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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. 

THE VICTORIA CUP 2016 – GRAND FINAL

View the game footage of the Grand Final of the 2016 Victoria Cup season between the Wrackspurts QC and the Melbourne Manticores! Plus exclusive pre-game interviews from the Manticores’ C. Menkhorst and Wrackspurts’ L. McCoppin!

To view more footage from the 2016 season, visit our youtube channel @Victorian Quidditch Association

 

Eight Goals and a Snitch Grab – The Victoria Cup 2015 Round 2

Photo courtesy of The Victorian Quidditch Association
Photo courtesy of The Victorian Quidditch Association

Written by K. Grace

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!

Victoria Cup 2015 Registrations Now Open!

Photo courtesy of Hussain Al-Qalaf and design courtesy of Kat Young
Photo courtesy of Hussain Al-Qalaf and design courtesy of Kat Young

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 team@quidditchvictoria.com

 

The Victoria Cup Presentation Night

The Victoria Cup Presentation Night kicked off on Sunday, June 1st, with drink, festivities and general merriment at The Carron Tavern in Melbourne.

This night awarded the Victoria Cup Rising Star Award, Victoria Cup Most Valuable Player, Victoria Cup Rate Your Refs Award and Victoria Cup Top Goalscorer.

The awards were presented to:

Team Rising Star Awards
I. Dezani – Wrackspurts QC
J. Warhurst – Melbourne Manticores
L. Sliwcyznski – Northern Direwolves
W. McInnes – Monash Muggles
J. Miles – Melbourne UniCorns

Victoria Cup Rising Star
J. Cashman – Blackburn Basilisks

Victoria Cup Rate Your Refs Award –
Blackburn Basilisks

Victoria Cup Top Goalscorer –
J. Osmond – Blackburn Basilisks

Victoria Cup Most Valuable Player –
N. Morton – Monash Muggles & D. Mansfield – Wrackspurts QC

Congratulations to all the winners! Looking forward to see these players continue into the Easton Shield!

The Monash Muggles Take The Victoria Cup!

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Photograph courtesy of Hussain Al-Quallaf

 

A wet and rainy Grand Final showcased an excellent game of skill and strategy between the first place finishers, the Monash Muggles and the second place getters, the Blackburn Basilisks. The Muggles went in as slight favourites, with the best defence in the competition, having the least goals scored on them for the Victoria Cup season but the Basilisks were never far out of contention – the most offensive team with the most goals scored for the Vic Cup.

It was always going to be an excellent match, both teams having fought hard for their place in the Grand Final – the Muggles continuing their consistent effort through the season and the Basilisks getting a win in over rivals the Melbourne Manticores in the semis to lock their place into the Grand Final the round beforehand.

Morton for the Muggles was his dangerous self, bagging all five of the Muggles’ goals but the Basilisk defence effectively shutting down any other options for other players to score. At the other end, the Basilisks effectively kept bludger control which helped their Chasers break through the infamous Muggle defence, leading Thorpe to slot four goals and Osmond to add his own influence to the board with one.

The scores were level at 50-50 when the Snitch returned to the pitch, with the two Seekers in hot pursuit. Hogan for the Muggles was chasing the Snitch down as G. Gibson subbed out for Teys on the Basilisks side of the field. The Snitch was only back on the pitch for a minute or so when he weaved into the crowd, Hogan on his heels, managing to snatch the sock – Teys there only seconds later. But the win went to the Muggles, the first time Grand Finalists and winners of the Victoria Cup 2013-2014!

Congratulations to all players involved in the first Victoria Cup season for the VQA!