SSRPG Yearbook Term 24

Gobstones

 

Preliminary Round One: Hufflepuff VS Gryffindor

 With a fresh term in everyone’s sights, the students of Hogwarts looked forwards to starting a new Gobstones tournament; a clean slate of sorts. The tournament started with the Lions of Gryffindor going up against the Badgers of Hufflepuff, and the spectators settled in silence as they watched, with bated breath, for the excitement to start.


As Professor Truebridge signalled the start of the game, the teams stepped forwards and took their first shots. Hufflepuff immediately took the first points of the first match of the term with a tidy shot from 4th year Jake Upstead, which he soon followed up with a second such shot, causing a splurge of gob to be directed straight at the Gryffindor players. Once the Lions had righted themselves after dodging said gob, the second round began.

Fifth year badger Miranda BelCanto took the first shot in the second round, before another shot from Upstead assisted the Huffie Quidditch Captain to secure the round.

With a bizarre sounding ‘badger roar’, the Hufflepuff team exchanged fang-baring grins of mini-victory, before BelCanto led the third round with a tidy shot, whilst Gryffindor fumble their own. Once Upstead secured Hufflepuff’s third round, the Lions appeared irked and immediately upped their game. Jack Fritzera, our very own Head Boy, of Gryffindor, lined up a shot and broke the Badgers’ streak. However, Cedric Leone of Hufflepuff soon cancelled that shot out, but it was the next best shot that would take the round. After a second perfect throw from Leone, Hufflepuff also had round three under their belts, and took to striking poses of… badgers. As the Lions glared on with silent promises of revenge, round four began.

Both Gryffindor and Hufflepuff gave almost perfect, tidy little shots, paving the way for neither team, once Gryffindor’s [b](insert character name here)[/b] impressive shot made its mark and Hufflepuff get gob to the face, both teams get ready for the next shot, steadying themselves and eyeing the playing surface with victory-seeking eyes. It was Upstead of Hufflepuff who took the shot, rolling the gobstone to rest right beside the jackstone.

Knowing they needed this one round to secure a place in the final, the Hufflepuff players stretched and limbered up, whilst the Gryffindor players, not yet giving up, gathered round to perfect their strategy.

Once again, it was a tidy shot from Upstead that started the round, their shot lining the Badgers up perfectly for the round and the match, but Gryffindor’s Joshua Carter nudged his gobstone into the ring with a neat throw. This was a sign to both Houses that this match could still be anyone’s.

The last shot of the game came from Jake Upstead, who secured the shot, the round, the match, the place in the championship and, of course, the gob heading straight for Gryffindor.

Well done Hufflepuff, and better luck next time Gryffindors.
As Professor Truebridge signalled the start of the game, the teams stepped forwards and took their first shots. Hufflepuff immediately took the first points of the first match of the term with a tidy shot from 4th year Jake Upstead, which he soon followed up with a second such shot, causing a splurge of gob to be directed straight at the Gryffindor players. Once the Lions had righted themselves after dodging said gob, the second round began.

Fifth year badger Miranda BelCanto took the first shot in the second round, before another shot from Upstead assisted the Huffie Quidditch Captain to secure the round.

With a bizarre sounding ‘badger roar’, the Hufflepuff team exchanged fang-baring grins of mini-victory, before BelCanto led the third round with a tidy shot, whilst Gryffindor fumble their own. Once Upstead secured Hufflepuff’s third round, the Lions appeared irked and immediately upped their game. Jack Fritzera, our very own Head Boy, of Gryffindor, lined up a shot and broke the Badgers’ streak. However, Cedric Leone of Hufflepuff soon cancelled that shot out, but it was the next best shot that would take the round. After a second perfect throw from Leone, Hufflepuff also had round three under their belts, and took to striking poses of… badgers. As the Lions glared on with silent promises of revenge, round four began.

  Both Gryffindor and Hufflepuff gave almost perfect, tidy little shots, paving the way for neither team, once Gryffindor’s Daniel Kaiser impressive shot made its mark and Hufflepuff get gob to the face, both teams get ready for the next shot, steadying themselves and eyeing the playing surface with victory-seeking eyes. It was Upstead of Hufflepuff who took the shot, rolling the gobstone to rest right beside the jackstone.

 Knowing they needed this one round to secure a place in the final, the Hufflepuff players stretched and limbered up, whilst the Gryffindor players, not yet giving up, gathered round to perfect their strategy.

 Once again, it was a tidy shot from Upstead that started the round, their shot lining the Badgers up perfectly for the round and the match, but Gryffindor’s Joshua Carter nudged his Gobstone into the ring with a neat throw. This was a sign to both Houses that this match could still be anyone’s.

The last shot of the game came from Jake Upstead, who secured the shot, the round, the match, the place in the championship and, of course, the gob heading straight for Gryffindor.

Well done Hufflepuff, and better luck next time Gryffindor.

Preliminary Round Two: Ravenclaw vs Slytherin 

Roll up! Roll up!

This was… probably not what was heard at the start of the second gobstones match of the term… but the excitement in the teams was still at an all time high. The Eagles of Ravenclaw had sharpened their talons and were going in for the kill (the nice kind, of course, since this was only gobstones) as they prepared for the match against the Snakes of Slytherin, with their sharpened… tails? Well, either way, both teams were ready and their wits, at least, were sharp.

When Professor Truebridge handed out the gobstones and called for the start of play, both teams with their sharpness flailing around. Jacoby Blunt Ravenclaw took the first shot, their characteristic eagerness showing, but it was Slytherin’s perfectly accurate shot by Iris Beaumont that made it closer to the jackstone. It was with an awkward wide-eyed stare after the hisses from his opponents, that Blunt took up the next shot and, like Slytherin’s first shot, lined it up perfectly. Either team could have taken the round, but it was Blunt, once again, who made the perfect shot. The first round went to Ravenclaw.

Ravenclaw were most definitely on the ball, proven by Blunt as he continued to make astounding shots, winning the second round for his house with apparent ease. At the beginning of the third round, sixth year Celandine Toussaint, made an impressive shot for Ravenclaw, edging Slytherin’s gobstone juuuuuust little distance and giving Ravenclaw a slight edge over the Snakes. However, Destiny Shepard of Slytherin quickly remedied that, and went on to claim the third round for Slytherin, bringing them back into the game.

Starting round four with an impressive shot was the other half of the Slytherin duo, Evelyn Flores, with Shepard flying in once more to take the round. An impressive show of teamwork from those scary little She-Snakes.

At this point in the match, both Houses were tied with two points each, but after an overshot from Slytherin, Ravenclaw was set up for another round. Toussaint threw an astounding shot to secure themselves a point, meaning Ravenclaw were once again on top with three points to two.

Again, for round six, Toussaint was back with the perfect shots to give Ravenclaw another point. However, when Shepard of Slytherin made the Eagles tremble in their… feathers. Or talons… Eagle boots… whatever you want to call it. But that’s irrelevant, because the Eagles of Ravenclaw were soon back on top with, yet again, perfectly precise moves from Celandine Toussaint secured the final round… and the match for Ravenclaw.

So, at the end of the game, the score was 2 points to Slytherin and 5 to Ravenclaw, meaning that the Eagles were off to play the Badgers of Hufflepuff in the Championship, and Slytherin’s winning streak was broken as they were left cleaning the gob from their uniforms…

 Gobstones Championship Match: Hufflepuff vs Ravenclaw

 The atmosphere was thick with excitement when the gobstones championship match rolled around, with the Eagles of Ravenclaw and the Badgers of Hufflepuff lining up to start the game. All the fans of this humble sport gathered around the gobstones arena as Professor rue bridge handed out the regulated gobstones to each team, and with that, the match began.


In a move reminiscent of their last match, Ravenclaw made a confident shot which placed their gobstone in a tidy position, ready to take the round. Celandine Toussaint of Ravenclaw, however, characteristically showed that one can always improve, and played a gobstone into a circle where it came to rest adjacent to the Jackstone. Anyone with half a brain could see that Toussaint was definitely on her game that day, and the Badgers exchanged worried looks.

With a point already under their belts, Ravenclaw confidently took their place and made a new shot. This time it was young Tiberius Pryce who neatly landed the gobstone in prime position. Hufflepuff were about to go about their business and play on, when one of the badgers stepped inside the circle to take a shot. The gobstones, perhaps detecting this cheating move, were quick to react and shot their gob into the face of the offending Hufflepuff students. The point went to the Eagles by default, which wasn’t the best result for either team, but play resumed anyway.

As already proven, Toussaint was most definitely on her game, and showed this with another two perfect shots, earning yet anotherround for Ravenclaw. The Hufflepuff team, not to be disheartened, gave an admirable shot, only to be knocked off course by a sneaky shot from Toussaint, who then made a shot that gave Ravenclaw yet another round.

Tiberius Pryce showed off his gobstone skillage with one of those ‘practically perfect in every way’ Ravenclaw shots, but, not wanting to give up quite so easily, Hufflepuff fought back. If they got the next five rounds, they’d win. If they didn’t this round, they would lose the championship.

So, after Miranda BelCanto’s shot, the Badgers waited with bated breath to see what the next shot would bring. They made an admirable attempt, but little Pryce shone through for Ravenclaw and his gobstone was closer to the Jackstone.

As the Hufflepuff team seemed to physically shrink with disappointment, the gob hit them all in the face. Better luck next time, badgers; Ravenclaw took the Championship!

Quidditch

 

 Captain: Brant DeVaice

Team:

Rafe Lycaon
Chris Potter
Lucy McLean
Carter Phillips
Alexa Kennedy
Legend Chosen
Brant DeVaice
Tori Hardene
Joshua Carter
Jack Fritzera


{ Matches }
Preliminary: Gryffindor vs. Slytherin (Win)
Championship: Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff (Win)
Position: First.

  The first match of the Quidditch season, this year, saw Gryffindor and Slytherin compete to get a step closer, to the glory of the Quidditch Cup. It also saw rough weather, courtesy of a storm the night before. This failed to deter the teams and their supporters, of course - the latter showed up in bundles of winter clothes, cheeks red and banners tucked under arms.


Unfortunately for the red-and-gold clan, the match started off with a penalty against Gryffindor, for a last-minute change in their roster. Things did not look too good for the Lions, a beater short and behind points-wise even before the match began, but Chaser Kennedy led her team to an encouraging start, with the first goal of the season. Slytherin refused to be intimidated however, as Snake Chaser Aaron Anderson received a neat pass from housemate Sebastin Whitecomb, shooting the quaffle through a goal post to tie the match. 


Waves of disappointment rippled through the Gryffindors, as the Lions received another setback in the form of a second penalty, but the gold-and-scarlet players refused to give up, this early on. Lion Chris Potter thwacked a bludger at rival beater Violet Riddle, allowing Chaser Phillips to score. The Lions seemed to pick up, after this, as Keeper Lycaon made a spectacular save, and Chaser Chosen scored another goal. Fans took to their feet, as a glimmer of gold indicated the sighting of a snitch, and both seekers rushed after it. To the excitement of Gryffindor supports, Lion Captain DeVaice was able to make a perfect grab.


The second session of the match saw quite a few changes in the rosters, and the fate of both teams hung in the balance, as each earned a penalty. Starstalker, now playing Keeper, blocked a Chaser Phillips's attempt at a goal, while Captain DeVaice, now playing beater, hit a bludger at Chaser Nicolette Finn. Gryffindor managed to score another goal, only to be matched by Chaser Hudonson. For a while, it looked like the Snakes had the better of their rivals, as replacement Seeker Denver caught a snitch, and Keeper Lycaon missed a save, but Lion Seeker Fritzera sealed the fate of the match when he caught the last snitch, to lead the Lions to a roaring victory.


In the end, it came down to the last match of the season, the Championship Game which saw Gryffindor take on defending champions, Hufflepuff. The sky was brilliantly lit and devoid of clouds, as the game began with a goal by Hufflepuff Chaser, Ryder Montgomery. The Gryffindors, still rejuvenated by their win over Slytherin, refused to be intimidated, even as Captain BelCanto blocked an attempt by the Gryffindors, to score. The Lions rose to the challenge, as Chaser Phillips scored a clean goal, Beater Potter directed a bludger that knocked Hufflepuff player Michelle Stefko off her broom, and Captain DeVaice zoomed through waves of cheering to make the first snitch capture of the match. Hufflepuff retaliated strongly, with two goals, a good save by Captain BelCanto, and the second snitch capture.


The Gryffindors refused to be put off, and the second session of the match saw them give all they had, to the game. Chaser Phillips, in excellent form as usual, scored a spectacular goal to win the lead for his team. Captain BelCanto matched him, having switched to chaser, but Chaser Carter scored another goal to encourage Seeker Fritzera, who caught Gryffindor's second snitch amid intense cheering from the stands. Hufflepuff was adamant to shine, however, and it was not long before Badger Beater Lorelai Bristol had thwacked a bludger that knocked Chaser Potter right off his broomstick. Seeker Fritzera had other things on his mind, though, and cheers erupted throughout the pitch as both seekers spotted the snitch. Both were neck-to-neck, but Seeker Upstead tumbled at the last moment. Prefect Fritzera managed to pull out of the dive, the snitch enclosed firmly in his hand.


Gryffindor was crowned the new Champion, and awarded the glittering Quidditch Cup. It was a huge win for the Lions, who had not made it to a Quidditch Cup victory for quite a few years and - as rightly stated by Flying Instructor Vindictus - will be remembered by them, for a while to come.


 

Captain: Miranda BelCanto

Team:

Aaron Rose
Emalyn N. Daniels
Kaytone Potter Evans
Kita H. Lewis
Lorelai Bristol
Melanie Lockheart
Ryder Montgomery
Michelle J. Stefko
Esmerelda N. Losey
Jakers D. Upstead

{ Matches }
Preliminary: Hufflpuff vs. Ravenclaw (Win)
Championship: Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff (Defeat)
Position: Second.


  After the impressive back to back Quidditch Cup victories, the Badgers of Hufflepuff lead by Captain Miranda BelCanto seemed rather confident that they could turn this season into a rarely seen third consecutive Quidditch Cup, but the real question remained; were they unstoppable or was it all just luck? We would find that out as the season progressed.

The first match brought house rivals the Eagles of Ravenclaw to face the defending champions, as the teams took to the pitch; it appeared that Ravenclaw was looking to dethrone the Badgers in any way possible and once the Quaffle was released, the Eagles took control as Chaser JD Stevenson sped down the pitch like a rocket and had no problem getting the Quaffle past Keeper BelCanto. But the Badgers weren’t letting that go unanswered with a brilliant move by Chaser Ryder Montgomery, tying the game for Hufflepuff; moments later the rather vicious Eagles were on the move, lead by Captain Adrienne Mercer who unleashed a brutal swing of her bat to send the Bludger flying at Esmerelda Losey, which immediately sent the Hufflepuff flying from her broom. All of the sudden a golden object was spotted and faster than you could say Quidditch, the Seekers were off; ramming into each other until finally Tiberius Pryce of Ravenclaw emerged with the Snitch firmly in his grasp. A loud cheer was heard coming from the Eagles and their supporters, but that did not deter the Badgers whatsoever as the game progressed; Hufflepuff used that cheer as momentum to catch up with the Eagles, Seeker Jakers “Hero of Hufflepuff” Upstead caught the Snitch to cut Ravenclaw’s lead to a mere 10 points.

But the Eagles weren’t content with just a 10 point lead, with a rather interesting formation by JD Stevenson and Olivia Zhang which seemed to confuse the Badgers for enough time to get the quaffle by Keeper Aaron Rose. However, that formation seemed to anger Hufflepuff Captain BelCanto and she shot down the pitch with an immense amount of forward momentum then with a slight toss, she gave her team the lead but could they keep the lead this time? Just when the Badger fans thought that this match was over, Seeker Upstead caught the Snitch not only once but amazingly twice to win the match and once more send Hufflepuff to the Championship Match.

It all came down to this match against the Lions of Gryffindor, what was on the line was rather substantial; not only were they playing for house pride but they were playing for the Quidditch Cup and the Badgers were raring to go as they flew out onto the pitch to face their opponents. Hufflepuff got to work immediately when the Quaffle was released, wasting no time to score the first points of the game; however the Lions quickly rebounded and tied the match with a brilliant throw by Carter Phillips but they weren’t done yet, moments later Brent DeVaice caught the snitch and once more Phillips scored giving Gryffindor the commanding lead.

But by no means were the Badgers taking this nonsense, in a rush of yellow and red; Jakers Upstead caught the Snitch for Hufflepuff, evening the total of Snitch grabs to one a piece. In the moments that followed that ever important snitch grab, the Hufflepuffs seemed to be losing steam; Captain Jack Fritzera caught the snitch and the Gryffindors began a massive stampede which stunned the Badgers, soon after a loud roar was heard from the Lions cheering section. 

Jack Fritzera had caught the snitch to seal Hufflepuff’s fate, Gryffindor walked away with the Quidditch Cup, however Hufflepuff ended up a respectable second place; there is always next season!

 


 

Captain: Adrienne Mercer

Team:

Nia Newtington
Rachel D. Rider
Allison Scott
Jasmina Bennett
Jacob Blunt
JD Stevenson
Olivia Zhang
Allison Scott
Jasmina Bennett
Vashti Greenwell
                                                     Becca Latrowski
                                                     Tiberius R. Pryce

 { Matches }
Preliminary: Hufflpuff vs. Ravenclaw (Defeat)
Consolation: Ravenclaw vs. Slytherin (Win)
Position: Fourth.

  After a rather disappointing showing at the previous term’s Consolation Match against the Snakes of Slytherin, the Eagles of Ravenclaw were determined to claw their way into first place and with Captain Adrienne Mercer at the helm; it was a feat that seemed anything but impossible. 

The first match of the season, we witnessed a rather epic matchup between the defending Quidditch Cup Champions Badgers of Hufflepuff take on the Eagles of Ravenclaw; once the teams took to the pitch, it looked like the Eagles were baring their talons to attack. With only a matter of mere minutes, a rush of blue was seen flying through the skies and Chaser JD Stevenson scored the first points of the game; but the Badgers immediately went on the move in the opposite end of the pitch and with a brilliant toss Hufflepuff tied the game! A loud commotion was suddenly heard coming from the stands, the snitch had been spotted! A blur of yellow and blue was seen weaving in and out until finally Seeker Tiberius Pryce emerged proudly holding the snitch in his hand. It seemed like this match was going to be going to be a hard fought battle to the very end which was proven by Hufflepuff Seeker Jakers Upstead taking a tumbling catch to tie the match in snitch grabs.

Ravenclaw returned after a short break to show Badgers they weren’t letting them win this match, but the effort seemed rather futile when Hufflepuff Seeker Upstead caught the snitch twice to end the match and send the Eagles back to the Consolation Match once more against the Snakes of Slytherin.

This seemed like déjà vu to both the Eagles and the Snakes, a replay if you will of the previous term however with a brand new Captain; the Eagles were raring to go and were trying not to have history repeat itself. Ravenclaw immediately took possession of the quaffle and with a brilliant move, JD Stevenson scored but that only seemed to agitate Slytherin; a blur of green was seen streaking through the sky, Kiri Starstalker passed to Oliver Greenwood who dodged several Ravenclaw players to pass to Nancy Hudonson and with a slight toss, the Snakes scored to tie the match! 

Captain Adrienne “Vicious” Mercer had enough of the Snakes and with an absolutely brutal swing of her beater’s bat, sent the bludger flying at Slytherin Nicoletta Davis; unseating the girl from her broom. A loud cheer was heard coming from the Eagles cheering section as the snitch was spotted but that was also followed by several boo’s when Snake Seeker Nicolette Finn raised her arm to display the snitch in her hand. 

Shortly after, a few foolish moves made by Slytherin gave them three penalties which made the Eagles more focussed to win the match, soon after; Ravenclaw’s Seeker Tiberius Pryce caught the snitch and tied the match in snitch grabs! However the Snakes weren’t done, after scoring again, Nicolette Finn caught the snitch to give Slytherin the lead. Was this the end for Ravenclaw? In an absolute stunner, the Slytherin Seeker caught the snitch once more to repeat last term’s victory. Ravenclaw ended the season in a disappointing fourth place, but hold your heads up high Eagles because you fought hard the entire season!



Captain: Kiri Starstalker
 
Team:
 
Nancy Hudonson
Nicolette Finn
Sebastian Whitcomb
Raiden Kururugi
Audio Eastwood
Dylan Denver
Aaron Anderson
Nicoletta Davis
Violet Riddle
Oliver Greenwood
                                                     Alexander Hyeung

 
{ Matches }
Preliminary: Slytherin vs. Gryffindor (Defeat)
Consolation Game: Slytherin vs. Ravenclaw (Win)
Position: Third.

  Slytherin dived into the first match of this year's Quidditch season with unmatched vigour, under the leadership of Keeper and new Captain, Kiri Starstalker. It looked like the Snakes had the advantage, as the game kicked off with a penalty against rivals Gryffindors and, minutes into the match, saw the Lions face another setback, in the form of a second penalty; but the red-and-gold clan was not to be put off, as it retaliated with a goal by Chaser Carter Phillips, and Lion Beater Chris Potter knocked rival beater, Violet Riddle, right off her broomstick.

The Snakes were in excellent form, as Chasers Hudsonon, Whitcom and Aanderson made several, excellent passes, to score two goals, and ensure that their team remained in the lead. However, Lion Chaser Chosen managed to overwhelm Captain Starstalker, as he shot a quaffle right through a goalpost, under Starstalker's outstretched fingers, and Gryffindor Seeker Brant DeVaice caused the Slytherins in the stands to groan collectively, as he made the first snitch grab of the season.

It was a difficult game for Slytherin, after that, as the Snake seeker was knocked off his broomstick by a bludger, and Gryffindor scored another goal, but Seeker Greenwood refused to be set back and, the moment the snitch was spotted again, it was apparent that he intended to catch it - and catch it he did, tying the match in snitch grabs, and leading to a robust second half. Though Seeker Greenwood had been replaced by Seeker Dylan Denver, the Snakes were out to excel, and Seeker Denver showed this as he made another snitch grab, to hearten the Snakes. Replacement Lion Seeker Jack Fritzera was hot on his heels, however, and caught the next snitch, giving the Snakes something to worry about.

Chaser Hudonson tried to save the match for her house, as she scored against Keeper Lycaon, and Captain Starstalker joined in, with a few, brilliant saves, but a blur of golden shifted the focus off twelve players, and on to two - the seekers. For a while, supporters of both houses were on their feet, cheering, holding their breath, and hoping; and then both seekers had tumbled on to the ground. Seeker Denver stayed there, while Lion Seeker Fritzera jumped to his feet, the snitch fluttering in his closed fist. It was a disappointing day for the Snakes, who were no longer in the running for the Quidditch Cup, but all was not yet lost, as they reared up for their second match of the term against the Eagles.

The second match for Slytherin saw quite a few changes in the team roster, and the Snakes - one beater short - had cause to worry, as Ravenclaw scored the first goal of the Consolation Game. Even though Snake Chaser Hudonson was quick to tie the match, the Slytherins continued to lag behind, overall, and Ravenclaw Captain Newtington's saves did not help the green-and-silver robed team. Captain Starstalker retaliated with a few, great saves of her own, and the Snakes breathed in relief as Nicolette Finn of Slytherin caught the first snitch of the match, to give the team somthing to cheer about.

Unfortunately for the Snakes, they received two penalties, one right after the other, due to a few foolish moves. Unwilling to give up, Chaser Hudonson scored a goal for Slytherin, only to see more setbacks, as Snake player Davis caused Slytherin to receive its third penalty of the match, and 'Claw Seeker Tiberius Pryce caught the second snitch of the game. It looked like this was the end for the Snakes, as the second session saw them two players short, but Chaser Hudonson kicked the second half off with a goal for the Snakes, which heartened them.

Slytherin gave the match all they had after that, as Keeper Starstalker blocked Ravenclaw chaser Vashti Greenwell, and Seeker Finn made the second snitch grab, to put the Snakes well and good, in the lead. Both keepers made several, excellent saves, and for a while, the match was indecisive enough to make the fans jump to their feet, and roar in encouragement and support. The snitch was spotted, a blur of gold, and the Snakes refused to suffer a second defeat, as the Ravenclaw seeker tumbled to the ground, and Snake Seeker Finn raised her fist, to show that she had caught the snitch, to ensure a well-deserved win for the Slytherin.