Potter’s days as a seeker may be long gone, but the sport is very much alive as the US Quidditch World Cup saw its 8th tournament this past weekend. This is the premiere event of the season where over 80 teams from across the league are pit against one another and those qualifying through regionals have the opportunity to compete at the World Cup, this time around being held in Rock Hill, SC.
For those not familiar with the sport of Quidditch,
Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, basketball, and dodgeball. A quidditch team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times. While the game can appear chaotic to the casual observer, quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and is even more fun to play.
Three chasers play with a ball called the quaffle and score goals worth 10 pointseach by shooting or dunking the ball through any one of three hoops at the other end of the pitch. They advance the quaffle down the field by running with it, passing it to teammates, or kicking it. Each team has a keeper who defends the goal hoops. Two beaters use dodgeballs called bludgers to disrupt the flow of the game by “knocking out” other players. Any player hit by a bludger is out of play until they touch their own hoops. Each team also has a seeker who tries to catch the snitch. The snitch is a ball attached to the waistband of the snitch runner, a neutral athlete in a yellow uniform who uses any means to avoid capture. The snitch is worth30 points and its capture ends the game. If the score is tied after the snitch catch, the game proceeds into overtime.
For more information, including the official rulebook, please visit www.usquidditch.org/about/rules.
The match was a close one resulting in the University of Texas defeating the Lone Star Quidditch Club earning its third consecutive Quidditch World Cup. Starting off with a 20 point lead by LSQ’s chaser, Christopher Scholz, however Texas chaser Marty Bermudez broke through the defense and secured a tie at 20-20.
While Lone Star controlled the majority of the Match, Texas kept their spirits high with the spectacular performance by their veteran keeper, Augustine Monroe, who denied a series of Lone Star shots and scored three consecutive goals for the Longhorns, shifting the lead 60-50 in favor of Texas.
Once the Snitch made its way onto the field, seekers made their way to try and snatch it from the other team, ultimately resulting in Texas seeker Evan Carr taking the Longhorn team to victory with a 120-90 score thus securing the World Cup and a 9-0 record as tri-champions.
We had a chance at playing Quidditch during Comikaze a few years back and it was such an eventful sport, so many things happening everywhere that makes for speed and reflexes triumph over strength and size!
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