The Horntail Strikers recently attended the Whiteknights V tournament, hosted by the Reading Rocs Quidditch Team across the weekend of 22nd – 23rd April 2017.
With a reduced roster of 9 players, the Strikers took on the Oxford Quidlings and Exeter Eagles on their first day, with an impressive 120* – 60 win against the Quidlings.
Sunday saw the Horntails play the Nottingham Nightmares, who ultimately saw the Strikers out of the tournament. Despite keeping the score close on quaffle for the majority of the game, the Nightmares shot ahead after the snitch was released.
Whiteknights V was the tournament debut of Striker Imke Stoffijn, who joined the team in February. Imke scored two goals across the weekend and proved to be invaluable on pitch – taking on new roles such as seeking as well as utilising her skills as both a chaser and beater.
“I really enjoyed Whiteknights!” enthuses Imke. “We played some really good games – everyone was so driven to play. The friendlies showed to me what makes quidditch such a nice sport – that everyone really wanted to play with and against other teams to enjoy the game.”
Strikers Coach Jack Latoy says the tournament has benefited both new and experienced team members, and was a learning experience for all.
“Whiteknights 5 was a fantastic tournament for the Portsmouth side, presenting an opportunity to play against old friends and new teams alike in a fun yet competitive setting,” says Jack. “The team played with pace and passion despite a depleted roster to positively round off an excellent year of quidditch following Portsmouth’s first victory at Whiteknights 4.”
The Horntails finished 8th overall – to see the full standings click here.
The Horntail Strikers spent last weekend in Norwich for two days of matches, friendly games and training drills with the Norwich Nifflers at the University of East Anglia.
Dubbed Concrete Cup, the weekend saw one of our chasers catch two snitches on their first day as seeker. The weekend proved to be a fair warm up to the British Quidditch Cup, which both teams will be attending this month. After some last-minute drop outs by competing teams, the Cup caused some chaos among participants, including Lizzie Turner, President of the UEA Quidditch Club.
Lizzie says, “Concrete Cup wasn’t exactly as I anticipated. However, I think I had more fun with what did happen! To have two great days of sport with one of the friendliest teams I know was such a relief. I think my favourite part was getting to socialise with new friends and have a house party (classic Niffler response). Concrete has been the pipe dream of many presidents, and I can be proud to be the first to try and make it happen.”
Intended to be the first of many, 2017’s Concrete Cup offered a calm, friendly environment for players to test themselves and their abilities, alongside a social event to cement those Horntail-Niffler bonds.
Future events hope to attract more teams – although Lizzie says nothing is set in stone yet!
“If we do this event again we certainly need to work on our publicity and communication,” she explains. “Our focus for next year will mainly be on recruiting numbers, so it’s up in the air whether it will happen again, but here’s hoping!”
Check out some stunning photos from the weekend here and here, taken by UEA Photography students.
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!