Quidditch Australia Strategic Plan and Mid-year Update

Quidditch Australia’s mid-year update

Going into the second half of the year, Quidditch Australia would like to acknowledge all the work done so far in 2016. Quidditch Australia is immensely proud of everything completed up until now and are incredibly excited to see the sport, community, and organisation continue to grow. Record membership rates, affiliated teams, and participation levels have been achieved amid a great number of successful events held in 2016. The months and years to come bring forward many opportunities for sustained growth and expansion. In this update, Quidditch Australia looks at the things accomplished in 2016 along with including half-yearly treasurer and gameplay reports.

QAI Mid-Year Update – Download here


Quidditch Australia Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Quidditch Australia has grown rapidly over the last 5 years, with our most recent national tournament hosting 19 teams from 5 states. Our national team, the Australian Dropbears, became the first team to defeat the United States and take out the 2016 IQA Quidditch World Cup. With close to 600 players, and rapidly rising, QAI is looking to create a strategic plan to guide the nation through this expansion.

Quidditch Australia are looking for community consultation on a variety of topics to help mold the vision and direction of the strategic plan for the next 3 years.

Quidditch Australia Strategic Plan Questionnaire


QUAFL 2016 Update – Committee, Schedule, Registration

Committee Announcement

Quidditch Australia is pleased to announce that the organising team for this summer’s Australian Quidditch Championships, QUAFL 2016, has been selected. We look forward to bringing you a thrilling and competitive event, held at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on the 10th and 11th of December.

The team is as follows:

  • Matthew Ingram – Tournament Director
  • Nicholas Hirst – Assistant Tournament Director
  • Merryn Christian – Assistant Tournament Director
  • Jamie Turbet – Merchandise Director
  • Nic Radoll – Logistics Director
  • Sophie Fitch – Team Liaison

We are still looking for a  Media Director and a Volunteer Director. Please email your expressions of interest to president@quidditch.org.au with a cover letter if you would like to become involved. Various gameplay related positions will be advertised at a later date.

Schedule Outline

Below is a rough outline of the schedule for the event. The exact times are subject to change, and will be finalised closer to the date, but the broad outline will stay the same. It is our intention that this will help attendees make travel and other arrangements.

The schedule outline is as follows:


  • 9am-3pm Wheelchair Quidditch
  • 10am-2pm Local High School Kidditch
  • 3pm-6pm Quidditch Australia AGM

After the events of Friday, all attendees are invited to a casual pre-tournament get-together in the city from 7pm.


  • 8am-6pm QUAFL 2016 (Pool Play)


  • 8am-5pm QUAFL 2016 (Pool Play and Bracket Play/Finals)
  • 8pm-late QUAFL 2016 Social at Mooseheads

Team and Player registration timeline

Team and player registrations will be handled differently this year compared to previous QUAFLs. It is important that you read, and understand, the timeline and points below to ensure your teams compliance and participation in QUAFL 2016.

Registration and expression of interest forms will be released in the coming weeks, as well as other team information relevant to attendance. In particular, expressions of interest for the QAI charter bus to and from Sydney.

The QUAFL Timeline is as follows:

  • End of August: Team registration closes
  • 30th September: Team registration closes
  • 1st October: Player registration opens
  • 14th October: Team final registration opens
  • 31st October: Team final registration closes

NB: Along with final registration, team are required to submit an initial roster at this stage, which must include any athletes intending to play for that team at QUAFL. No more transfers can happen after this date, and all individuals on a team’s initial roster must be registered with that team with QAI. There is no limit on the amount of people that can be on this initial roster

  • 14th November: Player registration closes
  • 25th November: Final rosters due

NB: QA reserve the right to decline invitations for teams bringing less than twelve (12) registered players. This rule is being implemented to prevent injury from teams who are only fielding minimum players as well as ensuring the integrity of the tournament.

The decisions to include two stages of rosters was to allow for early confirmation of teams while still allowing individual teams to take up until 2 weeks before the event to decide their squad, to account for potential injuries, extenuating circumstances, and selection. Teams that drop out after confirming in the final team registration phase will face appropriate penalties. This is to ensure the organising committee does not have to make last minute changes to the schedule.

Feel free to contact quafl@quidditch.org.au with any questions, queries, or concerns.

Dropbears win the 2016 Quidditch World Cup


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

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