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Sigh of Relief – STK Wins PALS Thailand

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

by: Daniel Woods, Captain of STK. 

photos by: RSH Media // Girl With a Camera

After a while you do start to think “are we ever going to win?” Not to say we hadn’t come close recently — we came 2nd months before at WCA in overtime. But it takes so much at and between each event, that to just fall short again and again starts to make you wonder.

Our PALS Thailand experience started this year like it has pretty much every time we set foot in Thailand… we struggled. On Friday, we lost all of our games. Nothing was working, we couldn’t make it to our spots alive, we couldn’t live even when we did make it out and we were getting penalties. Sometimes the team drives me mad… I know we can play better but we just can’t hit our peak. I’ve tried being enthusiastic and positive when it gets like that to bring us back… and I’ve tried screaming and shouting. It can be frustrating and it’s compounded by the fact that neither approach seems to work. I guess we just run on feeling and nothing helps to get that feeling going manually.

We lost our first 3 matches, the first one against Demonic was close. We went up two points and then they came back two points. The score was tied with under 20 seconds left on the clock. We got a penalty and awarded Demonic a swing point. Next we played Raskal, who dismantled us 0-4. Then we played Infernal. We lost the first two points, then won a point — I thought we’d reached a turning point, and then, another penalty.

The prelims were winding down, we had no wins, we were pretty certain we were going to be knocked out. I was Whatsapping friends back home my sad face.

The team poured in heaps of useful feedback. With it, we swapped up who was playing where and then everything just fell into place. We managed to draw out two victories against the toughest Perth Crisis we’ve ever seen in a 3-1 game, and the Xtioneers, 4-0. We played these games at our peak, and I remember feeling a bit frustrated that we’d just managed to hit it when it was quite possibly too late. Highlights for me were Farran consistently getting us a kill on the break, Stevie making it out wide, Timmy weaving up the middle and Nalds holding down the snake side.

But, with our meagre two wins we were just about resided to the fact we had to go home disappointed. As we were packing up, Amber informed us our point spread JUST enough to push us through the prelims and into the next round.

It was a relief, we all had minor hugs except Farran (he has a no-celebration policy).

Our first quarter final round game was against Crisis again. It was a long and tough match, but we were able to get up points and sit on our lead with the clock on our side. We won 4-1. And then we had to play Infernal. We were able to win our game against them as well, 4-0. This knocked Crisis out of the quarterfinal round and sent us and Infernal on.

Our semi-final matchup was against Demonic. By this point I think we had a strong grip on the field and our confidence had completely turned around from non-existent to feeling unstoppable. With some early break kills on both sides, there was a drawn out 3 vs 3 the first point, and after that we were able to stay on top of it and win 3-0, sending us through to the finals to verse Infernal again, who had defeated Aisawan in their semi-final.

In the pits before the game started, we shot some glances around suggesting “bring it in for a speech?” but instead just had some knowing-nods, a few high-fives and the consensus “nothing needs to be said.” Confidence was high and I felt proud to be part of STK.

And then we won and it was cool. I felt, relieved if anything. I think it’s the paintball cliche to say a win is relieving but it is! All that time between events practicing, the rollercoaster at the event itself, and then to come out on top… it’s good.

We had a lot of help at the event from Perth friends. Thank you everyone. And Papi, Amber and Devon. Howie, Scott, both Adams, Bubba, Jeremy, May, Mick. Sorry if I missed anyone.

Most importantly, we are getting further and further along with our partnership with Dye and the amount of support we receive from them is truly appreciated. Rambo trialled the Rotor R2′s at the event and loved it.

Thank you to our home field in Perth, WASP Paintball.

And thanks to the team for your commitment, time, money and friendship.

SYDNEY EXPLICIT- Climbing Back To The Top

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

In the offseason we took a massive roster hit losing Jake Spencer, John Robba and Nathan ‘Macca’ McDonnell to the newly formed Dye team NVS. Despite losing the players and some preseason turmoil we felt good going into round 1. We picked up Mathieu Gent from France who is taking a year to holiday in Australia, Rainer Jensen back from hiatus after taking 2013 off to focus on his degree. We also picked up for the event Sean Patrick from Melbourne.  The team had little time to gel together at Round 1 and it showed with a disappointing 6th place overall despite showing some good signs.

Going into The Dye Asia Cup: Round 2 of the super 7’s the team felt much more confident and prepared, especially with Devon able to make it out to our lovely shores after missing round 1. Our tournament started off with a close loss to NVS going down 3-2. The rest of Saturdays play saw us with 1 win, 1 controversial draw and another loss to STK.

Sunday started off with our worst showing going down 3-2 to Apparition. With the teams spirits low and needing to play well in the remaining 4 games to have a chance at finals. With our backs to the wall the team went undefeated in the next 4 games.

This put us in the play offs for 3rd place against Sydney Swat. The match was a hard fought slog which began by looking right into the sun. The match went back and forth with neither team leading by more than a point. With the time up and the scored locked at 2 – 2 we were headed into an overtime point. The point was long and came down to a 2 – 1 with our captain Plucka in the top corner. With no paint left he rolled the dice and traded out with the snake player but SWAT won with a player remaining.

All in all we were pretty happy with how we performed but know with some work we can be back on the winner’s podium. We would like to thank Devon and DYE Asia for all the support they give the team!! All of our 2014 Dye gear performed flawlessly all weekend, Action Paintball Games, Killer Paintballs & Paintballshop.com . See you all at Round 3 in August!!!

nVs wins another intense fight!

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Round 2 of the Australian Super 7s series was held in May at Action Paintball. 10 teams were all vying for the top spot in the Professional Division. We knew that if we didn’t bring our A game we were going to be in for a tough weekend of paintball.

We started on the Friday with a walk of the field. After coming up with a couple of game plans that we were happy with, we called it a day and went back to make sure all our gear was prepped and ready for the weekend.

Saturday morning rolled around and we were the first game of the day. We were up against SYDNEY EXPLICIT. Explicit had brought over Devon Stutz from Dye to play with them. We started off well coming away with a 3-2 win. Our next few games were against NZ Clown Monkeys, Shenanigans and East Side Raw, all of which we also took the win. Our last game of the day was against STK. This was going to be our hardest game of day 1 but also a good test to see if all of our training after the first round had paid off. It was a fast-paced game with both teams taking quick points and throwing everything at each other. At the end of time we came away with the win at 3-2.

On Sunday we had four games to play before finals. We were up against Apparition, Uprising, Relentless and Sydney SWAT. Having taken only wins up to our SWAT game, we knew we would be playing off for 1st or 2nd in the Finals. SWAT had brought over Blake Yarber from San Diego Dynasty, and this game was to be our hardest game for day 2 before Finals. It was also going to decide whom we would play off in the final as STK and SWAT had both suffered losses while we remained undefeated. Given our on-field relationship with SWAT, this was going to be the grudge match of the weekend, especially for SWAT as they tried to keep their finals hopes alive. After some long drawn out points it ended in a 2-all draw. This meant we would be facing STK in the final for 1st or 2nd.

The Final.

What a game this was. The end score absolutely does not reflect how tough the match actually was. Both teams came out swinging from the blocks. We were able to get an early 2 point lead. We swapped ends where STK were able to take the next point – they weren’t going down without a fight. After quickly regrouping we were able to take the next 2 points and come away with the 4-1 win!

In closing, we would like to thank everyone who came down and supported us in the pits or just by cheering for us over the weekend. It really helps us a lot. A big shout out goes to our sponsors Devon Stutz, Dye Precision and Paintball Addiction. Our gear performed flawlessly all weekend and without you guys none of this would be possible.

Round 3 will be held in August and we’re aiming to keep up the good work and bring home another win.

STK overcome their Achilles heel in Thailand

Friday, April 11th, 2014

I’m flying home from the first round of the PALS in Bangkok, Thailand. We finished third. This is has been our best showing in Thailand, with it typically being our Achilles heel. Despite this, it feels like a very disappointing 3rd place. In previous years, I’d felt grateful to just make it to the top 4. I don’t think I’d felt like we were playing good enough to win before. But this time we were and it just slipped away in one, hot, overtime point in the semi finals.

The prelims are tense at PALS with none of the teams being a walkover. The majority of our games were close with us winning 4 games and losing 2 to Xtioneers and Raskal. The same Raskal that was on the precipice of winning WCA showed up to play, and the 3 games we had against them throughout the tournament were definitely our most grueling.

Quarterfinals consisted of two games, with us facing off against Demonic and Raskal. We were able to smarten up our game plan from a definitive loss to Raskal in the prelims and come away with 2-quarter final wins, leaving us to face off against Asiawan in the semifinal.

We got penalties early in the match against Asiawan and quickly went down 0-2. Back at full strength, we were able to make a comeback and tie the game up at 2-2 and take the game into and overtime point. In this critical point, Rambo took a ball that bounced of another bunker early on, quickly followed by Farran and and Devon getting shot. This left Trav and I in a 2 vs. 5 against an Asiawan that smelt blood. We were able to slow them down for a few minutes but were eventually picked off, advancing Asiawan to the finals, which they won. This left us to verse Raskal again in the playoffs for 3rd and 4th.

It was a slow and technical match against Raskal again with communication and hiding being the key at the beginning of the points against their strong back gunners. We went up 2 points, and then they came back 2 points to tie the match with just under two minutes on the clock. We went into the next point knowing it would be the decisive point. Rambo was able to dink their dorito player on the hopper and draw a penalty, blowing out their dorito side. So Farran and I advanced down that side and we won the point with 5 seconds left on the clock, awarding us the 3rd place.

The infrastructure at the field was excellent and the event organizers were very helpful and accommodating having us over for our 5th Thailand event.

I’m glad we had Dye Ultralight gear as on Friday we played in 45 degrees and high humidity. Our DM14s were on point as usual and anything we needed, Dye was there to support us.

We’d also really like to thank Michelle who coached us all weekend and did a great job, as well as Milad, Preecher, Dennis, Amber and anyone else who helped us out in the pits!

We’d also like to shout out to our home field that some of us have played at for close to 10 years now — WASP Paintball in Perth, and our paintball parents, Brad and Christine.

- Dan Woods

STK Australia - https://www.facebook.com/STKAustralia

WASP Paintball - https://www.facebook.com/wasppaintball

Scary Mary for the photos -  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scary-Mary-Paintball-and-other-Sports-Photography/129935233753937

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.

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