Ollie Lang writes in about his recent travels to Europe
This past weekend I was able to kill two birds with one stone. That meaning one place and to functions. I flew into Vienna Austria this past Wednesday to be greeted by my friend and teammate Philip Fischer. He was the promoter for the clinic and was the one who put the whole thing together.
I also met up with Pete Utschig that evening for a bite to eat in Vienna, he was going to teach the clinic with me but he had come in early to spend some vacation with his girlfriend for her birthday.
Pete Utschig and I taught the clinic all day Thursday, it was a very successful clinic. The players were really good and easy to catch on, although I speak English to quickly as their native language is German. We accomplished a lot which was good despite it was the hottest day of the year in Vienna. Nothing that we American weren’t used to, but the Austrians were almost melting. The clinic was very functional because there was a grand tour event this following weekend so most of the clinic patrons were able to use what they learned right away.
I met with the bullets Friday after a little site seeing in Vienna to walk the field. The European paintball Grand Tour is an on going event series that you play multiple games to qualify for the finals in Warsaw. The Bullets had an awful start to the season so we had no room for error. We needed to win all of our games with strong point differentials.
We ended up winning 4 of the 5 games losing our last game to Art Chaos a Russian Team, who houses a few Russian Legion players. The score was 4 to 5 but with us having an unusual amount of penalty’s. Losing two points that we should have scored but due ton the penalties no points were awarded to us.
Next event is in Warsaw and hopefully we can play well there to make the top four and move on to play in the finals.
Then back to my European home in Budapest to spend one day to decompress and head home to San Diego.