Strikers Quidditch is delighted to announce that 5 of our first team players have been selected for the Quidditch Premier League 2018.
As the UK’s first summer quidditch tournament the QPL saw an unprecedented interest in its debut season – with hundreds of players and spectators gathering at Craven Park Stadium in Hull for the league’s Championship in August 2017. The league has expanded from 8 to 10 teams for its second year after the addition of the Scottish Thistles and the Welsh Dragons.
Competing squads were selected by team managers after League tryouts in February.
We can confirm the places of 5 Portsmouth players across 3 QPL teams; the Eastern Mermaids, the Welsh Dragons, and the Southeast Knights.
Congratulations to Scott Brown, Jack Latoy and Jaelithe Swan for their places on Eastern Mermaids, Dan Morgan for his place on the Welsh Dragons and Tristan Harris for his place on the Southeast Knights.
Graphics credit: Quidditch Premier League
Dan Morgan, Portsmouth chaser/keeper and community member, is thrilled to have been selected. He says:
“I mentioned in passing that it would be cool to play quidditch for Wales to one of my teammates, and he told me about the welsh team in QPL. Being a very proud and patriotic Welshman, I was very excited. After winning against the Welsh team manager with the Portsmouth Strikers in January I went through the selection process and was picked for the squad.”
Dan joined the Portsmouth squad in September 2017, settling in quickly and becoming a vital part of the team. Dan has an interest in unusual sports and successfully balances his quidditch training with other sporting commitments including regular Octopush training, qualifiers and competitions.
“As I have only played quidditch for 18 months, I don’t know many players from other teams,” he explains. “QPL has already been a great opportunity for me to speak to players in other teams from all over the UK. With talk of Wales going to a friendly tournament against Scotland, Ireland and Sweden in preparation for QPL, the profile of the sport is going to be raised significantly.
“I am looking forward to playing against top teams and really getting a chance to show what I can do – but most of all I am looking forward to walking out at Cardiff Arms Park to play for Wales with my friends and family there to watch me.”
Good luck to all competing teams this summer!