The Belgium national quidditch team, known as the Belgian Gryffins, is the national team of Belgium in quidditch. The team was founded in 2014 upon the announcement of the 2014 IQA Global Games, the International Quidditch Association’s second international tournament featuring national teams.
The team is overseen by the Belgian Quidditch Federation, the head organisation of all quidditch in Belgium. The name Gryffins and the logo come from the combination of Belgium’s two community’s symbols: the Walloon rooster and the Flemish lion.
The following team will participate in the IQA World Cup 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.
|#||Last Name||First Name||Primary Team||Position|
|1||Ardui||Willem||Deurne Dodo A||Chaser / Keeper|
|2||Van Huygevoort||Tim||Deurne Dodo A||Chaser|
|5||Abbagnato||Soraya||Deurne Dodo A||Beater|
|6||Venckeleer||Laurent||Deurne Dodo A||Chaser|
|7||De Graeve||Jens||Bruges Bridgebacks||Chaser|
|8||Eeckhout||Faust||Deurne Dodo A||Beater|
|12||Aerts||Emile||Deurne Dodo A||Chaser|
|13||Reyniers||Elisabeth||Deurne Dodo A||Beater|
|16||De Wit||Seppe||Deurne Dodo A||Chaser|
|24||Van Meel||Chayenne||Brussels Qwaffles||Chaser|
|33||Lermytte||Louis||Deurne Dodo A||Chaser / Keeper|
|69||Wilputte||Nathan||Brussels Qwaffles||Chaser / Keeper|
The colours of the team have always been that of the Belgium tricolore, red, yellow and black. Since in quidditch it is illegal to sport a jersey primarily with yellow due to confusion with snitches, the primary colours are always red or black with yellow as a flair.
The design of the 2014 jerseys were put through a popular vote open to any interested Belgian quidditch player. The majority chose the option created by Julie-Anne Weber, who designed the paw, and Cory Faniel, who dealt with the colour layout.
In November 2014, a popular vote ranked the Gryffins’ jersey among the five best quidditch team uniforms in the world, according to the readers of The Quidditch Post. A jury of editors graded each submission and, after aggregating the score of popular and jury votes, Belgium was awarded the title of World’s Best Quidditch Uniform for the jersey design displayed above.
In 2015, the decision was made to maintain a similar design for the European Games jersey, though a change in provider resulted in some necessary tweaking. The Gryffins will keep wearing the jersey in the IQA World Cup 2016 campaign.
|Tournament||Tournament Stage||Score Belgium||vs||Score Opp||Opponent|
|IQA Global Games 2014||Group Stage||70||vs||150*||Mexico|
|FF||vs||150*||United States of America|
|IQA European Games 2015||Group Stage||50||vs||150*||France|
|3th Place Play-off||80||vs||150*||Norway|
|IQA Quidditch World Cup 2016||Group Stage||70*||vs||130||Australia|
|Round of 16||210*||vs||130||Italy|
|Quarter Finals||50||vs||130*||United States of America|
|5-8 Losers Bracket||140||vs||150*||Turkey|
|7th Place Play-off||150*||vs||30||Mexico|
- The IQA Global Games 2014 were held in Vancouver, Canada. They are the predecessor of the current IQA World Cup. The Belgian Gryffins finished 7th out of 7.
- The IQA European Games 2015 were held in Sarteano, Italy. The Belgian Gryffins finished 4th out of 12, just missing out on the bronze medal.
- The IQA Quidditch World Cup 2016 was held in Frankfurt, Germany. The Belgian Gryffins finished 7th out of 21.