Team Spotlight: Rotterdam Ravens

From Rotterdam, the city best known for its inhabitants directness and its (some may say harsh) grey modern physique hail the Ravens. The first team in the Netherlands with a name that doesn’t reference Harry Potter or a fantasy creature, they came onto the scene in 2016 and quickly proved that they would not be easily cast aside.

Which three keywords would you use to describe your team, and why?
“Mean green killing machine (if we count killing machine as one word it works right?)”

How did the team start?
“A quidditch team in Rotterdam had been a long time in the making. Former QNL president Jerona van der Gevel had been wanting to start a team in her city for almost two years but hadn’t been able to find the time. Breaking away from QNL work and meeting up with enthusiastic newcomer Samantha van den Heuvel, the ball really started to get rolling when quidditch veteran Arjen van Assem announced he would be moving to Rotterdam for his studies. Not even two months later they kicked their plans into action and the Rotterdam Ravens became a force to be reckoned with.”

What is the most important motto for your team?
“Ravens don’t forfeit. Or translated into Dutch: niet lullen maar poetsen.”

What non Dutch team do you really like?
“The Bruges Bridgebacks. We loved them so much, we adopted them.”

Want to meet the team?
The Rotterdam Ravens have weekly practices on Thursday at Sportplaza Zuiderpark in Rotterdam starting at 18.00. You can also find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RotterdamRavens/

 

 

Looking Back at EQC2018

Now that everyone is safely back home and properly rested again, time for us to look back at an amazing European Quidditch Cup 2018 this past weekend!

As the sole Dutch team attending, our national hopes were on the North Sea Nargles. Sadly, they lost all of their games on the European stage, but with several key players were missing, and their roster having quite a share of newer places, the focus was on gaining (international) experience and hopefully make some international friends in the process. It is safe to say that these goals were reached easily!

Next year, Quidditch Europe is introducing a new system for the European Quidditch Cup, in which the event is divided into two divisions. Based on the performance of the Dutch teams over the last few years, Quidditch Nederland has been put into Division 2. We are looking forward to a new and improved European Quidditch Cup next season, and are excited about what the future might bring.

The Nargles were not the only Dutchies to be working up a sweat at the tournament! The Netherlands once again brought various highly motivated volunteers and officials: 6 referees, 2 snitches, and 2 livestream volunteers spent their weekend helping to make EQC2018 the event it was. Three of these we would like to give some special mentions to:

First, our membership director Annemieke Drost, who has clearly found her new passion in quidditch livestreams. Annemieke spent the past few months helping Toni Zimpel and the Ruhr Phoenix livestream team prepare for the massive undertaking of livestreaming EQC with two cameras (regular view and snitch cam), a moderated chatroom, various commentators, and even interviews. Operating the main camera for over half of the event, she was certainly an important part of this year’s livestream.

Next, Max van Veen, who stepped up to volunteer as a Snitch at EQC2018. At his first international tournament in the role of Snitch, he managed some impressive performances against the various teams, and certainly left an impression on the attending teams. Special congratulations are also in order for managing to last 16 minutes in his very first game of the weekend, reaching his last handicap!

Lastly, our vice president Chula Bruggeling, once more gave an impressive showing as not only a referee but general support to the event. Officiating a whopping 13 games over the weekend, 10 of which as a Head Referee, apparently wasn’t all she did last weekend; she could also be found from 5am to late into the evening helping out the committee tirelessly!

Quidditch events cannot happen without volunteers, and we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all Dutch volunteers who helped make EQC2018 a resounding success. As an NGB, we are proud of our Dutch tradition of volunteering abroad in large numbers, and hope to see this continue for many years still.

Last but not least, we want to extend our congratulations to ex-QNL member Adrienne Robert-Vassy and her current team, Titans Paris, for their gold medals. Congratulations on your third European title, Titans!

Team Spotlight: North Sea Nargles

Credits: YV photography

This spring every team will get their time to shine in the QNL Team Spotlight, and what better team to start with than the one representing the Netherlands at EQC 2018: the North Sea Nargles!

The North Sea Nargles is a team known for their tendency to be unable to break the gender rule on most match days, and for being located in not one, but two cities. Home to some of the best seekers of the country, and one of the oldest teams in the Netherlands, the Nargles are a team to look out for! We spoke with their president and captain Charlie Hölscher. 

When and how did the team get started? 

In April 2014 at Elfia Haarzuilens, there was a  introduction tournament organised by the predecessor of QNL, MQN (Muggle Quidditch Nederland). This is where Dutch quidditch really kickstarted, leading to the beginning of the Nargles. Some people were really eager to start a team after this tournament, en thus the Amsterdragons in Amsterdam was born. At the end of summer 2014, there was interest for a team to start up in Leiden. This team was called the Leiden Portkeys. EQC 2015 was approaching and the Netherlands gottwo spots: one for the Wageningen Werewolves and one for another Dutch team. Since neither the Amsterdragons nor the Leiden Portkeys had enough members to go to the tournament, and there were already a lot of overlapping players, a new team was created uniting players from both cities. Thus, the North Sea Nargles was born!

How did you come up with the team name? What about the logo?

The team name was chosen by democratic vote at our founding party. Several other names were considered (amongst which something monstrous including cheese… we try to forget) but North Sea Nargles came out on top. We didn’t want to pick a city name since we’re spread over two cities, so we figured, in this part of the country you’re bound to be near the sea. The logo was designed by our own wonderful Noah, who spent so much time perfecting a wave-themed visual that afterwards his head must have felt like it was full of Nargles..

What celebrity do you think would fit right in the team? Why?

Hannah Hart! She is a queer dork who loves puns and general good fun, need we say more?

Credits: YV photography
Credits: YV photography

Kick-off new season 2017-2018

Say ‘snitch’! Yesterday we spend the day in Utrecht’s Park Transwijk to kick off the new quidditch season with about 40 people, which is almost half of all quidkids in the Netherlands! We are especially proud of the team in Eindhoven that just started their trainings a week ago, and hope to see all teams at friendlies again soon. A toast, to a spectacular season!

Photo credit: Bruggeling Quidditch Photography