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Hulk wins again!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Almost a month after the first stage of the Championship in France, we headed to the second event in Germany.

The team has preliminary preparation for the tournament, having played in the first stage of the Cup of Ukraine in Lviv. Even then, despite the confidence of the team due to victory in all of our matches, it became clear that the field is very “sticky”.  With huge corridors and low variability in the line of attack, movement on this field was minimal. This view is confirmed in sparring leading up to the tournament in Bitburg , with a strong contender – team “Russian Roulette”. Unfortunately, due to force majeure, both of our American legionnaires missed their flight, and considering the compactness of our team at this stage, only four players can participate in practice.

Americans arrived only the day of the tournament, which significantly affected the quality of their game in the first game day. After spending 15 hours in an aircraft and not knowing the field, it was very hard to count on the high-quality game that we are used to. To confirm our concerns, the first match of the tournament with a Norwegian Drammen Solid ended in a 1-3 loss with 4 penalties.

In the next match, we needed a victory over representatives from Denmark, Ugly Ducklings Odense, otherwise we would not venture out of the bracket! All things considered, the resolute attitude and motivation, did not cease to amaze! Final score 4-2 in our favor and 4 penalties! Another penalty in Saturday’s match against Norwegian Ronholt Blast almost turned the match with an outsider group in lottery. A heavy 2-1 victory sent us to Sunday!

In the Sunday morning game, we met with the Moscow team Force Majeure. Solidifying our lead 3-1 and eliminating all players; we receive another hot gun penalty, giving us another nervous game! 3-2 final victory!

In quarterfinals, we met with the Scorpions from Milan. This team represent 5 countries, originally led by Maximus Lundquist. This match saw long points and traditional penalties, but we take the win 2-1!

In the semifinals, fate brought us to Amsterdam Heat from Holland. In the first stage, we met with the team and won convincingly 4-0. Not everything was so easy this time! After losing residence in the CPL division, the team has the ambition to go back and confirm their skills! Penalty for mashing in overtime is not allowed to pass on the Dutchmen! A well-deserved third place and we are once again in the finals!

Uncertain in their game in the first stage, the Roosters Ulm Germany overcame all of their rivals and reached the finals at home!

The first point of the final game has developed not very well for us. Alex Goldman left on breakout, and after ten seconds we lose Marcelo Margott. After 30 seconds we are down to a 2 on 4. After nearly a seven minute game, we are down to a 1 on 2 of which the 2 players began almost simultaneously running at his bunker. A close call by the judges declared shooting after elimination and they received a 2 for 1 penalty. Next game we started against only three! Hitting one of the contenders in the first 10 seconds of the game and keeping all our players, we have a good chance to win this game for the remaining 3 minutes of playing time. We successfully took advantage, knocking out all rivals with 40 seconds to spare. Given the specifics of the field, it became clear that the fate of the meeting will be decided in overtime, which we spent at a high level, leaving no chance for the opponent and keeping his team’s four players!

This is our second victory in Division 1 SPL. What a great feeling and the chances of getting into the next division at the end of the series!

We express our gratitude to everyone who helps and supports. Special thanks to our permanent partner “Auto radio”, DYE – the best producer of paintball equipment, “Polar Bears” team for help in the pit area, our favorite captain Iaroslav and coach Alexander Pristupov, as well as all of our fans.

See you on the fields!

Dye team Moonwalkers win the first FPL!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

March 22-23, 2014. The FPL “Federal Paintball League” was the first event of the year, in the city of Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires. The tournament had two division D4 and D5 with 8 teams per division

D4 Teams

Moonwalkers – Extasis – FTZ Crew – Overdose – Zorros – Redemtion – El Clan – Walking Dead

D5 Teams

Renegados – El Clan Army – Voodoo – TNT Crew – Tomacos – MCTV – TWD – FTZ Shadow

 

The event begun on Saturday with a Pro-Clinic from the hand of Marcello Margott, passing all his knowledge to the new players that attended the event. The prepared everyone for the battle they had ahead. With the clinic finished, the tournament began with the D5 division. All went smoothly and without any delay on day 1. Day 2 begun really early in the morning with the games from D4. The fist match was the Dye team Moonwalkers up FTZ Crew featuring Marcello Margott. After a close game, it ended in a tie.

Moonwalkers went to the semi-finals undefeated and had to play against FTZ Crew one more time. A tough gameplay from both of the teams resulted in a tie and an overtime game. But after a major penalty was assessed to FTZ Crew, they had to enter with 3 players and Moonwalkers take their place in the finals, winning 3 – 2 in overtime.

Final Standings

D4

1st Moonwalkers

2nd Zorros

3rd Redemtion

 

D5

1st Renegados

2nd Voodoo

3rd El Clan Army

Hulk Wins Millennium #1!

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The main task of the team for the season in 2014 – winning the SPL series. The first stage was to be illustrative and answer the question. Is the team in a state to achieve their goals? The answer is yes! Hulk passed its first test in France. In the group stage it was clear already that the team has great potential and can gain during the tournament.

After winning the first two games with the same score 4:1 against Copenhagen Ducks and Ronholt Blast, our team solved the problem with early access to the next stage of the tournament. The third preliminary was interesting in terms of testing a strong contender. FiveStar Lleida team is set as a serious problem for this season, as evidenced by the existence of such authority in the roster as Nicky Cuba, Damian Ryan, and Kevin Rudulph. The match was very interesting and rich, the teams exchanged alternately between points. A key moment in the match occurred when the score was 3-2 in our favor, 40 seconds before the end of the game, we were four to one. Player, out of despair ran out on our snake, in our opinion was eliminated by our player, who also shoots him. As a result, strange decision by the judges, they gave the point to  the opponent and moved the game into overtime. Overtime was a contender for the 3:4 final score.

Next we played by the well-known opponent of last season , Drammen Solid. Not an easy match, but quite convincing victory 4-2. In the quarterfinals, a convincing victory over Amsterdam Heat, who in 2012 played in the CPL, 4-0.

In the semifinals, we met with substantial effort ML Kings. Three American Pro players and Slava Shturmas are able to compete with any team, including the CPL, so we did not have any illusions regarding the prospects for an easy victory in this match. We knew that the winner would be the one who made fewer mistakes. As expected, the match was incredibly tense. First, when the score was 3:3, ML Kings did not realize their numerical advantage and the game ended by the time. In overtime, Alex Goldman, in three to three game, unsuccessfully ran for the bunkering and, unfortunately, brought a penalty. What happened next, other than a miracle will not name. Last remaining in the field, Marcelo Margo was able to pull a seemingly lost match by hit three players of the opposing team. Total incredibly nervous 4-3 victory!

In the final, besides Hulk, made it very strong Swedish team, Falkoping Mashive.

It is worth noting a good game Marcelo, who at 3-2, won a 1 on 2 to win the match. 4-2 victory in the final of the Hulk !

Team made the first step towards achieving our goal! Ahead of hard training and a lot of intense matches!

Grateful for the achievements of our team, our sponsors and companies DYE, which produces the best paintball equipment on the planet and Autoradio for the media support. And of course the team would not exist without the support of Captain Iaroslav and hard work of our coach Alexander Pristupov.

Also many thanks to the pit area, Oksana , Galya . Special thanks to Tanya Nikolaeva and Sasha for their tremendous contribution to our victory. Oksana, happy birthday this victory dedicated to you!

 

Let Marcello Margott show you how to #LiveTheLife

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Within just 8 short days South Africa quickly became one of my favorite places and Cape Town now sits at the top of my list of favorite cities. I was contacted by Paul Grobler of the SARPL about a month ago to come out and do a few clinics which I of course, jumped on the opportunity seeing as its a place I haven’t been and an entire community I haven’t had the chance to tap into yet. We set the plans and he booked my ticket. I landed in Johannesburg last Wednesday, the 5th, and had an early night. I was exhausted from the 28 hour travel day it took me to get there so I needed a night to rest. The next day was awesome though; I got to interact with lions, leopards and cheetahs which has been a dream of mine ever since I first watched the Lion King back when I was 5 years old. We ended the adventure by going to a game restaurant, for those who don’t know they serve fresh caught animals. Ranging from Zebra to Crocodile, to wildebeest. They brought them out one at a time and I indulged in everything trying one thing after another. I figure why not right?

The next day was miserable. I was puking all day and couldn’t figure out if it was some weird animal I had tried or the ice I had in my drink. Either way my stomach was not happy and I spent the entire day trying to recover so I could go on with my traveling. Plus my first clinic was set for Saturday so I didn’t have time to be sick.

Saturday morning came early. I woke up feeling much better than the day before and was excited to meet all the South African players. As we rolled up to Paintball City, Johannesburg, I was impressed by the perfectly kept grass and pristine bunkers that composed the field we would be playing on. We got the day started with a warm up and introductions and I immediately knew it was going to be one of the better clinics I’ve done. Everyone was extremely welcoming and had a great sense of humor which always makes the day that much better. There is something about the paintball community that just brings everyone together. No discrimination and no judgment. Everyone just has a mutual understanding for the love of the game and it really is special. It is one of the reasons I love paintball most; I believe it brings people together from all over the world. I ran through all sorts of drills with the guys and even introduced them to a team drill we use to start the Ironmen practices called RedZone.. I can’t explain all the details because its pretty exclusive but just know this may have been the highlight of the day!

I was sad to say goodbye to my new friends but I had to wrap things up and catch a flight to Cape Town where my next clinic / adventure would begin. Landing in Cape Town was unreal. Much like San Diego, I knew this little laid back beach town was going to be amazing but I didn’t realize it was going to make its way to the top of my favorite places list. I got in around 9am Sunday morning and headed straight to the field. Occupied by beautiful scenery along the way I was anxious to see what kind of group would be at Speedball Aim seeing as they had a lot to live up to from the day before. Granted, they absolutely did live up to the Johannesburg group and were another great group of people. I came to the conclusion that South Africa paintball players are awesome and I want to do everything I can to help the sport grow down there. I was hugely thankful for the opportunity to spend two full days growing the sport in SA and helping the paintball community gain in every aspect of the game. After another long day of what we call work, it was time to enjoy the rest of my trip and see what Cape Town had to offer.

After showering and getting all cleaned up, Paul took us (me and Rob Daniels, PSP div 1 head ref) to Table Mountain where I basically got to see the entire city from the clouds. It was absolutely breath taking. As I stood on the top of a boulder that was leaning off the edge of the mountain I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with love for paintball. I was yet again slapped in the face with the humbling hand realizing that all of this was only possible because of paintball. Its moments like that that make me continue to strive to be the best. Not only to be the best player but also the best role model. I want people to see what paintball can do for them and how it can genuinely change your life for the better. The places I have gone and seen because of this sport are not comparable to anything else. I will forever devote myself to the growth of this game and as I stood out on that rock I again, realized this is what I am supposed to be doing. I was right where I was supposed to be.

Enough of the sappiness.. Now to the good stuff! The next day was a big day for me. I would be cage diving with Great White sharks, you know, the viscous man eaters? Yea it was something that I had to check off my bucket list so I told myself I was going to set fear aside, dive in head first and hope for the best! It was an early morning with a 3 hour drive to get to the port where we would be departing from. Once we arrived I was surprised at how calm I was. I actually wasn’t frightened at all and couldn’t wait to get in the water with the sharks. It took us about 30 minutes of cruising on the boat to get to the shark infested waters where they dropped the cage in and had us hop in. I was the first to go, ready for adventure I jumped in with my gopro ready for some action. I was hoping to get a shark that was trying to attack us but that didn’t happen. Some huge sharks definitely came up to the cage and opened their mouths but not as aggressively as I had hoped. I guess part of my photographer instinct was willing to risk some safety for that one special Instagram picture. Nonetheless the day was absolutely amazing and one I will remember forever. I mean how many people get to say they have been less than a foot away from a Great White shark in South Africa? Yea I was pumped and sad to see the trip coming to an end but I still had another day of full adventure before I would be heading home.

My last day in Cape Town was by far one of the coolest days in my recent life. My new friend, that attended my clinic, Julian, took me to Boulders Beach, which was a stunning drive with an astonishing destination. We got there and settled in to a sandy little private cove that looked like something out of a movie. The view was great as the ocean produced no waves in this tiny bay like area. There were giant boulders surrounding the waters separating one private beach from another. You could see the ripples in the clear water where fish would pass by. After hours of swimming around from beach to beach, playing with penguins that called this place their home and getting sun kissed by the earths favorite star I knew my trip was coming to a finish and what better way for it to end than watching the sunset; no electrical buzz, no phones, no material items… It was just me, my friends and mother nature. The sky was a vibrant yet calming tangerine color as the final minutes of sunlight were taken in. South Africa had officially earned a special place in my heart and had reassured me that everything I had been doing and working for was well worth it. From the beautiful views to the amazing people to the adventurous foods to the passionate paintball players I had felt like my trip was complete. It was great to have an impact on the SA players and set a higher standard for them to live up to on the playing field. They know I will be back and I can’t wait to see how much everyone has improved. A huge thanks goes out to everyone that accommodated me throughout the trip, especially Paul Grobler for making it all possible! Until next time my friends!

LA Ironmen and San Jose Royalty merge to become powerhouse PSP Champions team!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE:

San Jose Royalty and the Los Angeles Ironmen merge their rosters

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Diego, California (January 14th 2014)- San Jose Royalty and the Los Angeles Ironmen will merge their rosters for the 2014 PSP season. Royalty will cease to exist as a standalone entity and the best players on the squad will come over to the Ironmen. Members of the two teams are excited about the merger, as it will create a very strong team who will contend for the coveted PSP World Title.

 

The merger brings paintball legend Shane Pestana back into the Ironmen fold. Pestana has a storied history with the California team, first as a star player during its early years, then as captain during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, and then as the coach from 2004-2008; he guided the team to multiple World Championships during each tenure. Until this merge he had been helping Royalty as a player/coach during their assent through the divisional ranks.

 

Marcello Margott and Alex Goldman, two of the star players brought on last season for their second stint with the Ironmen, are happy to have the man back who they won their first World Titles with. Margott stated, I am ecstatic to have Shane Pestana back in the organization. He’s bringing hard working Royalty players who have great attitudes and the same work ethic as us. I think this team will quickly become a family. It’s going to take some time for the chemistry to kick in but when it does I think it will be a truly great Ironmen team. Shane is a leader by nature. He just knows how to get the best out of people so I can’t wait to start working with him again and see what we can accomplish together this time.”

 

Pestana said, “I’m ready to go, to help the Ironmen get back to where they should be, which is sitting at the top of the Champions Division. We have so many great talents on this team, so many hard working guys. Sure, it may take some time to gel, but the Ironmen will be a winning team again.”

 

Mikko Huttunen, a long time Ironmen veteran who also won titles with the team, will come on as a part of the coaching staff as well, which augments the Ironmen’s brain trust in its push back toward the podium. The Ironmen finished 5th overall during the 2013 season, and 4th at the World Cup, against one of the most competitive fields ever and this new merger proves they are dedicated to building a winning team again.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dye Paintball / Jake Fristoe.

Email: jfristoe@dyeprecision.com

P. +1 (858) 536-5183 ext 250

 

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