Posted on December 23rd, 2014
A few weeks ago STK went to Sydney to compete in Australia’s biggest and best tournament and final round of the Super 7′s series, the Masters. The event itself was spectacular as all the rounds have been for the Super 7′s this year. STK would like to thank Mike, John, Pete, and all the crew at Action for the year we had at the Super 7′s through their hard work and vision for Paintball in Australia. The last time we played the Super 7′s was in 2009 and coming back opened our eyes to how good we have it in our own backyard! I’d urge all Aussie teams who don’t play it already to have a go at the Super 7′s. Maybe some of our international PALS friends should come over for a visit as well — great infrastructure, support and a huge prize pool at every round.
If I had to some up our performance at the Masters, I’d have to say all fizz and no pop. We played World Cup Asia the week before and finished with 2nd place. It was awesome and reaching that championship game again is a real pinnacle and accomplishment to us. I think this set us up to come to the Masters perhaps a little blasé… we played the State of Origin on the Friday after no sleep and in 45 degree heat. We won it with our friends from Rogue Assassins and our pit crew who stuck it out with us in the crazy heat. The main event, the Masters itself was on the Saturday and Sunday. First mistake, we didn’t walk the field. We just played all day in 45 degrees and we were getting the hell out of there and into some aircon! We had a quick team meeting, it was woeful, it literally consisted of “yeah just shoot your guns and get down the snake” and then we crashed out for 14 hours.
A bit of the fire was definitely missing, but we wanted to try and wrap up the series as we’d had a pretty decent year in the series with a 1st and two 2nds. All we needed to do was not come 4th.
We weren’t playing too badly on Saturday morning, even with the lack of preparation. We played nVs. It was a pretty close game. The score was tied at 2-2 with about 1 minute on the clock. I was stuck in a small cake — I could survive in there but I couldn’t do anything useful. In my mind I remember thinking I didn’t want to chance ending the game with a tie and losing out on the super tight prelims point race. I wanted to try and win the point. In retrospect, I should have just sat in my bunker, shot my gun and accepted the tie but instead I tried bumping out to make something happen. Got shot in the process and nVs was able to clear up the rest of us and press the buzzer with only seconds left.
We were still in reasonable spirits; we won the remainder of our games until we came up against Explicit. Explicit had guest players Marcello Margott and our boy Devon Stutz. Playing against Marcello was a great experience. Marcello and Devon destroyed us on the break. I would get into my bunker and think “how is there so much paint coming my way?” and then look over to see two of our guys heading to the deadbox. Explicit beat us giving us our second prelim loss.
Finally we came to play against SWAT, who had Justin Cornell guesting with them. Like he’d done all tournament, he tore down the snake and was a real problem for us. I can’t remember the final score but SWAT beat us too, leaving us stuck in the play-off for 3rd and 4th.
At this point, I’m ashamed to admit it but we were just going through the motions. We’d played the whole tournament and didn’t have a better grasp on the field than we did in the first game that weekend. As Stevie said, the season finished for us last week at World Cup. It was disappointing to end what was otherwise a great season on a bit of a low note. Needless to say, Explicit crushed us in the 3rd/4th playoff and we finished off with 4th.
Our friends on nVs won the Masters and Super 7′s series for 2014. Congratulations. Stevie took out top honour too for Player of the Year 2014, which he highly deserves.
It was great to see our non-player mates Jane and Gloria again. As well as Scary Mary.
Despite the disappointing finish, the comedy level at Masters was super-high on our team, so it was still a good trip. Thanks to everyone on STK for your commitment and friendship this year, again. Our roster has stayed pretty much the same for quite a number of years and our bond is tight. And again, the biggest thanks to our “paintball mum and dad” Brad and Christine for another year with us. They complete our family and we love them! And of course thanks to our sponsor, Dye. Can safely report that Dye guns perform excellently in 45 degree weather when our bodies are on the verge of death. And WASP Paintball in Perth.
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