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Melbourne MudBash 2018: Information Package

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With Melbourne Mudbash right around the corner, here is some essential information for players and spectators attending the events. All this information and more can also be found in the 2018 Melbourne Mudbash Information Package.

Fixture

The full fixture for the tournament, including pools, the refereeing roster and volunteer roster, can be found here.

Each team must be present at the marshalling area beside each field by ten minutes prior to each game, whether playing or refereeing. If your team is not present and ready to take to the pitch by the scheduled start time, you will forfeit the match. For refereeing slots, teams are required to provide a referee team which includes at minimum 3 Assistant Referees, 1 Snitch Referee, 2 Goal Referees and 1 Scorekeeper. 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.

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, jersey numbers and cross-check each player’s registration and membership status to ensure they are eligible to play. 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 7:45-8:00am.

SECOND GAME: You must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:15am.

THIRD GAME: You must be present for sign-in between 8:00-8:30am.

Sign-in requirements only apply on the Saturday, unless as an individual you did not attend the Saturday games.

Gameplay

RULEBOOK: Melbourne Mudbash will be played according to IQA 2016-2018 Rulebook with QA’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.

Rankings will be determined by Wins/Record.

Points will be awarded on the following basis:

Win – 4 points

Overtime Loss – 2 points

Loss – 1 point

Forfeit – 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 & Grounds Rules

Melbourne Mudbash will take place at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. The association has been allocated three different areas with a total of 5 quidditch fields to be used over the weekend based on grounds conditions. Our relationship with Fawkner Park is very important, so we ask that everyone shows the utmost respect to the venue as well as picking up their rubbish and putting it in the bin.

Change rooms, toilets and a cafe (run by South Yarra FC) are located within the Southern Pavilion. We have specifically been allocated change rooms 2 and 4 and there are also single cubicles on the outside of the building. Please be respectful of other sports being played on other fields.

The canteen will be open all weekend for our convenience, serving hot and cold food as well as coffee and a variety of snacks. They accept both cash and EFTPOS payments.  

Transport

Parking: Parking at Fawkner Park can be difficult on weekends due to a high volume of sports and park usage, however it is not impossible. It is recommended to spare an extra 10 – 15 minutes to find parking in the surrounding streets. Please be aware of all parking signs, as some areas are resident permit only, and some areas are only for 2 hours on Saturday. We would recommend parking in Pasley Street if you must drive to the park.

Public Transport: Public Transport is highly recommended! However there are a number of changes due to roadworks along Toorak and St Kilda roads. Those wishing to travel on any Victorian public transport systems must use a Myki card, which can be purchased at most train stations and 7/11 convenience stores.

To get to the park by train, catch the Frankston, Sandringham, Pakenham or Cranbourne lines to South Yarra Station. It is then a 10 – 15-minute walk from the station to the field down Toorak Road. The number 58 trams will not be in service along Toorak Road during the event; instead, buses will be running from Domain Interchange along the tram route. The closest stop is #124 (Walsh Street) when heading towards Toorak or #26 (Park Street) when heading towards the CBD. A replacement bus can also be caught to the corner of Commercial road and St. Kilda road at stop #25 and then it’s a short walk down Commercial road to the park.  To plan your journey via public transport: https://ptv.vic.gov.au/journey

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Melbourne Mudbash Social

More details surrounding the social can be found in the information package or by RSVP’ing to our event!

Enquiries

For further enquiries, you can contact Tournament Director Nicola Gertler at team@quidditchvictoria.com

Please also RSVP to our Facebook event to keep up to date in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend.

 

Victoria Cup Presentation Night 2017

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The Victorian Quidditch Association cordially invites you to the Victoria Cup Presentation Night for 2017, 2.0! Due to a lack of sales for the previously planned event, we decided to cancel, move the date back to allow people more time to organise their plans, and hold a more casual event at our favourite Arcadia Hotel to afford all our members the opportunity to attend.

The evening will be held upstairs at Arcadia with doors opening at 7pm for awards around 8pm – 8:30pm. Guests shall be treated to a range of finger food meal amongst an evening of dancing and celebration with the Victorian Quidditch community, as well as the presentation of our season awards. All beverages may be purchased from the bar.

Dress code: Semi-formal to Formal

Address: 2 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 3141

Cost: $25pp

Getting to the venue: Arcadia is located a block away from Fawkner Park, so very close to your usual method of transport to game days! It’s a few blocks from South Yarra station and is serviced by the number 58 tram. There is parking in the surrounding street, however, ensure you read the signs correctly to avoid getting a fine.

Ticket sales are now open through our website and will close on Sunday the 15th of October. On the form we ask you to list your dietary requirements, however given that all food is roaming platters please ensure that you are still vigilant in regards to what you can and cannot consume.

Housekeeping: As this is a licensed venue, this event is not BYO. Due to the nature of the event, security will be very tight on individuals who arrive intoxicated or who attempt to bring alcohol into the venue. All tickets are non-refundable once ticket sales have closed, however, you may resell your ticket and inform the VQA of the name change on the ticket.

Melbourne Mudbash 2017 Information Package

Melbourne Mudbash 2017

With Melbourne Mudbash right around the corner, here is some essential information for players and spectators attending the events. All this information and more can also be found in the Mudbash Information Package 2017.

Fixture

The full fixture for the tournament, including pools, the refereeing roster and volunteer roster, can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FaLn8q9_U-1M7Ms5g_aUkYewO5Y_kqnHJ3Ge0wNfr7E/pubhtml

Each team must be present at the marshalling area beside each field by ten minutes prior to each game, whether playing or refereeing. If your team is not present and ready to take to the pitch by the scheduled start time, you will forfeit the match. For refereeing slots, teams are required to provide a referee team which includes at minimum 3 Assistant Referees, 1 Snitch Referee, 2 Goal Referees and 1 Scorekeeper. 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. Three fields is extremely tricky and requires everyone’s full cooperation.

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 7:45-8:00am.
  • SECOND GAME: you must be present for sign-in between 7:45-8:15am.
  • THIRD GAME: you must be present for sign-in between 8:00-8:30am.

Sign-in requirements only apply to the Saturday.

Players arriving late must seek out a member of the VQA Executive (Chloe Bridle, Nicola Gertler, Regina Atkinson or Alex Langdon) to sign in.

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. 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.

Teams are encouraged to bring their own brooms.

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: http://www.quidditch.org.au/code-of-conduct/

GRIEVANCES: All grievances may be brought to the Tournament Director (Nicola Gertler), Assistant Tournament Director (Regina Atkinson) or Head of Gameplay (Nathan Morton).  Grievances will be discussed in private between the Tournament Director, Assistant Tournament Director, Head of Gameplay and VQA Executive Members and where necessary the Head of Officials (Liam 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 the IQA 2016-2018 Rulebook with QA’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:

18 Minutes: Upon the release of the seekers, the snitch runner is required to remain between the keeper zone lines.

23 Minutes: At the 23 minute mark of game time, the snitch runner is required to remain within roughly 1.5 yards (1 metre) of the midline of the field.

28 Minutes: At the 28 minute mark of game time, the snitch runner is required to use only one arm.

33 Minutes: At the 33 minute mark of game time, the snitch runner is required to remain within roughly 1.5 yards (1 metre) of the intersection of the midline of the pitch and sideline of the pitch opposite the scorekeeper and benches.

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 & Grounds Rules

Melbourne Mudbash will take place at Fawkner Park, South Yarra. The association has been allocated three different areas with a total of 5 quidditch fields to be used over the weekend based on grounds conditions. Our relationship with Fawkner Park is very important, so we ask that everyone shows the utmost respect to the venue as well as picking up their rubbish and putting it in the bin.

In regards to grounds;

  • Teams may use fields 4 or 5 (S2 and S3) to warm up to avoid putting too much unnecessary strain on Cordner Oval, as well as interfering with other games. This is inclusive of teams kicking around the footy.
  • The middle area and goal mouths of Cordner Oval are out of bounds at all times. No teams or individuals should be warming up or spectating in these areas.
  • Teams are required to set up their team area, inclusive of non-pegged marquees and tents, outside the marked football boundary of Cordner Oval.
  • It is highly encouraged that teams bring a tent or marquee (weighted, not pegged) as the VQA is not able to provide shelter for teams.

Change rooms, toilets and a cafe (run by South Yarra FC) are located within the Southern Pavilion. We have specifically been allocated change rooms 5 and 6 and there are also single cubicles on the outside of the building. Please be respectful of other sports being played on other fields.
Mudbash Fields Map

DOGS: As the areas are booked for a sporting event, all dogs are required to be on a lead at Cordner Oval (Field 1, 2 & 3) and S3 (Field 5) and S2 (Field 4).  However there will be a number of dogs around. If you see an owner who is not in control of their dog and it is disrupting our activities, please politely take it upon yourself to ask them to put their dog on a lead as they are at risk of a fine from the park rangers. Participants and spectators are more than welcome to bring their dogs however it must be supervised at all times.

Transport

Parking: Parking at Fawkner Park can be difficult on weekends due to a high volume of sports and park usage, however it is not impossible. It is recommended to spare an extra 10 – 15 minutes to find parking in the surrounding streets. Please be aware of all parking signs, as some areas are resident permit only, and some areas are only for 2 hours on Saturday. We would recommend parking in Pasley Street if you must drive to the park.

Public Transport: Public Transport is highly recommended! However there are a number of changes due to roadworks along Toorak and St Kilda roads. Those wishing to travel on any Victorian public transport systems must use a Myki card, which can be purchased at most train stations and 7/11 convenience stores.

To get to the park by train, one must catch the Frankston, Sandringham, Pakenham or Cranbourne lines to South Yarra Station. It is then a 10 – 15-minute walk from the station to the field down Toorak Road. The number 58trams will not be in service along Toorak Road during the event, instead, buses will be running from Domain Interchange along the tram route. The closest stop is #124 (Walsh Street) when heading towards Toorak, or #26 (Park Street) when heading towards the CBD. A replacement bus can also be caught to the corner of Commercial road and St. Kilda road at stop #25 and then it’s a short walk down Commercial road to the park.

To plan your journey via public transport: https://ptv.vic.gov.au/journey or download the PVT app. The TramTracker app is also useful.

Current Roadworks: Roadworks are currently taking place on Toorak road and St Kilda road which will affect both public transport and many driving to the tournament. Buses will replace trams on routes 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 along St Kilda road from Stop 19 (Shire of Remembrance) to Commercial Road or High Street. Buses will replace tram route 58, which usually travels along Toorak road, between Domain Interchange and Toorak. Transdev bus services 216, 219, 220 and Eastrans Bus 605 may also be affected by these service changes. Those driving should seek an alternative route to get to the park. More information can be found here.

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Enquiries

For further enquiries, you can contact Tournament Director Nicola Gertler at team@quidditchvictoria.com

Please also RSVP to our facebook events to keep up to date in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend.

Tournament: https://www.facebook.com/events/545748019146805

Social: https://www.facebook.com/events/442901609404077

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

Luke Hemer Photography
Luke Hemer Photography

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.

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’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.

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