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Mangamore: Summary of Predicted Results

Posted by on 08/10/2015

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Iberian Teams’ Performance at BMT 2015

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Swiss System Part 2: Putting It Into Practice

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Mangamore Kopa 2015 Review

Mangamore Kopa 2015 Review

14/11/2015

The tenth edition of Mangamore, the manganime and Japanese culture convention in Amorebieta, Biscay, was held last 10th of October,  2015. This edition presented a lot of new activities for the attendants and, among them, the first tournament ever to be held in Basque territory.

The team in charge of organizing the gameplay aspect and the inviting the teams were the Bizkaia Boggarts, this being their first tournament as organizers. The teams invited for this event were Madrid Wolves and Gasteiz Gamusins from the Spanish Quidditch Association (Asociación Quidditch España; AQE), Barcelona Eagles and Wyverns Quidditch from the Catalan quidditch Association (Associació de Quidditch de Catalunya; AQC), and Toulouse Quidditch from France.

The tournament divided the teams into two groups of 3 teams each, where the first two of each group classified to play the semifinals.

Let’s get down to business with the review!

 

Group A

Barcelona-Toulousemiau

The first game in group A brought us a classic between two teams which are more than siblings. Barcelona Eagles, who brought most most of their key  players, and Toulouse Quidditch, who brought a only a handful of players and who were reinforced by some players from Madrid Lynx, are two teams who have been helping each other almost since their founding days thanks to the relative proximity of their cities.

Barcelona Eagles played a solid first game and swept the French team off their brooms, achieving an astounding 180*-10. Despite what conclusions this result may draw, the Eagles had a hard time to get into a fluid game, which could be seen in their 20-10 score 5 minutes into the game. In the  following five minutes they scores another 60 goals, bringing the  score up to 80-10, which became obviously impossible to overcome. Cristobal “Kuroko” caught the snitch when Gato, snitch runner and player from Gasteiz Gamusins, had barely reached 38 seconds on the pitch.

 

Barcelona-Madrid2

The game which generated the biggest hype the days before the tournament did not let anyone down. Both teams came on  with raging motivation for this match, which was also the first game ever between a team from Barcelona and one from Madrid in the history of quidditch. Before this tournament, the only time they had ever met in a tournament were Madrid Lynx and Barcelona Eagles at Tournoi International de la Violette, but they never got to face each other.

Despite the expectation caused by where the teams came from, a lot of people thought this game would be easy for the Catalans, due tot their greater experience (practically two years more than the Wolves) and their increasing performance these last months, but the players from Madrid proved that they had not come to Amorebieta simply to take a stroll, but to fight. They were helped by Tono and Nacho from Malaka Vikings, probably two of the most outstanding players in their roster.

The game started with a some give and take from both sides. Two minutes into the game and Pau Moncusí had already taken the Eagles ahead, but the team from the Spanish capital managed to get the upper hand before getting into minute 4. Madrid Wolves showed once again that their strength is a solid defense, which is difficult to cut through, and a lethal counter strike. They kept two goals ahead of the Eagles until minute 9:30.

It was then that the Eagles used their experience and showed that this was their strong  point in the game. They managed to turn the tides in the scoreboard and get a 60-40 just as Ander, snitch runner and player for Bizkaia Boggarts, entered the pitch. The snitch game was spectacular, both teams fighting with all they had to catch it since doing so would mean their team’s victory if the scores didn’t change much. It was Artur from Madrid who, with a formidable leap which surprised everyone – snitch runner included – managed to grab the snitch. Unfortunately for him, Big Markus had scored placed the score 70-40 for the Eagles a meager second before the snitch catch.

The game went into overtime, where only Meguil managed to score a goal for the Wolves before Kuroko captured the snitch and closing the score at 100^-80*.

 

Toulouse-Madrid

The last game of this round robin brought Toulouse to play against Madrid in a game which finished as fast as it started. 25 secconds after the brooms up Tono has already scored for Madrid, and by minute 5 they were already wining 0-40. The rest of the game was also dominated by the Wolves, finishing at minute 19:57 when Artur captured the snitch.

 

Captura

Classified for semifinals: Barcelona Eagles and Madrid Wolves
Fighting for 5th place: Toulouse Quidditch

 

Group B

Wyverns-Bizkaia

There were numerous changed in both teams’ rosters before they faced off. Bizkaia Boggarts came with all their new players ready, but felt the lack of coordination and the game did not flow as much as they expected in matches. This jeopardized their possibility of bringing the kind of game which they have us used to, and yet they still managed to secure a decent spot in the tournament. On the other hand, the Wyverns found themselves fully immersed in a process of team reconstruction, and brought a team where half of them were new.

Although standing the assaults from the Basque team, and that they managed to fend off all goals until minute 4, the Boggarts slowly took control of the game and didn’t even allow the team from Barcelona an option to score. The final score was 0-120*, where Sandor captured the snitch at minute 22:04.

 

Wyverns-Gasteiz

The final trial came for the team in the Basque capital. They came to the tournament without a single victory on their backs (having only played against Bizkaia Boggarts) and were anxious to fight for their right to carve a place for themselves, and what a place they managed! Without a doubt, the Gamusins were the biggest surprise of the tournament.

Despite the Wyverns striking first with a goal from Marsa past 56 seconds since the start of the game, the team from Vitoria did not break down and caught up with a 10-40 in the scoreboard, point at which Marsa scored again for a 20-40. From then on Gasteiz got pumped and the goals came one after the other, until Enric cold caught the snitch for the green team at minute 23:14.

 

Partido 3

Closing on group B there was the Basque derby between Bizkaia Boggarts and Gasteiz Gamusins, which also counted for the Euskal Liga which brings these two teams to meet regularly on the field.

Early on Bizkaia took off in goals and managed to be 30 up by the third minute of game. From then on they deflated a little bit and, although scoring another goal, took it easy until they woke up from the stupor by minute 12. At that point they started scoring in their usual manner until Sandor, at minute 18:56, caught the snitch and placed them 10-120*.

You can watch this game in this video.

 

Captura

Classified for semifinals: Bizkaia Boggarts y Gasteiz Gamusins
Fighting for 5th place: Wyverns Quidditch

 

5th and 6th Place

Toulouse-Wyverns

The game between Toulouse and the Wyverns was a very equal match, but it will not be remember for its flow or its game. It was slow, with a lot of interruptions on behalf of the refs, and the spectators did not really dive into it.

Goals were scarce and there were no danger situations. 10 minutes in and the score was only 10-10. What can be highlighted is that the teams took turns at scoring, and non of them scored twice in a row.

The end of the game came when Sandra Kreit caught the snitch at 23:19, leaving a final score of 70*-30.

 

Semifinals

Barcelona-Gasteiz

A fierce Gasteiz Gamusins came to semifinals with the will to surprise everyone against the Barcelona Eagles, but this was not enough to bend the teams which is, up to date, the best in the peninsula.

It wasn’t until the third minute that the Eagles went ahead in the scoreboard, but from there they showed their superiority against a Gamusins which could only score twice.

Kuroko captured the snitch and brought the score to 110*-20 at only 19:14 of game.

 

Bizkaia-Madrid

The best game of all the tournament, probably alongside Madrid Wolves-Barcelona Eagles, was played in the second round of semifinals that faced the Wolves against Bizkaia Boggarts.

Guti took slightly over a minute to score for the Boggarts, but this did not hurt the Wolves who, minutes later, turned the scoreboard upside down and brought it to a 10-30. The goals kept on summing up for both teams until the Boggarts found their usual game again and tied the game. The visitors had a slight advantage by the time the snitch came on pitch, but it was quickly neutralized by Irene, who tied the game to 60. When the game git 19:13 Sandor caught the snitch to cap the game with a 90*-60 score for the Basque team.

 

3rd and 4th Place

Gasteiz-Madrid

We could live a thrilling fight for the third place in this game.

The difference between both teams was well compensated by the energy brought by the Basques during the first minutes of game. The score stood at 10-20 for the first 10 minutes of game, and the Gamusins managed to stay the loop until minute 15. At that point the players from Madrid brought their big guns and, with a snitch catch by Artur at minute 20:45, the scoreboard was left with a 30-130* by the end of the game

 

Final

Barcelona-Bizkaia

A lot was expected from this game after the 80*-30 of the final at Transpiriquove, in which both teams gave a great show, but it wasn’t so this time.

Mixing a great defense, which managed to neutralize the Boggarts in numerous occasions, and a great napalm beating by Chema, combined with the mistakes by the local team, we had a final which wasn’t as glorious as expected.

The first minutes saw a give and take for both teams. The Eagles were the first to score, the Boggarts came back with a 10-20, again the Eagles took the lead with a 30-20, and Guti tied the game by minute 10:57.

At that point the Boggarts lost their game. They became too static in attack, overusing long passes and with some defensive errors made the Eagles fly higher in the scoreboard.

With a 60-30 for the Eagles, a flagrant foul by Big Markus, who grabbed, lifted, and threw Irene in the air (which was not carded by the refs) brought a counter attack and with Bex, newly arrived to the Eagles, scoring a decisive goal which passed unnoticed for the Basque seeker who cold caught the snitch and closed the game with a 70-60* by minute 20:05, giving the victory to the to the Barcelona Eagles.

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BREAKING NEWS: EQC 2016 at Gallipoli Full Article

BREAKING NEWS: EQC 2016 at Gallipoli Full Article

11/11/2015

Some of you might not know who the European Committee are, but they’re a group of representatives from all the NGBs  present in Europe who get together to decide commonly on what is best for all of us. Among other things, they manage the whole process of making the EQC possible, out of which the first step is choosing the place.

This year the information has slipped through, and despite being told that we would have to wait until the 15th of November to know where it will be held, we are happy to confirm that this year the EQC will happen in Gallipoli, Italy!

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