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Marcello Margott Wins CCP Event #3 in Colombia

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

CCP #3 – Medellin, Colombia

 by Marcello Margott

Photos by: 100% Paintball

One of the most enthusiastic paintball communities I have been to. My trip to Colombia was nothing short of amazing. It started out with an over night flight to Miami where I had a nice 6 hour layover, those are always fun. I took a nap in the Lounge and tried to hold in my excitement of getting to South / Central America for paintball for the first time. I didn’t know what to expect, what sort of venue they would have, the talent level, how friendly the people were, this was all a new experience for me and I couldn’t wait to see what was in store. After my long wait I finally got on the plane, here we go, next stop, COLOMBIA!

I landed Wednesday night around 8pm and got picked up by our friend Tito who plays for one of the DYE teams down there. He took us back to our massive house, I was amazed when we pulled up. This place was a Colombian mansion villa style that I fell in love with. We had juke boxes, pool tables, outdoor verandas with fountains and everything. This was the real deal. It had been a long travel day so I set my things down and decided to take a shower. I was in for a rude awakening when I was told that we didn’t have any hot water! So, I say whatever,  when in Rome right? Or Colombia.. So I turn the water on and hop in. This must have been the coldest shower I had ever taken in my life. It felt like jumping into one of my ice baths that I prepare for my knee. Nonetheless it felt good to get clean and go eat some authentic Colombian food.

We spent a few days traveling the city and seeing Medellin. I must say, it was pretty cool being able to walk freely in a city that was once ruled by Pablo Escobar. What they had to overcome is astonishing and I feel blessed to have had such a safe trip to this beautiful country. The team took us all around the main spots of downtown Medellin and let us fulfill our wanderlust for the night, but work would start early the next morning.

Friday I woke up, excited to meet everyone at the clinic. I always love to see what type of players show up because there is so much talent across the world. I always go to a clinic hoping to find at least 1 kid that really has what it takes to become a pro. This clinic was filled with them. Everyone was dedicated to learning our program and using the techniques we gave them to improve.

We must have had about 20 participants and 100 spectators. It was crazy how involved everyone down there was and it was an honor to have people so interested in what I do. We wrapped up the day with some autographs and giveaways and everyone was more than thankful. I had an awesome time after we were done just hanging around the field with the players. Everyone there was really friendly and made us feel at home. Now that the clinic was over, it was time to win a tournament.

We went back to the house for a mellow night because we wanted to be fresh for the event. The league ran fairly smooth, although they could absolutely use some improvement with organization I thought everything went pretty well. The CCP seems to be a growing league down in South America and I’m excited to see how far they’ve come. We got through our two days of play and were in the finals, only dropping 1 point the entire tournament. Sure enough the team that beat us that 1 point would be the team we faced in the finals, where they scored another point but still lost 1-4 against us.

We won the tournament and suddenly the stands had completely emptied. Every single person inside the stadium was lined up to take pictures and have me sign autographs. It was truly an overwhelming feeling and it made me really think about how thankful I am to be in a situation where I can have such a positive influence on people because of paintball. I take my responsibility very serious and Colombia was an event that reminded me of everything this sport has given me. Traveling the world and doing what I love, cant beat that. Cant wait to get back down there and see how much it continues to grow in South America. Gracias amigos!

-Marcello #33

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Play Like a Pro Video Series – Episode 2 “Tuck and Shoot”

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Marcello Margott of the Los Angeles Ironmen teaches us how to get sneaky G’s with the “Tuck and Shoot” technique on this episode of Dye’s Play Like a Pro Series.

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Ash Chaplen of London Nexus Recaps about 2013 Millennium Event #1

Friday, April 26th, 2013

by Ash Chaplen

“Last season Nexus sucked. It’s not something I particularly enjoy admitting but it’s true. We had a young and fragile team, we didn’t win anything and we finished with our lowest ranking ever in the Millennium Series. There are plenty of things we can blame this on or use to justify this, some quite valid ones too, but at the end of the day London Nexus is about winning and as Captain it is my job to make that happen.

With only myself, George Bruton and Shaun Hasell returning for the 2013 season our off-season was busier than normal. We had to find a winning formula, and for us that was to ‘put the old band back together’. Having played with his friends on Consilium Dei, Neil Campbell was keen to get back to the business end of tournament paintball, and after succeeding in his personal mission to return Marseille Vision to the Pro division, Clint Moore couldn’t resist taking on another challenge – putting Nexus back on the podium. We have also picked up Mike Bath, a local ‘paintball kid’ who showed good promise over several practises last season and is continuing to develop within the squad.

Finally we had to add a spark, a proven talent with the engine and desire to drive us all on. After exploring a few ideas we contacted Ironmen captain Marcello Margott, he was really keen to get onboard and shortly after it was all signed and official. Now, in past years we have avoided taking non-UK based players as we have tried to focus on local talent. However the unfortunate truth is that there are not enough UK players who are consistently out there letting their ability do the talking at the deep end of tournaments right now. There are players out there who are earning their stripes in the divisional ranks though, and we know who they are and we monitor their progress more closely than you might think.

So, with our old-look team re-assembled we headed to the south of France for the first Millennium event of the season. I had a good feeling about the team, but with all the changes in the Pro division over the off-season it was more difficult than ever to predict how things would shake down come Sunday afternoon.

Marcello flew in a day early so he could join us for a Wednesday practise with Vision and TonTon, it gave us the chance to try some rotations with him and other players in different spots. By the end of the afternoon it felt like Marcello had played with the team for ages, our styles fitted well and the mutual understanding between players was getting better with every point. Taking a lot of positives from the day we headed to the event to get down to business.

We started our prelim games well. Welcoming Marseille Vision back to the pro ranks with a dominant 5-1 win, then following that up with an even more commanding 5-0 victory over Rammstein Instinct. Our final prelim game was against Outrage Valence, where again we took no prisoners and posted a solid 5-0 win. I’ve never seen another team look genuinely shell-shocked after a defeat before, but the Outrage guys admitted that they had no answer for our attacking play and were just blown away. Finishing up the prelims we were top of our group and had the highest points difference of all the CPL teams.

Sunday is a whole new tournament. It’s a total cliche but its true. You have to forget the other games and find that extra something, and then find even more if you make finals. We had drawn a tough game against Polar Bears Tarko Sale, a strong Russian team just promoted from the semi pro division but loaded with talent. We knew it would be a good test for us and one we would have to overcome if we wanted to progress. Polar Bears took an early 2-0 lead, punishing us for penalties and some lazy play. It was a wake up call, this wasn’t going to be an easy cruise to 5 points. We regrouped and dug a point back, then traded points back and forth until the score was 4-2 Polar Bears. A long 3on3 followed in the next point which we were able to grind out to win, then we took advantage of a penalty on Polar Bears to tie up the match at 4-4. Everyone had dug deep and we had put ourselves right back in this match. We had the momentum and started the next point solidly, only to get a penalty and lose our whole dorito side. Although there was little time left on the clock, Polar Bears put our remaining players to the sword and closed the game out.

We were out. Penalties will hurt you at any level in paintball but against a top level team they are almost impossible to recover from. Our dominance in the prelims counted for nothing, we’d be watching finals with everyone else.

I don’t think I’ve ever been congratulated so much after losing. Its quite surreal, I hate losing so much and unless you can stand on the podium and shove that trophy in the air and thank your sponsors it doesn’t feel like a good weekend. Yet people tell me “you guys played great, very strong, like the old Nexus” but obviously we have some kinks to iron out still. What I am really excited about is that the chemistry in the team is awesome, and we will only grow stronger on and off the field. So this is no flash in the pan, we are going to be right there in the mix all season.

Congratulations to our fellow DYE team, Toulouse TonTon, for taking first place on home turf. As they showed, the DM13s and CG paint are unparalleled in their fields.

For us we go back and work even harder in preparation for the next round of the Millennium Series, in Bitburg Germany. You’ll also be able to catch us at the next round of the CPPS in May, as well as the NvS UK Big Game where we will be playing along side Pete Mr U Utschig for the southern team.”

Ash Chaplen

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Marcello Margott Clinic at Total Combat Paintball – Photos and More!

Monday, February 18th, 2013

February 9th, 2013 marked the first official Marcello Margott Clinic at one of Southern California’s finest paintball parks, Total Combat Paintball (TCP) in Chula Vista, California.  Here’s what Marcello of the Los Angeles Ironmen had to say after the event:

“Well, its safe to say my first clinic of the year was a success. Had the chance to meet some amazing field owners that in my opinion, are exactly what this sport needs if we want to grow. Diana J Ocampo and her business partner Julio at Total Combat Paintball are true ambassadors of our sport. Their mission is to generate as much new interest in paintball as possible and I fully support them and their field. It was a pleasure working with people who truly care about the growth of paintball as a community as much as I do. I can’t wait to play there again.

The morning started with greetings and small talk while we all geared up. All the kids seemed very excited, and very happy to be there playing paintball, I always love that. It’s amazing to see all of this talent around the globe, visualizing what could one day emerge from the raw talent of some of my students.

One of the kids was 12 years old, his name was Andrew and I can’t say enough about him. He reminded me of myself when I was 12, totally submerged into the sport of paintball and its fascinating journeys during those moments on the battle field. He was fearless and always wanted to be the first to go in any of my drill exercises. Another kid was recovering from a knee surgery to have a unexpected tumor removed. His enthusiasm and dedication kept a smile on my face all day as he put in the maximum amount of effort in each and every lesson. I don’t want to leave anyone out, because all of the kids were more than awesome, but these two really stood out.

After going through a series of drills, exercises, and situational lessons I had a chance to play some points with everyone for fun to finish out the day. We all just mixed in and played games street ball style. I had a blast, it was definitely one of my more memorable clinics just due to the fact that I was surrounded by such good people. I look forward to working with TCP and playing at their field in the future.” – Marcello Margott #33

Marcello fans can find him on Instagram @MarcelloMargott and on Facebook.com/MarcelloMargott

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DYE PAINTBALL AND TEAM IRONMEN SIGN MARCELLO MARGOTT

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

San Diego, California (December 13th 2012)

DYE is proud to announce that Marcello Margott, PSP World Champion, former Ironmen player and PBA’s 2012 #2 ranked player in the world, has returned to his roots by signing a multi-year contract with Dye and their flagship team, the Los Angeles Ironmen.

Living just minutes away from Dye’s corporate Headquarters in San Diego, Marcello has been a part of the DYE family since he was 11 years old and just starting his paintball career. At the age of 17, Marcello made his pro debut with the Ironmen, winning two back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008. It’s fitting he makes his return to the team while he is at the top of his game. Marcello is a born winner and a stand out professional who is prepared to put in the work it’s going to take to bring the Ironmen back to the top of the PSP.

“We are excited about Marcello’s return to the Ironmen and the Dye family. I’ve known Marcello since he was a kid and a rookie on the pro scene. Over the years I’ve seen him grow into one of the top players in the game and mature as a person to be a leader on and off the field. He is a natural fit for Dye and the Ironmen.” –Mikko Huttunen, Vice President Dye Precision, retired Ironmen All-Star

“Home is where the heart is… I’ve traveled around with a few different teams for the past four seasons and it feels great to land back with Dye. There’s no reason for the Ironmen not to be a championship level team this year.” – Marcello Margott

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