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Cardiff Arms Park to host Quidditch Championship

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THIS summer, Cardiff will be hosting the Quidditch Premier League Championship, to determine the strongest teams in the UK and set their ranking in the Quidditch Premier League.

This will be the league’s second season, with the newly established Welsh Dragons playing on home ground.

As well as the Welsh Dragons, the Championship will be attended by the London Monarchs, Southwest Broadside, Southeast Knights, Eastern Mermaids; and Yorkshire Roses, East Midlands Archers, Northern Watch, West Midlands Revolution and Scottish Thistles.

The Championship will be hosted by Cardiff Arms Park Stadium on August 25 and will be a day-long event, open to the public to spectate.

The Championship will follow six divisional fixtures that will take place from June to August. It will see ten teams battle it out for the title of national champions, marking the end to the QPL’s second season. With time and development, the QPL is acting to develop the sport to new heights in the UK.

Jack Lennard, Director of the League said: “I’m incredibly excited that our 2018 Championship will be at such a prestigious and stunning venue. We made history in our sport last season by holding our Championship in a professional sporting stadium for the first time.

“Now, we’re taking that passion and spectacle around the UK, to Cardiff, the home of our new Welsh national team. It really doesn’t get more exciting than that.”

The Quidditch Premier League (QPL) is an elite Quidditch league that represents the sport in the United Kingdom. The league is composed of ten teams – five in the North Division and five in the South Division.

The QPL season runs from June to August, with each team playing three divisional fixtures in the regular season.

The playoffs include all ten teams competing in the QPL Championship fixture on August 25, with the winning team being named as the QPL Champions for that season.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Quidditch has developed into its own sport, with 20,000 competing international players, 25 competing countries, and an international rulebook.

Photos supplied by Jessica Cornelius

A Quidditch team consists of 21 athletes with 7 players per team on the field at any one time. Each player has a broom between their legs.

The four maximum rule of Quidditch states that at most there can be four players of the same gender on pitch at one time. This ensures that the game is mixed gender and inclusive to all.

Quidditch has also been labelled as the ‘world’s most progressive sport’ by VICE for the same reason.

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Division 3: Three-horse race

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THE Division 3 title race and promotion will be decided on Saturday (Aug 24) with three teams all still in the hunt.

Last week, Llanrhian, who had been top prior to their game, saw their match at Llangwm Seconds called off after they claimed their pitch was wet.

Herbrandston then beat Lamphey to move top of Division 3 while the Stags picked up enough points to knock Llanrhian down to third.

Going into the final round of games, Herbrandston are 19 points ahead of Lamphey and 22 points above Llanrhian.

Herbie face a trip to Narberth Seconds knowing a win will see them crowned Champions while a draw would also be enough.

A defeat could allow Lamphey in to be crowned Champions but that would also rely on Herbie not picking up more than 11 points.

Lamphey face fourth placed Laugharne in what is likely to be a tough game for both sides.

Llanrhian still have an outside chance of claiming the title but they would need to rely on Herbie and Lamphey losing their games.

Llanrhian will look to put last week’s disappointment behind them as they host Stackpole.

A win for Llanrhian coupled with a Lamphey defeat or draw could still see them promoted.

Elsewhere, the bottom four sides play each other with one final relegation place to be decided.

Whitland seconds currently sit second from bottom and they travel to fourth from bottom Haverfordwest thirds.

A win for Whitland could move them above Town and if Llangwm also won that could see Town drop down a Division.

Llangwm seconds take on already relegated Lawrenny seconds. Llangwm sit eight points above Whitland and know anything other than a win could let Whitland go above them.

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Division 2: Narberth and Llechryd face off for title

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LLECHRYD will host Narberth on Saturday (Aug 24) with the winners being crowned champions of Division 2.

Both will be playing their cricket in Division 1 next season but the destination of the title will be decided on Saturday.

Going into the game, Llechryd sit top of the Division, 17 points ahead of Narberth. A home win will see Llechryd crowned champions but should Narberth take the win it will be they who go up as champions.

When the two teams met earlier in the season it was Narberth who came out on top with a seven wicket win.

With promotion and relegation decided there is little for the others to play for but some can still improve their final positions.

Pembroke sit third and on Saturday they are away to Kilgetty knowing if they slip up, Hook could claim third place if they beat Carew Seconds.

Relegated sides Johnston and Cresselly seconds will play each other at Glebelands with the winners earning their second win of the season.

Pembroke Dock also take on Haverfordwest seconds and a win for Town in that game will see them jump above the Dock.

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New Solva kit to continue Luke’s Stand Up To Cancer message

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THE family of inspirational cancer fundraising campaigner Luke Harding has donated a new kit to Solva AFC in his memory, which features four words that perfectly sum up the way he battled the illness – Stand Up To Cancer.

Luke, who played for Solva for around a decade, raised more than £30,000 for Withybush Hospital’s Ward 10 and local charities following his diagnosis with stage four lung cancer in 2016.

Medi George, Secretary of Solva AFC said: “Luke played football with the same dedication and energy with which he battled cancer and it is an honour for our club to be able to continue his message in this way.

“We are extremely grateful to Alex, Peter and the Harding family for this kind gesture and it is fitting that our players were able to wear the kit for the first time in the final of the first annual Luke Harding Memorial Cup.”

The kit was unveiled at Fishguard Sports’ ground before the final of the competition, with Goodwick United 2nds running out eventual 3-1 winners against Solva 2nds. The tournament also included Fishguard Sports and Letterston, which Luke also represented.

Ruth Amies, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Wales, said: “We are extremely grateful to Luke’s family and to Solva AFC for supporting Stand Up To Cancer which funds life-saving research in Wales and across the UK. The new kit is a wonderful tribute to Luke who fundraised tirelessly throughout his diagnosis and we are thrilled the players wore the new kit for the first time this week.”

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