators.
Final score: 110-80*
La Trobe Quidditch’s debut performance was better than most, but they still have a long way to go before challenging the likes of the Blackburn Basilisks. While La Trobe Keeper Wynen showed faith in his fellow players, sharing the ball around, their female Chasers lacked the confidence required to further the ball up the pitch. However, with experience and more games under their belt, they will later prove to be crucial assets to the team. Former Manticore player Wymarra had the most success advancing the ball, but was folly to beating pair Parker and Gibson, who dominated Basilisks’ defense, maintaining bludger control for the majority of the match. Newcomer Norman, who already proved successful in the recent Victorian Fantasy tournament, excelled in his Basilisks debut, scoring four goals. Chaser Grace put pressure on La Trobe’s offensive lineup, and new recruits Saunders and Miller scored a goal apiece, proving their worth for the team. Ultimately though the game belonged to reigning Highest Goalscorer Thorpe, who racked up a whopping sixteen of the Basilisks’ twenty-seven goals, laying waste to La Trobe. The snitch catch went to Arbuthnot of La Trobe, giving them a small positive at the start of their first season.
Final score 270-30*
Round 2 of The Victoria Cup will be at 10am next Sunday the 29th of March. You can RSVP to the event here
The VQA is very excited to launch The Victoria Cup 2015! Starting on the 21st of March and running until the end of September this year, each team will play each other twice to fight for a spot in the finals!
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our beloved Northern Direwolves for this season, but we’re also ecstatic to welcome the newest team to our ranks: The La Trobe Quidditch Team! Registrations are now open and players can register here, and view the league rules here.
The fixture and referee schedules will be released shortly; keep an eye out for event invitations to each round. Make sure you register before your first game, and we’ll see you on the pitch!
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your Team Representative or email firstname.lastname@example.org