The Horntail Strikers spent last weekend in Norwich for two days of matches, friendly games and training drills with the Norwich Nifflers at the University of East Anglia.
Dubbed Concrete Cup, the weekend saw one of our chasers catch two snitches on their first day as seeker. The weekend proved to be a fair warm up to the British Quidditch Cup, which both teams will be attending this month. After some last-minute drop outs by competing teams, the Cup caused some chaos among participants, including Lizzie Turner, President of the UEA Quidditch Club.
Lizzie says, “Concrete Cup wasn’t exactly as I anticipated. However, I think I had more fun with what did happen! To have two great days of sport with one of the friendliest teams I know was such a relief. I think my favourite part was getting to socialise with new friends and have a house party (classic Niffler response). Concrete has been the pipe dream of many presidents, and I can be proud to be the first to try and make it happen.”
Intended to be the first of many, 2017’s Concrete Cup offered a calm, friendly environment for players to test themselves and their abilities, alongside a social event to cement those Horntail-Niffler bonds.
Future events hope to attract more teams – although Lizzie says nothing is set in stone yet!
“If we do this event again we certainly need to work on our publicity and communication,” she explains. “Our focus for next year will mainly be on recruiting numbers, so it’s up in the air whether it will happen again, but here’s hoping!”