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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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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.

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:

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Social

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