Quidditch championship in Canberra this weekend

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IT may be a game out of the Harry Potter books (in which wizards riding broomsticks through the sky play it) but Quidditch is getting serious and the competition is coming to Canberra for the first time ever this weekend.

The ANU Quidditch Club is hosting the September iteration of the monthly NSW Cup this Saturday the 5th of September.

Starting at 9:30 on South Oval at the ANU Campus, and running until approximately 5pm, the day will consist of sixteen games, and a gold coin donation BBQ lunch.

“The Triwizard Tournament, as it is colloquially known, began in Sydney as a monthly championship between three prominent Sydney university quidditch teams (hence the name), and has over the years expanded to include 8 NSW university and community teams and one ACT team,” a spokesperson said.

“This event has never been hosted in Canberra before (usually hosted in Sydney) and as such is an exciting chance to see a new and thrilling competitive, full contact, co-ed sport for the first and possible only time. Results of games on the day will determine the draw for the finals to be held next month in Sydney.

“The tournament is a public spectator event. All are welcome to attend and watch essay writing the games, enjoy the food, and engage with the community.

“A great chance to see one of the most interesting spectator sports around, the NSW Quidditch Cup is an event not to be missed by Harry Potter fans, sports fans, or anything in between! A fast paced, action filled game, quidditch is the newest fastest growing international sport. Come along to South Oval on Saturday the 5th to see bludgers flying, great tackles, daring goals, and thrilling snitch catches; it is sure to be an amazing day.”

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