Ives Pond Heads to the World Cup!

Ives Pond Quidditch Club is heading to NYC this weekend to compete in the World Cup. Currently ranked #9 in the world, Buffalo will represent with 20 players on the team’s roster. I caught up with a couple of team members in their van moments ago to find out what they are anticipating to encounter at the tournament. “There are 100 teams and 2000 athletes appearing in what will be the fifth World Cup,” Assistant Captain James Maska told me. “Buffalo has played in four of the cups. Middlebury, the team that founded the sport and has won every year… they’ve never lost a game. We’ve never had the opportunity to play them, but we’d love the challenge this year. This sport is growing fast and Buffalo’s team in one of the best around.”
It’s incredible to see just how much this sport has taken off. BRO’s Sarah Maurer detailed the ins and outs of the sport last November as the team was heading to NYC in search of victory (see here). That was the first time that many of us learned that Buffalo even had a team, let alone one that ranked so highly. “This year we have a lot more experience,” Nick Kelly, the team’s Captain chimed in. “Because 20 players who played last year are back. We actually have more size because more people are considering the game a real sport, and that means that more people than ever are looking to play. Everyone takes it more seriously, although there’s still an element of goofiness. For the first time we have different, well developed, lines and a playbook. We have certain strengths that other teams don’t have.
“Looking at the first round of the tournament, we beat Eastern Michigan last year, but the other teams we have never played against. Our experience level should take care of Marquette and Texas because they are new to the game. We have size over UMass – that should deliver us a win. We play a fast break offense, so we have a ton of speed. Our beaters can knock players out – meaning that we don’t even give the other teams a chance on goal. For example, on October 30 we played Syracuse and we beat them 110 to 10. We don’t like to have other teams score – that’s the bottom line. We’ll be updating our Facebook site after every game. We don’t plan on leaving NYC this weekend without the World Cup.”
FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE (Saturday)
vs. Eastern Michigan University (10:30 am)
vs. Marquette University (1:10 pm)
vs. University of Texas (5:40 pm)
vs. UMass (8:20 pm)
Look for Ives Pond to be hosting a winter quidditch tournament at the upcoming Olmsted Parks Flurrious! Festival on January 21 (see Facebook for updates). 
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6 comments
jajajaaames
jajajaaames

Hey there, we've heard the insults thrown at us before so that's nothing new. But believe it or not, quidditch is an incredibly physical, full-contact sport, and some of the teams at the World Cup this year were filled with pure, D1-level athletes. Kansas, Texas, Florida, and Middlebury all are examples of incredibly talented teams. But the bottom line is that we're out there having fun, and I surely hope you have better things to do with your time than criticize what others do for fun. We're looking forward to hosting a tournament at this year's Flurrous Festival -- come check it out and maybe we'll win you over.

St Jimmy
St Jimmy

Dumb? - Kids having fun is dumb? Kids from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, R.I.T. to name just a few Quidditch college clubs,and don't forget Buffalo's City Honors School Club starting to gain some traction maybe not so dumb after all.

Toms
Toms

nothing better to say oldwaiter?

oldwaiter
oldwaiter

The team from Penn State was disqualified from playing because of where the coaches put their brooms!

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