“Endelig!” European Quidditch Games Headed to Oslo!
Bra nyheter for norske quidditch-fans! Good news for Norwegian quidditch fans! The European Quidditch Games are coming your way in July!
The games are being hosted by the International Quidditch Association, and cohosted by Norges Rumpeldunkforbund and local club OSI Vikings in Oslo, Norway, on July 8–9, 2017!
Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom are all on the bill to compete in the games!
This is the second time the European Games have been held, with the first one in Italy in 2015. The Quidditch World Cup is held in the years between the European Games.
At the tournament, teams will be placed in three groups, with the strongest teams placed in one group, the middle teams placed in the second group, and the less-adept teams placed in the last group. After those games finish, the teams will be placed in a bracket, where teams from the “best” group have an advantage in the seeding based on how well they perform in their group. The rest of the groups will be placed into the bracket with varying advantages based on their group performance.
Games should be taking place from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on both days, but the schedule is still subject to change.
Head Coach of Team UK Emily Oughtibridge expressed her excitement for the upcoming tournament and says that Team UK is in it to win it.
We want to show the best of our sport, inspire other people to get involved, and perform brilliantly while representing the UK on the international stage. We are Team UK, and we will fight to be the best team of quidditch players in Europe.
Jørgen Helgeland Stenløkk, President of the Norwegian Quidditch Association, says he looks forward to the tournament and is confident in Norway’s skills.
It’ll be great to play a tournament with home field advantage. I hope the Norwegian team performs well. We came 3rd last time this tournament was held, so we’re hopeful about competing against the top teams this time around.
It’s looking like the competition is heating up, and there is bound to be some great matches between very skilled teams!
Will you be heading to Oslo for the European Games? Let us know in the comments below!