Velociraptors QC Retain Title as Northern Cup Champions

QuidditchUK’s official 5th edition of the Northern Cup was held at the Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park on the 23rd & 24th November.

With taking place only two weeks after Southern’s London team ‘domination’, the Northern regional event included 20 teams to the party in 5 groups of 4 teams each. Groups A-E featured a mixed range of abilities across the plethora, with no notable ‘Group of Death’.

Natural weather conditions caused despair for the event, which was already on the ropes before the weekend had even begun with flooding in Sheffield during the weeks leading up to the tournament. Unfortunately, all grass pitches were deemed unsafe and were out of action all weekend. Thankfully, everyone who had marvelled at the idea of playing on 3G pitches had their prayers answered as they became the only space that fell under correct health and safety regulations by approval of the Tournament Committee, who did a fantastic job managing the event and keeping it afloat all weekend.

After a rough start, Northern 2019 managed to deliver an exciting regional event with intense matches all round. The final game of the weekend included freshers to UK Quidditch, the core Manchester community team, Olympians Quidditch Club. The Olympians played against hat-trick gold medal winners, Velociraptors Quidditch Club as they claimed victory over their second team, the Megalodons in the Semi-Finals. After a good crack at the BQC 2019 bronze medalists, the Olympians were nine goals down from the Raptor’s ferocious lead by 120 total points, before catching the snitch to end the game at 120° – 60*. Afterwards, the dinosaurs of the north obtained their fourth consecutive win since the club’s genesis in 2016, which is a feat no other team has ever been able to crack in any regional or national tournament in the United Kingdom.

Velociraptors lifting the trophy. Photography by Kurt Fairhurst

Congratulations to the Velociraptors for ultimately winning the tournament as all their players played valiantly all weekend. A well deserved effort goes to our finalists, the Olympians, who took home a cool silver for their first official QUK tournament. Joining them on the podium was Edinburgh’s Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts who reclaimed the Northern bronze medal two years in a row. Congratulations to both clubs for their successes at the weekend.

For winning Northern Cup this year, the Velociraptors have been given a pass in competing at the European Qualifier Tournament as regional winners are awarded a top seed spot at Division 1 of the European Quidditch Cup hosted in Belgium in May 2020. Other teams to qualify for EQT aside from the podium finishers include VQC’s second team, Megalodons (4th); Leceister Thestrals (5th); Liverpuddly Cannons (6th) and the Chester Centurions (7th).

QuidditchUK would like to ultimately thank its large influx of volunteers for this year’s Northern Cup, from non-qualified tournament roles alike to tournament committee posts running gameplay, media, event and management duties. Special thanks go to Fran Morris, the Tournament Director, who ran a smooth running tournament despite all the odds against them. Fran and their team’s success gave our athletes more games for their money despite poor weather conditions throughout the weekend.

Congratulations go to the Velociraptors for retaining their title of Northern champions for four seasons in a row. We’d like to extend our praise to all our players and teams who competed this year making this Northern Cup one to remember (hopefully not for the weather!). More importantly, a massive consideration goes out to all volunteers who ran a fantastic tournament giving their time, resources and talent across the event.

You can find the full final rankings for the weekend here

Please leave feedback for Northern Cup 2019 so that we can make next year’s even better!

Photo Credit – Kurt Fairhurst

Werewolves of London Firsts Win Southern Cup 2019

Last weekend saw the sixth edition of the Southern Cup, hosted at Brookes Sport in Harcourt Hill, Oxford Brookes University between the 9th and 10th of November.

16 teams competed at this year’s Southern regional tournament, with nearly half of those teams being made up of London community teams (7/16 to be precise). Group A-D featured at least one London team (Group C featuring three!) so it’s not surprising when we saw an all London podium at the end of Sunday’s games.

In an intense final, the Werewolves of London Firsts reclaimed their gold medals kicking off the season in style against the London Unspeakables which ended in overtime, compiling a final score of 160°-120*. The match between London’s oldest club and EQC 2019’s bronze medalists was regarded as “one of the most exciting finals in UK Quidditch in years”. Some even comparing it to the likes of the BQC 2015 final in Nottingham against Southampton Quidditch Club and the Radcliffe Chimeras which ended in overtime as well.

The Unspeakables had beaten previous national champions London Quidditch Club A in a tight semi-final beforehand, who then progressed to the third-place playoff, facing the Oxford Mammoths to eventually claim a 3rd place finish for LQCA.

For winning Southern this year, the Werewolves have been given a pass in competing at the European Qualifier Tournament as regional winners are awarded a top seed spot at Division 1 of the European Quidditch Cup hosted in Belgium in May 2020. Other teams to qualify for EQT aside from the podium finishers include Oxford Mammoths (4th), Southampton Quidditch Club (5th), Southsea Quidditch (6th) and London Quidditch Club B (7th).

QuidditchUK would like to ultimately thank its large influx of volunteers for this year’s Southern Cup, from non-qualified tournament roles alike to tournament committee posts running gameplay, media, event and management duties. Special thanks go to Alex Greenhalgh, the Tournament Director, who ran a smooth and exciting tournament that gave our athletes more games for their money despite poor weather conditions on Day 1.

Congratulations go to the Werewolves of London Firsts for retaining their title of southern champions for two seasons in a row. We’d like to extend our praise to all our players and teams who competed this year making this Southern Cup one to remember. More importantly, a massive consideration goes out to all volunteers who ran a fantastic tournament giving their time, resources and talent across the event.

You can find the full final rankings for the weekend here

Please leave feedback for Southern Cup 2019 so that we can make next year’s even better!

Photo Credit – Paul Watts