After a challenging and exciting weekend, the Portsmouth Horntail Strikers have finished 3rd in the Consolation Bracket of the British Quidditch Cup 2017.
The Strikers now rank 19th in the country, after some stunning displays across the 2 day tournament. The cup, hosted at Rugeley Leisure Centre on March 11th and 12th, saw 32 teams compete.
Day one saw teams play preselected groups in a round robin format, with Portsmouth facing the Keele Squirrels, Brizzlebees and Veociraptors. Strikers were 2nd seeded for the tournament after their success at Southern Cup 2016 launched them into the upper bracket.
After losses to the Keele Squirrels and Velociraptors, who went on to take 1st place, Portsmouth beat the Brizzlebees 180*-70 to secure their matches for the second day.
With 7 games across the weekend, the Strikers employed a mix of tactical, physical, and enthralling gameplay, finishing the tournament with a staggering 160*-20 win against the Sheffield Squids.
“The Strikers’ first BQC was an amazing experience!” enthuses Jack Latoy, Strikers Coach and Captain. “To win 4 out of 7 games so early in the team’s development is testament to the amazing spirit of the team at the tournament and the hard work put in by every member over the past year.”
The team is now looking forward to Reading’s Whiteknights V, set to take place in April.
Anyone interested in the 2017 BQC Trading Cards set for the Strikers should also keep an eye out for Beater Niall Sleep, sneakily dubbed a Norwich Niffler!
Scores are available below:
Portsmouth – Keele: 30 – 160*
Portsmouth – Velociraptors: 10 – 190*
Portsmouth – Brizzlebees: 180* – 70
Portsmouth – Quidlings: 120* – 10
Portsmouth – Cambridge: 100* – 40
Portsmouth – Falmouth: 20 – 80*
Portsmouth – Sheffield: 160* – 20
*denotes snitch catch, worth 30 points