Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
by Nathan “Maca” McDonnell
The 2015 Australian Super 7s Series kicked off in February at Action Paintball Games Sydney. During the off-season Jarrahd Cosier joined our roster giving us 7 solid killers to help us in our quest to attain back-to-back Super 7s Championship titles. The 2015 season has adopted the Champions/Challengers divisions as played in PSP so a few teams have been able to step up into the top bracket.
On the Friday things were looking a little shaky for Nick Bancroft and myself. There was a tropical cyclone, Cyclone Marcia, north off the Queensland coast and it was playing havoc with flights. However, after a couple of lucky breaks in the weather we were soon on our way to Sydney. When we arrived we were greeted by our mates Marcello Margott and Aaron McCauly from Sydney Explicit, who kindly gave us a lift to the field. Once we made it to Action we met up with the rest of our team and it was now time to start the business part of our weekend. Walking the field, we quickly established that the field seemed to heavily favour the snake. Therefore, games were going to be won from the snake side. After forming a few game plans we headed back home to our lovely Gloria’s house for a massive team feed and also to sort our gear.
We started out our day against Vicious Circle (these guys had just stepped up from Semi Pro division). The game started out strong for us as we got early kills off the break and took a comfortable 4-0 win.
Our 2nd round of the day was against Sydney SWAT. SWAT had brought over Justin Cornell to play for them. As usual both teams came out swinging from the first point. After some hard fought points we ended up with the loss at 3-2. This wasn’t what we wanted but we knew we would be facing them again in the finals (we always aim for the finals!).
Our 3rd match was against Relentless. After coming away from a close loss we were out to prove that we were still the team to beat and quickly chalked up a 4-0 win.
The 4th game of the day was probably one of the best games I’ve been apart of. We faced off against HK Reapers. The Reapers brought over Justin Schwarz for this round. From the first point the Reapers had their foot on the gas and quickly had a 3-0 lead on us. At the end of the third point we were all gathered in the pits going WTF is going on? After a quick change to the game plan we went back out ready to throw down and THROW DOWN we did. We took the next 4 points and won 4-3. We showed that we are a team that is never to be written off.
Fury was to be our last match of the day. These guys are another team that have stepped up to play in Pro and we quickly took another 4-0 win.
Sunday’s matches would see us play Eastside Raw, Sydney Explicit and again, Vicious Circle.
Our match against Raw was quick with us winning 4-1.
Sydney Explicit caused us another upset as we took a 3-2 loss.
We won our game against Vicious Circle 4-0.
We were pretty annoyed at taking the two losses as this put us in third place for the finals play off. However, this year Super 7s changed the finals format. Instead of the finals simply being 1v2 and 3v4 it was now 1v4 and 2v3 with the winners of those games playing for First and Second, and the runners up playing for Third and Fourth. So at the end of these prelims the top 4 players were:
1 – Sydney SWAT
2 – Sydney Explicit
3 – nVs
4 – HK Reapers
So we were still a chance for the top spot.
Everyone knows finals are a different style of play. The field is still the same but it becomes more mental. Sydney SWAT had defeated HK Reapers securing their spot in the Grand Final. With that in our minds, we were about to face off against Sydney Explicit for our chance to get into the Grand Final.
The match started off strong, as we all expected, with both teams taking turns at the lead. We were able to catch a couple of lucky breaks and take the match 3-2 giving us the chance to face Sydney SWAT in the Final.
The Grand Final was exactly the same as the semi with both teams making the big moves to try and win it. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be our day and we walked away with a 4-2 loss.
Congratulations to SWAT for taking the win.
We would like to thank everyone who came down and supported us over the weekend. We really appreciate it. We’ve now got our sights on and looking forward to Round 2 The Dye Cup, in May.