Students Vs. Faculty Quidditch Match

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Thomas Winzeler

Staff Writer

On September 18, the Keller High School Quidditch team faced off against the faculty. Three matches were played, the second match had the Quidditch team starters vs the subs.

“The reason we’re going to have the starters play against the subs, is so the faculty team can take a breather and not die of a heart attack”, Quidditch coach David Clemmons said.

Here are the rules for Quidditch, for those who don’t know, or have never played before, as said by US Quidditch the official organization that sets the rules for Quidditch in the United States, and is also the organization that runs the college Quidditch league.

Quidditch is a co-ed contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag. A quidditch team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times. While the game can appear chaotic to the casual observer, once familiar with the basic rules, quidditch is an exciting sport to watch and even more exciting to play. Three chasers score goals worth 10 points each with a volleyball called the quaffle. They advance the ball down the field by running with it, passing it to teammates, or kicking it. Each team has a keeper who defends the goal hoops. Two beaters use dodge balls called bludgers to disrupt the flow of the game by “knocking out” other players. Any player hit by a bludger is out of play until they touch their own goals. Each team also has a seeker who tries to catch the snitch. The snitch is a ball attached to the waistband of the snitch runner, a neutral athlete in a yellow uniform who uses any means to avoid capture. The snitch is worth 30 points and its capture ends the game. If the score is tied after the snitch catch, the game proceeds into overtime.”

It was apparent right from tip off, that match one was going to be lopsided. With the student’s scoring two times within first minute of the match starting.  About six minutes into match one, the score was 20-70, students, the faculty at the end caught the snitch, but it wasn’t enough to beat the students. The score at the end was 50-70, students win.

Match two had a lackluster performance  from the subs, and a dominating performance from the starters. The subs caught the snitch at the end, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the starters. 60-70, starters win.

Match three was closest of the of three matches. The students would score, but then the faculty would respond with a score of their own. The score, before the snitch was caught, was 70-80, students. Then the students caught the snitch making it 70-110.  

The student’s take bragging rights this year, winning the Student VS Faculty Quidditch Match.  This win will boost the confidence of the team and will hopefully carry motivation over to the Arlington Martin High match.