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Daniel Fintoc, Chaser
In it to win it.
Sun Jan 29, 2017 06:37

Daniel had been far happier than he could’ve imagined when they actually won their last game. It had felt like Crotalus were the underdogs for a long time now, always struggling to make the numbers, but finally they had proved themselves to be just as good as everyone else. Now they had a chance to prove that they were the best.

He was the lead Chaser on a Quidditch team playing in the finals. It seemed a little surreal. How had he got this far. Daniel knew a lot of the credit went to Alistair, since it was him changing over the Seeker position that had finally allowed them to catch the snitch, but also because he had worked so hard over the years to bring out the best in the players he had.

Daniel would never have imagined he’d be as good at the sport as he was now, or as fit in general for that matter, and he knew exactly who he had to thank for that. But at the same time they were a team and it was a team effort, as Alistair never failed to recognise, so they had all contributed to that win. Daniel was proud of himself and the rest of the team and hoped that they could really pull through today and beat the Aladrens. That really would be incredible.

The third year had been disappointed in the last game by how long it had taken him to get a touch of the Quaffle but he thought that his performance from his first touch onwards had largely made up for that initial failure. Alistair seemed to think so. The older boy had definitely come along in leaps and bounds with his coaching from Dan’s first days on the team (the year Quidditch had been cancelled) and was much more positive and mentally supportive towards his players than he had been originally.

Dan cast a drying charm on himself and warmed up with the team before Alistair’s last minute peptalk. He nodded when Alistair addressed him and the other two Chasers and shot Winston and Simon what he believed to be encouraging smiles before getting into position.

He waited with intense concentration for the whistle to sound and the Quaffle to go up. His reaction time to the sharp screech was quick, his eyes locked upon the scarlet ball as he pushed up from the ground and soared upwards to claim it. After the bad start he’d had last time, Daniel was more determined than ever to put to use all that work he’d done with Alistair. It paid off, because his hand closed securely around the Quaffle.

The third year grinned, tucking it under his arm and making off in the direction of the Aladren Keeper. He kept an eye out for Simon and Winston’s whereabouts, wanting options. Daniel didn’t travel very far with Quaffle, aware that bludgers might be coming for him if the Aladrens had got to them fresh out of the gate. He passed out to a well-positioned Crotalus Chaser, a hard pass to counteract any effect of the wind and hoped that it would safely reach his teammate’s hands.

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    • In it to win it. — Daniel Fintoc, Chaser , Sun Jan 29 06:37
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