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Marcello Margott: Australia Super 7 Series Round 1

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Australia Super Sevens Round 1

by: Marcello Margott

Another trip down under is in the books and I would say it was a fairly successful weekend. The trip started with another one of those long 15 hour flights that had me arriving into Sydney at 8am Friday morning. I quickly breezed through customs, met up with my team and was on my way to the field. I was excited to catch up with all of my Australian buddies this weekend and see how the teams have progressed since the last event at Masters.

I would be playing with Sydney Explicit this time, only there were barely any familiar faces. We pretty much had an entire rebuild keeping only two players from last year so I was interested to see how everyone was going to Gel. Justin Cornell from team Impact was playing with SWAT and Justin Schwarz and Josh Myers from HK Army played with the Reapers. Not to mention team NVS who plays very solid as a together and won last years series with no imports. I knew it would be a tough event and likely we would be facing one of these 3 teams in the finals.

Saturday was the first day of games where we had 5 prelim matches. We were playing alright but you could tell there wasn’t much confidence in each other. The team wasn’t playing as a unit and the points we were winning was based on individual talent rather than teamwork. You will never win a tournament this way. After dropping only 1 game to SWAT given the fact that I thought we were playing at about 50% of our potential I wasn’t too worried.

Saturday night we got treated excellent by Mr. Whybrew and the Whybrew ladies! They invited us back for a nice home cooked meal and treated us to delicious steaks, kangaroo meatballs, thai salads, and all sorts of good stuff. This has to be another reason I love staying at Mikes, the hospitality is always great and its fun to catch up with him at his indoor home built gentleman’s bar! We always have incredibly intriguing conversation which is a great way to unwind from a full day of paintball. I think its becoming tradition to stay there and have a few whiskeys over life conversation!

Sunday morning came quick as the games over there start pretty early. The one downside to staying with Mike is he runs the league which means we must arrive at the field before everyone else. Ugh! Either way I was feeling good and ready to play.

We rolled through our last 3 prelim games beating team NVS very convincingly. Today there was a different vibe in the air with Explicit. You could tell the trust was starting to form and we were winning games based off pure teamwork. We were communicating well and making all the right moves at the right times. The team was finally clicking. Going 7-1 during the prelims put us into the semi finals with 2nd seed which lines us up against the other DYE team NVS, again.

This match did not go like our first one. One thing I have to give credit to these guys is their ability to chance their gamelans on the fly to match what you are doing. They do a great job of scouting games and have the experience to make the right call and switch things up so it was a back and forth mental battle the whole time. We ended up losing a close match which knocked us out of the event and lead us to ultimately placing in 3rd. As upset as I was, I was glad to see the guys on my team start clicking and playing well against the number 1 team in the Sevens league. Theres no doubt that we can’t win the series this year if the team continues to improve at the rate I saw in just two days. NVS went on to lose to SWAT in the finals, Justin Cornell had an amazing event and his team played very solid all weekend. Congrats to them, but the next one is ours.

Ah, Sunday night! Finally we would get a night to relax and possibly do some sight seeing. I went with the HK guys to Bondi beach where we rented a hostel that actually was a lot nicer than expected. After we checked in, starvation was kicking in so we went on the hunt for some good food. Walking along Bondi is like something out of a fairy tale at night. It was absolutely beautiful and the streets were lined up with restaurants and bars and we also had Benny Dawson from SWAT to come be our tour guide. We were set for the night! Though we had high ambitions, we ended up calling it a night shortly after dinner. I guess we are just getting old haha because after we ate and had a few beers my eye lids felt like they were holding five pound dumbbells so we decided to call it a night.

The next morning was probably my favorite. I woke up around 5:30am and decided to go search for a killer spot to watch the sunrise by myself. I walked down to Coogee beach which neighbors Bondi, and found a nice bench overlooking a hidden beach that was absolutely stunning. I sat there for a solid hour and a half processing the entire weekend and when it was finally time to head back to the hostel I felt like a million bucks. It was pretty meditative just listening to the water crash against the rocks while watching mother earth slowly awaken.

I walked back to the hostel and woke up LJ and Josh so we could go deeper into Coogee beach and find a nice breakfast spot before we had to leave for the airport. Sure enough, I got them up and we dove right in to the heart of Coogee. It didn’t take long to find the perfect restaurant right on the water with outdoor tables and the Australian beach vibe we were looking for. After realizing that I wasn’t dreaming, and that we were in fact having breakfast on the water in Australia at one of their most famous beaches, I came back to reality as our time was coming to an end. It was time to head to the airport and catch our flights back to the real world.

Australia continues to impress me more and more each time I go. The talent is growing at a pretty fast rate, teams are getting better, the league is growing and making the correct moves to be as legitimate as possible, the players are improving and you can tell that what we are doing has been helping influence the paintball community to grow together. That alone is a win in my book! I can’t wait to come back for Round two in May and see where everyones at!

Team DRX Season Update 2015

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

by: Team DRX

Team DRX (Malaysia) brings greetings from the land of exotic cuisine 24/7 and a great season of paintball.

Our team just recently finish top in the first tournament (Krikevill CAP 3 2015).  2014 has been a tough and turmoil year for the paintball industry in Malaysia. Tournaments were rare due to the restrictions set by the local authorities on the issue of licensing of markers as firearms in Malaysia!

Behind every cloud there is a silver lining. We realized tournaments are not just about winning or points, they are about the community coming together over the weekend despite the scorching heat to have good clean fun and for old friends to catch up over a sport we so clearly love.

We thank those that stick by us in these turbulent times, a special thanks to Dye Asia for the continue support.  It is indeed a great feeling to be shooting those awesome DMs that are ever so reliable and yet so easy to maintain.

All photos credits belong to King Ang Images and Wan Mad Photography.

Urban Warfare: Two Days Of Epic CQB Action

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

by: Master Chief / DYE Asia

Urban warfare was the first big scenario event for 2015, and it did not disappoint.

Garin and the team from Ultimate Paintball Events have been working hard on securing unique venues in NZ, with Splash planet under his belt, he has now added Kimberly hospital in Levin.

Once again players from all over NZ made their way for this Epic event, Auckland, Taranaki, Timaru, Wellington and Christchurch players from far and wide and all different levels of experience got in for the 2 days of epic CQB action.

Where is Kimberly?

Kimberly is in Levin about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Wellington. It’s an old hospital that hasn’t been used for some time (used to be the largest in the southern hemisphere with 1800 residents).

What Were the Facilities Like?

I’ve been to a fair amount of big games, and we’ve had to do a lot of camping outside.  Going a whole weekend without a shower isn’t very appealing, but not the case here!

A big main building housed us while we we geared up. We could even sleep in it if needed, complete with hot showers and flushing toilets. If you been to a big event you know portaloos aren’t fun on day 2.  The venue had everything, even cooking facilities, you couldn’t ask for more.  It was mint.

What Makes This Event Stand Out?

Having the opportunity to play on 10 acres of abandoned buildings is an opportunity not to be missed. Running through room after room with the possibility of hostiles at any turn constantly keeps you on edge. It was great for many ballers, paintball fields like this in NZ are very rare.  This is a very unique experience.

How Was the Gameplay?

We were split into four teams: red, white, blue and yellow. We were given various objectives on day one. We had to find objects on the field and hold onto them for 45 minutes to get the points.  You could also secure your team flag for bonus points.  This game type made it tough and kept you on edge. If you found a ton of loot, you had to hide it from the other teams because if you got shot, you had to drop you loot and then the other team could steal it!

Another unique part of this game was that there was a 300 round limit per game.  This meant that players could have great fights, run any style of marker and not feel out gunned. There were a lot of people running mag-fed markers which was great to see as it was a great field for it.

Day two was very different from day one as it was attack & defend style. One team would have to hold a building while another attacks it from all angles.

The night game was mental too.

Were There any Surprises?

Garin’s tank!!!

Man those guys stalked everyone and anyone, it just added another element to the game.

You could be on a roll, then out of nowhere “BANG” the tank gunner would pop up and wipe out players left and right… I hate that van.

Would You Go Back Again?

Definitely!

It was a great event overall, simple game play that was just plain fun. It was great catching up with all the players again, it’s always the highlight for us to meet and catch up at events.  I’m sure next time we will see a lot more players come along because it has been the highlight for us. You won’t want to miss out on the next one!

Have to say a big thank you to Garin and the team once again you done an awesome job.

Also I would like to thank Dye Asia for the great prizes, there were a lot of happy players guys, were very grateful for the continued support.

Dye Asia has been a huge supporter of Paintball in New Zealand and was the first company to jump in and support this growing sport we all love.

Lastly a BIG thank you to Devon for making it happen!!!

Cheers.

-Master Chief

The Battle of Hastings is a large 2 day scenario rec ball event at Splash Planet in Hastings, New Zealand.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Splash Planet is a huge water slide park that closes over the winter season.

 

Thankfully, Ultimate Paintball Events sees this as a golden opportunity to hold an epic paintball battle for players from all over the country!

 

This is a very unique location that so many players, the world over, could only dream of.

 

Assault the Castle, defend the Pirate ship and hold the tree fort were some of the awesome games that we played. The combination of an incredibly unique venue and the buzz of paintballers from all over the country with one common interest really made this the not be missed event of the year!

 

We had close to 150 player’s soldier it out in all kinds of weather, the weather gods weren’t being too helpful but rain or shine, this game was taking place no matter what. In the end there were a few showers but nothing we wouldn’t expect at this time of year. There wasn’t many local players at the event which meant that pretty much everyone had to travel to get there. Big ups to all the players that made that put in the hard yards to make it!

 

Black Sheep Media was amongst the action, getting some amazing photos and footage. Heres a sample of what’s to come. Also stay tuned for video’s from both Tony @ BSM and Dave @ Outpost 43!

 

We were divided into two teams Yellow team comprising of players from the Auckland region and Christchurch crew, and facing the might of the RED team.

 

Both teams had a great mix of players from different styles, mag fed, pump, speedball, bush ball, and Paintball Bows!! It was really great to see all the different setups that people were running and the mixture of different guns that were in action. It’s awesome that people can rock the marker / gear that reflects their interest in the sport but we all come together for one ultimate game.

 

Blair spent most of the event at the Outpost 43 popup store, promoting and selling gear and grub to the players, while Dave was out there rocking his cape and filming the action.

 

We’ve been a part of a few large events now, and it was great to see old and new players from around our country stop in and check out our store! At Outpost 43, we felt that it was a great opportunity to promote our range of gear to people that usually don’t get the chance to visit us in Auckland.

 

Once again Outpost 43 would like to thank Devon and Dye Asia for coming on board with prizes, Riverbank Engineering, Paintball Shop, Horowhenua Paintball Club and Ultimate Paintball Events.

 

No one was really focused on who won the game, and all the prizes were given out as spot prizes which was cool!

 

There were some awesome trophy’s made for outstanding players and like always, its great to be able to give back to the players and seeing people’s faces when they win gear!!!

 

Keep an eye out for more large scale games from Ultimate Paintball Events. We are super excited for Urban Warfare happening February 2015!

 

Cheers again and can’t wait to do it again next year. See you all there!

 

 

Aisawan Can’t Be Stopped!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

 

 

AISAWAN TEAM at TAIWAN OPEN INTERNATIONAL PAINTBALL

July 12-13, 2014

For the first time, Aisawan team, has joined the Taiwan Open. Of course, this was very exciting and we had a chance to visit DYE ASIA!! This was an exciting and important part of the trip.

During the tournament, we did well and stuck to the strategy we trained for.

In the first round, we passed through as the points leader ahead of every other team in the tournament.

As we approach the second round, only 4 teams were left. We could sense the determination from every team to go through the final round.

They worked really hard and push themselves to the limit, just like us.

Our plan works and we passed through to the final round, working through it carefully and wisely.

Finally… success was in our reach and the price was paid.

We took our 6th Championship of this year!

We would like to thank all of the contributors to this tournament.

They were awesome with their hard work and made one of the greatest tournaments we’ve ever attended. It was a good experience to meet new friends and we enjoyed the opportunity to stay there.

Lastly, thank you DYE.. for the great support all along!

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