For the 5th year in a row, the Reading Rocs Quidditch Team hosted their Whiteknights tournament (22-23 April). This year the tournament was named 5hiteknight5, making a playful joke between it being the 5th year and, of course, the running joke within the Quidditch community about the Rocs’ tournament standings, which given our 10th place finish (out of 11) continued to be amusingly on the nose.
Those 11 teams from across the country competed to win the golden toilet seat that served as the first-place trophy. This year, that honour went to the Nottingham Nightmares, who played phenomenally, just snatching the win from the HogYork Horntails in a seriously tight final.
The lower-bracket consisted of the three teams that placed lowest on day 1, competing to win the consolation golden toilet brush. Reading beat the Oxford Quidlings, saving us from a last place finish, but the toilet brush was ultimately taken by Bristol’s BrizzleBees, for whom Finley Williams, incoming Vice Captain of the Reading Rocs, was playing. Hopefully he’ll bring some of that winning attitude over to Reading!
Former Rocs Vice-Captain Alex Wall made his debut as Captain at this tournament. Prior to the tournament, he told us he’s “really looking forward to captaining the Reading Rocs at 5hiteknights: this team has given so much to me over the last year and it’s finally my chance to start giving back. We look to play hard and win our own tournament. Looking forward, I aim to take this team to new heights through hard work and dedication, and my committee will be making sure that we party hard as well.”
We also managed to catch up with Peter Glenister, one of the Rocs and part of the organising committee for the tournament:
“Overall, 5hiteknights has been a great success with amazing Quidditch being played by all attending teams and the committee wishes to extend their congratulations to Nottingham who were worthy winners.”
And, all in all, it was a pretty great weekend, with vastly better weather than we’ve seen at any other tournaments this year!
For the curious or Quidditch-minded amongst you, the full final rankings at the end of the tournament were:
- Nottingham Nightmares
- HogYork Horntails
- Swansea Seven Swans
- Exeter Eagles
- Chester Centurions
- SQC 2
- Norwich Nifflers
- Portsmouth Horntail Strikers
- Bristol Brizzlebees
- Reading Rocs
- Oxford Quidlings
Coming off a series of losses, and a last place finish at BQC (Nationals), stakes were certainly high for the Rocs. And whilst we didn’t break into that upper bracket, with returning legend Chris Thomas and some serious determination all-round, the team did manage to win one game and keep out of that bottom spot. Could this be the turning point that sees the Rocs rise up the rankings and become a real threat once more? Here’s hoping that between them Alex, Finley, and the whole new committee can indeed bring the Rocs back up and keep those wins coming!