This Saturday the Macarthur Weasleys will be hosting the NSW QUIDDITCH STATE FINALS and GRAND FINAL at Kayess Park, Minto. The Weasleys are known for delivering a well-organised day with great food, and are looking forward to hosting 13 teams and over 200 players from all over NSW and ACT.
For those who are unfamiliar with the format of quidditch played in NSW, the New South Wales Quidditch League (NQL) consists of 8 full-day tournaments played between March and October. The 8 tournaments include 3 rounds of pre-season and mid-season friendlies, 4 main rounds comprising a double round-robin, and a finals tournament. This year, tournaments were hosted in Minto, St Marys, Macquarie University, Regents Park and Newcastle. 2018 marked the first year that the NSW state competition was split into two divisions, and these upcoming finals will crown a winner from both divisions.
The Weasleys finished 3rd in Division 2, which was a disappointing result considering they were undefeated for the first half of the season. The mid-season break caused an unwelcome disruption in the Weasleys’ momentum, with some key players and coaching staff being away on overseas trips including the Quidditch World Cup in Italy and San Diego Comic Con. June and July saw minimal training activity for the Weasleys, and missed some vital tournament experiences such as Newcastle Midwinter and Melbourne Mudbash.
In a somewhat sloppy return to August’s Round 3 of the NQL, the Weasleys lost their first ranked match of the year to the Uni of Sydney Unbreakables. Despite this the Weasleys were still able to maintain equal-first position, but devastatingly were forced to forfeit 3 matches in Newcastle’s September after being unable to fulfil gender ratio requirements due to some last-minute player dropouts.
The Weasleys are still optimistic, needing to defeat the Uni of Sydney Unforgivables and the winner of UNSW Snapes on a Plane and Wollongong Warriors to qualify for the Division 2 Grand Final. They will go up against either Uni of Sydney Unbreakables, Hippogriffs/Horntails or UTS Opaleyes in the Grand Final.
This is a free picnic-style event for spectators, who are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets, chairs and shelter to witness some top quality quidditch!