**UPDATE** To view an unofficial document listing up-to-date Quidditch World Cup scores, click here. According to the IQA, “muggle technology is going berserk around all the magic on Randall’s Island this weekend, so [there will be] no live stream.” At this point, Twitter continues to be the best venue to follow the action (@middquid on Twitter). Sunday afternoon brackets are still being decided. Stay tuned.
Michigan celebrating the win over Midd, they are the first team ever to do it. (via FattyFTW on Tumblr)
The University of Michigan made history this afternoon after handing Middlebury College its first World Cup defeat ever in. For a Twitter feed recap of the game, click here.
Other games from Saturday:
1st game: 100-20 win over Yale
2nd game: lost to Michigan 70-60
3rd game: win over UCLA 80-30
4th game: win over Vaasa (Finland) 140-40
On Sunday, 20 Quidditch teams from 13 schools across North America gathered on Battell Beach for the first annual Middlebury Quidditch Classic.
Organized by tri-chairs Andy Hyatt ’12, Phil Palmer ’12 and Marianne Guarnieri ’14, the Classic began with pool play and was supposed to transition to bracket play mid-day, but due to a bit of confusion and admitted disorganization, the bracket was ixnayed, pool play continued throughout the day and no Middlebury Classic champion was crowned.
In spite of the unforeseen bracket problems, the Middlebury Classic was a great success. Among the spectators were people from the town of Middlebury, College students and parents of both students and Quidditch players, alike. Noonie’s Deli and American Flatbread were in attendance, selling freshly-made sandwiches and pizza. Middlebury’s own improv groups, Otter Nonsense and Middlebrow, provided witty commentary on the games and atmosphere.
The primary motivation behind the inception of the Middlebury Classic was to make up for the fact that the World Cup grew to be too large for Middlebury’s campus and was relocated to New York City last year. The tri-commissioners, in tandem with International Quidditch Association (IQA) CEO and President Alex Benepe ’09, saw the Classic as a means of bringing the sport back to its roots and giving back to the local community.
Here are a few photos from today’s intercollegiate Quidditch tournament, the Middlebury Classic. The countdown to the International Quidditch World Cup begins…it’s only one month away!
Claiming the 4th Quidditch World Cup, here’s a quick take at how the media whirlwind took on the weekend festivities. Add any more articles, photos, etc. to the comments.
New York Magazine | Muggles Take Manhattan for the Quidditch World Cup – “Middlebury is sporting blue soccer jerseys with matching athletic shorts. They look like an athletic team. Tufts is wearing T-shirts over a ragtag collection of shorts and tights. They look like a fan club getting some exercise.”
Wired | Quidditch World Cup Seeks Wizardry’s Best – “In all, 46 teams arrived in New York for the chance to snag the first-place trophy from Middlebury College, the defending champions and prohibitive favorite going into the tourney”
GOOD.is | Quidditch takes Manhattan – “Laura Budd, a 21-year-old Middlebury beater, is undecided. ‘Quidditch started on a whim as a way to work off your hangover on a Sunday morning. You can be silly like kids. It could lose its magic.’”
Techland | Quidditch World Cup Diary Day 1 and 2 – “As the defending champions, they spoke with the confident humility of a winner: a lot of great teams, we need to play them all hard, etc. “We’re going to have to lose eventually,” said one. “We just hope it’s not today.”
WPIX 11 | Middlebury College Takes Quidditch World Cup – “…the New York Yankees of Quidditch, Middlebury College.”
Tufts Daily | Holy snitch: Tufflepuffs stun Quidditch community, finish second at World Cup – “Though the extra 30 points that came with the Snitch’s capture only cut the deficit in Middlebury’s 100-50 win, simply being in the finals was far more than the Tufflepuffs expected.”
DNAinfo | Middlebury takes gold at Midtown’s Quidditch World Cup – “Adrienne Losch, 20, a junior at Middlebury and a member of the victorious team, credited her team’s 100-to-20 victory over Tufts to plenty of experience. ‘Quidditich started at Middlebury so we’ve had time to figure out the winning strategies,’ said Losch, who said the experience would rank among the highlights of her college career.”
CBS | Quidditch World Cup Held in N.Y.
NY Daily News |
Proving that our dominance extends beyond our small Vermont campus, Middlebury Quidditch captured their fourth World Cup title last night in New York City by defeating Tufts, 100-50. The match was a close one at first, with the Tufts Tufflepuffs playing a hard, and violent game. Middlebury soon pulled ahead however, and came out on top at the end, even with the Tufts seeker catching the snitch.
Photo courtesy Metromix New York
The numerous Middlebury fans stormed the field and went into a rousing rendition of “There’s Only One Middlebury” before being awarded the prestigious, if not flimsy gold World Cup trophy. The team and its fans celebrated their victory in true Midd Kidd fashion: a playing of the Midd Kid Rap, complete with the Quidditch verse being sung by player Phil Gordon.
The final match marked one of many for Middlebury and the other 45 teams competing in the 2010 IQA World Cup IV this Saturday and Sunday in DeWitt Clinton Park in Manhattan. Earlier in the fall, many Middlebury students expressed concern at the fact that the World Cup was moving from Middlebury to the Big Apple. However, the move seems to have been a success for the IQA, gaining a multitude of press coverage for the event. With a total 757 players competing, the IQA has set themselves up for another great year of publicity. This year’s World Cup featured high school teams as well as graduate schools.
Middlebury was still very well represented at the Cup though, with many students taking advantage of the fan bus from Middlebury to NYC. Three Middlebury groups also took part in the festivities, with Otter Nonsense and Middlebrow providing commentary to the matches and the Mountain Ayres performing their Quidditch repertoire.
Overall the event was one of pride and excitement, resulting in a great weekend for not only Middlebury College but for the sport of Quidditch as well.