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Strikers Beginners’ Quidditch Session

Strikers Quidditch welcomes you to our open quidditch training in Portsmouth!

Quidditch is a full contact, mixed gender sport played across the world. The game’s 4 on-pitch roles cater to all levels of sporting experience and fitness and ensure that quidditch has something for everyone.

Join us for our introductory training session to find out more!

Portsmouth Strikers Training
Photo Credit: Tony Palmer

Join Us

Saturday 22nd September 2018, 10am-12pm, Bransbury Park

Our first session of the season will be aimed at beginners – we will introduce you to the growing sport and include drills and gameplay for all levels. Standard training is held on Saturday mornings, 10am-12pm at Bransbury Park.

There is no need to book in advance – just come along! Participants should wear clothing suitable for outdoor sport (which may get muddy), including trainers or studs, and bring jumpers/warm clothes for after the session.

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Credit: Tony Palmer Photography

About Strikers Quidditch

Quidditch mixes elements of rugby, dodgeball and handball in a new and fast paced game, playable with high or low levels of contact.

Whether you’re looking to get fit, learn a new sport, or socialise and meet new people, Strikers is the place for you.

You can contact Strikers Quidditch via our facebook or twitter, or email us at portsmouthquidditch@gmail.com

Unavailable for our beginner sessions but still want to join? Not to worry! We accept new members across the season – message us to find out more!

Find our facebook event here, or find out more about How To Play.

See you at training!

Strikers Quidditch Portsmouth Taster Session 2017

Portsmouth Take 4th at Whiteknights 6

On the 21st and 22nd of April, Portsmouth competed alongside 10 other teams at the sixth instalment of Reading Quidditch’s much anticipated annual tournament.

Whiteknights Campus in Reading played host to 11 teams spread across 3 groups on day 1 (originally 12 teams before a last minute withdrawal from Keele). Portsmouth found itself well placed in a competitive group also containing the Bristol Beas, Swansea Swans and Bournemouth Banshees. Teams were allowed to bring a maximum of 3 mercenary players to compliment their squads, accordingly these teams were smattered with players from Oxford, Southampton, London and elsewhere. Alongside the normal Portsmouth contingent were Oxford Chimeras’ Lestra Atlas, Mikey Ansell and Dan Winters. This tournament was also the debut performance for 16 year old Callum Brown. Callum playing for the first time alongside his brother, and captain on the day, Scott Brown.

Portsmouth’s first game was against the Bristol Bees, their side bolstered by members of the Bristol first team the Bristol Bears. A disappointing 90*-30 loss saw bees take their first win after 5 consecutive losses to Portsmouth in previous fixtures. In the team talks that followed the loss was blamed largely on lacking synergy between players and a post-BQC rustiness in general play.

Game number 2 with the Swansea Swans was a highly anticipated match. Following BQC and the season’s Southwest league games Swansea boasted 2 wins to Portsmouth’s 1 across the 3 matches. The final score was a tight and impressive 120*-70 to Portsmouth taking the tally to 2-2 between the 2 teams. Where Portsmouth had struggled to compete with Swansea’s very strong chaser line up before, Winters and Ansell made up the deficit nicely with their physical play style. This combined well with a dominant beating display from Lestra and the Portsmouth regulars to secure the victory.

Unfortunately, fortunes reversed for the final game of the day with Bournemouth. A heart-wrenching 120*-110 loss nearly ended Portsmouth’s upper bracket ambitions. Thankfully, the tournament structure allowed 2 third place teams to move up and Portsmouth made the cut on points difference. Based on early and midgame performance, Portsmouth should have found itself comfortably ahead in this game. However, mistakes and confusion at snitch on pitch gave Bournemouth the edge they needed for players like Southampton beater Kerry Aziz and London Unspeakables’ Gio Forino to pull them back into range. Once there, they eventually caught to win from behind.

Moving into day 2, Portsmouth were matched up with the Southampton seconds. Portsmouth began the game cautiously but soon upped the pace as it became clear they had found whatever had been missing on day 1. The final score was a resounding 150*-10 victory for Portsmouth, Southampton’s only goal coming off of the back of some fast reactions from chaser Kevin Luu to a Portsmouth dropped ball. Portsmouth were dominant in every aspect of this game with no weak links in sight among their line up. This compliment extends genuinely to first time player Callum Brown who not only came a hairs width away from scoring but also caught the snitch to end the game in spectacular fashion.

Portsmouth now moved into the quarter finals against the Exeter Eagles. This should have been their most difficult match up by far with Exeter and Falmouth tipped as the tournament’s dominant teams. A phenomenal performance saw Portsmouth ahead on quaffle by 60 points to Exeter’s 40 when Mikey Ansell caught the snitch. Unfortunately, the catch was disallowed due to a fowl elsewhere on the pitch. This led to a game that could easily have been Portsmouth’s going 70*-60 to Exeter after their following catch was called good. Portsmouth moved into the 3rd place play off with the Bristol Bees.

Portsmouth ended the tournament with a 90*-50 loss to the Bees in an incredibly tight game. Fatigue from the hot day and no game slot to rest in before the play off may have helped the Bees secure 3rd place.

Despite missing out on the podium, this tournament represented one of Portsmouth’s best and most promising performances to date with plenty of new talent coming through. The tournament was well run, enjoyable and there was a great atmosphere between teams. We can’t wait for the next tournament!

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Portsmouth Players selected for the Quidditch Premier League

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!