World Cup

Team Australia Applications Now Open

After the successfully running of the four inaugural Quidditch Australia Development Camps in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, we are now progressing to the next stage of our journey to the 2018 IQA World Cup.

Quidditch Australia will run two official selection camps, one in Victoria in November and one in New South Wales in January 2018, that will serve as the first step in creating the 2018 Dropbears. Applications are now open for the first selection camp, taking place in Melbourne on November 11-12th.

Attendance at one of the camps is a requirement for selection to the 2018 IQA World Cup Australian National Team. Applications for camp 1 close 11:59pm October 20th. All applicants must be Quidditch Australia members to be eligible. Applications will be reviewed by the Team Australia Selection Committee, who are tasked with choosing the individuals who will attend each camp. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 28th of October at the latest.

To apply please fill out this form, we look forward to seeing everyone’s applications.

Good Luck!

Photography by Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography.

Team Australia Selectors

Quidditch Australia is excited to announce the Team Australia Selection Committee.

The following six individuals will join Coach Genevieve Gibson, Assistant Coach Daniel Fox, and Selection Committee Chairperson Thomas Russell. Together, this committee will be tasked with assessing national talent and helping to create the Australian national team to be sent to the 2018 IQA World Cup.

We wish them well and look forward to what each will bring to the role.

Congratulations:
Cindy Callens, Daniel Scharf, Liam McMoppin, Owen Sherwood, Paul Harrison, Taya Rawson

World Cup 2018 Campaign Update: Assistant Coach, Dropbears Selection Process, and Selectors Applications

The next stage of the Australian 2018 World Cup campaign begins as we announce the appointment of an Australian National Team Assistant Coach, the timeline and process for team selection, and invite people to apply for the position of Team Selector.

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World Cup 2018 Leadership Announcement

With the 2018 World Cup just over a year away, Quidditch Australia is excited to announce the selection of our 2018 Dropbears leadership team.

It is a privilege and an honour to say that Genevieve Gibson will be returning as Australian National Team Coach for the 2018 World Cup campaign, following her successful campaign as coach in 2016. This time around, Gen will be formally assisted by Nicholas Hirst who is taking up the position of Team Manager.

Details about team selection and other developments will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, and we look forward to another successful international campaign.

World Cup 2018 Coach and Manager Applications

Quidditch Australia are now taking applications for the manager and coach positions of our World Cup team in 2018. Below you’ll find the application criteria for each position as well as a brief description of their expected parameters. Be advised that the positions will be filled by separate people. Applications may be sent to admin@quidditch.org.au

Applications close April 17

Coach

Job Description

The Coach will be the overall leader of the World Cup team and will be a non-playing position. The coach will be expected to be responsible for (either directly or through delegation) the following duties:

  • Create and manage the overall vision for the team.
  • Train the team in order to achieve that vision, including scheduling training and team events.
  • Manage the personnel of the team in match situations, on the day of competition, and away from the field.
  • Discipline players and team staff as necessary subject to appeal to the QA board.
  • Hold a seat on the selection panel for both the training squad and the final team.
  • Assist QA in choosing the panel of selectors.

Applications for coach should contain the following:

  • Name, contact email, phone number.
  • A description of relevant coaching and/or leadership experience both within and outside of quidditch.
  • A list of any conflicts or responsibilities that may interfere with your ability to coach the team.
  • A plan for how you would fund your attendance at World Cup were you to receive no assistance from QA.
  • A minimum of two references from outside of the applicant’s current team
  • An essay answering the following questions:
    • Your vision for the team and what a world cup winning team would look like.
    • How you would go about achieving that vision including a rough training schedule, specific aspects of the game you would focus on and any other relevant information.
    • What can Team Australia do that would give us an edge over other countries?
    • Do you have any weaknesses and if so how would you mitigate those weaknesses?
    • Any other pertinent information.

Manager

Job Description

The manager is a subordinate to the coach expected to deal with off-pitch issues regarding logistics, planning and any responsibilities delegated by the coach at both training camps in Australia and at the World Cup itself. The manager is a non-playing person who is expected to specifically organise matters outside of on-pitch situations though may be delegated other responsibilities by the coach. The manager is expected to attend training camps and World Cup.

Applications for manager should contain the following:

  • Name, contact email, phone number.
  • Any relevant managerial or leadership experience both within and outside of quidditch.
  • A list of any conflicts or responsibilities that may interfere with your ability to manage the team.
  • A plan for how you would fund your attendance at World Cup were you to receive no assistance from QA.
  • A minimum of two references from outside of the applicant’s current team.
  • Any other pertinent information or experience.

Dropbears win the 2016 Quidditch World Cup

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We did it! The Dropbears get gold at the 2016 IQA Quidditch World Cup taking out America 150*-130 in the United States first ever loss.

Over the last year, coach Gen Gibson has worked this team from the ground up with the express purpose of taking on the best team in the world.

Today we showed the world our strength and determination, but more importantly our love for this sport and community.

 

Photo by Nicholas Hirst

QAI discusses the Dropbears team with the reserves

The Australian Dropbears had five reserves who all attended the training camps with the team, including Leslie Fox who has already joined the team, following Tash Keehan’s injury. The other four; Carolyn Themel, now team manager, Oscar Cozens, Nicola Gerter, and Samantha Chittenden; having trained as part of the team, have great insight into their inner workings.

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QAI talks to coach Genevieve Gibson about the Dropbears world cup campaign

Genevieve Gibson was chosen as coach of the Australian Dropbears late last year, taking on the role of helping to manage the team, organise training camps, and plan the quest for gold in Germany. The introduction of the training camps has been especially helpful, helping to change the dropbears from a group of individual players to a team.

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Logan Davis to represent Australia as Head Referree at World Cup

Quidditch Australia is proud to announce that Logan Davis has been chosen as the Australian head referee delegate to the IQA. Davis is proud to represent Australia at the World Cup in Frankfurt this July, with both an impressive referee and playing career behind him.

Davis currently plays for the ANU Owls, where he made his player debut in early 2015. He refereed his first game at NSW September Triwiz, demonstrating a keen awareness for rules and dedication to fairness, as well as an impeccable command of the pitch. He went on to referee the grand final at the Australian Quidditch championship later that year, where he cemented his position as one of the best referees in the country.

In 2016, Davis has refereed many games on all levels including NSW Triwizards, State of Origin games, and the grand final of the Melbourne Mudbash Tournament. He is excited to be a part of the IQA Team and greatly looks forward to his ability to contribute to the World Cup event.

 

Dropbears reserve Leslie Fox added to Team Australia

We are saddened to announce that due to illness Tash Keehan from the Australian Dropbears will be unable to play at the Quidditch World Cup. We wish her a swift and full recovery.

Replacing Tash on the Australian Dropbears is Leslie Fox. Leslie has shown consistent dedication to the team as a reserve throughout the year. We are excited to see the strengths that Leslie will bring to the team.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you the stories of our reserves who have been instrumental in lifting the Dropbears to ever increasing heights of gameplay.

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