04 Jul '11, 3am

Australians, long renowned for sporting prowess, set sights on next World Cup competition - for Quidditch

Australians, long renowned for sporting prowess, set sights on next World Cup competition - for Quidditch

In a picture taken on June 26, 2011, chaser Jacob Warnock (left) is hit by a bludger-throwing opponent (right) while training for 'Muggle Quidditch'. -- PHOTO: AFP SYDNEY - AUSTRALIANS, renowned for their sporting prowess in cricket and rugby, now want to win a world cup for running around on broomsticks - otherwise known as Quidditch. In JK Rowling's hugely successful Harry Potter books and films, Quidditch is a semi-contact sport played by wizards and witches - as popular in their world as football or cricket is in real life. The final installment of the series hits movie screens in July, but the crowd-pulling sport of Quidditch has only just arrived in Australia. 'Four universities in Australia launched Muggle Quidditch teams this year,' said Mr Justin Chau, who founded the Quidditch Society at the University of New South Wales. 'On my campus it kicked off immediately w...

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