Now half way through their 4th season, Portsmouth Quidditch is looking stronger than ever. Read on to find out where it all began.
Portsmouth’s quidditch team originated with the University of Portsmouth club in 2014, who trained for three years as a student-only group until Strikers Quidditch opened up to the community.
The Horntail Strikers attended their first tournament, Southern Cup 2015, with a modest contingent of 12 players, playing Southampton, Warwick, Swansea and the Oxford Quidlings and successfully scoring in every match. The Strikers then continued to compete at Whiteknights 2016 later in the season.
The Strikers returned to Southern Cup in 2016 and secured a second-seeded spot at the 2017 British Quidditch Cup after a cheeky snitch catch from team Captain Jack Latoy against the tenacious Bristol Bees. Later in the season the team placed 19th at BQC, finishing 3rd in the lower bracket after a 160*-20 victory against the Sheffield Squids.
In addition to the regional and national tournaments of the 2016-17 season, the Strikers also attended a Southwest League match hosted by the Exeter Eagles, took part in and won Concrete Cup hosted by the Norwich Nifflers, and concluded the season with a valiant appearance at Whiteknights with a minimal but impactful 9 players.
The team also boasted getting 4 players on the Southeast Knights regional team of the Quidditch Premier League in the league’s first year.
The team recently placed 8th in Southern Cup 2017, once against securing a second-seeded spot at BQC after a long, muddy weekend. This season, Portsmouth has also joined the expanded Southwest League. You can keep up to date with the team’s latest fixtures and results by following our blog.
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