Saturday the 1st saw Slytherin and Hufflepuff in their first match of the season, and with both teams desperate to start their season at a run, it was one hell of a match. Gryffindor and Ravenclaw might have set the bar with their opening match, but these two teams raised it even higher this weekend.
The chasers on both teams were hungry for a strong positive points difference, Thomasin Sexton and Persephone Vitrac leading the charge for their teams, with Sexton scoring 70 of Hufflepuff’s points, Vitrac scoring 80 of Slytherin’s. Samuel Ryder deserves an honourable mention, though, with his debut performance earning him 40 points, 2 assists, and 8 and of 8 successful passes.
The keepers for both teams were both almost equal as well, with both eager to keep their teams in the running. Nate Phoenix pulled just ahead of Abigail Bluetooth with 14 saves to 12, however.
We also saw a lot more bludgerings this game than we did the previous, with both sets of beaters smashing bludgers left, right and centre. Slytherin absolutely dominated on this front, however, with Valeria Espinosa hitting an insane 32 bludgerings, a record amount I’m sure. Ravenclaw, beware of Val the Viper – you’re her next victims.
And all this excitement happened in just over 30 minutes, almost half the time Ravenclaw and Gryffindor’s game went on for. Marlee Hart with her seeker debut for Slytherin, managed to catch the snitch just as Hufflepuff started to pull away with points, securing a 250 – 120 victory for the Snakes. This places Slytherin at the top of the cup table with a points difference of 130, and Hufflepuff at the bottom below Gryffindor with -130, meaning the next two matches, Slytherin vs Ravenclaw and Gryffindor vs Hufflepuff, will be deadly crucial for any team’s chances at the cup.