Open about Oslo – Micah Unruh & Hato Busson

With European Games coming very soon, we thought it would be nice to do a Q&A with some the players who’ll be representing the Belgian Gryffins, the national team of Belgium.

Micah Unruh

Micah Unruh is the main keeper for Ghent Gargoyles. This is his second time representing Belgium on the international stage.

Hi Micah! For a second time you’ve been selected for the Belgian Gryffins. Last year you were able to impress a lot of people, what can we expect this time from you?

Since my performance last year I’ve had the opportunity to continue practising with some of the best minds in European Quidditch. The Micah you’ll encounter this year has the same physical prowess, and matching tactical insight on top of that.

This season your team, Ghent Gargoyles, didn’t qualify for EQC. Do you think this will be a big disadvantage for you? Or how do you expect the transition to top level quidditch will be?

It’s a lost opportunity for sure, but not a disadvantage. I play at the highest level, no matter the stage. So I’ll bring top level play in Oslo, as if I’ve been playing there all year.

We are used seeing you defending the hoops, yet in the Belgian Quidditch League you were impressive in your 1 on 1 defense, what do you actually prefer? The white or the green headband?

I love keeping because it’s chasing, but I get to make the decisions on pitch. It becomes especially rewarding when playing with such individually talented people like the Gryffins. The best defences are when I barely even need to move, that’s when you know you’re playing with winners.

We play against the 4 top teams on Saturday, if you had to pick one team you really want to beat, which team would that be and why?

I’m looking forward to our rematch against Turkey. We lost on snitch catch last year in a great game. Wrecking Turkey right out of the gate sets us up for dominance in the rest of the tournament

Hato Busson

Hato is a chaser for Brussels Qwaffles. She surprised everyone and is now making her debut in the national team.

Hi Hato! Making the national team in your first year playing quidditch is quite impressive! Tell us how you were able to clinch a spot in the team?

Hi ! Thanks ! I’ve always loved sports in general so I already had a good speed, which I like to take advantage of on the pitch. But as surprising as this might seem, I think the one thing that helped me the most in my growth as a quidditch player is my experience in team based video games. The big specificity in quidditch is the diversity of the roles, and as a team, you have to reallocate your players to different locations on the pitch in real time depending on how the action is going. This whole dynamic is really similar to what I’ve experienced when gaming, and it helps me understand where I might need to go in the following seconds on pitch.

Interesting! As mentioned this is your first year of playing quidditch. What impressions have you had so far on the level of play outside of Belgium? What do you know about the other countries and are there any teams you liked watching at EQC?

As I discovered Quidditch less than a year ago, I don’t have a good grasp of the level of play in other countries. I can see the results at EQC to have an idea of how good the different NGBs are, but I was more rooting for the Dodos (Antwerp) than trying to analyze the level of play. For the teams I enjoyed watching the most, the Dodos and the Titans are up there with precise passes used well.

Let’s fast forward a bit. Imagine it’s Sunday the 9th of July, and you’re about to sleep. When would you be able to say: “I played a good tournament” ? What do you need to do for that do you think?

I will most certainly be able to spot mistakes that I made during the tournament. If we’re going to sleep as European champions, it’s obviously going to be much easier for me to focus on the good stuff that happened on pitch. Hopefully I’ll be able to say “We played a good tournament” at the end of an enjoyable weekend !