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Sydney Explicit Reborn / Australian Super 7’s Paintball Series Round 1

Monday, April 13th, 2015

by: Aaron McAulay – Sydney Explicit

In 2014, we finished out the season with a 3rd place finish at the Australian Super 7’s Paintball Masters, the final event of the year, and a 4th place finish for the series overall.

Nearing the end of the 2014, most of us were uncertain as to whether or not the team would be continuing into the 2015 season. We came away with a massive high after Masters and a desire to continue into 2015. A few weeks later, the high emotion from Masters faded and real life started to hit some of our family hard.

Some returned home overseas, others wanted to spend the next few years travelling and moving abroad, and some decided to focus more on their careers.
This was a devastating blow to the family after coming off such a high and amazing end to the season.

Sydney Explicit officially announced that the team had disbanded as of the end of the 2014 season.

2015 came. Mick ‘Plucka’ Jones and myself were talking with each other, and we both had offers to join the rosters of a couple of other teams. But we decided enough was enough, and 2015 was going to be the year that we rebuilt together a team. Not a team to play… But a team to win!

We contacted Mitch ‘Ginja Ninja’ Hackett. Mitch was an absolutely phenomenal player, but had been out of the game for over a year due to an injury, and was therefore in self retirement from paintball.

Steve Brown, the Captain of the newly disbanded Shenanigans was next on our list to contact. Steve was border lining on retiring, to spend some more time with his beautiful 4 year old daughter Kenzie, who has been diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a terrible disorder that affects the neurodevelopment of girls almost exclusively.

We spoke to both Mitch and Steve and after much discussion and decision making, we were able to pull both onto our roster.

Josh Bailey was next on our snatch list. Josh resides in New Zealand, and plays with the newly sponsored Dye team NZ Clown Monkeys. The Monkeys had played the last 2 years of the Super 7’s Series, and Josh was an absolute killer on the field. The Clown Monkeys had decided that for 2015 onwards, they were going to focus solely on the NZ scene. Naturally he was a perfect fit, and we snatched him up and onto our roster.

The last player on our contact list was the almighty Marcello Margott of the L.A. Ironmen. Marcello came to guest for us at Masters 2014. So we contacted Marcello once again, and asked if he would be happy to make the distant trek to the “Land Down Unda” as he would say it, and play with us for the 2015 season.

We had rebuilt our family, and announced to the world a new and reborn Sydney Explicit.

“When I saw those 5 first names on that roster for Round 1, I didn’t see bunch of players coming together to play. I saw a team and I said to myself, this is a team that is going to win this year.” – Souse Khoury.

We came into 2015 with a new line up, a new mindset, and a new mentality. We came into this new season confident in this new family of ours.

We had kept in touch with Devon Stutz from Dye Asia. Devon has been a part of the Explicit family for the last 2 years, so naturally we had been keeping him updated with had been happening. We resigned with Dye Paintball, and Devon was an absolute trooper for the amount of time we had remaining until Round 1 of the 2015 Super 7’s Paintball Series.

4 out of 6 of us practiced together the week before the event, and we were gelling and performing very well at practice. And then came round 1.

I picked Marcello up from Sydney Airport early on the Friday morning, and we headed out to Action Paintball Games where the Super 7’s Series is hosted, and met up with Browny and Josh who also had just flown in that morning. We collected our new gear sent to us by Dye Paintball, walked the field, and talked about some ideas on how we were going to play it out. It was an amazing layout.

Saturday morning started, and we were the very first match of the day.  We took our first few matches of the weekend with ease. Some 4-0 and 4-1 games, but these were just matches that we were winning off of individual talent, and we were still finding our core footing together as a team.
This certainly was highlighted when we came up against the new Pro team Vicious Circle, where we narrowly edged off the win 3-2 after a tough fight.
Sydney S.W.A.T. our 4th match of Saturday. They had brought over Justin Cornell of Edmonton Impact to guest for them. It was a hard out grind, but they took out the win against us 3-4. These 2 matches were a huge wakeup call for us, which caused us to get into a group meeting and pull ourselves together.
HK Reaper Crew was our final match on Saturday. We had pulled our heads in and stomped out the Reapers 4-0 after they threw away a 3-0 lead against nVs.

Sunday came, and there was a newfound spark in us. The trust in our team was beginning to form and show in our games. We came into Sunday with 4-0 games again, and finally decimating our fellow Dye sponsored team nVs 3-2 after an amazingly hard grind.

By the end of the prelims, this put us tied for 1st place with Sydney S.W.A.T. for wins, but 2nd place because we had 12 less body points than S.W.A.T. This meant we were playing nVs who were currently in 3rd place, in the semi-finals. This match did not go our way. We had another massive grind out against them, but they came out as the stronger team that game taking it out 1-3.

We played in the finals against the HK Reaper Crew. This was a match we were not going to make easy for them whatsoever. We had already taken them out 4-0 in the prelims, and we finished out the event with a 3-1 finish against them in the final.

We finished out our first event for 2015 with a 3rd place finish, and $1000 richer. We had so much fun for the 1st Round of the Super 7’s Series, the field was amazing, the paint shot absolutely brilliant, and the organisation of the event was spot on.

With only dropping 2 out of 10 matches that we played all weekend, we know we have what it takes to be the best in Australia, with the full confidence that all of our amazing Dye Paintball gear will help take us all the way to 1st place.

A big thank you to Michael Whybrew, John Caruana and Pete Russell at Action Paintball Games for hosting the Australian Super 7’s Series and for all the amazingly hard effort you guys put into organising and running the Super 7’s Series, and also a huge thank you to Devon Stutz and Dye Precision for the amazing gear you guys have provided us with.

See you on the field at Round 2 for the Dye Asia Cup.

Aaron McAulay – Sydney Explicit

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.

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.

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.

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