Quidditch - the whimsical sport takes flight in western Sydney

TELL seekers and chasers that quidditch isn't a sport and they'll tell you exactly where to put your broomstick.

Quidditch has flown out of the wizarding realm and onto the main oval of the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney.

Hills players spellbound by the sport were among those who had broom in hand for the Australian Quidditch Association's National Championships.

Hannah Monty, 20, who plays chaser for the UWS Thestrals, said most people laughed at her when she told them what she did on the weekend.

"I started playing at the end of 2011 because of the Harry Potter aspect of it but since then the sport itself has kept me going," Ms Monty said.

"It's a full-on proper sport.

"People are very competitive about it. It's lots of fun and I've met some great people."

Though the players stayed on the ground during the two-day tournament, their hopes were high to win a spot in the World Cup in the US next year.

If you've read the Harry Potter books, you know the rules of the sport already. There are seekers and chasers who want to put the quaffle through the hoops.

The quidditch balls, like the snitch and bludgers, are played by people.

Magic didn't quite happen when the UWS Thestrals took to the pitch and the team finished in sixth place despite being favourites for the win.

"We bombed out in quarter finals. Too many injuries and not enough players but it was a really good weekend," Ms Monty said.

The Thestrals are one of 23 Australian quidditch teams and there are now more than 900 teams around the world.

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