Thursday, February 16, 2017

German Winter Games Review

By Lena Mandahus 

The German Winter Games (Deutsche Quidditch-Winterspiele [DQWS]), Germany’s qualifier for the European Quidditch Cup (EQC), took place in Munich on January 14-15. Eighteen teams from all over Germany competed in the tournament for a chance to play with the other top European teams at EQC in Mechelen, Belgium, on March 25-26.

Belfast Team Heads to Cottonopolis III

By Niamh Ennis

Although quidditch was founded more than a decade ago, the sport has been around in Ireland for considerably less time. NUI Galway University, who sent the Galway Grindylows to the inaugural British Quidditch Cup in 2013, and some of the Dublin universities and IT colleges are responsible for getting the ball rolling in the Republic of Ireland. Nowadays, the Dublin DraĆ­ochta Dragons and Queen’s University Belfast Quidditch Club (QUBQC) are continuing the story as the only two active teams in the Emerald Isle. Although Ireland had a national team at last year’s World Cup and at the 2015 European Games, these versions of the national team were largely comprised of players from the UK with Irish heritage. Ahead of European Games 2017 in Oslo, Norway this July, players in the Republic and Northern Ireland are coming together to create an all-Ireland national team with Quidditch Ireland being set up to get Team Ireland ready for Oslo.

Five Things We Learned from the South Regional Championship

By Kenny Stowe and Steven Paisley

From the cool South Carolina mornings to yet another reigning champion change, the 2017 South Regional Championship ushers in a new era of quidditch strength for the region.

1. Surprises should come as no surprise at the South Regional Championship: Gainesville Siege, the Flying Panthers Quidditch Club (FPQC), inTENNsity, and College of Charleston

As the South Regional Championship usually falls on Valentine’s Day weekend, it is very fitting to say that quidditch at its finest is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. When the deep South and Florida factions clashed February 11-12, it was difficult to predict what might happen. From USQ policy to breakout contenders, this tournament showcased quite a few unexpected surprises.

Southwest Preview: 7-5-3-1

By Carly Jordan and TJ Goaley

Teams around the Southwest are preparing for the Southwest Regional Championship on Feb. 18-19 in College Station, Texas. Over the past several years, many Southwest teams have consistently made it to the Sweet 16 at US Quidditch Cup, not to mention all nine teams that qualified from the Southwest also qualified for bracket play at US Quidditch Cup last year, so all eyes will be on this tournament. Soon 21 Southwest teams will be competing for 12 bids for US Quidditch Cup 10, but certain key players may have what it takes to help push their teams to the top.

Friday, February 10, 2017

International Weekend Wrap-Up - February 4-5

Contributions by Carrie Soukup and Christopher Dewing

There is a lot going on in the world of quidditch on any particular weekend, and most of us only see the stories immediately relevant to our regions. However, it can be very interesting to look outside of our own bubble every once in a while and take a look at the rest of the global community. To that end, each week the Quidditch Post collects information about tournaments and events that happened during the weekend around the world. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Finest Looks for the Gold at the 2017 South Regional Championship

By Joe Goldberg, Steven Paisley, and Emmanuel Cureton

The South will host US Quidditch Cup for the fifth time, and this year’s tournament will be held in Kissimmee, Florida. This weekend, teams will play in the South Regional Championship to earn one of five bids to US Quidditch Cup 10. The Quidditch Post has taken a look at the players, stories, and teams to watch as regional championships approach.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Snapshot of the Slowball Strategy

By Kenny Stowe 

“Advance the quaffle.” If you have been around the pitch recently, you’ve probably heard this phrase once or twice from the head referee. More than likely, the referee isn’t just saying it because they are an impatient person; otherwise they would have issued a blue card for delay of game. The strategy adopted by many teams that has become prevalent and downright frustrating is none other than the “slowball” approach.