Sep 28, 2008

Hailfax City Open

Tippinators and Shock Run Largest Speedball Event

Message from Event Organizer Kevin 'Big Can' Curry

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I was going to do this last night but I decided to sleep on it so as not to forget anyone. I have to be honest and most of the guys can attest to this, I had a feeling that something was wrong after the event (besides the fact that Kyle ripped down half the poles), It was a surreal feeling. I kept thinking we had done something wrong, that somehow we had overlooked something. Never have I been to an event and things ran as smooth as they did yesterday especially when consider this was the largest one day, one field event in Altantic Canada.

1. 140 games (including finals in 8 hrs)
2. The paint, all grades shot well.
3. 3000 PSI was more then enough for EVERY division
4. The reffs were Freakin excellent
5. The sportsmanship was amazing
6. The competition was fierce

We started planning this event back during the end of June. As players, most of you have probably heard me say this at one time or another, I was tired of going to events just to play. As a player, when I'm spending money, I want to know I'm receiving value......and not just prizes. I want value added. We put a lot of emphasis on the extra curricular activities as we did the actual field games.

1. Beer tent
2. Rockstar
3. Giveaways
4. Music
5. Interviews
6. Media (photos by Bruce Johnston of the Tippinators, look for his photos and article in an upcoming issue of Action Pursuit Games)

I want players walking away from this event, even if they didn't place, feeling like they were part of something special. As with every other sport, only the crème de la crème place. However, that doesn't mean you should just show up pay your money, wait an hour between games and play again. We had three main goals; 1. Players have fun, 2. Crowd involvement, 3. Fast paced games

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I asked everyone for their thoughts at one point of another during the day. "Great event " was the number one response. I believe this was possible because of the experience of the staff involved. Everyone one of us has played both 3man, 5man and xball. we know what players want at events. We also believe in treating people "Like we would want to be treated" Don't get me wrong, there were a few hiccups and many went unnoticed. All those do is show us areas that need improvement for next year. OHHHHHHHHHH Yes, HCO will be held again. After the response I received from players, how could we not.

Thank you

1. Jim and Howie - They took the plunge, built a facility that we can all enjoy and whom w/o this would not have been possible
2. - They have sponsored either myself or my team for the last 5 yrs. They really upped the ante this year with the prizes (Rookies all smiles)
3. Coors Lite - Probably the most important things we accomplished. the hurdles we had to jump for this to take place were many but a team effort pulled us through
4. Coca-Cola- In addition to Coors Lite, coke have already agreed to jump on for next year
5. Atlantic Xtreme - The paint was awesome
6. The reffs - Ken Gardiner has years and years of top AHL reffing, Not to mention the capable Tippinators and Shock reffs who were there to help him.
7. Justin, Chris, Bruce from the Tippinators, and Gilbert from Shock. You put many long hours into the field, the tourney, and the end team effort. WE HAVE succeeded.

TO YOU THE PLAYERS. To have everyone prepaid was amazing. Thank you for putting your trust and faith in us. We are only going to make this better.


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Sep 13, 2008

AWL Champions

Perfect 10-0 to Win AWL Championship

The pop heard after the final horn sounded ending the 2008 Atlantic Woodsball League (AWL) season, was a champagne cork pulled by Kevin 'Big Can' Curry of Tippinators. Curry and the rest of the team used champagne to celebrate their second AWL victory in as many seasons.

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The final event of the AWL season took place September 13, 2008 at Overkill Sportz in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia. The best woodsball players from across Atlantic Canada came together for the climax of the league's sophomore season.

Tippinators came into the day with an undefeated 8-0 record. The strong Mersey Road Mercenaries with an 6-2 record had a chance to overtake Tippinators on the final day. The team would have to play their best paintball of the season to retain the championship.

Victory for the team was by no means assured as the final matches were slated against the talented Overkill Commandos. The Commandos who beefed up their roster for the final event and home field advantage would prove a true test for the team.

From the opening horn of the first match Justin 'KossaK' Landry was able to move up the center of the field, within sight of the flag station, and hold back the Commandos until support could arrive. When teammates moved into flanking positions to provide suppressing fire Landry moved forward to pull the flag.

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With two of the three flag stations in the teams control the plan was to spread out the field, hold the Commandos back and run out the clock.

Richard 'Krush' Robinson, Dan 'The Mexican' Lapham and Kevin 'Big Can' Curry used aggressive fire and movement to move up the left side of the field to within yards of the third flag station.

Seeing their flag station was under pressure the Commandos reinforced that side of the field which played into the Tippinators game plan. Robinson, Lapham and Curry effective pinned the other team for the remainder of the game.

After winning the first match of the day, the Tippinators were assured victory and the league championship, regardless of the outcome of any other games.

Not wanting to relent and pushing for a second undefeated season the Tippinators came out even stronger in the second match against the Commandos.

Match two picked up where match one left off. From the start the Tippinators pushed through the middle flag station and held the field for the remainder of the match.

After a successful transition to league xball, the team is overjoyed to end the competitive season on a high note for woodsball.

Robinson, one of the keys to first match victory, is please with the 2008 season. "It was a fantastic year. We went from rookie three man to league xball and now we are the repeat AWL champs." Robinson continued, "Every player used their assigned roles to more effectively suit the style of play, xball or woodsball, and gel as a team." Robinson also sees one key to 2008, "This year we had a little more confidence in the woods building on the success from last season."

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