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STK’s emotional roller coaster at WCA ’13

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

I felt a lot of promise for us leading up to WCA 2013. We managed to recover from our misstep at the start of the year, closing out the PPL series with 3 consecutive wins, a 7man win and a big international win mid-year at the second leg of the PALs (and $6k prize money if I need to remind you, omg).
In retrospect now though, there were some chinks in the armour. I’d developed a consciousness of who was better than others on the team. Whether my opinions/inferences were valid doesn’t matter because this kind of thinking is totally destructive in paintball. I lost sight of building the team and saw it more as a finished product entitled to do some winning. Some of our players improved more than others this year. I think I lost a bit of humility this time and for the first time I felt frustrated that I had to perceive some players as less capable on the team. I could have been more coaxing and nurturing. But rather I enjoyed playing strong at training. In previous years I’ve felt that if I’m consistently playing well at training, something is wrong. Usually the team is so good that it’s hard to be good week in week out.
But these are just my musings and perhaps not even relevant. Maybe we could have won WCA even with my new-found attitude. Actually, we went through WCA pretty standard. Finished the prelims 4-2, a normal kind of position for us to go forward on. On Saturday, we played a game against Beeswaxers and lost, only to come back 15 minutes later in our first top 8 game and win 4-0 against them. I felt good about that, but it wasn’t a team effort. We played the same 5 guys the whole way through. I’d softened to the “starting five” approach, which I now think was perhaps a mistake.
Following this, we had to play Infernal and then Datis. Infernal beat us 2-4. Datis beat us 1-4. I wish I could say we lost outright, but WE WERE PLAGUED BY PENALTIES. The majority of the time, I feel the reffing is great at PALs events. But there were some outright weird calls going on. Like, I got a bounce off my head, pointed to my head to the ref right next to me, and he just instantly pulls a penalty? I wasn’t even hit in the first place, and second, I didn’t even shoot/move/do anything after I got the bounce on me other than ask for paint check. Of the 11 points we played against Datis and Infernal, only in 3 points we didn’t get a penalty. Something was really wrong with the reffing because I seriously hope we are not stupid enough to legitimately get that many penalties.
Regardless, this sent us onto the quarter finals to play Datis. We had about 0 confidence at this point. It felt like we couldn’t even blink without getting a penalty. Stiffla even sat himself and didn’t even play a point because he felt like he couldn’t get into the game without getting a penalty. And that was it. We went down 1-4 to Datis and missed out on a top 4 finish at WCA for the first time. I feel disappointed. And I did feel bitter. But I think some good can come from it like it did at Thailand at the beginning of the year. If satisfaction is the death of desire, then this is about the farthest point from being satisfied that we can be. I can also say now that the evidence is insurmountable that STK doesn’t win on individual players being good. We win when we are a team.
If I want more from players I’m just going to tell them rather than scoring them against each other in my head. I’m going to be totally transparent in my thinking and go back to the “family” mindset. That’s my off-season goal anyway. Having no hierarchy has got us this far and slipping from that has given us nothing.
Click here to see STK in action at WCA! –>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJgKfCTZLzs

Dynamix take 1st at World Cup Asia in Langkawi!!!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Dynamix have had a very successful year with a dominant performance in the SARPL series in South Africa. However, being the
competitive team that they are, they weren’t satisfied with success in their local series and decided to head over to Malaysia for
the World Cup Asia event so they could test their metal against the best teams in Asia. This was their first event in Asia and the
team went over focused and well prepared, they ended up winning the event!! Craig Marley from Dynamix gave us this report:

After a tiring 27 hours of travel from South Africa,
the team finally landed in the beautiful Langkawi
We were greeted by the pleasant and friendly Dye staff,
Devon and Ellen who handed over to us 2 Big Boxes of
Dye goodies with one of them being the all new powerful
DM14 along with the new Formula 1 Purple C14 gear – Purple Power! :)

Our first day we dominated all our prelim games.
We rocked with the new DM14′s straight out the box.
The feel of the gun was very different to the DM13
giving us more gun control and accuracy when laning.
Due to the new positioning of the fore grip and no
Microcline, making it easier to swop hands.
The gun is very smooth and gave us good air efficiency.

In the semi’s we played against Lost Boys, it was a tough
game but we ended up beating them 3-2 with one second left on the clock.
Our next game against Datis we beat 4-1. Which took us to the finals facing Rascals.

What a fight! penalties were flying everywhere. We were down 3-1,
only to dig deep and never give up! We won 4-3!!

 

Thanks to everyone that helped and to all our friends, family
and supporters sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the scores

Much love

Very importantly, Thanks to Dye for the great gear and the best gun ever – DM14!!
And thanks to South Africa Blades n Triggers and Haviannas.
Also thx to STK for all there help, was also good to see all the Dye teams working together,
One big happy family ;)

Check out the video of the final:

Aisawan Takes 2nd place at MY-NPL!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Oct. 18-21, 2013

Photos by: MY-NPL

We, Aisawan Team, took 2nd place at the MY-NPL tournament.  It was held in Melaka, Malaysia which is where the best competition is. This time we did quite well, as we practiced and planned earlier. And of course, we enjoyed playing the game even though there were some mistakes. But yet, it’s acceptable!

The final round was the most exciting of all! We and the competitor took a turn to lead and follow but finally it’s an even score at 3-3. We lost the final game which brought us to 2nd place. This gave us a great opportunity to improve our strategy for the next tournament.

Thank you to the organizer who established this impressive competition in the beautiful Melaka. Thank you to DYE for our equipment sponsorship support.

Team Duckside WINS MY-NPL Championships!

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Team Duckside Reports after Earning a Championship Title!

We have come to the end of MY-NPL 2013. 4 Legs at 2 different location, MAPAAC and Dataran Pahlawan Malacca.  It leaves us bitter sweet moments looking back now that we have come a long way to achieve what we have been working hard for. Winning the overall Championship title is overwhelming to us, Team DuckSide biggest achievement and hope many more to come.

Thanks to DYE Precision who equip us with such remarkable gear, The DM13 is no doubt is one of the best marker we have ever shot. Thanks DYE representative Weili WU, for being there to support us as well. To our main Sponsor 89 Arena paintball, thank you for believing in us and Team Duckside promise will continue to strive for excellence!

Hard2Overcome – PAVS Series 2013 Champions!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Photography by Christy Stevens & Sean Anderson.

7th September 2013 – The 5th and final round of the Paintball Association of Victoria’s (PAVS) tournament paintball series was held at Adrenalin Paintball Club. Dye sponsored team Hard2Overcome went into the final round looking to continue their winning run by taking out the last round of PAVS on their home field.

A mild overcast day was on the cards with the chance of afternoon showers and for once the forecast was spot on. From the first game the team found themselves under aggressive attack from teams looking to stop their winning run, but by the time the break for lunch came the team had 5 straight wins. The afternoon was mixed with wins and then some games being dropped when the rain eventually came later in the day.

But in the end it was enough and Hard2Overcome narrowly came away with another 1st place with 7 wins & 3 losses. The result that day had topped off a great season said team captain Craig McIver, as we had 3 new players come onto the team at the start of the year and we really gelled fast. They are great guys and we all get along, and I feel even though we are still getting use to each other’s unique playing styles we are really enjoying our paintball as a team. As a bonus the second H2O team H2O Blue came second in Division 2 which gave them enough points to take the series win in their Division.

Now with the PAVS Division 1 Championship to their name Hard2Overcome will turn its sights to the Able Cup 5 Man Race Event in October. We need to once again give a huge shout out to Dye paintball and Devon Stutz for all of our awesome gear that never lets us down on the field.

Results from Round 5

Division 1:

1st Hard2overcome 21 pts +8 bodies

2nd Resistance 18 pts +4 bodies

3rd Hustle 12 pts -2 bodies

4th Apparition 9 pts -10 bodies.

Division 2:

1st inTension 22 pts +21 bodies

2nd H2O Blue 21 pts +18 bodies

3rd Bass Coast Raiders 21 pts +12 bodies

4th SnG 18 pts +12 bodies,

5th Apparition Enigma 15 pts +5 bodies,

6th (due to loss vs Enigma) Bass Coast Warriors 15 pts +5 bodies

7th Melbourne Reign 13 pts +6 bodies

8th Bass Coast Vikings 6 pts -18 bodies

9th Bass Coast Barbarians 3 pts -26 bodies

10th RC Red Star 2 pts -18 bodies.

End of year standings.

Division 1:

1st Hard2Overcome 70 pts +87 bodies

2nd Hustle 40 pts +14 bodies

3rd Apparition 40 pts +13 bodies

4th Vengeance 26 pts – 9 bodies

5th Resistance 24 pts -15 bodies

6th HAVOC: Black 23 pts -108 bodies

7th Sydney SWAT 15 pts +20 bodies

8th South East Cartel 12 pts +9 bodies…

9th House of Cards 5 pts -5 bodies

Division 2:

1st H2O: Blue 61 pts +93 bodies

2nd Bass Coast Raiders 48 pts +55 bodies

3rd inTension 43 pts +26 bodies

4th SnG 42 pts +55 bodies

5th Apparition Unhinged 36 pts +25 bodies

6th Bass Coast Warriors 29 pts +6 bodies

7th Apparition Enigma 20 pts -22 bodies

8th Melbourne Reign 16 pts +17 bodies

9th SnG: Raw 10 pts -36 bodies

10th Bass Coast Vikings 6 pts -30 bodies

11th Bass Coast Barbarians 6pts -78 bodies

12th HAVOC: Red 5 pts -3 bodies

13th RC Red Star 3 pts -48 bodies

14th Monkeys 2 pts -30 bodies

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