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Quidditch casts spell on Loyola

Club sport open to Loyola community

By CHELSEY RICHTER
On September 30, 2011

  • Members of the Loyola Quidditch Club practice in the Monroe Quad on Thursday, Sept. 22. Practices are held every Thursday from 5. 30 to 7

Quidditch, a Loyola club, offers members a chance to straddle broomsticks and participate in their favorite magical sport.

Featured in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" books, the game was adapted as a sport under the name of "Muggle Quidditch" or simply "Quidditch."

Criminal justice senior, founder and team captain Kayla Cox found out about Muggle Quidditch through the International Quidditch Association website.

"I immediately began researching the details and regulations. Then I decided to start a club at Loyola," Cox said.

Quidditch was chartered by SGA in September of 2010.

Now, there are 30 members who currently participate in the Quidditch club.

"We have had a significant freshman turnout this year, and we hope to get even more players in the future," Cox said.

Students in the club said they enjoy playing.

"Quidditch is a great opportunity to build long-lasting relationships in college during a healthy but challenging sport," said chaser and management junior Sebastian Bernal.

Jackie Gross, general studies business freshman, chaser and keeper, said she looks forward to playing Quidditch each week.

"It's really fun and easy to learn," Gross said.

The Loyola Quidditch Club practices every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Monroe Quad. Practices consist of doing drills and scrimmaging against one another.

In February, they will be attending the Mardi Gras Carnival Cup at Louisiana State University.

"It's a big tournament that LSU hosts. We are going to spend this semester preparing for that," Cox said. "LSU's Quidditch team is very good. We hope to play them again very soon."

According to Cox, the game can be pretty rough, but no significant injuries have occurred.

"We've had a few broken brooms during tackles, but so far no major injuries. Knock on wood," Cox said.

According to Cox, the club is open to anyone in the Loyola community.

"Everyone is welcome to come out and play or just stop by and watch. We would love to have a huge, supportive crowd at practices and matches," Cox said.

Chelsey Richter can be reached at cmrichte@loyno.edu

 


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