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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. 

QUAFL 2016 GAME FOOTAGE

Courtesy of Quidditch Australia, game footage from QUAFL 2016, the Australia Quidditch Championships, has now been uploaded to the Quidditch Australia’s Youtube channel.

All games filmed by our fantastic VQA Head of Media, Sally Hicks, can be found here – https://www.youtube.com/playlist…

Current games of Victorian Teams include Muggles v SA Bunyips, Basilisks v USC Dementors, Manticores v Perth Phoenixes, Wrackspurts v Macquaire Marauders and the always highly contested Melbourne Unicorns v South Melbourne Centaurs.

Photography by Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography. Titles edited by Massimo Galli.

Monash Muggles v SA Bunyips

Blackburn Basilisks v USC Dementors 

Melbourne Manticores v Perth Phoenixes

Wrackspurts QC v Perth Phoenixes

South Melbourne Centaurs v Melbourne Unicorns 

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.

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

 

Presenting Easton Shield!

Photo courtesy of Scott Dixon. Design courtesy of Kat Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Dixon. Design courtesy of Kat Young.

The Victorian Quidditch Association is excited to present to you the fixture for our upcoming gameplay, The Easton Shield! With the release of this fixture, we asked Blackburn Basilisks Captain T. Rawson to say a few words about our upcoming tournament.

Easton Shield: the tournament on everyone’s lips!

A 14 round play off between Victoria’s finest will officially kick off August 9th. This one-off tournament is in honour of Nic Easton, my incredible cousin who lost his battle with Leukemia on January 1st.

Regardless of how tough things got, Nic would do his best to put on a brave face, to stay positive and to never give up. He fought till his last breath, and his positivity and incredible fight in challenging situations and strength is what we want all VQA players to embody.

His spirit lives on in his family and friends, and thanks to the amazing admin team and all the Victorian players, he now lives on in quidditch.

I am eternally grateful, honoured and touched by everyone’s support, and on behalf of him and his family I just want to say thank you. Thank you for honouring such an amazing man, and may we play every game with a fighting spirit and a smile on our face, just like Nic.

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We look forward to seeing all players, old and new, return to the pitch on Saturday 9 August at 10am at Fawkner Park!