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Ben The Hippo, Beater
The Hippo attacks!
Fri Nov 18, 2016 08:36

Ben was ready for this. So ready. Sammy was an awesome person and beating partner and he felt he had learned a lot under her leadership over the last couple of months. Sure his dad and uncle had both been beaters, so he imagined he had awesome beating blood flowing though his veins, but Dad and Uncle Four never really actually played Quidditch with him much (took him to watch games, yes, absolutely, but there wasn't really a great spot for any kind of broom flying near their muggle neighborhood), so their contributions to his training were mostly moral support and anecdotal accounts on how they handled some in-game situations.

Ben's practical experience was all either on baseball diamonds (a cross training sport that should not be underestimated for beaters) and under Sammy's tutelage. Still, he'd been working and training hard, and having been a chaser would no doubt help him know how to best mess with the Aladrens trying to mess with Pecari's mission to score goals.

A mission Joella was clearly very keen on and in a good position to carry out as she got the Quaffle first, claiming it before the echoes of the starting whistle had faded. Ben flew off in search of a Bludger to aid in this mission. It looked like Sammy had found one really fast and he grinned and shot her a thumbs up as she whacked it towards Dill then hurried on his quest to find the other one for Pecari. There!

Ben pushed his broom into high gear, hoping to reach it before Louis did. The fourth year Aladren had many of the same advantages and the same lack of previous games as a beater that Ben did. And while Louis might not have the same quality Beater blood pumping through his heart that Ben did, Louis did have and extra year's worth of growing and an additional year of experience playing Quidditch in general. Ben felt this made them pretty close to perfectly matched and he was excited about seeing how they actually played against each other.

*And the first victory goes to Benjamin the Hippo Pierce!* the announcer in his head crowed! The thirteen year old Pecari grinned and tapped his bat against the second bludger, gaining control of it enough to set up for a good hit. He surveyed his options and chose an Aladren chaser who looked like they might be thinking about trying to intercept Joella's pass.

Ben wound up and cracked his bat hard against the metal ball, sending it screaming, straight and true, toward his chosen target. Yes!

*And The Hippo attacks!*

  • Start as you mean to go on.Captain J Curtis, Chaser, Sun Nov 13 12:13
    This was it. Her chance to prove herself. Joella had waited so long for her time and now it was here. Sheíd worked her team as hard as they would let her in the run up to their first match of the... more
    • The Hippo attacks! — Ben The Hippo, Beater, Fri Nov 18 08:36
      • Hippos don't fly.Kit Reid, Chaser, Fri Nov 18 23:35
        Excitement was not a strong enough word for this day. Today was the first day that Kit would be playing her first real competitive Quidditch game. She had worked hard to learn all of the plays and... more
        • But hawks definitely do!Louis Valois, Beater, Mon Nov 21 14:13
          Waking up and glaring disbelievingly at his alarm clock, Louis was just about to roll over and make proper use of his Saturday by going straight back to sleep when he realised that it wasnít just a... more
          • Better late than neverIngrid W, Chaser, Sat Nov 26 03:06
            Match day was always exciting. Ingrid had always been driven to do her best for Liliana because she admired the older girl, and things hadnít changed with the passing of the torch. But as well as... more
            • Glad you think soBen Pierce, Beater, Sat Nov 26 13:17
              Ben watched as his bludger successfully scare the smallest of the Aladren chasers off course, opening up a passing opportunity. He didn't watch to see if it was taken, but instead followed the... more
              • If a Pecari, better neverLouis Valois, Beater, Sat Nov 26 16:01
                Ingrid managed to neatly avoid Louisís bludger and, whilst he was glad not to cause any injuries, this was Quidditch and Louis could be a rather competitive player. Ingridís barrel-roll meant his... more
                • Never underestimate a Pecari.Cpt Joella Curtis, Chaser, Sat Nov 26 18:29
                  Joella could breathe again once Ingrid was safely on her way with the Quaffle. The younger girl did a good job of making the catch and dodging a bludger pretty much simultaneously. The captain sped... more
                  • Yeah, what she said.Luke Powell, Keeper, Sat Nov 26 18:43
                    Luke weaved through his hoops with ease, handling his broom so casually and confidently. He was a natural sportsman and he liked training hard so Quidditch worked out nicely for him. The first year... more
                    • I beg to differLouis Valois, Beater, Sat Nov 26 19:09
                      Annoyingly, Joella had manoeuvred her way out of a nasty bludger accident (well, not that he was actually wishing bodily harm upon the older chaser), but at least Louisís actions had made sure she... more
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