Archive for March, 2011

Follow Team Nexus online throughout the 2011 season.

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Nexus have partnered up with a paintball video company to document the 2011 season.

Izmir Angelpark Take 1st Place in Paris!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Izmir Angelpark from Turkey were in Paris over the weekend for the first event of the 2011 Millennium Series, the team put on a solid performance all weekend to take the win in Division 2. Captain of the team, Volkan Bagci gave us a run down of the event.

Our first game was kind of difficult since half of the team landed late on Thursday night and only saw the field 5 minutes before the first game on Friday. 3 of the players are from Norway and haven`t been shooting paint since October due to hard winter, so the first game was challenging to try and learn the field and play as a team. Second game on Friday was against the all girl team Poison Ivy from Norway, we ended up winning the game but they did not give us those points so easily, respect to them for that. We played our last prelim game and that went much better since we now knew more about the field, the angles and were feeling more confident playing as a team. We were top in our group and one of the last 16 teams, we had our first elimination game late Saturday which also went well for us.

Our good form continued on Sunday, we won against Gold Coast Dijon and took out Why Not Paris at the semi finals.

We went on to play against London Defiance in the finals, a team of young players with determination in their eyes. We took the first 3 points, then they started to lock the snake side real good and took the next 2 points. It was a very close game which ended with the time running out in the next point, giving us the win. We couldn’t believe that we won the event… It was great fun.

Thank you Dye for the NT11s and all the other equipment, Celtic for the paintballs, for the pictures, and the team for playing great.

We will come even stronger to the next event in Bitburg.

Volkan Bagci
Team captain
Izmir Angelpark

Axel Gaudin of Team Tonton is on the French TV show MCS Extreme

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This is a French TV show that specializes in Extrem sports , they have a news show every week and introduce it with the Millennium event # 1 in Paris , they invited Axel Gaudin ( Team Tonton Flingueurs ) who finished 3rd; and also Laurent Hamet who’s the new president for the European Federation that have just been created .

They explain that paintball is growing rapidly in Europe, more than 135 teams participated at the Paris Millennium.  In the report  they giving result of the league and announce where the next event will take place, in Germany .

Mikko asks Pete Utschig some questions about plans for 2011

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Mikko: Pete Whats up, I remember you saying after Millennium season that as Bullets were done, you were done with paintball as well?

Done with paintball me never…… I had decided to completely retire from paintball after the 2010 Millennium series, but the call of travel, competition, and paintball life style was just too much.

Mikko: I knew you would get bored and keep on playing. You are true paintball fanatic and great ambassador for the sport.

Mikko: What is your plan for 2011?
Pete: I guess fanatic is a good word. Paintball has been running through my veins since the first time I played 18 years ago. I appreciate the compliment about being a ambassador, I just want to be able to spread some of the enjoyment that I get every time I get to step on the field. I am lucky enough to have DYE the best company in the sport of paintball support me in every endeavor I take part in. This year I am going to shift my focus from US/Euro Pro series to Coaching/Playing the CPS series with Zurikatas the DYE team from Ecuador and returning to my roots battling it out in the woods with the Ironmen Tactical team.

Mikko: I’ve done few trips with you in south America, i know its so much fun down there. How excited are you to be able to go all over to South America this year?

Pete: I am really excited, paintball in South America has been exploding recently. The atmosphere is amazing, everyone is so friendly and looking to soak up all the paintball knowledge they can get. South American paintball is an unrefined pool of paintball players, you never know where the next paintball superstar player or team is going to come from. With the emphasis on sports and athletics in South America all these guys need is a little experience and…LOOK OUT!!!!

Mikko: How about the Europe, you haven’t forget your fans over seas right? I know we are going to have one great trip coming..

Pete: I have so many friends and memories from all across Europe that I can never forget, sometimes I think that I am half Hungarian. You can be sure to see me teaching clinics across Europe and rocking out this June at Maxes huge Scenario game in Germany.  And we both know summer is not complete without a few fun days of paintball in Finland.

Mikko: So, this year you’re making a huge move into the Tactical paintball. How is that gonna be? I know you love to play big games. What are you going to do this year.

Pete: I was lucky enough to play a bunch of Scenario/Woodsball last year and really wanted to get into Tactical paintball. I was able to meet a whole bunch of cool players, and I cant wait to see all the skills ballerz have this year as long as there not scared to face me the boyz wearing the Shield in the woods. I have a bunch of events Scenario events scheduled for this year. I am starting out my Tactical season April 9-10 at the West Point Spring Classic and joining my good friend Greg Hastings on the GHTP tour. All the players should check out my schedule on the DYE website and come see if they got what it takes to earn a Shield.

Mikko: How is tactical paintball different from tournament paintball from your opinion?

Pete: Tactical paintball takes different skills and objectives. Tournament paintball is very cut and dry, its all centered around grabbing the flag and score the point. In tactical paintball your objective could be one of hundred different things. Your objective might be to hold off a hoard of 500 warriors for as long as yo can just to give your team a chance to regroup, or it might be to lead a charge up a hill to break through a dug in defense knowing that your repayment is about 20 welts. Every “BODY” has there specialties in the woods. Woodsball takes patience, cunningness, and some times old school tricknowlegey. The atmosphere is also different at Scenario games, every one is there for the same goal, to have fun. After fighting battles on the it’s time to share stories and a burger.

Mikko: Why do you think more and more tournament players crossing over both in tournament and tactical worlds?

Pete: Most paintball players started there paintball players started in the woods. Be it in your buddies back yard or at SC Village we all have memories of playing in the woods. Plus Tactical paintball offers players all different options, no one Tactical fields is same. One field might be a city, or jungle, you could be defending a castle or storming a air field. You have to be able to play all terrains and obstacles. Tactical paintball is also full of all new cool gear. You have to be prepared for everything. When you head out for a battle you dont know if your going to be in battle for a minute or a hour.

Mikko: How excited you’re to be part of Dye’s Tactical Ironmen crew? Wearing that shield again?

Pete: Wearing a Shield was always a dream of mine, and I always will consider myself a Ironmen. But to bring it back out on the field with me gets my blood flowing. The Ironmen are the most winning team in paintball and honestly have always have been badasses! So I hope Scenario players are ready because The Ironmen are on the move and no where in the woods are going to be safe this year!!!!

Ash and Jeremy go to South Africa

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Ash Chaplen from London Nexus and DYE sales rep Jeremy Klynsmith headed to South Africa recently for the first event of the South African GPPL series which took place at Blades and Triggers paintball field in Johannesburg. The GPPL series is sanctioned by SAPBA (South African Paintball Association) and the winner of the series is awarded the honor of being South Africa’s national team and representing the country in international tournaments.

Blades and Triggers is a world class venue! the excellent grass playing fields, elevated spectator decks and DYE scoreboard system on the main field made it a truly professional and well run tournament. There were some really exciting prelim games on the first day, it was good to see a bunch of new teams in the 3 man and 5 man Race To 2 divisions, a special shout out goes to Gavin Millar who despite his disability played the whole event in a wheel chair and blew people apart with his DYE NT!! Gavin was awarded Best Sportsman of the tournament for his amazing performance, much respect!!

The PRO division had some great games and big upsets on the first day as the teams tried to shake off the rust from the off season, Ash Chaplen joined DYE sponsored, team Awsim for the event and it soon became apparent that his experience and knowledge of the game was rubbing off on the rest of the team as Awsim made a steady improvement in their performance throughout the event which landed them in the finals against another DYE sponsored team, Reaper who were the GPPL champions in 2010.

Reaper are an exceptionally strong and experienced team, they were undefeated going into the finals however Awsim applied the knowledge and skills that they’d picked up from Ash throughout the tournament and put on a solid performance to take a convincing 4-1 victory over the Reaper boys.

After the event we stayed in Johannesburg a few extra days to soak in the amazing South African hospitality, Ash did tech class for some of our dealers to give them a better understanding of DYE and Proto markers and to help them provide their customers with the best support possible. A big thank you to the guys from Awsim and Reaper for showing us a good time, also a huge thanks to Ridwaan from Blades and Triggers for taking us around and showing us some of the amazing animals that South Africa has to offer, playing with baby Lion cubs was definitely one of the hi-lights of the trip!

We then flew down to Cape Town on the west coast of South Africa, a place which many would agree is one of the most beautiful cities in the world!  On the Saturday we drove out to Scarlet Paintball located in middle of the breath taking countryside and blessed with perfect weather, Ash gave a free clinic for all the Cape Town ballers. It was a great day and the players seem to really benefit from the training, Ash broke down the skills needed to compete at the highest level and offered one on one coaching to everyone who attended.

The next day we travelled to U-Tac Paintball for the Broken Arrow scenario game to meet more of the Cape Town paintball players, provide tech support for all DYE and Proto markers at the event and to also promote our new DYE Tactical line. Well done to Alan for putting on an amazing event! The U-Tac field is an incredible venue with excellent bush and urban fields, together with amazing props and interesting game scenarios it made for a really fun day of paintball.

A big thank you to Max for organizing the clinic and showing us around Cape Town, we had a great time in South Africa and look forward to being back there in the near future.

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