Meet Nathan McDonnel of the powerhouse teams NVS and H2O.
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.