This weekend the 32 best teams from across the UK competed at Brookes Sport, Botley, Oxford for the title of national champion. After two days of incredible, competitive matches, Velociraptors QC fought their way to their second consecutive BQC title, beating out Warwick Quidditch Club in the final.
The final was a tense and close fought game with only four goals scored throughout. It was Ben Morton who secured the title for the Raptors with two excellent snitch catches first to take the game to overtime, and then again for the win.
Velociraptors QC’s path to the title:
Velociraptors QC 130 – 40* Swansea Swans
Velociraptors QC 180 – 50* Sheffield Squids
Velociraptors QC 160 – 50* Portsmouth Horntail Strikers
Velociraptors QC 180* – 20 Tornadoes Quidditch Club
Velociraptors QC 100* – 0 Bristol Bears
Velociraptors QC 70* – 50 Werewolves of London
Velociraptors QC 70** – 30°° Warwick Quidditch Club
In the third place playoff Werewolves of London defeated Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts taking the bronze medal with a 110* – 30 victory, whilst Chester Centurions were the winners of the Consolation Bracket defeating Manchester University Quidditch Club 60* – 40 in the final.
For the first time in BQC history there was also an award to recognise teams who go above and beyond to ensure the tournament runs smoothly. Liverpool Quidditch Club were presented the “Award for Most Excellent” for their outstanding willingness to volunteer and help out wherever possible.
We would like to thank everyone who made the tournament happen, especially the tournament committee, the referees and the volunteers both playing and non-playing. Without you the tournament wouldn’t have been such a huge success.
Full results from both days and final standings can be found here.
Many thanks to sportsactionphoto.co.uk for the photos.