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Warwick University students 'fly' south to advance to European Quidditch Championships

Correspondent 8th Nov, 2016

WOULD-be witches and wizards from Warwick University flew to victory in the Southern Quidditch Cup.

Warwick Quidditch Club hopped on their broomsticks to beat the Werewolves of London by 40 points to 20 in the final of the annual tournament.

Seeker Jonathan Purvis caught the snitch – a tennis ball in a sock which is attached to the snitch runner – to secure the win and end the game.

Based on the sport created by J. K. Rowling, one Keeper, three Chasers, two Beaters and the Seeker from each team ‘fly’ around the pitch on their broomsticks.

The sport is growing in popularity across the country and 17 teams – including the Norwich Nifflers, Oxford Quidlings and the Portsmouth Horntail Strikers – competed in the tournament.

Chasers use the Quaffle to score goals through three rings guarded by the Keeper and Beaters throw Bludgers – known to Muggles as dodgeballs – at their opponents in a bid to stop them from scoring.

Warwick Quidditch Club Captain Hannah Dignum was ecstatic about her team’s victory. She said: “Warwick finally got the win that they deserved and I could not be prouder of my team.

“They have trained so hard for so long and to finally overcome the final hurdle – it just feels incredible. We nailed it and we could not be happier, words are not enough.”

The team are based at Warwick University but welcome non-student team members.

The win in the Southern tournament means they will compete in the European Quidditch Cup in 2017.

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