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5 Questions with QPL Director Jack Lennard

5 Questions with QPL Director Jack Lennard

Team Savage is gearing up for the Quidditch Premier League Championship in Cardiff, Wales on Aug. 25. We'll be there selling gear, so be sure to stop by for a replica jersey—they're discounted to $39 through Sunday. Can't wait for Saturday? Check out our QPL Pro Shop online, and read our Q&A with QPL director Jack Lennard.

Savage: What are some of the biggest accomplishments of QPL this season? How is the league evolving? 

Jack Lennard: Following on from such a successful first season was always going to be a challenge, but I’m really proud of how we responded to feedback and kept the experience of the league at such a high level. We added two new teams, the Scottish Thistles and the Welsh Dragons, made the teams smaller to allow for more game-time for players, and are having our Championship in Cardiff Arms Park, a truly spectacular venue. The league itself is evolving really quickly—we’re always setting our sights on the next challenge, and the next milestone!

Savage: Are there any memorable matches you'd like to call out here? 

JL: The battles between the East Midlands Archers and the West Midlands Revolution came to a climax in Birmingham, where the West Midlands won an incredibly tight contest to squeak ahead of their rivals in the league on point differential—so that was a fantastic way to set us up for the Championship! 

Savage: What teams have you enjoyed following through their season? 

 JL: The London Monarchs have been a joy to watch this season. They play such attractive quidditch, they’re a really strong team. Watching the Eastern Mermaids bounce back from a zero-win season last year to a pretty high seeding for Championships after coming third in the Southern Division has been fun. It really shows that the fortunes of teams can ebb and flow over the years, which makes the entire league more attractive to spectators. And of course, our two new teams, in Wales and Scotland, have had debuts to be proud of—I can’t wait to see their fans cheering them on in Cardiff!

Savage: What can we expect from the championships? 

JL: It’ll be an incredible event. Cardiff Arms Park is another large professional sports stadium, so for the second year running we’ll be offering a venue for quidditch that can’t be matched in other UK competitions. That comes with all the amenities, facilities, and luxuries that those venues afford—so expect great views, great streaming, and an amazing location right in the centre of Cardiff. It’ll be a perfect celebration of the ambition that the Quidditch Premier League embodies.

Savage: Will there be anything new or different in the next season for QPL?

JL: Next season we have our big European expansion—five new teams across France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, which is so exciting! UK teams won’t be forgotten about either, we have some surprises for them… but all that can wait until after Cardiff, where we send off the 2018 Quidditch Premier League season with a bang!

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Where's Savage? Broomsticks and Battleball

Where's Savage? Broomsticks and Battleball

 

Savage has a busy month coming up in August with some major tournaments happening all over the world. Want to follow us on our adventures? Here's where you can find us this month!

August 3-6, 2017 — Ultimate Dodgeball Championship hosted by SkyZone

Thirty-two teams will meet in Chicago, Illinois to battle it out for a $50,000 prize pool. These teams have all advanced from regional competitions to arrive at this hotly anticipated event. ESPN2 will be airing some matches this time around after years of appearances on ESPN3. Savage is proud to provide apparel for five of the teams' uniforms and sponsorships for all quarterfinal match gear. 

August 12-13, 2017 — Major League Quidditch Championship

After another successful season, the MLQ returns to League City, Texas. Twelve teams will spend the weekend fighting for the coveted Benepe Cup* and title of best team in Major League Quidditch. Teams nationwide have gotten great press this year, and Savage is proud to be the official apparel partner of the MLQ! 

 *The Benepe Cup is named after MLQ founder Alex Benepe, who coincidentally is the lead organizer for the Ultimate Dodgeball Championship. Put that in your trivia pipe and...hold it. Smoking is bad for you. 

August 26, 2017 — Quidditch Premier League Championship

With an inaugural season comes an inaugural championship! We're sure Jack Lennard, founder and president of the QPL, is excited to crown the QPL's first champion as we all wait with bated breath to see who will arise victorious. Though Savage's partnership with the QPL is not even a year old, we anticipate great things from this league and its players. 

 

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