London Nexus in Paris 2011
The 2011 season started back in late October when we held tryouts for new players to strengthen the London Nexus squad. Six players made it through that weekend and earned the chance to spend the offseason fighting for a place on the Nexus roster. After months of hard work, six had become three, and we were heading to Longchamps race-course in Paris for the opening Millennium event of the season.
The winter break has given us time to work on some other cool projects too. We’ve been to events, and ran pro schools in Greece, Portugal and South Africa! My favorite project for the 2011 season is our partnership with CustomPB TV – Kent and the guys will be following us all year so you get to see the ins and outs of life on a Pro Paintball team!
On Thursday we had the chance to practice on the CPL field against TonTon, who have definitely picked up right where they left off at the end of last season. It was a tough practice and it gave us plenty to think about going into the prelims. It’s definitely good to get beat sometimes, as it makes you rethink your plans and stops you being complacent.
There are no easy draws in the CPL, every team brings something different that you have to deal with. We had a tough opening game against SK Moscow, but we managed to pull through with a solid 5-3 victory. This gave us a huge lift, especially for the new kids playing their first Pro event. On day two we continued to be dominant with two 5-1 victories over CPL newcomers Outrage from France, and German team Instinct. We qualified top of our bracket, and were ranked 2nd overall going into Sunday.
Sunday can often seem like an entirely new tournament. Teams that just scraped through can suddenly wake up and play out of their skin, while teams who went through on cruise control can come unstuck. In our case, we didn’t get in control of the game against Breakout and lost 5-1. We picked up some penalties which cost us points too. You can’t expect to win pro matches if you aren’t controlling the game and you are making silly mistakes.
We head home from Paris pondering a missed opportunity to take a top four finish. There are plenty of positives to take with us, and we know that going into the second Millennium event in Bitburg, Germany we have the potential to be on the podium.
A huge thank you goes out to DYE, Bricket Wood Training ground and Celtic Paintballs for their continued support, and to everyone
who was there to cheer us on. Also to Erik Chateau and Photomonkey for the awesome photography. Next stop, Bitburg!
Ash Chaplen, London Nexus