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The online dictionary defines quidditch as "an imaginary game in which players fly on broomsticks". Here at UBC, we bring JK Rowling's magical sport very much to life in the real-time, coed, full-contact sport that is known only by the word: Quidditch.
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BROOMS UP WITH THE UBYSSEY: A UBC STORY
Copy editor Ciaran Dougherty of UBC's school paper mounts his brooms for a go at quidditch.
Yup that’s right, The Ubyssey, which is UBC’s official paper, started their club explorations with UBC Quidditch. Ciaran Dougherty, the copy editor for the Ubyssey, came out to the pitch on last Thursday night's practice to explore the wonders of all that is quidditch. You can read the awesome article about the full experience by clicking here : thanks Ciaran for being such a good sport, and taking all those hits like a champ. Check out the video above and you can see his attempt at saving Gryffindor some house pride... Just kidding, we all know he's a squib.
DOBBY IS FREE: At the first annual Dobby Cup
UBC A place 2nd at first ever annual Dobby Cup, with WWU claiming the number one spot.
At the beginning of the tournament all teams were ripping it up the pitch with their A game. This was remained a constant over the course of the evening. However due to time constraints, in addition to pure exhaustion over playing amazing quidditch, a vote was held, by the captain, refs, and event coordinators, to finish off the evening with a finals match. This resulted in UBC B (BCQC) placing in 4th, UBC A placing in 3rd due to point differential, Vancouver Stormers and WWU placing for first. Unfortunately due to numerous injuries, and inability to follow gender rule the Vancouver Stormers forfeited. This resulted in a finals match of UBC A against WWU, and WWU claiming first place.
-ther Jacob Van Zanten, who keep our sport interesting and alive. We look forward to seeing you all again on pitch, but until then,
UBC TAKES 1st & 2nd AT WASHINGTON TOURNEY
UBC's A and B team clinch top spots at the Northwest Region's first USQ official tournament, The Clash in the Cascades.
both UBC Quidditch teams (UBC A and UBC B, or BCQC) all of which are USQ official this season. Additionally the SFU Marauders and two merc teams composed of avid quidditch players, Vancouver Stormers players, and The Burnaby Boggarts attended the tournament festivities, for a grand total of 9 teams. It is safe to say that the day was completely composed of amazing quidditch demonstrating the strength of the newly formed region. One of the most heated games was the semifinal match against UBC A and Western Washington. Both sides brought their A game, which some relate to the temporary power outage during the match. This being said, the problem was quickly resolved, and soon finished the game resulting in a win for UBC 110-50.
Not only was the UBC A team playing to show their strength but the UBC B team did just the same. As a result, both UBC teams ended up in the finals securing first and second place for UBC. At the end of the day and the extreme quidditch playing UBC A placed first, UBC B placed second and Western Washington came in at third.
UBC would just like to extend a huge thank you to all those who organized the first USQ official tournament for the Northwest, and a thank you to all who came out in support of quidditch. We hope to see you all at the next tournament!
TOURNEY ON THE MTN.
UBC and SFU take part in a friendly tournament to kick off the season
talents. Over the course of the day UBC and SFU had the opportunity to show their newly found skill and gave an insight what’s in store for the upcoming season. In addition UBC provided some great laughs, thanks to the display by Mormei 17 and Brandon 14 after causing each other to dismount their brooms and cause some confusion within the final minutes of the second match.
After the competitive portion of the day was over, UBC and SFU got together and participated in a friendly match with a mixed team that was chosen the old school style way, school yard picking. It was safe to say that the day proved worth it and allowed for the pleasures of running around on a broom to be experienced. Thank you again SFU for allowing the Thunderbirds to visit your lovely campus and we can’t wait to see you again!
UBC QUIDDITCH ROCKS IMAGINE DAY
UBC celebrates the addition of 250 new recruits, despite rain
emails to their mailing list. But it doesn't stop there, clubs days is fast approaching and UBC Quidditch plans to double these numbers during the fair in the Student Union Building from September 16-18. The first open practice of term is now scheduled to be on September 9, at 5 PM on Totem Field. If you missed us on Imagine Day, not to worry! Come out to the first open practice and try quidditch for yourself - and don't be shy, bring your friends! You can check out UBC Quidditch and other amazing clubs in the Imagine Day video made by UBC, linked below.
UBC QUIDDITCH ATTENDS GLOBAL GAMES
UBC Cheers on Team Canada, and takes ALL the photos! For a complete album, and for more of Janet's photos, check out our Facebook Page!
UBC PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT GLOBAL GAMES
UBC players Louis Leung, Jonathon Braun, and Alexa Rowe clinch spots on Canada's national quidditch Team, after the 94 player nation-wide tryout
UBC would like to send out a massive congrats to 4 of it's very own players who managed to make this year's Team Canada for the 2014 Quidditch Global Games, happening for the first time ever, right here in Burnaby, Vancouver. 94 players tried out across Canada, less than half of whom were from the west. A huge congratulations to Louis Leung, Jonathon Braun, and Alexa Rowe for grabbing spots on the main roster. Also congrats to UBC's own Robert Halas for making the team as an alternate player. We are so freakin' proud of you fellow Thunderbirds, and we look forward to you showing Canada and the world what western quidditch is made of #westcoastbestcoast #TeamCanada2014. If you would like to support UBC Quidditch, one of the Canadian host city's team for Global Games, check out our sick new canadian bro-tanks here! If you would like to contribute anything to Team Canada, please, please visit the link here!
UBC QUIDDITCH PREPARES FOR GLOBAL GAMES
The notorious quidditch Global Games will be hosted this year in Burnaby BC, members of UBC Quidditch hope to clinch a spot on Team Canada
With the news that this year's Global Games will be hosted not only on Canadian Soil, but less than an hour's commute from UBC, many players of the UBC Quidditch team hope to represent their country in Quidditch during the tournament this July 19th. Teams from across the nation will be travelling to Vancouver to play with the best of each country, some of which include Australia, France, the UK, and the USA. UBC Quidditch hopes to also spread support for quidditch across Canada during their involvement with the tournament. The Thunderbirds would like to wish luck to all of their players who plan to attend western tryouts on May the 10th - show 'em what the west coast of Canadian Quidditch is made of! If you would like to read more about the IQA official event, you can do so by checking out the IQA article here.
UBC DEFEATS SFU 3-0
UBC defeats SFU 3 games to none in their final match of the season, on the UBC pitch
It was a muddy battle on the friday afternoon of March 28 between SFU and UBC Quidditch, but the torrents of rain and persistent mud could not deter the spirits of either team. UBC narrowly defeated SFU after 3 incredibly wet and intense matches, 2 of which were within snitch range. Reporters from BCIT and SFU were there to capture all of the action as it unfolded, along with several very resilient fans from both campuses. The music was loud, but the cheers of the teams were louder, as both battled furiously for victory without reservation. Although this was the final game of the season for your UBC Thunderbirds, spirits could not have been higher, and many beers and good-times were shared after the match, at the UBC Pitt Pub muddy jerseys and all. It is safe to say that Potter was done proud this Friday the 28th, ending arguably the most successful year of UBC Quidditch's history. After a year of initially ~300 recruits, a week in LA, and victories against top teams in the Quidditch world, for the underdogs of the Northwest this was not truly the end, but only the beginning. You can watch some of the awesome footage from the match by clicking here, and read up on the upcoming Global Games in Burnaby by clicking here, an article which features an interview with the SFU and UBC Quidditch President, Christine Konrad and Alexa Rowe respectively. So here's to the close of a most magical, epic, and incredible season.. and to the new adventures and victories to come. Here's to this year, the friendships forged, the battles won, the ups, and the downs, and most of all to the promise of a new year with new incredibly magical possibilities. Here's to you Harry, we did this one for you. To all our fans, players, and supporters alike: Thank you for making this our best year yet. We will see you all in September for the beginning of another year sure to be remembered by witches and wizards for generations - Here's to us. THUNDERBIRDS ON 3. 1, 2, 3 THUNDERBIRDS BOOM... CAW!
UBC VS. SFU - GAME TIME
UBC takes on SFU in it's final match of the season.. right here at UBC! Will you be there? Or will you be...
You heard us right! This Friday UBC will be hosting its final match of the season against SFU, right here on our very own turf! So come out and support your UBC Thunderbirds in what is sure to be an epicly magical match. Who will win? Who will perish? And who will finally catch the snitch? All the drama unfolds this friday on your very own campus... will YOU be there to witness the magic? Or will you be square?!
UBC AND THE GOLD MEDAL INVITATIONAL
UBC takes LA by storm, placing top 7 at UCLA's Gold Medal Invitational Tournament
Not one team was left unsurprised by the powerful competition your UBC Thunder-bird's brought to the pitch this February 22 & 23 at UCLA's Gold Medal Invitational - after placing top 7 out of 15 teams, many of which have qualified for the World Cup, UBC has received countless messages and media attention praising the competitiveness and physicality of its quidditch team. Every single game your UBC Thunderbird's played was kept within snitch range (both teams were within 30 points, meaning whoever caught the snitch could either tie or win the game), including their game against notorious quidditch legends "The Lost Boys", who narrowly defeated UBC with a tricky snitch catch at the closing of the match. Considering last year UBC wasn't able to score a single point against TLBs during their match at Western Cup, it goes without saying that all the teams at this prestigious competition were thoroughly impressed with the competition from your West Coast team.
UBC didn't spend all of it's time on the pitch however, much time was spent frolicking on the Santa Monica Pier, and of course, eating pizza at California Pizza (because, what says Cali more than that?) One featured article in UCLA's paper The Daily Bruin, described UBC's participation in the tournament as such: "Injuries are common, and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in particular played extremely aggressively. However, bruised limbs and bloody noses did not impede potential friendships; rather, the Thunderbirds were seen joking and laughing with a player on the opposing team they had accidentally injured in the previous game." You can read the rest of this awesome article about the event here. UBC would like to extend a special thank you to all the team's who participated at the event, as well as everyone who has recently congratulated the Thunderbird's on their terrific game-play! Special shout out to the Lost Boys for housing us during our time in Cali (hopefully our Candian maple syrup gifts of love made up for our smelly-Canadianness all over your house for two days), and to UCLA for hosting and inviting us to such an incredible tournament! It couldn't have been a more epic trip, if Harry Potter himself had shown up to the pitch... okay maybe that's a lie but, we promise, the rest of this article is not. GO T-BIRDS!
QUIDDITCH GOES 2 CALI
UCLA's upcoming tournament has UBC Quidditch ready for Hollywood... and some mad competition
have yet to face, this trip is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime... hopefully with a few less speeding tickets than the last. The only question is LA... are you ready? The Canadians are coming, & they're coming to win! #UBCQuidGoes2Cali2k14 BOOM CAW!
NINE, TEN, WIN, AGAIN!!!
UBC Conquer's the Western Wyverns' Night tournament, bringing home another 1st place trophy
Bellingham, Washington, after narrowly defeating Western's A team with a last minute snitch catch. The pitch looked sweet under the dazzling stadium lights, but the games were sweeter, and nothing could outshine the intensity of the competition that all of the Northwest Regional teams brought to the tournament. Overall, it was a spectacular night for quidditch, and UBC would like to thank all the incredible teams they had the privilege to play. Special thanks to Nicole Jackson for organizing such an awesome event, and to everyone who offered up their homes to us smelly Canadians: we love you!
UBC BLUE TAKES GOLD
UBC celebrates victory at it's second ever home-run "Deathly Hallowsween" quidditch tournament
Luckily, there were no trolls or dementor's to be seen at UBC's Deathly Hallows-ween tournament this October 26 - but there was lots of fun and quidditching to be had. The games were tough and all of the teams played incredibly well, but UBC Blue ended up claiming the first place prize in their final match against Western Washington, who took second place after a day of intense battles and incredible game-play. Overall, the day was second-to-none in awesomeness, and UBC was proud of both its team's and the entire Northwest Region for its commitment, skill, and sportsmanship. Special thanks to Leila Quiqley for organizing this awesome event - we can't wait to get back out there and play these awesome teams again in the coming year... BOOM CAW!
UBC's upcoming home-run tournament
For the second time ever, UBC will be hosting it's very own Quidditch tournament! On the 26th of October, we are expecting teams from Burnaby, SFU, and even Bellingham to come out for a day of quidditch and hallow-een fun, but we can't do it without you! If you are interested in being a cheeky snitch, or in getting involved in any way at this awesome event, click here to learn more about our volunteer positions available. If you are curious and want to learn more about the event, check out our events page... and don't forget bring those wands... you never know when you might run into a halloween troll!
UVIC VS UBC - OCT. 5th
UBC Thunderbird's upcoming match against UVIC
Our very first match of the season will be taking place on October 5th against UVIC's very own quidditch team. We will be travelling to Victoria early Saturday morning and returning late in the evening. So, come out and support us at this exciting event, or join us in the competition! Click here to learn more about how you can get involved with our magical team this season.
ICKLE FIRSTIES MAKE THEIR MARK
A closer look at the new recruits of the 2013/14 season
This year has been an exciting one for us thus far here at UBC Quidditch... With over 300 new recruits that signed up with us this imagine day, we have already begun whipping our new members into shape for the coming season... and they are improving fast. Every practice our rookies and vets seem to get better and better... and it doesn't stop here! Training has only begun, and it's not too late to join us! So come out to our next practice and see if you have what it takes to be part of the best quidditch team of the northwest - or face the wrath of #TeamEmmaWatson! And trust us, you really don't wanna mess with them...
IMAGINE DAY SUCCESS
Thunderbirds face their biggest year of recruitment yet
The UBC Quidditch team has officially faced one of our best years of recruitment yet! This Imagine Day we managed to add a whopping 200+ emails to our mailing list... and this is not counting previous members! Our booth was packed this September 3rd from 12-4, with hundreds of people lining up next to our hoops, brooms, and dazzling execs, hoping to get their name on one of our many sign up sheets to join our awesome club. If you
came out and were a part of this epic day WE WANT TO THANK YOU for making this year OUR BEST YEAR OF RECRUITMENT YET. This can only mean promising things for the upcoming season... we hope you will be there with us throughout the year as we work our way to the World Cup for the first time ever in UBC history! And if you missed us this Imagine Day, not to worry, ITS NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!!! Click here to find out how you can become a part of the sexiest club on campus... and if you don't believe us, just take a look at our execs!!!
UBC QUIDDITCH GETS INSTAGRAM
That time we conformed... and wanted you to follow us
Yes maybe it's a little hilarious... but we are also stoked to begin sharing photos with you on a more public, exciting, filter-filled level! Plus after seeing all the cool tattoos on Imagine day, we really couldn't help ourselves. So go follow us on Instagram today @ubcquidditch for pretty practice, tournament, and shenanigan-related photo updates... We swear we won't post too many selfies!
THE NEW WEBSITE
And other upcoming and current awesomeness
BOOM CAW! and WEL-COME to UBC Quidditch's first ever website, where you can stay up to date on all the fantastic happenings of your UBC Thunderbirds!
Although summer is quickly approaching it's end, it is not all sadness and cold weather here in Vancouver, but also some major excitement for our team (and perhaps for you as well!) because it means another epic season of quidditch is fast approaching. Last year UBC's Thunderbirds grew substantially both as a team, and as a threat in the quidditch world - but now it is time to add some new recruits for the coming season!
We are a welcoming group, and are ALWAYS looking for new people to join us! So feel free to explore our website, and find out more about how you can get involved in quidditch at your very own UBC. This year, our team has big plans for fundraising, tournaments on home soil, and some magical events you wont want to miss - so keep checking back with us for more information!
Questions? Concerns? Dee-pest most desperate des-ires of your hearts? Click below to send us an owl with whatever questions you may have, and we will get back to you faster than you can say "quidditch".
Got some questions about how to join our awesome club? Check out our quidditch faq by clicking below!
This year our team has big dreams to travel the world, and even play in the notorius Quidditch World Cup... but we can't do it without you. Click below to send some galleons our way, and we promise to make you proud... anything helps!