Jun 28, 2009

Success in AXBL #2?

~ Photos from AXBL #2 ~Photos from AXBL #2

The Tippinators, armed with fresh batteries in their markers and loaders, plus a hunger for more success, marched into event #2 of the Atlantic Xtreme Paintball League season, ready to battle the two strongest teams in the league.

Saturday June 28th saw the Tippinators matched up against, arguably the strongest team in the league, Halifax City United (HCU). The Tipps knew that to have any chance, every player would need their best performance of the season.

The team once again came out flat, giving up five points after trading points to start the game. Calling a time out to get the players together for a pep talk paid dividends. The Tipps started a small rally to end the first half 6-3 in favour of Halifax.

Tippinators success continued into the second half as the team pulled to within one point of Halifax. Halifax came back to life scoring back to back, but a run of penalties killed the momentum.

Due to a technical error, the horn blew just as the Tippinators were closing out a point against Halifax with five minutes remaining in the second half. The horn stopped the game, and denied the Tippinators the point.

Tippinators dug deep, battled back, and erased the Halifax City United lead, scoring three unanswered points as time wound down. The team made a strong push with 32 seconds remaining but time expired before a flag hang.

Final score Halifax City United 9, Tippinators 8. The league commissioner apologized profusely for the earlier error; however, the technical error was the deciding factor in the game. This error cost the team a tie and a much needed point in the league standings.

Buoyed by the success against Halifax, the Tippinators went into their Sunday match against a powerful Halifax Mercs team, confident that their team spirit and system of play used successfully against HCU would continue.

Sunday’s match started the same as Saturday. The Tippinators found themselves down 5-1, and killing a major penalty, more than half way through the first half. Another time out, and pep talk, motivated the team to score two unanswered points and kill the penalty before the end of the half.

The team was disheartened that, just before the end of the half the referee deemed bunker rub a hit, and disallowed a point.

Still unhappy about the disallowed point, the Tipps came out in the second half trading points with the Mercs before going on a run or three consecutive scores as time expired.

After a pitched battle, right down to the end, the final score Tippinators 8, Halifax Mercs 8.

Tippinators confidence is high, even though only one point was taken away from the weekend. The team knows their system will work against the best in the league as they prepare for event 3 in July.

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Jun 7, 2009

Warriors in the Woods IX: RECON

~ Photos from WiW IX ~Photos from WiW IX

Oppressive heat, hordes of ravenous insects and 100% humidity greeted the American soldiers as they stepped of the skids of their Hueys onto the banks of the Mekong River. The under strength company, of 100 men, peered through the tall grass to the far side of the river. Every man knowing they must use one small bridge to cross the river and straight into, what intelligence estimates, 100 battle hardened NVA soldiers.

The mission for the USA is simple, recover artifacts of religious and culturally significance to the people of South Vietnam and destroy all NVA in the area. The North Vietnamese Army will hold their ground, repel the American invaders and unify their country under one flag.

The lines are drawn and the battle set to begin, not in Southeast Asia in the 1960’s, but at Mersey Road Paintball, East River, Nova Scotia, June 7, 2009. Vietnam is the theme for Banshee Paintball’s Warriors in the Woods IX: RECON, the latest installment of the premier scenario paintball series in Eastern Canada.

The Tippinators paintball team tasked with anchoring the NVA side in an attempt to keep the USA at bay was primed for the fight. “This is going to be an epic fight.” Said Ben VanHorne of the Tippinators, “The USA has a solid group of players. It will take everything we’ve got to hold them off,”

Unlike other Warriors in the Woods events registration was limited to 200 for this event. “I really like the lower number of players on the field.” said Chris Mullins of the Tippinators, “With half the normal number of players there will be lots of room to move around out there. It was a good call of Eric [Eric Fisher owner of Banshee Paintball] to limit registration.”

~ Photos from Warriors in the Woods IX ~Warriors in the Woods IX

The main choke point for the game was the one bridge across the river which bisected the field. Aggressive fire and movement from one side then the other resulted in small numbers of players crossing the river. Once into enemy territory these groups were overwhelmed and eliminated. Five Tippinators did manage to break through and advance to the enemy rear area wreaking havoc along the way.

Tippinator player Austin ‘Juno’ Flaherty ran through the US lines picking up one artifact after another. His constant stopping to retrieve artifacts made him look like James Woods from his appearance on the popular television show ‘Family Guy’. While watching Flaherty players expected to hear him say “Oooh another artifact! Oooh another artifact!”

In his haste to retrieve artifacts Flaherty pushed past the US Flag station and the points that go along with a flag capture. Flaherty managed to fight his way back to the station only to be eliminated a few feet from the flag.

The points missed as a result not capturing the flag ended as a moot point. A large number of USA players pushed across the bridge and held long enough for reinforcements to pour in. A valiant last stand by the NVA was to no avail. The spirited USA push and flag capture near the end of game time was enough to push the USA over the top, to an insurmountable lead, and ultimate victory.

The NVA, lost the battle but not the war, pulled back to lick their wounds and prepare for the next battle at Warriors in the Woods X.

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