Quidditch players head for USA

Perth Phoenixes players James Hyder (Kensington),Carissa Dyall (South Lake),Michael Palmisano (Bentley) and Eva Alexandra Setiadi (Bentley).
Perth Phoenixes players James Hyder (Kensington),Carissa Dyall (South Lake),Michael Palmisano (Bentley) and Eva Alexandra Setiadi (Bentley).

The Perth Phoenixes – who are officially the best Quidditch players in Oceania – were the only team to represent WA, with two Victorian sides, one from Queensland, one from the ACT, and seven from New South Wales – an unsurprising number considering the tournament was held at the University of Western Sydney – filling the other 11 spots.

The local side won six of its eight matches, including the all-important final against the Macquarie Marauders 110 to 70.

The glory for the winner of the grand final game, based on a fictional sport from the successful Harry Potter franchise, was the championship trophy and qualification for the Quidditch World Cup, set to be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in April.

Other locals in the victorious side were Michael Palmisano and Eva Setiadi, both of Bentley.

QUIDDITCH SPECIFICS

* 22 teams in Australia

* The Australian Quidditch Association recognizes Wheelchair Quidditch Australia as an official para-sport affiliate

* There is a Quidditch team based at Murdoch University called the Murdoch Mandrakes

* As of May 2013, there were 22 teams in Australia, 12 of those with the potential to play ranked matches

* 1,188 goals have been scored in the last two years

* 14,760 points have been scored, at an average of 160.43 per game

* The average final score for a game is roughly 110-50

* The snitch is worth 30 points and games on average are decided by barely more than a snitch catch