The Radcliffe Chimeras, London Unbreakables and Bangor Broken Broomsticks secured berths at the British Quidditch Cup after medalling at Development Cup, held at Salford Sports Village on 7/8 March.
Oxford Universities Quidditch Club, captained by Vicky Morris, took home the gold after an unbroken winning streak across the weekend. In the final they faced the London Unbreakables, also an undefeated team in the group and bracket stages. Unbreakables, led by Peter Glenister, played a confident game and pulled 30 points ahead with snitch on pitch. David Banas caught a clean catch, which was disallowed due to illegal gender composition. OUQC took their opportunity to get back into the game, pulling back several goals before a catch from William Whitehouse secured their victory for a final scoreline of 130*-70. In an all-Wales derby, a well-drilled Bangor Broken Broomsticks defeated Swansea Scorpions in overtime to take bronze. Swansea’s Caroline Norrish clinched a catch from three goals behind to force overtime, and Chloe Durkin’s side pushed the advantage on quaffle to gain a bronze medal for the tournament.
Development Cup is a unique opportunity in the QuidditchUK calendar for teams to invest in their growth and gain access to tailored skills coaching. While QuidditchUK volunteer resources were redistributed shortly after the tournament to respond to the unusual national circumstances, meaning the media follow-up was delayed, we still wish to acknowledge the efforts of everyone who made this tournament happen and thank all the volunteers and teams for a fantastic event. If you want to relive it, you can watch the highlight reel here!
Many thanks to the tournament committee and all the non-playing volunteers who made Development Cup a huge success! Congratulations to OUQC, and we look forward to seeing everyone come together again when the season resumes.