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STK’s emotional roller coaster at WCA ’13

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

I felt a lot of promise for us leading up to WCA 2013. We managed to recover from our misstep at the start of the year, closing out the PPL series with 3 consecutive wins, a 7man win and a big international win mid-year at the second leg of the PALs (and $6k prize money if I need to remind you, omg).
In retrospect now though, there were some chinks in the armour. I’d developed a consciousness of who was better than others on the team. Whether my opinions/inferences were valid doesn’t matter because this kind of thinking is totally destructive in paintball. I lost sight of building the team and saw it more as a finished product entitled to do some winning. Some of our players improved more than others this year. I think I lost a bit of humility this time and for the first time I felt frustrated that I had to perceive some players as less capable on the team. I could have been more coaxing and nurturing. But rather I enjoyed playing strong at training. In previous years I’ve felt that if I’m consistently playing well at training, something is wrong. Usually the team is so good that it’s hard to be good week in week out.
But these are just my musings and perhaps not even relevant. Maybe we could have won WCA even with my new-found attitude. Actually, we went through WCA pretty standard. Finished the prelims 4-2, a normal kind of position for us to go forward on. On Saturday, we played a game against Beeswaxers and lost, only to come back 15 minutes later in our first top 8 game and win 4-0 against them. I felt good about that, but it wasn’t a team effort. We played the same 5 guys the whole way through. I’d softened to the “starting five” approach, which I now think was perhaps a mistake.
Following this, we had to play Infernal and then Datis. Infernal beat us 2-4. Datis beat us 1-4. I wish I could say we lost outright, but WE WERE PLAGUED BY PENALTIES. The majority of the time, I feel the reffing is great at PALs events. But there were some outright weird calls going on. Like, I got a bounce off my head, pointed to my head to the ref right next to me, and he just instantly pulls a penalty? I wasn’t even hit in the first place, and second, I didn’t even shoot/move/do anything after I got the bounce on me other than ask for paint check. Of the 11 points we played against Datis and Infernal, only in 3 points we didn’t get a penalty. Something was really wrong with the reffing because I seriously hope we are not stupid enough to legitimately get that many penalties.
Regardless, this sent us onto the quarter finals to play Datis. We had about 0 confidence at this point. It felt like we couldn’t even blink without getting a penalty. Stiffla even sat himself and didn’t even play a point because he felt like he couldn’t get into the game without getting a penalty. And that was it. We went down 1-4 to Datis and missed out on a top 4 finish at WCA for the first time. I feel disappointed. And I did feel bitter. But I think some good can come from it like it did at Thailand at the beginning of the year. If satisfaction is the death of desire, then this is about the farthest point from being satisfied that we can be. I can also say now that the evidence is insurmountable that STK doesn’t win on individual players being good. We win when we are a team.
If I want more from players I’m just going to tell them rather than scoring them against each other in my head. I’m going to be totally transparent in my thinking and go back to the “family” mindset. That’s my off-season goal anyway. Having no hierarchy has got us this far and slipping from that has given us nothing.
Click here to see STK in action at WCA! –>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJgKfCTZLzs

Team Duckside dominates World Cup Asia!

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

WCA, 2013. What more can we say about this awesome meet up? A good time was had by all. It is especially important for us to remember this year with a different attitude; it is a triumphant year for team Duckside.

Last year was great but this year, we were absolutely overwhelmed with our success and achievements. We were given 3 top prizes in a row, the Overall Champion 2013, WCA Champion 2013 and the Best Performance Team. Looking back the time when we were amateur in paintball, training and learning from the bigger boys to who we are now. Rome was not build in one day and yes, our commitment and sacrifices paid off eventually.

Three days battle and in the end, we screamed, we cried, and we hugged with joy and gratification after we won our final game against team Virgin from Thailand. There were no amounts of words to describe how happy we were at that moment.  The adrenaline pumping excitement and the cheers from crowds will always be remembered and cherished deep in our hearts.

Our excitement and joy were heightened even more at the prize giving ceremony. Hearing Team Duckside being called to the stage and the crowds cheering and clapping their hands, we walked up the stage with honour and tried every moment not to trip on our steps. Holding on to all prizes we had, we were indeed feeling proud. Teammates took turns snapping photos and posting them on social network. Players greeted congratulations to each other and the feelings were indescribable.

Having said that, there are few individuals we would like to give thanks to. Without their support and guidance, Team Duckside would not be who we are now. 1st Thanks to our Main sponsor 89Arena paintball (the best indoor paintball field in Aisa) and DYE Paintball for their trust and support to us. The C13 series of gear has seriously given us a boost in and out of the field. DM13 has once again maintained accuracy and consistency throughout the tournament and gave us the advantage to dominate most of the games. Thanks KCHL paintball also for believing in us and to all the teams that came and help us, our precious Crews ,Marshalls.

In closing, we give thanks again to all sponsors and the organizer for this fun filling event. Surely WCA 2014 will be another great year for all.

A round up of our achievements in this WCA 2013:

Team Duckside Crowned as 2013

1.Naza World Cup Asia Paintball CHAMPION
Prelims:

Vs One Blood (MY) 2-0 Win
Vs Ignite paintball(MY)2-0 Win
Vs Sandakan Destroyer 2-1 Win
Vs Pandamonium (MY)2-1 Win
Vs Azodin ST (Taiwan) 2-1 Win

Top 16:
Vs Madev outlaws (Singapore)2-0 Win
Vs Octane 671(Guam) 2-0 Win
Vs Hooligans (MY) 2-0
Top 8:Knockout
Vs CMX Hamoon(MY) 2-0 Win
Semin Final:
Vs Octane 671 (Guam) 2-0 Win
Final:
Vs Virgin (Thailand) 2-0 Win

2.Naza World Cup Asia Paintball
OVERALL CHAMPION YEAR 2013

3.Naza World Cup Asia Paintball
BEST PERFORMANCE MALAYSIAN PAINTBALL TEAM

 

Team Duckside Grabs 2nd Place at 2012 World Cup Asia

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Dye would like to congratulate Team DUCKSIDE on their impressive performance at the 2012 World Cup Asia in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Duckside was lucky enough to pick up our entire 2013 line of products, including DM13 Markers, Rotors/i4 Goggles in the new ’13 color ways, and customized C13 pants and jerseys just before WCA; the biggest event of their season.

“Team DuckSide is grateful for Dye Precision’s support and for the new line of Dye products, especially the Dye DM13 that performed outstanding, was consistent, and gave Team DuckSide [a big] advantage over our competition” Duckside mentioned on their blog.

Team DuckSide’s 2012 Accomplishments:

1st Runner Up at WCA

2nd Runner Up at MPOC (Malaysia Paintball Official Circuit) 5th Leg

2nd Runner Up at WPPL (World Paintball Players League) 2nd Leg

Infernal & STK: 1-2 Finish at 2012 World Cup Asia

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

PALS never fails to put on a spectacular final event, with one of the classiest venues and extreme PR initiatives in paintball, the 2012 World Cup Asia on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia was a major success to say the least.

Dye is proud to announce that two of our flagship Asian teams, Team Infernal of Thailand and Team STK of Australia, met in the finals in Division 1 and brought both the gold and silver medals home to their trophy cases.  Both teams rolled through the prelims and kept their momentum going up until their epic finals match, which ended 4-2 in Infernal’s favor.

Infernal and STK not only competed at WCA, but also had the privilege of competing for the Inter Continental Cup, a division of it’s own that featured some of the most legendary teams in paintball like TonTon and Dynasty.  Despite the intense competition, Infernal finished strong with a fourth place finish, adding yet another accomplishment to their long list of success in the world of competitive paintball.  Congrats guys!

Infernal: WCA Champions Division 1, 1st overall in the PALS Series, and third runner up at the Inter Continental Cup

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STK: WCA 2nd Place Division 1, 2nd overall in the PALS Series

Facebook.com/STKAustralia

For more information on World Cup Asia visit www.paintballworldcupasia.com/

Photo credit goes to: Mary Walker

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