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Asylum Cup – Auckland Trip 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015

 

by: Maca | Photos by GG Photography

On Friday, 6 March I travelled with my newly appointed H2O teammate Luke McFadden to Auckland NZ to compete in the Asylum Cup. Our flight leaving Brisbane was delayed by an hour so we didn’t arrive in there until 1am (NZ time), then by the time we made it to our motel it was 2.30am. With a couple of hours sleep we got up blurry eyed and headed to the field.  With the rest of the team, we did the field walk and discussed their game plans as they were fortunate enough to have arrived early on Friday afternoon.

Our first game on Saturday was against Clown Monkeys and we took the win 4-2. It was a great start for us. The next team we faced was Auckland Fraction. This game didn’t go as we planned – we took a loss 3-2. We were annoyed at ourselves as some points we played really well, and then others really bad. Our next match was against Expendables. These guys played really well and we weren’t on our game. We showed points where we would dominate, but then we would show points that were rubbish. With us throwing bodies away at the end of time we came away with a 2-2 draw. A draw is better than a loss though, right?

Soon after our game the weather turned bad and games for the day were cancelled. This was a blessing in disguise really.  We were able to head home, debrief, clean our gear and talk about what worked and what didn’t.  After some lengthy chats we came up with new game plans to try on Sunday.

Sunday rolled around and games kicked off at 8am. We were the third game of the day and we faced off against ADHD. This was great as a couple of our Aussie mates were guesting for them and we were keen to try out our new game plan. On them. The game kicked off and our plan worked! We took a 4-0 win. The next team we faced was Hijinx and we would face them twice this day.  We beat them both times and in doing so secured us the No 1 spot going into the final.

During the lunch break we went back out and re-scouted the field. We wanted to make sure that everyone knew their shots. We would be facing fellow Dye sponsored team Clown Monkeys in the final and they had been playing some very impressive ball over the weekend.

The final started off strong for us. We double stacked back centre and got early kills off the break from the snake side. Once we had control of that we took the first point. The second point played out exactly the same as the first point and we were now up 2-0. On the third point Clown Monkeys changed their game plan so we didn’t get kills off the break like we had done previously. They put up a solid fight but we still took the third point. The team’s confidence was super strong going into the fourth point and it showed as we took some early kills but Clown Monkeys weren’t giving up without a fight either! With gun fights erupting across the field they took a few of our players but we held out and secured the game with a 4-0 win.

We would like to thank our sponsors Paintball Addiction, Devon Stutz and Dye Precision for supplying us with the best equipment – our DMs and Rotors didn’t miss a beat all weekend. We look forward too seeing everyone at this event again in September.

Armageddon 2014

Monday, April 28th, 2014

After 3 awesome days of catching up with over 160 paintballers from around the country and scaling the brutal terrain of Widow Woods many times over, my bed has never felt so good.

What an epic weekend it was! Thanks to Bjorn and Ollie from the Auckland Paintball Club for such awesome games. Great effort and many hours of hard work and planning well spent. The atmosphere was incredible and the company was amazing. It was so great to see so many different people from Kaitaia to Queenstown come together and get along so well due to one common interest, Paintball!!!! Its great having so many like-minded people all there to enjoy a great event and have a great time doing what we all love!!!

Paintball is what makes many of us tick. Large events like these really show the popularity of the sport in New Zealand. This is what will really help it grow here and put us on an international level. The event has grown rapidly since 2012 and can only get bigger. The support from so many people was top notch this year meaning much better facilities were available with even bigger plans for next year.

We painted the forest pink and green!

Day 1 was a team-based day; your 3 teams comprised of 3 squads all battling out to be the winner of the day. The day itself was broke into 2×2 hour blocks. It was fought over some tough terrain but was fierce and adrenalin filled battles all the way. Many teams went toe to toe over objectives and the two most fought after objectives were the ‘BARREL’ and attacking Team MSW. The ‘BARREL’ objective started at the base of hill in amongst the middle of the speed ball field and had to be taken to Widows Peak which took the yellow team an hour to claim off the red team and fight them and the MSW team to get to the very top. The attack on Team MSW was also a tough fight where each team had to climb through trip wire, dense bush and plenty of fire from this experience team who had a base below Widows peak and plenty of paint and fire power to keep team away, not only that Team MSW would hide in the bushes and wait for unsuspecting team to walk past and be surprised with some well-earned knife kills!!! It was a great spin on last years game day and having over 140 people scattered throughout the field was awesome to see.

Day 2 comprised of two large teams Green Team and Blue Team battling out with Ollie’s gadgets. Starting at opposite ends both teams ran out as the horn went to gain field advantage! On top of that there was a ton of team based missions to be completed on the day. Such as lining up the laser system to set off the air strike , take out the ‘tank’ with a bazooka , escorting the tank through the middle of the field , holding down electronic boxes to gain points also keeping a close eye on enemy air drops of players behind you and lastly a 5 man speedball game while we are in the field fighting it out. This game day went on for 5 hours straight and was good hard fight with both teams doing their best to come out on top.

Overall it was a great success and had many satisfied and hungry players for the next Armageddon.  Once again Armageddon as an event has grown from strength to strength and continues to attract players from all over NZ, and will continue to create new game days, create new props for games and find new ways to create a greater experience for players every year.

We have to again thank Dye for their prizes they provided once again, it made the players day receiving them, and for your guy’s ongoing support of paintball in NZ. Your support helps draws players attention that companies like yourself would be happy to jump on board and support local events even as far away as New Zealand. The last thank you goes to my man Devon, for all your help man its awesome.