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Quidditch Pitch On the opposite side of the castle from the forest is the infamous Quidditch pitch. Beware of rogue bludgers flying about...

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Do you have a knack for flying? Would you like to be on a team with some of the most talented students in school? Are you a member of Ravenclaw House? If any of these apply to you, you have come to the right place. If playing Quidditch or making life-long memories and friendships is your dream, then put on your Ravenclaw robes, hop on your favorite broom and show everyone what you’ve got!

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Hanna looked over and gave Ewan and Taddy a grin. "Thanks!" She felt pretty chuffed to get it in like that. She watched as Ewan had his turn, sent the bludger flying and right into the goal! "Wow, that was great!" This Ravenclaw bunch was indeed a talented one.

She flew towards the next station, which she thought was the goal saving station. Wrong.

WHACK!

A bludger hit her in her upper arm, swerving her right off course. She managed to keep control of the broom, and not fall to a crushing death. But it really hurt. SO bad. With her other arm, she rubbed the spot, meanwhile keeping track of what was happening with the other bludgers. That really hurt, it would probably bruise, but she didn't want to let her guard down in case any more flew at her. Which they were. Right at her. Her face. "AH!" she yelped, as she put her other hand back onto the broom and tilted it right down, diving out of the line the bludger was taking.

She managed to get through the Bludger Alley, and to the third station. She made her way in front of the hoops, like a real keeper that she definitely wasn't, to try and save some goals. Her arm hurt a lot, but she was a quidditch player and she wasn't going to let it come between her and victory. She kept a very good eye on the quaffle as it came towards her. She shot left, to the far left goal, and caught it! That was one. She released the quaffle back to the game and flew back towards the middle hoop. It was easier that way. But the second quaffle seemed to be coming right to the middle, and as she stayed there to defend the hoop it did a SWAP and veered to the right hoop, going through it. "Merlin," she said, as she watched the quaffle change direction back to the game.

The third quaffle looked like it was going right, but Hanna tried to stay in the middle in case this one veered to the middle goal. But it didn't - it went right through the right hoop again. She wasn't very good at this one. So two had gone straight, one had veered. She shook her head to clear it, and watched as the fourth quaffle came. To the middle. Right into her hands. She caught it and released it back, being the easiest save. The fifth quaffle came at an angle, and she wasn't sure which hoop it would go in. She was ready, with everything feeling energised. And she darted to the left at the very last moment, as she watched it come, and hit it back with the tips of her fingers, only barely saving it. The third quaffle to be saved from going through flew back to the area, and Hanna went on to the next station.
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She had made it to the quaffles and grabbed one that was in the air. Looking around she tried to figure out who to throw it to. Seeing an open person she sent it towards them. This was going to be pretty easy, though she felt the strain in her arm as she threw. Not being one that was a chaser much it different than just reaching out to catch a snitch.

Her eyes moved around to see if she could catch a ball from someone before grabbing another, but it seemed everyone else had partners so she grabbed another quaffle as it floated by. Zigzagging around the other players she looked for someone to be open. "Here you go" she called attention to the nearest person and sent the quaffle towards them.

"Hey Mark over here!" Maybe him and Nettie would like a third person, but if they didn't she could always go for Tad or Ewan who was just about to join them. There were the first years too. She could really partner with anyone that needed it. Keeping out in front of some of the others she kept her eyes on Mark, but she kept her eyes out for any other quaffle moving by. She liked having them in her hands, it wasn't as bad as the other stations, this was quite fun.

Grabbing another quaffle she floated for a moment too long and it started to warm her hand, "Here catch" She tossed it to hopefully a teammate that would hear her. She'd hate to hit someone in the head.
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Valencia appreciated the older girl's encouragement. She flashed a thumbs up before heading toward the next area. She found this way easier. Dodging was fun. She weaved her way through the alley with relative ease. She even giggled. Did everyone know how fun it was to actually fly?

She then pulled up in front of the goal posts. She knew a little about keeping. She'd played football before with her cousin. She stared down one of the quaffled, determined not to flinch or squeal, and flew directly at it... hitting it square with her chest.

OUCH.

She rubbed the spot with her arm. Okay. She meant to use her hands or something... but judging by the pain, she wondered if she could even psychically stop it was her arm. She dodged the next quaffle, letting it soar through the goal post, a nervous look on her face. She went for the next one, swinging wildly with her arm, wincing when it made contact. Good news, she saved the goal, bad news, she did NOT like getting hit with balls.

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She lined herself up with the next quaffle before quickly swinging her hip to whip the end of her broom around like a giant bat. She miraculously made contact with the quaffle, and in the process dizzied herself. She grinned, the dazed look evident on her face. She then proceeded to the next station... flying a little crookedly.
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Hanna flew down towards the other side of the pitch, ready to get her Chaser hat on. She flew down, close to Chloe, and caught the quaffle she threw. She was good at throwing the quaffle on almost as soon as it got to her hands, with accuracy and all, but she wanted to see how warm it got. That was pretty interesting. Warm. Warmer. It was getting almost uncomfortably warm. "Oww." Hanna took a very quick scan to aim it towards the next person near her. "Catch," she said, giving it a gentle toss.

The next one that was thrown made Hanna pull her broom up slightly to reach it. Her arm outstretched, she caught it in the palm of her hand, quickly pulling it into her chest for security. As it came to rest on her, she did a quick look and tossed it to the next person. "Catch!"

The third one she had to take both hands off her broom for a second to catch it, but her feet were tucked under the feet rests, and her knees squeezed together. She wasn't going anywhere, and neither was the broom. It was in her hands, and she was back grasping the broom with her left hand. The next person seemed to be a fair bit away, but she swerved her broom towards them slightly, tossing it towards them as she did so. "Catch!"
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Oh good! Mark had caught the quaffle and not almost gotten knocked off his broom in the process. She supposed that was probably a good thing, since he was Keeper usually - kind of needed to be on your toes at all times. She smiled and then looked around, spotting Hanna as she flew by.

She could tell the quaffle was heating up, and sure enough, Hanna sent it off in her direction. Grinning, she zoomed forward, increasing her speed lightly, and then grabbed the quaffle out of the air. "Got it!" she called. WOOO!

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She was actually having fun at this quaffle throwing thing, but she didn't want to seem like she was having more fun than her true position, no, she needed to be focused for that, but this was fun. Smiling as Hannah caught it she watched as she threw another and Nettie caught it. Not seeming like Mark might have heard her she turned her focus on the girls.

"Hey I'm open!" Moving to get a little more open she watched the others as they continued. Tad seemed a bit ahead of the others doing the snitch already. She had an itch to hurry over there but held it in. She was here to play with the quaffles a bit. Plus she wanted to show what a great team player she was.

Seeing Hannah throw another quaffle she hurried to catch that one, "got it" with one quick turn she was looking for someone else to throw it to, but seeing everyone with others she looked back to Hannah and Nettie. "Here girls, catch" She pulled the quaffle up and threw it towards them.

Something about the way she threw it or just watching everyone made her realize something was off. Her green eyes scanned the rest of the pitch, where was older Chloe?
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Valencia wasn't exactly sure if she was supposed to be joining everyone or partnering up or what. Either way, she waved her arms. "I'm open." she said looking between the groups. Anyone want to pass it her way? Yes? Or she could play with the Captain? She glanced over at Juniper.
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Jackson brought his attention to his Quidditch Captain, wondering if it would be a relief that she was changing up the try out from last year. He was looking over at the pitch while their instructions were given, and at her say so, he got up with Kye’s broom. They were going to start with laps, which Jackson couldn’t be more grateful for. Niiice and easy start. He headed to the start line and got ready. He found a spot between some of the younger looking Claws. He was glad that they seemed to have a good turnout. He had to admit that he had a little bit of a rough take off, but luckily he recovered fairly quickly and completed the laps without further hiccups. He landed in the middle of the pitch as instructed and looked over the obstacles. Oh Merlin he hoped his confidence in himself hadn’t been misplaced.

He looked at the hoops as Juni told them step one here. He wondered what made her decide to use these instead of the regular hoops, but he wasn’t here to ask questions! Jackson picked up one of the bats and tried a few practice swings. He had played some Quidditch for fun, but the rules were definitely loose and his cousin was probably going way too easy on him. Darn you, Kye! Not really. He watched as a few Housemates went before him, and then he got ready. He wondered if the smooshy bludgers would be easier or harder to hit because of that fact, but he was going to find out. How experienced was everyone else? Had they been practicing for this forever or had they made the decision to try out recently? Bat in hand, he made his way up to a proper spot and wound up for the hit.

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And that first hit was anything but. He had hit the thing, but it didn’t go nearly far enough. He may as well have just asked it nicely. He raised his eyebrows at himself and tried again, recalibrating. This time, he at least got better distance, but it hit the outside of the middle hoop and fell. “Well I can say that this is the fastest time elapse I’ve ever been a part of!” he joked, although the likelihood of someone hearing his joke was pretty low. He took a breath to regather some focus, as he probably should have done at the beginning, and tried again. He tried to remember how he swung that last one and tried to readjust it. He squared his shoulders, took another breath, and swung again. Aaaaaand nice! He had managed to get it through the hoop on the right. He gave a little smile and turned to the next station.

He looked for any kind of pattern or gaps and worked his way through. He was doing a relatively good job if he was being honest! But the speed aspect was still new to Jackson, so he was working on his balance as well. He had almost made it out of the alley when WHACK! He was hit. A bludger had managed to hit him in the hip. Seriously, the hip? Thanks, Bludger. Finally though, he was through. Hip throb and all. Luckily he had a moment before his turn at the third station so he could watch some of the others with the quaffles.

Soon enough, it was his turn and his eyes were looking for the quaffles. Why couldn't he use a bat for this too? That would be easier maybe? No? He watched as one by one, he was attacked by the flying red balls and he realized he hadn't really trained for this. He could catch things, but he hadn't practiced while on a broom. Oops. He steadied himself around the middle post. Nervously, and becoming more and more aware of the bruise forming on his hip, he began doing what he could... including actually just pushing a quaffle to the side, miss, miss, hitting one with his broom somehow, and then... he was having a hard time saving a third one. It took a few more tries, but he finally managed it. He had realized he was getting too committed to each goal post and had to be a bit quicker than he was. At least now though, he could move on to station 4.
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Chloe had just thrown the quaffle when another had come at her. Catching it pretty easily she looked around. Hearing the first year, Valencia, she smiled. "Ready?" With ease Chloe lifted the quaffle and sent it towards the first year. Now that she had passed a bit she couldn't help but head to her favorite place.

She zoomed quickly towards Tad since that was the last person she had seen with the snitch, it was time. Her focus moved to a seeker focus, her eyes wide and looking all around, she would find that snitch. Her broom steady the third year moved just up and down a little each way as she waited and watched. Something caught her eye, but she realized it was just the rest of the team so she went back to searching.

Come on little gold friend come out and play!

There it was, she saw it flutter above her and without any hesitation, she lifted her broom to head straight up. The chase was on and she would catch it, though the snitch was going to make her work for it. Soon Chloe was going left and then right she went down and back up. Leaning as far forward as she could without losing her control she put her fingers around the golden ball and caught the snitch!

Smiling for a few minutes at it she then released it and closed her eyes. Counting to four before opening them up again. That way she knew she didn't see which way it went and the hunt could start all over again.
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With her Chasing skills warmed up from passing and catching the Quaffle, it was time for the big show. The goals. Hanna felt pretty happy with how she had performed last term. They missed out by one game! This year hopefully they won all of their games and got the cup, but it was all fun even if they didn't.

With a quaffle under her arm, she did a bit of a show trying to confuse the fake dummy. Perhaps the dummy, being charmed, would be better than a real person. Maybe it was charmed to know what direction they wanted to score with? A mind-reading dummy? That just meant Hanna had to try and not think about what way she was going.

Towards the goals she flew, chest close to the handle, one hand grasping her broom, the quaffle in a position that was ready to throw... She flew towards the middle goal, and a very split second later she released the quaffle towards the left hoop, having tried very hard not to overthink where she would throw it. The dummy swerved, trying to block it, but it went in! "Yes!" She said, feeling the familiar thrill of a goal made.

The second shot got in much the same as the first, but this time she tried to tell herself she wanted to score in the right goal, which worked. The dummy hesitated, swerving to block the right goal, but seemed to know what she wanted to do as she was starting it. It was too late for the dummy, though, and the quaffle went in.

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Chloe had just released the snitch when she noticed more hoops and it hit her. She was so focused on the snitch area and her favorite place she had forgotten to finish a section. Looking at both Hannah and Tad she shrugged and gave an oops before turning her broom and heading back.

Moving towards the hoops she looked around for a quaffle to grab. Seeing someone go to pass she caught in, "Thanks", before turning and heading towards the goals. She knew the keepers weren't going to make it easy so she moved all over and zipped around using her size and speed to her advantage. Dodging one way and then the other she faked a throw and hurried to throw it in the hoop while the keeper had gone the other way.


Moving to grab another quaffle she glanced at the keeper and tried the same move again, this time failing as the keeper hit it back out. She scooped it up and looked again to score. Moving around in circles as she waited for a good opportunity she moved left and then right and then back to the left.

Shooting she scored! That was all she needed right? Yes, she could go back to the snitch. Moving towards the other end her eyes searched for the gold.
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Tina made her way to the next obstacle, still in high spirits from her success with the beater station. Things were going great so far! She peered down the alley. More bludgers… okay, good. This was still in her wheelhouse. She bowed her head and tucked her arms and legs in, sort of curling up into a ball while holding on to her broom. The smaller she could make herself, the less space there was for the bludgers to hit. Okay, Tina, eyes open! she thought as she zoomed into the bludger alley.


Tina's dark eyes scanned the area for potential dangers. A bludger came at her from her left, and she swerved the opposite direction. So far, so good! Tina inwardly cheered herself on as she continued weaving and dodging around the bludgers, but she didn't have time to get too comfortable. Another bludger was hurtling straight toward her head; she leaned her broom downward into a dive just in time. Phew, that was close! She'd almost made it to the end of the bludger alley when out if the corner of her eye, she saw another bludger coming up from behind. It was almost upon her! She had to react fast. Come on, UP! Tina thought, frantically steering her broom upward in the nick of time. The bludger collided with the tail end of her broom, scattering a few twigs.


Having made it out of the bludger alley with minimal damage, Tina had a good feeling about this try-out as she continued on toward the goalposts, but her confidence wavered slightly as she saw the next obstacle. She wasn't as sure of her keeping skills as she was her beating. She was small and skinny for her height, but she had long arms and pretty fast reflexes. Maybe this would go okay… she hoped.


Tina was going to give it her all, whatever happened! She positioned herself in front of the middle hoop, bracing for the barrage of quaffles that would be coming at her. A quaffle whizzed toward the right hoop. Tina sped after it, arm outstretched, and… her fingers missed by a fraction of an inch, and it sailed through the hoop. Darn, so close! Tina inwardly berated herself as she kept watch for the next quaffle. Another one came flying; judging by the angle, Tina guessed it would go through the left hoop. She positioned herself halfway between the middle and left hoop, reaching her arm out as far as she could. She caught the quaffle in one hand and threw it back. One down, two to go.


While Tina was distracted catching one quaffle, another flew through the open right hoop. Missed again! Now Tina was really starting to get frustrated! What if the quaffles just kept coming and coming and she never caught another one? If she couldn't save three lousy quaffles, she might as well kiss her chance of making the team goodbye! Shake it off, Tina! she told herself. Getting emotional won't help anything…


Another quaffle whizzed past her before she could stop it. Ugh! Why couldn't she just hit the stupid things away like she could a bludger? Wait, why couldn't she hit the quaffles away? That was it! Tina's eyes burned with determination as she positioned herself in front of one of the hoops. A quaffle was coming toward her, closer and closer. She swung her right arm back, and - WHACK! She swatted it as hard as she could, sending it flying in the opposite direction. “Look out!” she called, just in case anyone was in the path of the quaffle she just hit.


Tina's hand stung a little, but it was so worth it to send that quaffle flying! Now she only had one save left. She circled the goalposts as more quaffles came flying. Was it just her or were the quaffles getting faster? They were coming too fast to try swatting again. Tina needed a new strategy! This time she was going to hover in one spot and wait for one to come to her. When the opportune moment came, she reached out and caught the quaffle with both hands. Finally! Now she could move on!


Three obstacles done; she was halfway there! Tina sped off, eager to leave the kerper station behind her, but her heart sank as she came to the passing zone. Chaser was the position she was least confident playing - too much room for uncertainty! What if she held onto the quaffle too long? What if she passed to the wrong person? What if nobody passed to her? For the first time, Tina was genuinely nervous about an obstacle, but she wasn't letting that stop her! “Over here! I'm open!” she called, flying farther into the passing zone.
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Nettie smiled and grabbed the hot quaffle that Chloe sent her way. Grinning to herself, she felt the quaffle heating up and she looked around for someone to send it off to. Once she did that she could head off to scoring some goals, and then to the grand finale - catching the Snitch!

She spotted a girl flying by - she was new, and Nettie hadn't learned her name yet (Tina) "Here ya go!" she exclaimed, taking her quaffle and throwing it to the girl as she approached the station.

With that out of her hands, she headed over to the goal posts. She'd done a pretty decent job as Chaser her first year - let's see if she still had the skills, yes?

Taking the quaffle in her hand and tossing it up and down a few times. She flew over to the middle hoop, wound her arm back, and threw it at the goal. She watched in satisfaction as it soared through the hoop with ease. Grinning, she got another quaffle and headed towards the right hoop. She wound up once again and then shot it through the goal. This one hit the edge of the rim, but managed to tumble in through the goal anyways. It wasn't a pretty goal - but it was still a goal!

She'd had two goals, which was all she needed. Time to join the hunt for the Snitch!
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Her eyes were on the pitch and she was waiting for that snitch. Moving back and forth on her broom she looked around. Where could it be, she wanted it, she had the itch she always got to be the best and to catch it. Seeing Nettie made her even more aware that she had to focus and get to it as quick and as best as she could. No, not best, she needed to be the best.

As she waited her eyes moved to some of the younger students. They were good and she thought they could make good add-ons to the team. Some showed great skill and was one a pro's daughter?

Her green eyes moved around again as her focus went back to just the snitch, that was what she needed to think about not who was who around the pitch. Soon she saw something. A small flutter moving towards the back of Tad's head. Guilt set in only for a second that maybe she should give her friend a heads up so he could get it, but no, not this was her spot and she needed to show it so she lowered herself and went underneath all of the ones in her way before popping back up behind Tad and watching the snitch try to zip away.

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Taddy felt proud that he had been first to catch the snitch as others were soon making their way toward the end of the pitch and joining in on the snitch flight. After releasing his first snitch grab, he waved at Chloe and Hanna who joined in on the flight. "Nice weather, huh?" He grinned.

Taddy decided to take a moment and watch the others fly around, he caught it once so he could let others shine a bit. Or so it appeared. In reality, he was eyeing to see their technique, if there was one thing he learned was not so much to worry about where the snitch is but where the other Seekers are. He felt something flutter behind him, he turned around just to see Chloe snatch the snitch. "Ooh, nice catch." Now it was war, he grinned. Clearly Chloe was applying the same technique and used his blind spot for advantage. Time to make it up.

He zoomed off to circle through the pitch again, rolling once to dodge a bludger before he squinted for the next sighting.... There it was, right near the stands. Tad eyed left and right making sure no surprise passes or bludgers would stop him before he darted forward, his eyes were all focused as he ignored the gust of wind blasting his curls back. He was getting closer... closer... closer... Reaching out he snatched the snitch once again. He did it. Holding it up again, he released it for the next hunt.
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Quaffles passed to and fro and he had reached the other side of the pitch. He was onto Station Five. A station that represented the role he was most used to…playing chaser. He could do this. Getting two goals through the hoops didn’t seem too hard and the end would be in sight once he was done. Septimus grabbed hold of a passing quaffle and was off on his broom for his first attempt. He lined himself up, pulled back his arm to take aim and tossed the quaffle.

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As Nettie rose in to the air, her eyes scanning the pitch, she realized that it was a bit more crowded up in the skies that she would have liked. She knew Chloe was going after the Snitch, but Tad was also joining the hunt for it. As she settled in the air, she saw Tad release the Snitch after catching it successfully. Smiling politely and giving a little golf clap - not that any of her competitors could see or hear it, she was sure - she waited and then began her scan.

She was methodical about it - it'd helped her to break the field in to quadrants, and it had proved pretty successful last term. Bottom left, bottom right, middle right, middle left, top left - BOOM, there it was! A small glimmer against the stands to the East, but it was enough for her to catch it.

Leaning in to her broom, she took off, her eyes staying firm on that tiny little glimmer she'd seen. The Snitch zoomed up, trying to throw her off its path. She pulled back on her broom and began to accelerate up, gaining on the Snitch before it took a sharp nose dive down.

She leaned down, holding on tightly. She was now facing the ground, but still on the tail of the Snitch. Just before they got to the ground, she pulled out of her dive, her hand stretched out in front of her...

YES! Her hands connected with the cold metal and she held it above her head triumphantly. She grinned and then held her hand open, watching as the small little orb opened its wings and took off again.
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Valencia grinned when someone tossed the quaffle to her. Yay! Okay. Now that she had the ball she tossed it to the next person and continued the pattern.

She decided she liked this part. Playing together and teamwork were fun. Plus, this part didn't have the awkward bat, which was nice.

Once she finished the passing station, she tossed the quaffle toward the rings... only to have it deflected. She tried again, this time hitting the edge of the ring. She was still gauging how hard to throw it to make it soar toward the goal and with enough spin that a keeper couldn't tell where it was going.
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The Quaffle came back his way once more. It seemed like this part of the obstacle course had gotten pretty crowded and quickly as Mark was nearing the end of this part of the station. When he caught eye of a quaffle getting tossed his way. He raised up one arm and snagged it one handed then just a quickly released it back out "Quaffle coming back!" Mark shouted out toward the direction the quaffle came from. Maybe the Captain threw that one toward him?

Mark then stopped in front of the final station. The Keeper Dummy here was much bigger than he was so hopefully, Juniper doesn't pick it over him, or anyone else for that matter? Would she be allowed to do that in certain situations? Like what if there wasn't any Keepers left if they all got hurt, him included? Was she now just a Keeper short for a match or could she play with the Dummy? Questions for later, Mark.

With a Quaffle in Hand Mark looked toward the dummy and flew around the rings trying to find an opening on the Keeper. It should be easy. As a Keeper himself he would be able to pinpoint his own weaknesses and find holes on where he would need to improve. Maybe this Keeper had all the same fault.

Mark quickly reversed on his broom and tossed the Quaffle threw the Hoop! SCORE! HA HA! The Keeper didn't read that he would reverse and Mark scored on it easily. Next shot and he would be onto the Snitch Search with everyone else.

Mark repeated the same moves. Circling the Rings and then reversing his broom. He toss the Quaffle again but this time the Keeper saw it coming and blocked his shot. Dangit!! Not this time. New strategy. Mark picked up the quaffle that was blocked and zoomed back a bit. Then despite his Broom not being so quick he went at full speed toward the keeper. This had been done on him a few times in matches. Chasers playing chicken with him. Who would move first, or would they just collide? If he moved they would score on him. But he was frail so it definitely worked against him a few times.

Just before he reached the Keeper Mark pulled his broom to a skidding stop and lobbed the quaffle over the keepers head toward the left goal post and scored on him. Heheh YEAH!

With that Mark zoomed off and joined the rest of his teammates now searching for the Snitch.

This part Mark wasn't so good at. He kept still in his spot searching and watching for the small golden ball with wings. He noticed Nettie catching hers and while he knew it was cheap he followed the snitch that was released from her hands and zoomed after it. Still though, his broom it was not meant for speed and could not keep up with the zipping and zigzagging little thing. He would not stop though.

He lost sight of it and pulled his broom to a stop once more. Surely he could find it again?
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Jackson was finally getting comfortable on the broom, but he still needed to focus. He waited for an opening and called to one of the other students, “Here!” The quaffle came flying at him and he was surprised when he caught it! So surprised in fact that he almost dropped it, and had to catch it again with his other hand. Oops… heh heh… He wondered if Juni had seen than. Almost immediately after he got his bearings with the ball, he threw it to another student and waited for it to get passed back to him. He was able to get a few passes in as he went through the passing zone, some catches were alright and some were more of a fumble, but with his previous experience with Quidditch (read: none), he was content with his effort.

As he arrived at the other end, he took a big breath and blew it out. The adrenaline was going now and he was interested to see how he did taking shots. He took a moment to steady himself, and began pacing on his broom. He figured his best chance at getting past the Keeper was to keep him on his toes. Finally, he gathered the energy up in his right hand and lobbed the quaffle towards the right hoop. Unfortunately the Keeper was quick, and hit the ball back towards him. That was okay. Jackson paced again, being a little more exaggerative in case it helped his chances. He went to the same spot as before, hoping to make the Keeper think that he was going for a similar shot as before when REALLY he was shooting left. He lobbed the ball with as much force as he could safely muster, and managed to get it… well, close. The quaffle made a loud noise as it thudded on the side and it so nearly made it in the hoop! The Keeper caught the ricochet and Jackson continued to the last section of the course.

This, Jackson was a little more confident with actually, because he had a pretty good eye for things. He hadn’t really gone looking for a snitch before, but he had played plenty of sports growing up and had pretty good coordination. There was a lot of flying, dodging, diving… but to his delight, Jackson caught the snitch. With a big smile on his face, he realized he wouldn’t mind being a Seeker. He hadn’t had anything against it before, but he hadn’t actually thought about if he was offered that position. Feeling quite happy, Jackson let the snitch go and went after it again.

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Tina's eyes darted back and forth across the passing zone as the quaffle changed hands, waiting for an opportunity to catch it. Her chance came when a girl who looked a little younger than her (Nettie) tossed the quaffle her way. "Thanks!" she said, giving the other girl a small smile as she caught the quaffle in her right hand. With that, she zoomed toward the other end of the zone, keeping an eye out for someone to pass the quaffle off to. Now who should she pass to? She'd better decide fast! The quaffle was already starting to warm up a little, but it wasn't uncomfortably hot yet. She looked back, eyes shifting from one face to the next. Ah, there was someone open! "Here, catch!" she said, throwing the quaffle to the nearest person.

Well, that went better than expected, Tina thought as she sped out of the passing zone and on to the next obstacle. Almost done, just two more to go! She was feeling more confident about goal scoring than she had about passing. She picked up a quaffle and threw it toward the middle hoop, but the dummy keeper deflected it. Looked like this was going to be harder than she thought. Okay, Tina! New strategy... She took a quick moment to examine the dummy. Hmm... it stood to reason that it would move in the same direction she did, so maybe she could trick it into following her to one hoop while she threw the quaffle into one of the other hoops. It was worth a try anyway!

Tina sped toward the left hoop, holding the quaffle behind her back. Steering her broom with her legs, she moved her left arm as if throwing something. while the dummy moved, she threw the quaffle toward the right hoop; she smiled to herself as it sailed straight through. Her plan worked! Now she just had to do it again. Tina repeated the process of flying toward the another hoop and fake-throwing to distract the dummy. She aimed for the left hoop, but this time the quaffle pinged off the rim. Oh, so close! Just needed to throw a little harder next time. She zoomed toward the right hoop, waiting for the dummy to follow, and threw the quaffle with all her might through the left hoop. She did it! Now all that was left was the snitch search...

Tina joined the others in the hunt for the snitch. Next to beater, seeker was probably her favorite quidditch position to play. She had keen eyes and was a fast flier, in spite of her obsolete broom; she could do this! Tina zigzagged and weaved up and down the quidditch pitch, her dark eyes scanning for any sign of the snitch. If I were a golden snitch, where wold I be? she thought. Probably in the last place anyone would expect...

Then she saw it, a flash of gold glinting behind one of the goalposts. Was that-? It was! Tina zoomed off in the direction she'd seen the snitch, hoping
nobody else would get to it first. Come on, you stupid broom! Go faster! she thought, furiously nudging her broom forward. She really needed to get a new broom! Just a little farther now... She reached out as far as her arm would stretch and - her fingers just narrowly closed around the tip of the snitch's wing. Yes! It was a close call, but she caught it. Satisfied with her work, Tina held the snitch behind her back where she couldn't see which way it went and let it go.
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