Players in action at the Quidditch World Cup
Players in action at the Quidditch World Cup

Sports pages have been dominated by the Russian Olympics team's doping scandal, the shooting of controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank and the shocking condition of the athletes' village in Rio in the lead-up to the Games. But here's a few highlights from Australian sportspeople you may not have heard about ...

Our Dropbears win the Quidditch World Cup

Yes, you read that right, quidditch is an actual sport that people play, and Australia just beat the United States to take out victory in the worldwide competition in Germany. The sport is based on the magical sport played in the fictional world of Harry Potter, written by J.K. Rowling. In the book, teams of seven players ride around on broomsticks, scoring goals by throwing a ball through hoops at either end of a field. The game ends when the "seeker" catches a magical ball called the snitch, which is worth 150 points in the novels.