German National Team advances to Quarterfinals at European Quidditch Games 2015

The German national team went all the way to the quarterfinals at the European Quidditch Games 2015 in Sarteano, Italy. The fourth place during pool play was sufficient to qualify for the tournament’s bracket play. However, that’s where their journey ended against the soon-to-be European champion France.

Twelve nations travelled to Sarteano in the Italian Tuscany at the end of July to compete on the highest level at the European Quidditch Games 2015. The German national team had earlier been seeded in a pool with Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the UK. In the second pool, Belgium, France, Catalunia, Poland, Spain and Turkey played each other.

The national team around coach Jonas Zinn already arrived on Thursday, 23 July, to be able to practice together on Friday for some final preparations for the tournament at the weekend. During pool play, which took place on Saturday and Sunday morning, the German team showed strong games and won against the Netherlands and Ireland, and managed to keep the Italian team within range until they ended the game with the snitch catch. With two wins and three defeats Germany reached the fourth place in the pool and was hence qualified for bracket play.

Just as the pool play game against the UK, the quarterfinal against France, winner of the other pool, showed, however, that there is still quite a difference between the German level of quidditch and the level that is played in the bigger European quidditch nations. Games against both of Europe’s top nations, who, naturally, proceeded to face off in the finale, gave all German players the possibility to gain valuable experience to improve their own play.

As a rather young quidditch nation, reaching the quarterfinals of the European Games constitutes a great achievement of the whole national team. We would like to congratulate all German players on their performance! Congratulations also go to France for winning the first ever European Quidditch Games, and to the UK and Norway for their well-earned second and third places respectively.
As the coordinators of the German national team, we also say Thank you! to all volunteers at the tournament and the IQA and Associazione cultural l’Ombrico staff for the great cooperation. A big Thank you from the whole team also goes out to all our sponsors who supported the national team via the fundraiser, buying a national team jersey, or in any other way!

 

German results
(* indicates which team caught the snitch)

Pool play:
Norway 80 – 50* Germany
Netherlands 40* – 120 Germany
Italy 100* – 30 Germany
UK 120 – 30* Germany
Germany 110 – 50* Ireland

Quarterfinals:
France 160 – 50* Germany

 

Pictures: Patricia Heise (1), Nick van Klaveren (2-5), Kerstin Stock (6)