Archive for March, 2014

Meet Nathan McDonnel of the powerhouse teams NVS and H2O.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

My name is Nathan McDonnell.  I am 32 years old and live in Brisbane, Australia.  I represent DYE PRECISION in two different teams here in good old Aus.

The first team I play for is team nVs.  At the end of the 2013 season, Nick Bancroft, Jake Spencer, John Robba, Ben and Karl Simpson and myself decided a change was needed and we formed team nVs.  We wanted a team that would not only be competitive but feared on the field.  We also wanted to be able to promote the sport off the field.

Our first tournament was at Round 1 of the Australian Super 7s at Action Paintball Games, Sydney.  Our very first match together was a little shaky but we came away with the win and then from that point we started to find our groove.  We only lost two matches over the weekend, one was to Sydney SWAT and the other to STK – STK of course being another DYE sponsored team.  Both these matches were close.  After finishing the prelims we were 7-2 which put us into a playoff for 3rd and 4th against East Side Raw from Brisbane.  After establishing an early lead we were able to run away with a 4-0 win and take 3rd place.  Even though we wanted to win the event, 3rd place to STK and Sydney SWAT (1st and 2nd place respectively) was a good start for us.

During the event we received a lot of positive feedback about our new DM14s and playing gear.  I also enjoyed using the new DM14.  It felt great and shot flawlessly straight out of the box.

The other team I play for is Hard 2 Overcome.  Towards the end of the 2013 season Devon Stutz informed me that they were looking for an extra player for their roster and after introducing me to their captain Craig McIver things started to fall into place.  After playing a race event with the guys at the end of last year I was offered a full time spot on their 2014 roster.  We competed in Round 1 of the Vic 5s on February 22nd and came away with the win.  We will be competing in the Vic Championships on the 22nd and 23rd March.  Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend this Round as I have just become a new Dad!

At every event and training session I’ve also been helping new players and other teams tech their DYE equipment.  The response I get for helping these other players is quite positive.

This year, at my local field Skirmish Samford, I have been running skills and drills sessions for players of all skill levels.  These sessions focus on speed and agility, gun maintenance, general game play and techniques.  I have been getting between 15-20 players regularly in attendance.  In running these sessions, it gives me satisfaction in knowing that I am helping to groom up players for the continued life of our sport in Australia.

See you at the 50, DYE for Life.

WAIAKILL – DYE TACTICAL TAKES OVER UWL ECUADOR

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

It’s endless summer here in Ecuador and our paintball season never ends. WAIAKILL – DyeTactical began 2014 training hard and focused on local and international UWL (Ultimate Woodsball League) tournaments, among other events we will attend this year.
We started getting our new 2014 gear in as soon as possible to adjust rapidly to the change. Less weight, smaller size, improved accuracy and air efficiency on our new DM14′s, allowed us to maximize performance and carry more paint in our vests (as UWL has no limit on the amount of paintballs you can bring into the field). Additionally, the macro line was removed from the new DM design, which meant less tangling up with branches and bushes, just as the DAM, which we were already used to since its release last year.
The tournament took place in “Cerro del Muerto” in the town of Playas, Ecuador on the 15 and 16 of February. Besides the tough opponents and intense games, the biggest challenges of this amazing field were the extreme weather conditions. Temperature ranging between 90 to 95F (32-34C), lots of mud, intense sun and humidity to the roof, made it difficult enough just to be there with no gear on. Thanks to the support of our DYE distributor, Luis Neira, we got ahold of enough Dye  Pop-up Tents to manage the weather and stay fresh and focused for the games. DYE tech support on site was another of the keys to success.

WAIAKILL – DyeTactical went in the tournament with 3 teams (15 players   on each team, 10 on court and 5 replacements).
Each team had 4 games played randomly among all competitors. The two most successful teams went to finals.
WAIAKILL ALPHA won all its games and got a solid 4 – 0 to go into finals. Meanwhile WAIAKILL BRAVO met ALPHA on its third game and got its first loss. In the final match WAIAKILL ALPHA met again with Team Dragones, who barely made it into second place in an extremely close match (4 point difference) with  BRAVO, who was favorite to play finals but got in third place.
The final game was not an easy one, mostly because of the exhaustion and tension. Scouts from the two opossing teams went for different  flags on the initial run, making it a tie in the first minutes of the match. WAIAKILL ALPHA’S aggressiveness got ahold of the lost flag before the first 10-minute brake and retained it through the entire game. The hooch was found during the second break, adding up more points to the overal score. With both flags and the hooch in our hands, our game was mathematically unreachable. We knew we could go all in for their home flag after the second break and pushed hard to try to end the game early. Dragones defended well and prevented us to advance to their home base flag. After 30 minutes of intense physical effort the game was over and we had won UWL Ecuador first chapter. WAIAKILL BRAVO came in third place, getting WAIAKILL – DyeTactical two places in the podium.
We are now training hard for the second chapter that will take place in Quito, Ecuador, May 3-4. We will try to keep on adding points on UWL’s local and international ranking.
We’ll keep you posted on the advances of UWL and other events.
For pics and vids of this and other tournaments and events follow us @waiakill in Instagram, Tweeter, Facebook and YouTube.
Come meet and share with us at the DYE Store in Living Legends 7, May 16-18.
Keep on balling!!

Derrick Moncayo McGuiness
UWL Tag #30

STK brings the heat to the Super7 in Sydney!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We went to Sydney on the east coast of Australia a few weeks ago to compete in the first leg of Australia’s national series, the Super 7′s. The last time we played in this league was 2009. It was great to come back to it. The infrastructure and refereeing was excellent. We really enjoyed the event.

We won all of our prelim games except against SWAT, who we drew.

Our weekend started with us going down two points to Explicit, but Farran ran through and got 4 G’s in the third point and we were able to run away with it from there. We had a couple of other close calls in the prelims, but thankfully we were able to close those games out. Our weekend grew to a climax with our second last match of the prelims against nVs. The winner of this game would go onto the finals.

Our game against them felt good; we’d worked out all the kinks from the prelims and we were working as a machine. We had a good fight against them and won 3-2.

Our final preliminary game was against SWAT – but we’d both already made it through to the finals, so we used the opportunity to feel them out. They had our friend “Oat” (ex-Infernal/Xtioneers) playing for them and Kyle Spica of San Diego Dynasty. We made sure our break-shooting was on point and injected as much chaos as we could into our game plans to try not give anything away for our finals match. We timed the match out at 2-2. We went onto the finals for a rematch.

The finals started well for us, with us making our break-shots and followed shortly with us closing the first point out. The next point, we both lost bodies on the break, and the game whittled down to a 2 vs 3, with just Travis and Farran left in either corner. They stayed cool and burnt off about 8 minutes from the game clock before being edged out by SWAT. So the score was 1-1 with 1:30 left on the clock. The next point we were able to make our initial kill on the dorito-side off the break and then caught some subsequent players filling out to that side. With about 30 seconds left, it was just Kyle Spica left in a 5 vs 1. He still managed to catch two of us, but we were able to eliminate him and Stevie sealed the deal, hitting the buzzer with 8 seconds left on the clock.

Winning felt great, and the environment at the Super 7’s was accommodating, professional and… premium. It also had a huge prize pool. I’d recommend playing these events to any of our PALS friends.

Maybe a little bit before the event, people were saying things like “show them who is the best in Australia.” Playing paintball, there has been no shortage of people I’ve come across who have these self-proclaimed titles or that have over-inflated egos. Success in paintball is so fickle. And I often find these self-proclaimed heroes are just frustrated with the game because they are always trying to justify themselves or live up to something rather than just enjoy the experiences. And really who cares? If you think you’re good then just keep it to yourself. Your performance can speak for itself. I guess where I am going with this is that I’m not interested in asserting titles.  All I can say is that going full circle and being back at the Super 7′s after keeping the team together for this long — it feels good to say that it hasn’t all been for nothing.

We’ve had a few months with our DM14’s now and we love them even more. Thanks to Devon and DYE for their continued support going into the 4th year of our sponsorship with them. And to our paintball mum and dad, Brad and Christine.