Sydney Explicit: Sitting in 1st Place in the Australian Super 7 Series
photos by: Painted Lion Productions & Super 7 Series
Team Name: Sydney Explicit
League: Australian Super 7s series
Rank: Currently tied for 1st place with one round to go
At the beginning of the 2013 season we strengthened our roster with 3 new players:
Nathan McDonnell from the retired Hostile Intentions; and John Robba and Mick Jones formerly of Sydney XFighters.
Our roster now consists of:
-Chris “Crispy” Bell (Captain);
-Nathan “Macca” McDonnell;
-Mick “Plucka” Jones;
-Troy Friedrich; and
-Jake “The Snake” Spencer
February 2013 marked Round 1 and our first outing together as a newly refreshed team – we finished 2nd to Sydney SWAT.
In Round 2, May 2013, while Sydney SWAT did get the better of us, we secured a strong 2nd place.
While these results were positive, they weren’t exactly what we were after. Our desire was, and what seemed to us to be, that elusive 1st place. So, after some team meetings we decided to up our training sessions and intensity.
Come Round 3 and we all believe we are ready. At the end of Saturday’s prelims we were sitting in first place. The team is super pumped about this, but we all know paintball is a 2 day event. We still had a lot of work to do to make sure we would win the event.
Sunday came along and we started off strong. We faced XFighters and secured a 4-0 win.
Our next match was against our Round 1 and 2 favourite, Sydney SWAT. We would soon see if all our preparations had paid off. The match did not start off the way we wanted – SWAT was able to get away with a 3 point head start. However, we dug in deep and started to claw our way back with time running out on the last point. Our efforts gave us a 3-2 loss. We were a little disappointed (as you would be) but we still knew we had the goods to win.
We made it to the finals and were facing off against the NZ Clown Monkeys. We had beaten them in the prelims so, yes, our confidence was super high. And rightly so… we achieved a 4-0 win, however it was a tough match and both teams should be proud of their achievements and the way they played.
Outside of playing tournaments we’ve also been helping out with some of our local amateur players. We’re helping them with their skills at trainings and also teaching them and their teams to read field layouts at tournaments with great success. It is very rewarding having the up and comers looking to you for guidance.
Super 7s Masters (Round 4) is in November and we cannot wait! We believe we can win it and the series. We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year and hope to see you out there.