2016 saw the rise of the inaugural Australian State of Origin competition, taking place between the Victorian Leadbeater’s and the New South Wales Blue-Tongue Wizards. The Leadbeater’s, named after Victoria’s mammal emblem the Leadbeater’s Possum, played 3 series of 3 matches against their NSW counterparts, and eventually took home Quidditch Australia’s State of Origin Shield by the closest of margins, winning 5 games to 4.
The Leadbeater’s squad of 21 is usually picked off the back of player’s performances for their club in the Vic Cup, Victoria’s club competition. The players, many of whom have not played with the others ever before, train weekly leading up to the State of Origin series to make sure they arrive not just as a collection of individuals, but a team. The team can often be seen playing beach cricket in the days leading up to their tournaments, taking turns to kill each other in large games of mafia, or even heard bellowing their team song ‘Lift,’ sung by Australian icon Shannon Noll, after wins. The Victorian Leadbeater’s wear navy blue jersey’s with Victorian ‘V’ on their fronts proudly, so watch out for the Leadbeater’s bark in 2017!