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Canada, Burnaby host the world at 2014 Quidditch Global Games; Team USA wins gold again

Coach Hugh Podmore and Team Canada played host to the world last weekend at the 2014 Quidditch Global Games, a sort-of world cup for the once-fictional sport invented by JK Rowling.

"It's a huge honour. It's very good to be the host nation," Podmore said on Saturday. "We've been able to have a lot of fans come out here and support us, which has been fantastic."

Team USA won its second straight Global Games, destroying Australia in the final, 210-0. Canada won bronze at its own event, and fared well against the eventual champion Americans, losing 130-70 in the first match of the day.

The Canucks then beat Harry Potter's nation, the United Kingdom, 60-40 in the third-place game.

"Canadian Quidditch is really, really strong," said Podmore. "This is our chance to get out there and prove it."

It was a homecoming for Canada's captain, who went to high school in South Surrey at Southridge School. Podmore then went on to university at McGill in Montreal – where he first picked up Quidditch – and now lives in Toronto as the coach of his own national squad, where he also plays for Valhalla Quidditch club.

"I've been playing Quidditch for a while, all my friends think I'm a little bit silly," he said. "But it's nice to come back with Team Canada and have this tournament here and show everyone what it is that we really do at the top level game."

Video: Kolby Solinsky, Black Press

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