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Re: Quidditch Weekly

Postby Xter » Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:00 am

Front Cover Released!

The front cover of Quidditch Weekly's Special CWC Edition has been released! With the release of the cover, we know for certain that the focus of the issue is the CWC. But still, we hope that maybe on the inside there will be stories about more than the CWC. Burning questions such as "What happened to Carpinter?" and "Who decided to make the players glow?" need to be answered soon, and hopefully this will be the edition to do it!

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Re: Quidditch Weekly

Postby Zankman » Sun Sep 04, 2016 12:54 pm

Looks good, but, I must nit-pick: it says "Catchers vs Dynamo", yet, my players and my name is on the left side, while the Catchers' are on the right side.
Legacy of the London Dynamo
Founded:
Season 30 - Sapling 8.
Promotions (first season in new league):
Season 31 - Oak 5.
Season 32 - Iron 4.
Season 34 - Steel 3.
Season 37 - Bronze 2.
Season 38 - Silver.
Season 41 - Gold.
Season 44 - Honour.
Titles:
Season 48 - Club World Cup 1st Place.
Highest Honour Placement(s):
Season 44 - 5th.
Rivals:
Isle of Man Hood, Gillingham Giants, London Asswinders, London Ravens, Exeter Patronum, Dudley Dursleys...
Inspiration
London Inquisitors (RIP, S24 - S40).
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Re: Quidditch Weekly

Postby Xter » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:06 pm

Zankman wrote:Looks good, but, I must nit-pick: it says "Catchers vs Dynamo", yet, my players and my name is on the left side, while the Catchers' are on the right side.


Good catch! Thanks.
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Re: Quidditch Weekly

Postby Xter » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:00 am

Hood vs Victory

Looks like we are in for an interesting 3rd place match between the Hood and the Victory. The game all comes down to the Chasers. The Hood need their chasers to dominate the game from the get-go, seeker Ahmad is outmatched and outclassed by Gallais. Ahmad, while undoubtedly a top notch seeker prospect, cannot compete against the likes of an honor level seeker. We saw that against the Dynamo, against the Shoes, duel percentages of 42% and 25%. He just is not ready for the big stage. We saw a lot of his technique and form against Morettini, who may win games for the Dynamo, but in terms of duel percent, is not even top ten in honor. Ahmad looked like he needed all his wits to keep up. Going against Gallais, who has the third-best duel percentage in honor league, he will be in over his head to try and hold off Gallais from the snitch to give the Hood a chance for victory.

But even holding Gallais off the snitch might not be enough for the Hood to win. The Victory have an incredible chaser line, with all three chasers boasting 50% goal conversion in the top flight. The Hood, on the other hand, have Corwin Mathias, who is probably the best chaser in the world, but his supporting cast is weak. The Hood's chaser line as a whole doesn't match up skill wise against the Victory's chaser line. The Victory's chasers are faster, more accurate, agiler, and more dexterous. This means the Hood need to play to their strength, physical heads-up play. The Victory chasers are often caught off guard, and the Hood will look to create interceptions by being alert to the play and reading the Victory's moves. This means it all comes down to skill against strategy to see who wins the chaser battle.

However, there is another variable that could influence the chasers, and that is beater play. Lehmann and Pugh are great flyers. They dodge snitches with their high speed and agility, and they have the strength and accuracy to take care of business too. The Victory chasers need them taken out of the game if they want to generate chances. Matthews and Boyle are not up to snuff. Probably the worst beater pairing in the honor league in terms of stats, they need to get their act together and figure this out now. They are so ineffective, the Hood will probably just shake them off, and their youth could turn against them. Both are under 30, which means they still have a lot of quidditch left, to play and to learn. Lehmann and Pugh? They are old, Pugh retiring this year. Expect him to give it his all on a way to game domination.

One factory will make all of the above futile, and that is a hot keeper. Don't worry too much about that, though, seeing as neither teams keeper is something spectacular to talk about. Morvan has the slight edge, playing in the top flight, but her stats are lower than Maher's, which is rife for debate. There is no doubt, though, that Morvan is a better flyer. She just isn't as attentive as she needs to be. Her low level of alertness means she let's in too many goals she should stop. Count on the Hood to take a lot of shots hoping that Morvan will miss one, or more, from lack of attentiveness.

Lastly, the managers will have a tactical say in this match. Isle of Man Hood like to play a very balanced game, and it suits the team they have. Going into this match, however, look for the manager to play more defensively, to keep the game within snitch range. The Victory have been playing on the defensive side, some games containing, others being played in constant park the bus. Look for them to take a turn to attacking play, due to their need to get plenty of goals, and get them quickly.

This match will be hard fought and tightly contested, and either team could win, if the game plan is executed well. The game tickets sold out within an hour, and with 7,500 G on the line, who will step up and take the 3rd place trophy and the golden galleons? Our prediction: The Victory will win this one, but by a narrow margin, 870-740.

Predicted Starting 7:

Victory:
S --- Gallais
B --- Matthews
B --- Boyle
C --- Mahmood
C --- Eaton
C --- Kurth
K --- Morvan

Hood:
S --- Ahmad
B --- Pugh
B --- Lehmann
C --- Mathias
C --- Harvey
C --- Webb
K --- Maher
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Re: Quidditch Weekly

Postby Zankman » Mon Sep 05, 2016 1:18 pm

Cool write-up.

I'd go with the Victory for the win.
Legacy of the London Dynamo
Founded:
Season 30 - Sapling 8.
Promotions (first season in new league):
Season 31 - Oak 5.
Season 32 - Iron 4.
Season 34 - Steel 3.
Season 37 - Bronze 2.
Season 38 - Silver.
Season 41 - Gold.
Season 44 - Honour.
Titles:
Season 48 - Club World Cup 1st Place.
Highest Honour Placement(s):
Season 44 - 5th.
Rivals:
Isle of Man Hood, Gillingham Giants, London Asswinders, London Ravens, Exeter Patronum, Dudley Dursleys...
Inspiration
London Inquisitors (RIP, S24 - S40).
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Re: Quidditch Weekly

Postby Xter » Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:58 pm

Zankman wrote:Cool write-up.

I'd go with the Victory for the win.



I actually forgot the last paragraph when I copied and pasted it. I'll add it in.
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Re: Quidditch Weekly

Postby Xter » Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:34 am

Well, I never really got to finish my CWC super write up.

So here is what I got done, for you to enjoy:


[+] NSFW
Hood vs Victory


Looks like we are in for an interesting 3rd place match between the Hood and the Victory. The game all comes down to the Chasers. The Hood need their chasers to dominate the game from the get-go, seeker Ahmad is outmatched and outclassed by Gallais. Ahmad, while undoubtedly a top notch seeker prospect, cannot compete against the likes of an honor level seeker. We saw that against the Dynamo, against the Shoes, duel percentages of 42% and 25%. He just is not ready for the big stage. We saw a lot of his technique and form against Morettini, who may win games for the Dynamo, but in terms of duel percent, is not even top ten in honor. Ahmad looked like he needed all his wits to keep up. Going against Gallais, who has the third-best duel percentage in honor league, he will be in over his head to try and hold off Gallais from the snitch to give the Hood a chance for victory.

But even holding Gallais off the snitch might not be enough for the Hood to win. The Victory have an incredible chaser line, with all three chasers boasting 50% goal conversion in the top flight. The Hood, on the other hand, have Corwin Mathias, who is probably the best chaser in the world, but his supporting cast is weak. The Hood's chaser line as a whole does not match up skill wise against the Victory's chaser line. The Victory's chasers are faster, more accurate, agiler, and more dexterous. This means the Hood need to play to their strength, physical heads-up play. The Victory chasers are often caught off guard, and the Hood will look to create interceptions by being alert to the play and reading the Victory's moves. This means it all comes down to skill against strategy to see who wins the chaser battle.

However, there is another variable that could influence the chasers, and that is beater play. Lehmann and Pugh are great flyers. They dodge snitches with their high speed and agility, and they have the strength and accuracy to take care of business too. The Victory chasers need them taken out of the game if they want to generate chances. Matthews and Boyle are not up to snuff. Probably the worst beater pairing in the honor league in terms of stats, they need to get their act together and figure this out now. They are so ineffective, the Hood will probably just shake them off, and their youth could turn against them. Both are under 30, they still have a lot of quidditch left, to play and to learn. Lehmann and Pugh are old, Pugh retiring this year. Expect him to give it his all on a way to game domination.

One factor will make all of the above futile, and that is a hot keeper. Do not worry too much about that, though, seeing as neither team’s keeper is something spectacular to talk about. Morvan has the slight edge, playing in the top flight, but her stats are lower than Maher's, which is rife for debate. There is no doubt, though, that Morvan is a better flyer. She just is not as attentive as she needs to be. Her low level of alertness means she lets in too many goals she should stop. Count on the Hood to take a lot of shots hoping that Morvan will miss one, or more, from lack of attentiveness.

Lastly, the managers will have a tactical say in this match. Isle of Man Hood like to play a very balanced game, and it suits the team they have. Going into this match, however, look for the manager to play more defensively, to keep the game within snitch range. The Victory have been playing on the defensive side, some games containing, others being played in constant park the bus. Look for them to take a turn to attacking play, due to their need to get plenty of goals, and get them quickly.

This match will be hard fought and tightly contested, and either team could win, if the game plan is executed well. The game tickets sold out within an hour, and with 7,500 G on the line, who will step up and take the 3rd place trophy and the golden galleons? Our prediction: The Victory will win this one, but by a narrow margin, 870-740.

Predicted Starting 7:

Victory:
S --- Gallais; B --- Matthews; B --- Boyle; C --- Mahmood; C --- Eaton; C --- Kurth; K --- Morvan

Hood:
S --- Ahmad; B --- Pugh; B --- Lehmann; C --- Mathias; C --- Harvey; C --- Webb; K --- Maher

April Webb

A fair few free agencies ago, April Webb was 28, and on top of her game. Coming off a strong season at the recently disbanded London Inquisitors, Webb was the top free agent to buy. Isle of Man Hood saw something in her, and went all out, spending 100,000 golden galleons on securing her signature. Now, as the Hood have been eliminated from competing for the Club World Cup final, the question arises, was it worth 100,000 galleons to bring in this player? Looking at what the team has gone through, and how her play has affected the teams place in the standings.
At the end of Season 40, the Hood had just reached automatic promotion to Honor League, and signed Webb that off season. Their first season in honor they finished 6th, a respectable finish, Webb played a minimal role. Next season they finished 6th again, and Webb was still looking to make her mark on the Hood. The next season the Hood exploded, finishing runners-up to the Harrogate Villains, a team that would rule the roost of honor for the next five seasons. Webb was at the fore, and making moves on closing out the Villains.

Season 44 brought on some regression for the Hood, their final standing dropping to fourth overall. Webb had a solid season, but not the performance that was needed to bring her team to the top. The Hood dropped to 9th the next year, and it was clear that while Webb’s purchase brought them short term glory, the long term looked bleak, as Webb looked slower, and was losing her skills, things she used to do with ease became harder, and still the Hood played on. Season 46 saw the Hood drop to 10th, more of damage control than anything, fans and pundits alike expected the Hood to drop the next season, and they were not wrong.

Season 47 brought the greatest disappointment to the Hood franchise. Relegation with only 23 wins in the league and a disappointing campaign for Webb. Still not having won any hardware other than a runners-up trophy for her third season at the club, was this what 100,000 Galleons got the Hood? A runner’s up trophy? This could be the most disappointing 100,000 spent on a single player in the history of the BQL.

Webb came into Season 48 determined. The Hood signed star chaser Corwin Mathias from the Corgi’s, and together they combined. Corwin and Webb, along with third chaser, the young star Harvey, combined and are the most prolific goal scorers in Gold Division, and are top fifteen at goal conversion. The CWC also has lead Webb to better performances, with an average of 51.8% of her shots hitting the back of the net. Against top level honor league competition, Webb has shot 51% and 48% respectively. Her game looks like she is ready for Honor again, as the Hood are favorites for automatic promotion again.

It will be hard to say whether or not the 100,000 golden Galleons spent on April Webb was worth it until the end of her career, but with a Club World Cub third place trophy to go with Honor League runners-up, Webb has brought some degree of success to the club, and while there may not be long left in Webb’s career, she may just end up being worth that 100,000 Galleon fee the Hood paid.

Nicole Matthews


While the Club World Cup is a good opportunity to see the best of the best ply their trade and show the world their quidditch skills and abilities, another lesser known quidditch player has taken the spotlight. Nicole Matthews of the Ayr Victory has won fans from far and wide with her dazzling displays of skill, athleticism, and tremendous form. She has been hailed as the next great beater, following the likes of Scarlett Miller, Kelsey Charlton, Hans Saunders, and Feliks Rataj Her main competition to claim the best beater in the world spot when the current greats retire? Baron Boyle, her beating partner on the Ayr Victory. Boyle and Miller look like a top pairing, but in the honor league, they only rank 27th and 31st. So it is evident that they are in need of some more match practice against top level teams. Looking at Miller, she ranks 4th in Gold, and Charlton and Saunders are 4th and 7th in Silver. Some of the top beaters in the world, not playing in honor is something that is very curious. However, Hans Saunders and his Misfits are climbing the tables, and are in the race for promotion to Gold this season. Perhaps they will blow past and we can see truly who is better, one of the current top players, or perhaps Matthews will improve, and raise her game to the next level. The Victory need her to, and this could be the time to show she is better than her stats show she is.

Looking at the Victory’s roster, the team is full of young talents. Everyone is under 30, except Morvan, who is 30. This current roster has at least 3 more seasons to play with each other, and for most of them, 3 more seasons to improve their play. And they don’t have much to improve on. They currently are battling for 3rd, and could potentially rise up to second if the odd fall very much in their favor. Expect the Victory to have a strong run at the title this coming year, even if their beater pairing is one of the worst in honor. Matthews and Boyle are looking to become the best, and the best they may still yet become. Their styles of play and their abilities compensate for the others weakness. Where one is weak, the other is strong, almost everywhere, almost. Both suffer from a low level of alertness, which is most likely the reason of their struggles in honor. The speed of play is too fast for them to keep up with. This level of alertness is what hinders Matthews from rising to the position of the best player in the world. Both Boyle and her need to acclimate to the speed the game is played at in honor, otherwise they will always be on the back foot, and this big issue can be the difference between victory and defeat.

However, there is another player who looks to steal this crown from Matthews and Boyle, Hector Boore of Millport United. He is paired with Kelsey Charlton, one of the best beaters in the world. Hector has the ability to become that next great beater. His broom skills are lacking, but he makes up for that by being almost perfect in every other area. Broom work is negligible when you can hit the bludgers with pace and accuracy, hard enough to knock most chasers off the Quaffle. Boore could be the next big thing in honor, if United can get there. After selling Justine Grant, they fell from competing for the Silver title to mid-table, trying to avoid relegation. While Boore may have had a disastrous rookie season, he is expected to have a superb sophomore campaign. United are hoping to reach honor before their veteran players retire, to give Charlton the chance to play in the league she belongs. And this show down between Matthews and Boyle against Charlton and Boore looks to be one of the best matches for young beaters to watch and learn from, because all four of these players have made, or will make their mark on the beater position, it’s just a matter of time.

Catchers vs Dynamo

The Catchers come into this match looking to win. And here at Quidditch Weekly, we expect them to win. What will make that happen? Skill, tactics, and nerve, are what the Catchers need to win against the Dynamo. Starting with skill, the Catchers roster is much more skilled than the Dynamos. Catchers players have more of every stat, except MOR and STA. But where the Catchers have skill, they are superior. The Dynamo however, are not far behind, but at this level, any small difference becomes a big difference. The most problematic thing for the Catchers is the Dynamo vastly outclass their MOR and STA, and while all the other skill comparisons are close, this one is not. And this could be the Catchers very undoing. But in the end, the Catchers will play with a better tactic.

The Catchers have beaten the Dynamo already this season, so they know what will work. The Dynamo manager Zankman needs to head to the film room and devise a masterplan for victory, without fail. The stakes have never been higher. Thirdly, nerve is also a crucial factor in games like this. The Dynamo are a very volatile team in terms of nerve, losing games they should win, but also winning games they should have no chance in. The Catchers are much more consistent, and so the nerve factor rests entirely on the Dynamo. Will manager Zankman get them motivated in time? That could be the deciding factor in this match.

Melissa McIntosh was acquired from the Fareham Fighting-Hamsters as a young player ready to burst onto the honor level stage. She has since proven her worth, leading the Catchers to season after season of improvement, and as the teams go to Chaser. The Dynamo have Johnston to stop her. Johnston is known for being one of the premier shut down Chasers in the game, and could neutralize McIntosh’s effect on the game. With McIntosh out of the way, the Dynamo could have a field day at goal, if they get past the Catchers other, very competent, chasers Magri and Beddoe. Blackburn, a premier scorer from his days at Millport United, could pose a serious offensive threat to the Catchers if left unchecked.

The seeker matchup can be seen to be in the Catchers favor, or not. Morettini can shut down your seeker and catch the snitch with ease, but Harrison won’t have any of that. Harrison is a much more physical player, who relies on great strength and balance to win duels. Morettini is a craft seeker, who uses tact and skill to outfox the opposing snitch catcher. This duel is one of who has perfected their play style, and who can counter the other to catch the snitch for their team.


And that is all I had managed to write, and then life got crazy and this hit the dustbin. I apologize for the huge delay, and lack of completeness (the Dynamo and Catchers lack a starting seven, and individual player features). Hopefully there is still enough quality here to make it worth the wait.

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