Monash Muggles vs Blackburn Basilisks
Melbourne Unicorns vs La Trobe Trolls
Monash Muggles vs Blackburn Basilisks
Melbourne Unicorns vs La Trobe Trolls
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 email@example.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
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.
Photo Credit: Kirk Donaldson Photography
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.
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:
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
Clayton VIC 3800
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
For timetable information, go here
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.
For further enquiries you can contact either:
Tournament director N. Gertler – firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant tournament director G. Gibson – email@example.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
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
On the 21st of February 2015, the VQA will host their first fantasy tournament. This is a single day tournament with round robin style play and single or partial elimination finals running into the evening. Sunday the 22nd will be dedicated to beach quidditch for all players who would like to join in. There will also be a social event on Saturday night. The 21st of February is “White Night” in the city of Melbourne. There is a high chance the social event will include this. For more information about White Night visit whitenightmelbourne.com.au
For those who are unaware, a fantasy tournament is mercenary style tournament in which players sign up individually rather than as part of their season team, providing details about their position and playing style on this form. They then play in a team of players they may not have played with before. The captains will be responsible for privately drafting the teams with the Tournament Directors. Registration closes on Friday the 6th of February, 2015. This allows time for our captains to draft their teams. Late registrations will be considered, but not guarenteed a place.
If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the Tournament Director, Nathan, and the VQA team at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register, please click here
Article also appeared in the Moorabbin Glen Eira leader and was published online here
Trolls in the dungeon! The La Trolls (La Trobe Trolls) are the newest team in the league and ready to rock! We’re a mix of experienced players and first years who possibly shouldn’t have brooms. But we do and although we’ve got a long way to go, our hard heads mean we’ll persevere through anything. We train twice a week, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5pm-7pm at the yard behind the La Trobe library. We are an open team, so non-La Trobe students are more than welcome to come along and join the team. Thought you ought to know.
Article can be found online here