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Do you remember your first time?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

My name is Tanner McIver, I am 13 years old and I have been pit crew for Dye sponsored team Hard2Overcome for 3 years who my dad is team owner & captain based in Victoria Australia. Devon Stutz from Dye Asia even arranged for me to have my own Ultralite team playing gear with my name and favourite number. I love paintball and go with the team to every training and tournament, but because of the laws in Victoria I am unable to play paintball until the age of 18.

For over a year I have wanted to go to South Australia where the age to play paintball is only 10. So this year my parents agreed that they would take me over there to play for the first time for my birthday.

So at 4.30am Friday 4th April, Dad, Mum, my younger brother Kayden and I hit the road for our 800km trip to Adelaide where I would get to play paintball. To make the 10 hour trip go faster I slept as much as I could and watched DVD’s and what seemed like forever by 2.30pm we had arrived at the motel. After a short rest dad asked me to get my gear ready for the morning as we were going to go out for dinner in Adelaide and wouldn’t be back until late. As soon as we got back to the room that night I went straight to bed knowing the sooner I went to sleep the sooner I would wake up and play paintball.

We woke at 7am and headed off to the field which was only 10 minutes away. I was excited and helped dad set up the markers which until today I have not been able to touch. Dad set up his DM13 that he used all last year for me, and once the other people arrived we went onto the field and I got to shoot my first paintball over the chrono.

I hopped in with the players doing drills and practiced crawling in the snake and popping up to aim across the field. Then my dad took me aside and had me practice laning off the break at a small target he had set up down the other end of the field. After a while he then got me to run and gun at the target as if I was going out to a corner bunker. Dad made me do it on both my left and right hand so I would be used to shooting with both hands later in the day, and it was really fun shooting loads of paint but I couldn’t wait to shoot at other people.

After a short break and a drink I was asked by the players training to shoot a lane from the centre back bunker to the snake entry and they would try and make it into the snake. It was so cool shooting everyone as they tried to get into the snake and I used a lot of paint which was great.
I also got to shoot dads DM14 a bit which is a sweet looking marker and everyone else kept asking to have a go of it while dad was gun teching for people.

After a short break and reloading my pods and tank we were ready to play some 3v3 games. I was so pumped and dad asked did I want to play with him or against him, so I said I wanted to play against him as I wanted to shoot at him.  Off the break I ran to the snake and crawled along and popped up and started shooting at who ever I could see. My heart was racing as I got my first ever “G” and to watch the ball hit the player and break was great, then suddenly I got shot in the goggles. We played a couple of more games and I got to shoot people before being shot.

Next game was even more fun as I popped up to see my dad shooting at the guy in the back bunker and I shot him in the middle of his goggles.  My dad started laughing and walked off and then I realised there was only one player left in so I got up and ran down the snake and bunkered him, which is something I have seen my team do so many times and it was such a buzz, but the biggest buzz was shooting dad in the face.

We went back to the pits and reloaded and this time I went onto Dad’s side. I played snake again and had a ball bounce off me which hurt more than the ones that broke but still was not that bad. In fact as the day went on and the more games I played the less the paintballs hurt as I was having too much fun. It was cool standing alongside Dad and playing paintball with him. In the end I had the best day ever playing a great sport I can’t wait to play again and again.

When we got back to the motel to meet up with mum and my younger brother I went and had a shower and couldn’t wait to check out all of the hits on me. Mum just smiled and shook her head as I proudly pointed them out and told her about each one. Both Dad and Mum said I couldn’t stop talking all night about the day. That night I slept so well and we left early once again to return home, but this time I slept lots more on the way back.

I want to thank my parents for taking me to South Australia to play paintball, and thank everyone that was at the field who allowed me to shoot them and it’s a day I will never forget. A big thanks to everyone on Hard2Overcome for all the text messages and support. And thank you to Devon Stutz and Dye for helping the team get me this cool Ultralite gear, it’s so comfy.

Meet Nathan McDonnel of the powerhouse teams NVS and H2O.

Monday, March 24th, 2014

My name is Nathan McDonnell.  I am 32 years old and live in Brisbane, Australia.  I represent DYE PRECISION in two different teams here in good old Aus.

The first team I play for is team nVs.  At the end of the 2013 season, Nick Bancroft, Jake Spencer, John Robba, Ben and Karl Simpson and myself decided a change was needed and we formed team nVs.  We wanted a team that would not only be competitive but feared on the field.  We also wanted to be able to promote the sport off the field.

Our first tournament was at Round 1 of the Australian Super 7s at Action Paintball Games, Sydney.  Our very first match together was a little shaky but we came away with the win and then from that point we started to find our groove.  We only lost two matches over the weekend, one was to Sydney SWAT and the other to STK – STK of course being another DYE sponsored team.  Both these matches were close.  After finishing the prelims we were 7-2 which put us into a playoff for 3rd and 4th against East Side Raw from Brisbane.  After establishing an early lead we were able to run away with a 4-0 win and take 3rd place.  Even though we wanted to win the event, 3rd place to STK and Sydney SWAT (1st and 2nd place respectively) was a good start for us.

During the event we received a lot of positive feedback about our new DM14s and playing gear.  I also enjoyed using the new DM14.  It felt great and shot flawlessly straight out of the box.

The other team I play for is Hard 2 Overcome.  Towards the end of the 2013 season Devon Stutz informed me that they were looking for an extra player for their roster and after introducing me to their captain Craig McIver things started to fall into place.  After playing a race event with the guys at the end of last year I was offered a full time spot on their 2014 roster.  We competed in Round 1 of the Vic 5s on February 22nd and came away with the win.  We will be competing in the Vic Championships on the 22nd and 23rd March.  Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend this Round as I have just become a new Dad!

At every event and training session I’ve also been helping new players and other teams tech their DYE equipment.  The response I get for helping these other players is quite positive.

This year, at my local field Skirmish Samford, I have been running skills and drills sessions for players of all skill levels.  These sessions focus on speed and agility, gun maintenance, general game play and techniques.  I have been getting between 15-20 players regularly in attendance.  In running these sessions, it gives me satisfaction in knowing that I am helping to groom up players for the continued life of our sport in Australia.

See you at the 50, DYE for Life.

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

Hard2Overcome become Victorian State Champions! – Australia

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

DYE would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to our Aussie friends Hard2Overcome who recently took 1st and 3rd place at the Victorian Championships Race Event!

From Craig Mclver, Captain Hard2Overcome:

“Saturday 23rd March kicked off the first ever Victorian Championships Race Event held at Adrenalin Paintball Club, in Newborough Australia. The field itself is a soccer ground that the club shares for its tournaments and sets up on the week leading up to the event, and once over dismantles and stores everything away in there club house located at the venue. With rain and large winds in the days leading up to the event it was a relief to have a clear sky with some cloud as the event kicked off. The events games were played as a standard 5 man to 3 point on a Race 2 format.

Local Dye sponsored team Hard2Overcome was hoping that there home ground advantage would help them continue their great start to the year with another win after taking out Round 1 of PAVS. After dropping the first game of the day to their sister team H2O Blue, they adjusted some elements of their game plan and went into the lunch break with 2 wins & 1 loss. As the day progressed a lot of teams were all equal on points and it came down to the last round to decide who would play the finals.

H2O Blue played off for 3rd place in the finals against Tension who had recruited two Sydney Swat players with the end result being Tension wining 3-0 and taking out 3rd place. The final to see who would be the first team to be named Victorian State Champions would see South East Cartel against Dye’s own Hard2Overcome who were separated by 1 body in the lead up to the final.

From the first game Hard2Overcome placed heavy lanes towards the entry of Cartels key bunkers in a bid to stop them attacking from both the snake and Dorito side. The first point would go to Hard2Overcome after just 60 seconds of aggressive play without dropping a body. The second point seen Cartel bunker in hard at their initial positions and Hard2Overcome were forced to roll their guns in a bid to prevent them advancing, this made for a longer drawn out point which Hard2Overcome would drop only 1 body and go 2-0 with only 1 win away from the title. Off the break Hard2Overcome were more aggressive in their attack which seen them drop a couple of players and by the time they hung the flag for the third and final time they had 1 player left which was enough to win the final 3-0.

Hard2Overcomes captain Craig McIver said that the event was fantastic and had a great vibe in the pits. Every team played well on the day and created a challenge for us. We knew that come the finals we would be up against a tough opponent and Cartel always give us a great match. I am so proud of everyone on the team, the guys played outstanding today and we are now looking forward to the next round of PAVS. We would just like to thank Dye Asia and Devon Stutz for all the support they give us, and for letting us take the field with our DM13′s which once again were absolutely flawless and one of the reason we now have this title.”