Friday, August 26, 2016

Quidditch on an Island

By Misha Whittingham

Vancouver Island: a hunk of rock, trees, and marmots off the coast of British Columbia roughly the size (and shape if you really squint) of the Netherlands. With a population of around 750,000, this pretty, quiet, and isolated little landmass is no league commissioner’s first choice to put a sports team of any description. And yet somehow, on this rock in the Pacific, there is quidditch.

Monday, August 22, 2016

World Cup 2016 - All-Tournament Team

By Ashara Peiris

World Cup 2016 was the most international event that the world has ever seen, with a record 21 teams competing from around the world. Many of these teams had standout players, but who were the best of the best? I have chosen who I think were the best seven players from the tournament to make up the all-tournament team. The only restrictions for constructing this team were that the team must satisfy the gender rule and there could only be a maximum of three players from any one team

First up, some honourable mentions:

Jayke Archibald - Keeper - USA
Michael Duquette - Beater - USA
Lucy Quidditch - Beater - UK
James Thanangadan - Chaser - UK
Louis Lermytte - Chaser - Belgium
Robyn Fortune - Chaser - Canada
Dameon Osborn - Seeker - Australia
Ashley Cooper - Coach - UK

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Benepe Cup Remains in Boston

By Carrie Soukup

From the beginning of the Major League Quidditch championship (MLQ) weekend, the final game seemed to be pencilled in as a showdown between Major League Quidditch’s two undefeated teams: the Boston Night Riders and the Austin Outlaws. The match that many expected did happen. The Boston Night Riders remained unbeaten in their MLQ history and took home their second straight Benepe Cup, prevailing in a two-game sweep 80*-50 in the first and 150*-120 in the second over the South Division winner Austin Outlaws.

World Cup From Their Perspective: A View From Eastern Europe

By Kinga Robutka, with contributions from Marian Dziubiak (Poland), Martin “Hofi” Hofbauer (Slovakia), and Verena Deutsch and Borut Bezgovšek (Slovenia)

In comparison to the 2014 IQA Global Games held in Burnaby, Canada, the 2016 World Cup expanded dramatically, with 21 teams competing in the tournament held in Frankfurt, Germany – a stark contrast to the seven teams of the previous event. Being invited to the tournament was a unique chance for smaller developing leagues from around the world to challenge themselves and have what remains their only chance to compete against such international powerhouses such as Team USA and Australia. However, a greater number of teams competing naturally results in greater diversity in the level of play across the tournament. To some commentators, this was one of the main drawbacks of the tournament as the stronger teams, presumably, felt less challenged, especially during the group stages of Day One.

Friday, August 19, 2016

MLQ Championship Preview: Pod 2

Fourteen intense teams will come together this weekend, August 20-21, for the second Major League Quidditch (MLQ) Championship. These teams were divided into four pods for pool play and we were able to talk to some of the players and coaches who will be fighting for the gold in League City, Texas. To hear more about the four Pod 2 teams read our conversations with Ghoddossy from the Austin Outlaws, Chris Barnard from Indianapolis Intensity, Lindsay Marella from the New York Titans, and Justine Taylor from Phoenix Sol as they prepare for the championship.

MLQ Championship Preview: Pod 1

Fourteen intense teams will come together this weekend, August 20-21, for the second Major League Quidditch (MLQ) Championship. These teams were divided into four pods for pool play and we were able to talk to some of the managers and players who will be fighting for the gold in League City, Texas. To know more about these three Pod 1 contenders, read about the Cleveland Riff with Chris Bowman, the Los Angeles Guardians with Tony Rodriguez, and watch our conversation with League City’s head coach, Philip O’Brien.

MLQ Championship Preview: Pod 3

Fourteen intense teams will come together this weekend, August 20-21, for the second Major League Quidditch (MLQ) Championship. These teams were divided into four pods for pool play and we were able to talk to some of the managers and players who will be fighting for the gold in League City, Texas. To know more about these three Pod 3 contenders, watch our conversation with players from the Boston team and read more about Kansas City with manager Mikayla Hoffman and San Francisco with manager Natalie Stottler.