Archive for July, 2012

Free Gun Demos at CFPS

Thursday, July 19th, 2012


Tampa Bay Damage’s Alex Spence and Dye technical expert and Pro player Billy Wing of the LA Ironmen will be at this weekend’s CFPS event at Central Florida Paintball.

Stop by the Dye DEMO booth for FREE MARKER DEMOS as well as any technical help you may need!

For more information on this weekend’s CFPS event please visit http://www.cfpsevents.com/

Hostile Intentions Update

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Hostile Intentions have had a great start to the year. After 2 rounds of the Sydney Super Sevens we are currently tied for 1st place with Sydney Swat.

Round 3 commences on the 11th of August. The team has been training hard and is confident for a first place finish in round 3 – Super Sevens.

Tournament Updates

Super Sevens 2012 – Sydney

Current Ranking – Tied first place with Sydney Swat.

  • ¬ Round 1 Results – 1st Place
  • o 30 Points
  • ¬ Round 2 Results – 2nd Place
  • o 28 Points

Training Updates

Training is being conducted at our local paintball field Samford Paintball every fortnight. 30 to 40 players have been regularly turning up for training. These numbers have grown from an average of 20 players 2 to 3 months ago. New players are turning up to each training session.

The training field is setup as a full size Sup Air field. Some of the arrangements have been based on the tournaments held in Sydney. This gives new players a feel of a real tournament field and what they can expect when they start playing tournaments.

Skills and Drills

  • ¬ Correct Marker Setup;
  • ¬ Basic Marker Maintenance;
  • ¬ Correct Loading of Pods in Harnesses;
  • ¬ Field Layout – line of sight from all of the different field positions;
  • ¬ Snap Shooting;
  • ¬ 3 on 2 Player Drills – cross up firing training;
  • ¬ Left and Right Hand Shooting;
  • ¬ Running and Shooting;
  • ¬ Correct Breakout Positions;
  • ¬ Breakout Speed Drills;
  • ¬ Position Drills – Dorito V’s Snake V’s Large Can etc.

Hostile Intentions are looking forward to Round 3 in Sydney.

Thanks for your support. See you guys at the 50.

Nathan McDonnell.

International Paintball Tournament in Kaohsiung Taiwan on July 7th and 8th

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The International Paintball Tournament in Kaohsiung Taiwan in July 7th, 8th was a great tournament.  Was held in beautiful Jhong Jheng Stadium. Probably the best field ever in Taiwan to have a paintball tournament.

Most teams arrived July 5th and check in into Kingdom Hotel, which is right next to the famous Love River in Kaohsiung , as teams arrived players gather at hotel lobby chatting with old buddies and friends, after check in, we decided to hit the bar beside the hotel.. catching up with teams and chat about the good old times and have a few bottles of whiskey of course.

Games started th first day around 9am and the sun was out along with the humid weather.  The event organizers had a shuttle bus from the Kingdom hotel to the field. Weather was super nice (if you like to sweat non stop) 37 degrees Celcius in the shade.  The tournament format is Race to 3, with 2 divisions.  Open division  which had a total of 4 teams and novice (mechanical marker) had a total of 6 teams. 2 teams from outside of Taiwan came to play the event one of them is a Dye team form Japan called Nitamago and a Malaysian Dye team DRX.  They had the traditional Taiwan paintball toournament opening ceromony and then games began.  Once games were under way you could hear teams talking about what they did right, who bunkered who and what they need to do to win their next match.   There were players who could not handle the heat but that will just make them tougher I the future or learn to drink more water.

The second started around 9am to everyones surprise because they did not put the schdule out until Sunday morning.  So you had a few players walking up to play at the same start time as the day before when some of their team member who were they are already playing a match.  It’s a very funny feeling when you walk up to the event and see that your supposed to be on the start gate playing.

The event went all day Sunday and teams got a lot of games in.  For a 10 team event to run 2 days you are guaranteed to get some paintball in.

The open division allowed the top 3 teams to make it to the final round (being only 4 teams to start) and they played a round robin format.  Murpheys law came into effect where each team had won a game and lost a game.  This sent the organizers into a little more work to find out who actually won that division.  Either way though everyone had fun and no one was seriously hurt.

The Novice division was were the real action was as these players are the future.  Seeing younger players get into the sport and play a Race2 style of game play was awesome.  The Novice players had a chance to see how players played at a higher level to this also allowed them to watch and learn what can and can’t be done on the paintball field.

The final results for the Taiwan International Event are;

Open Division

1st ST – Taiwan

2nd Nitamago – Japan, Dye Sponrosed team

3rd DRX – Malaysia, Dye Sponsored team

4th Sothern Legion – Taiwan

Novice Division

 

1st  KSVS – Taiwan

2nd A-LE – Taiwan

3rd EASY PLAY – Taiwan

4th Nang Kan High School – Taiwan

Thank you Dez for the images.

Offenburg Comin’ At Ya’s Dario Berndtson – London Wrap Up

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Dario Berndtson, I’m 23 years old. I started playing paintball with my brother back in 2004, we have both been playing for Comin at Ya for 4 years now.

Our London event started with a 1.30am alarm on Thursday morning to drive to England, I was really looking forward to this event, because we have changed a few things in the team during the past couple of weeks and now it was time to see if it worked out for us. After the long drive, we finally arrived in Basildon. The weather was perfect, not just by English standards, the Millennium had done a really good job to build up a nice event on the grass in Basildon. We had arranged a final practice with the guys from Silent Moscow. Our friend Greg Siewers was playing with us this event, so it gave him a chance to get his eye in before the games started. I have to say thanks to our Russian friends for a good practise session, we played a lot of points to get Greg confident with the team and the field layout and things came together quite fast.

Ok then, the tournament was on. We had to play Hellwood Paris, FiveStar Leida and Grafitti Bruessels in the Prelims. Hellwood took 3rd place in St Tropez and Bitburg. So they were far ahead of us in rankings. But our approach to tournaments now is to only focus on the next step, the next game, the next point we have to take to go any further, no matter what happened before or will happen next.

We win 4:2 against Hellwood and with one win in our pocket we would need to win one more to get into the ‘Sunday club’. Next up were FiveStar Leida who played really well and edged us out for a 4:3 win. Aggghh! So we go into Saturdays final pre-lim game with 1 win and 1 loss. We’ve done this almost every event for the last 2 years. From now on we had to win every game and no room for mistakes.

Our next opponents Graffiti Brussels had Damian Ryan and Jerry Devareaux on their team, we knew we had to watch for those guys and that it would be a really tough match. Greg was playing wide on the dorito side for us and they were focussing more guns on him too. After a few points Greg and I switched, so that he could play the support role. They shot me the next 2 points in a row, trying to go wide, but while we got blocked on the dorito side, our Snake side with Alex and Steigi were doing a great job closing out points to help us win 4:1.

In the last 2 events that we made Sunday, we lost the first knockout game. It sucks really bad. So the biggest aim now was to get through that first last 16 knockout round in which we played Amsterdam Heat 2. We practiced with their Big Brothers Amsterdam Heat, Nexus and Breakout in Belgium the weekend before London, so we kind of thought we knew how their second team would play. But Heat 2 played quite different. We traded points in a back and forth game, but we always were ahead of them. We had broken the curse and finally won our first game on Sunday 4:2!!!

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our quater finals opponents, London Tigers were having a really good event so far, winning ALL of their games 4:0. And when they won the first point against us, it looked as though they would keep on winning. I think the Tigers never had to adapt their game plan so far in the tournament. So when we made some changes they didn’t really have a plan B to switch to. We closed the game out 4:1. onto the Semi-finals then! Ronins Hagenau had knocked us out in Bitburg, so we knew we had a tough game ahead of us and wanted some payback. They were playing very strong as usual, but they were picking up a lot of penalties. In one point, one of us started early, 2 got shot on the break, and a 4th player died as soon as he got to his spot, o it was 5 Ronins against Stegi in the backcenter. Annoyed we hadn’t shot any of them on the break, I was about to throw the towel, but then I saw the marshals calling two 1-4-1’s at the same time! So it was 1-0n-1 after 15 seconds! Steigi had lost his last 1-on-1 against the Ronins, so now it was his time to show what he can do. And he won! Ronins kept drawing more penalties in the next points, so they beat themselves and lost 4:2

The Final was definitely the toughest game we had to play and it’s no surprise as we were playing Polar Bears who had a roster full of old school Russion Legion plpayers. We traded points back and forth, with the Russians showing some great shooting skills, eliminating our back centre off the break running and shooting, and shooting our point players too. The Russians showed how good they are with their strategy and planning. They were adapting to our play after each point, sending someone up to the middle to shoot our guys running wide, edging ahead 3:2.

We made a big play with 5 guns up to square the match at 3:3. In the deciding point we shoot 2 guys off the Break on the snake side. But we could not get wide and capitalise. On the dorito side they had taken a good position and I got shot. Now it was 3 Russians against 4 Comin at Ya players. Still unable to push the Snake side, the game was stuck for quite a while. We lost 2 bodies on the snake side in quick succession, and despite Greg going down the dorito side shooting one guy and trading with another, he got a 1-4-1 which meant they pulled out our last player and we lost the game 4:3.

Congratulations to the Polar Bears winning their 2nd Event in a row! They are a great Team. Despite our disappointment at not taking the win, we knew we had played well and could be proud of our performance. This has been the best event for us this season, not just because of the result but because we tried new things in the team, and this lead us to success, so now have to try to keep that level up and stick to our new strategy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2012 European Championships were played on the same weekend and on Friday afternoon I was lucky to be nominated to play for Team Germany! Twenty one Nations from across Europe would compete to be European Champion! We had players from Syndicate, Instinct and Comin’ At Ya, so even though we all had played the layout, we hadn’t been able to practice together as a team. Our first game was against Denmark. With some of the Ugly Ducklings on the team, I knew that they would be difficult to play, because they are so unpredictable. It took a few points to gel as a team. The points we won were not very dominant but our individual skill was getting us through. It was a close game, but we won 4:3 and went through to the next round on Saturday. We improved a lot in our next game against Austria. Whoever we out on the field played well. We won this game 4:0. Now we were in the Semi Finals and had to play against the Russian team. With some of the best players in the World on their squad, they were the favourites for the tournament. We had nothing to lose, so we were going at them as we would go on any other team. Coach Pat did his best, and we found ourselves tied up at 3:3. The Russians came out in the final point and dominated us, they won the game 4:3. A very tough game.

We still had to pick ourselves up to play for 3rd place. I think by now the event was taking its toll on the players – we had all played 6 matches by now. I think we ran out of energy and gave the game away to France 4:1.

Russia went on to beat last years Champions, Great Britain in the final, so congratulations to The Russians for taking 1st Place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap up for Skirmish ION

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Check out some of the photos from over the weekend from Dye, and Mr U attending this awesome event.

 

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