Friday, January 20, 2017

International Weekend Wrap-Up - January 7-8 and 14-15

Contributions by Lena Mandahus, Alicia Mills, Cameron VomBaur, Chula Bruggeling, and Yeray Espinosa Cuevas. There is 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. To that end, each week the Quidditch Post collects information about tournaments and events that happened during the weekend around the world. After a bit of a break for most quidditch regions, we are now returning to our regular schedule of International Weekend Wrap-Ups. This installment will cover two weeks of events instead of one, due to the lower frequency of events this time of year. We cover the Czech Republic’s First Prague Quidditch Derby, the German Winter Games, the Andalusian League in Spain, the Tegan and Sara Invitational in USQ West, and Canada’s Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them.

Favorites Look to Hold Serve at Four US Weekend Tournaments

The second half of the USQ season picks up quickly this coming weekend with four tournaments across three regions, featuring teams from five different regions. Our writers go around the country with an eye on what to watch out for.

Horns Up for Harambe Memorial Championship
By Audrey Wheeler and Kenny Stowe
Editor’s Note: Audrey is the President of Florida State University and President for the Florida Quidditch Conference. Kenny is a player for Florida’s Finest Quidditch Club

Date: January 21
Number of Teams: 7 (1 unofficial)
Host: University of South Florida (USF) Quidditch
Location: Tampa, Florida

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Turkish Quidditch Cup III: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Kamil Urgun, Can Kaytaz, Kaan Bolat

Editor’s Note: Kamil Urgun, Can Kaytaz, and Kaan Bolat play for METU Unicorns.

On Oct. 15-16, Turkish Quidditch Cup (TQC) III took place at Bilkent University, Ankara, where, after Gazi Black Bears dropped out at last minute, 13 teams challenged each other for two of Turkey’s three European Quidditch Cup (EQC) spots. The final match was postponed, and METU Unicorns and ODTÜ Hippogriffs met again at Bilkent University on Oct. 30 to compete for first place.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Western Slugfest Headlines Two Tournament Weekend

With US Quidditch Cup 10 fast approaching, the Quidditch Post is taking you around the country to follow what’s coming up in the weekend ahead. Tegan and Sara Invitational
By Christopher Dewing Date: January 14
Number of Teams: 7
Host: Fighting Farmers of Arizona
Location: Sacramento, CA

German Winter Games Preview

By Ida Meyenberg and Christian Zimpelmann
Editor’s Note: Ida Meyenberg is a player for Three River Dragons Passau and the Logistics Manager for the German Winter Games, and Christian Zimpelmann is a player for Rheinos Bonn.

On January 14-15, 18 teams will compete in Munich for the three German spots at the European Quidditch Cup (EQC). The German Winter Games (Deutsche Quidditch-Winterspiele, DQWS) are going to be the second biggest tournament in Germany so far, almost catching up with the World Cup last year. As the competition for the free EQC spots is three times bigger than last year, we can expect exciting and narrow matches. The experience of the participating teams differs substantially, ranging from three months to more than three years. In this article, we want to shortly introduce and illuminate the potential of the competing teams.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fly: The Review

By Ajantha Abey

Editor’s Note: Ajantha Abey, of Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography, is the Visuals Director for the Quidditch Post, spent the 2015-16 season playing in the UK, and attended the IQA World Cup in Frankfurt.

If you were looking for a wonderful documentary that perfectly captures the magic and wonder of quidditch, Fly: Journey to Frankfurt, is not it. Fly is not here to tell the story of the game's origins, its fictional background, its worldly realisation, or its growth into a global community. Fly is about athletes and their journeys as sportspeople trying to achieve gold at the first proper Quidditch World Cup, and it tells that story magnificently. The gritty aesthetic in the title logo gives it away. There is no sugar coating on the dedication, desperation, determination, and heartbreak in the sport that Fly captures ― a sport that just happens to be quidditch.

Friday, January 6, 2017

QUAFL Roundtable Recap

By Liam McCoppin, Regina Atkinson, Ajantha Abey, Victor Tan, James Hyder, and Katelyn Stubberfield

Editor’s Note: Liam McCoppin is coach and player of the Wrackspurts, Ajantha Abey is a player for the University of Sydney Unspeakables, Victor Tan is a player for the South Australia Bunyips, James Hyder is captain and player for the Perth Phoenixes, and Katelyn Stubberfield is a player for the Perth Phoenixes

The Australian National Championships , also known as QUAFL, were held Dec. 10-11, 2016. Various Australian staffers from the Quidditch Post got together after the tournament to discuss topics ranging from team performances to opinions on the overall tournament, including highlights and some stand out players.