Captain Ben Pierce, Beater
Sounds good to me!
Wed Oct 31, 2018 09:26

Ben was loving the new Quidditch set-up. They got to play more games against more people. Their team was stronger with the best from each house working together now and giving the younger years more opportunity to practice and learn how to play before getting thrown into harsh competition, and with fourteen players (when you counted Jozua) that meant even practice could host full games, which was really important for training and improvement.

The practice games, by necessity, had to break up the regular team so it wasn’t just first string crushing second string, but it got everyone practicing and playing and sometimes playing against someone helped Ben see strengths or weaknesses he wouldn’t ordinarily see as their teammate, so that was cool. Plus, it let him see how the reserves played so if a first string player ever couldn’t play, he knew what to expect from the kids on the second string.

Today, he was getting two of the new Chasers, Ness and Mahliki. And Jozua. He otherwise had first string players, including Eden, so he figured Red had the advantage today, even if Lily was their only experienced Chaser and Jozua was as much hindrance as help as a Beater.

“Jozua,” he said, when they were given time to talk strategy. He paused, sighed, and tried to figure where the Teppenpaw would do the least damage. “You’re protecting Eden,” he decided, with a look of apology toward his star Seeker. She was a good and talented Seeker, and didn’t need Ben protecting her back as badly as the two greenhorn Chasers did. “Just keep the bludgers away from her and don’t worry too much about going after Amelia.”

Besides, he usually put Joe with the Chasers (partly because Ben was a slightly better beater and the Seeker was the key to winning but partly because Ben didn’t want the temptation of ‘accidentally’ smacking a bludger at Winston (which - hey! - he could do on purpose today! Awesome!) so if Joe stayed in that role, going head-tho-head with the other seventh year would be great beater practice for both of them.

“Tatiana and Eden,” he looked at his first string Keeper and Seeker, “You know your jobs. Good luck.” No sense in micromanaging positions he didn’t know very much about. They had both proved in try-outs they were the best the school had for those spots. (Though if he’d had his say in positions today, he probably would have put Tatiana in Beater and Jozua in Keeper, but Coach Reilly had made it clear that wasn’t an option.)

“Chasers,” he turned to Lily and the two first years. “Lily’s lead Chaser,” he said. It was an obvious no brainer, but it still had to be declared. “Follow her lead and listen to her advice. I’ll do my best to keep Winston and Simon occupied with bludgers, but work together, don’t hold onto the ball too long, and do your best. Good luck everyone. Team Red!”

After the cheer, he put his red practice robe on, then went to shake hands with Joe. Soon after that, the whistle blew and the game was on! “Yeah, Lily!” he whooped when she came out of the toss up with the Quaffle.

Then he went to find a ball of his own. Ah, there was a bludger. He went for it, catching up to the dark metal ball quickly, and saw a Yellow Chaser looking suspiciously like they wanted to make a bid for intercepting Lily’s pass.

Ben grinned in eager anticipation then gave them something more exciting to do. With a resounding crack, his bat made contact with the bludger and sent it flying towards the Yellow clad Chaser.

  • Let's get this party started!Lily Spencer, Chaser, Tue Oct 30 17:53
    Lily was cheesed off that she hadn’t made it as a Seeker, but at least she was part of the first-string. Chasing wasn’t terrible, she just hadn’t been in the position for very long, and she much... more
    • Sounds good to me! — Captain Ben Pierce, Beater, Wed Oct 31 09:26
      • Re-Gifting this BludgerWinston Pierce, Chaser, Wed Oct 31 11:16
        Winston was none too happy about the new school wide Quidditch team. First of all, Winston was stuck as a Chaser again, losing out to a girl who was younger than him, so there wasn’t even hope that... more
        • I have no idea what's happening.(Evelyn Stones, Chaser), Sat Nov 3 00:22
          Evelyn hadn't expected to get on the team at all, let alone on the team as a chaser. Of course, she wasn't technically on the team. But she wasn't on the sidelines either. She did feel a bit guilty... more
          • Amendment - OOCCoach Reilly, Tue Nov 6 06:32
            OOC - As there is a lot happening in Quidditch matches, we know it can be hard to keep track of, and there seemed to be a bit of confusion as to where the Quaffle was. I have clarified with Evelyn's... more
            • Amended PostEvelyn Stones, Tue Nov 6 19:19
              Evelyn hadn't expected to get on the team at all, let alone on the team as a chaser. Of course, she wasn't technically on the team. But she wasn't on the sidelines either. She did feel a bit guilty... more
              • Redirecting things.Joe Umland, Cap-Beater, Wed Nov 7 19:39
                Joe suspected it would be highly impolitic to mention it, but he could not honestly say he was entirely unhappy with how things had worked out with the combined team. The way he saw it, Ben acquiring ... more
                • Likewise.Simon Mordue, Chaser, Wed Nov 7 20:32
                  Simon found several aspects of his present situation objectionable, some to greater degrees than others. For one thing, he and Winston were not supposed to be subordinate to Ben Pierce and Joe... more
                  • Yes. You should all start being somewhere else now.Tatiana Vorontsova,Keeper, Wed Nov 7 21:04
                    On a personal level, Tatiana liked the color yellow better than the color red. For purposes of a mock Quidditch game, however, she was quite happy with her designation. Red was the color of luxury -... more
                    • Yellow score! 10-0 (nm)Coach Reilly, Wed Nov 7 23:14
                      • Less of that, pleaseNess McLeod, Chaser , Thu Nov 8 08:13
                        Quidditch was everything that Ness had hoped it would be and more. This was kind of surprising, given the fact that there was not an Aladren team – something that the first year had been very much... more
                        • Simon, here, I don’t want you to feel left outCaptain Ben, Beater, Thu Nov 8 09:26
                          The bad news was he didn’t hit Winston. The good news was he didn’t have a chance to intercept Lily’s pass. The bad news was that Evelyn did. He saw Joe moving in to assist Winston and moved in... more
                          • Lining up for another goal shotWinston, Chaser, Thu Nov 8 10:18
                            Winston already hated The Pecari. Today that piece of dirt was making himself into a really irritating and frustrating thorn in Winston’s backside. The Pecari seemed intent on making it impossible... more
                            • Trying to un-include myself.Simon Mordue, Chaser, Wed Nov 14 15:41
                              He had scored. He had scored . Admittedly the Keeper who he had gotten past was only Tatiana, who he doubted, somewhere between her House placement and the fact she still didn’t speak proper English... more
                              • Trying to include someone wearing Red.Joe Umland, Cap-Beater, Wed Nov 14 16:10
                                Clapping was a difficult proposition when one’s hands were full with a bat, but Joe made an effort when Simon successfully tricked Tatiana into going the wrong way just long enough for the goal to be ... more
                                • I don't suck! Evelyn Stones, Chaser, Thu Nov 15 20:00
                                  Evelyn watched her successful pass and the score her team ended up making with a sense of disassociation. She had played a part in that score, and suddenly she felt strong. Of course, there was no... more
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