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University of Sydney Unspeakables claim 2018 Midwinter Cup

By Cameron Caccamo, QA Media Director

The University of Sydney Unspeakables have won their second tournament in as many weeks yesterday, claiming victory in Newcastle’s Midwinter Cup following their win last week at Melbourne Mudbash. In the final, they were able to overcome local rivals and defending Midwinter champions, Sydney City Serpents, in a 100*-80 thriller.

In a see-sawing game which saw neither side go ahead by more than two goals, Alex Cunningham again starred for USyd, catching snitch Jono O’Brien to give the Unspeakables their second piece of silverware for the year. Max Brenner and Brandon Frison did most of the damage on the scoreboard, with a desperate Serpents defence unable stop their drives.  read more

University of Sydney Unspeakables win Melbourne Mudbash 2018

The University of Sydney’s top team, the Unspeakables, have won the annual Melbourne Mudbash tournament at Fawkner Park, defeating NSW-based mercenary team The Art of Yeeting 120*-100.

AUSTRALIA PLACES FIFTH AT QUIDDITCH WORLD CUP

Australia has placed fifth the fourth iteration of the Quidditch World Cup in Florence, Italy overnight. Team Australia, affectionately known as the Dropbears, lost only two games over the weekend; both to the United States, in pool play and in the quarter final.

America went on to win the gold at the event, while Belgium and Turkey shocked everyone to come second and third respectively. The United Kingdom came fourth, just missing out on the podium.

On the first day of the tournament, Australia put in amazing performance, notching up impressive wins against The Netherlands (220*-0), Austria (170*-10), and Vietnam (170*-20). read more

Dropbears Impress on Day One of the World Cup

Team Australia enters day two of the Quidditch World Cup full of confidence after three great wins and a close loss against tournament favourites, the United States - and we'll likely get another chance at them in the Quarter Finals.

The (One-Arm) Wrap – NQL Round 2 Division 1

The second competitive round of NQL saw most teams play against the last of their divisional opponents, giving us a very good idea of where each team stands. QA Today asked some of our readers to talk about some of the games they participated in – as players, referees, or even just spectating – to give the rest of the community a glimpse of just how close the competition is in each Division. Here are some of the games in Division One, you can read all about Division Two here.

The Macarthur Weasleys beat us to the punch and have already published an article about their games for the day, which you can find here. read more

The (One-Arm) Wrap – NQL Round 2 Division 2

The second competitive round of NQL saw most teams play against the last of their divisional opponents, giving us a very good idea of where each team stands. QA Today asked some of our readers to talk about some of the games they participated in – as players, referees, or even just spectating – to give the rest of the community a glimpse of just how close the competition is in each Division. Here are some of the games in Division Two, you can read all about Division One here.

The Macarthur Weasleys beat us to the punch and have already published an article about their games for the day, which you can find here. read more

The One-Arm Wrap – NQL Round 1 Overview

With the first official round of the NQL in the books and the second coming up this weekend, QA Today asks the NSW Quidditch community – what is the competition looking like across both divisions? Here are some of the responses to our call-out.

Have your own thoughts about NQL, or Quidditch games in your own backyard? Feel free to get in touch with QA Today through media@quidditch.org.au.

Ana Barciela – Macquarie Marauders

For Div 1, I’d say at the Serpents are the best at the moment. After all, they are a team comprised of top level, committed players, who take the sport seriously and train accordingly, all seemingly well versed in quidditch strategy and passionate about it. Their strict recruitment is understandable when you want to play in a team where all the players take the sport seriously. I hope they are paving the way for more competitive, high level community teams to rise, but right now they have that edge on all other teams. I think there’s a clear distinction in Div 1 between the top four (Serpents, Unspeakables, WSQC and ANU) and Newcastle and Macquarie. read more

The One-Arm Wrap – Vic Cup Overview

With six rounds of the Vic Cup complete, the Victorian Quidditch community has a very good idea of the teams leading the charge in 2018. QA Today made a call-out for Victorians to give us their thoughts on how the Vic Cup was tracking, and here are some of the responses.

Have your own thoughts about the Vic Cup, or Quidditch games in your own backyard? Feel free to get in touch with QA Today through media@quidditch.org.au.

Benjamin Watson – Captain/Asst Coach, La Trobe Trolls

As we stand, the Whomping Willows are currently looking the strongest of all of the Victorian teams. I think currently the Willows have quite a strong chaser line up and also then have a very strong beater lineup -they have such depth that they can also afford to have the likes of Bodie Nash or James Osmond seeking. read more

Where will QUAFL be in 2018?

Six months ago we crowned the Whomping Willows QC as QUAFL 2017 champions. Now, QA is preparing to announce where QUAFL 2018 will be, and QA Today has an exclusive look at the top locations being considered.

The One-Arm Wrap: NQL Division 2

With two pre-season rounds complete, the NSW State League, NQL, finally moves into pool play this coming weekend. With a brand new division system in place, teams can expect close match-ups in every single game they play. The Divisional split is based entirely on the results of pool play from the 2017 season, with six teams in Division 1 and seven in Division 2. Here are the results from pre-season play.

NQL SCORES

QA Today’s Cameron Caccamo takes a look at the teams that make up Div 2 – including each team’s record, how they’re tracking, and what to expect from them now that we enter pool play. Division 1 analysis can be found here. read more

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