Dropbears

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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Australian Dropbears Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager and Selection Panel Applications now open!

Applications for the Head Coach, Assistant Coaches, Team Manager and Selection Panel members are now open, and will close at 11:59pm on June 23th 2019.

A full breakdown of the Head Coach, Assistant Coach/es, Team Manager and Selection Panel positions and their associated responsibilities can be found outlined here.

Head Coach

Required non-playing role

The head coach is responsible for the overall strategic and on field direction of the Australian Dropbears.

Assistant Coach/es

Intended non-playing role
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BREAKING: Quidditch Australia Slammed as Evidence of Ball Tampering Emerges

It is a dark day for Quidditch in Australia, as evidence has emerged showing ball tampering is rife across the entire sport. Not even the World Cup final in 2016 is free from controversy.

 

It is alleged that across most tournaments in Australia, many available quaffles – a volleyball used to score points – and bludgers – the dodgeballs used by beaters to knock players out of play – were under-inflated. This has a distinct effect on how the ball is thrown and caught, giving the team ready for such circumstances a clear advantage.It is still being determined just how deep this goes – with some in the community fearing that entire tournaments may have been played under these conditions.

The balls used for the 2017 QUAFL Final. Were these balls under-inflated? PC: Ajantha Abey

The balls used for the 2017 QUAFL Final. Were these balls under-inflated? PC: Ajantha Abey

This is now Australia’s #deflategate, and many are calling for the leadership of Quidditch Australia to be sacked.

There is even evidence that under-inflated balls were used in the 2016 World Cup Grand Final. Quidditch experts say that a thrown bludger from star Team USA beater Max Havlin that missed Australia’s Seeker Dameon Osborn seconds before the winning snitch catch may have hit if the ball was fully inflated – casting a shadow over the miraculous win.

Quidditch Australia President Luke Derrick gave a tearful press conference this morning.

“Firstly I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of Quidditch, I love entertaining young kids. I love kids wanting to play the great game of Quidditch that I love,” he said.

“Any time you think about making a questionable decision, think about who you’re affecting.

“But I just want to say I’m sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia and the fans and the public, it’s devastating and I’m truly sorry.”

However, Derrick will continue in his role as President of QA, saying “I won’t be considering stepping down. I still think I’m the right person for the job.”

BREAKING: Commonwealth Games adds Quidditch as Official Sport

The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has dropped a bombshell just three days before the event begins, with Quidditch added to the program as an Official Sport just so Australia can easily win another Gold Medal.

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