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    The Queen's Quidditch Club gets ready for its next season.

    [photo of Quidditch match]

    Since soaring off the pages of the Harry Potter series in 2011, the Queen’s Quidditch Club (QQC) is gearing up to make this upcoming season its best one yet.

    QQC has been busy this past summer, with two players representing Canada in the 2014 Global Games in Burnaby, B.C. Vice-President Michael Beda (Artsci’17) is already planning for the return of students to campus.

    “We’ve got some exciting things in the works for the upcoming quidditch season,” says Mr. Beda. “Last season was an incredible one for the team and culminated in the Global Games. We hope this next season will be even better.”

    In the Global Games, Team Canada defeated Teams Mexico, France and Belgium and UK and placed third behind Teams USA and Australia.

    Two QQC players, Andrew Kusters (Sci’15) and Christopher Radojewski (MA’14), represented Canada at the Global Games. Mr. Kusters and Mr. Radojewski spent their past year playing keeper and chaser respectively for Queen’s.

    “Winning the bronze in the Global Games and having two Queen’s representatives on the team shows that our school can produce great players for a game that’s still blossoming,” says Mr. Beda, a chaser for QQC. “We were pleased with the result and Andrew and Christopher did Queen’s proud.”

    [photo of Quidditch match]

    Now, QQC are calling all interested muggles to attend their September tryouts for the 2014-15 season.

    Whether their specialty is seeking the snitch, catching the quaffle or beating a bludger, Mr. Beda is looking forward to recruiting new team members and revealing plans for the next season.

    QQC has put in bids for holding tournaments for the 16 Canadian teams based on university campuses.

    “We’re hoping to hold a couple of small tournaments in between October and November,” says Mr. Beda. “We’ve put in a bid to hold the Canada Cup in 2015 and we remain hopeful that we will be chosen as hosts.”

    QQC tryouts will commence during the first week of classes, and teams will be announced the following week. For those who’d prefer to cheer from the stands rather than catch the snitch, QQC hopes to hold some exhibition games in the fall.

    To keep up to date with Queen’s Quidditch tryouts or game schedule, visit their Facebook page or website.