Nationals a success

Host Queen’s finishes fourth at Canadian Quidditch Cup

Queen’s Quidditch team placed fourth out of 13 university and collegiate teams last Sunday.
Queen’s Quidditch team placed fourth out of 13 university and collegiate teams last Sunday.
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The Queen’s Quidditch club maintained their bid last April to host the Canadian Quidditch Cup.
The Queen’s Quidditch club maintained their bid last April to host the Canadian Quidditch Cup.
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There’s nothing worse than being heckled as a Hufflepuff.

Queen’s hosted the Canadian Quidditch Cup last Sunday at Tindall Field. The team placed fourth out of 13 different university and collegiate teams.

After a strong start to the day, beating the University of Toronto (St. George) and the McGill B team, Queen’s fell short to the University of Ottawa in the semifinal match.

McGill took the gold cup back to Montreal for the second year in a row, while Ottawa and Carleton placed second and third, respectively.

In the bronze cup match, Queen’s caught the golden snitch for 30 points, forcing extra time. In the end, Carleton caught the snitch in overtime to take home the victory.

First-year chaser Alex Morgan said Queen’s performed well despite their level of experience.

“We’re a new team with all new players,” he said. “The McGill team practices every day, and we’re just not that dedicated.”

Morgan, who got started playing the formerly fictional game during his time at the Castle this summer, said winning aside, the Queen’s team showed their passion at the game.

“We had the most spirit and the most power — we were pretty powerful out there.” Even with a fourth-place finish, the Queen’s team still had the support of their school at the tournament.

The Queen’s Bands surprised the players with their rendition of the Harry Potter theme song and it was also the Bands who started jeering “Hufflepuff” at opposing teams.

Queen’s captain Zoe Scantlebury said if Queen’s hadn’t hosted the championship games this year, the event wouldn’t have happened at all.

“McGill and us were the only two schools to put in a bid to host, but they ended up dropping their bid because of insurance issues, so we got it,” she said.

Scantlebury said the executive had been preparing for the event since April.

A Harry Potter fan herself, she was pleased with how the tournament turned out.

“Nothing came up on the day and we even got the best weather of the whole week.”

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