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Strikers Quidditch Attend Reading SWL Fixture

On Saturday 21st of October 2017, Strikers Quidditch took a small squad of 8 people to Reading to participate in friendly games with the Reading Knights, Bathilisks and Bristol Bees quidditch teams.

Portsmouth arrived on location at 9am, having mostly risen at 5am that morning, for a bleary eyed game with hosts the Reading Knights. Reading surprised Portsmouth by playing well above the standard expected after last BQC, winning the game by snitch catch 70* to Portsmouth’s 60. Tiredness seemed to affect the Strikers in this first game with a few defensive plays falling apart and some offensive plays being thrown away needlessly, a lack of non-male players also upset the teams performance as with snitch on pitch they entirely lost their ability to substitute. However, despite these factors emphasis should not be taken away from the vast improvements in the Reading squad which they will surely bring to bare come Southern cup this November.

Portsmouth’s next game was a classic showdown with the Bristol Bees. Portsmouth won this game in these team’s fourth meeting in less than 2 years 170* – 80. This was an exceptionally high scoring game possibly owing to the disparity between each teams more experienced players and new talent with the old guard able to exploit gaps created by the newer player’s inexperience. Hopefully this game will have provided invaluable experience for both teams to bring to bare in the coming season.

The final game of the day was Portsmouth versus Bathilisks. This game saw a depleted Bath side playing without their experienced backbone players Thomas Newton and Anthony Tatman who instead head reffed and snitched respectively. Without this leadership on pitch a Bath squad that had looked like a strong physical side earlier in the day immediately went 50 – 0 down against a Portsmouth side that had definitely woken up. Unable to bring their physicality to bare, Bath eventually lost 180* – 10 in a game with more cards given to Bath than any other team Portsmouth has ever seen. If Bath can keep their heads they look like a strong squad going forward but it would be hard to call based on the inconsistent performances seen over the weekend.
Officially this occasion was the Bristol versus Bath South West League fixture which Bath won in comfortable games for them. A special mention should go out to Tristan Harris for his efforts as head referee for the official matches played on this day.

Portsmouth Competes in Exeter Tournament

After an early November start, the Horntail Strikers traversed the South Coast, dodging fears of Devon floods to face a fun day of Quidditch in Exeter.

Round robin games included new teams Bournemouth and Winchester, alongside hosts Exeter Eagles and the well-known Brizzlebears.

The day also encouraged various merc teams, offering all players new chances and experiences on pitch – and saw 3 of our chasers score their first away-game goals!

Exeter Game Team Photo

Portsmouth Quidditch qualifies for British Quidditch Cup

After some stunning plays, hard work, and inspiring determination displayed by the Horntail Strikers at Southern Cup 2016, not only did the team achieve upper-bracket status but also qualified for the British Quidditch Cup!

Hosted in Southampton, Southern Cup saw the Strikers play the two finalists across the two day tournament, Warwick and Werewolves, as well as matches against the Oxford Quidlings and Brizzlebees.

In addition to catching the snitch in all four of their games, the team boasts the only snitch catch against  Warwick of the tournament.

The team is now training hard, and looking forward to BQC this March.