Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
I’m Nathan McDonnell and I play for Sydney Explicit in the Australian Super 7s Series.
Last month I was invited to go to Melbourne and play for Hard2Overcome (another Dye sponsored team) in the Able Cup – a race to four event hosted by the
Adrenalin Paintball Club. The Able Cup was different from any event I have played in before, as its aim was to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. It was very rewarding.
After walking the field Saturday morning and getting our game plan sorted, we were ready to play some paintball. At the end of Saturday’s games we had played 8 rounds and were sitting in second position. An okay place to be, but we still had a lot of work to do as there were still 3 rounds to play on Sunday followed by the finals.
Sunday morning saw us face off against the top of the ladder team South East Cartel. After some back and forth points the game ran out of time and ended in a draw. We won the next round, but we did lose out on the last round of the day. At least it was to our sister team H2O Blue. Despite the loss, it was really good for us as it showed us we had a few flaws in our game plan which we sat down an quickly changed.
At the end of prelims the top four teams were:
South East Cartel
The first final of the afternoon was for 3rd an 4th between H2O Blue and Hustle. It was a close match with both teams swapping the lead, but with time running out it ended in a draw so they were sent into a sudden death 1 on 1. Both players had the crowd on edge with a few close calls and great moves and in the end H2O Blue came away with the win and 3rd place.
The Final for 1st and 2nd place was between South East Cartel and my team H2O. I would like to point out that the two times our teams had previously faced off against each other over the weekend, both games ended in a draw.
The game started off strong with the two teams losing players off the break. We did however get the upper hand and took the 1st point.
The 2nd point started off like the 1st with both teams battling for position and after a few gun battles we came away with a 2-0 lead.
The 3rd point didn’t go the way we wanted with South East Cartel tearing through the field and bringing the game to 2-1.
The next point though, was a real battle. Both teams dug in and fought for every inch of ground. After a few key moves we got the kills and came away with the point making it 3-1 to us. This gave us a massive confidence boost going into the next point.
The last point started off with us shooting 3 of the Cartel guys off the break and then closing it out quickly to come away with a 4-1 WIN.
Needless to say, we were very pleased!
We would like to thank the guys from South East Cartel for a tough final. You guys made us work for every point. We would also like to thank Paintball Addiction for organising and sponsoring the event. And finally, we would like to thank DYE PRECISION and Devon Stutz for sponsoring our team an giving us an LA Ironmen jersey to raffle off. We ended up raising $1542.10 for the Make a Wish Foundation.
Playing with the H2O guys was great fun and they have an awesome and well bonded team. I am really looking forward to the 2014 season as I have been asked to join the H2O roster and have accepted. With H2O I will be playing the PAVS and Race events in Melbourne (but this doesn’t mean I’ve left behind the Sydney events – I will continue with those also).
Thanks again to Dye Precision for all the support over the years and future.
Shoot, Kill, Win