Our Aussie connect, Nathan "Macca" McDonnell from Queensland, Australia, drops in for a 2018 travel summer recap on his paintball journeys -
"Today’s story begins like every other paintball story, waiting at the airport to catch a plane to the next competition. While sitting and drinking my coffee I got to reflect on how 2018 has been so far for me. I would consider myself one of the lucky ones who has a two great sponsors - DYE Paintball & Paintball Addiction - behind me on my paintball journey. Without them it would have been a lot harder for me to keep playing at the level that I do here in Australia.
June saw me back at Action Paintball for Round 2 of the Super 7s Series playing with the Eskimo Brothers. We placed 7th at this round. For me personally, I was a little bummed because I like finishing higher on the ladder. However, as a team I was extremely happy as we are progressing and bonding really well. We are aiming for a top 4 finish in the next round.
I headed out to my home field, Tactical Ops Paintball (Tac Ops), for Round 3 if the Qld NXL Series. Unfortunately, this time most of my usual team from nVs couldn’t make it. So, I made a few calls to my fellow DYE sponsored players to represent. The competition is great out there! It has a nice relaxed feel as well as the competitive side to it. While we played well, we did come up short in the semis and ended up placing 3rd for the event.
August was a blast! At the beginning of the month, I played TAC WAR out at Tac Ops. I’m not much of a Scenario player, but I do love this event as there’s always so much going on. This round the crew out there brought back the chopper which was unreal. Imagine trying to organize your troops and take ground while that thing is flying and hovering over you. I felt like a little kid at times and would find myself just staring as it flew over. There were also times during the game where I felt like I was in a movie as the noise was deafening. I can’t wait for the next one in October.
Super 7s Round 3:
Chad George from Houston Heat is actually on the 2018 roster for Eskimo Brothers but was unable to attend the first two rounds. However, he made it back “Down Under” for Round 3! Games kicked off on the Friday and we couldn’t have asked for a better start. We played the NZ Ballistics Unit and walked away with a 4-0 win, which was just what we needed to get the team’s confidence high. Our second match of the day was against Perth Crisis. We lost 2-0 but it was a solid match and we were happy with that. Our next two matches were against Eastside Raw and Sydney Explicit, respectively. We won both of these putting us up in to the top four on the leader board at the end of the day's play. Saturday we faced off against Sydney SWAT. We took a 0-4 beating. Definitely not the start we hoped for, but we weren’t giving up. Our next match was against Perth Torque. This was another hard match but we managed to take the win! Last game of the day we played Sydney Marauders. This would be another tough match and with calls going both ways, it ended as a 2-2 draw. At the end of Saturday we were still sitting in the top four. The boys were stoked as this was a first for a lot of them. Heading into Sunday’s matches we had done the calculations and figured that we needed to win one of our remaining two matches to get us into the finals. So with that in mind, we faced off against Perth Menace and NZ Expendables. We ended up winning against Menace and took a draw against The Expendables. Looking over and seeing my teammates’ faces as they realized that they had made it to the finals was awesome.
The Finals. We placed 3rd after the prelims so we faced off against NZ Expendables again to see who would go into the play off for 1st and 2nd. My boys gave it their all but we came up short and lost that match. However, this wasn’t the end for us as we still had to play for 3rd and 4th . Knowing this was the final game for the weekend and the boys not wanting to go home empty handed (there was still AUD $1000 on the line and we still had our paint bill to fix up.), the boys found that extra gear in the game. We dropped the first point, but after that we started playing our game. We won the match 3-1. Being in the pits with the boys after the match was just awesome. The team battled their hearts out all weekend and I couldn’t have been more proud of them.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds. If you would like to follow my travels, find me on Instagram “macca_dye_08” and my Nathan “Macca” McDonnell Facebook page. As always, I wouldn’t be able to do this without the support from my wife Tida and family, as well as Craig McIver, Devon Stutz, Paintball Addiction and DYE Precision for supplying me with the best gear to help me play and promote the game I love.
Until next time."
- Macca 08