Text: Dale Housden| Foto: Bruggeling Quidditch Photography
Our Gargoyle Dale headed to the far away Lievelde, Netherlands to take place in the Open Dutch Summer Cup. After getting stuck for three hours in an Antwerp traffic jam, Dale was finally able to meet up with his teammates for the weekend. Going by the name of the Rainbow Rangers, the team was mostly players from the Rotterdam Ravens, with a couple of random Australian, Irish, Belgians and a German thrown in for good measure.
The first day was a bit rough as a couple of the German teams (Ruhr Phoenix, and Berlin/Bonn) were able to take down the Rangers but they did manage to pile on the highest score of the whole tournament by annihilating the Screaming Seagulls 260*-40. The final games of the first day had to be postponed to Sunday morning due to thunderstorms, so it was another early morning, but the Rangers won their final group stage game for a record of 2-2, good for third out of the five.
After a narrow loss on snitch catch in their next game, the Rangers pulled it back together and won their last game against a combination of players from Cologne and Trier, finishing with a record of 3-3 and claiming 7th place.
Berlin/Bonn won the tournament over the Phoenix in the final after an exciting game, so the Rangers could take heart that two of their losses were to the two best teams in the tournament.
Speaking after their last game, Dale was heard to say : “I like coming to these tournaments. Nobody knows who I am, they all run at me so I get to tackle everyone.”