In this interview, we talk to Courtney Buckley, previously of USYD Unspeakables and now of Valkyries Quidditch Club, who was recently appointed head of Quidditch Australia’s new Gender Engagement and Initiatives Committee, as announced earlier last month. With many plans already in the works for 2019, we talk about what we can expect from the committee this year, and what she’s most excited for.
Quidditch Australia is excited to announce Canberra as a 2020 Quidditch World Cup winning bid location!
The end of March brings the end of the Preseason tournaments for the 2019 NSW Quidditch League. It's been an exciting start to the year, with two new teams on the ladder, old teams on the rise, new rivalries emerging, and plenty of new talent. What will the rest of the year hold in store? Ajantha Abey recaps the past two tournaments.
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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 Annie Partick, President of the University of the Sunshine Coast Quidditch Club, about her team’s success this year and their goals for QUAFL.
How did it feel to win the Queensland League Grand Final?
Fantastic! We suffered our first grand final loss last year to the ACU Paladins (now the Brisbane City Bin Chickens), so we came into the competition eager to reclaim the trophy. We’re very proud to have come away as winners.
To what does your club owe its success?
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 Jack Emerton of the oldest team in Victoria, about the Melbourne Manticore’s success this year and their goals for QUAFL
How did it feel to win the Vic Cup Grand Final?
Along with the joy and glory of winning it all, it also felt like a massive weight off our shoulders to be able to reverse the result of last years grand final in our favour, especially after all the hard work everyone put in
To what does your club owe its success?
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]
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.
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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?