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Help uOttawa Quidditch get to the World Cup!

13 Mar

uOttawa Quidditch is on our way to the World Cup in Kissimmee, Florida! We’re excited to be part of the premiere sporting event of the year, the pinnacle of our sport’s athletic competition. We will be competing against 79 other Division I teams from across the world, including teams from the USA, Italy, France, Mexico, and our very own Canada (Fleming College and the University of Toronto, although they did not originally qualify, are sending teams as part of the regional allocation process).

We’re incredibly excited to have the opportunity to represent uOttawa, the Ottawa quidditch community, and Canada. Because the World Cup falls during our final examination period, we’ve been hard at work deferring our exams and making sure our assignments and take-homes are squared away before we travel to Florida to play quidditch in the heat (no slush! It’s a quidditch miracle!).

We became known for our pre-game dance and cheer at WCV. Can you say reprise?

We became known for our pre-game dance and cheer at WCV. Can you say reprise?

However, World Cup poses significant challenges for our team even outside of the examination challenge. We have 21 competitive players, a coach, a Canadian Regional Director, and some lovely fans to take all the way to Florida, and unfortunately our dogsled won’t get us that far. To that end, we’ve been running an online fundraising campaign to help augment our on-campus fundraising, and we’ve been incredibly pleased and grateful by the support we’ve received so far. We would appreciate any support you’re able to give – we’ve received donations of $1 and $5, and donations of $214 and $250, and a full range of donations in between.

We’re not asking for your charity – we’ve got a full slate of awesome perks, prizes, and rewards you can claim for your donation. Whether it’s a signed t-shirt or sexy calendar you’d like, or a personalized quidcapella serenade or TARDIS tote bag, we can provide! Feel free to check out our perks and pick out that sparkly Snitch ornament, cozy hoodie, swag poster, or mix cd that best suits your tastes.

Here, we’ll tell you why:

Ives Pond

25 Feb

On January 25th, the University of Ottawa Quidditch Team travelled to Buffalo, NY to compete in the Ives Pond Invitational at the Buffalo Flurrious Winter Festival. We spent all day on the 26th competing against teams in the Northeast in the snow. In the morning, we faced rivals SUNY Geneseo and narrowly lost 50*-20 on a snitch snatch. We then faced the Steel City Quidditch Club from Pittsburgh, losing narrowly . We won 80-30* against Syracuse to round out pool play.

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Beater Mat McVeigh

In bracket play, we faced SUNY Geneseo again in the quarter-finals, this time finding the momentum to win 130*-20. We proceeded to the semi-finals, where we would have faced our erstwhile companions from Carleton University Quidditch, but by that point the tournament had run out of the light and had to cease competition. The winner of that game would have gone on to face the winner of the other semi-final of the University of Rochester vs QC Pittsburgh.

Despite some bus troubles on the return trip, it was a successful tournament and another notch in our belt on the road to World Cup! It was great to see friends from other tournaments and teams again, and a fun day of competition was had by all.

Pictures from the event can be found at the link in this post by the IQA.

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Members of uOttawa Quidditch and Carleton Quidditch

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?

18 Jan

This Saturday, uOttawa Quidditch will host Carleton, Algonquin, and Rochester Institute of Technology in a series of official and unofficial games. We’ll be playing at Lees park (next to the Lees apartment buildings) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

10-10:30: Preliminaries
10:30-11:10 Game 1: uOttawa vs. Carleton (Official)
11:10- 11:50 Game 2: RIT vs. Algonquin (Unofficial)
12-12:40 Game 3: Carleton vs. Algonquin (Unofficial)
12:40-1:20 Game 4: uOttawa vs. RIT (Unofficial)
1:30-2:10 Game 5: uOttawa vs. Algonquin (Unofficial)
2:10-2:50 Game 6: RIT vs. Carleton (Official)

The Facebook event is here.

Come out and support your favourite teams!

uOttawa places second in the Canadian Cup, secures World Cup bid

15 Nov

This past weekend, uOttawa Quidditch travelled to Kingston to compete in the second inaugural Canadian Cup, which this year doubled as the Canadian Regional Championships, a chance for Canadian teams to compete for one of 3 bids to represent Canada and their schools at World Cup VI. The University of Ottawa’s team placed second, losing to McGill University (returning champions of last year’s Canadian Cup).

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We did it, kids!

We went down the night before, getting a surprise phone call from our alumni keeper Colin in Japan that we passed around the bus (everything we dooooooooo we do it for youuuuuuuu) and surprising one very frazzled East Side Marios waitress who was A) the only server there, and B) clearly not expecting 35+ people to turn up at 9:30pm. To the East Side management: she deserves a raise.

The day began with wins over McMaster (200*-10), Fleming College (140*-20), and Guelph (270*-30) to emerge out of pool play as the #1 seed, with a point differential of 550+. The team then proceeded to the semi-finals against Queen’s. Although Queen’s participated in last year’s Canadian Cup in Ottawa, this year’s team was almost entirely a new squad. The game began with multiple penalties on both sides, and looked to be a rough game. uOttawa (our own squad quite new, with 48% of our competitive team either in their first year of university or their first year playing quidditch) settled down and powered through to finish 70*-10, securing our spot in the finals: in the second half of the game, Queen’s rarely advanced past midpitch.

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Michelle Ferguson, Tiniest Badass

The final game against McGill University was relatively short due to a fast snitch-snatch by Plunger, McGill’s experienced seeker, and ended 90*-10 for McGill. Our entire team would like to congratulate McGill not only on their win, but on their good sportsmanship and a game played both physically and fairly. We look forward to playing them again, and are excited at the possibility of travelling to Florida with them (a decision that the team will be attempting to solidify in the coming weeks; World Cup VI is scheduled for April 13-14 during uOttawa’s exam schedules, but our team is pursuing a number of strategies in order to attend).

Joining uOttawa and McGill in the top 3 are our good friends at Carleton University Quidditch, who not only gave McGill a run for their money in their semi-final game (90-90* at the end of regular time, and 140^-90* at the end of overtime) but played as tense a consolation match as we’ve ever seen, winning 50^-40* over Queen’s in overtime. (There may have been a giant glomped circle of ourselves and Carleton chanting “Ottawa! Ottawa” at the end of the game. We’ll never tell.)

All in all, the Canadian Cup was a fantastic experience – a well-run tournament that ran on time with a bevy of dedicated snitches and referees and saw some fantastic hospitality from Queen’s in the form of bands and fling dancers. Our team came into its own after months of hard practicing, and was well-supported by our legions of travelling fans (we might be biased, but we think they’re the best).

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Among our fans’ many excellent qualities: making personalized signs.

Although the entire team and horde of fans performed excellently this weekend, we’d like to mention a few stand-out players: newcomer Nick McKnight was both a Chasing force to be reckoned with and a stellar new seeker, catching 4/5 snitches on-pitch (run back to the pitch by our darling Kera Lanouette) on Sunday. Another newcomer, Brian Wong, scored a fantastic set of goals in a row against Guelph, and brought undeniable energy to the pitch. Chaser Cam Buie put forward a fantastic effort both offensively and defensively, our beaters were as on-point as we’ve ever seen them (we literally can’t pick a beater to spotlight: they are all incredibly strong), and Keeper Jamie Lafrance, well. Jamie Lafrance:

We’re looking forward to the coming regional championships to see who we’ll be cuddling up to at the World Cup in April – best of luck to all teams, and may you be both fantastic athletes and good sports.

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Pre-finals beater huddle. (Photo credit to Erin Mulholland.)

The Canadian Cup

8 Nov

This weekend, uOttawa Quidditch heads to Kingston for the Eastern Canadian Regional Championships! We’ll be facing off against 12 other teams (including our Ottawa compatriots Carleton University Quidditch and Algonquin College Quidditch) from across Quebec and Southern Ontario for one of 3 spots to represent Canada at the World Cup this coming April!

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Legit.

The event is being held at Tindall Field on the Queen’s University campus on Sunday, November 11th. The opening ceremonies will begin at 9:15, the first game at 10am, and games through the day until the championship final at 5pm. The day will include a Remembrance Day ceremony. Our first game is against McMaster at 10am.

Last year, uOttawa Quidditch placed third at the inaugural Canadian Cup, and this year we look to win it all. Head out to Kingston to support us and to see a fantastic day of athletic competition! More information is available at the facebook event.

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uOttawa Chaser Steven Kimball vs Queen’s in last year’s Canadian Cup.

Quidditch Without Borders

26 Oct

Remember the time the RIT Dark Marks came to visit us in Ottawa and it was just one big international quove-fest? We sure do!

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This. This right here.

Well, there has been a distinct lack of Quidditch Without Borders going on in our lives this season. So, needless to say, we were thrilled when our good friends RIT invited us to the sunny south (right?) for the RIT Snow Belt Conference Meet this Saturday, October 27!

If you’re in the Rochester area, come on out for what promises to be a spectacular afternoon of quidditch. We’ll be playing RIT, our BFFs WEQL, SUNY Geneseo (the team that knocked us out of WCV – no hard feelings, guys, but we’re excited for a rematch!), and new opponents Aquinas Quidditch and Alfred University.

For more information, check out the Facebook event!