Friday, October 21, 2016

International Weekend Wrap-Up - October 15-16

Contributions by Elizabeth Barcelos, Chula Bruggeling, David Chapman, Alberto Coronado, Yeray Espinosa Cuevas, Briana Earhart, Jack Lennard, Ashara Peiris, and Carrie Soukup

The Quidditch Post is trying out something new this season. There’s a lot going on in the world of quidditch on any particular weekend, and most of us only see the stories immediately relevant to our regions. However, it can be very interesting to look outside of our own bubble every once in a while and take a look at the rest of the global community. You might discover interesting formats, learn about developments around the world, or simply have some interesting knowledge you can surprise your friends with next training.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Little Team on the Prairie: The Winnipeg Whomping Willows

By Jasmin Winter and Andrew Ajisebutu
The Winnipeg Whomping Willows, Manitoba’s only quidditch team, came to be through the work of a group of very passionate people. The team was founded in 2014 by Willow Rosenberg and a group of their friends. Rosenberg had invested in initial equipment and brought interested players together to build hoops and brooms and to pick a first practice time, all organized in their apartment.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quidditch Academy in Darmstadt, Germany | Quidditch Akademie in Darmstadt, Deutschland

Quidditch Academy in Darmstadt, Germany By Lena Mandahus

Für die deutsche Version siehe unten.

On Oct. 1 and 2, 2016, Deutscher Quidditchbund (DQB) hosted its first Quidditch Academy in Darmstadt, Germany. The academy focused on topics such as leading trainings, guiding a team, and player safety. This is a new initiative aimed mostly at young and emerging teams to provide basic knowledge about structuring trainings and managing a team.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

UBC Zaps Rain City In Second Tournament Win

By Misha Whittingham

Western Canada’s second tournament, the Team Instinct Invitational, took place over this last Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in Vancouver, Canada. In attendance were the hosts UBC Thunderbirds Sports Club (UBC) and UBC Quidditch Club (UBCQC), along with SFU Quidditch and the Rain City Raptors (RCR). Round robin play resulted in a three-way tie between UBCQC, Rain City, and the Thunderbirds. Quaffle point differential produced a Rain City-UBC final, ending in a 100*-80 snitch catch victory by the home squad.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Turkish Quidditch: A Look Back on the Season So Far, and Looking Forward to Turkish Quidditch Cup

By Kaan Bolat, Can Kaytaz, Kamil Urgun

In contrast with most European quidditch seasons, the Turkish season runs from January to December. So while most European teams are just getting started again, Turkey is nearing the end of its season. However, there are still some very important events coming up for Turkish quidditch: the second half of the Turkish Quidditch League (TQL), with the winner being granted a spot in European Quidditch Cup (EQC) 2017, and the Turkish Quidditch Cup (TQC), which has two EQC spots up for grabs. We look back at Turkish quidditch so far this season and the teams that will face each other at TQC this weekend.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Oslo Open Preview

By Kai Haugen Shaw

Editor’s Note: Kai Haugen Shaw is a current player for OSI Vikings 1. He is a co-founder of the team, is captaining for the third year running and has previously been the club vice president and president. He also formerly captained NTNUI Rumpeldunk for two years, and was the club president and vice president.

As the only tournament hosted in Norway, aside from the Norwegian Championship (NM) in spring, Oslo Open represents the highlight of the autumn season in Norway. This year, Norway also has a league, which means Oslo Open will not be the only chance for teams to meet each other, but as a European Quidditch Championship (EQC) qualifier and a long-standing tournament, Oslo Open is still a highly-anticipated event. This year will be the third iteration of the tournament; the reigning champions NTNUI Rumpeldunk won the two previous years. Katta Rampeldank has traditionally exceeded expectations, twice earning second place, while OSI Vikings have twice been left with a disappointing third, after losing only a total of three games in the two previous tournaments, all of them in SWIM-range.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Eastern Frontier: Maritimes Quidditch

By Peter McMullan

“Quidditch in the Maritimes, to me, has always been a five-year plan. I knew that when I started at Dalhousie University, and I'm confident in that estimate as I get ready to graduate.”
                                                 - Paul Gour, founder of the Dalhousie Quidditch Association