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STK brings the heat to the Super7 in Sydney!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We went to Sydney on the east coast of Australia a few weeks ago to compete in the first leg of Australia’s national series, the Super 7′s. The last time we played in this league was 2009. It was great to come back to it. The infrastructure and refereeing was excellent. We really enjoyed the event.

We won all of our prelim games except against SWAT, who we drew.

Our weekend started with us going down two points to Explicit, but Farran ran through and got 4 G’s in the third point and we were able to run away with it from there. We had a couple of other close calls in the prelims, but thankfully we were able to close those games out. Our weekend grew to a climax with our second last match of the prelims against nVs. The winner of this game would go onto the finals.

Our game against them felt good; we’d worked out all the kinks from the prelims and we were working as a machine. We had a good fight against them and won 3-2.

Our final preliminary game was against SWAT – but we’d both already made it through to the finals, so we used the opportunity to feel them out. They had our friend “Oat” (ex-Infernal/Xtioneers) playing for them and Kyle Spica of San Diego Dynasty. We made sure our break-shooting was on point and injected as much chaos as we could into our game plans to try not give anything away for our finals match. We timed the match out at 2-2. We went onto the finals for a rematch.

The finals started well for us, with us making our break-shots and followed shortly with us closing the first point out. The next point, we both lost bodies on the break, and the game whittled down to a 2 vs 3, with just Travis and Farran left in either corner. They stayed cool and burnt off about 8 minutes from the game clock before being edged out by SWAT. So the score was 1-1 with 1:30 left on the clock. The next point we were able to make our initial kill on the dorito-side off the break and then caught some subsequent players filling out to that side. With about 30 seconds left, it was just Kyle Spica left in a 5 vs 1. He still managed to catch two of us, but we were able to eliminate him and Stevie sealed the deal, hitting the buzzer with 8 seconds left on the clock.

Winning felt great, and the environment at the Super 7’s was accommodating, professional and… premium. It also had a huge prize pool. I’d recommend playing these events to any of our PALS friends.

Maybe a little bit before the event, people were saying things like “show them who is the best in Australia.” Playing paintball, there has been no shortage of people I’ve come across who have these self-proclaimed titles or that have over-inflated egos. Success in paintball is so fickle. And I often find these self-proclaimed heroes are just frustrated with the game because they are always trying to justify themselves or live up to something rather than just enjoy the experiences. And really who cares? If you think you’re good then just keep it to yourself. Your performance can speak for itself. I guess where I am going with this is that I’m not interested in asserting titles.  All I can say is that going full circle and being back at the Super 7′s after keeping the team together for this long — it feels good to say that it hasn’t all been for nothing.

We’ve had a few months with our DM14’s now and we love them even more. Thanks to Devon and DYE for their continued support going into the 4th year of our sponsorship with them. And to our paintball mum and dad, Brad and Christine.

Hard2Overcome Wins the Able Cup Charity Event in Melbourne, Australia.

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
Hard2Overcome
H2O BLUE
HUSTLE

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

Sydney Explicit: Sitting in 1st Place in the Australian Super 7 Series

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

photos by: Painted Lion Productions & Super 7 Series

Team Name: Sydney Explicit

League: Australian Super 7s series

Rank: Currently tied for 1st place with one round to go

 

At the beginning of the 2013 season we strengthened our roster with 3 new players:

Nathan McDonnell from the retired Hostile Intentions; and John Robba and Mick Jones formerly of Sydney XFighters.

 

Our roster now consists of:

-Chris “Crispy” Bell (Captain);

-Nathan “Macca” McDonnell;

-John Robba;

-Mick “Plucka” Jones;

-Matthew Friedrich;

-Troy Friedrich; and

-Jake “The Snake” Spencer

February 2013 marked Round 1 and our first outing together as a newly refreshed team – we finished 2nd to Sydney SWAT.

In Round 2, May 2013, while Sydney SWAT did get the better of us, we secured a strong 2nd place.

While these results were positive, they weren’t exactly what we were after. Our desire was, and what seemed to us to be, that elusive 1st place. So, after some team meetings we decided to up our training sessions and intensity.

Come Round 3 and we all believe we are ready. At the end of Saturday’s prelims we were sitting in first place. The team is super pumped about this, but we all know paintball is a 2 day event. We still had a lot of work to do to make sure we would win the event.

Sunday came along and we started off strong. We faced XFighters and secured a 4-0 win.

Our next match was against our Round 1 and 2 favourite, Sydney SWAT. We would soon see if all our preparations had paid off. The match did not start off the way we wanted – SWAT was able to get away with a 3 point head start. However, we dug in deep and started to claw our way back with time running out on the last point. Our efforts gave us a 3-2 loss. We were a little disappointed (as you would be) but we still knew we had the goods to win.

We made it to the finals and were facing off against the NZ Clown Monkeys. We had beaten them in the prelims so, yes, our confidence was super high. And rightly so… we achieved a 4-0 win, however it was a tough match and both teams should be proud of their achievements and the way they played.

Outside of playing tournaments we’ve also been helping out with some of our local amateur players. We’re helping them with their skills at trainings and also teaching them and their teams to read field layouts at tournaments with great success. It is very rewarding having the up and comers looking to you for guidance.

Super 7s Masters (Round 4) is in November and we cannot wait! We believe we can win it and the series. We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year and hope to see you out there.

-Sydney Explicit