QUAFL

QUAFL 2019 to be held in Minto (NSW), December 7-8th!

Quidditch Australia is excited to announce the dates and location for the Australian National Championships, QUAFL 2019!

The tournament will be held at Kayess Park in Minto, on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of December. Quidditch Australia will be cohosting the tournament with Macarthur Weasleys Quidditch Club, who have successfully hosted two editions of their own Macarthur Fantasy Tournament, as well as a number of NSW Quidditch League days with much general acclaim. The fields here have been used for quidditch tournaments before, have ample space, are able to facilitate line marked pitches, and are an easy 45-minute train ride from Sydney, with a variety of nearby accommodation available as well. read more

QUAFL 2019 Bid Package Released!

We are excited to release the Event Overview and Bidding Process for the Australian National Quidditch Championships – QUAFL 2019!

 

Teams or organisations interested in cohosting the event with Quidditch Australia are encouraged to submit applications to events@quidditch.org.au, by the end of March.

 

We have already begun to take on feedback from QUAFL2018 with regards to the location criteria in the bid package, and look to release a full report on the tournament feedback in the near future.

Please find the bidding information here:

Road to QUAFL: NSW Champions University of Sydney Unspeakables

Photo credit: Maddi Moulton Photography

QUAFL 2018 is taking place this weekend. Before 24 of Australia’s finest Quidditch teams converge on the Sunshine Coast for 2 days, let’s take a moment to get to know some of the best teams in each attending state. Today we talked to Ajantha Abey, President of the University of Sydney Quidditch Club – The Largest Quidditch Club In The Country – and Co-Captain of the USyd Unspeakables, about his team’s success this year and their goals for QUAFL.

 

How did it feel to win the NQL Grand Final?

Pretty great. Pretty relieving frankly, especially after so many near misses on the way there, between things like losing our Blue Tongues [NSW State Team A] keeper Max Brenner to a wrist injury, and Gary Hague catching for overtime [in an earlier game between the Unspeakables and the Sydney City Serpents]. I was honestly fully prepared to lose finals, and focus on QUAFL, but once again, the team showed me up and played some of the best quidditch I’ve ever seen. That’s probably not what felt best about the game – not just the fact that we won, but that everything we’d been training to do over the past year came together with a series of perfectly executed plays, and the synergy the whole team had and the vibe we ran with the entire game made it incredibly fun.

 

To what does your club owe its success?

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this, and at the end of the day, I think it comes down to everyone in the club being incredibly passionate and invested in quidditch, and the club itself being extremely good at engendering and inspiring this feeling in people. As a volunteer run sport, we rely on people using their own time to make quidditch happen – be that at the presidential level running the club, the coaches running trainings, the exec running events, and even just the players and members turning up and training and playing in the first place. On a cold, miserably, rainy Thursday afternoon, you’ll still find people running around Victoria Park on PVC pipes from 2-5pm, and it takes a certain level of dedication and a lot of hard work at all levels to make that happen. I think what Usyd Quidditch does best is showing people how awesome and fun quidditch is and helping them fall in love with it – and that’s where all of our success stems from. That’s certainly what happened to me anyway.

 

What are you most looking forward to at QUAFL this year?

Game One against the Monash Muggles is something I personally have been looking forward to for years. After missing the 72-minute epic 70-20 comeback victory for the Unspeakables at Mudbash 2016, the only other time in the past five years we’ve met was at Mudbash this year, where the score was within 10 points before snitch catch. With both Unspeakables and Muggles losing a lot of their older talent to graduate community teams at the end of 2016, but having a superb rebuilding season in 2017, the showdown between these two teams who in their own regions are proving that university teams are can still be just as competitive as their graduate counterparts is sure to be an incredibly fun and entertaining match – bolstered by the fact that both teams have relatively similar playing styles. Expect some epic beater battles, amazing passing plays, and some quality entertaining quidditch, from both sides.

 

Who are some of your more understated stars that you want other teams to watch out for?

Do I have to answer this question? I’d much rather they remain our secret weapon and have teams not watch out for them…

For real though, on a team of star state-level male beaters, Jv James Lim is often overlooked, and always to the opposition’s loss. Jv is one of the most calm and consistent players on the team, capable of adapting to any role and playstyle. His level-headed awareness and understanding of the game allows him to dismantle fast breaks faster than you can tear a perforated notepad page, and he is the worst nightmare of anyone trying to score on brooms up. Watch out for Jv’s adorable bludger boops with beater partner Alex Cunningham – those two do things with bludgers that the greatest minds of humankind are yet to understand.

 

Who is a team from your state that you want other teams to watch out for?

The Sydney City Serpents stand out as an obvious answer here – they’ve been one of our main rivals over the course of the season and the back and forth wins and loses we’ve had with them have pushed us both to up our games more and more over the year. They’re a force to be reckoned with, great fun to play against, and will be gunning for that gold just as hard as we are.

I also couldn’t answer this question without mentioning our own Unforgivables and Unbreakables. For C and B teams respectively, both punch well above their weight, and even after losing players to promotions, they’re both teams to look out for – especially as much of the Unbreakables talent will likely end up playing in red next year!

 

A number of your team members were in respective state teams this year. What do you think you’ve learnt from the competition this year? read more

State and QUAFL Tournament Committee Announcement

Quidditch Australia is pleased to announce the tournament directors for the 2018 season.

 

The Tournament Director for the 2018 State Shield will be Eleonora Leopardi, from Newcastle.

The Tournament Director for the 2018 Australian National Quidditch Championships (aka QUAFL) will be Alistair Yap, from the Sunshine Coast.

 

Congratulations

to these two individuals. We know they will bring excellent experience, knowledge, and dedication to their roles and ensure both events are amazing experiences for all who attend. 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.

QUAFL Team Announcement and Individual Registration

Quidditch Australia is excited to announce the twenty-six teams from five states and territories that will be competing for national glory at this year’s QUAFL: Australian Quidditch Championship. Continuing our slow but steady growth from the 23 teams last year, QUAFL is sure to be a truly exciting and intense weekend.

Last year saw Wrackspurt QC from Melbourne, Victoria fend off all competitors to take the victory, but can they do it again?

ACU Paladins
Adelaide Augureys
ANU Owls
Blackburn Basilisks
Glenelg Gargoyles
La Trobe Trolls
Macarthur Weasleys
Macquarie Marauders
Melbourne Manticores

Melbourne Unicorns Orange
Melbourne Unicorns Blue
Monash Muggles
Monash Mudbloods
Newcastle Fireballs
QUT Lycans
South Melbourne Centaurs
Sydney City Serpents
Unspeakables

Unbreakables
Unforgiveables
UNSW Snapes on a Plane
USC Dementors
UTS Opaleyes
Western Sydney QC
Whomping Willows QC
Wrackspurts QC

Individual registration is also here! All individuals wishing to be included on their team’s roster must fill out this form by midnight November 6th. The form is compulsory for playing and non-playing individuals.

Registration costs $15pp for Players and $7.5pp for Non-playing Coaches and Managers.

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone in Canberra; as always, questions, comments, queries, and concerns can be directed to quafl@quidditch.org.au. read more

QUAFL 2017 Team Registration and Timeline

Registration is now open for any team that wishes to compete at QUAFL: Australian Quidditch Championships 2017.

Simply fill out this form by October 1st.

Any team wishing to compete must be a registered and paid QA member team. There are also a number of additional requirements including minimum certification of team referees and minimum game requirements. A full explanation of all requirements can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you in Canberra.

 

The timeline for registration will be as follows:

4th September       Team Registration Opens
1st October             Team Registration Closes
All teams must be registered and fully paid members by this date
2nd October           Player Registration Opens
23rd October         Deadline for application for exemption from any QA QUAFL requirement
1st November        Social Tickets go on sale
6th November       Player Registration Closes
All players must be registered  and fully paid members by this date
17th November     Team Rosters must be submitted
Referee Requirements must be met
All QUAFL requirements must be met by November 17th unless specified as earlier.

Questions and comments can be sent to quafl@quidditch.org.au.

QUAFL – Australian Quidditch Championship

Quidditch Australia is proud to present the seventh annual national quidditch tournament.

QUAFL – The Australian Quidditch Championships 2017 will run over the 2nd and 3rd of December. Following on from the success of last year, QUAFL will return to the Australian Institute of Sport for the biggest tournament in Australia, the current international champions.

In December, over 25 teams from around the country are expected to make their way to Canberra. Hosted by the Australian Institute of Sport, QUAFL 2017 will decide this year’s Australian quidditch champion. QUAFL represents QA’s premier event and serves as the culmination of the 2017 season. read more

2017 QUAFL Location Announced

Quidditch Australia is excited to announce that the location of QUAFL: Australian Quidditch Championship 2017 will again be the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, ACT.

Nationals will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of December. More details to come.

Wrackspurts QC win the 2016 Australian Quidditch Championship

The Wrackspurts Quidditch Club have become the 2016 Australian Quidditch Champions defeating the second placed Western Sydney Quidditch club in a incredibly close game, with the Wrackspurts winning 120*-110.

This year’s Australian Quidditch Championship (AusQC) was the largest quidditch tournament held in Australia, featuring 23 teams and nearly 400 players from across the country.

Held at the Australian Institute of Sport for the first time, the legitimacy of quidditch in Australia continues to grow. Bringing together people of non-sporting and sporting backgrounds, the sport continues to establish itself at the forefront of gender equality for sports in Australia.

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Photography by Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

 

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