State

State Shield Eligibility, Rules, & Regulations

ELIGIBILITY

All players must be full members of Quidditch Australia (QA) to be able to participate in the tournament.

State team eligibility is determined by the following clauses. You are eligible for a team if you meet any of the following:

  1. You currently play for a club from that state and commenced playing in that state from no later than the beginning of the current season;
  2. You currently live in that state;
  3. The team that you first played quidditch for is from that state;
  4. You spent the majority of school (K-12, at least 7 years cumulative) in that state.

If you have different states for each of the above criteria, you may choose which team you wish to apply for.

If you have moved states after the commencement of a season and do not meet any of the above criteria for that state, you may not apply for that state. You may however apply for the state you previously moved from, given you meet the above criteria. read more

State Shield 2019 Bid Package Released!

We are excited to release the Event Overview and Bidding Process for Quidditch Australia’s State Shield 2019. Likely to be held across the 5th and 6th of October, State Shield is a highly competitive showcase of the best players from each state across two days of competition.

 

Teams or organisations interested in cohosting the event with Quidditch Australia are encouraged to submit applications to events@quidditch.org.au, by April 5th.

Please find the bidding information here:

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TEN Sleeps To Go

Today we continue on with our Team Analysis series, brought to you by James Hosford and the states. Up now, New South Wales B!

Haven’t heard of some of these names right? Don’t worry, there’s a couple we don’t know and we play with and against them!

NSW B is back. The concept was inaugurated in 2016 before disappearing in 2017. It returns for 2018. Once again it has mutual benefit, filling our tournament numbers for QA while providing clear development pathways for NSW to test up and coming stars at the highest level. Add a sprinkling of sometimes undervalued veterans to lead this line-up and you have a curious mix with unlimited potential but many question marks.

There are young players on this roster that some may either not know well or not rate highly, but who have the latent talent to become the absolute breakout stories of the tournament. Names like Usha Luckock, Cameron Walker, Sanju Vairav and Haydn Johansson in particular could be household in quidditch two weeks from now.

But what does everyone have in common from this team? They didn’t make NSW A! In many cases, particular those of some more experienced players, some of whom have played at that level before, this would absolutely feel like a snub. That is where NSW B becomes a particularly juicy prospect, to see how such players respond to their place on this team.

If the other thing the twenty-one on this team all share is a positive and forward-looking desire to prove themselves and work their way up to the top, then they will be dangerous.

There’ll be no team more exciting to watch this State Shield than NSW B. They have so much untapped upside, the capacity to gel much better than teams and players more set in their ways, and so very much to approve. They are the ultimate unknown quantity. But will they have enough true quality to compete? That remains to be seen.

 All opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual writer and contributors and are not endorsed by Quidditch Australia.

ELEVEN SLEEPS TO STATE!

This week we start our Team Analysis series, brought to you by the James Hosford and the state teams. Read carefully, because you’ll need all the relevant info for an exciting surprise coming in just a few days.

We start off with the NSW Blue Tongues A!

Mighty New South Wales! A state unquestionably at the heart of the Australian quidditch. And yet, without a state championship title. Can that change this time?

There is a continuity to the Blue Tongues’ squad between 2017 and 2018 which should serve it well. Athletic chaser superstars like Newton, Frison, Hague, Chittenden and Connell return, as do beaters like Derrick, Astalosh and Rennie who have helped with the state’s traditional bludging strength. Legends of the game like Andrew Culf and Dameon Osborn were not in Brisbane last year but were in Italy as Dropbears in 2018 alongside many of their team-mates and, crucially, key opponents. They all come together in 2018.

Though, if it is so much of the same old team, why will the result be different this time? That is the big question many in the State are asking, raising questions of selection decisions and how these undoubtedly talented individuals can truly gel as a team. They are questions that plagued the unsuccessful 2016 and 2017 campaigns equally.

There is great new talent however. The game moves so fast: it is amazing to realise that this will be the NSW debut of established domestic club stars like Harrison Jones, Alex Cunningham, Max Brenner, Jono O’Brien and Geoffrey Talbott.

Names like that have not replaced the best of last year, they have further supplemented what now looks like the deepest talent pool in the competition. Will that depth be the key to victory?

#SeeYouAtState#NSWBlueTongues#UpTheBlues#stateshield2018#JoinTheFire#TeamAnalysisSeries#SurprisesSurprises#WeAreCookingSomethingUp

All opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual writer and contributors and are not endorsed by Quidditch Australia.

State Shield Social Registration Open!

The State Shield is almost here, so it's time to book your ticket to the afterparty!

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

QA State Shield: VIC Coaches

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Leading the Leadbeaters at Quidditch Australia‘s upcoming State Shield tournament is Liam McCoppin, with the assistance of Taya Rawson and Edward Vienet. Will Victoria be able to come out on top again after their win in the 2016 State of Origin series?

Find out at Quidditch Australia’s State Shield, held in Brisbane on the 14th and 15th of October.

QA State Shield: QLD Coaches

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The Queensland Thunderbirds are proud to announce the coaching staff for 2017, with Daniel Scharf and Simon Spann coaching the Thunderbirds into into the inaugural State Shield tournament against the Victorian Leadbeaters and the NSW Blue Tongues.

Quidditch Australia’s State Shield will be held in Brisbane on the 14th and 15th of October.

QA State Shield: NSW Coaches

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Leading the Blue Tongues at Quidditch Australia’s upcoming State Shield tournament are Danny Fox and Minh Diep. With many years of quidditch experience and coaching across the state under their belt, can they help the Blue Tongues to take out the trophy?

Find out at Quidditch Australia’s State Shield, held in Brisbane on the 14th and 15th of October.

The Victorian Leadbeaters for State Shield

Introducing the Victorian Leadbeaters roster for the inaugural Quidditch Australia’s State Shield!

The tournament will be held in Brisbane on the 14th and 15th of October between the NSW Blue Tongues, the Queensland Thunderbirds, and the Victorian Leadbeaters.

Roster

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