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The VQA needs you for a role on our committee!

Two of our longest serving committee members, Jamie and Matt, are stepping down from their roles as Treasurer and Head of Officials to pursue exciting new things in their outside lives. We’d link to extend our thanks to them for all the work they’ve done in their time to make Victorian Quidditch as great and dynamic as it is. Just because you’re not in charge doesn’t mean we don’t hope to still see you at game days.

As you can probably guess, this means we’re now looking for a new Treasurer and a new Head of Officials until our AGM at the start of next year (~Feb 2016). Look at the end of this for the official election notice and the agenda for the meeting.

If you think you’ve got a knack for money or for wrangling referees then read on for a brief overview of each role. For a formal description of the positions, check out our constitution or if you have any questions then please contact the Returning Officer Luke at team@quidditchvictora.com.

We will be holding a general meeting on August 9 at Fawkner Park, after Round 13 of The Victoria Cup. There will be an election for these positions, and you can have your say in the future of quidditch in Victoria. You can RSVP to that meeting here

Election Notice
Meeting Agenda



As Treasurer, you’re the first port of call on money matters.

Like all committee members you’ll attend the monthly meetings, where you’ll have the honour of presenting the monthly financial report – keeping everybody up-to-date on the VQA’s financial position and ensure its squeaky clean. At the end of each year, you’ll summarise this into the annual report for members too.

You’ll work with other members of the VQA Admin Committee to manage their relevant budgets responsibly, as well as the VQA’s budget as a whole. You’ll be the primary person responsible for all money coming in, and money coming out.

Money matters, and Treasurer is a crucial role in the committee that we wouldn’t be able to run without. Money isn’t the only thing you’ll get to do though – like all committee members you’ll have a chance to have a say in the VQA more broadly and happy out were you can to keep Victorian Quidditch great.


Head of Officials

As Head of Officials, your job is to do your best to have highly skilled Head Refs and Assistant Refs at all VQA Games.

Like all committee members you’ll attend the monthly meetings, where you’ll propose and discuss with the rest of the committee ways to ensure that we maintain and improve the standard of Victorian referees. Maybe you’ll run workshops, or institute a mentoring program, or distribute guides, or get the rulebook tattooed on your chest in small font.

Another main part of your role will be organising referees. For new tournaments, you’ll develop a draft roster for the Admin to approve. For existing ones, you’ll make sure that the referees are able to make it each week, and if they’re not you’ll find a replacement.

As Head of Officials you’ll be passionate about quality officiating at our games, and you’ll be passionate for the VQA as a whole and take part in and work with the committee on other activities as required.

All You Need to Know for Melbourne MudBash 2015!


Photo Credit: Kirk Donaldson Photography






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!


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


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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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:


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

The VQA is Recruiting!


Georgia has recently been elected the President of the Monash Muggles Club and as such has decided to step down from her position as Head of Media for the VQA. We’d like to thank Georgia for her year and a half with the VQA and we’d also like to announce that we’re looking for a new Head of Media until our AGM next year!

What does the Head of Media do? According to the constitution:

Head of Media:

(1) The duties of the Head of Media shall include to –
a) attend committee meetings and General meetings;
b) contact possible media sources to gain exposure for quidditch and the Association;
c) work with the Head of IT to promote the Association;
d) submit an Annual Report; and
e) perform other duties as the Committee may resolve.

but we’re keen to hear what you think you could do in the role.

Work for Channel 7 and able to get us a spot on the News? Keen to compile a book about the founding of the VQA? Got a better idea?

If you’re interested in applying please send a letter outlining:
– why you’re interested in the position
– what you would like to do in the position
– any relevant experience
– any irrelevant experience

to team@quidditchvictoria.com by 29/05/2015.

You can download the position description here

If you have any questions feel free to send us an email too!

Brooms Up for The Victoria Cup 2015!

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

Written by K. Grace

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 

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


VQA Special General Meeting & Elections

Following the matches on the 21st of March 2015 the VQA will be holding a Special General Meeting to consider special resolutions to amend the constitution and to apply for incorporation.

At this meeting elections shall also be conducted for the VQA’s Committee.

For further details please read the attached agenda, election notice and proposed constitutional changes:

Election Notice

Meeting Agenda

Proposed Constitution

If you have any further questions, please contact team@quidditchvictoria.com

Easton Shield Presentation Picnic and SGM

After the final round of the Easton Shield, after the Manticores take on the Unicorns and the Muggles face off against the Basilisks, the winners of the Easton Shield will be crowned! Come along to our Presentation Picnic after the matches, where the premiers of the Easton Shield will be presented, along with MVP and Top Goalscorer.

The VQA will be putting on a sausage sizzle, so bring along a gold coin donation. The proceeds will be split between the VQA and the Leukaemia Foundation. Are you a baking expert? Bring down some cupcakes, maybe some cakes or some awesome procrastibaking. If you aren’t, nip in to the 7/11 on the corner of Toorak and Punt Rds and grab some Doritos and salsa. If everyone brings something, there’ll be plenty for everyone. BYO water, soft drink, beverage of choice.

During the proceedings, we’re also going to hold our SGM, to vote on the constitution. At the AGM earlier this year, the VQA decided that it wanted to pursue incorporation to allow the VQA to become more officially recognised within Victoria and to allow itself to better operate. After adopting the proposed constitution the next step in this process is having the association’s Secretary (Luke Nickholds) can apply to the relevant government department to have the VQA incorporated. We need to have a vote to put these things into motion to help the VQA grow.

The agenda for the SGM is here

The proposed constitution can be found here

It will be held at 12pm, after Round 12 of Easton Shield, at Fawkner Park, South Yarra.

Returning to the Pitch for Easton Shield

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The end of the Victoria Cup season saw old rivalries burning strong, glory for a team that fought to their utmost, and everyone leaving with more experience than they had going in. With the Victorian Quidditch Association’s Easton Shield fast approaching, we hear from our teams about what they expect to happen in the next tournament, and in the future.

A. Lahiff, Melbourne Manticores
The conclusion of last season has seen the retirement of several veteran Manticores. Do you think the recent additions you debuted at MudBash are up to the challenge of bringing the Manticores back up to the top rung of quidditch in Victoria?

 We are quite selective as a team in those we bring in, and we believe the person must ‘fit’ with us as a team both on the pitch and socially. We also have a voting-in process for all new players – potential new players need to receive at least half of the votes from the current team to be formally added. With that said, I definitely think our new players will augment our team, both in numbers and in skills. We struggled throughout the Victoria Cup 2013 season with numbers; sometimes we would only have one or two subs. I think the new players will allow us to sub more often and therefore bring stronger offence/defense to the pitch. Our new players are very strong competitors and will enhance our on-field presence.

You’ve been playing quidditch for a while now, and accrued a wealth of knowledge. What is the main advice you give your new players as you ready them for Easton Shield?

 For male players, it would be to pass to your female team members. I see so many teams, particularly Victorian teams, that don’t use their female players effectively. The strength of your quidditch team can be measured by the strength of your girls.

G. Tredrea, Monash Muggles
Last season we watched as the Muggles dominated Victoria’s first extended league and on top of that, claim glory at Melbourne MudBash. Are you and the team feeling the pressure to retain your top spot, and how (if at all) has this affected you as you prepare for Easton Shield?

We’ve kept our training for Easton Shield relatively the same, as it seems to be a winning strategy. It puts on a little more pressure to maintain the winning streak, but for us it’s created more of a determination to win.

The Muggles are known for their great team dynamic, both on and off the pitch. Has adding new faces to the lineup presented you with any challenges?

When adding new players to a well-established team there’s always going to be a rough transition period, but recently we all went away on a training camp and that really helped the newer and older members bond, both on and off the pitch. We’re really looking forward to Easton as it’ll be a great opportunity to debut our new players, who have done a spectacular job in picking up the rules and being really enthusiastic about the game.

U. Bucalossi, Wrackspurts QC
Your team has changed a lot from the one that went into Victoria Cup last year. What are your hopes for the Wrackspurts going into Easton Shield?

With two of our international players going back to Europe, three leaving to join another team, and another four leaving quidditch altogether, we got our ranks pretty much halved. Luckily enough we’ve managed to get some great new people involved. Some of our most competitive players joined another team and replacing them with inexperienced players obviously sets our expectations back a bit. We are going to take this as a good chance for our newbies to get some practice and for the whole team to learn to play together again. Hopefully this will enable us to fill the gap that now divides us from the top teams and make us really competitive for the next Victoria Cup.

What are some of the things you learned as a team during Victoria Cup, and how do you think that’ll help you going into Easton Shield?

Without getting too specific and giving out too much about our plans, I can say that we have learned what our weaknesses and our strengths are. The idea is to play in a way that makes us less exposed to our weaknesses and exalts our strengths. One thing that I hope the team has learnt is the important of commitment to training. That really made the difference, in positive and negative, for us last season.

T. Rawson, Blackburn Basilisks
The Basilisks proved that they’re a force to be reckoned with last season, defeating long-time rivals, the Manticores, not once but twice, and only losing out in the grand final by a snitch catch. How do you think the Basilisks will fare in Easton Shield with the classic line-up we’ve seen in the past while most other teams have added new players to the fold?

Unfortunately the Basilisks have lost a few of our classic players, with Matt moving on to the Monash Muggles, and Luke taking a step back from quidditch to focus on his career. We absolutely loved having them with us, and as they were part of the original founding team, it is sad to see them go. That being said, we are also excited for the space and opportunities their absence has provided us with. We’re going to be shifting things around and will have some surprises up our sleeves. And, as they say, original is best! I’m especially looking forward to approaching the Easton Shield as the new captain; I think what’s important for the Basilisks is going to be honing our skills, rather than growing in numbers. I’m happy with where we’re sitting right now, so bring it on!

With you and two other Basilisks facing up to the rigours of international competition at Global Games, will this experience inform your training of the team as you prepare for Easton Shield, and later, for your debut at QUAFL?

Absolutely. Having Alli and James experience the full forces of the USA and UK quidditch with me has provided us with excellent experience. Alli got to experience a whole new beating game, and James and I came up impressive female and male chasers. I think we will definitely be bringing back what we saw and implementing it into trainings. The bottom line, however, is that you can only do your best, and that is all I expect from my team. I can’t ask them to run faster than they can, or throw harder. I can only ask them to put their all into trainings, and if they do I think we’ll hit QUAFL with a bang.

N. Hirst, Melbourne Unicorns
What are some of the main things you learned as a team during Victoria Cup, and how do you think these will help you going into Easton Shield?

When we started out in Victoria Cup we were inexperienced and unprepared for the tough, but fun environment that Victorian quidditch is. What we learned as the Cup progressed was that working together as a team was instrumental to our success. While basic skills are essential, the ability to work cohesively with each member of the team is what sets apart the different teams. Since Melbourne University’s O-Week in March, swelling our player base to over twenty, the Unicorns have been bonding together with many social events and weekly trainings. This will hopefully allow us to start playing competitively against one of the four older teams.

Your team has a very “We’ve got nothing to lose” approach to quidditch. Do you think this helps you as a team, and what are your long-term aspirations for the Unicorns?

With no expectations, there is little pressure on the Unicorns. While this definitely provides for more enjoyable games, our players are not pushed as hard. We believe as a team that quidditch is about having fun first, and winning comes second. In the long term, the Unicorns would like to become more competitive, and we’re looking to enter QUAFL in 2015. More importantly though, we’d like to bring quidditch to the wider community at Melbourne University.

C. Saunders, Northern Direwolves
Now you’ve got Victoria Cup and Melbourne MudBash under your belt, you’re definitely no longer the new kids on the pitch. Has this added any pressure to you as a team as you prepare to go into Easton Shield?

Since we’re no longer the newest team, the pressure is on to get some victories on the board. We still lack numbers and experience compared to the stronger teams, but we’ve shown that we have the ability to hold our own out on the field, and Easton Shield should be our time to shine.

What have you learned as a team so far, and what do you hope to accomplish in the future?

As a team we are reaching the stage where we really gel together and cooperate. The big personalities (mainly myself) have been reigned in, and we are learning how to play to all our individual strengths. We aim to show out on the pitch that our strength as a whole is far more than the sum of our parts, and we are determined not to expand our wooden spoon collection any further!

M. Braham, South Melbourne Centaurs
As the newest team on the Victorian quidditch scene, nobody quite knows what to expect from the Centaurs. What challenges have you faced readying a team to play against six already established and fiercely competitive teams?

There have been countless challenges preparing the Centaurs as a team in time for the upcoming Easton Shield, and I think we still have a long way to go. The biggest obstacle has been uniting a group of players who are not the sportiest people in the world into a cohesive unit. Getting everyone excited to play and train has been quite harrowing at times, but I believe we are starting to find our legs, all four of them.

You could say the Centaurs have nothing to lose, but also everything to prove. What are your hopes for the South Melbourne Centaurs in Easton Shield?

The Easton Shield will be a steep learning experience more than anything else. As very few of our team are established players, this tournament will be the learning curve we need to prepare us for later games in the year. I think we will be happy with a few wins this season, maybe knocking off one of the established teams. But more than anything we’ll be happy to just see some team growth.

We look forward to seeing all teams return to the pitch for Easton Shield, which begins with Round 1 on Saturday August 9 at 10am at Fawkner Park, South Yarra!


Melbourne MudBash 2014 Preview


The original article can be found here.

Just over 11 months ago, 6 teams and 74 players gathered on the field at Monash University for the first annual Melbourne MudBash quidditch tournament. The Melbourne Manticores took home gold medals while the Basilisks slithered away with silver. Both teams are returning with a bang to defend the MudBash title and fight for glory. However this weekend we see our team list grow to include the two youngest Victorian teams and three teams of travelling interstate players, while the tournament will lose the local Orions. MudBash 2014 has double the players and double the play time of MudBash 2013 and we are set to hit the pitch at Alma Park East on both June 28 and 29.

With so many teams and so little time, Melbourne MudBash 2014 will be the first Victorian tournament to have two pitches and two pools of play.


In Pool A (otherwise known as the Pool of Ultimate Destruction) we will see the reigning champions (Melbourne Manticores…not that you need a reminder, they are always reminding you) face off against the newly crowned victors of the Victoria Cup, the Monash Muggles. The two powerhouses will meet with the Northern Direwolves and the Australian National Nargles all of whom will be fighting it out against a surprisingly impressive mercenary squad.


Melbourne Manticores

The Melbourne Manticores are coming at you with a larger squad than ever before. Some of our oldest players will be retiring after MudBash 2014 and many of our rookies are using MudBash as the diving board for their jump into the quidditch world. They are ready to shake things up against the Victoria Cup champions, the Monash Muggles, and relish in the defeat of the Welsh Green mercenaries, many of whom come from the Manticores’ longstanding frenemy team the Newcastle Fireballs.

The Manticores were flying high on a winning streak after Winter League and only barely missed out on a medal during the Victoria Cup, they will be fighting their hardest to get back on top, instilling fear into their enemies with the mightiest of roars.


Northern Direwolves

Who better to temper the sheer size of the Manticores than the ever-enigmatic and persistent Northern Direwolves. If there was ever a team that truly exemplified the idea of underdogs, it’s the Northern Direwolves. Coming dead last in the Victoria Cup, with a grand total of zero victories, they appear utterly underwhelming on paper. But out on the pitch, it’s a whole different story. Out there, their passion and heart shine through, refusing to give up even when they have no subs, or when facing teams three times their size. A team known for casually strolling to the halfway line before either charging head first through the defenders or hurling a half-pitch Hail Mary, Direwolf strategies are either genius or non-existent. Few sides manage to match the spectacle these red riders produce, resulting in a uproarious cheering from the crowds with every successful play, although whether this is in support of newbies or out of fear of their ginger giant known only as “Baberaham” is still up for debate…Ready yourselves, because this MudBash, Winter is most definitely coming.


Monash Muggles

At the other end of the table we have the Victoria Cup winners, the Monash Muggles. Coming out of Vic Cup as the inaugural champions, the season saw the Muggles in top form, dropping only one game by a snitch catch. The Victoria Cup has seen the Muggles, led by Captain Georgia Tredrea and Coach Nicola Gertler, transform from a team of hopefuls to a team of victors.

MudBash, however, will be a test to the Muggles’ ability to hold their own and endure over a series of games, rather than just give it their all in a single match. The Muggles usual squad of 12 will be extended to 18, including debuts of new players and the return of some more experienced players who were unable to attend season matches. An extended sub-line will benefit the team in the scheme of the whole tournament and allow for injuries unlike the 10 man squad of 2013. The addition of new Muggles Grace Levens, Erin Pratt, Tom Dortmans and Neil Kemister shall add to the Muggles depth of squad and physicality.

The Muggles strength as a contender for the title of MudBash Champions of 2014 shall lie in their ability to retain their strong defensive line-up that emerged as a key feature of the team’s strategy during the Vic Cup. Overall the Muggles look set to take MudBash as a time to test out new strategy against both Victorian and interstate teams as well as breaching the gap between new and experienced players.


Australian National Nargles

Don’t let their story fool you, the Muggles will definitely be fighting hard for victory while they try out their new tactics against local teams and travellers. One such team that many of you in NSW have seen around the block a few times that hasn’t really had a presence in Victoria is, of course, the Australian National Nargles. The Nargles have been nestled in the mistletoe of Canberra, hidden away for a while, only emerging to the open world of Sydney for Triwizards. Now they will emerge for the first time in the great city of Melbourne to meet and compete against the many teams of the VQA.

The team will be led by the ever tough Captain Laura Smith and new Vice Captain Danny Fox. They will be supported by the founding players and strong veteran beaters of Morgyn Benstead and Andy Cruwys, and all-rounder Matthew Armstrong, will be followed by chasers including Merryn Christian, Nathan Askey-Doran and Beater/Chaser Nic Radoll; as well as debut year chaser of Merryn Roe, beater Oscar Cozens and finally all-rounder Gary Hague. Plus special introduction of Perth Phoenixes’ Adam Jasko This all new line-up will test the limits of all the Victorian and NSW teams with the experience of years and international skills. They pride themselves on not only smashing teams, but enjoying quidditch with their emblem referencing “Be a Man” from Mulan, and travelling down in the “Narglebus”.


Welsh Greens

Rounding out the Pool of Ultimate Destruction we have the effervescent mercenaries, many of whom are coming the to visit the shiny shores of the VQA for the first time. Last year they were team Amazeballs, this year we meet the Welsh Greens. The true exciting exotic flavour on offer at MudBash 2014 comes courtesy of the Welsh Greens, mighty mercenaries who have come together from near and far to put up a genuine challenge for glory.

This team has risen from the ashes of 2013’s gallant Team Amazeballs, whose legacy is carried on into the Welsh Greens by their un-substituted hero Brodie Smart, and captain James Hosford. There is a rumour that we will also be seeing the return of dominant keeper and playmaker Daniel Ormshaw.

The core of the team around our returning mercs has been formed from great NSW rivals Newcastle and Wollongong, who each bring a key set of their crucial superstars to the party. The Warrior road trip comprises their former and current captains, with the vast experience of Morgan Legg and the calm leadership of Jacob Fleming aptly anchoring the team. Josh Nielsen provides key depth in both chasing and in particular beating, in support of Wollongong’s bludging master Aman Nalli. For the Fireball contingent, veterans Matt Ingram and Tom Russell are joined by fellow established beater star Joel Murphy and the strong bustling defensive force of Ryan Hanwright.

The already impressive line-up is completed by the addition of Alex Langdon, Vanya Geelings and Madeline Coleman-Bock, who provide crucial squad depth and even more vital inside knowledge of local teams, players and conditions. It is the experience and depth of their formidable beater line-up which will surely be the key to Welsh Green success.


While the Pool of Ultimate Destruction battles it out for glory on one pitch, our spectators will be required under penalty of unfettered poking to wander over to the other pitch and watch an equally impressive battle to the death in Pool B (or as we here at MudBash HQ like to call them, thePool of Frenzied Extermination).


Blackburn Basilisks

The Pool of Frenzied Extermination is headed by the reigning silver medallists the Blackburn Basilisks. These fine warriors slithered into existence in early 2013, and quickly climbed the Victorian ranks. With an incredibly strong chaser side and an ever increasing squad size, the Basilisks earned the title of the most offensive team in the most recent Victorian competition.

 Yet to have secured anything but silver around their scaly necks, (2nd place MudBash 2013, 2nd place Winter League 2013, 2nd place Victoria Cup 2013-14) they are keen to continue fighting their way up to the top, tooth and fang. With a complete change of Coaches and Captains, will this be the tournament that they finally claim the elusive gold? You’ll have to wait and see who comes out of the mud victorious!


Wrackspurts QC

Another team who always seems to score the same result, always just outside the top three we have the Wrackspurts Quidditch Club trying to claw their way to a medal. The Wrackspurts are constructed from a bunch of misfits and deviants and some say Monsters that get in your head. Coming 4th in the Victorian cup after losing to Manticores, Wrackspurts have been training harder and are determined to make a stronger appearance at MudBash.


USyd Unspeakables

In the hopes of showing up the rest of NSW, and on the back of their recent trip to the IQA World Cup in South Carolina, USA we have another team who is putting in the time and effort to travel to southern land of Victoria. The University of Sydney Unspeakables are a relatively new team in relation to the others existent in NSW. With a 3rd place finish at QUAFL 2013, they have proven themselves to be tough competition for anybody, a team that nobody can just ignore. With a solid beater and chaser game there is opportunity they have a solid line up which lets certain players shine. Their main strength lies in their player quality, with strong players a plenty in their usual squad.

Their main disadvantage going into Melbourne MudBash will be their minimized roster, though their 2 national players will both be present. How crippling this will be to their chances is unconfirmed but it will definitely make it difficult for them to remain competitive over the two days. Realistically it will be tough for the Unspeakables to win MudBash, though we all believe it is uncertain to all how long it will take them to be knocked out.


Melbourne Unicorns

The final Victorian team in our MudBash line up comes in the form of a team new to the MudBash scene, some of their players joined us last year, but many are MudBashing for the first time ever. The Melbourne Unicorns have been preparing for the MudBash tournament since they were founded in the wake of the last tournament. After a strong Vic Cup season of growth and development, the Unicorns are ready to take the field with force. Despite the challenge of being a young team, their enthusiasm, commitment and team spirit will complement their extensive training. The Unicorns are looking forward to taking on the established teams and the interstate visitors and coming out with a win.


Friends of Stephen…

And of course the Pool of Frenzied Extermination is rounded out by a team clothed in mystery, Stephen And Friends, who have only this to say “We are Stephen…with some friends…you need know no more!”


So who will take home the MudBash title? Will there be enough Mantiscores for the returning champions to keep their title? Will the Basilisks finally snag themselves a gold medal? Are the Muggles ready for some more shiny metal? Or will our previous medallists all be upset by two of the seven other talented teams hitting the pitches at Alma Park East? You’ll need to come down on June 28 and 29 to find out! We’ll see you there, bring on the mud!

Come Along to Quidditch 101!

Photo courtesy of Nic Hirst
Photo courtesy of Nic Hirst

Are you a brand-new player wanting to learn how to play Quidditch but don’t quite know where to start? Or are you a long-time player just looking to brush up on your skills? All are welcome at the Victorian Quidditch Association’s Quidditch 101 on Sunday June 22 at 12pm in Fawkner Park, South Yarra, where players from various teams will be running drills, fitness, and position-based workshops.

Whether you’re still getting comfortable running around with a broom, want to try your hand at a new position, or just want to work on landing those beats, we’re happy to help you out. To find out more, click here!

If you can’t make it, our next event will be the second annual Melbourne Mudbash, where both Victorian and interstate teams will be battling it out in the muddiest of conditions for the 2014 title. You can find out more information by clicking here.