Monday, March 23, 2015

80 in 80: Crimson Warhawks

As part of our efforts to preview all 80 teams competing in USQ World Cup 8, the Quidditch Post is chatting with representatives from each team. Today we spoke with
David Mora, coach and captain of the Crimson Warhawks.

Photo by Seth Dixon

Quidditch Post: What does it mean for the Warhawks to qualify for World Cup?
David: Another chance to show everyone what we are made of. Since we’re a B team, sometimes people don't think we have what it takes.

QP: What are your goals for World Cup?
David: To make it to bracket play.

QP: What will that take?
David: Last year, we were eliminated in pool play. We played well, but we just weren't where we needed to be as a team to compete. I think we have a better team this year that can at least make it to Day Two bracket play.

QP: With the new Swiss Style, only 24 teams will advance to the bracket. Outside of the reduced bracket slots, do you think that will have any impact on the team?
David: I think it could, yes. Like I said though, I'm excited about this new team and how well we've played because we can at least show the quidditch community that we mean business.

QP: Are there any players who are key to the team's efforts?
David: I'd say every single person is. One person who I'd say stands out in giving us an edge would be Alex Holmes. With his vast knowledge of the sport as well as a being a good beater, he helps in keeping beaters up to speed with new strategies and techniques. Another player would be Garrett Girard. He's a new player who has shown an interest in a number of roles and has made great progress in them all.

QP: How would you describe the Warhawks style of play?
David: I'd say we are scrappy. On paper we don't impress anyone, but we find a way to win. (Within reason)

QP: Are there particular teams that you'd like to face?
David: Oklahoma Baptist University, Lone Star Quidditch Club, and Oklahoma State University.

QP: What do you hope the team takes away from the experience?
David: Just that: experience. For a lot of these guys and gals, this is a first. They want to experience what it's like to play with the best of the best. They also want to make tons of new friends.

QP: Is there anything else you think our readers should know about the Warhawks?
David: We love quidditch.

QP: Thanks for your time, David; we appreciate it.

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