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Do you remember your first time?

Friday, May 9th, 2014

My name is Tanner McIver, I am 13 years old and I have been pit crew for Dye sponsored team Hard2Overcome for 3 years who my dad is team owner & captain based in Victoria Australia. Devon Stutz from Dye Asia even arranged for me to have my own Ultralite team playing gear with my name and favourite number. I love paintball and go with the team to every training and tournament, but because of the laws in Victoria I am unable to play paintball until the age of 18.

For over a year I have wanted to go to South Australia where the age to play paintball is only 10. So this year my parents agreed that they would take me over there to play for the first time for my birthday.

So at 4.30am Friday 4th April, Dad, Mum, my younger brother Kayden and I hit the road for our 800km trip to Adelaide where I would get to play paintball. To make the 10 hour trip go faster I slept as much as I could and watched DVD’s and what seemed like forever by 2.30pm we had arrived at the motel. After a short rest dad asked me to get my gear ready for the morning as we were going to go out for dinner in Adelaide and wouldn’t be back until late. As soon as we got back to the room that night I went straight to bed knowing the sooner I went to sleep the sooner I would wake up and play paintball.

We woke at 7am and headed off to the field which was only 10 minutes away. I was excited and helped dad set up the markers which until today I have not been able to touch. Dad set up his DM13 that he used all last year for me, and once the other people arrived we went onto the field and I got to shoot my first paintball over the chrono.

I hopped in with the players doing drills and practiced crawling in the snake and popping up to aim across the field. Then my dad took me aside and had me practice laning off the break at a small target he had set up down the other end of the field. After a while he then got me to run and gun at the target as if I was going out to a corner bunker. Dad made me do it on both my left and right hand so I would be used to shooting with both hands later in the day, and it was really fun shooting loads of paint but I couldn’t wait to shoot at other people.

After a short break and a drink I was asked by the players training to shoot a lane from the centre back bunker to the snake entry and they would try and make it into the snake. It was so cool shooting everyone as they tried to get into the snake and I used a lot of paint which was great.
I also got to shoot dads DM14 a bit which is a sweet looking marker and everyone else kept asking to have a go of it while dad was gun teching for people.

After a short break and reloading my pods and tank we were ready to play some 3v3 games. I was so pumped and dad asked did I want to play with him or against him, so I said I wanted to play against him as I wanted to shoot at him.  Off the break I ran to the snake and crawled along and popped up and started shooting at who ever I could see. My heart was racing as I got my first ever “G” and to watch the ball hit the player and break was great, then suddenly I got shot in the goggles. We played a couple of more games and I got to shoot people before being shot.

Next game was even more fun as I popped up to see my dad shooting at the guy in the back bunker and I shot him in the middle of his goggles.  My dad started laughing and walked off and then I realised there was only one player left in so I got up and ran down the snake and bunkered him, which is something I have seen my team do so many times and it was such a buzz, but the biggest buzz was shooting dad in the face.

We went back to the pits and reloaded and this time I went onto Dad’s side. I played snake again and had a ball bounce off me which hurt more than the ones that broke but still was not that bad. In fact as the day went on and the more games I played the less the paintballs hurt as I was having too much fun. It was cool standing alongside Dad and playing paintball with him. In the end I had the best day ever playing a great sport I can’t wait to play again and again.

When we got back to the motel to meet up with mum and my younger brother I went and had a shower and couldn’t wait to check out all of the hits on me. Mum just smiled and shook her head as I proudly pointed them out and told her about each one. Both Dad and Mum said I couldn’t stop talking all night about the day. That night I slept so well and we left early once again to return home, but this time I slept lots more on the way back.

I want to thank my parents for taking me to South Australia to play paintball, and thank everyone that was at the field who allowed me to shoot them and it’s a day I will never forget. A big thanks to everyone on Hard2Overcome for all the text messages and support. And thank you to Devon Stutz and Dye for helping the team get me this cool Ultralite gear, it’s so comfy.

Hard2Overcome become Victorian State Champions! – Australia

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

DYE would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to our Aussie friends Hard2Overcome who recently took 1st and 3rd place at the Victorian Championships Race Event!

From Craig Mclver, Captain Hard2Overcome:

“Saturday 23rd March kicked off the first ever Victorian Championships Race Event held at Adrenalin Paintball Club, in Newborough Australia. The field itself is a soccer ground that the club shares for its tournaments and sets up on the week leading up to the event, and once over dismantles and stores everything away in there club house located at the venue. With rain and large winds in the days leading up to the event it was a relief to have a clear sky with some cloud as the event kicked off. The events games were played as a standard 5 man to 3 point on a Race 2 format.

Local Dye sponsored team Hard2Overcome was hoping that there home ground advantage would help them continue their great start to the year with another win after taking out Round 1 of PAVS. After dropping the first game of the day to their sister team H2O Blue, they adjusted some elements of their game plan and went into the lunch break with 2 wins & 1 loss. As the day progressed a lot of teams were all equal on points and it came down to the last round to decide who would play the finals.

H2O Blue played off for 3rd place in the finals against Tension who had recruited two Sydney Swat players with the end result being Tension wining 3-0 and taking out 3rd place. The final to see who would be the first team to be named Victorian State Champions would see South East Cartel against Dye’s own Hard2Overcome who were separated by 1 body in the lead up to the final.

From the first game Hard2Overcome placed heavy lanes towards the entry of Cartels key bunkers in a bid to stop them attacking from both the snake and Dorito side. The first point would go to Hard2Overcome after just 60 seconds of aggressive play without dropping a body. The second point seen Cartel bunker in hard at their initial positions and Hard2Overcome were forced to roll their guns in a bid to prevent them advancing, this made for a longer drawn out point which Hard2Overcome would drop only 1 body and go 2-0 with only 1 win away from the title. Off the break Hard2Overcome were more aggressive in their attack which seen them drop a couple of players and by the time they hung the flag for the third and final time they had 1 player left which was enough to win the final 3-0.

Hard2Overcomes captain Craig McIver said that the event was fantastic and had a great vibe in the pits. Every team played well on the day and created a challenge for us. We knew that come the finals we would be up against a tough opponent and Cartel always give us a great match. I am so proud of everyone on the team, the guys played outstanding today and we are now looking forward to the next round of PAVS. We would just like to thank Dye Asia and Devon Stutz for all the support they give us, and for letting us take the field with our DM13′s which once again were absolutely flawless and one of the reason we now have this title.”

 

 

Hard2Overcome (H2O) Wins PAVS Series Event #1

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

24th February – Saw Round 1 of the Paintball Association Of Victoria’s (PAVS) tournament paintball series kick off at Snipers Den Moorabbin on a very hot and humid day with temperatures reaching 36c / 97f

This State wide two division event was sporting a shiny new Dye PSP bunker set supplied by Paintball Addiction, the local Dye agent and major sponsor of the event.

The start of the new season of PAVS also saw Dye Paintball sponsoring the local team Hard2Overcome (H2O) in Division 1, who took to the field dressed head to toe in Dye’s 2013 playing including DM13’s and shooting Dye’s CG Paintballs.

The day didn’t start well for Hard2Overcome when they dropped their first game, but the team decided to stick with the game plan and if needed tweak it slightly as the day went on. By the time the lunch break came they were sitting on 4 wins 1 loss and were looking forward to resuming after the break.

Teams from both divisions were playing extremely fast paintball in ridiculous heat and Refs Inc were doing an outstanding job making sure the games ran smoothly while being fed large amounts of water to combat the heat of the day.

The afternoon session had Hard2Overcome pick up where they left off with solid wins which continued into the final round and as it would happen, the final game of the day. The team full of confidence went up against local team Havoc who are known for long hard gun battles, in the end Hard2Overcome got on top and came away with another win.

The win capped off a great event for the team and saw them take 1st Place with 9 Wins 1 Loss ahead of the nearest team on 6 Wins.

Captain of Hard2Overcome Craig McIver said he was “proud of his team, which has seen three new players come onboard and the team at the end of the day was really gelling together. Our DM’s were shooting so smooth all day and the Dye CG paintballs were hitting their targets with pin point accuracy and is the best paint we have ever used. We need to thank Dye Asia and Devon Stutz for showing faith in us and supporting the team, and we are excited to be taking the field every round this year using Dye.”