Jul 19, 2008

Tippinators Start AWL 4-0

From a scenario game, to league xball and back to woodsball again. Such is the life of the hybrid paintballers. After a successful weekend of xball, the Tippinators moved back to their roots to play the first event in the Atlantic Woodsball League (AWL).

The AWL, based on Special Ops Paintball's Scenario Paintball Players League (SPPL), expanded to six teams in 2008. July 19th, 2008, marked the kick off of the sophomore season of the AWL, at Mersey Road Paintball in East River Nova Scotia.

Event 1 was set up as a multiple capture point game of 30 minutes in duration. Three flag stations set as capture points across the field. The goal is simple, reach the flag station, raise your flag, and keep the other side from changing the flag. The winning team had the longest total duration of raised flags.

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The schedule allows for teams to play each other twice per day, swapping start points between games. Swapping start points eliminates the chance factor created by an uneven field set up.

The first match of the season pitted the 2007 champion Tippinators against the Mersey Road Mercenaries, runners up in 2007. The top teams from last year had a chance to renew their rivalry and set the tone for the entire season.

The Tipps and Mercs scheduled to play each other twice in the morning. Team Iron Legion was scheduled to be the Tippinators opponent in the afternoon.

The team's morning games ended with the Tippinators coming out on top of the Mersey Road Mercenaries in both of the tightly fought matches.

Trevor 'Awkes' Colwell of the Tippinators was happy to get wins in the first matches. Colwell said "It's great to see all the skills we've been training on for speedball carry over to make us a more competitive team on the woodsball field." Colwell continued, "That training was a big factor in the performance that has kept the team successful in this new AWL season."

The successful expansion of the AWL coupled with the skill and athleticism displayed by all teams throughout the day shows woodsball has come of age in Atlantic Canada. No longer is competition paintball solely the domain of tourney players. The competitive spirit is alive and well in the woods.

The Tippinators ended the day with a perfect 4-0 record. The team looks forward to event two scheduled for August 9th at Overkill Sportz, and continuing the defense of their title.

Richard 'Krush' Robinson knows his teammates are prepared for the remainder of the AWL season "This year we pushed ourselves harder than ever and its paying off in the woods big time." Robinson said, "Our strength on the field has made the team's momentum stronger heading to the next AWL event at Overkill."
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Jul 13, 2008

Tippinators Victory in AXBL

Without a chance to catch their breath, or to savor the success of the Invasion game, the Tippinators were thrown right back into the heat of AXBL action a week after the scenario event.

The second event in the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League played July 13, 2008 at Overkill Sportz in Mount Uniacke Nova Scotia. With a full day of games scheduled between 8:00am to 5:00pm, the 90 degree temperatures would make the event a test of endurance for some teams.

The Tippinators played their first game of the day against Moncton Heavy Metal, at 9:30am, before the oppressive heat started. The Tipp's managed to heat up the field right from the start of the game by taking their corners and having all 98s and A5s rolling flawlessly with the DraXxuS paint.

After trading a few points with Moncton in the first five minutes of the game the Tippinators started to find their rhythm. Aggressive fire and movement coupled with key run throughs, and smart snake play from Justin 'KossaK' Landry and Chris 'Mully' Mullins pushed the Heavy Metal squad on to their heels for the remainder of the game.

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In keeping with the team cheer, once the 'pain train' started rolling it didn't stop. The team kept pushing Moncton right through to the end of the game.

At the final horn the Tippinators had recorded their first victory in AXBL play, by a convincing 14-5.

The team had a one game wait before heading out against the 2007 AXBL Champion Halifax Hitmen, in what would prove to be the team's biggest challenge of the season.

The Hitmen watched the Tippinators first game of the day and had prepared a solid game plan which they executed to perfection. The entire first half of the game was dominated by Halifax. The Hitmen countered every attempt made by the Tipp's to break the game open, as they took the lead, locked down the field and began to run the clock. The game looked like it was to become a complete route as the Tippinators tried, unsuccessfully, again and again to break the Halifax stranglehold.

The Tippinators finally adjusted their play and began to have success with eight minutes remaining in the second half. When the team discovered the chink in the Halifax armor, they started to score unanswered points.

In the end the lead generated by the Hitmen was too great. The heroics of individual Tippinators was not enough as time ran down. The final score was disappointing 11-4 in favor of Halifax.

At the end of the second day of play the Tippinators record became a respectable 1-2-1, with a +/- -2. With one event, and two games, remaining in the AXBL season, a first place finish is now out of reach for the Tippinators. However, with a strong game against Waterloo and close match versus the powerful Shock team the Tipp's still have a chance to finish the season on the podium.
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Jul 6, 2008

Tipps Produce Scenario Game

Tippinators Produce Scenario Game

The battle between good and evil, played out by children around the world with action figures for more than 40 years, came to life on July 6th at Mersey Road Paintball in East River, Nova Scotia, Canada.

The clash between G.I. JOE, the elite team using innovative technology and powerful gear in their battle to stop the evil COBRA organization from taking over the world, was the theme of the 4th installment of the Invasion Mersey Road scenario game.

The game, as in previous years, was produced, and staffed, by the Tippinators Paintball Team. Since it's inception, Tippinators player Austin 'Juno' Flaherty has been the driving force behind the Invasion series.

"Organizing any paintball event is always a stressful." Flaherty said. "We try to keep the Invasion games as simple as possible for the players. Simplicity allows the players to concentrate on playing paintball and having fun."

The game was constant respawn with multiple King of the Hill capture points around the field. Points awarded to the team for holding a capture point at designated intervals throughout the day.

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To keep the tempo upbeat and players moving around the field, finding any of twelve props dispersed around the field earned the team additional points. Any player finding a prop needed only to return to their respawn to claim the points. Some of the fiercest battles of the day occurred while both teams attempted to simultaneously retrieve a prop positioned in the middle of clearings.

The evil COBRA team anchored by Team Vindication and the Mersey Road Mercenaries lead multiple charges into the G.I. JOE front lines without any sense of self preservation. While the Milsim Maniacs valiantly rallied the G.I. JOE squad in an attempt stem the tide of evil sweeping the field.

COBRA used the immediate respawn to their advantage. Eliminated players ran to the respawn then back into the fight, providing an endless supply of reinforcements.

G.I. JOE fought valiantly but could not withstand the unrelenting pressure of the COBRA attacks. Foot by foot COBRA pushed across the field. When the final horn sounded the evil doers had amassed 300 points compared to the G.I. JOE 150 point total.

Based on the success of the 2008 edition, scenario players from throughout Eastern Canada await the next Invasion game. Players are eager to play and the next original scenario production by Flaherty and the Tippinators.
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