The Snitch Tournament has finally ended, and with it, the Quidditch World Cup - in a thrilling reversal of 1994! Fifty-five minutes into the final match, Arielle Lemoyne of Bulgaria beat out Amy Lupin of Ireland to the final Golden Snitch of the tournament, avenging her loss in the semifinals of last year's tournament. Unlike 23 years earlier, this gives the Quidditch World Cup to Bulgaria, 1160 to 1120
The top 5 overall individual scores were as follows:
1st - Will Lestrange
of Ireland (240)
2nd - Arielle Lemoyne
of Bulgaria (230)
3rd - TIE between Amy Lupin
of Ireland and Scarlet Leslie-Lewis
of Bulgaria (165 each)
5th - Cody Lewis
of Bulgaria (150)
To wrap up the Quidditch World Cup, let's say a few words about everything that went down.
SNITCH TOURNAMENT: There weren't that many surprises in the opening rounds of the tournament, but there were a few exciting matches nonetheless. Eight people ended up advancing to the quarterfinals: Amy Lupin
, Aurelia West
, Vanessa Tilley
, and Will Lestrange
on the Irish side and Arielle Lemoyne
, Maxwell Shadow
, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis
, and Shiloh Adlar
(The other four participants were Austin Ollivander Black
and Kendra Givens
of Bulgaria and Alexander Brighton
and Sirius Fudge
of Ireland; of them, Kendra deserves special mention for being the only person to face Arielle the entire tournament and NOT losing.)
The quarterfinals themselves were fairly smooth sailing with Amy, Arielle, Scarlet, and Will winning their matches... but then the semifinals got really exciting: in both matches, the first person to get Clue 5 was NOT the person who caught the Snitch. Arielle managed to erase a four-minute deficit against Will by solving more than twice as fast as Will in a very challenging puzzle; a month later, after a series of delays, Amy kept Ireland's hopes alive by erasing a nine-minute delay against Scarlet with an impressively fast solve of her own.
Finally, on the cold, bright autumnal morning of October 1, Amy and Arielle faced off on the pitch and, while Arielle was never more than a few squares ahead of Amy and both had the potential
to solve fast, Arielle's solve (in under four minutes) meant that Amy wouldn't land on the final clue until Arielle was within two minutes of catching... which gave the Snitch, and the Cup, to Arielle Lemoyne
OTHER BROOM-RELATED STUFF: You've already heard all my writeups about all of the broom games, including Quaffle, on the pitch but a few things are worth noting:
-Bulgaria won the first and third Quaffle game and Ireland won the second (all were incredibly close, i.e. the largest margin of victory was 40 points).
-The most goals scored by a Chaser in Quaffle over the summer was Will Lestrange
(with 67); the most blocks made by a Keeper in Quaffle over the summer was Cody Lewis
(with 25 - and all in a single game!)
-Two players have really stepped up their game this past year and proved, over the summer, that they are likely to be major threats for their House teams in the near future. Both of them managed to place in a mini-game, as well as earn some impressive blocks against some of the top names in the game on the Quaffle side. Everyone should remember the names "Patrick James
" and "Maxim Trevelyan
"; we expect to see a lot of their dominance in the near future!
-We also have to give credit for a rising star on the Quijudge side of the field: Katelin Ross
has really shown her potential as a referee, both in Quaffle and in Snitch! Good refs are surprisingly hard to find... so it's awesome that Katelin is added to that list!
The Quaffle and Snitch matches would not have happened at all without our referees, who are listed below:
Cody Lewis, Katelin Ross, Maxim Trevelyan, Rosalie Mason, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, and Shiloh Adlar!
Finally, the Quidditch World Cup wouldn't be anything without the players, so let's give a shout-out to everyone who played...
Bulgaria: Ashley Margaret, Arielle Lemoyne, Austin Ollivander Black, Bull J. Johnson, Cody Lewis, Katelin Ross, Maxim Trevelyan, Maxwell Shadow, Scarlet Leslie-Lewis, and Shiloh Adlar!
Ireland: Alexander Brighton, Amy Lupin, Aurelia West, Gail Allen, Kim Alting, Patrick James, Polaris Black, Sirius Fudge, Tarma Amelia Black, Vanessa Tilley, and Will Lestrange!
If you played or reffed, you should have received a gift of Beans... 50 if you played, 50 if you reffed, and TWO HUNDRED if you did both!