Harry Potter’s sport played at Magic Park | PHOTOS Magic Moment: Quidditch players in action at the State Shield at Broadmeadow. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
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Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A vs NSW B. Pic shows a neutral player wearing the ‘Snitch’ attempting to evade the Seeker players from both teams. When the Snitch is captured the match ends. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Pic shows NSW B player Haydn Johansson reacting after a tackle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Pic shows NSW B player Haydn Johansson reacting after a tackle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Pic shows NSW B player Haydn Johansson reacting after a tackle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Pic shows NSW B player Haydn Johansson reacting after a tackle. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A vs NSW B. Pic shows a neutral player wearing the ‘Snitch’ waiting to be deployed. The Snitch is a ball which when captured ends the match. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A vs NSW B. Pic shows NSW A team’s Seeker holds the Snitch, which when caught ends the match. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers MMH

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A vs NSW B. Pic shows a neutral player wearing the ‘Snitch’ attempting to evade the seeker players from both teams. When the Snitch is captured the match ends. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Quidditch State Shield at Magic Park, Broadmeadow. NSW A in yellow vs NSW B in blue. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

TweetFacebookIn the magical world of Harry Potter, quidditch is the number-one sport.

So it was only natural that Quidditch ’s State Shield should be played at Magic Park at Broadmeadow at the weekend.

But was there any connection between the selection of the venue and its name?

Unfortunately, no.

“It was just because it was one of the best fields in Newcastle, with a canteen and plenty of places for spectators to watch,” tournament director Eleonora Leopardi said.

And so, with broomsticks between their legs and Harry Potter in their hearts, more than 80 state representatives fought for glory.

By all accounts, moments of wizardry and magic were on display, althoughnot quite in the same way as the famous films.

“It’s been incredibly high-level quidditch, with many hard-fought and extremely intensegames.There were many close matches,” MsLeopardi said.

NSWBluetonguesdefeated Victoria Leadbeaters on Sunday in athree-match grand final series.