They flew in from out of town, broomstick in hand, determined to beat their way to the top.
More than 80 competitors took to the quidditch pitch at the University of Wollongong on Sunday, hoping to be crowned NSW State Champions.
Plucked from the pages of J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series and adapted for mere mortals, the fictitious wizard sport is a complex and slightly bizarre ball game featuring players running around with broomsticks between their legs.
Seven teams vied for the NSW Triwizard Tournament title, battling it out in two round-robin events.
Hot favourites University of New South Wales team Snapes on a Plane took home the cup, beating 2014 World Cup contenders Sydney University Unspeakables to the top spot.
The hosts, UOW’s Wollongong Warriors, placed a disappointing sixth despite a heartened comeback attempt following a less-than-magical performance in round one at Campbelltown in September.
Tournament director and president of the Wollongong Warriors Quidditch Club Morgan Legg said the event was a success.
‘‘It went well, everyone seemed to have a great time and the competition was friendly but competitive. Having the cup sit by the side of the field got everyone pretty riled up,’’ she said.
‘‘There were some spectacular goals and one really amazing snitch catch by the University of Western Sydney seeker in our game, so there was definitely a lot of athletic wizardry happening.’’