European Games 2017 - Team Introductions
- Published: 06 July 2017
- Written by IQA Staff
"TeamUK are going into this tournament to win it of course. We are incredibly excited by the fact that European quidditch is at its most competitive this season, with 5/6 teams seriously challenging for the gold. Even so, that just increases our determination to take the top spot." (Bill Orridge, Team UK Captain)
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This is our third year playing an international tournament with players from all over Spain (Galicia, Málaga, Bilbao, Madrid...) and even some players playing outside of Spain (like USQ or UK). After reaching the 10th position at WC, we expect to keep improving our position and level internationally.
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Team Slovakia is team belonging to Slovak Quidditch Association, which is comming to Oslo with 15 players ready to take European quidditch scene by storm. We are looking forward to play all the teams we can and get better in quidditch. Our goal is to end in top ten in the tournament. (Hopefully, this is enough).
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Since her creation the french team has grown up to become one the best national team in Europe. With players used to beat, chase or seek at international level we use these experiences to get stronger day after day. We have one thought, one goal : To be better than ourself. To do this we are hard on ourself and we embrace challenge.
We will be ready for this new one. Are you?
Our goal : make sandwiches....just kidding get the gold!
We look forward to face teams on Day 1 and share the thrill of the competition.
Photo credit: Sylvie Moriniere
The IQA World Cup 2016 in Germany gave the national quidditch scene a massive boost. Now representing one of the biggest quidditch nations in the world, Team Germany is aiming to establish Germany in the European top tier of the sport as well. The team's goal for the European Games in Oslo is the Top 4 - and to finally take revenge for the unfortunate loss to Norway during the World Cup's bracket play.
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The Dutch national quidditch team, also called 'The Flying Dutchmen', is coached by Alexander Blass and Nick van Klaveren. The team has had regular training sessions and practice matches since february, which combined with the close proximity of the country has lead to great teamwork between all players. The Netherlands look forward to show off their hard work and achieve their best performance in international quidditch to date.
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This is the third iteration of Team Turkey and after two back to back 6th place finishes at EG 2015 and WC 2016 Team Turkey is aiming for gold. Team Turkey has finished their year long preparations with an 8 day long intense training camp in Ankara, working on their tactics and team cohesion. The team has already endured many financial and bureaucratic obstacles and every player is looking forward to the brooms up to take everyone down and rise to the top of Europe. With a roster full of experienced and highly athletic players including 4 MVP's of EQC 2017, Team Turkey might just bring home the gold, but they will definitely challenge every team they'll play.
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This year the catalan team has been preparing a lot and as we are a small NGB we've had the oportunity to be training with the national team since december at least twice a month, and after EQC once a week. I think we are bringing a great roster to the EG, maybe a little low on non-male players, but with really good experienced players and also some new ones who have been surprising us since the begining and will surely surprise the other teams on the EG.
Me and Àngel (the other co-coach) think that last year Team Catalonia was not that ready in the WC because we were more a group of players doing what we could, but this year after hard training and an exhaustive planning we are bringing something closer to a real team.
We are really excited to see if we are able to show europe the real potential we know Team Catalonia has.
Photo credit: Emeline Bosc
For Team Poland, European Games 2017 is their third performance, after European Games 2015 and World Cup 2016. This year, the team is coached by the Warsaw Mermaids duo of Kiril Kravchuk and Marian Dziubiak, and captained yet again by Jagoda Sadecka from the Quidditch Hussars. It consists of 19 players coming from all but one teams in Poland, displaying formidable depth and genuine enthusiasm.
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The Belgium national quidditch team, known as the Belgian Gryffins, is the national team of Belgium in quidditch. The team was founded in 2014 upon the announcement of the 2014 IQA Global Games, the International Quidditch Association’s second international tournament featuring national teams.
The team is overseen by the Belgian Quidditch Federation, the head organisation of all quidditch in Belgium. The name Gryffins and the logo come from the combination of Belgium’s two community’s symbols: the Walloon rooster and the Flemish lion.
Team Italy, formally Nazionale Italiana Quidditch, was born in 2014 but this season AIQ (the Italian NGB) started a new three-years project aim to improve our national side by EG2019. EG in Oslo will be the third tournament for Team Italy, after a good start at EG in Sarteano (5th place) and a stumble last year at World Cup in Frankfurt (13th place). There will be a small lack of players including several notable veterans in Oslo because of a few different difficulties in traveling there, but the squad of 19 Azzurri (as Italian sportspeople are nicknamed), counting a majority of debuting players, will try to redeem last season's outcome and aim for the top positions in the final standings nonetheless.
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"Craic" is an old Irish word for "general enjoyment, fun and banter". So what's the craic about the Irish at European Games?
Although the heart of last year's World Cup Team Ireland is still present, some fresh life was pumped into the team through newly formed clubs in Dublin and Belfast. This means the strongest and the best Ireland has to offer is ready to shake up Europe. The team is made up of players from clubs in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland as well as players with Irish background playing for some of the best clubs in the UK.
Each and every player has given their all to be on the team and is dedicated to representing their country well. Some of the players have only begun playing the sport and the sheer improvement in this time is testament to the inclusive and supportive potential of developing this sport more in Ireland.
Team Ireland is one of Europe's oldest NGBs, starting in 2012 and sent national teams to many big events in Europe like to European Games in Italy in 2015 and the World Cup in Germany in 2016 but the Irish have clearly never been as strong as they are now. With fresh blood in their ranks as well as many experienced veterans the emerald isle wants to show the world what they are capable of and are hungry for their first big win.
But in the end - after all the their dedication for the game we all love so much - you can be sure that the Irish are going to bring the craic.
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This is the third time Team Norway is participating in an international tournament, and we're better prepared than ever! With six national team training weekends since November and an increasing pool of players to select from, we are exited to see how we match up against the biggest quidditch nations in Europe. We are also of course very happy to be playing on home turf in Norway, and hope that the tournament will help Norwegian quidditch grow.
Photo credit: Ragnhild W. Dahl
Austria started a national team in 2016, with the first editions of the team taking part in the IQA World Cup 2016 in Frankfurt. Austria ranked 14th and is going to the European Games in Oslo this year in the hopes of improving last year's result.
Words from the captain Lena Mandahus.
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#We'reDoingOurBest or #ViGörSåGottViKan is the official hashtag for the Swedish national team for the 2017 European games. With 7 players, from 5 different teams and with only 2 non male players the Swedish national team will have to worry about more than just scoring goals and catching snitches. However, the Swedes sure will give everything they've got to establish Sweden as a great quidditch nation. They will do their best!
Photo credit: Linnea Arvidsson