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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.

Infernal sweeps TPOC #2 in Thailand!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Held in Pattaya Paintball Club, Pattaya, Thailand was the 2nd leg of TPOC Tournament Series. The event was great although it was hard to re-organize the team as we lost 3 main players from last year. We brought 3 D2 players from up country and it’s pretty hard for us to get together for training. So hard in fact, that we didn’t have a single practice before the tournament. We tried hard to reform the team to make it stable as soon as possible with positioning, game plan, but most importantly have fun.

Day 1 in the preliminary round we won over PRC Blueblood 3-2 / Hellbourne 3-2 / Demonic 3-1 and Speed Aisawan 3-0. For day2 prelims, we won over Aisawan 2-1 / CMX 3-0

Semi-final round, we met PRC Blueblood with young and aggressive players. So we were forced to concentrate on breakout and counter attack plan. We won 3-1.

In the final, we met Aisawan another strong team in Thailand. What ever happen throughout the match, we planned to keep the rhythm of the game and take advantage of it. The first set took 6mins. We both planned to counter attack with little opportunity. We held on long enough to win the first point. Yet we lost our 2nd set to Aisawan as they were playing a fast break plan and they tied it 1-1. With 22 seconds left, we head to overtime. In the overtime game, anything can happen. We thought that we are doing our best and we made it so far, let’s give it 100% and have fun…. We won! Winning the overtime point solidified us as Champion for TPOC 2nd Leg.

Special thanks to Expressway Paintball Club of Thailand, DYE Precision, Pattaya Paintball Club , EST Cola and TPOC.

Aisawan takes 1st at PALS Thailand!

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

We, AISAWAN Team, joined PALS THAILAND tournament 2014. We are expecting a high achievement since we got only 2nd place and 4th place in the last two times before. Those experiences pushed us to work harder, spent more time practicing and planning strategy.

Also we got 4 championships from another tournament previously, therefore it quite encouraged our teammates to do the best for PALS tournament this year.

First round, did not go well, but it wasn’t too late. We adjusted our strategy and made improvements. It was rewarded in the next round, on and on, until finally we made it. Championship was our achievement as expected for all of our hard work!

This made our 5th championship of this year. We are looking forward and won’t stop for another chance to complete for Aisawan’s legend and glory!

Thank you to ‘Dye’, for our great equipment support all along.

POP

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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

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

Team Aisawan sets the pace for the 2014 season!

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Speed Aisawan

During the past weekend, 8 – 9 February 2014, we were involved in one of Thailand’s biggest paintball events “Thailand Paintball Official Circuit”, the first event of the year.

Day 1 started off early in the morning with high hopes and enthusiasm. We played against 3 opponents but the results didn’t go as planned. The first round continued into Day 2 where we were back on track by winning both games in the morning and were able to go through to the semi final round ranked 4th overall. Our opponent for the semi final round was Virgin Aisawan who we lost to in Day 1. However we stuck to our game plan and beat them 2-0, which brings us to the final round of TPOC event meeting with team Hornet from Chonburi. With a little tradition, for TPOC’s final game; names were announced, gears ready and game on. The score ended with 2-0, game over, champion by team Speed Aisawan.

To sum up, the event has brought us great joy and experience. 2014 await and we’ll never stop practicing until our goals are accomplish.

We would like to thank the event organizers and all supporters. A big thank you to Mr. Acha Aisawan, and DYE

- Tanachate Sirima (team Speed Aisawan)

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