Friday, March 13, 2015

Onward to Oxford: Quidditch Hussars

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 Jagoda Sadecka, captain of Quidditch Hussars.

Photo by Anna-Maria Czarnecka

Quidditch Post: I must be honest; I know very little about quidditch in Poland. Can you tell me a bit about your squad?
Jagoda: There is a Pottercamp in Poland, and for the last couple years we played quidditch there using rules that we invented. Last summer, however, we realized that there were established rules. Competing at Global Games is important to us because it would be cool if we had Polish representation there. So in August, my friends from Pottercamp and I created the third Polish IQA-official quidditch team.

QP: Have you played any matches against other teams?
Jagoda: Yes, we played the Warsaw Mermaids twice and won both times.

QP: How many players will you be bringing to the EQC?
Jagoda: That's our main problem with EQC, because at the moment we are only bringing seven players.

QP: You have one of the longest trips. How long will it take you to get from Poland (where in Poland are you based?) to Oxford?
Jagoda: Actually, my players live in different cities, mostly in southern Poland. We will travel by plane from Warsaw to London. It’s about a two-and-a-half hour flight, but the cost of the whole trip is quite expensive for us.

QP: What do you hope to take away from the experience?
Jagoda: It will be our first tournament, so obviously we'll learn a lot: new tactics, strategies, and all that stuff. Personally, I'm most looking forward to seeing how our seeker will do against experienced snitches, because in previous matches he caught all the snitches in under a minute, but I have a feeling it won't be so easy at the EQC. And of course, meeting players from other countries will be awesome.

QP: Are there any particular teams you'd like to play?
Jagoda: No, I don't think so. We will be happy to face any team.

QP: Are there any players you think the world should know about?
Jagoda: Our seeker (and chaser), Alek Hibner, is the fastest person I've ever known.

QP: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us; we appreciate it.

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