The Silicon Valley Skrewts were founded in April 2010, making them one of the oldest community teams in the world. Founded by Sam Fischgrund, who also founded the Princeton team that went to World Cup II, the Skrewts have grown since their founding to become one of the strongest community teams in the world.
They made their tournament debut at Western Cup II, playing also at World Cup V and Western Cup III. This year, they have shown themselves to be the strongest team in the Bay Area, notching very convincing wins in multiple Bay Area tournaments, winning both the Sunshine Bowl and the Groundhog Hoedown.
The Skrewts showed up to Western Cup IV attempting to qualify for the world cup, and they wasted no time showing their quality, easily winning their pool and taking the second seed leading to bracket play. In the quarterfinals, they were able to defeat Cal's team 170*-50 to become the first true community team to qualify for world cup. Ultimately, they were defeated by the Lost Boys in the semifinals, but their tie for third has marked the Skrewts as one of the strongest community teams in the world, looking to make their mark for all community teams and the west at World Cup VI.
Skrewts Turn Heads, Take Third at Western Cup IV
The Skrewts were finally knocked out of the Western Cup, losing 100^-60* to the Lost Boys in overtime. The Skrewts were engaged in a hard-fought, physical game against the Lost Boys, led by a strong beater core and keeper Tony Rodriguez. Up 40-30, the Lost Boys were able to score twice in rapid succession, pushing the Skrewts to the bring of elimination. However, the Skrewts were given a second life by seeker Sam Fischgrund's off-pitch snitch grab 18 minutes into the game to force overtime. However, in overtime, the Lost Boys were able to catch the snitch in the first 15 seconds, giving them the 100 to 60 victory.
Ultimately, this tournament was a huge victory for the Skrewts, as they qualified for World Cup VI, and utterly shocked most quidditch observers unaware of the huge improvements the Skrewts had made. They took third overall, tying with USC, and recording their best appearance in a major tournament ever. This is a team ready to turn heads at World Cup VI in Kissimmee in April!