As described in the J.K. Rowling fantasy series, quidditch is a two-team sport where players try to score goals with a ball called a quaffle in the three hoops at each end of the field, while trying to avoid being hit by smaller balls called bludgers.
Each team has a player dubbed the Seeker, whose only job is to catch a small, fast-moving ball called the Snitch.
Once a Seeker catches the Snitch, they score 150 points for their team and the game is over.
The game has since been adapted in the real world – called muggle quidditch – but instead of flying on broomsticks, players run around using one hand to hold a broom between their legs and the Snitch is a person worth 30 points, rather than a ball worth 150.
ECU Quidditch Club president Veronica Lowe described it as “kind of like a mix between netball and dodgeball”.
Lowe said she was inspired when she attended an ECU Mental Health Week event where an informal game of quidditch had been organised. She said it was such a success that she decided to start a quidditch team and began recruiting members.
The amateur sports club was first affiliated with the ECU Student Guild in September 2014, adopting the team name of ECU Centaurs in October.
Early last year, executive member James Brooks built the hoops and brooms and coached many training sessions.
However, Lowe admits there was still a lot of difficulty learning the rules in time for matches and having enough people on the newly-formed team to compete against the Murdoch Mandrakes and Perth Phoenixes.
“Since then, ECU Quidditch has recruited more than 50 members, played in the Perth Quidditch League and some of the club’s players have played in the national quidditch tournament,” Lowe said.
The club was initially based at ECU Joondalup campus but this year expanded to include the Mt Lawley and Bunbury campuses.
However, the Bunbury team is now being treated as a sister team to the ECU Centaurs and has been renamed the Bunbury Boggarts.
It will soon have its own logo and uniform.
“We are always looking for new people to participate, whether they’re an ECU student or not and whether they’re interested in playing competitively or as a hobby; athletic ability is a plus, not a requirement,” Lowe said.
Trainings are weekly during the university semesters.
For more information, go to www.waquidditch.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0466 903 738.