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Internal Leagues Resume: USQL and USCQL

Australia fields two internal club leagues – the University of Sunshine Coast Quidditch League (USCQL) which has been running for many years now, and the University of Sydney Quidditch League (USQL), which has been running since last year.

Both enter 2018 significantly changed, and have started off their respective seasons with one round a piece. We recap below:

The USC Quidditch League

After running for almost five years without changing teams, USC finally saw fit to change things up, reshuffling their four teams – Phoenix, Nargles, Thestrals, and Death Eaters, for the first time since the league’s inception. This was broadly seen as a good change, as it’s allowed the league to re-balance teams, stop some teams becoming over dominant, and make the whole competition more fun and a better learning experience for everyone, which is typically the main aim of such development focused internal leagues. read more

Illawarra Unregistered Animagi – An Introductory Interview

In this interview, we talk to Kelsey Collins and Huw Tomlinson, two founders of the Illawarra region based Unregistered Animagi, a new team that is taking this year to start growing, before entering the competitive scene in 2020. They mostly answer questions together.

What are your roles in the club?

President – Huw Tomlinson
Manager – Kelsey Collins
Equipment/Social Media – Paige Collins

How did the idea for the team come about?

Huw – I’ve been playing for the Wollongong Warriors for 6 years and decided I wanted to expand quidditch in the Wollongong/Illawarra region. I met the Collins sisters during their brief time with the Warriors and they helped turn an idea into a reality. read more

Valkyries Quidditch Club – An Introductory Interview

In this interview, we talk to Phil Vankerkoerle and Amber Williams, two veterans of the sport from UNSW and Macquarie respectively, who have recently embarked on the great challenge of starting and leading a new team – the Inner Western Sydney based Valkyries Quidditch Club. They discuss the club’s origin story, their aspirations for the year, and the story behind #broccolis.

What is your role with the team?

Amber – I am co-captain, along with with Kathryn

Phil – I am one of the 3 coaches and treasurer for the club [the others being Raj Kapoor and Isobel “Obel” Rennie].
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North Sydney Nightmares – An Introductory Interview

In this interview, we talk to Harry Jones, one of the founders of the newly formed North Sydney based Nightmares Quidditch Club, about how the team started, what the year holds in store for them, and who some of their brand new players are.

Beater Harry Jones (right), previously of USYD Unspeakables, now captain and president of the North Sydney Nightmares | Photo Credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

What is your role/relationship with the team?

I am the president, captain, and founder. The relationship is very parasitic. Please help.

How did the idea for the Nightmares come about?

Originally it was an idea meant for the 2018 season, involving a quite different group of players who were all close to ready for a new community team. Most players wanted another year with their original teams and so we decided to leave it a year. People dropped off and on the band wagon throughout 2018 and early 2019, and I realised that someone needed to commit to the idea or it wouldn’t happen. Then about 6 months too late I decided to do just that… read more

Around the Grounds: Brisbane City QC

Queensland's Quidditch scene continues to grow, with a brand new community team to show for it. Cameron Caccamo gets #trashy to get the lowdown on the "Bin Chickens" - the Brisbane City Quidditch Club - chatting to Belinda Hammond and Daniel Scharf.

Around the Grounds: The Melbourne Ravens

One of the newest teams in Australian Quidditch, the Melbourne Ravens have made a splash with a slick social media presence and a star-studded line-up from day one - but where did they come from, and what happened to the Wrackspurts? Cameron Caccamo asks their coaches, Deni Tasman and James Williams, to find out

Around the Grounds: Internal Leagues

For our sport to grow, we need new players to feel welcome even in a competitive atmosphere. QA Today looks at Internal Leagues at the University of Sunshine Coast and the University of Sydney - is this the best way to bring new players in? With USQL's first games over the weekend, QA Today caught up with USyd to see how their newer players fared.