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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.
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.
Monday, February 24th, 2014
Speed Aisawan, from Thailand, claimed the 1st runner up title in the Malaysian National Paintball League’s (MY-NPL) first event of 2014. The two day battle took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the second week of February. There were altogether 14 teams from division 2 and we were faced with 4 teams in the first round. There were some good and bad games but we managed to go through to the quarter final round with the 2nd ranked from our group with 2 games won and 2 games drawn.
The second day started off with the 2nd round of the event, meeting with Shootin Rage team where we won the game by 2-1. Then we were now in for the semi final round where we met with team Mad Bunnies. It was a very tiring but yet exciting game. The Mad Bunnies started off beating us by 2-1 and with little time we were able to pull it back to 2-2. With 11 seconds left on the clock, last game must be played to mark the team for the final round. Due to the lack of time the 6th game of the match took place and with all the strength left in us, we won the game. The final round awaits….
The final round was Speed Aisawan vs. Throne and the first game was won by us 1-0 but after the first point won, game changed. We were defeated with the 2 games followed and called 1st runner up of MY-NPL event 1. This loss has given us great experience which will surely give us more devotion to our practice for the upcoming events of the year.
First thank you to our main sponsor Mr Peerawas Achaaisawan[P'Ake Aisawan] for the support with great opportunities and DYE Paintball for their support. Thank you Tabon for all the cool jerseys. Thank you Mix magazine, Tubchang BBgun and Paintball field, Shuriken Paintball, Bannanas support and Somboon tractor for all their support. Last but not least, a big thank you to Mr. Pisarn Pianwatjanatham and Mrs. Alisa Apichitsakul for the support and love you have given us all along.
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Monday, February 17th, 2014
Within just 8 short days South Africa quickly became one of my favorite places and Cape Town now sits at the top of my list of favorite cities. I was contacted by Paul Grobler of the SARPL about a month ago to come out and do a few clinics which I of course, jumped on the opportunity seeing as its a place I haven’t been and an entire community I haven’t had the chance to tap into yet. We set the plans and he booked my ticket. I landed in Johannesburg last Wednesday, the 5th, and had an early night. I was exhausted from the 28 hour travel day it took me to get there so I needed a night to rest. The next day was awesome though; I got to interact with lions, leopards and cheetahs which has been a dream of mine ever since I first watched the Lion King back when I was 5 years old. We ended the adventure by going to a game restaurant, for those who don’t know they serve fresh caught animals. Ranging from Zebra to Crocodile, to wildebeest. They brought them out one at a time and I indulged in everything trying one thing after another. I figure why not right?
The next day was miserable. I was puking all day and couldn’t figure out if it was some weird animal I had tried or the ice I had in my drink. Either way my stomach was not happy and I spent the entire day trying to recover so I could go on with my traveling. Plus my first clinic was set for Saturday so I didn’t have time to be sick.
Saturday morning came early. I woke up feeling much better than the day before and was excited to meet all the South African players. As we rolled up to Paintball City, Johannesburg, I was impressed by the perfectly kept grass and pristine bunkers that composed the field we would be playing on. We got the day started with a warm up and introductions and I immediately knew it was going to be one of the better clinics I’ve done. Everyone was extremely welcoming and had a great sense of humor which always makes the day that much better. There is something about the paintball community that just brings everyone together. No discrimination and no judgment. Everyone just has a mutual understanding for the love of the game and it really is special. It is one of the reasons I love paintball most; I believe it brings people together from all over the world. I ran through all sorts of drills with the guys and even introduced them to a team drill we use to start the Ironmen practices called RedZone.. I can’t explain all the details because its pretty exclusive but just know this may have been the highlight of the day!
I was sad to say goodbye to my new friends but I had to wrap things up and catch a flight to Cape Town where my next clinic / adventure would begin. Landing in Cape Town was unreal. Much like San Diego, I knew this little laid back beach town was going to be amazing but I didn’t realize it was going to make its way to the top of my favorite places list. I got in around 9am Sunday morning and headed straight to the field. Occupied by beautiful scenery along the way I was anxious to see what kind of group would be at Speedball Aim seeing as they had a lot to live up to from the day before. Granted, they absolutely did live up to the Johannesburg group and were another great group of people. I came to the conclusion that South Africa paintball players are awesome and I want to do everything I can to help the sport grow down there. I was hugely thankful for the opportunity to spend two full days growing the sport in SA and helping the paintball community gain in every aspect of the game. After another long day of what we call work, it was time to enjoy the rest of my trip and see what Cape Town had to offer.
After showering and getting all cleaned up, Paul took us (me and Rob Daniels, PSP div 1 head ref) to Table Mountain where I basically got to see the entire city from the clouds. It was absolutely breath taking. As I stood on the top of a boulder that was leaning off the edge of the mountain I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with love for paintball. I was yet again slapped in the face with the humbling hand realizing that all of this was only possible because of paintball. Its moments like that that make me continue to strive to be the best. Not only to be the best player but also the best role model. I want people to see what paintball can do for them and how it can genuinely change your life for the better. The places I have gone and seen because of this sport are not comparable to anything else. I will forever devote myself to the growth of this game and as I stood out on that rock I again, realized this is what I am supposed to be doing. I was right where I was supposed to be.
Enough of the sappiness.. Now to the good stuff! The next day was a big day for me. I would be cage diving with Great White sharks, you know, the viscous man eaters? Yea it was something that I had to check off my bucket list so I told myself I was going to set fear aside, dive in head first and hope for the best! It was an early morning with a 3 hour drive to get to the port where we would be departing from. Once we arrived I was surprised at how calm I was. I actually wasn’t frightened at all and couldn’t wait to get in the water with the sharks. It took us about 30 minutes of cruising on the boat to get to the shark infested waters where they dropped the cage in and had us hop in. I was the first to go, ready for adventure I jumped in with my gopro ready for some action. I was hoping to get a shark that was trying to attack us but that didn’t happen. Some huge sharks definitely came up to the cage and opened their mouths but not as aggressively as I had hoped. I guess part of my photographer instinct was willing to risk some safety for that one special Instagram picture. Nonetheless the day was absolutely amazing and one I will remember forever. I mean how many people get to say they have been less than a foot away from a Great White shark in South Africa? Yea I was pumped and sad to see the trip coming to an end but I still had another day of full adventure before I would be heading home.
My last day in Cape Town was by far one of the coolest days in my recent life. My new friend, that attended my clinic, Julian, took me to Boulders Beach, which was a stunning drive with an astonishing destination. We got there and settled in to a sandy little private cove that looked like something out of a movie. The view was great as the ocean produced no waves in this tiny bay like area. There were giant boulders surrounding the waters separating one private beach from another. You could see the ripples in the clear water where fish would pass by. After hours of swimming around from beach to beach, playing with penguins that called this place their home and getting sun kissed by the earths favorite star I knew my trip was coming to a finish and what better way for it to end than watching the sunset; no electrical buzz, no phones, no material items… It was just me, my friends and mother nature. The sky was a vibrant yet calming tangerine color as the final minutes of sunlight were taken in. South Africa had officially earned a special place in my heart and had reassured me that everything I had been doing and working for was well worth it. From the beautiful views to the amazing people to the adventurous foods to the passionate paintball players I had felt like my trip was complete. It was great to have an impact on the SA players and set a higher standard for them to live up to on the playing field. They know I will be back and I can’t wait to see how much everyone has improved. A huge thanks goes out to everyone that accommodated me throughout the trip, especially Paul Grobler for making it all possible! Until next time my friends!