[Team Interview] Meet the Wizards

We have already had the pleasure of working with a bunch of incredible clubs and teams this year, and we would love for you to meet them. First up are the Wizards from Geneva! They have a magical way of describing their season… 😀

Fact Card

Club: Wizards
Year club was founded: 1984
City, Country : Geneva, Switzerland
Division: Mixed

Best Results :
National Championships: 2nd in Mixed (2017). In Open the best result was 3rd (2008).
World Championships: First participation in Mixed. Last time was Open masters in 1999… or Open in 1995…

Crowdfunding Campaign
https://wemakeit.com/projects/geneva-ultimate-frisbee

What are the goals of the team at WUCC and beyond? How are you preparing to accomplish these goals?

For our first participation in the WUCC mixed division the main goal of the WIZARDS – after quidditch has stopped – is to gain a maximum amount of experience and continue to progress.

We do not have a ranking objective and we intend to approach the tournament one match at a time… Like Gandalf or Merlin, we will see where our magic and our incantations lead us.

In general, this participation to WUCC has allowed us to form a strong group with some players who have joined us from  beyond Geneva’s borders.

We ended up cutting Harry Potter from the final selection because he really lacked team spirit.

We have increased the intensity of our trainings and prepared a new magic potion adapted to the humidity of Cincinnati. We now have to check whether it complies with anti-doping standards.

We also have new brooms as well as two or more original strategies, all innovative and bewitching, but we will be keeping those to ourselves for now.

Further related to optimal preparation, we have a dietician of Elven origin who very strictly guides our diet. We eat mainly mushrooms and roots, and some weekends we have the right to a cup of wildebeest blood.

Wizards in action at their home tournament Talampaya
All pictures by The Ultimate Life of John Kofi

What should the world know about your team and its journey to Worlds?

An important thing to know is that we are not old, but rather “experienced”.

Similarly, we are not especially small, but our center of gravity is lower than average.

We reflect the image of our city, with a population from all over the world. We speak a dialect – wizzinite – based on French, English, Khuzdul, Orkish, Italian, a little German and a touch of Berber. The vocabulary is very limited. We say “Daï Daï”, “Hammer” and “Bombone” a lot. That is enough for us for now.

We have a majestic war cry to encourage us before our matches, it is very melodic, but unfortunately we do not sing very well.

We recently kidnapped Sherkan, the Genevan eagle and mascot of the local ice hockey team. We put him in a cage with Jean-Luc – our favorite raven – we would like to see what happens … If we do not see concrete results, we sacrifice him to the next full moon.

Wizards in action at their home tournament Talampaya
All pictures by The Ultimate Life of John Kofi

What can your opponents expect from you this season?

A lot of black magic, but in keeping with the spirit of the game.

In terms of style of play, it will be simple: chicken’s blood, lizard’s scales, dried llama fetuses, all with an inclination towards the dark side of the force.

And we promise you that we will abstain from all forms of levitation.

Wizards in action at their home tournament Talampaya
All pictures by The Ultimate Life of John Kofi

Thank you Wizards for this incredible insight into your teams, and the best of luck this season!

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