Ajantha Abey

QUAFL 2019 – Committee

The Organising Committee for the 2019 Championships is as follows!

Alistair Yap – Tournament Director

Arfy Papadam – Logistics Director

Harry Huang – Volunteers Coordinator

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the tournament, please get in touch with the organising committee at quafl@quidditch.org.au

Additionally, we are still seeking volunteers for general committee members, who can help out with the organisation of Australia’s biggest tournament in a general capacity and provide assistance to the organising committee. read more

State Shield 2019 – Volunteering

We are seeking general volunteers to help make State Shield run as smoothly as possible! This includes officials such as referees and snitches, as well as ticket and merchandise stall helpers, pitch managers, runners, photographers, and more!
If you’d like to help out, please apply below.
Volunteer At State Shield
We are especially seeking referees and snitches, so please get in touch with us by September 22nd!

State Shield 2019 – Committee

The Organising Committee for State Shield 2019 is as follows:

Manon te Riele – Tournament Director

Alistair Yap – Assistant Tournament Director

Regina Atkinson – General Committee Member

Please contact the tournament committee with any questions or concerns at stateshield@quidditch.org.au

QUAFL 2019 Registration

Registration for Players and for Teams is Now Open for QUAFL 2019!

There are 2 separate registration forms: 1 for team registration and 1 for individual registration.

Team registration will only need to be filled out once per club. If your club is sending multiple teams to QUAFL, you may register all of them in one submission.

Players and non-playing members on a team’s roster will then have to register individually for QUAFL using the appropriate form. Players should only start registering AFTER their team has registered.

Please take note of a new team requirement that has been added. Each team is required to have at least 1 individual register as a volunteer at QUAFL. This can be done via the Player Registration Form. Please keep in mind the intent of this addition to team requirements is to ensure that an adequate amount of volunteers are present so that they do not have to work for several hours over the course of the weekend, and we will be keeping in mind team schedules when rostering volunteers. read more

State Shield 2019 – Livestream

State Shield 2019 will be livestreamed via the Quidditch Australia Facebook Page thanks to My Sport Live! Find the feed below, and get notified when it starts!

Meet The Commentators

We talked to Emma Humphrey, and Kathryn Cooper, both of whom have extensive experience at State Shield and even internationally commentating on quidditch, as well as Taylor Angelo, who is new to the role at State Shield!

First up, Emma, who is currently abroad in the UK, but has commentated State Shield in the past, as well as a number of European Tournaments. Here’s what Emma had to say: read more

Dropbears Selection Timeline & Player Applications

We are excited to announce that player applications are now open for the Australian Dropbears for the 2020 World cup in Richmond, USA.

Apply Here

Please note applications will close at midnight on Sunday 25 August 2019.

Trials for the 2020 team will consist of three state-based camps and two national selection camps. Based off results from the pre-screening state-based camps, and, if applicable, State Shield, 50 individuals will be selected to attend both national camps.

Inability to attend state-based camps and (if selected to attend) at least 50% of national selection camps must be justified. read more

Dropbears Selection Panel

We are excited to announce the remaining members of the Australian National Quidditch Team Selection Panel, who will join the Head Coach Paul Harrison and Assistant Coach Luke Derrick in picking the Dropbears Squad for World Cup 2020.

Original Photos: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography and Courtney Buckley Photography

Nicholas Allan is currently affiliated with the Melbourne Manticores in Victoria, but started quidditch at UNSW seven years ago, and has played for many clubs in between, as well as having an extensive sports background outside of quidditch. He has played for the NSW State Team in the past, as well as winning two QUAFLs, and no fantasy team he has selected has ever lost a tournament. Nick was a member of the 2016 World Cup winning Dropbears squad as a beater, and is keen to help make it happen again in a non-playing role this time.
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Dropbears 2020 Leadership Team Announced:

We are excited to finally announce the first members of the Australian National Quidditch Team leadership, who will help organise, prepare, run, and lead the Dropbears to the 2020 Quidditch World Cup in Richmond, USA.

Paul Harrison has been selected as the Head Coach of the Dropbears for 2020. Originally of the University of Sydney Quidditch Club (Unspeakables) and then Macquarie University Quidditch Club, Paul has served as Head Coach of both of these teams, and now is playing his eight season with the Sydney City Serpents. Last year, Paul coached the NSW State Team to their first gold medal at Quidditch Australia’s State Shield. As Head Coach, Paul will be responsible for the overall strategic vision and on field direction of the Dropbears as they try to reclaim gold at Richmond 2020.
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New Concussion and Injury Protocols for Quidditch Australia Sanctioned Games

Please be aware that as of today, the 15th of July 2019, Quidditch Australia is observing new Injury and Concussion Protocols, developed to increase player safety and in response to recent research surrounding brain injuries in contact sports.

Original Photo Credit: Dammia Brosnan

The Concussion Policy stipulates that concussions are brain injuries that occur from knocks to the head or other parts of the body that may or may not result in a loss of consciousness.

Injury policies state that the Head Referee of a game holds duty of care, and should a referee team or medical team witness a potential concussion, the player concerned should be removed from play and tested with the SCAT5 Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool. Players exhibiting signs of concussion will not be allowed to resume playing, act as a speaking captain, or referee for the remainder of the day, and Quidditch Australia recommends 12 days before a return to play, in line with Rugby Australia’s concussion policies. read more

Volunteer Profiles: Manon te Riele

Quidditch is an entirely volunteer run sport. As nations around the world start and finish celebrating volunteers weeks, we are profiling some of the people from all around the country who help keep quidditch running. Manon te Riele is currently the Treasurer, Secretary, and Team Rep for South Melbourne Centaurs Quidditch Club, and Tournament Director of Melbourne Mudbash, one of the largest tournaments in Australia. Manon has been involved in quidditch admin and organising almost since she began in 2016, everything from social media to pitch managing, and an exceptional asset to the sport. Get a sense of what she does and why she does it below…  read more

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