Friday, May 27th, 2011
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Friday, May 27th, 2011
NT vs Tank
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SuperGame 41 was the second stop on my tactical tour 2011 and boy is I lucky that I even made it back in one piece. There were 600 players on the red team that made sure I would have to fight for every inch of my way back to NYC from Oregon. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got to Super Game. I had only heard great things about the battles that were about to take place, and by the time the final horn blew on Sunday I found out why. Dan Bonebrake and the guys at Sniperz Den paintball put on an amazing show, between the Thomas Taylor clinics on Friday, the tactical night games, and the two days of insane battling, Super Game lived up to its name. Throughout the weekend 1200 players did battle in the Pacific North West. The fields had everything you could want in a weekend of paintball, there was a speedball DMZ zone that had an assortment of hyperball bunkers and big forts that gave way to point blank hand-to-hand battles.
The woods had everything you could want, from monster trees, to thick brush, and even a small river that you had to cross to back door the other team’s base. To be a good tactical player you have to be able to play all terrains. One run you go out as a sniper and the next one you can lead a charge breaking the enemies defense up close and personal. Tanks roamed the cleared paths and did their best to clear out any of the enemies along the way (but watch the video, they got their share of welts too). Each year the Super Game grows and I can’t wait to do battle with everybody next year. Not only is the Super Game a great three days of paintball it also donates part of their profits to the Liberty House, a child abuse assessment center in Salem Oregon. Check out my head cam videos for all the intense footage….. Next stop living legends.
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Thursday, May 26th, 2011
With the 2011 season now well under way, it was off to Bitburg in Germany for the second Millennium event of the year. We had spent the last 5 weeks training for Germany at our home training field at Bricketwood in London and also up at the CPPS in Stafford. A combination of factors meant we didn’t get much time to practice the new field layout, and things didn’t exactly go to plan at the CPPS event, where we finished a lowly 5th. So we were unsure on how we would perform at the Millennium event.
The event had been moved down the road from the airfield to a sports complex, the fields looked good and the sun was set to shine all weekend. After spending Wednesday night in Dover, we had a ridiculously early start followed by a 5 hour journey from Calais to Bitburg. We then trained against TonTons on the Thursday afternoon just like we had at the previous event in Paris. As with Paris, the training was hard and I think we only managed to win a handful of points against them. However it was this kind of beating which inspired us to play so well in the Paris prelims, so it was now down to us to pick ourselves up and make sure we played better in the prelims again.
We had drawn Breakout Spa, Outrage Valance and Rammstein Instinct, which were all teams we had played in Paris. First up was Breakout Spa who had knocked us out of Paris in the quarter finals. It was a hard game and they went 3-0 up, we made a few adjustments to our lane shooting and which bunkers we were breaking to and managed to claw it back to 4-4. With the momentum on our side, we all felt like we could steal the win, but unfortunately Breakout pulled themselves together to edge the final point and we lost 5-4.
Next up was Rammstein Instinct who we had played and beat 5-1 in the prelim group in Paris. We put in a better performance than our first game and beat them again 5-2. The field layout for this event was proving to be quite a leveling factor, and after two games everyone in our group had won one and lost one, so going into our last prelim game it was a case of ‘win or go home’. Our final game was against Outrage Valance who we had also played in our prelim group in Paris and beaten 5-1. The guys really rose to the occasion and we took control of the game shooting people of the break, controlling the lanes and making smart moves. We won 5-2 again. Despite losing our opening match this put us top of our group and into Sunday club for the second time this year.
We were waiting on the results of other matches going on and as we sat in the stands watching the rest of the CPL games play out, it worked out that we would play Frankfurt Syndicate on Sunday morning.
The game started with a very close first point, but going to Syndicate, they quickly added to the score and were 4-0 up before we had any sort of reply, we won a couple of points back but Syndicate managed to win the match 5-2. We were all gutted as we so badly want to make that top 4 finish, but we’re not quite there yet.
With the event all wrapped up on Sunday, and the team not due to head home until Monday morning, we took the opportunity to have a few drinks in the hotel bar on Sunday night. We have a great group of guys on the team, and the banter is always relentless. Jason Wheeler refused to join in the drinking game that had been planned for almost a month, preferring instead to sweet talk his new ‘headband friend’ Kyle Spicka from the Ironmen. Later on we went to hang out with my good friends Drammen Solid, where the fun continued long into the night. Jay Ford challenged someone to a dance off, which he won convincingly – he was on fire! There were a couple of tired faces at breakfast the next morning, but thankfully we had a five hour drive back to Calais ahead of us to catch up on the lost sleep.
We would like to say thank you to all the people who help us do what we do, because without them it is not possible. DYE Paintball, Bricket Wood Training Ground, Celtic Paintballs, SupAir and CustomPBTV – you are the best in the business. Also a huge thank you to everyone who cheered for us from the stands or followed our progress online. Next up is our home event – Campaign Cup in London, this is where we want to do well and get a good result. We have a couple of weekends off now but we are going to be training hard in the run up to UK paintball’s main event.
Thanks also to Photomonkey for the awesome photography as usual.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Paintball City in Johannesburg played host to event 2 of the South African GPPL series over the weekend. Craig Marley from the Dye sponsored team, Dynamix gave us a run down of the event.
Paintball City was a first class venue for this event, the facilities and spectating areas were excellent. As always Dye had their amazing tech support for the teams throughout the whole day and were on hand to service all Dye and Proto markers, Thank you Dye!
Euro Ref, Johan van Niekerk and his team of refs did a great job and the game ran really smoothly the whole event, a big thanks to them. The turn out of the event was magnificent, with players coming from all over the country, thanks to those that traveled from as far as Namibia, Cape town and Port Elizabeth, to the event and made it more interesting.
In the local Pro-division, we had some really tough games but made it to the finals against Reapers, a fellow Dye team. The game and points were very tight ,and we were losing day light fast but in the end, Dynamix Pro grabbed first place!
We would like to thank Dye Paintball and Blades & Triggers for supporting us, if it wasn’t for the amazing NT11′s, Rotor’s, i4′s, C11 kit and all Dye Equipment, we wouldn’t be where we are today.” – Craig Marley, Team Dynamix
Well done to our sponsored teams on the great results!
1st Place – Dynamix
2nd Place – Reaper
3rd Place – Awsim
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011