Thursday, March 12, 2015

Onward to Oxford: Durhamstrang

As part of our efforts to preview all 32 teams competing in the European Quidditch Cup (EQC), the Quidditch Post is chatting with representatives from each team. Today we spoke with Chloe Watson, captain of Durham University Quidditch Club-Durhamstrang.
Photo by Amelia Bastos Photography

Quidditch Post: Durhamstrang qualified by virtue of winning the Highlander Cup, Quidditch UK's first tournament this season. What does it mean for your squad to be able to compete at EQC?
Chloe: It’s a huge honour and a chance for the squad to prove ourselves. Our club is still in its first year, and after the impressive but surprising start to the season with Highlander Cup, being able to compete at EQC is a testament to how well the club has developed in such a short space of time.

QP: What do you think is the reasoning behind the sudden emergence?
Chloe: It’s entirely down to our players. The players who’ve been there since the teams creation have all been extremely dedicated to the sport from the start, and their enthusiasm and commitment is something that’s passed to our fresher intake. It plays the largest role in driving the club forward.

QP: Would you say there are any particular players who are key on or off the pitch?
Chloe: The strength of the squad lies in how well the team works together, but particularly noteworthy players are chasers Becca Lowe, Ben Guthrie, and Peter Hobson. Key to our beater lineup are Jade Strange, Marcus Buechel, and Zack Hodari. Off pitch, everyone plays a massive part in keeping morale high and we pride ourselves on our team spirit!

QP: Would you say the team has a particular style of play?
Chloe: We're sometimes known for having a rather physical style of play. From my perspective, I'd say it's more that our play style is adaptable, which is why it's so hard to pin it down in the first place.

QP: What are the team's goals for EQC?
Chloe: At the moment, our focus is on the British Quidditch Cup (BQC), and in all honesty we know very little about the rest of the European teams attending. Based on that, our aim is to just get out of the group stage with some strong scores behind us. Ultimately though, the team just sees EQC as a great opportunity to play quidditch against some great international teams.

QP: Are there particular teams you hope to play?
Chloe: I imagine there’ll be a couple of BQC rematches that we’ll be looking forward to at EQC. Besides that, we’re just excited to meet and play so many European teams that we’ve not had the chance to meet before!

QP: Would you say that's what the team is most looking forward to?
Chloe: Yes, definitely. The quidditch community in the UK is really amazing, but it’ll be great to see how quidditch is doing throughout the rest of Europe and to get the chance to take on teams with play styles very different from any we've faced before.

QP: Thank you for time; we appreciate it.
Chloe: Great, thank you.

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