Archive for May, 2012

The Phoenix Project 26 D-Day “Viva La Resistance”, June 3rd in Ontario Canada

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

At Flag Raiders Paintball in Kitchner, Ontario, Canada

On Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am, The Phoenix Project 26 D-Day “Viva La Resistance” will commence. After a successful simultaneous multi pronged Counter Attack (in German geganangriff), lead by the brilliant military strategist Field Marshall Zeewin Rommel, the Axis …managed to regain a foothold in what was once completely controlled Axis Territory. The Allied forces commanded by D Matt Eisenhower control the much of the coast, but rely heavily on the local French Resistance groups lead by Monsieur Greg e’Hastings to disrupt the Axis supply lines and gain intelligence using guerrilla tactics.
The Phoenix Project is an eight hour, day-long, continuous, multi-field paintball experience that incorporates multiple missions and sub missions, with points awarded for completion of each task, massive firefights, routine patrols and more.

Players are divided into two teams, each team consisting of multiple squads, each squad having its own squad leader, Medic, Engineer and Radio Operator. Teams are commanded by a General. Missions are sent to each General by a Game Master.

Pencil this date into your calendar and rally the troops, the Phoenix Project is an event you will not want to miss.

NZPPL Event #2 June 2-3rd

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

New Zealand Paintball players league Event number 2

June 2-3rd 2012
Egmont A&P Showgrounds Indoor Arena
End of Burnside Ave

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Pete Utschig about his last trip to Ecuador

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Every time I make my transformation  from NYC firefighter to pro paintball player my heart starts to race with excitement of not knowing what kind of adventure might lay ahead of me. This time the adventure took me to down to Ecuador for my annual migration to South America. I traveled there to teach a team clinic in Manta with the Dye sponsored team Manta Marines, then off to Quito for a skills clinic at Adrenaline Paintball and a tactical clinic at CQB paintball. The trip would conclude with the CSP event where I played with my South American Dye Team Zurikatas and LA Ironman Justin “LJ” Schwartz. Sounds like a lot for 9 days, but no trip to South America is complete without trying to get a full plate of culture and adventure, and trust me, this continent is full it.

My first stop was the city of Manta, which is known as the fishing capital of South America. I decided to take full advantage and add in some night fishing the jetties for Corvina and then a deep sea adventure to the majestic Silver Island in search of Marlin, Wahoo and Mahi Mahi. The guys from the Manta Marines picked me up from the airport and we toured the Coast of Ecuador. The coast line is breathtaking full of small fishing towns and of course the party town of Montinita, which is known for being frequented by European backpackers, American travelers and hippies.

After the amazing coastal scenic trip it was time to start grinding. The next few days we spent 8 hours a day practicing hard to be ready for the CSP event in Quito. First day we concentrated sharpening the Marines individual skills and the second day we concentrated on team skills. The Marines like most other South American teams are young, fast and very athletic. They all have been close friends for a long time, so with a little hard work and a lot of practice their future is looking bright. The guys were great and treated me like family. I feasted on the freshest ceviche this world has to offer and got to see the port of Manta where the majority of the worlds tuna gets imported in and out of.  After the conclusion of the clinic the guys took me out for two days of fishing adventures. Even though I didn’t catch any of the real monsters, that lurked in the depths of the Manta waters, I did get to keep the line tight with a couple of 5 foot needle fish and of course have a famous “the one that got away story “(actually two).

Next stop was Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. When I got there Team Zurikatas was in full swing getting everything ready for the event. Gazzu and the rest of the guys threw a world class event, and I really mean that. You never would guess that the guys behind the curtain are really a bunch  20-something- year-old college students. After arriving to Quito I got to visit the Equator and I can tell that sun is incredibly strong at the middle of the Earth. It is very cool being able to visit these magnificent places. I know I always go back to this in my recaps, but if you are a young player dreaming about becoming a pro, traveling the world in search of adventure and paintball glory, it really does happen. Its not a easy road, but if you believe with all your heart,  grind your ass off and stay loyal to the people who support you, it can happen. The next thing you know is that Matty Marshal will be calling your name and you”ll be jumping on flights to amazing places meeting ballers just like yourself asking: How did you get there?

Justin (Schwartz) arrived on Thursday so we took time as a team to set up the field for the event and then do some practicing. We also had bunch of interviews lined up, what seemed like World Cup soccer media coverage for me. Its nice to feel like a super star sometimes. Friday it was back to the grind with two clinics. A tournament style clinic taught by Justin at Adrenaline paintball and then a tactical clinic at CQB paintball by me. This was my first tactical clinic so I was a little nervous, but as always everything fell into place. I had about 30 players and a perfect venue at my disposal. CQB paintball is a huge facility with a bunch of woods ball fields and two city tactical fields. For the first half of the clinic I went over a bunch sneaky skills that are needed to succeed in woods ball, I really enjoy playing/teaching tactical paintball as it is new and fresh again. It is so much fun to teach guys all the ways I have learned over the years of playing paintball how to become a shadow in the woods. Next part of the clinic we moved indoors to CQB’s two level city field, where we talked about gun skills, team coordination, communication, movements and then followed that with gun drills. We concluded the clinic with a 4 on 4 tournament. The guys were great and I cant wait for the next one in November.

Six hours of sleep later it was time to grab a red bull, lace up the cleats and bloody the knuckles as the event started. The event had 32 international teams and was held right at the biggest mall chain in Ecuador. Tons of people off all ages got a chance to be introduced to paintball for the first time. The CSP and PSP are now affiliated, which has lots of advantages such as player tracking  and referee training. I have to mention the great job the David Baker of the PSP and George Bolivia from South America did training the new refs and controlling the event.  The ref clinic they gave on Friday really payed off all weekend. This was hands down the best officiated event I have ever been in South America and all of the other American players in attendance agreed. We all know that reffing is a thankless job, but add in the punishing climate of Quito and it can be torture. All the refs should be proud of the job they did. The other big thing I noticed and kept hearing from all the other international players was the over abundance of outside sponsors. The event had sponsors from all walks of the cooperate world ranging from computer brands to the national TV stations.  Gazzu really knows how to market his events. This was the second year in a row that the event looked like I was at a national sporting event, the way paintball should be seen.

Team Tsunami from Columbia with guest star Ryan Greenspan from Dynasty made it straight to the finals with the best record in the open division prelims, which left us to battle it out for the last finals spot. The team played great and we matched up with Tsunami for the championship game. The finals game was a 7 minute race to four match. We took the first point and Tsunami came back and scored the second. The time almost ran out in the third point, but unfortunately for us, we received a coaching penalty in the final seconds and Tsunami was awarded the point and the win of the Tournament. It was not the way we wanted to end the event, but rules are rules. Tsunami played excellent all weekend and were crowned the CSP 2012 Open Class Champions. In the amateur division, Zurikatas Silver played flawless paintball and went undefeated all weekend long earning the tittle of Amateur Champions.

It was a pleasure to come back to Ecuador and the CSP Quito Event. I only see positive growth for the whole paintball community in Ecuador. If the rest of South America follows their example, paintball will continue to explode in the Wild Wild South.

See you at the next event!

Pete “Mr.U” Utschig

Sharjah Paintball Tournament 2012

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

On 27 & 28 April, Sharjah Paintball Park played host to the annual Sharjah Paintball Tournament at their world class facility in the United Arab Emirates. The event marked the opening of their brand new Race2 field which was sponsored by Dye Precision and the UAE players were introduced to the APPA system and Race2 format by Chris Raehl and Dan Perez from the PSP, who flew in to help make the event run smoothly.

Legendary player, Max Lundqvist was also on hand at the event. Max did a clinic before the tournament to teach these new players the fundamentals of paintball and the skills needed to compete at the highest level of paintball. He was a great ambassador for the sport and made himself available throughout the tournament to coach players and help them out in anyway.

Overall it was a great event that was enjoyed by all the players, a huge thanks to Sharjah Paintball Park, Dye Precision and PSP for making it happen.

Team DRX wins MY-NPL 2012 Event 2 – Melaka, Malaysia

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Melaka, Malaysia

Here we are, back in the historical city of Melaka for Event 2 of the MY-NPL 2012 (Malaysian National Paintball League). Located on top of a shopping complex right in the middle of the city, the venue is a favorite among paintball players. On top of that, turf grass!

The whole team has been anticipating this event because it is our first event shooting the brand new Dye Paintball DM12′s and sporting the new lightweight C12 gear. On top of the new gear, the Team DRX is riding the momentum from winning the MY-NPA Event 1 tournament and another local event. Needless to say, the team is pumped up and warmed up for some serious paintball!

We started off the day with a tough win (3-1) against Killswitch (Australia), which proved to set the pace for the games to come. After 5 grueling games, we managed to finish the prelims on top of the table, giving the team a well-deserved rest for the Semi Final. There, we would once again face the Australian team, Killswitch…

Following the most inspiring Pep talk of Pep talks, we brought our A game and managed to hold off the gutsy Australians to win 4-0.

The final game of the tournament sees Team DRX squares off another Australian team….Team Perth Crisis! As a rematch of the Division 1 finals at the first event, both teams are determined to finish on top! In the end, Team DRX gave it all and swept aside Perth Crisis with lightning fast attacks from all 3 fronts to gain a 4-0 winning margin! What a FINALE!

KK (Captain, Team DRX)

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